December 15,2020

Retail Therapy Purchases After You Break Up With Someone

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Looking to do a little emotional spending? You’ve come to the right place.

Retail therapy is super common, especially after you’ve just broken up with someone. Is there a better way to cheer yourself up than with a big, sometimes overly expensive purchase? Maybe, but right now, we’re not thinking about that thing. We’re thinking about the 17 items listed below.

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From booze to self-help books, a ‘Marginata Cane’ plant and a gorgeous coffee table, there’s plenty of goodies here that are bound to ease the pain of a broken heart, even for just a little while.

Let the healing process begin, even if it means putting a small dent in your credit card. You deserve it.

‘Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After’

Who said there’s anything wrong with a little self-help? We’re going basic Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After because there’s no better advice giver than a licensed marriage and family therapist. Author Katherine Woodward Thomas touches upon all the things that are probably running rampant in your head, offering key ways to “heal your heart” and “find emotional freedom” post-breakup.

$16.79 at Amazon.com

 

Hiatus Tequila

No, drinking your sorrows away isn’t the best solution, but pouring yourself a relaxing drink to unwind? Absolutely. There’s isn’t a liquor that encourages taking a break more than Hiatus Tequila. The brand created their three expressions — Anejo, Blanco, Reposado — with hopes that you’ll “seek balance” and “pursue what matters most” with each sip. And if that means reevaluating your life after an untimely split, you do you.

From $54.99 at Drizly.com

A Bar Above 4-Piece Craft Bar Set

What would a bottle of tequila be if you didn’t have the proper barware to accompany it? If you’ve decided that drinking it straight just isn’t for you, grab some tools that’ll make the art of making a cocktail much easier. This set comes with a two-piece Boston shaker, a Hawthorne strainer, and a two-sided Jigger with measurement lines. As for how many drinks you should make, that’s up to you, my friend.

$35.96 at Shop.ABarAbove.com

 

Hyperice Hypervolt GO

A less alcohol-induced way to unwind is with a nice massage. If you don’t feel like being around other people right now, remove those tightly wound muscles with a massage gun. Hyperice Hypervolt GO is crazy easy to use, super quiet, and promises to remove any pain relief or soreness you feel. It can’t heal a broken heart, but it’s a start.

$199 at Amazon.com

AsWeMove Boxer Briefs

You left some of your underwear at your ex’s place, didn’t you? Well, they can have ‘em! They were old, they were ratty, and frankly, you needed an excuse to buy more pairs anyway. AsWeMove aims to be the future of men’s garments below the belt, focusing on form-fitting, lightweight material that’ll keep you cool without any chance of irritation. Anyone would only be so lucky to find you wearing a pair of these after charming your pants off.

$39 at AsWeMove.com

 

Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing

Whatever you do, don’t keep all that pent up anger and frustration inside. Whether on a bag or off, throwing a few jab cross hook combos as part of a healthy exercise routine is a much better idea than putting your first through a wall. Gloves aren’t necessarily required, but if you are looking to invest in a pair, Sanabul are a great option with equally great support no matter how many punches you throw (especially for those on a budget).

From $23.99 at Amazon.com

Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker

A showerhead? As a way to cheer up? Yes, you read that right. Sure, it may not provide the glorious pressure from those notorious rainfall showerhead people always rave about, but does a rainfall showerhead play music? Let the water wash away all your problems while your favorite tunes blast out from the bluetooth-enabled Moxie showerhead speaker. And when you’re done washing away the past, take off the wireless speaker and pack it away so you don’t have to go too long without your favorite tunes.

$308.30 at US.Kohler.com

 

Papers + Ink Tie Dye Fantastic Rolling Papers

We’re not telling you what to fill these papers with, but if you’re looking to smoke a little as a way to calm your nerves during this tough time, you best have the right equipment. Papers + Ink provides you with everything you need in one simple kit: rolling papers, filters, and necessary packing tools. It’s the smooth, slow burn you’ve been waiting for.

$28 at PapersandInk.com

Ably Cruiser French Terry Joggers

If you’re going to be sad at home with a pint of ice cream, at least make yourself comfortable. Frankly, in this situation, sweatpants won’t even cut it. You’ll need something like these odor-free, strain resistant lounge pants from Ably to take the act of couch-melting to the next level. And when you finally do feel ready to see the outside world, there’s no need to even change. You and a pair of French terry joggers are about to become best friends, so just embrace it.

$125 at AblyApparel.com

 

Staheekum Trapper Flannel Slip-On Moccasins

Keeping with the comfortable theme, let’s not forget footwear. A breakup still isn’t an excuse to schlub around in poorly constructed flip flops, so opt for something like slip-on moccasins with a flannel interior that will keep you warm and fashionable at the same time. Aside from being true to size, they’re a great option whether you’re dragging your feet to the grocery store or pacing back and forth as you rethink your life choices in your own apartment.

$40 at Staheekum.com

Stylex Adorn Coffee Table 30”

Why is a coffee table on this list, you ask? Well, just in case you put your foot through your last one in a fit of rage, upgrading to a more adult, stable piece of furniture like this one from Adorn wouldn’t be the worst idea you had. A steel rod base and .375″ top thickness ensures it can withstand books, candles, and maybe a punch every now and then. Plus, with a variety of finishes to choose from — black matte, walnut, dusty pink, just to name a few — it’ll look too good to damage anyway.

From $449 at PineandSouth.com

 

The Loftie Clock

There isn’t one person out there who doesn’t value a good night’s sleep. And after a breakup, those probably aren’t easy to come by. Instead of relying on your cell phone, which you’ve definitely kept on silent as to avoid the outside world, the Loftie Clock is the latest piece of tech to help get you out of bed. Aside from its dimmable display and two-phase alarm, you can play guided meditations, sound baths, and a variety of relaxing sounds right from the device. That means you’re guaranteed some quality zZz even when you feel like you’ll never be able to shut your brain off.

$165 at ByLoftie.com

Molecule Infinity Pro Adjustable Foam Pillow

Despite no longer waking up next to your ex, you can’t shake the feeling that they’re still in your bed with you. No amount of detergent will get them out of your sheets, will it? With that said, it’s probably best to just start fresh, removing things from your shared life including parts of your bed set. An easy place to start: pillows. A purchase from Molecule means not only will your pillows never lose their shape, but your preference for firmness and support will suit your needs, and only yours.

From $55.30 at OnMolecule.com

 

PlantX Dracaena ‘Marginata Cane’

If a dog or cat sounds like too much to take on right now, become a plant parent instead. The added responsibility can be a nice distraction, and no matter how much you talk to your newly potted pal, they’ll never get tired of the conversation. PlantX makes it incredibly easy when it comes to choosing the right plant to match your household’s vibe, providing you with all the necessary information to keep it alive and thriving.

$56 at PlantX.com

Freshly Subscription

Breaking up with someone isn’t an excuse to eat like total trash. Spare your wallet the damage from excessive amounts of takeout and opt for something like a food delivery subscription. If you have no desire to put ingredients together, Freshly does that all for you, sending you full, fresh and tasty meals that you can wolf down without any real work required. You’ll need your energy for when you get back on the horse and back in the dating game.

From $49.99/week at Try.Freshly.com

 

Left Coast Original Personalized Leather Wallet

That poorly constructed, floppy wallet your partner got you for the holidays? Yep, that’s going in the trash. Gift yourself some nice leather goodness, maybe even with your initials on it. Left Coast Original can do that for you, whether you’re interested in something slim, a bifold wallet, or just your regular flip action. Durability is key here, and since your former lover clearly didn’t have a good eye for something like that in a wallet, it’s best you handle it yourself.

$39.19 at LeftCoastOriginal.com

Ten Percent Happier Membership

If you passed over our book option because you’re not much of a reader, maybe putting on some headphones to relax is more your style. A membership to Ten Percent Happier is a one-way ticket to chill town, filled with guided meditations and varying mental wellness experiences brought to you by the best of the best in this space. There’s no doubt that you’re dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety, and this is a great way to get over the hump with someone by your side (or in this case, in your ear).