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    27 Inexpensive Things You Should Get To Protect Your More Expensive Things

    Because you shouldn't have to spend a fortune to protect that thing you just spent a fortune on.

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    1. A pack of shoe inserts to stop your ridiculously expensive kicks from creasing when you finally work up the courage to wear them out in the real world.


    Promising review: "My teenage daughter is incredibly picky about getting creases in her shoes. It makes absolutely no sense to me, but she would literally get new shoes and not wear them for months because she was scared they would get creased. Ridiculous! But these things worked so well! She said she can’t even feel them in her shoe, and her shoe doesn’t crease! Brilliant invention for ridiculous teenagers." —Ady

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

    2. A travel jewelry case that'll keep your most precious accessories in their proper place instead of getting them all tangled up in a giant knot on your vanity.

    small white jewelry box with a zip closure and some rings, earrings, and necklaces inside
    Caitlyn Minimalist / Etsy

    Caitlyn Minimalist is a woman-owned small business based in Los Angeles that sells dainty personalized jewelry. 

    Promising review: "I love it exactly what I needed perfect for travel or just keeping a few things safe. I wanted something to keep my rings in instead of separate boxes. I love the minimalist style and the necklace storage is awesome!!" —Charlie Tickell

    Get it from Caitlyn Minimalist on Etsy for $19.50 (originally $26).

    3. A super slim yet protective case to keep your iPad safe from any accidental drops and pesky fingerprints. It also doubles as a stand so you won't you have to hold it during your next binge-watching session.

    Promising review: "This case is a tremendous bargain and very, very handy. It is sturdy and well-designed, easy to manipulate, and sets my iPad at just the right angles for typing or reading. By setting my iPad to auto wake/sleep, just opening and closing the case is all it takes and the built-in magnet does the rest." —Paperback Writer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 15 colors).

    4. Or a universal case that can fit any 9- or 10-inch tablet and has a handy pocket on the front for extra accessories.

    iPad placed in universal tablet case

    Promising review: "I have had several cases for my Kindle and I recently purchased the 9th Generation Kindle. This case was perfect. I usually read in bed at night and with this case I can now stand it up and read vertically, and when watching live stream movies, I find the vertical mode is just great. I have two positions now to view them in." —Jim

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four colors).

    5. A case for your Apple Watch that adds a layer of extra protection without a layer of extra bulk. You'll hardly even notice it's on, but you'll be so glad it's there the next time you knock it off the nightstand.


    Promising review: "This protects my new Apple Watch perfectly. It’s not bulky, still looks great, touchscreen works perfectly and actually protects it from scratches and everyday wear." —Jean A.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes and five color combinations).

    6. A completely waterproof case so you can still scroll through TikTok the next time you're relaxing in the tub or update your Instagram directly from the pool. Plus, you can use it to get some pretty impressive underwater photos!


    Promising review: "I purchased this case in July for an upcoming canoe trip with a friend, and as luck would have it, we flipped our canoe about an hour from our pick up point. Being the rebel that I am, I chose not to wear my phone around my neck, and so it, my ID and my debit card ended up at the bottom of the river and I just assumed it would be discovered a thousand years from now and placed in a museum as an ancient artifact.

    Fast forward to earlier this week. I was contacted via FB by an Alachua County Sherrif’s Office diver and guess what he found? Yup, my phone case with all of the contents intact and dry as a bone! He had to cut the case open, but there was not one single drop of water in it and he ended up purchasing a case for himself because he was just that impressed!" —Julie M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 14 colors).

    7. A case to not only keep your phone protected, but to also remind people that you'd prefer to continue social distancing from now until the end of time.

    Closeup of phone case with smiley face saying "Have a nice day, six feet away)
    Shop BuzzFeed

    Get it from Shop Buzzfeed for $32 (available in eight iPhone styles; also available in four Samsung Galaxy sizes).

    8. Or a stylish and protective wallet phone case you can wear as a cross-body bag so you can avoid the dreaded "I forgot my ID!" moment the next time you go out for drinks.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I don't carry a purse and often wear garments that don't have pockets. This crossbody phone case allows me to carry my phone and credit cards and have my hands free." —DeAnne

    Hera Cases is a small business with a focus on fashionable phone cases.

    Get it from Hera Cases on The Grommet for $39.

    9. A waterproof mattress protector so you can drink your morning coffee right from bed and worry a little less about spilling it everywhere.


    Promising review: "This is our third re-purchase mattress cover. We have a great Dane (who sleeps in our bed) and a toddler (who plays in our bed). Because of this mattress cover, our mattresses are in pristine condition. The first time I re-purchased was simply to have a back up, and this most recent was to replace our first one, bought four years ago. I only did so because I couldn't stand to look at the stains on it anymore LOL, but it still was fully functioning. It can simply be tossed in the washer and dryer when it's time to wash your bedding. No crunchy noises when you sleep, no super hot sweaty bed. I honestly don't even notice it and never have. I highly, highly recommend this mattress cover." —Jaimie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in six sizes).

    10. A sturdy case to protect those expensive sunglasses you're terrified of losing like all your others. It even folds down into a flat pocket-friendly size when not in use!


    Promising review: "Bought for a trip and it was exactly what I needed. I am home now and was able to collapse it and just put it in my glove box in case I need to take my sunglasses with me. Super cute too." —Jenny 81

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three color combinations).

    11. A set of clear storage boxes so you can show off your impressive sneaker collection while keeping them protected at the same time.,

    Promising review: "I'm always looking for ways to organize my house better. I love this shoe organizer and it was easy to put together. This keeps my shoes protected and has air circulation holes so that there isn't any moisture leading to the growth of things. This has also helped organize my closet much better." —Traci C.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.89+ (available in two sizes and two pack sizes).

    12. A handy-dandy bike cover so you can keep your favorite mode of transportation safe from the elements until it's time to hit the road again.

    Promising review: "I live in an apartment and don't like leaving my bike locked to a bike rack so I keep my bike on my patio. I previously had a standard blue tarp over my bike but it would blow around too much and just looked bad. This fits my bike and clips so I know it won't blow away." —Bcampbell

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes and six colors).

    13. A soft dust cover so you can put your Instant Pot away without actually putting it away. It'll look so much nicer on your counter, and there's even helpful pockets to store extra utensils.


    Promising review: "My Instant Pot is too large to have anywhere other than sitting out on my countertop. I do not want to have to lift it up and down from somewhere in my cupboards so I keep it out on my counter top. The problem with that is that I do not want it to get dirty or dented by other appliances accidentally. For Christmas, my son asked me what I wanted, and I told him I would love to have a cover for the IP. He found this one for me, and I could not be more pleased. It does clean up easily, and it protects my IP very well. The most important thing is that it looks great sitting on the counter!" —Joseph B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three sizes and nine colors).

    14. A stain repellent — it's bound to become a lifesaver for all you clumsy red wine lovers. It'll create a protective barrier on your fabric so any spills will sit on the surface instead of soaking in and causing a stain. All you have to do is wipe it away!


    Promising review: "I tested the Stain Guard product on a spare piece of fabric before treating eight white upholstered dining chairs. The product works exactly as advertised. After applying the product I tested and it creates a barrier that does not allow liquid to permeate the fabric. That is what I was hoping to get so this product did exactly what I was hoping it would do and performed exactly as described. I would recommend it if what you are looking for is a stain guard that keeps liquids on the surface of the fabric." —FJI

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

    15. A padded laptop sleeve to keep your computer protected from any accidental drops as you start to commute from your home office to the real office.


    Promising review: "I don't write reviews often because i get lazy but this case just saved my laptop. My water bottle exploded in my backpack and didn't realize till it was too late. I saw that everything in my backpack including the case was drenched but the interior was still dry! The only thing that was saved was my new laptop and I am absolutely grateful for it." —Brian

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in four sizes and 16 colors).

    16. Or! A surprisingly spacious laptop case that has enough room to also store your chargers, notebooks, and other random office supplies you don't really need but like to carry around just in case.


    Promising review: "Such a great sleeve! But it’s more than just a sleeve. It has inner compartments along with a wide strap allowing you to really secure it in place. I was thinking I’d only use the sleeve at home to keep dust and animal hair from filtering inside it (that can start fires, I’ve heard). The sleeve has top handles allowing it to be carried like a bag or purse. Perfect and then some! The price is low for what you get!" —Deb L.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two sizes and seven colors).

    17. A laptop fan that will stop your laptop from overheating when you have 300 Google Chrome tabs, Spotify, Photoshop, Slack, Outlook, and Excel all open at the same time.


    Promising review: "First off let me say that this cooling fan is ULTRA quite, there is simply ZERO noise! I'm the kind of guy who has approximately 70+ tabs open at the same time streaming different things at once and i play games on it here and there, my laptop tends to get really hot and occasionally shuts off (I do many things at once). so i decided to get a cooling fan and man this thing didn't disappoint! My laptop stays cool the whole time, like it doesn't even get warm (OK maybe a little warm)." —Luis A.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in five colors).

    18. A compact sweep-and-swipe tool that will quickly become your new favorite desk accessory. Use the brush side to sweep away dust and crumbs from your keyboard, then turn it over to use the microfiber pad to swipe away fingerprints from your screen.


    Promising review: "Excellent tool that has really made all the little annoyances of owning a newer MacBook with touchbar go away. The brush is great as clearing away dust, dirt, and debris from the keyboard and the screen cleaner really does take care of the finger prints on the screen with ease. I now have two, one for the office and one for my home office!" —PrimeBurntOrange

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    19. An Animal Crossing-themed Nintendo Switch case with a built-in padded screen protector that also holds six of your favorite games. There's even an optional foam insert to make it compatible with the Switch Lite.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely in love with this case. It's so cute, and it's also sturdy and durable. The mesh pocket fits the attachments for the joy-cons, my iPhone charging cable, as well as a wall adapter and a standalone USB-C cable (for charging the Switch). Additionally, I have managed to fit two packages of joystick grip caps in that pocket as well. The case still closes perfectly fine." —Hannah Yagudina

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 14 other styles).

    20. And a protective shock-absorbent case to make the already durable Switch Lite feel even more sturdy and comfortable to hold. It also comes with two tempered glass screen protectors so you'll never have to worry about cracking that gorgeous display.

    Promising review: "The case couldn't have been easier to put on, probably took me a grand total of five seconds. Fit snugly and all the buttons are easily accessible. I'm always a bit worried about how third-party cases fit around the plug. No issues here whatsoever. The grips on the back are also sized really well. They're not too big and not too small." —Scott R.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available with glitter).

    21. A set of grippy silicone caps to prevent your joysticks from flying away from your thumbs during an intense game of Pokémon Sword.,

    Promising review: "These caps are super cute and simple to get on and off. They’re comfortable for use and don’t get in the way, and still allow me to store the controllers in cases comfortably." —Emipoot

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    22. A felt handbag insert with several pockets and compartments that will stop your purse from becoming an endless black hole of nothingness and protect the interior from any accidental nail polish spills. Plus, just imagine reaching into your bag and finding your lip balm on the very first try.

    Promising review: "My summer handbag has no dividers, so everything falls into a lump together. I was so pleased to find the smaller slender option for this organizer. It slides down into my purse with room on the sides to spare - this is exactly what I wanted since it lets me put things into the organizer and then other things outside of it on either side. I ordered the gray color and am very satisfied with the construction and fabric used." —Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in five sizes and 16 colors).

    23. A hanging handbag organizer so you can finally get your purses out of that messy pile and maybe even rediscover a few old favorites you totally forgot you even bought.

    Two handbag organizers with handbags placed inside

    Promising review: "Definitely gets the job done, I had my purses tossed in a box and they were beginning to warp, this has literally saved them from any more of my negligent behavior." —keishila

    LeSacBag is a small Etsy shop specializing in handbags and accessories.

    Get it from LeSacBag on Etsy for $9.99 (originally $19.99, available in two colors).

    24. A smiley silicone avocado that will guard your precious AirPods from any accidental drops.

    Promising review: "OMG the avocado is so cute! Looks exactly as pictured, fit AirPods perfectly, open and closes easily, easy to plug in charger, durable, and protective. Absolutely love this and recommend." —mnm

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in 18 other shapes).

    25. Or a super rugged AirPods Pro case, because you should definitely be protecting your $200 headphones like the precious angels that they are.

    Promising review: "Just bought some new Apple AirPod Pros and wanted something to protect them. After searching, I landed on these. They work great and the clip is perfect when securing them. The material is 'rubber like' and flexible, but secures the case snugly. The price is right and I’d recommend." —G. Gunnels

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

    26. Or! A monogrammed cover for your charging case so you'll never have to worry about having the same generic silicone cover as everybody else.

    AirPods cases with gold monogram letters and floral prints

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this case!! It’s a hard silicone so it won’t tear and the design is gorgeous!!" —April

    Get it from MgnByMeagan on Etsy for $9.59 (available in five colors and three sizes).

    27. And a set of handmade felt coasters shaped like your favorite feline, except these are more interested in holding your glass rather than knocking it over ruining your expensive coffee table.

    Model holding coffee cup with four cat-shaped coasters on table

    Promising review: "I'm loving this cute little coaster! It's perfect for my wide mug, and protects my desk very well from heat and condensation." —Natalie P.

    FeltStoreArt is a small Etsy seller based in Washington.

    Get a set of two from FeltStoreArt on Etsy for $18+ (also available in packs of four and six).

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.