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    28 Small Things Under $20 That Will Truly Make A Difference In Your Day

    "Why don't I own these already?" —me, while writing this post.

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    1. A migraine headache stick you can toss in your bag and quickly grab when you feel a headache coming on to help stop it in its tracks before it ruins your whole day.

    Katy Herman / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Years ago, a massage therapist I went to used a cream at my temples that helped greatly with headaches and nausea. I have tried to find that scent for years. THIS IS IT! I use it daily on my temples and the back of neck just below my hairline. It helps 100% with the nausea I suffer from meds I take. Many of my headaches I can prevent from going to a migraine by applying again at start of headache. I take so many meds because of autoimmune diseases that I like not having to pop another pill for my headaches. I am the most skeptical person you will find when it comes to homeopathic or oils, etc., but this works!" —DVS

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's full review here.

    2. A handle that'll make it *sooooo* much easier to carry all your groceries in one trip.


    Each handle can hold up to 50 lbs.

    Promising review: "I live in an upstairs apartment with 16 steps in a row up to my front door, and I have about a 40-yard walk from my car to the base of the steps. These handles allow me to EASILY tote all or most of all of my grocery bags from car to my apartment. Before I was using almost every finger on both hands to struggle the bags to my apartment, with some pain in some of my fingers." —Doubting Thomas

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. A diffuser with essential oils to help reduce stress and make you feel all the chill vibes.


    This diffuser has more than 22,000 five-star reviews! It also has a color-changing lamp with seven colors, a nightlight, auto-off, and a programmable on and off, so you can go to sleep or wake up feeling better than you ever have.

    Promising review: "This has been a life-changer. I am relatively new to essential oils. After some positive results using a few of them, I broadened out to learn more. I ended up buying three of these, one for my bedroom, one for my daughters, and one for the living room. In my bedroom, we use an asthma allergy blend, which has been a life-changer. We use a serene calming blend for my daughter's room and a happy calming uplifting one in the living room. While my family thought I was nuts when I started using them, they notice a big difference when I forget to set them up. So every night they remind me. I will be buying more for my family." —MH

    Get it from Amazon $16.99+ (available in white, brown, and yellow).

    4. A mug warmer that regulates the temperature of your coffee or tea so you can nurse your drink for hours without sipping an ice-cold beverage.


    Promising review: "I feel ridiculous owning this. I feel ridiculous for how much I love it. It has made my morning coffee and afternoon tea so much more enjoyable. I have hot coffee and warm tea for as long as I nurse my drink for. It is awesome to have a perfect temperature hot drink for as long as I want. I feel so much happier in the morning because of this superfluous, ridiculous item. Buy it! You won’t regret it!!" —Sheila

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    5. An eyeliner stamp to give you the perfect cat eye in seconds. No, I'm not kitten you — look at how easy it is!

    Maitland Quitmeyer / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this! It’s so easy to use. I got the perfect wings on my first try. It saved me so much time trying to get even wings. I also rub my eyes, and this does not smudge. I would definitely recommend this to anyone." —Sandra G.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. A motion-activated purse light that turns on when you need it to find everything you keep in your Mary Poppins bag.


    Promising review: "This little light delights me every time I open my purse. I was constantly searching for things in the depths of my dark purse. Now I have this wonderful light that comes on immediately and I can see!!! You never know how one little thing can make such a happy difference. I'm ordering them for all my friends. It's an inexpensive way to add joy in the new year. Genius." —Kathryn Igou

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    7. A compact travel razor so you can get in a shave wherever you may be, because there's nothing worse than preparing for a big event and realizing you missed a spot.

    Free People

    It comes with a refillable water spritzer, a moisturizing bar, and two individual razor blades. To use it, all you have to do is spray water on your skin, put on the pre-shave moisturizer, and then get the job done.

    Get it from Free People for $15 (available in four colors) or Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

    8. A tinted lip balm that might just replace your need for lipstick altogether, gracing your pout with hydration and a dose of color.


    You know how you can never seem to actually finish a lip balm because you lose it before you can get to the bottom? Well, I officially finished my first tube of lip balm, and it was this tinted Chapstick. I love it because it really moisturizes my lips and adds a good amount of color. I keep it in my purse and apply it for work and after-work events and always feel good to go. It even made me stop using lipstick!

    Promising review: "I'm here to stock up on this item. I bought my first one from a box store. I love the color, and the moisture seems to last a long time. I'm not a huge makeup person — some days all I want is Chapstick. This makes it look like I tried!" —Misty

    Get it from Amazon for $4.26+ (available in six colors).

    9. A tablet and phone stand you can mount to the bed or in your kitchen to make watching TV or FaceTiming your friends easier and more comfortable.


    Promising review: "For years, I saw my wife watch her Korean dramas and Youtube videos in bed, lying on her side with her phone or iPad propped on a pillow! This was not comfortable or easy to move around if interrupted. Got her this and we like it so much I bragged about it and purchased another one for a family member!" —Z

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    10. A cold-brew coffee maker so you can have coffee waiting for you as soon as you wake up — and save you time and money because you won't have to stop at the coffee shop. (Just say goodbye to your barista first. You don't want them to worry about you!)

    Promising review: "I have been drinking caffeinated beverages every day for half my life. I usually brewed hot then cooled it down with ice, which was quite a process to do every morning. Then I came across this cold-brew pitcher and thought I'd give it a try. It's great, easy to use and clean, very convenient, and lasts for a couple weeks. I love it! Making a pitcher of coffee take less time than a normal brewer and makes enough for at least one cup a day for about a week, depending on how much coffee concentrate you use. I haven't used my normal coffee or espresso machine since I got this cold-brew system. The coffee seems to taste better as well — not a huge difference but it's somewhat noticeable." —Jeremy Birnbaum

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's full review here.

    11. A magnetic key holder guaranteed to make sure you're never running around the house frantically looking for your keys while screaming, "I'M LATE, I'M LATE, I'M LATE" again.

    Promising review: "This thing is super strong and super cute! I first thought it looked like a very cheap piece of plastic, but it sticks well and holds a lot! My keys have at least three or four keys on them plus my car key and a big plush key chain as well, and I have another set of keys with five more keys on them. This key holder holds both without any difficulty." —bchong

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    12. A rosewater facial spray to spritz on your face when you need a little afternoon pick-me-up — it'll leave your skin feeling refreshed so you don't feel the need to pile on more makeup.

    Mario Badescu / Via

    Promising review: "This is a very nice product. I use it as a refresher, not with makeup. It is nice and has a lovely floral scent. It's not too strong but relaxing. It offers a nice burst of cooling to your skin. It does not cause my skin to dry out or anything else negative. It has had a minimal, but mentionable, effect on reducing redness from psoriasis." —LLW

    Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in five sizes and varieties).

    Read more about how amazing this facial spray is here.

    13. A pair of reusable silicone ear plugs for tuning out any unwanted noise around you (roommates, loud streets, etc.) so you can sleep through the night and wake up feeling more rested than you have in months...or years., Amazon

    I live and will die professing my love for sleeping with earplugs in. Sleep is important to me (as it is for a lot of people), but I can't fall asleep or stay asleep with loud noises around me. I keep earplugs on my nightstand and put them in when I know my roommates will be coming home after I'm asleep (the door itself wakes me up). I also swear by traveling with them because you never know what kind of noise you're going to encounter in a hotel room or Airbnb.

    Promising review: "I moved from a quiet apartment to a busy and loud New York City corner, and I was so worried about sleeping. Trucks, horns honking, construction, I could hear it all. These have been AMAZING! They block and muffle way more sound than I ever expected. The only downside is that wearing them for a whole night does my make ears hurt a little, but sleep is so important that I’ll deal with it, and I am hoping that my ears will even get used to them. I highly recommend these!!" —fashionista23

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    14. A two-minute morning journal with a few questions you can answer when you wake up to center yourself and focus on the day ahead.


    Promising review: "I purchased this for myself at a bookstore and then purchased two more for my coworker and my mom. It's high-quality with simple prompts (i.e., What are you going to let go of? What are you grateful for? What are you going to focus on?). I love this little book. It's an excellent choice for those who want the meditation of journaling but can't seem to commit to a longer free-form journaling style." —Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $13.38.

    15. A compact portable charger to keep on hand so you're never stuck with a dead phone.


    The battery charges an iPhone 8 completely in three to four hours.

    Promising review: "I purchased several of these as gifts for my office staff. Each of them are still in use, and each of those coworkers are still quite happy with them. The finish is nice on them, and the indicator LED switches colors to let you know how much juice is left in the battery. Green is charged, yellow is semi-charged, and red is nearly or depleted. It also starts to flash red once it's about to be completely drained. It charges quickly, and it holds the charge for quite some time." —Felix T. Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five colors).

    16. A set of cactus dryer balls that aerate your clothes to make doing laundry ~succ~ less because everything should come out dry the first time through.


    Promising review: "I was amazed how well these little guys work in the dryer. I live in an apartment and am forced to use pay-per-use laundry, and the dryer in the building always seemed to never fully dry the clothes. After a little research, I ordered these two and all of my clothes come out warm, dry, and no damp spots, with or without dryer sheets. Plus, it never had any static cling either! These are a must have." —Adrian Russo

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    17. A pair of horizontal glasses to help you read, watch TV, or play games while in the perfect, most comfortable position possible. Plus, they prevent neck and eye strain!


    These glasses are great for everyone, but especially people who are bedridden.

    Promising review: "I really love using these glasses. They're essential for reading a book in bed or watching movies/playing games on a laptop. They do have a fairly small field of vision, but I don't know of any better products, especially at this price range. If you think you'd enjoy using these, then go ahead and buy them." —Millvalleyted

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A wineglass holder that suctions to your bathtub to take your me-time up a few levels. You might never leave the tub again. The tub is officially your new home.


    It also fits beer cans!

    Promising review: "It works perfectly and it's nice to have a safe place to set my glass of wine while relaxing in the tub. The hold with the suction cup is great and I haven't lost a glass of wine yet." —Heather Roper

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in six colors).

    19. A lumbar support back cushion to make your office chair so much more comfortable, you'll probably get more work done. You're boss will be so impressed, you *may even get a promotion!

    *Promotion not guaranteed. But hey, it's worth a shot!

    Promising review: "This thing is amazing. I was totally not expecting it to be so comfortable because it was so affordable, but it's just such a delightful upgrade to my supposedly ergonomic office chair. Basically the easiest thing ever to install (snap snap!), with instant relief. I am kind of petite, so it just feels like I fit in the chair better now. Fingers crossed one of my coworkers doesn't steal it. Even if they do, I can afford to buy another. So pleased!" —Adri

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    20. A silicone baking mat that'll make baking a breeze and eliminate your need for oil, cooking, sprays, or parchment paper.


    Your food will come out looking and tasting delicious, plus you'll have a way easier cleanup. I call that a win-win. Each sheet measures 11.6 x 16.5 and is oven-safe up to 480°F.

    Promising review: "These have changed my life. They are wonderful, and I use them for everything. We roast vegetables about every night, and they make cleanup a breeze. If you do a lot of baking (e.g., cookies), I would maybe keep one for baking and one for cooking with fat as sometimes the grease/oil is a little hard to get off, but nothing ever sticks to them." —Heather K

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.38.

    21. A flip top you attach to your bottles to make sure you get EVERY. LAST. DROP. There's really nothing as satisfying as using up all of your lotion, or shampoo, or ketchup.


    Promising review: "This is perfect. File this under 'Products that truly do make my life better.' I love this so much. The variable sizes are good, and the tripod is really stable. Now I'll be able to get every last drop of my lotion and shampoo." —N. Folsom

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. A thumb thing that flattens a paperback book to help you read with one hand in your pocket...or while holding a subway pole...or a glass of wine. Priorities, am I right?


    Promising review: "If you ever read one-handed, you will find this to be awesome. However, make sure to take the time to measure your thumb, as you want it to fit snugly (or it will slip off), but not too snug (or you will lose feeling in your thumb). The sizing chart on the product page is accurate." —Flydoctor

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $7.95.

    23. A tongue scraper you can use to remove foul gunk from your mouth that may be giving you bad breath that not even mints or gum can combat.

    DrTungs / Via

    Promising review: "I admit I was skeptical. Can a tongue scraper really freshen breath? It's TRUE! I don't have a real odor issue, but post-garlic anyone needs help. I used this after a garlic-filled dinner. Normally my mouth would taste like garlic days later, even after extensive brushing of tongue and teeth. But the problem was gone. What a pleasant surprise! It also removes tongue staining post-chlorophyll." —Hellen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.02.

    24. Pimple patches that'll stop zits in their tracks before they ruin your big date or presentation — or just your everyday life.


    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with these things!!! I'm an esthetician; however, being in my twenties and having raging hormones has challenged my skin a lot. It's embarrassing showing up to work and having pimples when others are supposed to trust me with their skin. These are so fast-acting and have saved me a lot of time and money. It's amazing how they just suck out the infection. It's perfect for those deep-under-the-skin pimples as well, but it does take a few extra days. I will continue to repurchase!" —julia raye todd

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $11.88.

    25. A portable and waterproof Bluetooth speaker to turn your shower into an Ally concert where you can sing "The Shallow" at the top of your lungs with the background music and Jackson Maine right there to accompany you.


    This has a 10-hour battery life and pairs with all Bluetooth devices.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life?!?! Seriously, I love this powerhouse portable speaker. I was concerned because it was super reasonable in price that it would be cheap, and I'd end up throwing it into the bathroom or something just for an extra speaker and then having to order a better-quality (more expensive) speaker. I was so wrong! This thing is awesome. I will likely order several more and give them as gifts!" —Mandie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in blue, green, and black).

    26. A windshield cover for both ice and snow so you can keep your car clear and ready to go at a moment's notice.

    Promising review: "I love this product. I live in Minnesota, and this is great not only for snow but for protecting against frost, which we get six months a year, it seems. I wish I had it years ago. One thing on this product that I don't see on some others out there is that it covers your wipers extremely well, which is great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.50.

    27. Some foot pads that'll instantly make wearing high heels or uncomfortable shoes a breeze.


    Promising review: "I have a few pairs of shoes that I absolutely love. However, they are rather uncomfortable due to their heel height. There is no platform in the front of the shoe, therefore it's very weight-bearing in the ball of the foot. I purchased this product to help alleviate some of the pressure on the ball of my foot. Well, this product has done just that! I have significant relief from these, and even better, they stay in place! They're very comfortable. I would recommend!" —Jillian D. Papa

    Get two sets from Amazon for $11.99.

    28. And a waterproof notepad to ensure you don't spend the rest of the day trying to remember that brilliant idea you had while shampooing your hair.


    Promising review: "You know when something pops into your head that you have to buy or finish, but it's a totally inopportune time, like when you're just falling asleep or when you're driving? Yeah, this happens to me a lot in the shower. I think shampoo activates my neurotransmitters or something. So I got this handy little notepad to keep in my shower. I love this thing!! It sticks to my sliding shower door and hasn't fallen down once. The pencil works great, and the paper has kept it's form perfectly. I'm super impressed. I highly recommend!" —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90.

    Did I just buy everything on this list?

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