The Best of 2022 According to 145K Instagrammers (Favorite Movies, Book, & Products!)

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Find out what our Instagram community loved in 2022!

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Were these a few of YOUR favorite things in 2022?! 🤩

We polled our 145K+ Instagram followers to find out what the best movies, books, games, & products were last year. Now we’re sharing the responses to compile our Hip-driven best of 2022 list!

Best of Instagram 2022 — Top 3 movies watched and loved by our Instagram followers:

1. Top Gun: Maverick

top gun maverick

Released in May 2022, this sequel to the original Top Gun movie stunned OG fans and new fans alike. No wonder it ranked as one of the most-watched and most-loved movies in 2022. In fact, many viewers said it was even better than the original which ended up being beyond many people’s expectations! 😱

If you didn’t get a chance to catch this new movie in 2022, be sure to stream it now and see for yourself what all the hype is about.

2. Avatar: The Way of Water

screenshot of avatar 2 way of water movie scene

Finally released right at the end of 2022, Avatar was another sequel movie that swept our followers off their feet despite many delayed release dates. It’s almost hard to believe that the original movie came out nearly 13 years ago, but it was more than worth the wait.

If you haven’t got around to seeing this spectacular movie, not only do our followers highly recommend it, but it’s still in theaters and is expected to be released on Disney+ once its theatrical run is over. That’s if you can wait that long, of course. 😉

3. Where The Crawdads Sing

girl with braid standing in forest

Based on the best-selling novel, Where the Crawdads Sing left a lasting impression with so many of our Instagram followers in 2022 and is definitely a tearjerker! It’s two intertwined stories about an isolated girl growing up alone in the marshes and a murder mystery that is sure to leave you in tears by the end.

You can now even stream this captivating murder mystery on Netflix in case you missed it on the big screen.

Best of Instagram 2022 — Top 3 books that were the most read and loved by our Instagram followers:

1. Where the Crawdads Sing

where the crawdads sing book on white table

Where the Crawdads Sing – $9.98 (regularly $18) 

Whether you read the book before seeing the movie or saw the movie and really wanted to read the book, it’s no surprise Where the Crawdads Sing made our best of Instagram 2022 poll for best books! It’s said to be an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. What’s not to be intrigued by?!

2. It Starts with Us and It Ends with Us

it starts with us and it ends with us book on table with other decor

It Ends with Us (1st in series)- $9.99 (regularly $16.99) It Starts with Us (2nd in series) – $10.98 (regularly $17.99) 

In case you missed it, our very own CEO, Collin Morgan, raved about Colleen Hoover’s books in 2022 so it’s no surprise it was another best of Instagram 2022 pick! 👏🏻 It Starts with Us is a sequel to It Ends with Us and picks up right where the first one left off making them two peas in a pod. If you’ve ever had heartbreak…this one is a must-read in 2023!

3. Verity 

verity book on beige blanket

Verity – $10.98 (regularly $16.99) 

If you’re not sure what to read in 2023, Colleen Hoover’s books are where it’s at! Sweeping the charts as the 3rd most popular best of Instagram book of 2022, Verity, was at the top of our follower lists. This romance thriller is riveting and unexpected so if you’re looking to add some suspense to your 2023 reading collection, don’t hesitate on this book.

Best of Instagram 2022 — Top 6 family board games that were the most played and loved:

1. Sequence 

sequence board game in hand in store

Sequence – $13.49 (regularly $24.99) 

This game can be played with 2-12 players, and is fun for the entire family! The overall goal is to use strategy to get 5 in a row on the board so it’s a simple game to learn, yet still feels challenging enough for adults.

2. Telestrations

Telestrations Board Game

Telestrations – $17.99 (regularly $29.99) 

Draw what you see, then guess what you saw to reveal hilarious outcomes! Telestrations is the visual version of the classic “Telephone game” and is fun for all ages. Included is everything you need to play for up to eight players including 8 erasable sketchbooks, 8 dry erase markers, 8 clean-up cloths, a sand timer, and over 140 double-sided cards! Better yet, no art skills are required!

3. Mexican Train

Mexican Train Domino Game with trains on tiles

Mexican Train Domino Game$12.39 (regularly $26.99) 

Another quick-to-learn game, Mexican Trains can be played with 2-8 players. It’s also a great game for kiddos to practice their math skills, but it is still easy enough for beginners. Similar to Dominos, this game can be as quick as 20 minutes or last for hours if you want it to.

4. Left Center Right

left center right dice game on wood table

Left Center Right Dice Game$7.98 (regularly $11.99) 

Your search for the perfect game stops here if you’re looking for the ultimate party game your family won’t want to stop playing. We heard from followers that this is even a great game to play with a large extended family and replacing the chips with real money only intensifies the fun!

Hip Tip: Looking for some adult games? Our top recommendations for adult board games are sure to get any party started!

5. Catan 

Catan The Board Game

Settlers of Catan Board Game – $47.99 (regularly $59.99) 

Opponents in this game will use skills like trading and bartering to build their city from a tiny island to a large flourishing municipality. It’s up to each player to pick the perfect strategy and reach 10 victory points to win! We’ve heard this is even a game the teens will love playing and will keep them just as entertained as adults.

Hip Tip: Want more teen board game recommendations? Our top picks are sure to get them out of their room!

6. UNO Attack! 

uno attack game on wood table

UNO Attack! – $31.97 (regularly $44) 

Our best of Instagram 2022 game list wouldn’t be complete without sharing UNO Attack! It combines the traditional game of UNO we all know and love and comes with a card shooter that makes your game even more exciting and unpredictable. Followers said if you love Uno, you’ll LOVE UNO Attack and it’s great for every age!

Hip Tip: Check out all of our team’s favorite family board games to play.

Best of Instagram 2022 — Top 3 products bought by our Instagram followers:

1. GE Ice Maker 

nugget ice maker on counter

GE Profile Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker – $494.88 (regularly $529) 

Over the holidays, we shared it as one of the top luxury gifts to give in 2022 and considering it made our best of Instagram round-up, we’d say it was well-received by all! In fact, some of our Hip sidekicks own one too, and don’t know how they ever lived without one!

two drinks on kitchen counter made with nugget ice

This show-stopping nugget ice maker produces up to 24 pounds of chewable ice that is made from compacted ice flakes and is ideal to use in cocktails and other beverages. Simply plug in the ice maker and start enjoying perfect, chewable ice cubes in as little as 20 minutes.

2. Shark WandVac

black mini cordless vacuum on charging stand on a kitchen counter

Shark WandVac Cordless Handheld Vacuum$104.95 (regularly $129.99) 

You know you’re adulting when a vacuum makes it to the best of Instagram 2022 lineup, but we’re not complaining! 🤣 Many of our followers said this easy-to-use Shark vacuum was the most innovative and best purchase they made this year. This portable cordless stick vacuum packs a powerful punch with a high-speed brushless motor and it weighs just 1.4 lbs. That means it’s the perfect size to keep in any cleaning caddy or nearby for daily use.

Some of our follower’s favorite places to use this vacuum are on blinds, kitchen drawers, hair in bathrooms, indoor & outdoor seating cushions, kitchen barstools, and the steps just to name a few!

Check out these other Shark vacuums everyone’s raving about:

Shark Vertex PowerFin

3. Ninja Air Fryer

Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill on a counter

Ninja AG301 Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill$199.99 (regularly $229.99)

While it may not come as a surprise that air fryers took a top spot on our best of Instagram 2022 list, you may be surprised to know Ninja was the specific brand most of our Instagram followers can’t stop raving about.

The Ninja Foodi Grill has even been a big Hip team favorite for a few years so it certainly didn’t come as a surprise for us. It’s capable of indoor grilling, searing, dehydrating, roasting, and yes – even air frying. It heats up instantly, cooks fast, is dishwasher safe, and is one small kitchen appliance that’s going to rock your whole world!

Check out these other Ninja Air Fryers everyone’s raving about:

Ninja Foodi 10 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone & Smart Cook XL 2-Basket Air Fryer

Hip Tip: Want to be able to make your own ice cream at home? Our team loves the Ninja Creami Ice Cream Maker and it requires minimal ingredients and the touch of a button!

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 4

  1. ChristieG

    Loved all of Colleen Hoover’s books listed. Loved the new Top Gun movie. Have loved Sequence and LCR is always fun! Good choices!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So glad you’re loving this post, ChristieG! Thanks for sharing your favorites of 2022! 🥰

  2. Becky

    I’ve loved all of colleen hoovers books but Verity will make you cuss at the book. It’s a must read.. But so is it ends with us and it starts with us… I love that she tells her own story behind it ends with us at the end of the book and it starts with us continues the story and pulls at your heart strings

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing about your thoughts with the Colleen Hoover books, Becky! I haven’t picked any of them up yet, but they’re on my list! 💖

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