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What are the trends you wish you had tried this year? Find our personal picks below, all available on Amazon. Image Credit: Pexels/Tima Miroshnichenko

We’re bidding adieu to a whirlwind of a year. Lockdown habits die hard and that explains why our screen time hours have spiked – never before has community building on social sites been this robust. In-depth reviews of the face sculpting tool ‘gua sha’ or Vietnamese phin coffee filter kept online circles a-buzzing, as well as our wallets.

If life got in the way and you missed out on some trends, lament not. We walk you through 2021 highlights on Amazon as we head into the New Year. From moody ambient lighting to countertop dishwashers, get kicking with the cool kids before it’s too late.

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1. Better Me Green Jade Roller & Gua Sha Facial Massage Kit

Tik Tok would not stop raving about this Chinese remedy, with reviewers showing off their seemingly sharper jawlines after weeks. Better Me facial massage kit lets you try your hand at draining lymph fluids from cheeks to neck at home. It comes with a luxurious roller and gua sha made of certified Xiuyan jade stones.

2. Mini Portable Dishwasher, Tableware Capacity (4-6 Sets)

So, there’s a microwave that lets you wash your dirty dishes. Portable dishwashers are ideal for saving space in studio apartments, especially if you live by yourself. Set it up on the kitchen countertop and pour in water manually into the 5-litre tank to crank the appliance. The dishwashing basket fits four to six sets of tableware, with plates up to 25cm in length.

3. PHILIPS Essential Air Fryer, Analogue, 0.8kg

Yes, we’re still obsessed with oil-free air fryers in 2021. A steal for those with little time to cook, this Philips air fryer does the job without fanfare and complicated settings. Hot air will cook, bake, and grill anything from fries to chicken in the deep basket that has a capacity of 4.1 litres. Get healthy air fryer recipes from the accompanying food app, if this is an uncharted territory for you.

4. Sunset Lamp Multicolour

Standard room lights have been kicked to the curb in favour of ambient lighting. Atmospheric, easy on the eyes and photogenic, Mandalaki designer lamps gave new meaning to indoor lighting. This affordable alternative light drenches your room in sunset glow, using four different colours – rainbow, sunset, sunset red and sun. The floor lamp is powered by a 1.5-metre-long USB cable.

5. Korean Sugar Candy Dalgona Set (9 pieces in 1 set)

Korean thriller TV show ‘Squid Game’ is on everyone’s lips. The most innocuous of trends that came out of that fever was sweet dalgona candy. Now you can whip up the traditional sugar candy with your own dalgona set of nine pieces, including several cookie moulds, a hand presser and a shallow ladle. Can you extract the cookies without breaking them?

6. Push Pop Bubble Sensory Fidget Toy

This sensory toy has been keeping the little ones distracted from screens. Pop It is a silicone fidget toy lined with bubbles that kids can press in and pop out. MarkQ’s round multicolour piece is washable and comes in attractive rainbow colours.

7. AKOD Reversible Octopus Plush

Another hit with the children has been the reversible octopus soft toy. When turned inside out, the marine animal changes colours and facial expressions. This plush toy comes in baby blue and pink colours that can be spot treated with soap.

8. Face Mask Jewellery Chain

The world quickly took to bedazzling face masks when they became essentials. One way our fashion game still reigned strong was by hooking jewellery chains to our masks. It also keeps the mask within reach, relieves ear pressure and makes for a thoughtful gift. Take your pick from Mernjir’s line of mask accessories – this gold chain comes with small pearls.

Our recommendations are independently chosen by Gulf News editors. If you decide to shop through links on our website, we may earn an affiliate commission, as we are part of Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.