Our 2021 shopping carts were a bit of a mixed bag: With a touch-and-go return to travel, the gear we put on the back burner in 2020—suitcases, travel essentials and accessories—crept back into our purchase history, though at-home necessities remained just as prevalent, whether we were making improvements to our WFH set-up or making our way through new recipes that brought us back to our favorite faraway spots.
After taking a look at the gear you and your fellow readers bought most last year, we asked Condé Nast Traveler editors to share their favorite buys of 2021. The answers ranged from wear-all-day shoes and jackets to keep warm on the slopes to kitchen and office staples that improved our home base. Also on the list: loungewear (a continued staple), exercise accessories, cookbooks filled with recipes from France and Latin America, and more. Read on for the purchases that stuck with us most.
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