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    28 Cheap Things To Treat Yourself To In 2019

    Unicorn slippers, a cozy cardigan, the world's cutest pet bed, and more under-$25 goodies you definitely deserve to have in your life this year.

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    1. FaceTory, an amazingly affordable subscription that'll deliver a fresh new assortment of K-beauty face masks to your door every month...for under $10. Yup, skin care dreams do come true.


    In addition to an assortment of sheet masks, each month's shipment comes with tips and info about each one.

    Promising review: "I’m obsessed with this subscription! It's a really good value for the high-end masks that you get. I really look forward to getting this box each month!" —JessWS

    Get your first month from Amazon for $6.93+, and each month after that for $8.90+ (available with four or seven masks per shipment).

    2. An OMG-worthy mini animal friend who'll not only serve as a powerful Bluetooth speaker, but also has a remote selfie button on the bottom to make snapping pics a breeze. You'll never want to have another gathering without this party animal.


    It comes with as USB charging cord and a lanyard to attach it to your bag!

    Promising review: "This little guy is AMAZING! The sound quality is very clear and I can't believe how loud it can get! It's no bigger than a kiwi or a ping pong ball so it's great for travel. It's so easy to use, too! Charge it, sync the Bluetooth with any compatible device, and turn it on. This is even better than those $100+ mini wireless speakers. It's worth spending the $25 to try for yourself. I bought more for the kids in my family after I received one as a Christmas gift!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four animals).

    3. A set of fine-tip pens featuring kitties with LOL-worthy expressions you should definitely paws your work to admire.


    Promising review: "These kitty pens are super cute and fun!! I was skeptical of how well they would work, but they write perfectly! I received two each of the three designs in my package. One set to keep, one set to share with a cat-loving friend." —Janis Woolbright

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish for anyone who loves the look of fresh polish but has zero time for all the coats and patience a perfect manicure usually entails.,

    It's got base and top coat built in, so this little bottle of magic is all you're gonna need. It dries in as little as a minute — yes, just 60 seconds, people — because you've got places to go, people to see, and don't need your polish smudging .2 seconds after you close the bottle in 2019.

    Promising review: "I've tried a number of instant-dry nail polishes, and many of them don't dry as quickly (and completely) as they claim. This nail polish did the job for me. I painted my nails and then did a second coat for good measure — I like my polish to last as long as possible. I did wait for 10 minutes after coat one, but when I finished coat two, my nails were dry almost immediately. Not only were they dry to the touch, but I was able to go to sleep and not get smudges or bubbles like I do with regular polish. I plan to replace all of my slow-drying polishes with the Insta-Dri option. I also like the Sally Hansen brand. It's inexpensive, is offered in lots of colors, and the polish lasts for a long time." —Dr. A

    Get it from Amazon for $3.65+ (available in 44 colors).

    5. A chic waterfall cardigan that's equally great for both work and weekends — and looks way pricier than it is.


    Promising review: "I love cardigans. This is probably one of the best I've ever owned. I’m glad I purchased it in every color. It’s very soft, fits as expected, and can be worn casually or formally, but what really sets this cardigan apart is how beautifully it drapes. It hangs nicely, which makes your entire outfit look very polished." —SB

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in four colors).

    6. A cheery faux succulent to bring a smile to your face every day — especially when you remember you never have to water it!

    Forever 21

    This dude is smiling because he knows that even you can't kill him.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $6.90 (available in two colors).

    7. A genius multifunction avocado tool that's a slicer, de-pitter, and scooper all in one, so my fellow millennials and I can spend less time with avocado all over our hands in 2019.


    Promising review: "I got this as a bit of a gag gift, but the joke was on me because this thing works AMAZING! You will not regret buying this. The scoop-out-and-slice feature is a game changer." —Jason H

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    8. And (speaking of avocados) Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life, a gorgeous book full of personal deets about the Fab Five and all the tips you've always dreamed of them giving you in person. And yes, that includes the French tuck.


    Promising review: "I can’t sing enough praises for this book. It gives you the stories of what makes each of the Fab Five who they are. Then, it gives you advice that’s general enough that you can apply it to yourself as if you’re on the show, but specific enough that it kinda does feel like they’re actually just talking to you. This book is absolutely full of character and a must-have for a fan of Queer Eye." —battybailey

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+.

    9. Some magical pimple-eliminating patches, because I can't really think of a better treat than a 2019 full of clear skin.


    Yes, the white stuff in the photo on the left is all the gunk that was living in that reviewer's pores.

    Promising review: "These little dots of magic remove those big, erupting volcano pimples, or tiny, extremely painful ones. These patches are clear and painless. They come in different sizes and are barely noticeable when worn. They also stay in place really well. I’ve even left one on during a shower and it didn’t budge. The best results happen overnight. By morning the blemish is smaller, less red, and less painful. The great part is how it works. There’s no peeling or burning since it doesn’t contain salicylic acid. You’ll notice a 'center' start to form on the patch that's white or cloudy, and that’s how you know it’s doing it’s job. That center is the goopy stuff being drawn from the offending blemish. Clean your face, put a fresh patch on, and the next morning it’s gone." —Darci

    Get three packs of 24 from Amazon for $11.

    10. A too-cute-for-words sloth to-do list pad that totally understands that you need to go at your own pace — no pressure!


    My coworker who sits next to me has this at her desk and I always admire it with jealousy. I love everything from the colors to the plentiful space to write to the LOL-worthy sloth-themed headers for each section!

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    11. Teeny-tiny hedgehog studs sure to spike your interest.


    Get a single stud for $12+ or a pair for $24+ (available in three metals), both from zoozjewelry on Etsy.

    12. A luxe velvet boyfriend shirt that might be cuter and snugglier than an actual boyfriend.


    Promising review: "Perfect fit, construction, color, everything! What a bargain — it's worth every penny! Buy it, you won't be sorry!" —FuzzyBlue

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes S-XXL).

    13. A set of sticky tabs so doggone cute, they'll actually make studying fun.


    Promising review: "These are the BEST! I use them all the time! I'm currently a grad student and I often rent books, so these are a great alternative to using a highlighter! PLUS they're adorable! I'll definitely be ordering more when I run out!" —Mary Paren

    Get four pads of 15 sheets from Amazon for $6.87.

    14. Memory foam fleece unicorn slippers that are 100% cute and not at all corny.


    Promising review: "I LOVE THEM. They fit perfectly — not too wide or too narrow, and not too long, just a little past my heel. They're super cozy just like photos, fluffy, and so cute on. I’m an adult and I don’t look silly in them, just adorable. I bought them for fun and to make me happy and they do! I didn’t want to take them off." —Marcy

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes 4/5-9/10.5 and in four designs).

    15. Funky earrings for anyone who's planning on making a major statement in 2019.


    Get them from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in 12 designs).

    16. Stripy shorts that are basically the required uniform for all your lazy Sundays from now through 2020.


    Get them from ModCloth for $19 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    17. An absolutely aww-worthy Totoro pet bed who'll gladly provide a cozy haven for your cat, even if they are not also a bus.,

    Promising review: "My pugs LOVE this little bed! And I love Totoro so they have to love Totoro too. The center square of this bed comes out for washing if needed, but I wouldn't think twice about throwing the whole thing in a front load washer on delicate if I had to. It seems to be made well enough to handle that." —Portia Keil

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    18. A high-neck lace bralette that's sure to become BFFs with all your low-cut tops.


    This beauty is actually from one of Amazon's in-house brands! Check out more awesome stuff from Amazon's fashion labels.

    Promising review: "I love this bralette! I wear it under tank tops or low-cut shirts to give them more color or coverage. It has adjustable straps so I can wear it as high or low as I want. I have this in turquoise and the melon color, and both are beautiful and bright. For reference, I'm 5'5" and 175 pounds and I wear a bra size 36D. I bought an XL." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 11 colors).

    19. A gloriously geeky enamel pin for the diehard Potter fan who's realized that although the Goblet of Fire movie has been out for 13 years, they will never be able to stop themselves from trolling Michael Gambon.


    CALMLY. Also yes, 13 years, we are all old.

    Get it from TweeStitch on Etsy for $10+ (available in glitter or regular and with two back styles).

    20. An LOL-worthy laptop compact mirror I promise will never make you look as terrifying as when you first flip your FaceTime camera on. Of course, if you'd rather use it to take pictures of your pet surfing the web, that works too.


    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    21. A book of challenging grid-style logic puzzles, because I know I can't possibly be the only one who actually really loved doing these in school.


    Promising review: "I love this puzzle book. I got sick of doing logic puzzles online or printing them out, so I decided to buy a book. Compared to the logic puzzles you can buy on the magazine rack at grocery stores, these are exceptionally better. They keep me busy during my down time. I love that each one has a solve rate, average time, and best time next to it. I enjoy timing myself and calculating how much faster (or slower) I was than the average. I also like how the puzzles in the front are easy and the puzzles closer to the back get harder. I recommend it for anyone looking for logic puzzles." —Abigail Kamin

    Get it from Amazon for $12.07.

    22. A glam studded mini bag I honestly can't believe is less than the cost of what I had for lunch today.


    Promising review: "Love it. It's well-made and it definitely has enough room in it for essentials without being bulky. My phone, lip gloss, and other items fit perfectly. I especially love the adjustable chain and strap, as it's long enough for wearing as a crossbody. The decorative rivets are sturdy and hold up great! I got so many nice compliments when I went out. The price was perfect, the color is great, and I'm considering getting it in other colors as well!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four colors).

    23. Cluckin' adorable nested measuring cups that are way too cute to keep ~cooped~ up in a drawer.


    The chick and egg fit inside the hen, and each figure can be broken in half to produce two measuring cups!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these. I originally bought these as a gag gift for my wife who is a 'crazy chicken lady.' But when we opened them up and put them in the kitchen, they not only fit but worked perfectly as nested measuring cups! We used to use measuring cups that were stowed away in a drawer with many other cooking tools. These, on the other hand, are cute and can sit out in view, making them easily accessible. Cleaning them is a breeze, and the measurements appear to be spot on." —Justin K.

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $8.74.

    24. A jumbo eggplant squishy perfect for relieving your rage at the patriarchy, your stress over not eating enough fruits and veggies, or the kind of frustration caused by not having had reason to send your group chat an eggplant emoji in a while, if you know what I mean.


    Who knew one fruit could represent so many different things?

    Get it from Firebox for $11.99 (It's out of stock till the new year, but you can pre-order it for when it comes back. I guess a lot of other folks had major holiday stress, too!).

    25. A fun set of pretty stud earrings to turn every day into an (ear) party.

    Free People

    Get 40 studs from Free People for $20 (available in four combinations).

    26. A plush elephant shrew because tiny, long-nosed African mammals are just what your 2019 needs.


    Promising review: "His name is Norman. Norman is the best plush in the entire world. He's about hand-sized and great quality. Very soft. I would purchase one million Normans if I were rich. He is the best boy. Infinite stars for a great boy." —Maggy Nook

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    27. Fun puffy stickers that are really Pusheen the limits of much cuteness I can handle before I explode.


    Get them from Amazon for $4.95.

    28. Glam bobby pins from Scünci's collab with style blog Sincerely Jules that'll dress up everything from jeans to an LBD.


    Get a set of four from Target for $7.99.

    Still looking for the perfect pick-me-up? Check out last month's list of cheap things to treat yourself to.

    Wishing you a very happy New Year full of treats!


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

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