10 Essential things to buy if you're stuck at home

The threat of coronavirus has turned the world upside down. It's impacting just about everyone, leading to record numbers of people working and being schooled at home. So it's a pretty good idea to stock up both on what you need for a lengthy stay at home and things to make your home life a lot more comfortable. Even if you've already missed the boat on toilet paper and hand sanitizer, which are sold out just about everywhere, you can still get the stuff we've highlighted here. Please note: Prices and availability are accurate at the time of original publication, but are subject to change without notice. And before we start: For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

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1. Instant Pot LUX60 Red Stainless Steel $120


10 Essential things to buy if you're stuck at home

Instant Pots aren’t your grandmother’s pressure cooker. These are electric multi-cookers that safely use steam pressure to cook food up to 70 percent faster. They also have slow cooking features, can sauté, make rice, cook yogurt, make cakes, and almost anything else you can imagine. In fact, the possibilities and features can be overwhelming. So where to begin? Though the Instant Pot brand remains the go-to electric pressure cooker, there are now several models available--all with different features and at a surprisingly wide range of price points. I took the time to select the best one available.

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2. NutriChef Vacuum Sealer | Automatic Vacuum Air Sealing System For Food Preservation w/ Starter Kit $53


NutriChef Vacuum Sealer

NutriChef’s Vacuum Sealer preserves freshness on your food as it reduces air and limiting bacterial growth on your food. That would cause your vegetables, meats and liquids to spoil so easily. Sealing your food blocks growth of mold, fungus and bacteria that are responsible for ruining the taste, appearance and texture. It also creates an extra space in your fridge with the airtight bag packaging. Now you can safeguard your food from spoilage and save a substantial amount of money when buying food in bulk by properly storing it. NutriChef’s Vacuum Sealer can also be used for marinating meat or other different food items for ready-made meals. It’s also lightweight and compact which can be placed on any kitchen counter top with stain-resistant housing that will not absorb any accidental spills.

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3. Weighted Blanket 5 lbs, 36"x48" Heavy Blanket for Adults and Children $53


Weighted Blanket

Promising review: I can't say enough good things about this blanket! I suffer from PTSD, anxiety and fibromyalgia and this blanket has been a life saver! I sleep better and my anxiety at night is a lot better. I got 12lbs, I wish I had gotten 15. But I will probably order a second one since my boyfriend steals my blanket when he comes over. I like the cover it comes with the cool side is cool and the warm side is warm. I also like the cover so you can wash it, you definitely can't throw the actual blanket in the washing machine. Thank you to whomever inveted this blanket! It had made my life better! - Jessica L. Moore.

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4. A Brita pitcher so you won't even need bottled water $25


A Brita pitcher

The design of the Elemaris XL jug is available in a range of colours and is elegant for those wanting a larger capacity. It boasts a range of additional features making it a jug model. Featuring MAXTRA+ filter with MicroFlow technology, impurities from tap water are reduced for drinking, brewing tea and coffee and preparing meals. Elemaris XL large capacity jug also features the innovative Meter to calculate you optimum cartridge exchange frequency based on your water hardness, volume consumption and time.Storage typeAmbientPreparation and usageFor optimum filtration performance exchange MAXTRA+ cartridges every 150 litres or every month.

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5. Butter Toffee Almonds Fresh Gourmet Sweet and Salty Crunch $25


Butter Toffee Almonds Fresh Gourmet Sweet and Salty Crunch

Promising review: So fresh! I purchased these for a family member and they think they are incredible. The butter toffee is still on the almond and not all broken off like most brands that you purchase, if you can even find them anywhere for purchase. Warning: These are dangerous --- Taste so good that you can over-eat them and end up with a stomach ache LOL Thank you for an amazing product --- I will buy again! - Amazon Customer.

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6. A new video game console to make the time fly by $370


A new video game console to make the time fly by

Put your gaming hats on and immerse yourself into a fantastical world. The PlayStation 4 console just what you need for a gaming night with your friends. This PS4 is a bundle of fun and lets you play all your favorite games. Perfect for your home video game console, it comes with DualShock controllers and has an HDMI output. This PlayStation 4 slim features 2TB SSHD storage drive and can be used to watch movies as well. Sit back with a pair of headsets and launch yourself in a virtual world of fun with the all-new slim PlayStation. Featuring beautiful graphics and HDR support, this PlayStation will keep you hooked for hours. This PS4 is lightweight and sleek and will provide you with years of fun expriences. If you are looking for a Christmas gift for your kids, a PlayStation is ideal! Any time is game time! This 2TB SSHD console is just the right pick for you, so jump in on your PlayStation!

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7. Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker $55


Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker

Enjoy a fresh, hot cup of coffee whenever the mood strikes with the AmazonBasics Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker. This handy pod-compatible coffee maker works well in small spaces, apartments, offices, or anywhere coffee is a must-have. Compact enough to take with you or easily tuck away when not in use, the k-cup coffee maker is a convenient solution for staying caffeinated without the multi-step complication of a classic coffee maker.

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8. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug $130


Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Promising review: This mug is great because I never really have to worry about forgetting about my tea, and then coming back to a stone-cold cup 4 hours later. I even accidentally let the cup completely drain the battery, popped it on the charger with my cold tea, and it even reheated the tea to the temperature that I set. The battery is really only good for about an hour but it will work quite happily on the charging base and keep your drink warm. I've not been game enough to drink tea or coffee with milk in it, but if you're looking for a beverage to retain a nice drinking temperature, this cup rocks! - Ed.

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9. Hot Air Popcorn Popper $36


Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Promising review: Have used this about a half-dozen times in the month I had it. As long as you follow the directions (don't over- or under-fill) you will have very satisfactory results. Very few un-popped kernels and NO burned popcorn. Cleanup is quick, with most parts dishwasher safe. Results are far superior to any microwave or stovetop methods.
Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a better way to make popcorn - Rosalind H.

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10. A 2-pound supply of protein powder to keep your nutrition on point $44


A 2-pound supply of protein powder to keep your nutrition on point

Promising review: This is the best protein powder I have ever bought. Period... I’ve told like 12 friends about it. it tastes great and it comes in the biggest container. I use it every single day to make my meal replacement smoothie. Also, I have a dairy allergy and previously purchased a powder that said “dairy free” on the label but was a total lie and a waste of my money... so I was skeptical about all the others. Will keep purchasing!!!! Also has anyone bought anything else from this company that they would recommend? - Irina lukashenko.

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