Forty-five percent of Americans say they usually make New Year’s resolutions, and another 17 percent admit to making resolutions sometimes, according to Statistic Brain. A new year means a fresh start, and another chance to meet your goals, whether you’re looking to save more or pay down debt.
No matter your resolution, go into the new year with the gear you need to succeed. Here are 30 things you can buy for the most common resolutions.
1. Fitbit Charge 2
If your new year’s resolution is to get in shape, you’re not alone — this is one of the most common resolutions. Track your heart rate, calories burned and more with a Fitbit Charge 2. The wristband device is a popular pickup for its sleek design.
2. Rosetta Stone
Want to broaden your cultural horizons in 2016? Learn a new language with Rosetta Stone. The much-touted software creates an immersive digital environment to help you dive into learning. The program is available in several languages — including Spanish, French, German and English.
Price: $159 (24-month subscription)
3. Slow Cooker
When you’re trying to eat healthy, convenience is key — because let’s face it, most of us don’t have time to make food every night. A slow cooker from Crock-Pot is a great addition to any kitchen. Before you head off to work or class, toss vegetables and meat into your slow cooker for a simple, warm meal.
4. Foam Roller
Logging extra time in the gym means sore muscles. A foam roller helps you recover faster, relieving tight muscles and soreness. It can also release built-up tension, helping you relax after a hard day at the office.
Price: As low as $2
5. Mason Jar Herb Garden Set
An herb garden is sustainable, eco-conscious and encourages you to try new and healthier foods. Pick up a Makerskit Herb Garden Gift Set for everything you need to grow, like basil, cilantro, parsley and mint.
Vowing to read more next year? A Kindle is a great way to save money on books and ensure you always have something to read when you’re on the road.
That latte-a-day habit can be pricey, and resolving to make coffee at home can save you some serious coin in 2017. Invest in a coffeemaker — like this one from Black & Decker. If you prefer espressos, try the VonShef 3 Cup Italian Espresso Maker.
Price: $11.99 (coffeemaker), $10.99 (espresso maker)
8. Microgreens Growing Kit
Want to give gardening a go but don’t have much of a green thumb? Try a microgreens growing kit for home-grown food that’s almost impossible to screw up. Microgreens grow quickly and are packed with nutrients. They’re a great addition to salads and sandwiches.
9. ‘Shoe Dog’
The key to a productive year? Inspiration. Start your year off strong with lessons from a business mogul like Phil Knight, the founder of Nike. His memoir, “Shoe Dog,” tells the story of how he turned a $50 loan from his dad into one of the biggest and most successful corporations in the world. You can also try these other best-selling personal finance books.
10. Daily Burn Membership
Sure, variety is the spice of life — but it’s also essential to a successful fitness routine. Pick up a Daily Burn membership and choose from 20 fitness programs to get in shape wherever you are.
Price: $14.95 per month
11. Resistance Band
Perfect for your home workout, a resistance band supports your strength training routine and physical therapy. Best of all, resistance bands are lightweight and easy to store — meaning you’re always ready for a workout or stretch.
Price: As low as $7
12. Mint.com Account
Put your money on lockdown with an account on Mint.com, a popular personal finance tool. The website helps you track expenses and create an action plan for your money.
13. Home Budget Book
If you’re more of a pen and paper kind of guy and prefer crunching numbers yourself, pick up a home budgeting book. It’s a compact option for tracking expenses and savings every day.
14. Sheet Masks
Going full glam can be pricey. A facial at a boutique spa can easily run you $100 or more. To save on your beauty routine, use at-home sheet masks. Orgaid sheet masks are cruelty free, have no chemical preservatives and are gentle enough for sensitive skin. Pick up a six-pack to keep your skin glowing for weeks.
15. Vermiculture Compost Bin
If you’re eco-conscious and have a sense of adventure, try giving vermiculture a go in 2017. You’ll turn your organic kitchen waste into nutrient-rich compost, which you can use to fertilize your garden in the warmer months. The VermiHut 5-Tray Worm Compost Bin is low maintenance and comes with a three-year warranty.
16. Piggy Bank
Unless you pay for everything with plastic, chances are you have a fair amount of change lying around. Put that money to work with a classic savings tool: a piggy bank. You can also pick up a digital energy coin saver that automatically detects the value of the change you put into it. Chances are though, you’ll want to count out the money yourself, for old time’s sake.
Price: As low as $0.99
17. Watercolor Painting Set
Get those creative juices flowing in 2017 with a watercolor paint set. Watercolors are a great way to get into the arts because they’re relatively inexpensive and allow you to create gorgeous abstract works without a lot of experience.
18. Gym Bag
Sometimes the hardest part about staying fit is actually schlepping to the gym. A fresh gym bag might be just what you need. Try a classic Adidas duffel bag that’s durable and water resistant.
Price: $29.99 to $40
19. Low-Flow Shower Head
Becoming more eco-conscious in 2017 means watching your water consumption. Picking up a low-flow shower head helps.
Price: $11.98 (two-pack)
20. Hot Yoga Towel
Don’t slip when you go into downward dog. If you’re getting serious about your fitness in 2017, invest in a hot yoga towel. It puts a barrier between you and the gym’s stinky yoga mat.
Price: $9.99 to $24.99
22. Smart Power Strip
Cutting down on your energy consumption not only makes your home more eco-friendly, it helps you save money, too. A smart power strip automatically cuts power when it’s not in use, so you don’t waste money paying for phantom energy pulled by TVs and other devices.
23. Molecular Gastronomy Kit
If you have an interest in science and love to eat, try out molecular gastronomy. This kit gives you everything you need to play with textures and flavor. It’s a great gift for anyone resolving to try new things — or have more fun with food.
24. S’Well Water Bottle
Lose weight this new year by substituting sweet drinks with water. Try a non-toxic, BPA-free water bottle from S’well.
Price: From $27
25. Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer
Raise your hand if you could stand to eat more veggies. The Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer turns your vegetables into fine ribbons you can add to any dish. Use it to make zucchini spaghetti, homemade sweet potato fries or ornate cucumber salads.
Discover new, nutritious flavors with a healthy cookbook like “Oh She Glows Every Day.” With more than 100 recipes, you’ll always have something to cook. And if you plan on entertaining guests next year, your cookbook will help you put together the perfect dinner party menu.
Check out an #eatclean Instagram and you’ll see scrumptious acai bowls, smoothies and pureed soups — all super-healthy fare you can make with a high-powered blender. You’ll also be able to make nut butters and homemade flours. A popular choice is a Vitamix 5200 Series Blender.
28. Echo Dot
For tech fanatics, the Echo Dot from Amazon is a nifty way to tackle your New Year’s resolutions. The device can help you get up and moving in the mornings, control devices in your home and keep you updated on the markets.
29. Dry Erase Board
A simple solution for the disorganized. A dry erase board puts your goals for the week front-and-center.
A planner helps you stay organized wherever you are. This folio organizer includes pockets for your smartphone, business cards, spare change and pen, and includes a small three-ring binder so you can keep crucial notes with you.
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