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Sometimes the products we stumble across by chance end up becoming the ones we can't live without. For TODAY's Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, these finds range from beauty products to sentimental pieces of jewelry.
Below, we rounded up Hoda's and Jenna's current must-haves from their "Can't live without it" segment.
We should note that these products were independently chosen by the TODAY anchors. The anchors are not paid to mention them and are unaffiliated with these brands. The products are simply some of their favorite things.
Hoda and Jenna's Favorite things - March 2021
Jenna loves to get her books on Bookshop, an online platform that supports independent bookstores and allows you to get your books online in an easy way. When you buy a book, you can find a specific local shop to support, or your purchase will contribute to an earnings pool that is evenly distributed among indie bookstores. "We know that these bookstores are hurting, so why not," Jenna said.
Not sure what to read next? Check out Hoda's favorite thing — New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott's latest book, "Dusk, Night, Dawn." "She is brilliant," Hoda said. "Her writing makes me weep,"
Hoda and Jenna's favorite things - February 2021
Estelle Colored Glass is a small Black-owned business founded by Stephanie Summerson Hall, who named the company after her grandmother. "They make all these jewel-toned wine glasses and cups. They make cake stands. They make everything," Jenna said. While sets of six are available at a variety of retailers, you can head directly to Estelle Colored Glass's site to snag single stemware for $35.
"It's one of the best documentaries I've seen as a music lover," Hoda said about "Off the Record". The documentary about music legend David Foster reveals rare footage, interviews and stories about the producer's career and biggest hits.
Hoda and Jenna's favorite things - January 2021
Hoda's obsessed with this dessert. But you don't have to feel too bad about breaking any New Year's resolutions. This sea salt caramel ice cream bar is plant based and dairy free, so you can indulge without the guilt.
Started by entrepreneur Elizabeth Chambers, Vision Visor has face shields for adults and kids in a variety of fun styles, such as a unicorn, porcupine and penguin. The masks are designed to protect from coughs or sneezes. They're also reusable, fog-resistant and easy to clean.
Hoda and Jenna's Favorite Things - December 2020
With winter upon us — and mask-wearing continuing for the foreseeable future — those who wear glasses know the pain of your lenses fogging up. Hoda uses this anti-fog cleaner and cloth for her own daughter when they're going in and out of the house. Just spray it on both sides of your lenses, and you'll have a fog-free view for up to 72 hours.
Jenna wants us all to remember to keep ourselves squeaky clean, and she loves these soap balls from a kid-founded brand. These surprise soaps contain a hidden toy surprise, which you get closer to revealing the more you wash your hands. Be sure to snag these quickly! The soaps include unicorns and fortune teller toys and come individually or in packs, but the pack of three Ninja soaps is the only one in stock right now.
Hoda and Jenna's Favorite Things - November 2020
From the lifelong artist comes painter Anne Neilson's latest coffee table book, "Anne Neilson's Angels: Devotions and Art to Encourage, Refresh and Inspire." While the book features new angel paintings by Neilson, Hoda's favorite aspect of the book is that it features 40 words such as "gratitude," "surrender," and "connect," and each is accompanied by a definition, scripture, prayers, and reflections from Neilson's life. Former co-host of TODAY Kathie Lee Gifford penned the foreword. "It's almost like an art piece," Hoda said of the book itself.
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit is a nationally recognized brand based in Charleston, South Carolina, whose small team of bakers is keeping the tradition of southern biscuit making alive. You can order a range of savory and sweet goodies online and get them delivered to your door, including a limited edition TODAY tasting box. Jenna says her favorite is buttermilk, while her kids are fans of the cinnamon biscuits that come with packets of cinnamon butter to top it all off.
Hoda and Jenna's Favorite Things - July 2020
Jenna received a set of Cheree Berry napkins as a gift and thinks they're cute and comical. She notes that they can be used for outdoor barbecues and parties when you want to add a little laughter to your get-together.
The brand was founded by Jenna's friend in 2006, and Cheree Berry's website offers vibrant stationery, invitations, baby shower gifts and more. While you can't find her hot dog- and ketchup-themed napkins online, you can find other designs that are perfect for your next family gathering.
Hoda's pick is a song from country singer Thomas Rhett. "We played it the whole time I was home," said Hoda. "Because every day should be a vacation when we're home."
Though she's not hosting a party or going out to restaurants these days, she finds that she can still boost her mood with a good song. You can find this one on Apple Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio or your favorite music streaming service.
Hoda and Jenna's Favorite Things - June 2020
Jenna can't live without the mouthwatering baked treats from Callie's Hot Little Biscuit.
Handmade by a small team of Southern bakers, Callie's offers nationwide delivery if you can't make it to one of its locations in Charleston, Charlotte and Atlanta. Either way, you can indulge in sugar-coated cinnamon biscuits or satisfy your savory craving with some cheese crisps.
Want to try them all? Pick up a curated TODAY Show Tasting bundle of assorted biscuits and pimento cheese delivered straight to your doorstep!
This New York Times bestseller was recently sent to Jenna and signed by Chelsea Handler.
It follows the life of Circle, the daughter of the powerful god, Helios. Realizing that she didn't have enormous powers, she turned to the mortal world for companionship. She later discovered that she possessed the power of witchcraft and used her skill to fight for her life and the lives of the mortals.
Filled with dramatic imagery, suspenseful quests and thorough character development, the book dives into themes of family rivalry and female strength.
Hoda loved listening to the "Verzuz TV" battle between Alicia Keys and John Legend. She especially liked learning about Legend's backstory with Kanye West.
While showing off their piano playing skills, each artist performed their most famous hits on Instagram Live for viewers across the globe. The video was recorded and streamed on June 19 as a way to wrap up Juneteenth. It also follows the release of Legend's new album "Bigger Love."
"Ways to Make Sunshine" follows the story of a young girl named Ryan who moves to Portland, Oregon, with her family. She faces household struggles and problems with teasing but continues to stand up for herself despite family hardships.
The book was recommended to Jenna's daughter Mila who immediately dove into the story.
Hoda and Joel are reading this New York Times bestseller by Jason Reynolds. It discusses the history of racist ideas in America and dives into ways of creating societal change for an anti-racist future. While it isn't a history book, it deconstructs current and former race issues in the United States.
Renée Watson, author of "Ways to Make Sunshine" says that the book is "refreshingly simple and deeply profound."
Hoda loves using the Yummly App for meal inspiration for her kids. With over 2 million recipes, Yummly has a mission of becoming the smartest and most helpful food platform — and with the app it's easy to access meal ideas from just about anywhere.
It has a personalized discovery function that learns what foods you like, what ingredients you like to cook with and your cooking comfort level. It also has the capability to recommend recipes based on allergies, taste, diet and more.
Jenna bought this shirt for Henry and her dad for Father's Day and says that they are "manly but vintage-looking." It's made with moisture-wicking material and has a classic fit that's tailored but not too tight.
Criquet makes versatile shirts and shorts with designs inspired by what the co-founders call a combination of "southern prep and east coast classic" style.
Hoda and Jenna's Favorite Things - May 2020
This kit has everything you need for the perfect manicure, including cuticle oil, nail strengthener and polish, a hand and foot scrub and much, much more.
You can always find spicy condiments in Jenna's pantry, and her current must-have is packed with a ton of flavor. The South Carolina-made hot sauce is made with sweet, mild Fresno peppers and a mix of French white wine vinegar — and it's aged in bourbon barrels for a hint of smokiness.
While Hoda noted that these cleansing wipes weren't her "Can't Live Without It" pick, she loves beauty products made with coconut oil. "Every time I reach for something coconut oil I laugh inside because I remember [Jenna] saying that I do that ... I have so many coconut oil products," Hoda laughed.
These coconut water cleansing wipes are just what Hoda happened to have on hand. They're soft and gentle on the skin but can remove tough makeup and dirt in a breeze. The coconut water extract also boasts soothing and relaxing properties to leave you and your skin feeling refreshed.
Hoda's "Can't Live Without It" pick is this adorable engraved necklace from designer Jennifer Miller.
"Since Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, it's the only necklace I've been wearing non-stop," Hoda said. The long chain makes it easy to pair with other necklaces and dainty earrings, while the eye-catching gold finish makes it stunning enough to wear on its own.
The piece can even be engraved with the message of your choice, so the mom in your life can wear a message just as sweet as Hoda's close to her heart.
Jenna can't live without this Epsom salt bath, which upgrades her self-care baths and helps give her a bit of relaxation. She shared that this muscle recovery soak makes her routine just a little bit better.
"This makes your muscles feel good," Jenna said. While she laughed that Hoda is not a fan of baths, Jenna noted that they tend to help her when she is feeling stressed.
Hoda and Jenna's Favorite Things - February 2020
Hoda can't live without these makeup wipes from RMS Beauty. She says they wipe off makeup easily and have a soft and buttery texture.
The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe is meant to easily remove makeup without abrasive scrubbing.
The formula, made with the RMS signature coconut oil, is designed to cleanse skin while softening, moisturizing and providing antibacterial benefits. It also has a cooling effect to help relieve the painful dryness caused by rashes or sunburn.
Each box comes with 20 individual wipes so you can take them with you everywhere.
Jenna can't live without these candles by Boy Smells. She loves that they are versatile and can be gifted to anyone. Hoda agrees that her fiancé, Joel, would love one!
These candles aren't your typical candles. Instead of traditional floral, vanilla or bakery scents, the Boy Smells candles include notes that are gender neutral.
Each candle is crafted with a coconut and beeswax blend that is both ethically harvested and all-natural, according to the brand. They also come in a sleek black tumbler that works well as décor in any room.
The company was founded in 2016 by Matthew Herman and Davin Kien and started off as an experiment. Now, Boy Smells candles are available in over 300 retailers and come in several unique scents.
Jenna's go-to snacks are grain-free almond flour tortillas from Siete. This yummy snack is paleo-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan. Load them with salsa and cheese to make a tasty quesadilla, or make a roll-up for a quick to-go snack — either way, delicious!
This eight-pack of tortillas is made with almond flour and tapioca flour. The brand recommends heating them on a skillet to get that buttery taste.
Hoda said she can't live without Bare Baked Crunchy Chips. The crispy treats are made with real fruits and vegetables — and each batch is baked, never fried. The slow baking process provides a "one-of-a-kind crunch," says the brand. And the convenient bags make it easy to take anywhere.
Don't know which flavor to try? Check out this variety pack filled with fuji apple, coconut and banana chip options. No matter which one you choose, you can be sure there's no added sugar and at least three grams of fiber per serving.
The Bare original apple chips are a bestseller among customers. You can eat them straight out of the bag, coat them in peanut butter or use them as a crunchy topping on yogurt or oatmeal.
"I tried these apple chips a few weeks ago and I'm addicted to them," one Amazon buyer wrote. "I was looking for healthier options than chips, and these are perfect."
This savory option is a new product from the brand. The sweet potatoes provide a good source of protein, potassium and fiber, and the crunch of the chips will curb that craving for those greasy potato chips.
Hoda can't live without her DIY face scrub which she whips up mixing coconut oil and baking soda. She actually learned this trick from Tiffany Haddish and realized the simple recipe can easily fit into her skin care routine.
This coconut oil has nearly 200 reviews on Amazon with an impressive 4.7-star rating. It's rich in nutrients that help moisturize skin and can also be used to cook, remove stains and even remove makeup.
Who knew a simple household essential could be so versatile? Baking soda can be used to deodorize laundry, clean countertops or in Hoda's case, exfoliate your skin.
Best of all, it doesn't take a lot of effort to create this simple scrub: Add baking soda and coconut oil in a small dish, mix it up and apply it directly to your face. Rub the solution into your skin in circular motions to gently exfoliate.
After a couple of minutes, rinse your skin with water and pat dry with a clean towel. In next to no time, you'll have softer and smoother skin that feels rejuvenated.
Jenna loves this unique and flavorful honey that's just $9. The sweet-heat combination of this chili-infused honey is a quick and easy way to add flavor to any dish. From pizza to hot wings, cheese and cocktails, this delicious condiment is Jenna's favorite pantry must-have.
Upgrade your favorite dish with this spicy honey from Bushwick Kitchen. This option combines a mix of chili peppers and wildflower honey for a bold and spicy flavor. No matter your pairing preference, it will give your treat a kick of flavor.
The honey has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon and buyers say the fusion of ingredients is versatile and not overpowering. For only $15, it's a great addition to the dinner table or for a fun get-together.
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