If one great thing about the holidays is the exchange of presents, a rare perk of the January slump is the way we excitedly compare notes about our most thrilling gifts. By the looks of it, we cleaned up in 2013 -- and not just in December.
We've polled our staff and community for their favorite products from the past year, from old reliables to new discoveries, from pantry staples to high-tech gadgets. Here are the 14 greatest hits, which we've resolved to keep using -- and, if we're lucky, to share with others -- through 2014.
What products are you excited to try in 2014? Tell us in the comments!
Photos by James Ransom