20 items you can live without this ‘Buy Nothing’ Day

We can all agree that as a society, we love to consume.

It’s so easy to get swept up in the hype of the latest gadgets or new season clothing. And we are all convinced that we need it all NOW.

But how much of this do we ACTUALLY need?

Needless to say, sometimes you may feel satisfying all those needs and wants can be exhausting- and you’d be right.

So if you feel like your wardrobe is bursting at the seams, Buy Nothing Day (November 29) may be just what you need to keep your cash in your wallet!

Originating in Canada in 1992, Buy Nothing Day encourages us to reevaluate our spending habits. A welcome reality check that reminds us that maybe we CAN go without those Louboutins.

To help keep your mind off those stilettos or that red Maserati- we’ve compiled a list of 20 items you can absolutely live without.

  1. Cat Fire Truck

Okay, this one is for all the crazy cat ladies out there. This unique hidey-hole may be cute, but it’s time to ask yourself, does Whiskers really need a fire-truck themed kitty box? It will only be a matter of time before it’s flattened.

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2. Picnic Pants

Warm weather, good food, good company and good vibes. All ruined by poor attire. Just use a napkin, please.  

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3. Handicorn

This will be funny at a party for five seconds- if at all.

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4. Goldfish Walker

We all want the best for our pets. If you think your fish are jealous of your dog, this goldfish walker is probably the last thing you need.

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5. Remote Wrangler

It might seem like a good idea in theory…wait, no. It doesn’t.

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6. Banana Holder

This little apparatus may seem quirky and cool, but we’re left asking…what are we to do when we only have one banana left? Stick to your fruit bowl.

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7. Handerpant

Under absolutely no circumstances do you need this product in your life. Enough said.

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8. Shoe umbrella

Remember those stilettos we mentioned earlier? Well, if you’ve already got a pair, the shoe umbrella keeps them in mint condition…or not.

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9. Umbrella Tie

Yep- you guessed it. Normal umbrella. Doubles as a tie. But you have to be sure your jacket is always buttoned so as to not reveal the handle. Don’t hug anyone.

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10. Flask Tie

Needless to say, anything that encourages drinking at the office is ill advised.

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11. Motorised Ice Cream Cone

A motorised cone may minimise your calorie consumption, but let’s be honest, it takes lazy to a whole new level.

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12. Boyfriend pillow

Netflix and chill with “the ultimate cuddle companion” may seem appealing…but this is ridiculous.

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13. Treadmill bike

While you could argue this doubles as a cool workout and a mode of transportation, you need to ask yourself: is worth all those people laughing as you jog/glide past?

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14. Wonkey

This is a silicone key that you can wedge under a wobbly table at any time. If you’re out on a date and pull one of these out, you may feel less frustrated, but prepare to look like a stuffed shirt.

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15. Air Conditioned Work Shirt

Speaking of shirts- take a look at this air conditioned fashion statement, direct out of Japan. Maybe save yourself the money and switch on your desk fan.

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16. USB Forehead Neck Cool

Please see note above re desk fan.

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17. Super Gorone Desk

If you feel the relaxation gained with this item is worth more than the anxiety of this falling on your face…maybe take up meditation.

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18. Shouting Vase

This may be a good outlet for any pent-up anger, but think of how embarrassed you would feel if anyone catches you using it.

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19. Paparazzi Shades

This may seem like a cool joke for a night out on the town but these will severely damage your chances of picking up.

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20. Bacon Frosting


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Well, there you have it! 20 items that you are actually a better person for not owning.


If this article has made you re-think your consumption habits, why not participate in Buy Nothing Day yourself?

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