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    45 Fun Products Under $15 For Anyone Who Wants A Little Distraction

    Your dog is going to lose their marbles over these pet-friendly edible bubbles.

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    1. A tear-off daily self-care calendar for a gentle way to start your day and still keep it productive and fulfilling — this has space not just for a to-do list, but affirmations, things you're thankful for, reflections, meals, and plans for self-care. 

    A pad of sheets with squares for to do list, a thankful list, a reflection list, what you're eating, notes, and daily affirmations
    Amazon

    Bliss Collections is a family-owned, Wisconsin-based business established in 2012 that specializes in stationery, planners and pads, and drinkware.

    Promising review: "I got this for my mental health when I was in a really bad place mentally and I was trying to figure out why I was having so many panic attacks. This made me feel on top of stuff and gives me something to look forward to. Super cute, super cheap, and it makes me happy." —katelyn

    Get a 50-sheet pad from Amazon for $10.99


    2. A set of mismatched silicone cupcake baking cups because the only thing better than cupcakes is obviously cupcakes in ridiculously fun shapes. This set of 36 reusable cups comes in nine shapes including stars, hearts, sunflowers, and roses ⭐️ ❤️ 🌻 🌹.  

    Colorful molds in bright colors and different shapes
    The cupcake molds with batter in them inside an air fryer

    Psst — people also love these for soap and bath bomb molds! 

    Promising review: "These are amazing!! I just started using my air fryer again and needed something to bake my muffins/cupcakes in. I bought these not knowing what to expect for the price. I was beyond impressed!! They are absolutely wonderful. I made muffins and it was a breeze. The muffins popped right out. Clean up is a breeze. I use warm water and a new toothbrush to clean it because of ridges. I am upset with one thing — I should have bought two sets, I love them so much!!!" —swyatt

    Get a set of 36 from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two color schemes). 

    3. A plug-in color-shifting mushroom light for anyone whose little cottagecore heart could use an extra dose of cozy in their room. 

    Reviewer holding white plug with pastel mushrooms and leaves blooming out of it
    The mushrooms lit up in the dark

    Promising review: "I LOVE this night-light. It's in my bathroom and is a lovely addition. It turns off the second the lights go on which is nice that I don't have to worry about accidentally leaving it on. Super cute and the little itty-bitty lighting element does a good job lighting, just enough so I don't have to turn the main lights on in the middle of the night." —1Thand

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97

    4. A color-coded Cuisinart knife set so not only will you have the perfect blade for each task like a true profesh, but you'll be able to avoid cross-contamination without having to pause and wipe everything down every time you transition to a new food 🌈.

    It includes a chef's knife, paring knife, bread knife, slicing knife, utility knife, and santoku knife. Psst — the knives don't come with this a holder, but you can snag an easy-to-install magnetic bar for knives on Amazon if you want to display them like this reviewer did! 

    Promising review: "This is my best buy of the month, and best knife buy of the year. Yeah, I've had sharper, better-quality knives in the past, but for hundreds of dollars more. For basic kitchen use, this is the set to buy. I like that they're colorful, because I've already been able to familiarize myself with which knife is which color and what I need to use them for. I haven't had to sharpen them yet and I've been using them pretty steadily for about a month. The blade cases they come with are extremely handy. I like that I don't have to use a knife block. These fit nicely in my drawer. At this price, they are worth every penny. I wouldn't have a problem spending $40–$50 for these knives." —GWP

    Get a set of six knives with covers from Amazon for $14.99.

    5. Essence's Lash Princess mascara, because TBH, we've all wasted too many years and too much money looking for the ~holy grail~ mascara. This one is less than $5, gives you instant length, and is DELIGHTFULLY sweatproof for the summer. 

    Before shot of a Buzzfeed editor without mascara
    After shot of BuzzFeed editor with long lashes
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    Hello, that is my face above, because I bought into the hype of all the 5-star reviews and now I will never look back!! Putting it on is like giving my eyelashes butterfly wings. It doesn't get clumpy, it stays put ALL the livelong day no matter how much you sweat, and you can apply it on very lightly if you don't want it to look so dramatic, or continue applying for longer lashes each time.

    Promising review: "Saw this product on TikTok and thought it would be expensive looking at the results they got. I am beyond amazed with how my lashes look after about two coats. For around $5 you couldn’t ask for a better mascara! I will be buying this same one when I run out. I was not expecting to like it as much as I do! No complaints." —Kd

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    6. A copy of Burn After Writing, a guided journal that tens of thousands of reviewers swear by — through a series of questions and thought experiments, it encourages people to take time away from their screens to explore their feelings, both new and old, so they can embrace meaningful ones and try to let others go. 

    Promising review: "I first saw this book on TikTok and decided to look more into it. I purchased four total because I know some people holding onto things that are difficult to let go of. It’s a great way to look at things from a different perspective and truly hold yourself accountable to different things in your life. I love what it stands for and I look forward to when I burn mine after I’m done. Self love, self care, and meditation for a better state of mind tomorrow is always the goal. I definitely recommend it to those susceptible to change and the willingness to try things different. You’re so much more than what’s been done to you and someone’s inability to see your worth does not decrease your value. Choose you for a change." —Brent Helm

    Get it from Amazon for $7

    7. A cult-favorite ~secret~ popcorn salt that anyone in the movie theater industry will tell you is a perfect dupe for that oh-so-savory buttery goodness you love to inhale before the previews begin. Not to be dramatic about popcorn on main, but this stuff is game changing.

    A carton of Flavacol salt
    Reviewer image of buttery popcorn
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    Our family recently unearthed this because beloved To All The Boys I've Loved Before author Jenny Han mentioned that it was her secret to delicious popcorn, and it may have just wrecked me for other at-home popcorn for the rest of my life. It genuinely tastes just as salty and buttery and savory as fresh movie theater popcorn. I inhaled it so fast that every single one of my organs lit up in mild alarm.

    Promising review: "I am a person who will make myself sick eating buckets of popcorn (I have no self control). This has by far been my favorite 'TikTok made me buy' item. My at-home popcorn is now my favorite thing to make and I don't need to go the theater for popcorn. Very much worth the purchase and this will last me such a long time." —S Martinez

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89 (available in two other flavors).

    8. A cloud-shaped magnetic key holder for an absurdly cute storage option for keys that will prettttyyy much guarantee you never lose them again. 

    Promising review: "So, yes, TikTok made me buy this, but so far I really like it. It's obviously very adorable and offers a charming spot to keep my keys that works with my entryway. I'm really surprised by how strong the hold is for such a small object — I carry my car fob and a few keys and so far it's holding strong. I hung it with Command strips to avoid any potential damage to the wall and I will say make sure it's level as the hold is not so good on an angle (but that was from the original in-hand testing). Definitely recommend and for the price, I'm very tempted to get one for my at-work office." —D. Carter 

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    9. A set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can — gasp — color code all your to-do lists, fun plans with friends, and scrapbook pages. 

    Perhaps most importantly for anyone out there planning to go full Leslie Knope on these is that they're designed not to bleed through thin pages!

    Promising review: "I love how this pen feels to hold and it writes beautifully! I am very picky about how the ink looks from the pens I use and I don't remember having one that writes so smoothly and beautifully! I will buy these whenever I need more. I actually just purchased another package of all black!" —Marcia

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.49 (get this price by clipping the 20% off coupon). 

    10. Plus a set of pastel highlighters perfect for everything from studying to marking up your favorite quotes in books — not only are these adorable, but the soft colors are *much* less harsh on your eyeballs. 

    Promising review: "My obsession with these highlighters can not be understated. The pastel shades are ridiculously cute, and pretty. The thickness and shape of the body makes for a unique in-hand experience. The thick tip that leaks a heavy stream of ink as I drag it across a meaningful sentence or two sends a delightful tingle down my spine. It usually comes after I let out a little squeal of joy at a sentence that was so good only a highlighter would suffice to record the memory of when we first meet. #nerdproblems." —Xena Grace

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in bright colors). 

    11. A set of reviewer-beloved tiny cat magnets to recklessly adorn your fridge, whiteboard, or office space, just in case it wasn't already *super* clear from your mug, socks, and general brand that you are, in fact, a Cat Person. 

    Promising review: "I bought these because I love cats and the pack has a calico and a black cat like my cats. The magnets are so cute. If you're looking for heavy duty magnets, these are not for you. If you're looking for cute magnets to decorate your fridge or other magnetic surface, these are for you. I love these magnets." —TXJL 

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.99

    12. A bottle of pet-friendly flavored bubbles so you and your furriest friend can have a romp of a good time in the backyard chasing and chomping them. 

    dog looks at bubble wand
    sniffingtons

    Sniffingtons is a South Carolina-based Etsy shop that specializes in enriching products for dogs and cats. 

    Promising review: "My pup, Toby, is a 2 1/2-year-old cavalier who loves bubbles. After catching them, he’d often give us an 'ewww' look, as they tasted like soap. Until these. He LOVES these bubbles and seems to love the taste of them, too! I will gladly buy these again and continue letting him feed his bubble-obsession in a tasty way! In addition, when I needed help with my order, Ash was so kind and gave me the help I needed! Highly recommend this shop!" —Elizabeth 

    Get it from Sniffingtons on Etsy for $8.50 (available in 15 scents). 

    13. A magnetized air fryer cheat guide to give you quick, easy, and reliable cooking times for preeeeetty much anything you can throw in there without resorting to the internet (where you will inevitably get distracted by Instagram and forget there was a dinner to make altogether). 

    Reviewer holding the spiral bound guide with sections for baked goods, meats, veggies, and frozen foods
    The guide open to a page on cooking poultry

    Promising review: "This is a must-have basic for all people who have air fryers but *especially* for those of us who are just signing on to this way of cooking. It contains everyday items we use plus others. The magnet on the back allows me to have it on the fridge next to my air fryer. So convenient. I bought my daughter one as well. We can both use all the help we can get (we only have kitchens because they came with our houses)." —ladomund

    Get it from Amazon for $8.77

    14. A rainbow prism suncatcher you can easily hang indoors to refract sunlight and make a bunch of teensy little rainbows all over the place, adding a subtle touch of magic in your space 🌈.

    reviewer image of tiny rainbows reflected around a couch and room
    Reviewer image of a cat with a rainbow on it

    Promising review: "They actually were bigger than I anticipated which was actually pretty awesome. I hung them in the window of my office and it's beautiful when they catch light. Definitely worth the money when it puts a smile on your face." —Emmy Ann

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $7.98.

    15. A bunch of teensy macaron boxes for a delightful upgrade to many things in your life, whether it's storing pills or trinkets or just staring at them looking all fancy and French on your bedside table.

    Tiny macaron boxes holding pills and jewelry
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Just received these cute little boxes and am in love with them. Very thick and sturdy plastic but easy enough to open. These will work perfectly for filling solid perfumes and giving out as stocking stuffer gifts as I don't have to worry about it being a snug fit/lid falling off. I imagine these would also be great for pretend food for kids' playsets or for a kid's trinket box. Overall I love them, love their feel, love the colors and am very happy." —Mary

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. A gorgeous pastel paint-by-number with an intricate, deeply satisfying pattern for anyone who is looking for an activity that pairs perfectly with a night in with Netflix. 

    A water color of a single pink flower in a vase on a rustic table
    Amazon

    Each set comes with a detailed numbered outline, three brushes, and a set of numbered acrylic paints with extra to spare.

    Promising review: "I’ve been doing a lot of paint by number paintings lately as a way to decompress from stress, and this one is by far my favorite one. It just looks so cool, and it was not as hard to do as some of the others I’ve done." —K Rivera

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    17. A six-piece (!!) set of high-performance matte lipsticks at a *fraction* of the price of its competitors that stays the heck put without drying or cracking your lips by the end of the day. (Seriously, reviewers are DRAGGING major brands in their comments, these are so cheap and effective.) 

    Reviewer wearing red matte lipstick
    Reviewer wearing all six shades of pink and red matte on their hand

    Promising review: "What can I say, I saw a TikTok about this lipstick and for $10 had to try it! The reviews are right, for some reason this lipstick is better than even $20 name brand ones bought from Ulta. Not only does it smell great, but dries in under a minute and survived eating a cupcake, a Starbucks drink, and an entire evening out, no smudging and had to be removed with a makeup wipe. Fantastic product!!" —Claire

    Get a six-piece set from Amazon for $9.98

    18. A pair of glowing light saber chopsticks to bring balance to The Force *and* to your sushi. 

    BuzzFeed editor using the glowing, blue chopsticks to eat sushi
    Two sets of glowing lightsaber chopsticks in blue and red
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Check out a TikTok of the light saber chopsticks in action. 

    As you can see from the above GIF, I bought these for myself, and I love them to pieces. TBH, I use them as decor every bit as much as I use them to eat. Sometimes I just keep them in my work area to light them up during the day to feel fancy. They toggle back and forth between a bunch of different colors, like red, blue, yellow, purple, and multicolor, so you can either make them match *or* have a red and blue one together and bring ~balance~ to the Force.

    Promising review: "The chopsticks are very durable, and the glow is bright. They're a bit bigger that I expected — but very pleased nonetheless with the product because it serves the purpose and is entertaining for kids, right up to adult Star Wars nerds. It also made the perfect gift for my fellow Star Wars nerds. I've been too busy playing with them rather than using them to eat food — but hopefully that will eventually happen before the batteries need changing." —Anthony

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    19. A rose gold rechargeable electric lighter you can use to replace all your old gas ones. This one is not only chic as heck, but completely flameless, and made with a long stem so you can use it to light gas burners and larger candles without dealing with an open flame.

    A rose gold lighter with an electric current
    BuzzFeed editor lighting a candle
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    This also comes in other pretty colors, but I am especially partial to this one because I bought it for my parents (their kitchen is entirely pink and one of my favorite places on Earth), and this was SO EASY to use — not to mention super safe! I'm a big weenie about fire (LOL, self-preservation) so I've always stuck to extended-arm gas lighters, but this is much better for the environment (plus cuter), so I feel a lot better about using it. You can read my full review of the Leejie electric lighter for more deets!

    Promising review: "Works like a charm. I saw this on a TikTok. Knew immediately that I needed it. I love candles and this is so much better than a match or lighter. It’s kept a charge for months. I use it several times a month." —dwhite3012

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (available in five colors).

    20. A sloth coffee mug to serve as a PSA to anyone who might dare bother you on your precious days off, which are solely for Netflix, pancakes, and sloth mugs. 

    Promising review: "Love love love this mug! It’s sturdy and has held up in the dishwasher and microwave. My only 'complaint' is that the sloth comes up past the rim of the mug a little too much. It’s no biggie. Overall, super cute and puts a smile on my face!!" —Tiffany

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95. 

    21. Let's Get Fizzical, a book of over 50 cocktail recipes that put glitz front and center — every drink features prosecco, champagne, or another sparkling wine. TikTok bartenders, drink your hearts out. 

    The navy blue hardback book
    The book open to a recipe page for bellinis

    Promising review: "Cutest cocktail book! It has great recipes and looks incredible on my bar cart. Can’t recommend enough, and great for gifts!" —Rachel Loye

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99

    22. A pack of mini rainbow scratch art notes that will transport you back to your youth so fast that you will suddenly have a craving for Goldfish crackers and apple juice so aggressive it CANNOT BE IGNORED.

    A set of black cards with rainbow words scratched into them
    Reviewer image of scratch off designs

    Promising review: "I love this little scratch art pad. Sometimes I just need a break and a little distraction to let my brain breathe so I pull this out and make all sorts of designs. You do get a little of a mess by scratching the black off but I usually have a big mess cause I end up scratching the whole thing off. Can't help it. Kid at heart I guess." —Jane

    Get a pack of 125 notes from Amazon for $12.36.

    23. A set of custom book earrings to establish yourself as That Nerd every time you flaunt them at the library or your book club. Bonus: if you can't decide, you can get a different book on each earring! (God help those of us who are going to need a million piercings to keep up with rom com queen Emily Henry's latest works.) 

    Model holding earring versions of The Cruel Prince, Punk 57, and It Ends With Us
    Mini Book Library/Etsy

    Just let the seller know what books you want custom-earringed in the seller comments! 

    Mini Book Library is an Ohio-based Etsy shop that specializes in bookish gifts. 

    Promising review: "I am OBSESSED with these earrings!! I get so many comments on them and it just gives me an excuse to talk about my favorite books. It looks exactly like the cover, they are amazing." —