If you follow Mashable Shopping’s coverage, you know that we live to bring you the best product recommendations we can find based on countless hours of online research. But, what about the stuff that we buy for ourselves? The stuff that made it into our shopping carts? Well, we’re here to tell you about those things, and we’ll be back every month to do so again.
Here’s what the staff bought in May 2021.
A bed for the new kitten
“I adopted a kitten last week (!!!) and wanted to get her a ridiculous furry bed to match some of my rugs. The donut-shaped kind seemed like the perfect little cat nest. My kitty is too small to appreciate the full donut effect, but she loves making muffins on it. It feels hella comfy, honestly.” —Leah Stodart, Shopping Reporter
“My first time buying a mattress online involved about 30 open tabs of different options. I’ve struggled with sleeping and back pain for years and need a very specific balance of squishy and supportive. This Zinus iCoil mattress was the most affordable, well-reviewed hybrid (pure memory foam would be way too rock-like for me) with a pillow top that I could find. The unboxing instructions were also hilarious, which I appreciate.” —Leah Stodart, Shopping Reporter
“If I had to pick my favorite actor, it would be a toss-up between Seth Rogen and Steve Carell. For the purposes of this story, though, let’s say it’s Seth. (He liked one of my tweets, so I feel like we’re on a first-name basis.) I pre-ordered a signed copy of Seth’s book Yearbook when he first announced it a few months ago, but I knew the best way to read it would be to hear it in his actual voice. So, I bought the audiobook as well, which was a 10/10 choice because listening to the stories from Seth himself has been hilarious and entertaining.” —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter
“There is only one outlet behind my TV in my apartment, and it also happens to be by the ethernet port, so after plugging in my router and modem, I was already out of outlets. I put a power strip back there, but I’ve since bought a Nintendo Switch and Hue lights to go behind the TV, both of which have giant bricks that take up the space of two outlets. So, I upgraded to this power strip that has more than enough room to plug in all my electronics, and now I don’t have to unplug something when I want to play Super Mario Party.” —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter
A puzzle to keep the pup busy
“My dog is a little too smart for her own good, and when she gets bored, anything in sight is fair game for chewing (RIP to my laptop charging cord). That means I have to keep her mentally stimulated throughout the day so I don’t lose any more tech to her puppy teeth, and this puzzle toy has been a great solution. Just fill the drawers with treats, and lock them using the bones on top — pups have to figure out the two-step process to get to the food. It’s so fun seeing my dog solve the puzzle, and it keeps her entertained for about 20 minutes at a time so I can take my work calls in peace.” —Jae Thomas, Shopping Fellow
“I’ve been buying a lot of shoes since the pandemic started, which is kind of weird considering I have been rarely leaving my apartment for the past year. Maybe it’s a coping mechanism. Anyway, I picked up a new pair of Sambas — I used to wear them all throughout high school and I was feeling nostalgic.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter
“One of my favorite necklaces broke recently, and I used to wear it every day, so I needed a replacement. I picked one up from JIN Jewelers, and I love it even more than my previous everyday necklace. I’ve actually gotten a few more pieces since then because I like their styles, quality, and pricing so much.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter
“After staying in all of 2020, I’m more than ready to get my beach time on. So I bought a beach chair. But not just any beach chair, this beach chair is stylish and timeless and when purchased as a bundle, comes with everything I need to relax in the sun. I get the sunshade, the drink holder, the dry bag *and* a big towel. All I need to supply is the beach and the sunscreen.” —Barret Wertz, Style & Grooming Editor for AskMen
“When shopping around for a desk chair for my WFH space, I did the stupid thing of going with style over comfort. I bought the pretty desk chair that had no back support and surprise, surprise, a month or so later I was having back pain. Enter the best purchase I’ve ever made: the lumbar pillow. I just pop it on the back of my chair and it gives me all the support I need. Also because it’s just a singular pillow I can carry it around with me. Lumbar support on my couch, lumbar support on my bed, lumbar support at my dining table. Honestly, my back has never been happier.” —Lily Kartiganer, Assistant Growth Editor
“I finally gave into buying a printer after my last printer stopped working months ago. This HP model is simple and affordable and great for moderate use. Also, I got a new desk since my current desk is too small after more than a year of WFH. Having this desk is super helpful — it’s minimal, and it folds! —Gigi Wong, Audience Development Analyst
“Hands-free for summer? Yes, please. Originally purchased to keep my hands available and my Allen wrench handy during a move, my Everywhere Belt Bag has now become my go-to daily bag. Large enough to fit a small wallet, my cell phone (bulky pop socket included), keys, chapstick, and a face mask, this bag keeps all the essentials on my waist and keeps me moving throughout my day. As things start to reopen a bit, I’ll be sure to stick my hand sanitizer in so I can keep living this hands-free life on my daily coffee run and at larger gatherings like concerts and sporting events!” —Megan Juliano, VP of Strategy & Planning