Wishlist is the monthly column where we talk about the editors’ personal online purchases, and suggest items we’ve tried ourselves, that we’re happy enough to recommend.
Some edible glitter
An editor bought a series of small packets of “edible glitter” to put in cocktails to make them sparkle, and says it was a “big hit on my New Year’s Eve”. You have used it for drinks but if you want you can also put it on desserts or other foods: it doesn’t taste like anything, therefore “it’s only used for beauty”, and it’s vegan and gluten-free. On Amazon, ten 3-gram jars of different colors cost 26 euros.
One of the Post journalists who most often videotapes and records interviews bought a professional microphone that comes with a clip that allows you to attach it to shirts, shirts and jackets. The microphone can then be connected to smartphones, computers and video cameras and, if desired, also directly to headphones to hear the live audio recording. The cable is 6 meters long. It costs 25 euros, on Amazon.
A city backpack
An editor received a waterproof backpack of about 20 liters as a gift, so light that “the first time I thought I forgot my computer”. He added that “it has somewhat ergonomic shoulder straps and back, so it’s great for cycling”, and if you want you can use the loops on the front to put the padlock on, even if for many it will still be more comfortable to keep it on the handlebar. You can buy it here for 112 euros or on Amazon from 127.
A pair of “touch” gloves
Another person from the Post bought a pair of gloves suitable for those who ride a moped or a bike. The fingertips are “touch”, so they allow you to use smartphones and other devices while wearing them, and they also work very well with the Apple Watch, whose screen has very small keys. They are not very warm, let’s say they protect well from not excessive cold temperatures like those found in Milan. They cost between 15 and 16 euros depending on the size.
A hand soap
“I bought myself a hand soap with an unjustified price, but I wanted it because it makes me feel pampered” began a Post collaborator, putting her hands forward. “I really like it because it has a heavenly scent and contains micro-grains of pumice stone that do a bit of a scrub.” It is from the Aesop brand and the half liter bottle costs 35 euros.
In a moment of emergency, an editor bought a folding ottoman-mattress from Ikea. Having guests at home, he had equipped himself to sleep on an inflatable mattress which, however, he discovered had holes in it, and the Ikea mattress turned out to be the most comfortable and fastest solution to the problem. He says that despite the low expectations he slept well, because “it’s pretty hard”. It’s not very wide (62cm) so it’s good for people with a slim build. «It’s certainly good for those who are used to sleeping on futons, so at floor level, let’s say, but maybe not everyone likes it: as an emergency solution for a few nights, however, it went very well». It folds in four so when not in use it can be kept in a cupboard. It costs 90 euros on the Ikea website.
An ex libris stamp
An editor bought a personalized bookplate stamp (the kind used on the front pages of books to indicate who they belong) as a gift after reading a list of Christmas tips from Consumerisms. On the site you can choose between stamps made only of wood or of brass and wood, which cost slightly more but according to the editor are much more beautiful. «Then you can choose from various designs or have it done simply with name and initials, like the one I chose». It all comes in a very suitable gift box and with ink for stamping. The red dot you see from the photo is used to put the stamp in the right direction. It was “very much appreciated”. It costs 24 euros plus shipping.
A neutral soap
On the advice of a dermatologist, an editor with very sensitive skin bought this neutral, fragrance-free soap. The editor says that for some time now she has only used neutral soaps to wash clothes that are in contact with the skin, to avoid allergies and itching, and that it is very good for this purpose. In case someone has the same need, on Amazon it costs 9 euros.
If you want more, here you can find all the lists of the items we bought in the past months.
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