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    33 Cheap Things To Treat Yourself To Right Now

    Pet nail polish, a cute graphic tee, fun planner stickers, and more under-$25 delights to light up your life.

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    1. A massaging, exfoliating, and blood flow-increasing scalp brush over 5,000 (!!!) reviewers swear by to give you that feeling of someone deep shampooing your hair at a salon that you miss so much, not to mention help with dandruff and buildup, and even help encourage hair growth!

    A reviewer using the teal silicone brush on their wet, shampooed hair

    Promising review: "I’ve suffered with dry, flaking scalp for about a year now. I've used tea tree oil shampoo, dandruff shampoo, coconut oil, you name it. I finally read somewhere that exfoliating the scalp might help, but I was hesitant because years ago, I had a shampoo brush and it was very rigid and the bristles were fine and close together and it made my hair a tangled mess. Anyway, I saw this shampoo brush and it looked a lot more flexible, so I thought I’d give it a try and HOLY MOLY my flakes are gone! It’s made out of a silicone-type material and the little 'bristles' are flexible but still get the job done. I can literally brush my hair with shampoo in and it doesn’t get tangled. It’s amazing. Not only do I have zero flakes now, but I feel like using this does a way better job at working the shampoo in and getting your hair and scalp really clean. I have super thick hair and no matter how much shampoo I use or how long I scrub my hair, I felt like the back, underneath part of my hair would sometimes stay dirty. This brush gets all that." —Meg R

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

    2. Some surprised-looking pig pens you and your co-workers (even if at this point your co-workers are just your just your roommates or your family) are sure to go hog wild for.

    Four of the pens with pig faces on the tops

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh these are so cute! I bought them as a gift. The pens write extremely smoothly and the ink flows quickly. There are four hot pink and four light pink pens. Very fine point, capped pen. For the price, unbeatable! Highly recommend." —Kelly

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. Wool-blend kitty face socks purr-pared to peek their whiskers out of all your favorite footwear and keep your paws cozy this winter.


    Promising review: "Cute, warm, and not too heavy. These socks are so cute but they are also warm and comfortable! They wash up beautifully!" —Kindle Customer

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 11 styles).

    4. Or if you're more of a dog person, a pair of doggo-printed crew socks to put a little ~pup~ in your step.

    A model wearing the teal socks printed with different breeds of dogs

    Promising review: "Best socks EVER!! I absolutely LOVE these socks! Breathable and comfortable. Must have more!" —Annabelle

    Get them from MeUndies for $12 (available in sizes S-L and in 51 colors and prints).

    5. NYX Epic Ink eyeliner, a waterproof formula that'll make you wonder why you spent years dropping major $$$ on liquid liner when you can get a ~meow~velous cat eye or super ~fly~ wing that'll last all day with this.

    Plus it's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I don't usually write reviews, but I had to rave about this eyeliner because it's amazing. This is my new favorite. I think the quality is even better than Kat Von D overall, plus it's at least $10 cheaper. It basically fits all of the requirements I would want in my perfect eyeliner. It's affordable, extremely black, opaque, easy to use, and waterproof, it stays on for a long time, and the tip is quite thin so you can get wings as sharp as a sword. I also usually have to use makeup remover and concealer to clean up my lines, but I barely need to do any maintenance with this. My cat-eyes have been turning out so clean and beautiful. It bleeds less than most eyeliners I've ever used." —Cat

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    6. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, which is formulated with antioxidant-rich green tea and softening vitamin E. And that's not to mention the SPF 25 your lips will wanna kiss up to, because sun safety is sexy (yes, even in winter!!!).

    Three tubes of the balm in different flavors: black tea and blackberry, natural mint and shea butter, and shea butter and vitamin E

    Promising review: "Hands down the best lip product I’ve ever tried. I was recommended this by someone on Reddit, and I am so happy I tried it! I’ve experienced severely dry, cracked lips since I was a teenager, and basically everything I’ve tried in the past has failed me on one level or another. ChapStick, Eos, Vaseline, expensive salves from Sephora, lip scrubs from Lush — probably over 50 products in the past 10 years. I’ve been using these Jack Black balms for the past six months or so, and my lips look soooo much better. Before, I had cracks and the layer of skin would constantly peel away. I had light scarring and discoloration due to years of dryness and peeling (so gross sorry!). Anyway, the true test of a good lip product is if it can withstand the winter. I live in the Midwest, and we had a particularly rough winter this year, very cold. However, as long as I was wearing this product, my lips were always protected and comfortable. I have six of these floating around my house/purse/work backpack. And I don’t ever see myself using another lip product." —Cara

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in four flavors).

    7. An expensive-looking faux leather double circle belt you (and your fave jeans) will love so much you'll wanna put a ring on it.,

    It's got over 1,000 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "This is my favorite belt! It's perfect with jeans and I get so many compliments on it. I love that the double-ring is sort of designer-inspired, but not a complete knockoff of the Gucci belt. I highly recommend! I am typically a medium and the medium was perfect." —Everyday Teacher Style

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in women's sizes XS-XL and in 12 styles).

    8. A mock neck camo sweatshirt that's way more stylish than the college hoodie you've spent most of quarantimes in, but just as easy.

    A model in the gray sweatshirt
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $18 (available in women's sizes S-XL).

    9. Super spicy ground habanero powder you can use to (literally) heat up every dish from meat to veggies to rice to soup. May I also ~pepper~ in the fact that it's kosher, non-GMO, and sourced from environmentally responsible farmers?

    The packet of ground yellow habanero with the ground spice, which is dark brown

    It's from a Black woman-owned brand that specializes in sustainably produced African spices, powders, and baking mixes.

    Promising review: "Oh my!!!! I love this so much. The smell is so intense and the flavor is well-preserved. The powder is of a dark color so I was worried the drying process might not have preserved the spiciness or flavor, but boy let me tell you. The flavor is superbly balanced with spiciness. I made scrambled eggs and muffins the first day and I love this so much. I've been looking for a decent habanero powder for a long time and I am so glad I found it!" —Da7mi

    Get it from Amazon for $6.50.

    10. An encouraging weekly planning pad that also doubles as a mouse pad, so your schedule and reminders to kick ass are always right at your fingertips. It might actually make you excited to tackle your to-dos.

    Each day's column is labeled in a happy-go-lucky fashion, like "My amazing Monday," or "My wondrous Thursday" and ends with a positive message like (my personal fave) "What time is it? It's me o'clock!" There's also space to jot down plans for your "mind-blowing weekend" and extra notes on your awesomeness.

    Promising review: "This calendar is incredibly handy for keeping track of projects at work. There's plenty of room for writing down daily tasks; I've been known to cram in lots of tasks in each day's column for particularly busy weeks. The spot for the pen is really handy, too. And I love the positive affirmations for each day! The whole thing sets a great vibe for the week. Plus, the quality is excellent — the paper is sturdy, and each week tears off easily from the side." —Katie Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    11. A Baby Yoda in his carriage enamel pin you'll want to pin on your bag and take on all your journeys across the galaxy...or, uh, to go to work and run errands.

    The pin on a backpack

    Get it from Toynk for $9.99.

    12. Or some amazing statement earrings if you'd prefer to tote The Child around on your earlobes.

    The earrings, which are each a large green wire frame design in the shape of Baby Yoda
    Box Lunch

    Get them from Box Lunch for $10.32 (originally $12.90).

    13. An aww-worthy collar tag so you can dress up your pet like the Beanie Baby of your childhood dreams, even if they're stubborn and won't let you put other cute outfits on them.,

    It even has a poem inside like a real Beanie Baby tag! 😍 And yes, I fully expect you to let me know in the comments that I'm not alone in still having my full Beanie collection.

    Promising review: "These tags are so cute! The simplest costume for dogs like mine that refuse to participate in Halloween, haha. The tags actually open and have a message inside! They're made of felt so there's no hard surfaces to bug your dog, AND they come with clips to attach to their collar. It came with two large tags and one smaller tag, which is great for the price!" —Page

    Get a set of three (two large and one small) from Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A multipurpose nonstick mini griddle that's so efficient and easy to clean, your excuses not to cook will be, well, cooked. It might actually make making dinner...dare I say


    It comes with a book of recipes plus access to an online database with even more!

    Promising review: "This is a neat little device for when you want to cook a little something quickly without making a mess on the stove. I mostly use it to cook one or two eggs at a time. It cooks from both sides and gets the job done, usually in less than five minutes while I multitask on other things. My egg(s) come out fluffy and delicious. I don't even have to use cooking spray or butter; I've never had the egg stick to it. I just clean it with a wet paper towel and let it cool before I put it away. I love the color and the ease of use! I also use this when traveling or camping. What else could you cook or warm up with this? Be creative. A small slab of meat/hamburger, chicken breast, vegetables, etc...." —L. Kiesler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    15. A set of charming cat face planters ear to provide a purrfect home for your smallest plants that'll make you wanna paws to admire them all day long.

    The round, slightly larger than palm size planters in black, gray, and white each holding a small plant. They've got protruding ears and faces drawn on them

    They've each got a drainage hole at the bottom!

    Promising review: "These little planters are ADORABLE and just the right size for a small succulent or air plant. They came packaged very well, and they look cute on my shelves. They're small so they don't take up a lot of space. Cute and inexpensive gift idea." —Gabbi

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $14.99.

    16. Glossier's new Body Hero exfoliating bar, which is designed to gently exfoliate and moisturize so you can step out of every shower with skin as soft as a baby's tucchus.


    It's vegan, cruelty free, and made with aloe leaf juice and sunflower seed oil, and the fresh scent has notes of pear, mandarin, and cypress.

    Get it from Glossier for $14.

    17. An OMG-worthy heat-changing Charmander mug that'll show off the starter Pokémon's firepower when you add your hot drink.

    A diagram that shows how the mug changes from black with Charmander on it to Charmander surrounded by flames when a hot drink is added

    Get it from Toynk for $19.99.

    18. A nontoxic nail pawlish pen made just for puppers so you and your BFF (best friend furever) can do an at-home spa day together.,

    This is the way to go if you want to give your pup a mani/pedi, since regular human polish isn't safe for them!

    Promising review: "Got this on a whim because my girlfriend wanted to paint the dog's nails. We received it really quickly and the polish went on easily and stayed on. We were cutting the grass and the dog went out and played in the fresh cut grass, running around, and it's still on! A little scuffed but still pretty much solidly on. So far two days have gone by and it's still on. We're going to get more colors." —Diaztortillas

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 13 colors).

    19. An absolutely inspired car dipping sauce holder that'll clip to your vents so you can easily dip your drive-thru meal without spilling BBQ all over your seats or balancing ranch precariously on your center console. Where has this been your whole chicken-nugget-eating life???

    A reviewer dipping a chicken tender into a sauce cup stored in the red holder clipped to a car air vent

    It's designed to be able to hold different sizes of sauce containers depending on whether you position them horizontally or vertically, and it even comes with a removable tray you can squeeze sauce packets into.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention ever! I’m a sauce queen and this allows me to have sauce in my car without wasting it! Who ever invented this knows my love language!" —Quintana

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.05 (available in three colors).

    20. An adorable set of Halloween stickers all rocking fall's must-have accessory, a mask! And just when you thought these couldn't get any cuter, allow me to tell you that they were designed by 12-year-old author and illustrator Charlotte Anthony to help encourage kids to be safe over the holidays. 😍

    The large size stickers — a black cat on a crescent moon, a pumpkin, and a candy corn, all wearing surgical masks — on a laptop

    Get a set of three from Charlotting on Redbubble for $3.12+ (available in three sizes and three finishes).

    21. An "As Seen On TV" microwave cooker that'll turn a cracked egg into the perfect, yummy egg sandwich patty in just one (1) minute and potentially replace the fast food drive-thru for good.


    It's nonstick, dishwasher safe, and BPA-free. Also check out more great "As Seen On TV" kitchen products!

    Promising review: "I just bought a second pair of these for our vacation camper. These little things have saved me THOUSANDS of dollars over the years. I have used them almost every morning for the last 10 years. I used to stop every morning for an egg sandwich. Four or five dollars a day and now my cost is an egg, English muffin, and a few slices of ham. After 10 years they still look like new and are a simple little gadget. Easily saves me $20 a week or $1,000 a year. I can put together a delicious egg sandwich in under five minutes, so a big time saver too." —Joe M.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.70.

    22. A cruelty-free, vegan, and 12-major-chemical-free pastel shimmer nail polish in a perfect everyday shade that's just what your collection is li-lacking.

    A model wearing the pale pink/lilac polish and holding the bottle

    The bottle top is rubberized and grippy to make opening and applying easier and more comfy!

    Promising review: "This polish is a pale lilac with a delightful fuchsia-purple shimmer. The shimmer is noticeable, but does not overwhelm the base creme. It is subtle and cheerful. It needed three coats for complete opacity as the formula is a little thin, but the good news is that it isn’t patchy at all." —fluffy

    Get it from Orly for $9.50 (find more shades here).

    23. And some downright delightful ice cream-themed nail stickers to help you get the sweetest at home mani ever, ~lick~ety (banana) split.

    Olive and June

    The sheet come with several delightful (and delicious) shapes: sprinkles, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cones, pink half circles, and cherries!

    Get them from Olive & June for $7.50.

    24. A clean/dirty dishwasher magnet you'll be so glad you impulse bought when it saves you from yet another fight with your S.O. or roommate because they threw their icky dinner plate in with the dishes you JUST. FREAKING. WASHED.

    The white octagonal magnet that reads "CLEAN" in black block letters when turned one way and "DIRTY" the other

    Promising review: "Such an easy (and attractive) fix for such a dumb problem. I love it." —Megan T.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.47.

    25. A smile-worthy AirPods case in the form of a sloth or bag of popcorn you might treasure almost as much as your precious 'Pods themselves (okay, yes, I said *almost*).


    Get the sloth from Smoko for $16 or Urban Outfitters for $18 and pre-order the popcorn from Smoko for $16.

    26. A cute set of wood and silicone mini kitchen utensils to make meal prep a little more colorful and more of an ~aesthetic~. Step one, cook with these. Step two, wait for a call from Food Network about hosting your own show.

    The red, gray, orange, blue, and green utensils

    It includes rounded, pointed, and all-purpose spatulas, a spoon, and a basting brush.

    Promising review: "This is a fun little set of cooking utensils. The beechwood handles look great in person and are comfortable to hold. The colors are vibrant and fun — my wife and kids love them. They are small, great for small containers or small prep jobs. The silicone on them is heat resistant up to 425 degrees. They are easy to clean and come in very handy, especially when the kids are helping us cook. Overall we are very happy with this set. We are satisfied with the quality and functionality and know they will get lots of use in our kitchen." —Cass Young

    Get a set of five from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $14.99.

    27. A sweet and spacious ring holder and trinket dish for a whimsical touch to your bedroom or bathroom that's also practical. No more losing single studs in the abyss behind your dresser (again).


    Promising review: "I couldn't find a ring dish/holder I actually liked until I saw this one, and I'm so glad I got it! Feels like pretty good quality and it holds a LOT more rings than I was expecting! The fact that it's a unicorn just calls to my fantasy-lover heart haha." —Ciera Benavidez

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 10 designs).

    28. A chic lip-print graphic tee in case you're looking for a way to rock a glam red lippie *without* getting makeup smudges all over the inside of your mask., Amazon

    Some reviewers say it runs small!

    Promising review: "Such a happy, bright shirt! I love red lipstick and it makes people smile." —artsy1

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in women's sizes XS-XL and six designs).

    29. A sheet of fun and clever shopping bag planner stickers inspired by your favorite stores so you can plan for the best and most important activity of all (I mean I'm a shopping editor so I may be a bit biased).

    A sheet of shopping bag stickers, featuring five stickers each of five different bags reminiscent of those from Target, Sephora, Bath and Body Works, Ulta, and Victoria's Secret

    Also check out more awesome Black womxn-owned Etsy shops like this one!

    Get them from StickerSweetsCo on Etsy for $3.45.

    30. Whimsical cactus dryer balls that'll actually make laundry something to smile about (you read that right). They'll fluff and help circulate air through your laundry while drying, plus provide a touch of whimsy to ~spike~ your interest in doing chores.


    Promising review: "Bought these because an article on Facebook named them as one of the best Amazon buys. They were right. They make my clothes dry a ton faster, not to mention they are adorable! In love with these. They would make amazing gifts and are awesome to use for yourself. They made a loud noise in the dryer at first because they are hard, but once they warm up they become softer and you don't hear anything. Love love love them." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.50.

    31. The cutest lil' toucan clip bookmark toucan use to hold your place and bring a smile to your face.

    The felt and metal clip

    Was that the most wholesome sentence I've ever written? Maybe. I've recently become mildly obsessed with this shop that adds sweet little happy faces to pretty much every animal or inanimate object you can think of to make the most precious planner accessories.

    Get it from HappyCutieStudio on Etsy for $3.38.

    32. A LOL-worthy ramen or corgi Jibbitz charm to lend a touch of personality (and nostalgia) to the Crocs you finally caved and bought at the beginning of quarantine and have lived in since.


    Get the ramen or the corgi from Crocs for $3.99.

    33. And a positively squee-worthy mini hot dog (literally) LED light so you can decorate your space like a real ~wiener~.

    The light, which looks like a vertical hot dog with paws and a dog head in a bun, on a bookshelf. It's about as tall as a paperback book

    Get it from Smoko or Urban Outfitters for $18.

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