Wow, everything is just a dumpster fire right now, isn’t it? For us online folk (and even offline folk, if we’re being completely honest), it’s hard to avoid an article, or even a tweet, that’ll literally ruin your day. The bad news is everywhere you look (except maybe on Some Good News).
For that reason, it’s important to get away from all the dread once in a while to talk about something a little more lowkey and not all that serious — like the cool stuff we bought this month to keep us from totally losing it. Hey, maybe you’ll find something you want to get yourself, too.
Below, what the Mashable staff bought in April.
“I bought my iPhone 7 Plus when it first came out, and hadn’t bought any of the new ones since then. They were honestly just too expensive for me, and I have a track record of making my tech last quite a while, so I wasn’t too bothered. Unfortunately, my phone was nearing its end — the battery wouldn’t even last half the day anymore. I was getting ready to bite the bullet and shell out for an iPhone 11, but then Apple announced the more budget-friendly SE just in time. So far, I love it, and the switch back to a smaller phone has actually been really refreshing.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter
Something other than sweatpants
“I’m kind of a creature of comfort when it comes to pants — I pretty much only ever wear jeans or Dickies. Perhaps it was sudden nostalgia for my skateboarding days or the fact that I’ve been wearing sweatpants far too often lately, but I decided to replace some of my old, torn up Dickies work pants with some fresh ones.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter
“The whole ‘not going to the barber because of quarantine’ thing was not doing any favors for me, so I finally decided to take a crack at cutting my own hair. I made the terrible mistake of thinking I could get away with using my beard trimmer to shape myself up, but oh boy, was I wrong. It was a disaster. I looked like Timotheé Chalamet in The King. In a panic, I searched for some proper hair clippers to fix what I’d done, but they were sold out everywhere (looks like other people had the same idea). I finally came across this one that was in stock and bought it right away. Thankfully, I was able to correct the damage. My hair actually looks pretty good now, if I do say so myself.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter
“I already owned an Audio-Technica Bluetooth turntable, but I don’t have a great Bluetooth speaker, and playing music out of my Echo Show 5 wasn’t the sound I was going for. And it’s a hassle to pair the two devices. I found this ION Audio turntable with Bluetooth and built-in speakers and so far I’m loving that I can just pop my records on and not mess with any pairing if I don’t want to. And the built-in speakers are pretty decent quality. —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter
“I finally caved and bought stuff for a WFH setup. Monitors are weirdly expensive, though, and I don’t plan on using my ‘home office’ in the long term, so a monitor wasn’t really an investment I was looking to make. Instead, I bought this 24-inch smart TV that I’ll continue to use once I’m able to work in a real office again. It’s nice quality and fulfills my second screen needs.” —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter
“Being stuck in isolation has made it clear to me: the lighting in my apartment is horrible. I’ve been putting off for the longest time getting a proper lamp at my place, and decided that I think this is the right time to respect myself if I’m gonna be stuck here for who knows how long. Overstock is apparently still running their ‘Spring Black Friday,’ which includes free shipping on pretty much everything they have to offer, and I had to seize the opportunity.” —Elvie Mae Parian, Associate Animator
Some face masks to make care packages
“035mm is an Asian skincare and beauty shop in Manhattan’s Chinatown, and they’re still open for business online! They offer a lot of the stuff I usually use, like all sorts of face masks, and I thought it’d be a nice gesture to make care packages to send my family who are frontline workers. It’s a good way to support a Chinatown business all the while trying out a bunch of stuff for your own self-care.” —Elvie Mae Parian, Associate Animator
“Based on a puzzle YouTuber’s recommendation (yes, puzzle YouTubers exist), I bought a foam board for my puzzles this month. Given that I don’t have a lot of surface space in my apartment, the board will make it a lot easier to work on larger puzzles — and I could move it anywhere I want! There are dedicated puzzle mats out there, but this is just what I need and only cost $13.” —Anna Iovine, Sex & Relationships Reporter
“I’m currently working from my kitchen table, where I’ve set up my monitor, keyboard, and DIY ’standing desk’ made of cookbooks. Over the weeks, I’ve noticed my lower back getting a bit tetchy thanks to my highly pretty but rock-hard kitchen chairs. I didn’t really want to shell out for a whole ergonomic chair, so I plonked one of these iamcomfi cushions on my seat and it’s actually not bad. Memory foam for your butt, I’m all for it.” —Shannon Connellan, UK Editor
“I bought some succulents from Etsy because I forgot to bring my office plant home and I miss it. I promise I won’t abandon these.” —Alisa Stern, Animation Director
“I bought these bad boys to break up the monotony of my running schedule since I can’t go to the gym, but also because rollerblading is awesome and highly underrated?? My goal is to get good enough to take off the back brake by the end of quarantine.” –Alex Humphreys, Senior Producer