Skip To Content

    45 Things Under $15 You Probably Aren't Trying That You Should Be

    A whole new world.

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A "disgustingly effective" set of sticky-stake insect traps to prevent leaf damage and reproductive issues stemming from pesky gnats, thrips, and fruit flies.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Holy cow these suckers work! I'm so grossed out by the result, but at the same time I have a sick sense of satisfaction. I used these in my house plants that are breeding fungus gnats like crazy. I used them in conjunction with beneficial nematodes, and they definitely cut down on the number of gnats in our house. Unfortunately I added a new house plant, plus repotted one that had outgrown its prior home, and we are wrapped up in them again. I'm buying another package of sticky traps as soon as I finish this review!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $5.04.

    2. Mike's Hot Honey, the tasty and versatile condiment that has a truly devout following. You'll want to put it on everything from pizzas to ice cream — believe us!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is now a staple for my kitchen. How I cooked without it before, I'll never know. Makes the best vinaigrette ever, quick pan sauces for pork, unexpected zip in dozens of dishes. Does it come in gallons? Have given it as hostess gifts several times and everyone gets hooked." —Martha Ronemus

    Read our full review of Mike's Hot Honey.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48 (for a 12-ounce container).

    3. A bottle of Feed-N-Wax wood polish that'll make your table look brand spankin' new and add a protective layer to prevent future drying and fading. Wood ya' look at that?

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I LOVED using this in my kitchen. It made my cabinets look like they were recently redone. I didn't do anything extra; I just wiped my cabinets with my normal cleaner and then used this and like magic my kitchen was brand new. I also used it on some shelving, banisters, and my hutch and they all looked amazing. And the hutch wasn't as annoying to dust for a while." —tiffany b

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    4. A pan organizer that is just as much an investment in your day-to-day productivity (think about all the time you waste digging for the right pan!) as it is in making your kitchen look picturesque.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome. I have a small kitchen without a lot of counter space, and this thing helps keep everything organized, readily available, and keeps the stovetops clear. I have four pans (two are heavy copper core) on rotation and a goose-neck kettle, which I keep on top. Perfect solution for my needs." —D. Park

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    5. A massage ball that'll make you wonder, Wait, am I actually...amazing at massages? (Probably not, but this ball is!)

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Amazing. Seriously, buy this. It is the best back massage I’ve ever had. I have trouble with my wrists and hands and can’t massage my husband’s back for very long. This is small and easily fits in my hand. I can give him a great massage without pain. He massaged my back with it as well and it’s phenomenal! I would definitely buy this again and I’ve recommended it to my family." —Mifflinpartyofthree

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in purple, pink, green, and blue).

    6. A MoMA-approved collection of acrylic storage boxes that reviewers have used to store everything from office supplies (our recommendation) to makeup to cookies to baby tarantulas (not our recommendation).

    The Container Store

    Promising review: "These boxes are great for storage. They are well made, sturdy, and easy to see what you have in them. They come in a variety of sizes for a multitude of uses! I have mine in my bathroom, but they could easily be used in the kitchen, laundry room, office, etc." —MumMum

    Get them from The Container Store for $1.59+ (available in six sizes and in clear, pink/red, and orange.

    7. A pack of gold snail hydrogel eye patches designed to reduce the appearance of dark circles and dryness after just 30 minutes of use.

    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by this product. For very little, you receive a lot of masks and they really do make an impact. I can tell my under-eye area looks firmer and brighter after I use them. The longer they stay on, the better. Under-eye concealer applies beautifully after using them. The gel patches stick better to my small face than the paper eye patches I’ve tried in the past." —Amanda Blaum

    Read our full review review on PetitfeeGold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patches here (#3).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.70 (for 60).

    8. A floating shelf — with an emphasis on the "floating" — that actually conceals every trace of hardware to create the illusion of levitating books.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (approximately five to seven hardbacks in my experience). They're a great way to add some extra storage to our very small home, and we've placed them in our hallway so people ask us about them all the time. I'd highly recommend!" —LaBuenaVidaMere

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (also available in sets of three for $29.95+).

    9. A natural toothpaste and tube roller that'll bait you with some pastel and Helvetica — and keep you coming back for the effective plaque-removing properties.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love that the metal tube is recyclable. I give this as a gift. It feels fancy. It tastes mildly minty and isn't foamy. It cleans my teeth better than any other toothpaste I've tried, natural or otherwise." —k.bar

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    10. Divider sticky notes if you want to make some OTT annotations on a book you're borrowing from the library.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These sticky notes are excellent. The colors are quite bright and the tabs are neat and noticeable at any angle. I think every student or teacher should own these, and businesspeople should too. They're extremely useful for taking down important notes, planning, and generally recording important information in a place that won't get lost in your planner or notebook. I'll keep these in my book bag and definitely repurchase as soon as I'm close to running out." —malik

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69 (for 60).

    11. A wooden phone dock for a classy upgrade to your desk setup at work.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five colors).

    12. A fast-acting mold and mildew remover gel to give your tiles, grout, sealant, bath, sinks, and shower that brand-new sparkle.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement, but my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. 1000% worth the (small) investment." —Nicole D

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    13. A jewelry cleaning pen to bring that brilliant shine back to your cloudy gems.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I actually don’t understand how this works so well. I used to drop my rings in a bit of watered down Windex, let them soak, then scrub with a soft toothbrush, rinse, and dry. That process took about 15 minutes, and even then my rings, and particularly the stones, were not flawless looking afterwards. I thought it did the job. ENTER DIAMOND DAZZLE STICK! I bought this after reading a BuzzFeed list and now I literally I sound like an infomercial talking about this thing. It’s incredible. First you dispense a little product, and you don’t even have to take your ring off!!! Then you scrub for approximately three seconds, rinse, and BAM!!!! Holy sparkles, Batman. My precious stones have never looked better. Even rings that looked pretty good before, I couldn’t believe how sparkly they were after this. Dazzle is right I guess. Consider me a lifetime customer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    Check out our in-depth review of the Diamond Dazzle Stick to learn more about why we love it.

    14. Cleaning tablets to pop into your travel mug because you know the struggle of opening your bottle only to find you forgot to clean it out the last time.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when it was new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (for 12).

    15. A four-way brush cleaner that'll be on hand to (speedily) take on whatever mess you find on your shoes at the last moment.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The welt surface can be used on heavy scuff marks and stains, nylon bristles for light scuffs, arched half circle for rounded corners, while the thin protruding brush is ideal for getting those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

    Promising review: "I was really sad when I thought my bucks were at the end of their road, because I had always heard that suede couldn't be cleaned. With this brush and a little elbow grease, my bucks are looking great again! I didn't use any water or cleaner, I just kept wiping the brush off on my jeans to keep the brush clean, then hit the shoe again with a clean surface. It even brightened the leather up a bit." —Roberto

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. A produce-saving container, if you know the struggle of consuming fruits before they mold over all too well — these things will end up paying for themselves with the quantity of food you preserve.

    Amazon, Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, these work! I went on a 10-day trip to visit my mom and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back and they were in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting and I will be getting a few more sizes. Excellent product!!!" —Elizabeth Walter

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six sizes and combos).

    Check out our full review of these Rubbermaid produce saver containers.

    17. A pack of reusable stainless-steel straws so you can say, "New year, new sea turtle ally (me)."

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "The little rubber bumpers are a must! I really love them. Not only do they help tell straws apart but they protect your teeth and lips and I feel comfortable letting a toddler drink from them as well." —Jamie Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (for an eight-pack).

    18. A two-inch blind-spot mirror that attaches to your rear-view mirror so changing lanes on the freeway will be slightly less stress-inducing.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought these for mine and my mom's car a while back and these little things are great. Since I got my license I've hated merging or switching lanes; I never felt good or safe doing it. Since having these it's been a blessing — I feel less like a scared new driver. I'm currently encouraging my sister and friends to invest in these too! These are also great for backing up, because you can see exactly how close you are to hitting the car behind, and it's helpful when I parallel park in the city." —Mariam Abass

    Get a pair from Amazon for $5.97.

    19. An adjustable blind duster to tackle those windows (or car vents!) with just a few painless twirls of the hand.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "OK I'll be honest, I ordered this because of the price. After reviewing several other options and having been disappointed with previous dusters I've had, I figured why spend more money on something that isn't going to work? So I ordered the least expensive option but WOW does this little tool rock!!!! It's very easy to use and clean. It does a fantastic job of cleaning and dusting the blinds and gets ALL of the crud off of them. My blinds haven't been this clean since the day they were first installed. VERY happy with purchase." —Amazon Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).

    20. A pack of backseat headrest hangers to hold all the bags and miscellaneous items that wind up rolling around on your car floor.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased these so my purse would not tumble off the car seat and so I can hang plastic bags that hold my groceries. I have one facing forward and one facing backwards. I hang my purse on the forward-facing one and hang bags on the rear-facing one. They worked great." —Mattie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (for a pair; available in beige and black).

    21. A sheet of stick-on sound dampeners so you don't have to worry about waking up your roommates when you find yourself opening and closing cabinets for a midnight snack.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These work very well to dampen the sounds of my idiot roommates slamming cabinet doors at all hours of the day. Just make sure you're wiping down the part of the cabinet they'll stick to before applying them. The adhesive is good and should hold for a while." —LMA

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (for a sheet of 100)

    22. A 12-piece stencil kit, if you're just dipping your toes into the world of bullet journaling.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The stencils are just the right weight, the plastic is thin enough to be flexible and thick enough to not distort while you are tracing. The size is perfect to tuck right into an envelope in the back of my journal. I used a fine-tip marker, and had no problems with getting a consistent line." —Dr. Joyce

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    (Find more tips and tricks for bullet journaling here!)

    23. A coconut lip scrub that'll leave you with incredibly soft and moisturized lips.

    Amazon

    Vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "My lips have been so extremely chapped for the past few months from biting my lips constantly and from the harsh weather conditions. I would constantly moisturize my lips with whatever I had (lip balms, Vaseline, you name it) and NOTHING was working, so I knew that it was time to start looking into lip scrubs. I have to say that my lips haven't felt so soft like this in so long. On the container it says to use a pea-size amount, and that really is all you need. A little really goes a long way. If you are someone who doesn't want (or doesn't have the resources) to make a homemade scrub then — coming from a current college student who definitely doesn't have the resources or time to make their own — get this and it will be worth it!! —Shaneil

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90.

    24. A charcoal-based toothpaste that reviewers confirm actually *significantly* whitens teeth.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love love love it! It made my mouth feel clean and fresh — and my teeth have been whitened!! I've tried the powder charcoal teeth whitener and I hated it. This product is amazing!" —Misty O'Brien-Barques

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82.

    25. A clean/dirty magnet for your dishwasher so there's never any confusion over the status of the dishes.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $4.72.

    26. A terracotta bear friend you can toss in your brown sugar to keep your supply soft and tasting fresh.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "After going through multiple containers for my brown sugar and continuously throwing my brown sugar away due to giant hard lumps, I began to wonder why our brown sugar never lumped as a child. And that's when I remembered a weird brown bear in our sugar. After a quick Google search I found this! I soaked it in water for 30 mins and then added to my lumpy brown sugar. Two days later there is not a single lump in my sugar! Yay!" —Sneezeloaf

    Get it from Amazon for $6.25.

    27. A cord wrap for your perpetually knotted-up electronics.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My sister-in-law is a busy mom with a bunch of kids and barely any time to get ready. So when I heard she was always misplacing her earbuds and that was eating into her gym time, I hopped onto Amazon and grabbed her the cutest earbud organizer I could find. She loves it, and it really helps because she can tuck it in her bag and even attach it to some of her workout bags." —TheOrdinaryHiker

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59 (available in 10 colors).

    28. A book of New York Times crossword puzzles, but only Mondays (generally agreed to be the easiest puzzle day of the week) — if you're tired of feeling like dead weight every Saturday and Sunday.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I do a lot of crosswords. Spiral binding should be the only way crossword books are made, and this one fits the bill. NYT offers the best crosswords in my opinion, and this book — while easier then many other NYT Monday crossword books — is fun because it offers more relevant clues to what is going on now in the world. Keep them coming!" —Ryan McCaslin

    Get it from Amazon for $8.28.

    29. A foldable cutting board so you can dump your sliced veggies right into your pot when you've finished chopping.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the most amazing cutting boards! It is so handy to be able to slice, dice, chop, and then fold it up and pour into a bowl. I love them and have them in three sizes!" —C. Whitten

    Get it from Amazon for $8.11+ (available in six colors).

    30. A pack of large foam letters to help the kiddos get a lil' education in while they soak in the tub.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased these letters with the mesh bag for my 1-year-old's birthday. He clearly needed bathtub toys and he loves chunky letter magnets, so I thought I'd give these large letters a try. I'm so glad I did! He's far from easy on them and he bites them with his four teeth (two top, two bottom). The indents that his teeth leave correct themselves quickly and they're plenty big enough not to be a choking hazard as is. Please realize that they pose a risk if torn apart, but babies, even with this ability, obviously shouldn't be left unsupervised in the tub anyway. Even so, pulling them apart, even with toddler teeth, won't be easy because they are very sturdy and dense." —April Reyne

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    31. A travel case of mint dental flossers so you can stay diligent with your dental hygiene when you're out of town.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased this to keep in my purse zipper compartment for 'emergencies' aka getting something stuck in between my teeth, such as pepper, lettuce, herbs, whatever. I can go to the powder room and remove whatever it is. I feel better having these in tow. We love Plackers for use here at home, which make flossing easy. With age, it just seems things tend to get stuck more, and these are a great idea to have along, just for in case. I can refill the case if I do end up needing to use them. The case is easy to open and close and feels like it will stay closed well in my purse. These are a great idea!" —Small~Town~Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $0.99.

    32. A scalp massager shampoo brush for a deep and exfoliating wash that'll make you feel like you were doing it wrong this whole time.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm sitting here stunned an hour later at how good I feel. I didn't realize the extent to which my scalp bothered me before until now. Even my hair looks better, which is a bonus I wasn't expecting." —C

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in light green, pink, and purple).

    33. A keyboard cover for anyone who's getting bored of the plain old black keys on their laptop.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this a couple of months ago, and I love this keyboard cover. It has a nice feeling, is very flexible, and when I put it on my Macbook Air, it fit like a glove. It doesn't come off even when I'm moving my laptop around a lot (which I do — I do a lot of work on the sofa or the bed where I end up in weird positions to be comfortable), and it's also very comfortable to write on." —Sadia Rahman

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in 28 colors).

    34. A grill scrubber to remove stubborn grease and grime without breaking a sweat.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My grill accumulated a lot of crud as a result of many cookouts. I tried to keep it as clean as possible with a wire brush and various cleaning pads and cleaners. I never could get the rack and grates to look like new. There was always a layer of permanent food residue, carbon, and other debris that defied removal. I decided to give the Magic Stone Grill Cleaner a shot. Surprise! Surprise! This is truly a magic stone. It removed everything from the grill parts that I worked on and left them looking like new. The cleaning process did put grooves in the bottom of the stone and that helped to get the sides cleaned off as well." —Duffer.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.76.

    35. A beginner's guide to calligraphy, if you've always wanted to master the art of lettering but didn't know where to start.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE this book!! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a looooong time. I thought I’d give this book a try and I’m so confident in my lettering now. I’m excited to create my own projects and show off my new skills!!" —KHenderson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    36. A grout pen for effortlessly restoring your tiles so they'll look brand spankin' new in no time.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These things are awesome! I cleaned my bathroom tile grout first because the lady that lived there before me really let it go. A few places stayed stained and I was worried it wouldn't cover them, but all grout areas are bright white and look new now!" —donna c. turnage

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

    37. A pair of genius pull strings so you'll never be confused about whether the string you're tugging at controls the fan or the light.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is pretty much the cutest thing I've ever not needed but HAD TO HAVE! I love these and they look great. I was surprised with the quality and expected it to not quite match the picture (glass-half-empty type, I guess) but they really are adorable and look nice." —Jamie L. Landuyt

    Get it from Amazon for $7.33+ (available in nickel and bronze).

    38. A collagen hair mask to repair damaged hair of all textures.

    BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My hair hasn't been this soft since I was a child. The most amazing part is that while it adds luster and softness, my hair isn't greasy at all. I have straight hair that has become damaged/frizzy from coloring and highlighting. I LOVE this conditioner." —Nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    Check out our full review of Elizavecca CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment (#1).

    39. A pet-grooming glove brush that works for dogs and cats with coats of all lengths.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This glove is perfect for our one kitty who hates to be brushed. Our family recently added kitty number three, a big beautiful long-haired Maine Coon who despises being brushed or bathed. It was such a struggle as fine cat hair started taking over our life. Honestly, I did not think this grooming glove would work, but let me just say it is wonderful. Our kitty Nicki just loves the feeling it gives him, and we love the astounding amount of kitty his hair that is now in the glove and not on every surface in our home. Thank you wonderful seller. We LOVE this glove." —Colleen5991

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    40. An avocado slicer for anyone who is always coming dangerously close to chopping off their fingers while prepping avocados.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this tool!" —NPR MAN

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    41. A sworn-by Magic Eraser if the mere thought of cleanup always holds you back from meal-prepping.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Basically the best cleaning tool ever. Walls, counters, sinks, toys, you name it, I've used a Magic Eraser on it. We have a light-color sink basin in the kitchen and I use these once a week to keep it sparkling white. I used to have to use heavy-duty cleaner but just a quick wipe down with the Magic Eraser and it's good as new!" —seven4eleven

    Get it from Amazon for $4.94 (for a four-pack).

    Plus, check out our picks for the best sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    42. A microfiber dish-drying mat with a marble design you'll love with every microfiber of your being.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    43. An art supply holder that'll make all your utensils look nice and tidy as they stand upright in their respective homes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have too many pens, markers, and pencils. I bought two of these to see if I needed a better organizational system for them. These holders told me that I do, and I am so glad I made this purchase. It does not take up much room on a desk and is extremely easy to assemble." —Star Child

    Get it from Amazon for $6.96.

    44. A handy cleaning brush to help you get into all those nooks and crannies on your keyboard, camera, and other frequently used electronics.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The OXO Good Grips Electronics Cleaning Brush is a must-have product for cleaning electronics. It is versatile enough to work in many different applications. It is gentle enough to avoid cosmetically damaging delicate electronics that other brushes can easily scratch. And it is precise enough to work well in applications where one needs a tool of precision that is capable of reaching difficult or small areas." —ZapNZs

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95.

    45. And a "drain millipede" that'll dig up all the hair clogging your drains on the first go.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was amazed at what it pulled out! Gobs of hair from what was probably years ago, over and over again. I kept inserting it until just a little past when it stopped, and kept pulling out more and more gunk. When all was said and done, I had a clean, free-flowing drain. An easy five-star rating for me." —Mr. Thomas J. Long

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

    Looking for more great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides here!

    Allison Krausman / Via BuzzFeed

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form