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    31 Gadgets Under $30 For Every Room In Your House

    "I've got gadgets and gizmos aplenty" —The Little Mermaid, and you eyeing the automatic pan-stirrer in this list.

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    1. Globe string lights that'll transform your backyard into the hipster haven you've always imagined it could be.

    the string lights in the back of someone's home
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Absolutely love the dim feature! These bulbs are more round than oval like others, but I love them. When they are off, there’s a cool yellow in them that offers a lovely aesthetic when not in use. Our pergola is wired for lights so we mounted them on and almost always dim them because the white pergola reflects the light. These lights have made our patio my new favorite spot in the house. My husband and I find the evenings so relaxing, we’ve literally grown closer together from spending time out under the lights in our new favorite place." —fishurmo

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 27, 48, and 97 feet).

    2. A mosquito repellent to create a 15-foot zone free of any vicious nibblers that would typically be eyeing your sweet skin.

    a model holding up the thermacell unit
    thermacell / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I almost broke down and bought chemical sprays to deter mosquitoes. I fire up this Thermacel and can see the number of mosquitoes diminishing minute by minute. I want to be stingy since the pads last only a couple of hours and the butane about 3x as long as the pads, but since it actually works, I'll just have to budget for the refiles." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Target for $19.99 (available in blue).

    3. A snap-on strainer you can use with any pot or bowl. Just think of how much space you'll save in your already-crowded kitchen cabinets. Marie Kondo will applaud your greatness!

    a green clip on strainer attached to a pot of pasta
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Why didn't I discover this earlier??? I am not a fan of cooking, really, but I have to with a family of five. This helps cut down on a mundane process. You know you're an adult when...you get excited about kitchen gadgets. There are reviews that say it won't fit over pots or pans with 'lips' but I've used it just fine with those types. You have to just really wiggle it in there slowly. It's snug, but you want that! Otherwise, you'll end up with a mess if it fits easily, because that means that it will slide out easily also." —Jade Fox

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. An automatic rotating laser that'll keep your cat entertained and give them yet another reason to ignore you.

    a cat pouncing on the laser coming from the toy
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I recommend this laser toy for any family who has a cat in their house. Compared to a laser pen, it's much easier to use and frees your hands to do other house work. My cat is having a lot of fun of chasing the laser point — I can watch him play while I'm laying on my couch. It takes your cat's extra energy away, so they're not scratching your other stuff. The battery seems to be lasting longer than I expected. I have had this for two weeks and use it 30–40 minutes every day and haven't had to change the battery yet. Highly recommend this toy for all my friends with a cat." —Fiona Yan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.90.

    5. Or a doggie doorbell to provide your pet with a way to let you know they want to come inside and prevent them from scratching up your doors.

    a dog touching their nose to a yellow doorbell
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It only took a couple of days for my puppy to figure this out, but now she uses her nose just like the picture shows. I have it in my screen porch, so that when she wants to come in the house she rings the bell. I laugh every time I hear it ring because I love that she knows what it's for! There are several ring tones and four volume levels. The installation was easy, though I may have to install it higher as she gets bigger. It comes with great tips on how to train your dog to use the bell. Sometimes though, when I'm sitting out on the screen porch with her, she'll ring it because she just wants a treat. I'm hoping this is only because she is so young. Once she really gets the hang of it, I'll stop giving her treats. But for now it has worked great!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    6. A BBQ tool that'll act as a spatula, tongs, and brush all in one! No more fumbling around for the right grill gadget while your burgers are ready to be flipped.

    a model using the bbq gadget
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "Bought it for my son in law for Christmas, a grill master! Loved not burning his wrist on the big grill, and can pick up all large cuts of meat and small pieces of vegetable without a problem. Very well-made. Extremely pleased with this purchase!" —Joyce

    Get it from The Grommet for $16.95+ (available in 15, 18, or 21 inches).

    7. A kitchen gadget you can use to dice onions in a flash — save your uncontrollable crying for the next time you watch The Notebook.

    a rectangular chopper in which you place the vegetable in the top and the pieces go into a plastic container underneath
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I use it regularly to chop many different kinds of vegetables, including onions, celery, mushrooms and carrots. Works well for apples too. I find that it is a terrific time-saver. It admittedly can be slightly challenging getting all the food pieces out of the chopper parts, but the nylon bristle brush that comes with it makes it a relatively easy job. I have used my chopper almost daily for several weeks now. I am actually finding that I’m more eager to cook since getting this thing." —Owen Knowles

    Get it from Amazon for $21.97.

    8. A pretty power strip with a braided cord you'll point out to anyone who visits your house because it's practically perfect in every way.

    a lavender power strip
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love the clean design on this extension cord! Looks very modern and nice in our house, I love that I don't have to fuss with a tangled plastic cord and it actually looks nice where the cord is exposed. I also like how the cord comes out of the side of the plug, so that you can easily plug it in behind furniture without kinking the cord or pulling your furniture out awkwardly. I plan to buy more of these." —Lizzy

    Get it from Amazon for $10.38+ (available 2 outlets/2 USB ports, 3 outlets, or 6 outlets, and 12 colors).

    9. An affordable home security system with a motion and entry sensor that'll alert you to any funny business going on around your house. You'll FINALLY be able to watch scary movies again!

    Kangaroo

    Kangaroo lets you create the perfect home security plan for your family. Do you have a pet? No worries, the app will help you set it up so that your pup won't trigger the sensor. You can monitor your entire home for free or subscribe for more security options.

    Promising review: "I ordered the motion sensor with Prime and it was delivered to my door in less than 48 hours, incredibly easy to install and sync to the phone app! I have had zero technical issues in the week that I have had it. When the motion sensor picks up movement both the app and the Kangaroo staff are quick to respond! I definitely would recommend this as an incredibly easy, safe and affordable way to ensure the safety of your home and loved ones!" —Molly

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    10. A battery charger with eight charging ports, so you can stop spending money on new batteries and just keep the ones you have juiced up at all times.

    the white battery charger with 8 charging slots
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It charges both my Bonai AA and AAA batteries well. As a karaoke host, I go through batteries for my wireless microphones like water, so it’s nice to be able to charge a bunch of batteries at once!" —Bossk1999

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79.

    11. A doorbell with 52 chimes to choose from and various volume levels, perfect for alerting you when your pizza delivery has finally arrived.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "One of my neighbors uses this wireless doorbell and so we bought it on her recommendation. It was a cinch to install (just plug in the wall unit and peel the sticky tape to adhere the ringer to the frame of our unit front door.) I didn't get fancy trying to change the ring sound, which I believe you can. I'm happy with the default. I don't have a large apartment, just two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen combo, but there were times when I was in one of the bedrooms and on the phone (where I use a headset) and I did not hear someone knocking on my door. I also have a balcony where I would not hear anyone at the door. By placing this unit in my living room, I can clearly hear it anywhere in the apartment even if I am on the phone or watching TV/listening to music. In the past I waited all day for the cable guy to show up and missed him. Now I hear everyone, the doorbell looks great and matches our apartment black door perfectly." —Samurai F

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in nine styles).

    12. A motion-activated toilet light, a must-have for anyone who is tired of stumbling over themselves when they get up in the middle of the night to pee.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've had this device for a little while now and I absolutely love it! Light detector and motion detector work together to only turn the toilet light on when it senses darkness and movement. I love that there are 16 different colors you can choose from; and with each 16 colors you can raise or lower the brightness which kind of makes color choices even bigger if you consider the different color brightness a new color. You can either leave your toilet light cycling through all 16 colors while on, or you have the option of choosing one of the colors and keeping it on that color. I ended up getting two of these toilet lights for both of my bathrooms and my guests, as well as I, love it." —Sergio Rios

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    13. A garbage guard that'll keep pesky flies and other insects from congregating around your can.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "Got an outdoor can, the kind the mechanical arm on the garbage truck picks up and tips over, with the lid opening by gravity. Placed this on the inside of the lid, near the hinge to lessen the chances of it being scraped off during emptying and no flies/maggots! No apparent odor, just seems to put a big hurt on the fly party that used to be my trash can (litter box contents, remnants of meat, etc.) " —Michael E. Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.24.

    14. A selfie ring light for flattering photos you can ~click, click, click, and post~ like Ariana Grande on Instagram.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This little light is awesome and super convenient! It's a powerful little thing that has a good battery life, and within a couple hours you can have it charged from 0 to 100. It comes with the micro-USB charging cable, but you must use your own charging block (i.e. Your iPhone wall charging block works just fine.) It's awesome having the three different brightness settings on it — you can really see the difference between each one of them. I photograph handmade jewelry up close and the regular flash on my phone blows out the photos. But when I use the Ring Light, it's always perfect!" —aly.me

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    15. An essential oil diffuser that'll make your home smell like the soothing yoga studio you vowed to go to once a week but never found the time to return to because life always seems to get in the way. Deeeeep breaths.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This diffuser has a whopping 24,966 5-star reviews from VERY pleased Amazon customers. If that isn't a sign to pick this up, what is? You might as well go ahead and add this set of essential oils to your cart while you're at it (lavender is my personal favorite).

    Promising review: "This is a really great diffuser, especially for a first timer like myself. It's small and simple and also succeeds in freshening up my entire room. The 30 second burst is great at keeping your space feeling and smelling great throughout the day, while the continuous mode lasts for about six hours so I keep it on while I'm sleeping. Overall, a really great and inexpensive diffuser!" —Pascal Ibe

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four styles).

    16. A set of LED light saber chopsticks you'll probably misplace in your utensil drawer but then have the opportunity to exclaim "THESE are the ones I've been looking for!" once you finally find them.

    models holding chops sticks that look like lightsabers
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased these for a friend's birthday present (he is a sushi waiter) and these are flippin' AMAZING. I ordered two sets by mistake, but I am totally keeping the second pair for another gift (or for myself!). These are sure to be great conversation pieces and attention-getters. Way to go!" —T. Redwood

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $12.97.

    17. A mug warmer, because even if you're the self-proclaimed "busiest person on the planet" you deserve to have hot coffee.

    amazon.com

    We've all been there — making our coffee or tea only to set it down and forget about until it's cooled down completely. Thanks to this mug warmer none of us ever have to suffer through another cold cup of caffeine again! It has received over 4K five-star reviews on Amazon, so you know it's a big freakin' deal.

    Promising review: "I'm a chronic coffee forgetter. I can't drink it straight from the brewer (too hot for me) so I set my mug down to cool slightly and often get distracted. Of course I then come back to my coffee to find it's already cold. I've currently got the warmer at my office and it's working great. I can sip my coffee leisurely over the course of an hour and it's still nice and warm." —Elle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99

    18. Or a HyperChiller to cool your favorite drink in less than a minute. A must-have if you're like me and prefer to drink iced coffee all year. Yes, that includes when it's 25 degrees out in the middle of January.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "For those not fully familiar with how it works, what it's accomplishing is trying to surround your liquid with as much ice-behind-metal as possible. So, it has a center chamber of ice behind the metal, then an outer chamber of ice. The inner chamber fits inside the outer with about a cup's worth of space that's between the inner and outer chamber. This exposes your liquid to the greatest surface area of super-cold metal that they can, and since your liquid is only touching metal, and not the ice itself, it doesn't matter the temperature of the liquid poured in. You can pour in boiling water and while it may end up melting a bunch of the ice behind the metal, none of that water will mix with your drink. So, whether you're chilling a wine, dropping hot coffee to cool it off, or just wanting to rapidly drop the temp of that fresh lemonade you made without making it watery, this will get that done." —P. Ericksen

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    19. A garden digging tool – it can be used with one hand so you can use the other to call your mom and say "wait, how much sunlight do these begonias need?"

    a model using one hand to grip the handle of the digging tool
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "Works exactly like I'd hope it would. Even in clay soil. Great for spring planting. Recommended." —Brian

    Get it from The Grommet for $17.95 (available in two colors).

    20. A personal fan you'll be forever grateful for after moving into an apartment where you don't have control of your heat.

    a pink small desk fan
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I live in Texas and when it's 110 degrees Fahrenheit outside, my AC can't always keep my room at 72 degrees with my PC gaming at full blast. The result is sweaty hands, which I can't stand. I tried all sorts of remedies to reduce hand sweat, but the simple answer is just a little fan pointed at my controller. This fan. It has a nice firm clip to hold it on the edge of my desk, and it has a tilt/swivel mount that lets me point it exactly where I need it. It's sturdy, with a nice 'clicky' motion to the swivel adjustment. It stays where it's put, and it doesn't feel like I'll break it just by adjusting the angle. I also like that it has two speeds. The low speed is nice to aim at my face when the room is warm. I can't hear it at all, and it makes a pleasant, gentle breeze. High speed is audible but not loud, and you feel it. That's what I use to keep my thumbs dry during a game. Couldn't recommend this fan more highly." —E. Burgess

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in five colors).

    21. A classic Swiss Army Knife you can store in your junk drawer and break out whenever you need a lil' screwdriver, scissors, key ring, tweezers, or toothpick. Psh, and to think they said we couldn't have it all!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This item is the real deal, very well made and I love the color. It is the perfect tool to carry in my bag, lightweight, slim and well made. Not at all like the bulky pocket knife my husband takes with him in the car. The five tools seem to perfectly address my needs. The scissor is the feature I use the most, but the nail file is definitely a close second. I particularly love that the end of the file doubles as a screwdriver! It has proved the perfect size for eyeglass repair as well as for opening those tiny screws to the battery compartments in toys and electronic items." —Gilles Family

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 26 styles).

    22. A rapid egg cooker, available in a variety of beautiful colors, because the most important meal of the day is deserving of such detail.

    the dome-like egg cooker in mint green
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The color alone makes me so incredibly happy! This little thing is pretty awesome... poke a hole in some eggs, pour water in the basin, set it and forget it. There is a handy tray in case you want an itty bitty omelet or if you want a poached egg, it can poach two at a time – which is great, because who has time to boil water, put in some vinegar, and stir a damn egg into it in the morning hoping and praying it won't break? Not me, that is for sure." —TheOneEyedCat

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five colors).

    23. A universal remote attachment, because no one wants to fumble with three different remotes trying to figure out which one will turn the TV on.

    an attachment on an amazon firestick remote
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great little accessory for your Amazon remote. I was tired of always getting my TV controller out to change the volume or input or turn the TV on or off, but this little addition does it all and attaches right to the Fire TV remote." —TDS

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    24. Fingerless flashlight gloves you can use when the power unexpectedly goes out and you need to get to your fuse box without falling on your face. Darkness? I don't know her.

    Amazon

    My uncle recently was trying to fix some wiring in the dark in his basement, held his flashlight in between his teeth, and then CRACKED all four of his front teeth. He spent more in dental bills than he would've on an electrician. I'll be getting him these gloves.

    Promising review: "This was the best gift to give to my husband who is an electrician who always is using a flashlight but needs his hands as well. There are two lights on each glove — one on the index finger and one on the thumb. The lights are BRIGHT! My husband has big hands so I was worried about the fit but material is spandex so it stretches a lot. Would recommend!" —yvonne horner

    Get them from Amazon for $11.88+ (available in three styles).

    25. Or a handy aluminum flashlight you'll always be able to rely on. Whether you're using it during a storm that left ya' in the dark or you've dropped something behind your couch and need to retrieve it without getting exasperated — it'll light your way.

    four metal flash lights in black, blue, gold, and silver
    Drop

    My husband has one of these bad boys and keeps it on his bedside table. I've seen him use it for a variety of things like trying to track down a spider he tried to kill (but missed) or to provide some much-needed light while working on wires in his desktop computer. It's a small but powerful gadget I'd totally suggest keeping in your home.

    Get it from Drop for $30 (available in four colors).

    26. A Mickey waffle maker so you can recreate the classic Parks staple and chow down while planning your next magical vacation.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Works great. You can only make one little waffle at a time but it only takes a minute or two per waffle. Worth it if you have Mickey fans in your house!" –CM

    Get it from Amazon for $21.74.

    27. A rechargeable lighter, so you can light every candle in your house to create the *perfect* ambiance without concern you'll run out of lighter fluid.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    I'm obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super fun gadget for Christmas. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! I'll never have to buy another lighter again.

    Promising review: "This is seriously the coolest device of my winter holiday. It makes lighting candles a breeze. Yes, there is a weird crackling noise, but that's a super minor annoyance. It's a super intuitive device. Plus the lighter with the USB (included), charge for a bit, then pop it open and light ALL THE THINGS; well, candles. I don't know how well it lights cigarettes or whatever. However, for my personal intended use, it's awesome!" —Jee W

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    28. An automatic pan stirrer with a timer, great for any aspiring chef who tends to get a little absent-minded while following a recipe. Take THAT, Gordon Ramsey.

    the three-armed stirrer in a pan
    UncommonGoods

    Promising review: "My husband loves to cook. We have two very small children, so while his meals are mostly yummy, they are also sometimes burnt. :) This was perfect for him. He's able to turn it on, run into the next room to save the day with a plastic bag and a washcloth for whatever blowout-esque mess I'm dealing with, forget he's cooking, run back into the kitchen frantically when he remembers, and arrive only to find the meal practically cooking itself. Best. Gift. Ever." —Jake the ChefturnedDaddy

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    29. An HDMI splitter, so you won't need to fumble with any cables when you want to switch between your PS4 or Xbox.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Now this is a gadget that will earn you the title of Best Gift-Giver. With a single click any gamer will be able to cycle through two different devices without having to unplug ANYTHING. Convenience is key, people.

    Promising review: "I purchased this splitter for use with my television and a PlayStation Vita TV console and Nintendo Wii U console. I ran out of ports, so a splitter seemed to be the perfect solution, much better than unplugging devices every time I needed to switch. This product is simple to use: plug the two sources into one side and the output location in the other, and you're done! It can also be used to split one device to two locations, like displaying a video game or television show on two different monitors. There is a small button you press in the center of the splitter to switch between the output selections. The video quality was good on the display even though it is going through the splitter. Overall, I highly recommend this product to anyone who runs out of HDMI ports on their television. I didn't find any flaws with the product. 5/5 stars." —Zero Ehxe

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    30. A critter catcher you can use to safely trap and remove any unwanted creature that wanders into your home. Added bonus? You MIGHT stop screaming bloody murder and running for higher ground when you see a spider.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! Initially I was hesitant that it would squish the little guys or they would fall out in transport but it's great! Highly recommend! Sorry little guy your GPS brought you into my house, I will help you find your way back outside :)" —Crystal R

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in four colors).

    31. And a breakfast sandwich maker for those rainy Sunday mornings where all you want is a cure to your hangover but can't physically venture further than your kitchen.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "FAM. I need you to lissssssen. I would give this product 87 stars if I could. You'd think it would be one of those gimmicky kitchen appliances that barely even works. EXCEPT you're wrong. It's amazing. It's quick. Look. Lissssten. You put the ingredients in and about two minutes later your tummy is all like 'oh yesssss.' Basically. Just buy it. Purchase the sammich maker. You're welcome." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.71.

    How I react when my husband asks, "what did your order now??" when he sees the mailman carrying yet another package to our front door:

    The Walt Disney Company

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