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What Strategist Readers Are Buying: Weighted Blankets, Elegant Trousers, and Plant Auto-Waterers

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Welcome to Your Shopping Cart, wherein we break out the top-ten products that you, devoted Strategist UK readers, all bought in droves. Think of this as the tl;dr of the Strategist UK: If your like-minded brethren are buying these items, maybe you’d like to as well.

This month’s roundup of the stuff Strategist UK readers have bought sees some continued love for Amazon’s weirdly good in-house fashion line and the plant doodad that will keep your pothos from dying. But there’s been some new entries, too, like a Strategist-approved weighted blanket and a geometric fruit bowl that could even make Granny Smiths look fancy. If you’re looking for more inspiration, hit up our gift-guide hub to find something forliterallyanyone.

Photo: Jeanne Sutton

The tapered jersey trouser from Amazon’s U.K. fashion label, Find. has gone from the second-most-bought product in January to the top spot this month. The trousers, which writer Jeanne Sutton said were pyjama comfy but office smart, have been selling in both navy and black styles.

Weighted blankets continue to be popular. This one by Jaymag was the best rated when we did a deep dive into the most popular blankets according to hyperenthusiastic reviewers and has made its debut on our most-bought list. We shouldn’t be surprised; every reviewer who used it for autism, anxiety, or insomnia gave this weighted blanket a glowing review.

The Scheurich Bordy Watering System (or ‘Plant Doodad’, as we have taken to calling it in the Strategist offices) has helped writer and plant parent Coco Khan stop killing her plants, and it’s the third-top-selling item this month. “The soil only extracts what it needs, and so the risk of overwatering is eliminated,” wrote Khan.

Another new entry this month is this geometric bowl made from metal and wood. We first stumbled across it as part of our story on the best cheap (but expensive-looking) kitchen accessories. While it’s ostensibly a fruit bowl, we like the thought of lining it with a napkin and serving crusty bread from it.

These shelves were featured in our roundup of the best cheap (but expensive-looking) bathroom accents and made their debut in our most-bought last month. We’ve since seen a handful of people share them on Instagram, and tag @thestrategistuk. The low lip on the shelf means they’re just as good at showing off a statusy hand soap or a succulent as they are storing bathroom essentials. The little rail for a face cloth is also a nice touch.

The miracle product Strategist contributor Frankie May Wong swears by. After a cystic zit refused to go away for six months (seriously, she tried everything), a beauty editor friend recommended her this beta gel by Medik8. Wong said the combination of dioic acid, azelaic acid, and niacinamide seems to be the reason for its effectiveness. “After using the Medik8, there’s no scarring, and no dry patch where my zit used to be — perhaps because of those additional ingredients,” she wrote. It was the sixth-most-bought product this month, and a new entry in February.

It makes sense that one of the top-ten items this month was a Valentine’s Day card. We had a look online for the best cards to give your beloved on February 14th , and this Simpsons-themed option proved particularly popular.

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We haven’t seen this mould spray in our most-purchased since way back in November, but it’s reappeared this month. Writer Rachel England says it saved her from having to get her entire bathroom re-grouted. “Simply walking into the bathroom was making me angry, and having guests over left me cringing in shame,” she writes. A friend put her on to this hero product, created by a Swedish former pool-cleaning expert, and it transformed her gunk-and-fungus-filled bathroom.

The Trtl travel pillow, which is actually more like a padded scarf, has been in our most-purchased since December. It’s moved down a few places since then – it was at number three last month – but it’s still an essential purchase for anyone flying long distances. Travel writer Emma Cooke wrote that it’s the comfiest pillow she’s used to date, and never flies without it. This item tied with the concrete planter (below) for our ninth-most-purchased product this month.

A cement or concrete planter is a great, textural item to introduce to any room. We first found this one when we looked at the best cheap (but expensive-looking) bedroom accents you can buy on Amazon, but it would also look nice in a living room or even at the office. This item tied with the Trtl pillow (above) for our ninth-most-purchased product this month.

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What Strategist Readers Are Buying This Month