34 Of The Best Things On Amazon You Can Buy With $5
A mix of cute and useful items to treat yourself to.
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sink caddy that adjusts to your space and gives you a sturdy place to hold your dish sponge or brushes.
Promising review: "I love this sponge holder! My kitchen sink is in the middle of the kitchen island, so I didn't want to keep the sponge on the counter and create clutter. I've traditionally had really bad luck with the suction cup — it always falls in the sink. I don't ever have to worry about this falling down into the sink, which occasionally can get gross, so my sponges last longer. It also has plenty of holes so the sponge airs out without getting musty. The color is just like the picture and looks really cute in my kitchen — like a muted pistachio." — S D C
Price: $4.17+ (available in four colors)
An adorable set of four
feather-tipped ballpoint pens to brighten up your work station (even if you only wind up using them for display!) and ensure you'll never lose your pen again.
Promising review: "These pens are pretty. Super-fine tip, gel ink. I have had them for a couple months now and they are still going strong — I think one of them is getting low on ink. I get compliments on them all the time." — Madeline
attachable clip that hangs right on your cabinets so you'll have easy access to the trash when you're cooking.
Promising review: "I love this little bag holder! We have to keep our trash can locked away from the dogs so this is really helpful in the kitchen! I mainly use it to throw out little things I know the dog won't be interested in — it really saves me from having to walk down to the laundry room to the big can constantly when I'm trying to cook.
terrarium stand perfect for displaying your glass bulbs full of greenery — or any other cute trinkets that would look even cuter hanging from this thing.
Terrarium not included.
Promising review: "These are the cutest things. They stand about 10-12 inches high and are going to be perfect for the glass bulbs I got for my succulents. Perfect craftsmanship." — Kellie Hammack
Price: $0.98+ (available in black and white)
A package of cult-favorite
COSRX pimple patches that take obliterating zits very seriously — just give 'em a couple hours to work their magic.
Promising review: "Omg, where has this been my whole life? Why did nobody talk about hydrocolloid patches when I was a teen? These truly do shrink your pimples (as long as it is an open or popped one). I just put one on before bed and by morning, voilà! All that's left is a small bump, if anything at all. I seriously couldn't believe my eyes. (All those years of suffering from acne! I'm in my thirties now with hormonal acne, btw.) These are magic!" — Julie W.
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silicone handle cover to protect your precious phalanges (say that three times fast) while you're cheffin' it up in your cast iron pan.
The handle is oven-safe up to 475ºF and fits a variety of long cookware handles, including most cast iron skillets.
Promising review: "Didn't realize how much I missed this until I owned it. I am using this on my Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 12 Inch and the handle fit is almost perfect. I love being able to keep this on the handle while I am cooking and being able to pick up my cast iron skillet without having to hassle and find pot holders. It is a great deal and something I have been trying to find (inexpensively) for a while. I love AmazonBasics stuff." — Danny Hixton Price: $4.99 (available in red, black, and blue)
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A pack of sound-dampening
door bumpers so you'll no longer be jolted awake by the sounds of your night-owl roommate or partner opening cabinets or doors.
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
A set of shoe and gym-bag
deodorizing balls because let's face it: Your workout sneakers (and, well, most of your other shoes) haven't exactly been smelling like roses lately.
Each ball measures 1.5 inches in diameter and lasts for approximately six months.
Promising review: "I'm a runner, soccer player and an intermediate level rock climber. With the amount of wear and tear I put on my various shoes, they can start to smell a little funky after a while. Especially the climbing shoes. Bought a couple of these hoping to mask the odor a little. I was pleasantly surprised that it did that better than I thought. As others have noted they smell similar to dryer sheets but I don't think they are overbearing. You can control the 'smell output' by twisting the balls which in turn open little holes; releasing more or less smell. I highly recommend these for people who wear shoes... :) Doesn't matter which kind. Everyone can benefit from them." — Marty
Price: $4.99 for a set of two (available in 10 designs)
self-sharpening eyeliner with a blending tip, so you can go from a sharp wing to a smokey look in the blink of your perfectly lined eye.
Promising review: "I always get compliments on my eyeliner and get asked why it never smears. Nobody believes me when I tell them it's a cheaper brand...this is the only eyeliner I have consistently used over the years!" — AE79
Price: $4.08+ (available in eight colors)
dog chew toy with real wood flavor (yum?), which provides a safer alternative to actual sticks that you won't be able to tear your pup away from.
Promising review: "My dog loves to eat sticks, which has caused us a couple of emergencies with them getting stuck in his mouth. Couldn't break that habit until we got these. They do end up like tiny pieces of rice which I have to sweep up, but he easily digests them. He has a sensitive stomach and is on special food for that and these don't bother him at all. He goes through the large after about five days of constant chewing. He is a 70-pound lab." — B. Sch
Price: $2.49+ (available in four sizes; two of which are under $5)
Drain Millepede" for unclogging sinks and tubs that need some help due to to the ungodly amount of hair taking that's been taking up residence in them lately.
Promising review: "For years I've been punching holes 'through' debris with my traditional wire snake but not cleaning debris. Thanks to this gadget, removing gunk and debris is no longer a problem. I admittedly was skeptical when reading about this tool on Amazon but I purchased one anyway. Now I'm a believer and have the photo to prove it. The tube of gunk I extracted with this little wonder was so big I called my wife in to show her what was lurking below the sink she uses. See photo (view this gross gunk at your own risk). A picture is worth a thousand words. Highly recommended!" — Coffee Roaster
Burt's Bees lip shimmer to moisturize your lips and give 'em subtle dose of color — you'll want to keep this in your bag at all times!
The 100% all-natural shimmer uses sunflower oil, vitamin E, and peppermint oil to moisturize and refresh your lips.
Promising review: "This stuff provides the perfect mixture of moisture and color. Thick enough that it looks like a lipstick, but it feels like a lip gloss or Chapstick once it's on. It has no weird taste and it doesn't clump up or get all dry. It's not too glossy, not too matte." — Jilixi
Price: $3.99+ (available in 13 colors)
mirror sticker that'll be the pick-me-up you need on those mornings when just getting ready to leave the house seems like the most daunting task of all.
Promising review: "Just a little bit of happy to make you smile each morning! It's EASY to apply. I put this one on my bathroom mirror to greet me every morning. It's a quality product, and I even got a little bonus in the envelope. Thanks!" — Sandy
magnet so you'll always know the current state of dishes in your dishwasher — forgetful roommates and partners be damned!
Promising review: "Not too much to say here. Yes it will remind you that your wife wants you to empty the dishwasher. It will also remind your wife that you haven't emptied the dishwasher." — Taz
Quite possibly the most adorable pair of
cactus stud earrings under the sun that you'll be so happy you pricked out.
The enamel earrings measure 1.3 cm x 1cm and are made with anti-rust alloy.
A pack of lined, tabbed
sticky dividers to take your note-taking game to new levels of organization.
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
A truly genius little product that glass-wearers didn't realize they were missing:
Keepons, which keep your specs from slipping down your nose all day.
Promising review: "I've been wearing glasses since I was 6 and the last couple pairs I've owned have been plastic frame glasses. I never saw the sliding glasses as an issue; the motion of pushing my glasses up to my head was almost ritualistic. Finally I decided to look for a fix. WOW, these are life changing — I can't believe I haven't been using these all my life. They make a world of difference for me, no longer having to push or adjust my glasses." — CKd
dish squeegee so you can clean off plates for the dishwasher in half the time it normally takes (while saving water, to boot).
Promising review: "Very happy with this product! Works great for scrapping food off of dishes and has already saved a bunch of water due to less rinsing." — Adam
A set of spill-proof
sippy cups that'll make kiddos, parents, and floors happy.
Promising review: "I've used these for the last year for my now 2-year-old daughter for milk and water and I love them. They're easy to wash (top rack of the dishwasher) and easy to use. I have two sets and I would buy again if I needed to. They've stood up to everyday use and a teething toddler. The only time I don't use these is if I'm heading out for the entire day. At that point I prefer to store her milk and water in thermos-type bottles to keep it cold and to make sure they don't leak in my bag. They can leak if it gets dropped, but the lids have always stayed on so I'm only cleaning up a few stray drops." — P. Wang
An Angry Mama
microwave cleaner that'll rid your grimy appliance of dried spots and odors more quickly than you thought possible — and without the use of harsh chemicals.
All you do is add vinegar to the 5-inch tall BPA-free cleaner, and it uses steam to deep-clean your microwave — no elbow grease needed!
Promising review: "Greatest thing since sliced bread! I saw there were a number of negative reviews and the only ones I can understand are those who dislike the smell of vinegar. It is true that the process produces a somewhat strong vinegar smell. I happen to really like vinegar. I cook with it and put it on my salads, so the smell doesn't bother me in the least. I've tried so many different ways to clean my microwave. A bowl of water boils over and even if you put it in a deep bowl; there is a possibility of spilling it and burning yourself when you take it out. I've tried microwaving a wet sponge/dishcloth. They dry out before the gunk gets loosened and burn my fingers when I take them out. Angry mama slowly releases steam over seven minutes through small holes in her head. This is long enough to really soften all the gunk. When the microwave cycle is over you can remove the almost empty 'mama' by one of her arms, which stay cool. I've never had such an easy time cleaning my microwave and it was really dirty. I love this thing!" — Amber W.
eyeliner and heart-shaped stamp so you can have some fun with your look and switch things up if you get bored of the same ol' cat-eye every day.
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Promising review: "Waaaaayyyyy better than I thought it was gonna be. Not hard to take off, and the liner part glides on super smooth and dark. It is difficult for marker-type liners to be really black but this one is. Def worth the wait!" — Jamie
Price: $3.99 (available in heart and star shapes)
smiling binder clips that might actually make you feel a little less miserable about finishing up all that paperwork you have to do.
A set of adorable
nail decals to get in the holiday spirit (or to pretend it's an endless summer).
Comes with multiple images on on 5.5" x 3" sheet and can be used on both natural and artificial nails. Just cut the decal, place it in warm water, apply to your nail, and finish with a top coat.
Promising review: "Adorable, easy to use, stays until my next fill. Perfect! Can apply myself and save money every fill day." — Kim2848
, a best-selling children's vocabulary book for ages 1 to 3 that'll help your toddler learn the basics and get one step closer to becoming the next Einstein. First 100 Words
Promising review: "This book is perfect for the diaper bag! It's small, and my 13-month-old can enjoy it whether or not anyone is available to read it to her. It has kept her entertained through many restaurant mealtimes and car rides. You'll be amazed how many words your child knows when you ask her to point to specific pictures throughout the book!" — Ashley Merritt
squishy rainbow strawberry to relieve some stress in what I guarantee is the most delightful way possible.
Promising review: "This is very slow rising and very squishy. It’s about as big as a grapefruit. Straight out of the package, it has a very strong bad chemical smell, but it smells good and completely different once you let it air out for a day or two. Very satisfied." — Amazin
volumizing mascara that'll give you clump-free lid-grazing lashes for the price of your morning latte.
Promising review: "My eyelashes have decent thickness and length, but they are light brown turning to blond at the tips. Without mascara, at best it looks as if I have a little fuzz around my eyes. The Maybelline Volum Express makes the most striking difference of just about any mascara I have ever used. The wand does an excellent job coating and separating lashes with little to no clumping. Sometimes I have to do a little more work to get the lashes separated using an eyelash comb or the tip of my fingernail or whatever, but that is usually minimal. Further, I find I only need one coat." — Z as in Zebra
Promising review: "I had one of these for years and suddenly it disappeared — probably got wrapped up with the trash at some time. I use it mostly to drain cans of tuna and other tinned foods — just put it over the top, turn it over and let it drain. Especially good with tuna/salmon since you can press out the extra liquid to get rid of some of the salt. You can't find these in stores so I said to myself, 'I bet Amazon has it,' and sure enough they did. Thanks, Amazon." — Martha Coyne
A vibrant, highly pigmented
eyeshadow palette that reviewers say is an excellent dupe for high-end brands'.
Promising review: "Modern Renaissance palette, but inexpensive. Love it! I find myself reaching for this palette almost every day. There is a lot of kick up in the pan (like with ABH shadows), but I don't see any fallout on my face when applying to my eyelids. I wore this yesterday and today decided to do the same look, but with the ABH MR Palette, and this Wet N' Wild palette has outperformed the ABH palette by far. The WNW shadows lasted longer and were more vibrant in color, didn't crease as much or fade. Will definitely be buying backup of this palette. — Dashing Diva
Price: $3.97+ (available in two colors)
A set of
nail clippers, because if you're in the market for a new pair, might as well get one that's creepily cute!
Comes with two stainless steel clippers. The hand measures 2 inches long and the foot measures 3.25 inches long.
A soft, silicone
carrot teether that'll soothe your little one's gums while taking their cuteness level to new heights.
The teether is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.
Promising review: "This quickly became one of my guy's favorite toys to chew on as he's been teething. He can grasp it easily and controls where it goes with ease, thanks to the design. It's also a little harder than a number if other teething toys while still being soft. So I think the texture is ideal for him." — D. Weller
A set of
removable labels for dating or labeling contents in your containers, so you'll never mistake the sugar for salt again.
The labels are water-resistant, safe to use on microwave- and freezer-safe containers, and leave behind no sticky residue. The package includes 32 stickers total: 8 large, 12 medium, and 12 small.
shampoo brush that's just what your dry, dandruffy scalp has been begging you for (yes, your scalp has been talking to you and and it's only polite that you finally respond).
Reviewers say it also works well for detangling tightly coiled hair.
Promising review: "I never knew something so small and cheap would be the answer I'd been looking for. Seriously, if you have dandruff, you need this. I was going through so many different shampoos and scalp treatments trying to find something that worked, and nothing did." — Circusmind
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Promising review: "I got these in the mail in the morning so I immediately put them on, and throughout the day, I received compliments from at least five different people. I love them so much!!!! They're so silly and wonderful!! Also more than one person wanted to feel them because they do such a good job of looking like water-filled bags. If you're on the fence about buying these, either for yourself or someone else, DO IT. They're so worth it." — Dolan Clan of the Duck
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