My Favorite Amazon Purchases of 2018

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Somedays I’m not sure whether it’s a blessing or a curse, but I’m a huge fan of Amazon and avid shopper on their site. Today I thought it might be fun and helpful to share some of my favorite Amazon purchases over the past couple of years.

Recently, I’ve seen several blogger friends share their list of favorite Amazon products on their blogs. I don’t know about you, but I find it interesting to see what other people buy. I’ve also discovered cool products that way.

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Today I thought I’d join in and tell you about some of my favorite Amazon purchases. I decided to just focus on 2018 to narrow the list a bit. Of course, I’m not sharing everything I bought on Amazon. To make it on my list, an item had to check off all of these boxes:

  • love the product
  • use frequently
  • would purchase again
  • would recommend to a friend

Because this list is rather lengthy, I’ve kept my description of each item short. In case you have questions, I’d be happy to answer them in the comments.

Let’s get to it!

Favorite Amazon Purchases of 2018

(Click on the name of the item for a direct link to Amazon.)

Amazon Prime – For me, Amazon Prime is a must. Free 2-day shipping (sometimes free 1-day shipping is available), is a game changer. (I also love the access to all the Amazon Prime shows / movies.) If you’re not on Amazon Prime and you shop a lot from Amazon, you’re definitely missing out. You can try it here FREE for 30 days.

Audible – As I’ve said in the past I’m not a big reader, but I LOVE Audible. I always use it on long trips in the car and often listen to book when I’m having a difficult time falling asleep. Audible is easily one of my favorite things. You can sign up here for a FREE 30 day trial along with two FREE audiobooks. Love that!

Dewalt Leaf Blower – This may be my favorite purchase of the year. It’s the most efficient way to clean-up outside. I use this leaf blower almost daily.

Weber Genesis Grill (plus grill assembly) – I bought this grill because it was the cheapest one I could find, and at the time, they were running a promotion for free grill assembly. It’s turned out to be a great grill, and getting it assembled was the I love it on my deck.

Suncast Hose Hideaway – I have two of these. They are sturdy, well-built, and easy to use.

Outdoor String Lights – These have been hanging on my porch for over a year (even through the frigid PA winter), and I have yet to replace a bulb. The light is warm and cozy.

Woodhaven 8 Foot Firewood Log Rack – This is pricey but well worth it. I have one next to my house for indoor firewood, and I recently purchased another to store firewood near my outdoor fire pit.

Fireplace Color Changing Pine Cones – These are lots of fun. Just toss them into your fire for blue, green, and purple flames.

Bloem Deluxe Watering Can – Love this watering can! They are sturdy with a great water stream, and they are not too heavy when filled with water.

Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer – I use this mostly to clean my deck, porch, and sidewalk. It’s effective and not clumsy or heavy.

Gibraltar Mailbox (Extra Large Capacity) – Since I order a lot from Amazon, having an extra large mailbox is a must. This holds several of the smaller Amazon boxes perfectly. The mailman is a fan, too!

Dyson Cord-Free Vacuum – I use this for quick clean-ups and pet hair removal. The small brush head works great for vacuuming cat hair from furniture. I believe this is an older model. If I were buying a new one, this is the one I’d purchase.

Sonos Speakers – I listen to all of my music through Spotify. If you use a music streaming service as well, these speakers are a game changer. They play through your wireless rather than Bluetooth so you can still use your phone while listening to music. I have two of these and will be purchasing this one in the near future. Amazing sound quality!

Buffalo Check Doormat – I’m one of those people who layers their front door mats. This is my favorite with a fun sisal mat on top.

Vornado Vintage Fan – This was an addition in my master bedroom after I removed the ceiling fan. I’m loving it!

Switch Plate Covers – I’ve been slowly updating all of my switch plates. These are my favorite.

P.F. Candle Amber & Moss (diffuser and candle) – Loving this scent! I use this diffuser in my bedroom and guest bedroom

NEST Reed Diffuser Grapefruit – This is the diffuser I used in my living room and family room during spring and summer.

NEST Reed Diffuser Birchwood Pine – This is the diffuser I used in my living spaces during the holidays.

Blink Indoor Security Cameras – While my home has a security system, it’s not equipped with cameras. These are so easy to install (no wires), and I can check on things while I’m away.

Moccamaster 10-Cup Coffee Brewer – My absolute favorite coffee maker. I use this every morning. It’s chic and brews the perfect cup of coffee.

ChicWrap Plastic Wrap – The initial investment isn’t pocket change, but you will never struggle with plastic wrap again. (You can purchase refills.)

Bounty Paper Towels – I’m trying to limit my use of paper towels. (In my previous home, I didn’t buy them.) I have these set up to be automatically shipped four times a year.

OXO Salad Spinner – This is a must this time of year for farmers market lettuce.

Sprayway Glass Cleaner (12 pack) – This is the BEST glass cleaner you will ever use. The 12-pack is also the best price.

Tabby James Organic Catnip – This is definitely a bougie catnip, but Frankie is obsessed. One bottle typically lasts a couple of months.

Da Bird Cat Toy – This has become my cats’ favorite toy in the universe.

Jumbo Stuff Temptations Treats – The Jumbo Stuff treats are a must around here. The flavor is irrelevant.

Nestle Damak Milk Chocolate – I worked with this brand a few years ago on this post and have been obsessed with this chocolate bar ever since. (The dark chocolate is good; the milk chocolate is next-level good.)

Phaiser Bluetooth Headphones – These are my go-to headphones/earbuds. They stay in my ears while running, plus the price is good.

Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Tape – I’m not sure why, but I go through a lot of packing tape. This stuff is essential at my house.

Padded Furniture Movers – These padded furniture movers allow me to slide furniture without damaging the hardwood floors in my house. (I’m single so I need to be able to move stuff by myself.)

Giant Jell-O Shot Jenga Game – This was a gift to my dad for Father’s Day last year. It was a hit with him and the rest of the family!

Dare to Lead and Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown – I have every book by Brené Brown and love them all. My favorite is Daring Greatly, but these two are amazing as well.

Want more of my favorite items from Amazon? You can visit my Amazon Storefront HERE.

And that’s my Amazon list! I hope you learned a little something about me and picked up a few product recommendations for your own shopping.

Now, I must know, what was YOUR favorite Amazon purchase of 2018? Please tell us in the comments below.

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  1. I loved your purchases and like you I’m on Amazon a lot. I’m retired so I love reading the comments and most of the repetitive questions people ask. Sometimes they’re funnier than watching reruns of SNL (apparently, some people don’t read the entire description of the item they’re shopping for. Anyway, did you know that Amazon has a “hidden section” that’s almost like shopping the Dollar Store?

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for the list! Does the fan keep your whole bedroom cool? I need a fan for my family room and wondering if it is powerful enough or I should consider the next largest size. I love the look of the Vornado! I also used to use Sprayway glass cleaner until I discovered the window cloths. Look for ‘E cloth’ on Amazon. You will love them!!! You only need water, so easy and no streaks. Besides windows they work with mirrors, kitchen counters, shower glass-anything you want streak free. I bought them in a pkg of 12 because I use them that much!

    1. The fan that I have doesn’t oscillate. (I’m not sure if any of theirs do.) I actually have central air. So I like it more for the noise and air movement. I use mine on low and it’s perfect.

      Hope that helps!
      xo Michael

  3. Michael — Just LOVE your blog! You are so very talented and creative. BTW — hubs just loved those Italian style roll ups (made yesterday and he has already scarfed them down). Just thought I would give you a few recommendations from an old lady cleaning freak.
    Vacuum: As far as regular vacuums, I finally broke down and purchased an AMERICAN made vacuum that can be fixed and repaired no matter what. Those cheapie imports (and also a crazy expensive one) were just crappy and if they break, well you are out of luck – to the dump they go. It is RICCAR and I believe is made in STL.
    Glass Cleaner: Another quality glass cleaner that was previously only available commercially is ZEP. It can be found at Home Depot and no doubt online. Love all of their cleaning products that I formerly had to track down their commercial rep to purchase. Good stuff.
    Cat Litter: Just the absolute very best litter I have ever found. I order it from them online and have it delivered. It isn’t cheap, but worth EVERY dime. It lasts a very long time and has no odor. Folks can’t believe that I have two housecats and no odor in my home!! I change the litter (for 2 cats) once monthly (of course scoop daily)!
    Amazing! Not to mention Antiickypoo is the best remover of pet stains and eliminator of all odors. Period!

    Another tip — try versus Amazon. No join up fee, way better prices and great delivery! I always try them before Amazon which I find on the expensive side.

  4. Love your amazon list. Want to order several things. Could you link the padded furniture movers again? The link is not working correctly and calls up the headphones. Thank you!!!

  5. Hi there. Great list, however, links aren’t working for me. Anyone else having this problem? Would love to see exact modals you have chosen (for example, switch plate covers). Keep on sharing your beautiful adventure with us! Thanks.

  6. I love that glass cleaner but then I found Streak Free cloths. OMG! I use them on my furniture, glass, granite, everything. No chemicals, they’re washable and bleachable (NO DRYER), and last for 3 years with proper care. I also have my cat litter and cat wet food delivered monthly From Amazon. I have 3 Dysons-one corded and 2 cord free. I just bought the Dyson Absolute 10 with the docking station and am in love! I can’t stop vacuuming and with 2 cats, I pick up so much hair! Thanks for sharing your top picks.

    1. I will definitely look into those cloths. Are they just called “Streak Free” cloths? And yes! I actually have my cat litter delivered too. This way I never forget. I should have mentioned that.

      Thanks for sharing your faves!

      xo Michael

  7. We just rescued our 4th cat, crazy cat couple. I know. We have been discussing getting the dyson cord free. How do you feel it works on hardwood and rugs if you use it on those surfaces?

    1. Yay! Congrats!!!

      I LOVE it for quick clean-up. However, it doesn’t replace a full size vacuum for me. If you have a small apartment, it would be good too. I love it better for hardwoods vs. carpet.

      Hope that helps!
      xo Michael

  8. I love love love this list! I hate researching and I was planning to buy some of these items. Thanks so much for making my life easier and making my home Inspired by Charm!!!

  9. Such GREAT suggestions, as usual! Thank you!

    Some of my best purchases off of Amazon are:
    • Peugeot Cordials with chilling bases (no ice needed, impressive entertaining item, and the hubby loves them — great Father’s Day gift!)
    • Deco79 3-piece Animal Bell Set (Perfect for Christmas on our front door swag)
    • Brightech LED Waterproof Outdoor Solar String Lights (I leave these up all winter in snow too and they have held up without a bulb change. I like them because they don’t need to plug in anywhere and come on automatically when it gets dark. We love our little porch always lit, even when we aren’t using it)

    Happy shopping and thanks again!

  10. Nice list! I have a few of the same things that are on your list. One thing that I reorder often is batteries. I have several battery operated candles and go thru a lot of batteries. You have a very nice and informative blog and I enjoy following along with your DIY. Thank you for sharing.