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    40 Cheap Things You Can Enjoy At Home While You're Getting Your Money's Worth On Rent

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    1. A sassy cross-stitch pattern to help you make good on your resolution of concentrating on hobbies that create instead of consume. Yep, everyone's getting cross-stitch birthday gifts this year.

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    I'm not kidding. Everyone really is getting a cross-stitch birthday gift this year. I stitched this very pattern for my friend Tashween for her birthday and it was a wonderful way to spend a weekend afternoon at home! FYI, I was able to cobble together enough colorful thread for this neon-sign design from thread left over from other projects.

    Get the downloadable pattern from GrandmaGirlDesigns on Etsy for $5.

    2. An overnight lip mask you can just like lip balm before you go to bed at 9 p.m. (the dream!) and then reap the moisturizing benefits come morn.


    Promising review: "I am s.h.o.c.k.e.d. at how well this little lip mask works! I'm currently taking Accutane — which dries out your entire body, especially the lips — and I used this last night right after I scrubbed the dead skin off in the shower and it's still on this morning and my lips are buttery soft! It has a beautiful citrus-y scent. THIS IS A HOLY GRAIL." —Robin Maahs

    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    3. A butt sheet mask that'll force you to park it awhile so it can works its moisturizing magic. The skin back there also deserves some love!


    Promising review: "Oh my gosh. I’m obsessed. Bought this on a whim because I love face masks. My butt has never felt so good." —Kaitlyn Hensler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in four types).

    4. A purr-fect coffee spoon for posting up on the side of your mug once you've mixed in all the good stuff for your at-home coffee. Now you're truly living in the lap of luxury from your couch.

    Get it from Amazon for $1.59.

    5. Indoor plant food spikes to help care for your plant bb that's keeping you company at home. Don't be too hard on yourself for that one that bit the dust in 2019. RIP. Also, plants just make a home feel happier.


    The spikes will feed each plant for up to two months.

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering so I put a few of these spikes in the pot. There are directions on the back of package for quantity and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it! My African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also. I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster and they became more green and healthy-looking. I am very happy with this product and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get a 48-pack from Amazon for $7.41.

    6. A color-changing humidifier/diffuser you can use with some ~calming~ essential oils (ahem, lavender) to make your room smell like paradise and get you in the mood for Zzzzzzzs. Or just set the mood for a reading sesh.,

    Promising review (for the diffuser): "I loved this product! As you can see the light button has rubbed off a bit because I use it so much! It has all colors of the rainbow, it goes for 11 hours, is easy to clean, and it looks great. Other diffusers I just couldn’t say the same about. The only thing that I do have to warn is that you need to be careful about the oils you put in it or it can be ruined (from experience). This has lasted me sooo long and I am going to buy again! My sister bought first then I did she was bummed when hers no longer worked (from the bad oils)! Definitely recommend!!" —Happy Mom of 3

    Get them from Amazon: diffuser for $15.99+ (available in four colors) and eight essential oils for $14.95

    7. Southern Lady Code, a hilarious book of essays that'll have you clutching your gut within the first page. Seriously, I screamed "WHAT!" and had to read it out loud to my mom. She has also since read it, found it hilarious, and is reading the author's other books.


    I grabbed this from my parents' local library while I was visiting them for a spell over Christmas and read it in a day. OK, you don't have to be Southern to enjoy it. I put it on my Insta story and several friends downloaded the audiobook ASAP. If you may even be 50% against an essay titled "How to Watch Pornography Like a Lady" (like a one-star reviewer on the Amazon listing) do not pick up this book. But if you're reading BuzzFeed, you'll likely dig the author's humor.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.

    8. And Nobody Cares, another book of essays I read, loved, and think you might too. If you've ever said something incredibly strange that made someone else pause during a social setting and then cringed about it for a week, you NEED to read this. (Meaning, there's a 99.95% chance nobody cares you said that weird thing! And if they do, then they're much weirder for it.)


    This book of essays won't constantly have you in stitches like that other book up there ^ but it's amazing. As someone who's often thought "Oh god why did I make that weird joke" about a gazillion times in my life, it made me feel so much better for it.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89+.

    9. A 16-pack of soothing sheet masks that'll feel like next to no effort when your skin needs a lil' hydration. And if you're sitting on the couch or lounging in bed, even better!,

    Promising review: "These masks are amazing!!! Having 'ice pick' scars left over from acne I was told that I'd have to pay for expensive laser therapy because the body can't produce enough collagen to heal deep scars. I've been using these masks for two months and I've seen SIGNIFICANT reduction in my scars. They are almost completely gone!" —Shaun

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    10. A "house" of sheet masks that'll hang out beautifully on its own in case the name of your game is forgetting to wrap your gifts.


    Promising review: "I love Tonymoly masks and this set is a great value since it comes with five. I got one for myself and another for my brother’s girlfriend for Christmas. The packaging is so cute. It would make a great add on to any gift or good stocking stuffer for Christmas. I will def be buying more!" —jordyn

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in collagen or vitamin C).

    11. Satin pillow cases that I own and love! They'll feel like a total treat when you turn in earlier just because you CAN. Or crawl under your sheets to read, one of life's true pleasures IMO.


    *And* unlike with silk pillowcases that'll help you reap the same moisturizing benefits for hair and skin, you can toss these in the wash with the rest of your bedding.

    Promising review: "I was originally looking for silk pillow cases, but decided to give these a try because they were a better price. I am not disappointed! I have seen a noticeable difference in my hair in the mornings and overall they are so smooth and comfortable to sleep on. I’ve washed them several times and haven’t seen a difference in the quality. I would buy again." —Kate

    Get two from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in three sizes and 21 colors).

    12. An activity book for anxious folks that's filled with funny things to laugh over when you need a break or stuff to distract your mind when your friends cancelled plans on you and you're stuck at home with your thoughts.


    Promising review: "This book: fantastic. I've bought so many workbooks and coloring books that were supposed to ease, distract from, or somehow manage my PTSD anxiety with no result. I thought how different could this one be? But I liked the reviews, so I gave it a try. I laughed until tears were rolling down while reading this. I was gasping for air so hard I could barely read it to my husband who was cracking up from the book as well as just watching me laugh. It's great and at the same time, it's reassuring because pretty much everything I'm afraid of is mentioned, and even a few things I'm not (elbows; I had no idea that was an official phobia, but if I ever make it onto Jeopardy, well, now I know.)" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.31.

    13. A deck of gorgeous dream-decoding cards that'll help you figure out what the heck that dream you had last night meant and put a stop on anxiety surrounding a repeat. Turns out, it probably didn't mean something as bad as you thought!


    I have a deck of these and they are GORGEOUS, and would make a great thing to keep by your bedside for decor sake alone.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.62.

    14. A The New York Times Mondays crossword puzzle book as something to concentrate on instead of a screen. Just a few minutes a day looking at this bad boy instead will feel like a total treat. (Psst, Mondays are the easiest.)


    Get it from Amazon for $10.79 (also available in Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays).

    15. A Nic Cage reversible sequin pillow case you can lovingly stroke in a variety of ways while you're watching the masterpiece Moonstruck for the millionth time. Follow my dad's rule: If Moonstruck is on TV, you watch it. No arguments., Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59+ (available in seven styles).

    Though if you're more into The Office, check out some versions with Prison Mike and Dwight wearing the CPR dummy mask.

    16. A selenite lamp that'll look gorgeous and give off a decent glow... in case you've been super careful ever since you took a nap and left a candle burning. Oof.

    Queue up some Insta pic–snapping sessions starring this beaut. Staying at home has never looked so good.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.59.

    17. A Drag Race mad libs book for some Ru-inspired fun while you rewatch old seasons. Seriously, this is going to provide hours of fun for you and anyone else sticking around your place.


    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    18. On the flip side, a serial killers coloring book in case won't shut up about true crime (me) and also perhaps once killed the mood of a lovely outing of drinks with friends by bringing up that Jim Jones sold pet spider monkeys door to door (also me).


    Get it from Amazon for $7.92 (also available in a woman serial killer version).

    19. Mindhunter, the tome the chilling Netflix series is based on because you're all caught up and it seems like the next season isn't coming for awhile, if at all. (Plz, do another season.)


    Get it from Amazon for $13.29.

    20. A foodie dog toy for the furry member of the fam who keeps you company while you're parked on the couch for a lazy winter Sunday. (The BEST Sundays, IMO.)

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in several styles that'll ship before Christmas).

    21. A drawing book that, tbh is for kids, but will turn into tons and tons and tons of doodling fun. And it's tiny! So you can even tuck in behind your favorite throw pillow on the couch for easy access.


    Promising review: "Very cool item. If you don't know what to buy for a gift for your friend, it's perfect choice :)" —Andriy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.77.

    22. A 12-pack of vibrant bath bombs for delivering some MAJOR fizz and ~relaxing~ drama while you're settling into a nice soak, completely unbothered on a Friday night.


    Get them from Amazon for $26.80.

    23. A cheerful tea infuser to help feed a tea-lover's habit in the comfort of your own dang home while wearing your coziest robe.

    A clear glass saucer is holding a clear glass mug. Inside of the mug, you can see tea and there is a gray sloth tea infuser that is hanging from the rim (with its "paws") and into the water for the tea.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six more animals).

    24. A five-pack of Disney princess socks because ya' gotta wear socks. And while you're at it, you might as well wear some cute ones you can admire while you're shoe-less in your own home.


    Get them from Amazon for $5.98+ (available in eight varieties).

    25. A comprehensive masking kit to make mixing, applying, and removing masks a total breeze.


    Includes a mixing bowl, measuring cups, sponge, spatula, spray bottle, and small jar.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    26. A mini reading journal full of fun prompts that'll be a step up from the note you've been keeping on your phone as you work your while through a towering stack of tomes on your nightstand.


    Surely I'm not the only one who keeps a note on their phone like this?!

    Promising review: "Love this journal. Very cute convenient size (especially if you are someone who writes small, or doesn't have too too much to say) I really love the star system for coloring in with a pen. There are also prompts throughout the journal like 'favorite author,' 'books I want to read' 'quotes to remember,' etc. The back asks you to fill out the saddest book, funniest book, literary character you'd date, and a few others." —River

    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    27. Watercolor brush pens in case you've grown a little tired of adult coloring backs and regular colored pencils. Time to step it up!


    Get three pens of varying brush sizes from Amazon for $6.99.

    28. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey to pour all over your dollar slice or leftover pizza. It goes on soooo many wonderful things you can whip up with whatever you've already got in your kitchen.


    I've used this stuff and it is FANTASTIC. Just don't let them pour it in their morning tea! It's not that kind of honey.

    Get them from Amazon: a 12 oz. bottle for $6.99.

    29. A deck of gold cards to joke about playing with Benjamins 'til you can do that IRL at your next poker night. OR go with some matte black ones to match your goth-leaning ways.


    Get them from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in gold or black).

    30. A blank comic book so you can finally put pencil to paper with your imagination. Buy one for every member of the fam and then swap 'em to read!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Our son has been into comic drawing lately and he would draw his own lines/boxes on paper he stapled together! I saw this book while Christmas shopping and thought it would be great for him. He loves it!" —Ebiel and Erica Camacho

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    31. Slow-cooker liners that'll make your set-it-and-forget-it routine even easier by making cleanup a snap! Just because you're spending the weekend at home doesn't mean that you have to stand over a hot stove for hours to whip up delicious eats.


    I adore my slow cooker but hate cleaning up after using it. So I use these handy lil' bags. Read my full review of Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners (#4).

    Get a two boxes of four liners from Amazon for $8.99.

    32. A benzonite clay mask you should really try if you haven't already! Discover why people on the Internet won't shut up about bentonite clay masks. And, AND you can even use it as a hair mask to prep your locks for absorbing product more efficiently!


    BTW, lots of reviewers have found success mixing this powder mask with organic ACV.

    Promising review: "I use the clay mask along with apple cider vinegar and let it sit on my face for 20–30 mins. I have been using it every single day but if you have sensitive skin, I don't recommend that. Tbh I have not been eating healthy 24/7 but it still works. Some days I forgot to put in on but in total I have used this mask over 10x. Just be patient and give it time." —Delandia Stevenson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    33. Or a Cetaphil bentonite clay mask – it'll work magic similar to the Aztec mask ^ with its pore-purging abilities that won't mess with your sensitive skin.


    My colleague Elena Garcia recently discovered this stuff and says: "This mask has changed my life. It has a very creamy and cooling consistency which I apply with a face mask brush (but it comes with a small applicator), I let it sit for about 20 minutes and then remove with a face sponge soaked in warm water. The difference in my skin — my sensitive, acne-prone skin — is astonishing after just one use. My pores shrunk down so much! Now I apply it every three days, it's honestly my new religion. I wish it came in a bigger jar so I could cover my entire body in it. I'm not even joking. I will never stop using this mask. NEVER."

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    34. And silicone mask brushes to gently apply your face mask (and then you can easily rinse off to clean while that face mask does its work).


    Get two from Amazon for $3.98.

    35. Pet-grooming gloves that'll let you get in some quality time *and* cut down on those little white hairs you keep finding on your couch.,

    Promising review: "I have two cats, tried a de-shedder brush but they hate it and hide the second I take it out, so I was looking for other options and saw these gloves — it turned out to be a life-changer! To my surprise, cats absolutely love it! They even purr and roll around to make sure I didn't miss a spot. The layer of fur is easy to peel off from the glove and the more you collect the easier it gets. Now I am able to bru­sh my cats every oth­er day, since they enjoy it so much, which means less fur on my clothes and everywh­ere else. Very satisfied with this product and would recommend it to cat owners." —Yana

    Get a pair from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    36. Exfoliating K-beauty washcloths to deliver the OUCH factor that pays off with the AHH of buttery smooth skin afterward. You have zero plans later, so take advantage of that flexible shower time with these for results you can feel.


    I use these and I won't lie to you. They are ROUGH but the exfoliating payoff is worth it IMO. Pain is beauty! OK it doesn't have to be, but it is in this case.

    Get four from Amazon for $6.20+ (available in two sizes).

    37. An ice roller to help de-puff your eyes in the morning or just to feel oh so nice when you're tired or have a migraine. Haven't you heard? This is what that song from Clueless "Rollin' With the Homies" is about.,

    Promising review: "I use this whenever I feel tired, and always after I’ve cleansed my face. I use rubbing alcohol to clean it after use and then put it back in the freezer in its own ziplock. I notice it’s helped with the redness in my face and it also helped when I’ve had migraines. It starts behind my eye so I roll it over whichever side of my head is in pain and it seems to help." —maihiro

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in eight color combos).

    38. A coconut oil hair mask you can really let work its magic while it sits on your strands awhile.


    Get it from Amazon for $6.57.

    39. A Baby Yoda jigsaw puzzle because you've already watched The Mandalorian 3x but want to pay dues to The Child in other forms.


    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    40. Or a four-pack of gorgeous Thomas Kinkade Disney puzzles you can lure the kids into helping you assemble for some at-home family fun. Really though, puzzles are THE BEST.


    Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

    41. 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.

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

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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