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13 Things Everyone is Going to Buy When Quarantine is Over

You didn't know you needed an extra freezer—until you couldn't find one in stock anywhere.

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We all know people who will make a beeline for their Botox, waxing, threading, and hair salons after quarantine lets up, but you may also want to schedule a trip to your local department stores to pick up items that were nearly impossible to find during the quarantine. Here is a list of some of the items you may not have realized were necessities—until you went to buy them and couldn’t.

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Food storage racks for keeping essentials


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Having an extra supply of non-perishable items, like canned goods, toothpaste, long-lasting pantry staples, and oh-so-scarce toilet paper, can help you feel prepared for whatever the virus does next. But unless you fancy keeping it in your living room (throw a blanket over it and call it furniture?) then you need a place to store it. Pop-up shelving allows you to take advantage of spaces in closets or basements while still keeping everything handy and organized. These heavy-duty Best Office metal storage shelves are sturdy and adjustable.

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An exercise bike for fitness


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Exercise is one of the best things you can do to stay physically healthy and mentally sane but just because the quarantine is ending doesn’t mean you can head straight back to your favorite spin classes like normal. Not to mention that many gyms are staying closed. Having some basic workout equipment at home, including a bike for cardio, can help you make sure you get some exercise, even if your home is your only option. The Exerpeutic folding fitness bike has a large seat for comfort and also folds away for easy storage.

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Nail polish and hair removal tools for beauty touchups


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Keeping up beauty standards was tough during quarantine and even after lockdowns end, good luck trying to get an appointment any sooner than a month out. Stocking up on basic beauty supplies, like a manicure kit, hair dye, hair removal cream, tweezers, face masks, and other essentials will help you keep up your self-care. These Schick hair-removing dermaplaning razors are one of the hottest selling items during the quarantine.

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A breadmaker for fresh bread


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Now that we’ve all discovered the joys of homemade bread, we’re also starting to remember why people began buying it in the first place: It’s delicious and cheap to make, but it can be time-consuming! As quarantine ends and you have to go back to the office, store, or restaurant, you can have the best of both worlds with a bread maker, like this Amazon Basics bread machine that gets high marks for affordability and reliability. You still get fresh homemade bread but with much less work. Don’t miss the bread recipe 50,000 people a day are viewing.

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A basic toolkit for home repairs


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Quarantine taught many people how to be a handyman, making little repairs around the home that might have required a service call before. Get yourself well-equipped with this Cartman basic home toolkit to do smaller fixes and projects around your house, like changing a light fixture, repairing drywall, fixing a leaky faucet, hanging pictures, etc. Or try one of these 11 home-improvement projects you can do without a professional.

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Patio furniture for backyard bliss


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Many people turned their yards into quarantine-cozy spaces with lush gardens and twinkly lighting. As we go into summer, you’ll want to spend even more time in your yard so consider making it more comfortable with an outdoor lounge chair or patio furniture. This Homall four-piece set is great for smaller spaces like a balcony


An accurate thermometer for fever checks


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A fever is one of the first signs of COVID-19 so it’s important to have a reliable thermometer to check body temperature. A rectal temperature is considered the gold standard but most people don’t want to use one, for obvious reasons. A digital thermometer placed under the tongue, with the lips closed, is fine for most adults and children over age three. However, if you want the most accurate reading it might be worth it to pay a little extra for a temporal artery thermometer, also known as a forehead thermometer, like this iHealth no-touch thermometer.

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First aid kit for safety


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Hospitals are still coronavirus hotspots so having supplies to treat basic illnesses and injuries at home is a must. Yet first aid supplies were one of the first things to fly off shelves as people prepared for quarantine. You can make your own personalized kit with extra of your medications and the supplies you use the most. Or you can purchase an all-purpose kit, like this First Aid only kit. Either way, make sure you’re not missing these 13 important supplies that are often left out of first aid kits.


An outdoor grill for your favorite “fast” foods


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Grilled burgers, veggies, or even pizza are favorite restaurant treats that have been hard to get during the quarantine. Make sure you can get what you crave by having a grill at home. You can go fancy with a multi-burner gas grill or you can keep it simple with a charcoal or propane grill. To add extra flavor (and make your neighbors drool) try an outdoor smoker, like this Char-Griller.

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Masks for protection


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Masks have been a hot item since the beginning of the pandemic and with the ongoing rules to wear them in public, they’ll continue to fly off store shelves. Thankfully many companies are producing more masks than ever to alleviate the shortage. (It’s true, you can actually buy these Tomrick Care disposable face masks, again!) Or you may want to purchase fabric and elastic so you can make your own masks.


Jigsaw puzzles to keep you entertained


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Puzzles are a fun way to pass the time indoors and sales of jigsaw puzzles skyrocketed during quarantine, making them almost impossible to find. Join a puzzle-trading group or stock up on a few new ones to keep you entertained the next time you’re stuck at home indefinitely. We love the colorful options from Lemonade Pursuits. Jigsaw puzzles aren’t just fun, they also help keep your brain healthy and young.

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A robot vacuum cleaner for cleaner floors


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More time spent at home means more wear and tear on your floors. You may have had plenty of extra time to do more mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming—but that doesn’t mean that’s how you want to spend your free time! Keep up on the mess with an automatic robot vacuum. This BoostIQ Robovac has plenty of power for a good price. Make sure you know the places you should—and shouldn’t—store your robot vac.


A set of hair clippers for straight trims


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Quarantine haircuts got a reputation for being, well, horrendous and hilarious. Having a set of electric clippers will go a long way in preventing this type of home-hair disasters in the future. A simple set allows you to do many types of men’s hairstyles but also helps women trim their bangs evenly or cut off split ends. You can even use it on your pets if you need to. This Philips Norelco set is the perfect one to have on hand. Check out the 11 best hair clippers to use at home.

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Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Charlotte Hilton Andersen, BS, MS, has been covering health, fitness, parenting and culture for many major outlets, both in print and online, for 15 years. She's the author of two books, co-host of the Self Help Obsession podcast and also does freelance editing and ghostwriting. She has appeared in television news segments for CBS, FOX and NBC.