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    25 Inexpensive Products That'll Make Your Summer So Much Better

    Everything you need this summer for under $20.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pack of blotting sheets to keep your skin oil free in the hot sweaty weather.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and tried countless types of oil-blotting sheets. BUT THESE ARE AMAZING. It's a great deal, they're big sheets, and they pull out so easily. Give them a try, they're completely worth it." β€”Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $6.60 (100 sheets, available in eight scents).

    2. A bohemian tapestry that'll double as a beach or picnic blanket this season or even a chic piece of decor.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is such a pretty tapestry. I used it all summer on the beach and it held up really well and looked really pretty. The colors are so soft and beautiful." β€”RJ

    Get it from Amazon for $7.15.

    3. A cute inflatable cup holder to keep your drinks afloat right next to you.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These guys were awesome! They were larger than I imagined and did great holding up drinks in the pool. The were very cute, I received lots of compliments from our guests. The small air pump worked great!" β€”Mitch Leonard

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99 (12-pack of different shapes).

    4. A water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 100+ that'll go on sheer, absorb quickly, feel non-greasy, won't clog your pores, and protect against UVA/UVB rays.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "I have been using this sunscreen for quite a few years and have been most pleased with the product. It protects the skin to the harmful sun rays and also protects rosacea that is on my face." β€”Patricia16

    Get it from Walmart for $8.97+ (available in two pack options).

    5. A cute leather passport wallet with RFID-blocking technology to keep your personal information safe and have enough space to hold all of your travel documents.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was part of mother's day presents I gave to my mom who is now traveling abroad. She sent me a message just the other day telling me how much she loves it! She raved about how convenient it is to have her passport, boarding pass, international driver's license, ID, and credit cards all in one place. It fits very snug, unlike the one I have where I'm always having to adjust my passport in the cover." β€”Sean

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 16 colors and prints).

    6. A Garnier Fructis nourishing hair mask that'll replenish any damage that the sun or salt water may cause in just one minute

    Walmart, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first but got it as an add on item. I absolutely love it!! My hair is super silky the next day and when I brush my hair there are no knots at all. I tend to wash my hair at night and not brush it until the next morning. My hair feels and looks so much healthier. I started using it in place of regular conditioner." β€”J powell

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97+ (available in six types and three sizes).

    7. A tub of aloe vera gel to soothe, cool, and heal summer sunburn and irritation.

    amazon.com

    Check out our review of this amazing aloe vera gel.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite aloe vera. I've tried many different kinds, but this brand is so gentle and effective at soothing my skin. I use it for my legs after shaving, as a sleeping mask, and of course for sun irritation. I have very sensitive skin and this is my go-to when I get irritations or rashes. The scent is very light and pleasant and it feels cooling on your skin. Overall, this is a holy grail product for me that I always have on hand!" β€”Cody Harris

    Get it from Amazon for $6.40.

    8. A stainless steel water bottle that'll keep you so hydrated and cool, you'll want to take it everywhere.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought a pink one for my husband. It keeps his water cold for hours, and he says the small mouth is easy to drink from. It's held up great and will definitely buy another if something happens to this one." β€”J. Jacks

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    9. A Jack Black lip balm with SPF 25 and antioxidants to protect and soothe dry and chapped lips from the heat and UV rays.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is my new go-to lip balm. It's thick enough that you don't need to reapply constantly, it's got a good SPF rating, but it doesn't have that off taste that some SPF lip balms have. It's been excellent for summer running and cycling, and I look forward to the thickness of it in winter. I've got the blackberry and the shea butter, and the flavors are very mild, more or less flavorless within a minute of application β€” which is good, because flavorless and unscented would be my ideal. Shea butter has less flavor than the blackberry, but either one is fine for me." β€”MacDaddy

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in eight flavors).

    10. A pair of cat eye sunnies that'll add a stylish touch to your wardrobe this summer.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've spent hundreds of dollars on shades but never loved a pair as much as these. I got the yellow gold with mirrored lenses, and I know I'm definitely going to get stopped and asked about these." β€”Hiddenjules

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98 (available in 16 colors).

    11. An anti-chafe balm to put on your thighs, arms, or even your neck before you get dressed so you won't feel pain and discomfort this summer.

    amazon.com

    This is vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I'm an avid Disney visitor. Considering Florida is as hot as hell, shorts are ideal for walking in the heat from nine in the morning to midnight. In the past, I've tried baby powder and deodorant for chafing, but they've never lasted more than a few hours. This stuff actually lasted and I felt literally NO tenderness in my inner thighs at the end of the day. I'm talking being able to wear shorts two days in a row at the parks with no injury, which I haven't been able to do before! I recommend this to anyone." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in five size options).

    12. A simple white tank top that'll be your go-to look, because it'll go with anything and can be dressed up or down.

    Old Navy

    Promising review: "This is my go-to summer tank. They hold up well and are better quality than anything else I've bought." β€”Wendy

    Get it from Old Navy for $9+ (available in sizes XS–2XL, regular, petite, and tall sizes, and nine colors).

    13. A waterproof phone case to take those amazing photos during your underwater adventures.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was going to purchase a $90 waterproof camera before I saw this little doo-hickie. When I went jet skiing, this waterproof case turned my phone into a more than an adequate waterproof camera. I saved over $80 by just making this simple purchase. Now I can take underwater photos and capture all the surf spraying action on my jet ski using a camera I already had in my possession. Your phone stays dry and the clear screen doesn't diminish picture or video quality one bit. I'll be purchasing another one soon." β€”BIG AL

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    14. A bright sea creature sand toy for your kiddo to have some fun in the sun and on the beach.

    Amazon

    The toy set includes a turtle, fish, crab, starfish, and seahorse.

    Promising review: "All the kids LOVED playing in the sand with these. The sizes are perfect and they fit in our suitcase just right, because they can all be stored in the turtle. They're thick and sturdy to withstand our beach boys!" β€”ABC

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A clever pineapple slicer that'll peel, cut, open, and prep the perfect tropical snack with ease.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I AM NOT A KITCHEN GADGET FAN. At all. They take up too much space, are rarely used, and often don't do what they promise. But after using this pineapple cutter, I can say without question that this is the most efficient, user-friendly, and entertaining kitchen gadget I've ever owned." β€”B. Hamlin

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    16. A cute pair of Old Navy flip flops that'll be your go-to shoe this summer. You can wear them to the beach, pool, or just hanging out with friends.

    Old Navy

    Promising review: "I always restock on Old Navy flip flops because they are my go-to during the summer. I also have pairs just for inside the house. I love them!" β€”HHB1975

    Get them from Old Navy for $4 (available in sizes 5–11 and seven prints).

    17. A handheld USB fan to keep you cool no matter where you are. It's foldable and portable so you can take it on-the-go.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love the dual head design that gives me a lot of air when in use. It is a light fold-up mini fan. Very quiet and convenient to use for traveling." β€”A K

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four colors).

    18. A floral print mini skirt that'll come in handy this summer just when you need it.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $17.90 (available in sizes S–L).

    19. A pumice bar to keep your feet pedicure- and sandal-ready without having to go to the salon.

    amazon.com

    With all of the walking I do in NYC, I use these to scrub my feet every time I'm in the shower so I won't have callouses or blisters that build-up over time.

    Promising review: "If you have thick, calloused skin on the bottoms and sides of your feet, that no amount of scrubbing with a pumice stone has ever been able to completely remove, then you NEED to give these bars a try. They will take all of the dead skin off and leave you with soft, new skin. For real. You will be amazed." β€”Ecnarf

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99+ (available in four pack-size options)

    20. A sphere ice ball maker that'll make large ice cubes that won't melt fast in the sun, watering down your drinks.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Makes great round ice cubes. They last a lot longer so they don't water down your drink." β€”Gordon R.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. A set of stainless steel skewers to make summer kebabs like a pro.

    Amazon

    Comes with a set of six.

    Promising review: "These are a really nice product. They are long enough to keep an open space on each end so things don't get bunched up and squished. The skewer is also flat so they keep things from spinning. Both of those are really simple things that don't seem important until things start spinning when you try to flip them over on the grill or you smash the tomato trying to get the last mushroom on the end. It just makes the end product much more evenly cooked without the spinning piece that gets scorched." β€”Matt

    Get them from Amazon for $7.67+ (available in three sizes).

    22. A clip-on bottle opener that'll open your beers with ease β€” you can take it wherever you go.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Imagine you're climbing Half Dome in Yosemite. You've been fingering rock cracks for hours. It's hard work and your fingers are cramping. It's time for a beer break. Luckily you're prepared and you brought suds to quench your thirst. And you brought THIS THING to open them up with. You shove a fist deep into a rock crack then hang there 3000 feet above Yosemite Valley trying desperately to get THIS THING hanging from your harness to open the bottle. Shhhhhhk! Success! Get THIS THING! Don't leave home without it." β€” Robber Barron

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98.

    23. A unicorn pool float for that summer Instagram-worthy picture you've been planning for.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This float is awesome! I bought this for a weekend at the lake, and my friends and I had a great time with it. It's comfortable for any adult to sit in it and float around. The float held up to my friends jumping on it and trying to flip each other off of it. It's also the perfect float for all those Instagram pics!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.59 (also available in a kids size).

    24. A large mesh beach tote to carry all of your summer essentials, whether they're wet or dry.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm a bag snob and I LOVE this bag. I searched for a month before I finally committed to this bag, and I'm so glad I did. It's VERY large and holds towels, swimsuits, snacks, whatever you need. The number of pockets is perfect if you want everything in its place for the beach or pool trip. Outside pockets can be used for sunscreen, goggles, water bottle, toys, whatever. And there is an inside pocket to place keys, your wallet or phone. Even though the bag is large, it works well for swim class where you may only have a few items. It also air dries quickly and is lightweight. Would HIGHLY recommend for anyone looking for a large pool or beach bag." β€”Keely

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in 12 colors).

    25. And an all-natural deodorant to keep you smelling so fresh and so clean.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am seriously amazed by this deodorant! IT WORKS! I had been toying with the idea of switching to a natural deodorant for awhile and had attempted a few times but was always disappointed by the results of the natural deodorants that I chose. They just never seemed to work and so I always ended up switching back to my old chemical containing standby. This time I decided to take my time and do some research before making a decision as to the new guinea pig deodorant choice. This one really has worked amazing for me!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29 (available in five scents).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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