We’re all guilty of being stuck in a rut when it comes to a routine - watching reruns of the same show time and time again, buying the same bottle of wine each week - we all have brands we buy simply because they’re familiar.
Here at ShortList, we try out products so you don’t have to. You can simply rest easy knowing that if a watch, phone or bottle of booze makes it onto our lists - it’s one of the good’uns.
This list is made up of the best of the best from our own Shortlists. All these products have either gone through extensive testing in our reviews to come out on top, or they’re what we know you’re loving right now.
Here are the top 10 things to drink, buy and stream this week - as voted by you.
1. Embrace the nostalgia with this retro phone
The Motorola RAZR was the ultimate 00s flip phone. Released in 2004, the RAZR took its name and shape from a cut-throat. If you really want to live that retro moment, you can still buy the V3i model online for £69.95.
2. Get a sense of adventure with our best travel book
On The Plain Of Snakes: A Mexican Journey By Paul Theroux is definitely not to be used as a guide book. Instead, you follow Theroux as he travels from the country’s border with the US through the “culturally rich but troubled heart of modern Mexico”.
Read: Best travel books
3. Get everything in one device with this android smartwatch
The Fossil Explorist HR does everything you could possibly want it to. For £269, the smartwatch monitors your heart rate, makes contactless payments and offers GPS, too. It’s also waterproof, has a decent battery life and you can swap the straps depending on your mood.
4. Sit back and relax with this non-alcoholic spirit
Non-alcoholic spirits have had a massive boom in the last couple of years, and Xachoh is leading our list. The No 7 blend has a fiery rum-like quality. With flavours of ginger, cinnamon and star anise, it is the perfect spirit to pair with mixers such as coke or ginger beer. Available on Amazon for £28.99.
5. Update your make-up bag with this mascara
When you’re choosing a mascara, you often have the option of either volumising or lengthening - the Clarins Supra Volume Mascara does both. There’s also no need for a curler because it adds a curl in and can be worn day or night. A perfect all-rounder for £22.
6. Rewind after a long week with this Netflix comedy special
7. Be ready for all weathers with these cycling bib shorts and jerseys
The Le Col Hors Categorie Bib Shorts And Jersey has been co-engineered by British racing cyclist Bradley Wiggins, and if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for us. It’s made of a strong four-way stretch fabric, which is breathable and specially made to help you get through whatever horrible weather England throws at you. The bib shorts are available for £126.
8. Get those vinyls out for this record player
The Rega Planar 2 has been around since 1975 (though it has had a few modernising tweaks in that time). It’s available in black or white, and is the definition of no fuss. It has no wireless function and can’t make copies of your vinyls but what it does do well is play records. It’s not the cheapest at £399, but it’s an investment you won’t regret.
9. Every party needs a few bottles of our top-rated champagne
At £34, this Lanson Black Label champagne is on the more reasonable end of the scale. It’s excellent when paired with shellfish or simply enjoyed while chatting with friends at a party. Its flavour is a delicate balance of floral notes, honey and toast. It’s also suitable for vegans.
10. Christmas preparations start now with these great stocking fillers
We’ve all received a pair of novelty socks for Christmas, but why not this year go for something a little more classy. These Pantherella Monogrammed Cashmere socks are definitely a little more luxurious. They come in a range of colours including lilac, sky blue and damson and can be personalised with up to six characters, though we’d probably just suggest monogramming your initials.