32 Things You And Your S.O. Could Probably Use If You’re Socially-Distancing Together

32 Things You And Your S.O. Could Probably Use If You’re Socially-Distancing Together

Ear plugs, card games, and even a screaming goat that’ll keep the peace *and* keep you entertained.

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A set of silicone ear plugs, because these’ll give you the gift of SILENCE when they’re being oh-so-distracting while you work. Deep breaths.


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Promising review: “My boyfriend snores. Loudly. We have wood floors in the bedroom and the dogs. If the dogs walk around, you hear it. Wonderful in the middle of the night. I have tried every earplug imaginable. I can still hear stuff. I tried these on a whim and oh my God! You cannot hear anything. Nothing. I don’t hear the fan, the dogs, or my boyfriend snoring. I do however hear my alarm because I set it super high. But even then, it’s low. It’s a good thing I’m a light sleeper. I find them super easy to use.” —ffpm47

Get a set of six pairs from Amazon for $3.96.

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An LED neck reading light so you can stay up later than your beau and read your book without keeping them awake — it turns out the hardest transition is different bedtimes.


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Promising review: “This is a fantastic design. I was using a standard book light to read by, but wanted something else so I can knit while watching TV and not bother others with the light, and also not have to clip it on to anything. Well, this is perfect. It has three brightness settings, is extremely comfortable and directionally adjustable. I ended up using it to read by as well, and got rid of my book light. Haven’t recharged it as of yet, but it seems light a high quality idem.” —Tara Wells

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).

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A pizza stone for learning new skills together while staying home — and what’s better than becoming pizza aficionados? Now you can make restaurant-quality pizza right in your own home…the perfect addition to all your movie nights.


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Promising review: “This is a solid, heavyweight, large stone. It is big enough to make baguettes. It will only make one medium pizza at a time, though you could fit two small ones. The pizza comes out with the crust crispy on the bottom and just perfect overall! Takes about eight minutes to fully cook a pizza with toppings. Yum!” —artcat

Get it from Amazon for $40 (available in three styles).

To learn more about why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out “I Tried Making Pizza On A $40 Pizza Stone Versus In A Fancy Pizza Oven.”

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A set of stick-on bumper pads that’ll muffle e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, from slamming microwaves, toilet lids, glasses, cabinets, you name it. If your S.O. usually makes a scene with it, it’s fair game.


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Promising review: “I 100000% guarantee that you will love this item. Living in a house with three kids can be a loud process, from slamming doors, dropping items, etc. I had to think of an idea on how to make that process a little more quiet. So I found these little rubber bumpers and wow what a surprise. They have been a life-changer. Everything is so quiet — I recommend it to anyone else with loud kids!” —Tylers product review

Get a pack of 300 from Amazon for $9.99.

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An Instant Pot, because this’ll make meal-prepping together incredibly simple (especially if both of you hate cooking duty). Dump everything in the pot, wait for everything to cook, and that’s it. Maybe now you’ll only convince the other to order takeout…twice a week.


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Promising review: “I live in a Sprinter van full-time and was using an induction burner for cooking, but since I’ve gotten this little gem, I haven’t used the induction burner once! This is so easy to use, and it’s the perfect size for one or two people. I’ve been making a lot of stews, and I’ll sauté the onions, carrots, and meat (if I’m using meat) then add everything else, seal it, and set it for seven minutes on high pressure. I let it release naturally and have a perfectly cooked, tasty meal every time. Because this cooks so quickly, it is very easy on my solar system. I can reheat leftovers on sauté in four minutes, and it’s only drawing 67a while it’s on.” —The Galavan

Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in three sizes).

To learn more, check out “I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone’s Obsessed With.”

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Fitness Boxing compatible with Nintendo Switch so you and your partner can not only get some exercise in together, but also have a fun way to get all your pent-up energy (and perhaps frustration??) OUT. Though you may get pretty competitive with each other…


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This is compatible with Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Ring-Con Grips. My BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves using this as way to shake up her workout routine!

Here’s what she has to say: “Now that I haven’t been able to go to the gym, my number one exercise resource has become Fitness Boxing. I connect the Switch to my TV, hold a controller in each hand, and go to town on a surprisingly intense workout each morning. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of the song selections, so my “hack” is to mute the TV and play my own favorite Spotify playlists (Tik Tok Songs 2020, anyone??). I typically used this game to mix up my working routine, but over the last few weeks I’ve been using it more than ever!”

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

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A wraparound headband with built-in headphones for ignoring the heck out of your loved one when you’re trying to fall asleep, but they’re still blasting the TV. Reviewers say it stays in place even if you drift off with it on, and truly helps them fall and *stay* asleep.


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Promising review: “I love, love, love these! I have been suffering from insomnia for over a year, partly because my husband snores so loudly. I’ve tried regular ear buds, which fall out, sleep aids, you name it. Nothing else was working, so finally broke down and bought these. I’m so glad I did! Last night, I wore these sleep headphones for the first time and fell asleep so fast! I put white noise on and it completely drowned out the snoring! Definitely try these if you have trouble falling asleep. They were super comfy and easy to sync with my phone.” —Julie Simbto

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A magnetic monthly calendar dry erase board that’ll help you two communicate about Zoom meetings, virtual doctor appointments, or anything else that requires s-i-l-e-n-c-e. Aka they’ll have fair warning to use headphones at 2 p.m. sharp.


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It comes with a dry erase marker and magnet, and has a separate column for a to-do list.

Promising review: “I am OBSESSED with this adorable white board. It’s super cute and the perfect size. It even came with a magnet (with cork on back so you could pin something) and a whiteboard marker with eraser on the back that clips in at the top of the board. Good quality and excellent price. My cube looks adorable with this new addition!” —Amanda Wilson

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

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A triple-compartment laundry basket with sections for dark, light, and colored clothing, because this’ll seriously come in handy if you’re not exactly on the same laundry schedule. Maybe your partner wears the same thing all darn week, while you change outfits more than you breathe. Now you can throw in easy loads without bothering each other.


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Or perhaps you just don’t trust them to properly separate the laundry 🙃.

Promising review: “So far everything seems really good! It was easy to assemble, and it holds a lot of laundry. It’s narrow so it doesn’t take up too much space, but it’s also very roomy inside so it can hold a lot of stuff. I like the three compartments.” —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $32.98.

10.

An odor-removing gel so you can maintain a clean-smelling bathroom despite the room now getting…double the action. Sure, you could use a spray, but your partner always forgets. Let this handle everything.


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This *absorbs* the odors instead of simply masking them with perfume-y scents and lasts up to 60 days.

Promising review: “I have eight large-breed dogs that have the run of the house, even though we sweep and vacuum twice a day you can still smell dog. I have little to nothing in the way of soft surfaces that hold odor and the whole house gets a deep clean three times a week, but the smell keeps popping up. I put three of these around my house and people have asked me if the dogs are not in the house anymore. It doesn’t cover up the smell, it really eliminates it and leaves the house smelling crisp and clean.” —BB Caldwell

Get it from Amazon for $13.62.

11.

An adjustable laptop desk for comfortably relocating your “office” whenever you have meetings at the same time, or you simply need your space (understandable).


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Promising review: “As a college student, I’m constantly sitting and looking down when doing school work. It got to a point where my shoulders and neck were sore every day and my hips ached from sitting either in a chair or on my bed criss-cross-applesauce style. Now, I can comfortably take notes and write flashcards while semi-laying down (no more hunching over to write for long periods!). My laptop stays firmly in place on its surface because of the fold up lip, and the adjustable tray makes viewing or writing at any angle a total breeze. This lap desk is my favorite studying tool, and I’ve recommended it to everyone who listens because it’s honestly that great.” —Kristen

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in seven styles).

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A beverage chiller that’ll cool fresh, hot coffee in under ~two minutes~ — why do you need this, you ask? If one of you is team hot coffee, but the other is team cold brew, you now have the easiest solution (and you can still share a pot to prevent waste).


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It comes with an insert that you can place in the freezer until you’re ready to use it. Just place it into the pitcher after pouring in your coffee (or other hot drinks) and wait for up to two minutes!

Promising review: “I love this thing for making iced coffee!! It’s awesome! It instantly chills my beverage without watering it down and is such an easy concept! I usually rinse mine off right away and store it back in the freezer so it’s ready to use again! Definitely recommend!” —Suejung

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

See what we picked as the best cold brew makers (that we tried and tested) in “If You Drink Cold Brew, You Need One Of These Coffee Makers In Your Life.”

13.

A set of silicone mini loaf pans, because these’ll help you two learn how to bake together (a very necessary and soothing part of social-distancing, IMO). You can use these to make anything: loaves of bread (aka what everyone on your Insta feed is making), fancy desserts, you name it.


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Promising review: “Received my four-pack of silicone mini loaf pans yesterday (even a day early) and put them to work within an hour! Impressed! No greasing pans anymore, no more costly liners. My cinnamon apple pecan loaves AND banana breads turned out of their pans beautifully! Clean up is super simple too! A little hot water from the jet stream, then a quick dunk in hot soapy water and they’re clean within seconds! I’ve turned out nearly two dozen loaves in two days — every single one of them, perfect! Great item! I’ll be investing in a lot more of these in the near future!” —Troy & Kim

Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.99.

14.

A self-charging robot vacuum so you can finally end the war known as Who Is Going To Clean The House? This’ll do all the work *for* you guys — it even automatically increases its suction when extra strength is needed. Plus! It’s designed to be ~super quiet~, meaning crumbs will be handled without interrupting your meetings.


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It boasts powerful suction at 1300Pa for up to 100 minutes. It *also* has infrared sensors for evading obstacles, drop-sensing tech to avoid falls, and automatically recharges. You’ll get a remote control, charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, an extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes, and five cable ties.

Promising review: “I absolutely love this! Living with four roommates that don’t clean (two dogs, one cat, one lazy human), I needed some assistance in keeping my place neat and free of hair tumbleweeds. This thing is AMAZING. It’s sleek, quiet, and does an incredible job on my hard floors, rugs, and carpet. It’s very quiet, honestly I had it run at midnight last night with no interruptions to my sleep. The suction is great, and you’ll see the amazing little trails on the carpet that clean people like me live for. I even have a higher pile rug in my room that I was concerned about, but my little guy went right over it with no issues.” —Megan

Get it from Amazon for $219.99+ (available in two colors).

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Skip-Bo, a fun card game perfect for two people, that’ll help you take a much-needed break from Netflix. It’s simple but requires *just* enough strategy to keep you both entertained for hours — especially if one of you is competitive (cough, cough).


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I recently played this with my partner and his family (but it’s great for two people!), and I got SO into it — apologies to the world if I’m extremely late to the ~game~ on this. But here’s how you play, just in case: Each player has to create sequencing stacks of cards in ascending order (1, 2, 3, etc.). Easy enough, right? But you can only use your current hand of five cards — and people can (and should) strategize against you. When you don’t have the right card, you have to add it to your “stockpile”, which you *don’t* want to build up. Whoever uses up all their cards first wins!

Promising review: “My husband and I are senior citizens. I wish I could buy by the six-pack as we go through these over time. We play every other day and it’s so much fun. Of course, there is some random luck involved, but there is strategy in how you manage your piles, judging when to play, and when to hold back. I love that two people can play (not true with many games) and we travel with this and play in doctors’ offices and in airports.” —KT

Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

16.

A handy grocery pad for keeping better track of what you’ll need at the store now that your fridge and pantry are emptying at the speed of light. Interesting that your favorite chips keep going missing…


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Promising review: “I am loving this grocery shopping pad. It’s so handy to have it on the fridge so I can use it, but the family can add things to it over the week. There are no excuses in this house for not having what you want from the store. I love how 95% of everything I need is on the list, but there’s also a few lines in each section to write stuff in as well as a space at the bottom for miscellaneous items. I feel so well prepared when I go to the store now!” —Aundrea

Get it from Amazon for $6.36 (available in six styles).

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And! A jar scraper, because this’ll help you get every. last. DROP of things like peanut butter and jam so you don’t have to spend *quite* as much at the store every week. Who knew your biggest budget would be for feeding both of you? I suppose I saw it coming…


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Promising review: “I use this in my blender and it fits perfectly. I don’t get my hands dirty, because it is long enough to reach. It also smoothly slides the remaining ingredients out, even the edges. Great product.” —Teri Elliott

Get it from Amazon for $9 (available in four colors).

18.

An app called Splitwise so you can keep track of shared bills, rent, and random expenses without feeling like you’re constantly nickel-and-diming them. This’ll do all the math for you two.


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You can keep track of shared expenses, organize upcoming bills, and record cash and online payment (you can link your banking info to this for direct payments!).

Promising review: “Man this is such a great app! I’m using it to split the living expenses with my roommates! We used to keep all our receipts and I would manually calculate at the end of the month, but this app allows us to keep track as we go. So long mountain of receipts!” —Cafedonut

Get it from the Apple Store or Google Play for free.

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A white noise machine for not only helping you drift off to sleep if you go to bed earlier (hello, TV in the other room), but *tuning* them out if you have trouble concentrating on your work. Even if they have to be in the same room, this’ll help thanks to its ~10~ fan and ambient sounds that totally drown out outside noises.


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Promising review: “This sound machine has literally changed my life. The sleep with this machine is like nothing I have ever experienced. Our neighbor likes to spend his mornings shoveling gravel on a cement surface with a metal shovel about four to fight feet from my window (like 6 a.m. early) and to be honest I was starting to have some pretty dangerous thoughts about stealing his shovel. The machine somehow COMPLETELY covers the noise from the shovel, the toilet flushing next to my room, dogs barking, etc. It is incredible. There are a plethora of choices concerning volume and intensity of sound. Highly recommend.” —MorAvFire

Get it from Amazon for $46.72 (available in two colors and styles).

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And! A NodPod sleep mask that’ll block out any light your beloved may keep on despite you TRYING. TO. SLEEP. It’s essentially a weighted blanket for your eyes to soothe you to sleep in the most relaxing way possible. Plus, it’ll stay in place no matter how much you move at night.


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Promising review: “This is a fantastic product. I sometimes work night shifts and when I would get home, I had trouble falling asleep. Not anymore though, the weighted NodPod provides a comfortable, dark environment to allow me to drift off to sleep. It is cool against my skin, like a massage for my eyes!” —Customer #1

Get it from Amazon for $32 (available in two colors).

21.

A dishwasher magnet, because this’ll help you two keep track of whether the dishes are clean or dirty. Sadly, it won’t share who was the last to actually unload it.


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Promising review: “I purchased this magnet for my dishwasher to help my family in knowing when the dishwasher was clean vs. dirty. It has also helped me to remember to start the dishwasher instead of waking up to it being dirty, since I like to load it during the day and run it at night when water is cheaper and it provides a soothing white noise for me to sleep to. What I love about this magnet is that it has a great magnetic grip to my dishwasher, it doesn’t fall off when I put the lid down. I rotate it without ever removing the magnet from the dishwasher. I am very happy with it.” —Nicole Durham

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

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A six-bottle wine delivery so you always have the important adult juice on hand without having to run out to the store. There are two oenophiles in the house now, but why should that mean double the trips?


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Plus! Every wine bottle is sourced from independent winemakers, who they fund upfront (cutting out sales, marketing, and fancy packaging costs). The result? High-quality wine at affordable prices! They have a wide selection so you never get bored — we’re talking red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert. You can even narrow it down by style, price, and country. And it’s all delivered right to your door!

Get six bottles from NakedWines.com for $49.99.

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And! A Shout advanced stain-removing spray for making sure your night doesn’t go ~sour~ if…someone…spills their glass on the rug. All you have to do is spritz and take deep breaths — and it works on just about every kind of stain! Meaning you guys don’t have to worry about any mess-related grudges.


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Promising review: “This is the BEST stain-removing product I found. It does a great job with things like tomato paste, red wine, red cranberry juice, blueberry and strawberry stains, etc. I keep it handy in my laundry room, my closet, and even keep some in my travel bag. It has saved more clothes from the trash bin than I can remember. It works fast, does not leave a shadow or mark, and does not fade colors. Suffice it to say, I’m a believer, and I highly recommend this product!” —Vickie Unrue

Get it from Amazon for $4.18.

24.

A natural headache-relief balm that’ll keep throbbing headaches at bay whenever the concept of personal space feels like a distant memory. You love them dearly, but by god, you just want to pee alone.


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Its organic ingredients (like chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, and beeswax) can help alleviate tension, headaches, migraines, and migraine-induced nausea by rubbing it on your temples every 5–15 minutes.

Promising review: “I am so happy. I had a migraine for 11 days then came across this Headache Ease Balm. It has decreased the pain to a mild-medium headache which is a MASSIVE DROP IN MY PAIN. If you have a headache that’s driving you nuts, buy this; it does help. Although I believe in herbal remedies my pain was so bad I didn’t think it would help. I am so happy I decided to give it a try.” —Journey

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in six scents).

25.

A six-outlet wall charger designed specifically for larger chargers, because this’ll solve at least one recurring argument if you both work in the same space and need to charge your laptop. Working from home together is so peaceful 😊.


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This also comes equipped with two USB fast-charging ports and a night-light.

Promising review: “Love this. I have many items to plug in now that I have to office at home. There’s plenty of room to plug in two laptops, a computer, a monitor and my Alexa safely. It’s a little bulkier than I was expecting but that is due to the room your items will need.” —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

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A pair of Bluetooth headphones so you can use these to watch TV, play your video games, or just listen to music without bothering your S.O. Maybe now you won’t get dirty looks for playing Fallout all afternoon. Maybe.


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They also have noise-reducing technology if you want to wear them *in silence*. My BuzzFeed Shopping colleagues who tested these, as well as other wireless headphones, say these are surprisingly comfortable for extended wear — which is great, because they boast 13 hours of playback time.

Here’s a bit about what the testers had to say: “We’re happy to report that these headphones match (and, in some cases, outperform) many of their more expensive rivals in the budget category. We were also pleasantly surprised by how comfortable these cups were. We were even more surprised that they remained comfortable after extended use. “Good luck prying these from anything but my cold dead body,” said one tester when the process was done. (Editor’s note: She was not actually dead.) The sound quality on these headphones is by no means perfect either, and that’s to be expected when shopping for a pair at this price point. But if you’re looking for an upgrade from your wired buds, perhaps to use on your work commute or next cross-country flight, these will certainly feel like one.”

Get them from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in eight colors).

Learn more about why these were our low-budget pick for best wireless headphones in “The Best Wireless Headphones For Your Buck.”

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A handy reminder device for actually keeping track of whether the dog has been fed if time doesn’t feel real now that you’re inside all day. No more accidentally feeding them twice. A win for you guys. A loss for the dog.


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Promising review: “This is an awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything, because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just see if it’s green and if it’s not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!” —Toni Deegan

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

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A screaming goat figurine that’ll help you release some steam when you KNOW you love them, but they KEEP eating YOUR snacks. I’m not saying this will solve your arguments, but it’ll certainly feel better than bottling up your frustration. LET IT OUT.


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Promising review: “This little piece of screaming plastic has created an excellent outlet for resolving frustrations in our home. Every time a conflict or struggle arises we push the little goat, get a gratifying screech, chuckle and move on throughout our day. No regrets on purchasing this. When you get one get four or five because you’re going to want to share with family and friends.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

To learn more about this, check out “If You Need A Quick And Easy Gift, This Screaming Goat Is The Answer.”

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A faux fur blanket, because you need something to snuggle with if your S.O. likes to keep the AC at a toasty 40 degrees. Consider this your new desk mate that keeps you warm while you work.


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Promising review: “This blanket is gorgeous! It’s exactly as shown in color. It’s VERY soft and luxurious. I washed it on cool water, gentle cycle, dried it on low heat and it came out beautiful. It’s very warm and comforting. I got it for use as a throw on my couch. It will be great for the winter nights ahead to snuggle up with. Oh, and it doesn’t shed either. When I dried it there was BARELY anything in the dryer filter. Very happy with this purchase.” —Lori Hungate

Get it from Amazon for $24.98 (available in four sizes and 13 colors).

To learn more, check out “This Impossibly Cozy Blanket Is Everything You Need This Winter.”

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A deodorizing dog body spray so you can, um, neutralize your precious pup’s odors if you *know* when they walk into the living room. You guys are all living in close quarters now, and I can only imagine the weekly arguments over who’s in charge of bathing the dog. This’ll be a great short term solution.


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By the way, this is a fantastic Black woman-owned premier pet care facility based in NYC. They sell dog-grooming products, like shampoos, sprays, and brushes, as well as adorable care packages (they even have one for Pride Month!). You can also book grooming services if you’re in New York.

Get it from The Bark Shoppe for $9.99 (available in four scents).

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A set of Wonder Hangers for instantly making extra space in your shared closet — I don’t think there’s ever been anything so crucial. One thing we all learned about our partners: they have WAY too many clothes.


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Promising review: “I live in a New York City apartment with a standard NYC closet. No matter how I tried to organize my clothes (by color, by season) they became wrinkled, or forgotten in the crush. On a whim, I checked Amazon for closet accessories and found (TA DA!) the Wonder Hanger! I have so much more room now, I can easily find what I’m looking for, and my shirts stay neat and pressed. I just ordered four more. (One is for my husband who saw the results and wanted one for his closet). To the genius who created these, my closet and I say ‘Thank you!'” —Nini

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

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A splurge-worthy hybrid mattress that’ll help you two upgrade from a full- or twin-sized bed now that you need SPACE. After spending all day cooped up together, no one would blame you for wanting your very own side of the bed. Plus! Its cooling foam regulates the temperature so you never overheat, which is incredibly easy with two people.


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And! This actually *combines* supportive coils and pressure-relieving foam to make sure you two get the best 👏 sleep 👏 ever 👏. You can even *flip* this to limit sag and make it last longer than most mattresses. Sheep…the ball is in your court now.

Promising review: “I had been having back, shoulders, and neck pain, so I knew it was time to change my old mattress. Not sure about choosing the right mattress, after much research I decided to buy this Idle mattress. What a great choice! First night, I slept like a baby, second night I slept for 14 hours straight! No more back or shoulder pain. Can’t go wrong with this mattress.” —Kevin

Get it from Idle Sleep for $1,041+ (available in sizes twin–split-king and three firmness options).

You on your fifth night in a row of eating microwave mac n’ cheese because you’re both too stubborn to go to the store:


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