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    Updated on Jul 30, 2020. Posted on Jul 18, 2020

    29 Things Under $20 That May Be Odd But Really, Really Work

    You'll laugh at dog goggles until you realize how well they protect your pup's eyes from the wind.

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    1. A tongue scraper, because it may become the oddest-looking part of your routine but it'll bring you RESULTS. It scrapes any ~residue~ off your tongue to cancel bacteria and odored breath...just don't look at your sink.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My dentist told me to start brushing my tongue better, but it makes me gag nonstop. I decided to purchase this tongue scraper and it works! Does not make me gag and my tongue has never been cleaner!" —Jordan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94 (available in three colors).

    2. A lobster claw oven mitt to probably feel like you're betraying your fellow lobsters when throwing them in the pot, but at least now your hand is properly protected from the heat. Whatever you need to tell yourself, Brutus.

    Reviewer's picture of the lobster oven mitt
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    Promising review: "Just what I was looking for. I wore these as part of a Zoidberg costume and they fit my large hands just fine. I also used them to take something out of the oven and they didn't disappoint." —ed luedke

    Get it from Amazon for $9.85+ (available in 12 styles).

    3. A tub of Elizavecca carbonated clay mask so you can make skincare a heck of a lot more entertaining. Aside from its obvious selfie potential, this is great for minimizing blackheads, exfoliating, and removing excess oil! And, you know, bubbles.

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    Promising review: "This is my favorite mask ever! I am impatient and can't usually wait for other masks that take 20 minutes to dry (and I hate the drying, pulling feeling). I put this on while my shower is warming up and it starts bubbling immediately! It's easy to rinse off and leaves skin feeling extremely clean. My face is super smooth for at least two days after using it. I have large pores with lots of blackheads and sebum, and this definitely reduces the amount of visible blackheads. And I feel less oily. Great product! Great price!" —Abby

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    To learn more, check out "This Bubble Face Mask Is $10, Will Give You Perfect Skin, And Make You LOL, You're Welcome."

    4. A silicone egg mold in the shape of a cat that'll show the world you're not *kitten* around when it comes to seriously Insta-worthy breakfasts. May your eggs never look boring again.

    Reviewer's picture of their cat-shaped eggs after using the mold
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    Promising review: "Love the way this looks when you use it to make two eggs! Looks exactly like the advertisement. The raised silicone around the eyes holds the denser yolk while allowing the whites to run right through to the rest of the face. Crack one egg in each eye and it works great." —Mom's opinion

    Get it from Amazon for $11.62 (available in four styles).

    5. A pair of meat-shredding claws for really getting to work when you're ravenous and need pulled pork IMMEDIATELY. Prepare to ~bear~ some resemblance to very hungry animals.

    Reviewer's picture of the claws with a pile of pulled pork
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    Promising review: "These meat claws are strong, sharp, and really do make shredding cooked meat easier. Before I bought these, I pulled pork (and beef, and chicken) with two forks. That always took more time and effort than I thought it should, and my hands were always tired and sometimes achy afterwards. So, for an upcoming family gathering where I planned to pull two whole pork shoulders, I wanted a better method. The grips on these tools allow them to work like extensions to my knuckles, and they really do allow the user to pull an entire pork shoulder into shreds in just a couple of minutes, versus what I estimate would have been 10 to 15 minutes of work using two forks, and would have resulted in tired 'people paws' afterward." —Amazon Customer

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

    6. A grip strip, because this'll bring you straight to the future where you don't need glue or magnets to keep your phone, keys, glasses, WHATEVER right where you want 'em. People may think aliens infiltrated your car, but you and I know the truth.

    Picture of a phone attached to the grip strip on a car dashboard
    Firebox

    You can stick it where you want, and peel it when you want to remove it!

    Promising review: "This product is like something out of science fiction! It grips onto surfaces and holds whatever you want it to, yet peels off easily." —Firebox Customer

    Get it from Firebox for $8.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. A set of wine condoms to add a little *excitement* to regular nights in. Sure, they help extend the life of already-opened bottles of wine, but the real lesson here is you should always use protection when it comes to vino. Wine gone bad is a tragedy that must be avoided at all costs.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got these as a gift for a family member who is a 'wine aficionado' partly for a laugh, but also for their great concept. When she opened them I did get a huge laugh, but once she realized what they were and the concept she was amazed and I have received confirmation from her that they work wonders and truly provide an airtight seal." —Thomas

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $14.97.

    To learn more about this, check out "These Wine Condoms Mean You'll Never Waste A Half-Finished Bottle Again."

    8. And! A wine stain–preventing balm so you can drink your merlot without it leaving a mark. If the sight of you putting this on your lips and teeth rubs people the wrong way, just wait until their mouth is purple. WHO WILL BE LAUGHING THEN, I WONDER.

    Amazon

    It's plant-based and all-natural *and* won't interfere with the taste of your wine.

    Promising review: "So my teeth always stain when I drink red wine and I hate it. I read about this product in one of my magazines and thought I would give it a try, and I'm so happy I did. I just used it for an all-day wine tour and came out of that with white teeth. Hooray! The texture is nice and there isn't any flavor to interfere with your wine. The fact that it doubles as a lip balm is a bonus." —DDR777

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    9. A corgi butt mouse pad that'll make work feel a little less ~ruff~ by providing plush carpal tunnel prevention. I INSIST you make nonstop butt jokes over Zoom. Don't worry, people will love it.

    Hand squishing the corgi butt mousepad
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I ADORE this mouse pad!!! I work as a software developer and was starting to experience the beginnings of carpel tunnel. This has totally stopped the numbness in my hand! And as a corgi mom of two bouncing corgi boys, this was a must-have!" —LW

    Get it from Amazon for $11.65+ (available in nine colors).

    10. A set of knit kitty table leg protectors for probably making your roommate furious, but you know what they just don't understand ART. They should really thank you for preventing scratches on your floor — now you'll get your security deposit back.

    The cat paw table protectors on table legs
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    Promising review: "These work great on our chairs to prevent scratching the hardwood floors. They stay up well and look so cute." —Renee

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in six colors).

    11. A Squatty Potty toilet spray, because when you gotta go you gotta go, and there's nothing *magical* about the fear of leaving...evidence. You and your new number two can ride off into the sunset scent-free while the rest of the world holds it in.

    The toilet spray bottles
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    Yes, that's right, they're made from the same company that brought us the holy-grail Squatty Potty. Their formula is a blend of essential oils and real gold nanoparticles to trap odors above and beneath the toilet water and fully deodorize the room

    Promising review: "This spray will save your reputation! I've tried Poo-Pourri before, but it smells like someone took a dump in a bowl of Froot Loops! With this, all I smell is a nice subtle nature smell without even a hint of poop. Amazing product!" —Ali

    Get it from Amazon for $9.65+ (available in two scents).

    To learn more, check out "This $10 Spray Is The Answer To Your Pooping Anxiety."

    12. A mesh head covering to a) have a favorite new statement piece and b) successfully protect yourself from those damn mosquitoes. Some say this is for camping, but they don't know fashion.

    Model wearing the mesh head covering over a hat
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been using this product while working in my vegetable garden which is plagued with gnats and the occasional mosquito. The netting is very effective. I can see the gnats at times swarming around my face, yet foiled from reaching my skin by the Benvo net. I like the small drawstring bag it comes in and think it will be handy to store the net for use on hikes." —Betsy

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99 (available in eight colors).

    13. An egg separator so making breakfast always goes swimmingly. I for one don't see anything fishy about letting my yolk touch the lips of gold fish. He's doing his best.

    Hand squeezing egg yolk out of the fish-shaped egg separator
    Amazon

    And now you don't need to spend an hour trying to get the yolk out of the bowl yourself.

    Promising review: "This is by far the best kitchen gadget I've ever owned. It actually makes me want to be in the kitchen (which is not my favorite place). It works exactly as described, is easy to clean, and is cute to boot. Just don't be tempted to stick this fish to yourself. I've had to explain to all my coworkers how I ended up with fish hickeys." —Siber

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three styles).

    14. The RBG Workout, an exercise book written by (you guessed it) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal trainer. For anyone scoffing at following an 87-year-old woman's workout routine...how about you try planking at almost 90 and get back to us.

    The book
    Amazon

    Guess who can't plank at 26? This is illustrated with tips and workouts to get you squatting, stretching, jumping, and everything in-between. I'm sore already.

    Promising review: "I’ve been working out — off and on — for 35 years. I’m in my mid-fifties now and in very bad shape. I’ve been looking for some way to get fit again without hurting myself. The RGB workout book walks through a simple (not easy) routine. That you only need to do it twice a week is a huge plus. It's a nice set of exercises to follow that many folks will be familiar with. I can see where I can modify the exercises and routine as needed for me. It's straightforward with nothing-too-fancy exercises for regular people who want to get and stay in shape. And, yes, I find it inspiring to follow the Notorious RGB back to fitness :)." —Aviva Gittle Publishing

    Get it from Amazon for $10.59.

    15. A pair of pasta pot holders that'll help you cook your real farfalle without burning your hands (mainly because that would mean you'd have to wait to eat). If one of these goes missing, maybe check that your partner didn't accidentally try to eat it.

    The farfalle pasta-shaped pot holders
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the greatest little kitchen helpers since sliced bread! While that might be a slight exaggeration, they really have become my favorite pot holders. They're small enough to stick in your gadget drawer, but plenty large enough to use on your largest, heaviest pots and pans. They're great for lids that have handles that get hot. I keep one on those lids during the whole time I'm cooking. You could also leave them on glass items used in the microwave. They're very handy and cute!" —Southern Gal

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $16.95.

    16. A set of cat butt magnets for proving you have purrfect taste, especially when you see how useful they are. You have zero excuses to lose your notes now — no if, ands, or butts.

    Reviewer's picture of the cat butt magnets
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    Promising review: "I bought these to cheer me up during the pandemic. I put them on the refrigerator and they make me smile every time I walk by. Silly but a lot of fun. They will hold notes, but probably not items like utensils or pot holders." —oregps

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $17 (available in five styles).

    17. A chick-themed contact lens case, because it'll be just another day you ~hatched~ a brilliant idea. Some people are simply screwed when they lose a contact. Not you. Not you.

    Reviewer's picture of the chick-themed contact lens travel case
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    It comes with a contact case, travel case, bottle for solution, tweezers, mini spoon, and mirror.

    Promising review: "SO CUTE. Exactly as described. It comes with an outer case, container for lens solution, inner lens case, tweezers, and a tool to insert lens with (I think that's what it's for?). It's perfect for emergency kit or for an overnight trip. For being under five dollars including shipping, this is a fantastic deal." —Linzhoo2u

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    18. A mango-shaped, slow-rising squishy to relieve stress by playing with this, instead of biting your nails. Reviewers even say it smells slightly sweet, meaning you're about to start craving fruit all day. Sorry.

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    Promising review: "This feels softer than a pillow! There is more than 20 SECONDS OF SLOW RISING TIME!!! Every squishy collector needs this in their collection! It smells vaguely of mangos, but after a day or two it started to smell more of mangos. Best $10 I have ever spent!!!!!" —Beth Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    19. A razor holder so you can declutter your bathroom counter, but it's mainly for having someone to talk to while shaving. He really is the perfect gentleman — he keeps your razor clean and never talks back.

    Hand using the French man-themed razor holder with a mustache compartment
    Amazon

    Just stick him to the wall!

    Promising review: "This works great to clear clutter off the counter. It hangs from the mirror and holds the razor well. Super cute product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    20. A folding umbrella hat that'll turn heads in all the best ways. I can't think of anything more satisfying than walking through the rain without the need to hold your umbrella...everyone staring is just jealous.

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    Just think of all the things you can carry now — so much Chipotle. It has a wrist strap and can be collapsed into a travel-sized umbrella!

    Promising review: "So I bought this thing, giggling the ENTIRE time, thinking it was going to be the funniest thing ever as a gag for my husband. Turns out, it's extremely durable and handy and he's used the crap out of it! It folds up quite small. There's a band that fits on your head and a chin strap in case it's wild and windy outside so it doesn't fly away. Every time it rains he finds a reason to slap this thing on so he can go outside in it! Guess what all of our friends are getting as gifts this year? Yup. This jewel!" —C Tucker

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three styles).

    21. A skull sponge holder for no longer waiting until the afterlife to do your dishes. Your sponge will stay cleaner now that it's not picking up icky bacteria on the counter, and it'll always be in direct access. Plus, this lil' guy WILL judge you if you "soak" your plate for three days.

    Hand placing sponge into the skull-shaped holder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love, love, love it! I have bought so many sponge holders that fail after a month or so. I bought this months ago and it is still going strong. All of our various sized and shaped kitchen sponges have fit just fine." —Penny

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. A tub of Unicorn Snot glitter gel, because you'll be able to benefit from everyone's favorite magical creature, even if it's just their boogies. It'll add some ✨sparkle✨ to your look (it works on both skin and hair!) so you're always sure to stand out.

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    Plus, the gel dries clear and feels lightweight so you won't even know it's there — until it's selfie time, of course. AND it's vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I bought this stuff on impulse for our daughter, secretly wanting to try it myself. That night I had my wife braid my hair and style me up with some unicorn snot. I love how it turned out! It's super sparkly; the pictures don't do it justice. I had so much glitter in my hair! I would suggest layering lightly!" —CMurphyG

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in seven shades).

    23. A Dwight dishwasher magnet to finally avoid a lot of conflict with a certain roommate who *claims* to "never know if the dishes are clean." Truly impish. At least now you'll have a funny way to communicate.

    The Dwight from The Office-themed dishwasher magnet with a bearded Dwight for "dirty" and shaven Dwight for "clean"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great magnet! It's large enough to see it on our dishwasher even though the washer is in a dark corner of our kitchen. It flips easily, and makes loading and unloading the dishwasher just a little less painful. Also help communication in the house." —Magen S.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    24. A pair of leaf scoops so you can make your neighbors go ~green~ with envy as you conquer your entire lawn in half the usual time. Don't let the power go to your head.

    Hands using the large leaf scoops
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these things. I wish I had them years ago. We live on a partially wooded lot and I have a lot of leaves to take care of. Getting the leaves out of the flower bed can be a bit tricky with a rake because it pulls and dislodges the young plants. I can use the gorilla hand to gently brush away the leaves and not harm the plant. Also I have Rheumatoid arthritis and it's hard for me to hold anything with a traditional handle. These Gorilla hands have the best design. I don't even have to hold the handle tightly. The design makes it easy to use the strength in my wrist and arms to help control the gorilla hand." —reliable consumer

    Get them from Amazon for $18.52.

    25. A Freeman body mask collection that'll prove Friday nights should always consist of you covering your entire body in masks. If people are alarmed when they walk in on you, tell them it's called self-care. Look it up.

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    You'll get three masks: for your bust (with pomegranate to help firm), belly (with peptide complex to help tone and hydrate), and booty (with peach extract to help tone and firm).

    Promising review: "I love them. My skin looks and feels smoother. After having two kids it’s been hard getting my skin to feel better. These have definitely made a difference." —Brandon Tyrone

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    26. A Patrick AirPods case for keeping your expensive tech safe, even if you always bury them at the bottom of your bag. That's ok. Take your time.

    The Patrick from Spongebob-themed AirPods holder with ring finger
    Amazon

    Promising review: "ADORABLE! I wasn’t expecting the case to be as big as it was, but I still loved it! This case is great for both the AirPod Ones and Twos, as it does support wireless charging. I didn’t add the ring accessory to it, as I wouldn’t use it, but it’s very sturdy. The case as a whole is sturdy, adorable, and exceeded my expectations!" —Aisha Khan

    Get it from Amazon for $8.52.

    27. A pair of fashionable dog goggles, because these'll let your fur child stick their head out the window (or really do any outdoor activity) without irritating their eyes. I also hear these'll make them the coolest kid in town.

    Reviewer's dog wearing the goggles while leaning out the car window
    amazon.com

    They're windproof, anti- UV and debris, and waterproof.

    Promising review: "My dog loves to hang his head out of the window when we go driving, but I'm always concerned about his eyes when he does this. Shih Tzus have notorious dry eyes and other eye problems, so I wanted to keep him protected. It took our dog a while to get used to wearing these, and he's still not a total fan, but they do the job!" —D. Joslyn

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three styles).

    28. A bird-shaped bottle opener to never ~squawk~ at difficult beer caps again. This lil' birdy can conquer them all.

    Hand opening beer with the bird-shaped opener
    Amazon

    And it's magnetic!

    Promising review: "Love this product. So cute and thankfully magnetic so I don’t lose it." —ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    29. A cool mist humidifier in the form of a little dog about to take off in their reindeer rocket ship, so it's never an ~expedition~ to escape dry air.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    It can last up to 10 hours and has seven LED colors.

    Promising review: "I can honestly say I was shocked to find this little gem, especially for the price. I have used it daily since it arrived at my doorstep. I’ve been taking it back and forth from home to work, but I will Instead buy a second one, and most likely a couple more as gifts, as Christmas is around the corner." —Helen Quigley

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

    But making any practical purchases that DON'T feel fun to use:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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