10 Splurge-Worthy Items to Buy With Your Tax Return

JBL Xtreme 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Summer Must-Have
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As anyone who’s ever put their phone in a cup as a “speaker” can attest, listening to music on the go normally means sacrificing sound quality. But with the JBL Xtreme 3 Bluetooth speaker, you can kiss the days of tinny, bass-less music goodbye.

This speaker comes equipped with two 25-watt 2.8” woofers, two 25-watt .8” tweeters, and two dual passive radiators. Translation: this handheld device is as close to a full-size, professional-grade sound system as it’s going to get.

If the sound quality wasn’t enough, the hardwearing Xtreme 3 is waterproof, dustproof, and provides up to 15 hours of playtime.

Instax Mini Liplay Hybrid Instant Camera

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Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll always prefer the satisfaction of flipping through physical photographs over scrolling up and down a smartphone’s photo gallery. Lucky for us old-timers, the Instax Mini Liplay Instant Camera combines the best of new and old worlds.

Like other Instax models, the LiPlay instantly prints the photos taken with the camera. What sets this particular camera apart is its ability to print photos from a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Print any photo, taken from any device, anywhere.

Additionally, smartphones can connect to the LiPlay to be used as a shutter button for effortless, insta-worthy, and instantly printed group pics.

BISSELL Crosswave Pet Pro

Most Useful Buy
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“Treat yo’ self” isn’t often associated with “household chores,” so we understand if seeing a vacuum on a splurge list gives you pause. But this isn’t just any vacuum—this is a magician.

The BISSELL Crosswave Pet Pro's secret weapon is its microfiber and nylon brush that can mop and pick up dry debris simultaneously. It also has a pet (and let’s be honest, human) hair strainer, tangle-free brush roll, and two tanks to ensure you’re always cleaning the floor with a fresh mix of water and cleaning formula.

The last time your floors were this clean, it was when they were first installed. Go ahead, glide across the hardwood, tile, and carpet barefoot, and consider. Yo. Self. Treated.

Apple Macbook Pro with Apple M1 Chip

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2020 was the year of working from home, and it was also the year we all became painfully aware of just how much we rely on our laptops for, well, everything. Investing in a hardworking, long-lasting machine is about as sound a splurge as you could make.

Apple’s new Macbook Pro features an innovative M1 chip, the highest-performance CPU in the company’s history. The M1 chip creates a more responsive system (a.k.a. fewer screen freezes), longer battery life, increased efficiency, crisper graphics, and revolutionary machine intuition.

We know it might be difficult, but it’s time to say goodbye to that laptop you’ve been using since undergrad.

Womanizer Pro 40 Clitoral Vibrator

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Because when we said to treat yourself, we meant it. We recently scoured the internet for the best vibrators on the market (you’re welcome), and we’re pleased to report that we found the ultimate sex toy every woman needs in her life ASAP.

The Womanizer Pro 40 is, in a word, clit-tastic. This compact vibrator has six different intensity levels, is waterproof, USB-chargeable, and made of body-safe materials. The mind-blowing suction capabilities are powerful but quiet, something you will definitely not be while using this ahhhh-mazing toy.

And since orgasms are the new apple a day, you can go ahead and file this splurge under “health”?!?!?

CBD Pillow

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Once you’re done spending quality time with the last splurge, enjoy a deep, relaxing night’s sleep on the revolutionary CBD pillow. The gel memory foam pillow is comfortable enough as is, but the real secret’s in the pillowcase.

CBD Pillow’s pillowcases are infused with millions of CBD microcapsules. The friction of hair and skin rubbing against the pillow gently breaks the capsules while you sleep, releasing microdoses of cannabidiol through the night.

The pharmaceutical-grade CBD provides chronic pain relief and deeper, more relaxing sleep, allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed and not groggy for the first time in...your entire life?

NordicTrack Commercial Studio Cycle

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Last year, we decided to tackle our extra Quarantine 15 with an indoor cycling machine. After directly comparing the NordicTrack with the cult-favorite Peloton, we happily settled on NordicTrack.

The NordicTrack Studio Cycle brings spin class to your living room with thousands of on-demand workout experiences, including global outdoor workouts and auto-adjusting training sessions. The NordicTrack is also compatible with Google Maps, allowing you to create and ride your own routes through Google Street View images.

We love the NordicTrack’s versatility and iFit app compatibility, but the best part about this exercise equipment is the price. You won’t notice the difference between the NordicTrack workout and the Peloton workout, but your wallet certainly will.

Solo Stove Bonfire Smokeless Fire Pit

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We first discovered the fiery wonder that is the Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit last fall, and roughly five months later, we couldn’t be happier with our purchase. At only 14” tall and 19.5” wide, this innovative, smokeless design has changed the name of the fire-stoking game for good.

Solo Stove’s signature airflow design features strategically placed holes that suck up air from the bottom and feed the heated oxygen to the top. This creates a lively flame that puts off plenty of heat with minimal smoke and leftover ash.

The best part? This medium-sized fire pit is completely transportable. Simply flip the cooled Solo Stove to dump the remaining ashes and place in the included travel tote, and voila! Your patio fire pit is ready to go camping, tailgating, and more.

Patio Watcher Oversized Zero Gravity Lounge Chair

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Speaking of camping and tailgating, no good outdoor hang sesh is complete without a comfy chair. If there’s a more relaxing foldable chair than Patio Watcher’s Oversized Zero Gravity chair, we haven’t found it yet.

The chair’s “zero gravity” technology comes from thick bungee cords laced between the heavy-duty metal frame and the breathable oxford cloth fabric. The bungee cords automatically adjust up to 400 pounds, increasing lumbar support and alleviating pressure points.

Unlike the zero gravity chairs we found in our hunt for the perfect backyard furniture, these chairs feature oversized dimensions (looking at you, criss-cross-applesauce sitters) and a fully padded seat. It also comes fully assembled, so you can spend less time reading instruction manuals and more time relaxing.

Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven in Cool Mint

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Cheap cookware is often made of low-quality materials that give off toxic fumes and leach heavy metals when heated. The two best non-toxic cookware materials are cast iron and ceramic, and this heavy-duty dutch oven has both.

Le Creuset’s brightly colored, ceramic-coated cast iron cookware was the first of its kind when two French artisans founded the company in 1925. Nearly a century later, the company is still producing state-of-the-art, hardworking cookware that’s non-stick, non-toxic, and features superior heat distribution and retention.

Adding to the company’s cult-worthiness are its limited-edition releases of breathtaking color, gradient, and marble patterns that disappear from the market as quickly as they arrive. This spring, Le Creuset offers their #1 round dutch oven in cool mint, a charming blend of minty blue-green some might call “Tiffany blue.”

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