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At this point in 2020, we’ve all had a pretty rough go after a long and stressful seven months. For me, staying connected to loved ones online and maintaining a self-care routine has helped immensely to stave off feeling overwhelmed, but sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up to get through the day.
Instead of browsing online for new outfits or hitting my local bakery for a sweet treat like I may have done in the past, lately I’ve been intentionally seeking out small things that - forgive the cliché - spark joy.
Though it might seem childish to want to embellish your surroundings with things that are cute and cartoonish, I’m all for embracing the small things that bring a smile to your face. Retail therapy is certainly a privilege, but if you’re able to indulge, there are certainly worse things that you could be doing with your time these days.
Since there’s still plenty of time that we’ll all be staying indoors and enjoying time to ourselves, there’s never been a better time to shop for things to keep your spirits up. Ahead, find 12 cute items that we’re loving right now in case you could use a little extra positivity in your life.
Pokemon fans can bring a whimsical touch to any space with this miniature planter that’s ideal for your air plants or succulents.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $30 each
These innovative gel polish wraps adhere directly onto nails for up to two weeks of wear, and can be removed with a quick swipe of polish remover - no trip to the salon needed.
SHOP IT: Scratch, $16 ($12 USD)
Having just launched in Canada, these Instagram-worthy pimple patches might just be my new favourite skincare product. Simply apply them onto clean skin overnight, and wake up to a dramatic reduction in breakouts.
SHOP IT: Starface, $36 ($27 USD)
This fruity, nostalgic candle will transport you right back to Saturday mornings from your childhood with its vibrant and playful scent.
SHOP IT: Mala, $27
Purify the air inside your home or office and add an adorable touch to your desk with this compact dumpling shaped air purifier.
SHOP IT: Urban Outfitters, $44
Choose one of five adorable charms that come with either a necklace, bracelet or anklet chain to bring some sparkle to your summer wardrobe.
SHOP IT: Jenny Bird, From $120
Relax with a warm bath and the comforting scent of vanilla, all wrapped up in an owl-shaped fizzing bath bomb.
SHOP IT: The Body Shop, $3
If you’re looking to stay organized while working from home, these colourful pastel highlighters can be used for all your important documents.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $20
Transform the act of washing your face into a moment that you look forward to with this brightly coloured headband that features plush ears.
SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $10
When it comes to cute tech accessories, these little cable bites are not only adorable, but they also protect your cords from warping or cracking at the ends.
Show off your love for Disney with this leather coin purse that’s embellished with a sweet floral pattern and Minnie Mouse’s iconic circular ears.
SHOP IT: Coach, $95
Keep your belongings safe in this colourblocked trinket box that has room to store jewelry, headphones, or other small objects.
SHOP IT: Anthropologie, $27 ($20 USD)