Each month at Good Housekeeping, we round up the best gifts on the market, report on top trends of the season and put both new and trusted products to the test in the esteemed Good Housekeeping Institute — and each month, our readers decide which items they want to spend their hard-earned cash on.
Heading into the first few months of the New Year, Good Housekeeping readers armed themselves with smart, inexpensive products to combat the cold. Temps have dropped, so our readers filled their carts with hydrating humidifiers to relieve dryness, repairing hand creams for seasonal cold snaps, weighted blankets for that much-needed extra layer, plus cozy blankets you can actually wear – all beloved by our editors or tested by our Lab pros in the Good Housekeeping Institute.
Your purchases also screamed, “out with the old and in with the new,” featuring DIY beauty products like an at-home gel nail kit and a drugstore box hair dye for a fun winter pick-me-up. Riding the high of the holiday gift-giving season, you aimed your focus toward self-care and stepped into their New Year’s resolutions, trying out everything from our favorite multivitamins for women to the best calorie counting apps.
Below are the 10 most popular products of 2022 (so far), as dictated by you, our GH readers. Even better, everything is under $60, so securing your winter essentials is easy on you and your wallet:
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Best-Selling Weighted Blanket
Cuddle up within the comfy confines of this weighted blanket with more than 34,000 five-star Amazon ratings, a favorite from our Textiles Lab roundup. Take your pick from its 40+ styles to avoid clashing with decor. Whether you opt for the five- or 30-pound option, each glass-beaded, fiber-filled pocket stays evenly distributed as you relax.
Great Hand Cream for Dry Hands
Advanced Repair Hand Cream
When dry, cracked skin seems beyond repair, Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream comes in clutch with six-hour hydration. It nabbed the top spot as the best hand cream for dry skin in our GH Beauty Lab tests, and we love its formula of alpha-hydroxy acids, which increase cell turnover for younger-looking hands. Plus, it’s perfectly compact and great for sneaking quick applications while on the go.
A Gift for That Special Someone
What I Love about You Book
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, people are kicking off the love holiday by stocking up on some great finds. If their love language is words of affirmation or gifts, consider this a two-for-one as you can fill in the blanks of each prompt to express your affection.
Great N95 Mask on Amazon
Our readers stayed safe and contributed to the rising trend of N95 mask purchases last month. As one of our top face-covering recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19 variants, the FANGTIAN mask is well designed to fit snugly, but comfortably across your nose, mouth and chin.
Trendy Health App
At the turn of the New Year, our readers began using food apps like Noom more often. This app categorizes food into green, yellow and red categories, designed to help make counting calories easier and connects users to live coaches for 1-on-1 coaching.
Dry Skin Savior
3-in-1 Nano Ionic Facial Steamer
This facial humidifier kit peaked as a popular product in January, probably because its towel-warming chamber and extra-large water tank help defend against dry air. It also features an automatic shut-off, so there’s no babysitting required at nighttime. Channel your inner beautician using the set of stainless steel tools to unclog pores post-steam.
For a DIY Manicure
Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit
Our Beauty Lab deemed this gel manicure kit the best professional gel kit, and it proves pampering sessions can happen from the comfort of your own home! It comes stocked with six gel nail polish colors and tools to ensure you’ve got the best mani out there.
Cozy Wearable Blanket
Sherpa Blanket Sweatshirt
The cold had nothing on our readers. This sherpa blanket sweatshirt from Amazon features roomy sleeves, an oversized hood and elastic cuffs to keep you extra warm.
Great for Vegans
Let the health resolutions commence: Our readers kicked off the New Year with a multivitamin that claims to regulate inflammation and reduces blood clotting. It’s got an impressive combo of omega-3’s, B12, iron and then some – plus, it’s 100% vegan.
Best Drugstore Hair Dye
Natural Instincts Demi-Permanent Hair Color Creme
“New Year, New You,” really hit home last month, with our readers snagging the best overall drugstore hair dye from our Lab tests to totally transform their look. Whether you’re covering up grays or going darker, you’ll be impressed by the semi-permanent dye’s even coverage, shine and fade resistance.
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