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    34 Cheap Things That'll Help Make You Smile On A Tough Day

    These little things will help cure any bad day blues.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy to keep on your desk or in your room so you can have a little dance party with him when you need some cheering up.

    Promising review: "I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the 9-volt battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy, I started to cry with laughter and happiness." —Robert Wurstner

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. A scalp massager that'll help you feel super relaxed when you're stressed out. It can help with blood flow and assist in removing any product residue that may be hiding on your scalp. So, when you're not feeling your best, take a hot shower, whip this thing out for a little self-care sesh and your troubles will start to melt away.,

    Promising review: "This is just what I wanted! Great for a scalp massage. I wanted a product that would not pull my hair, and did not have hard, plastic seams, to pull or damage my hair. This is it! Very relaxing, to use. It is light, and comfortable to hold. I don't have to worry about straining my hands trying to grip this. I can control the amount of pressure perfectly without scratching my scalp. I bought one for my mom, and two for me! Love these. Great gift, for the natural hair enthusiast, or anyone looking for a non-motorized scalp massager." —BunnyLove2

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

    3. A pair of round sunnies for hiding your face from the world when you're forced to go outside, while still looking super stylish.,

    Promising review: "It’s pretty hard for me to find round glasses that fit my larger face, but these were perfect! I think these would work really well with smaller faces, too. They're a great pair of everyday glasses. The case is super sturdy and zips as well. It comes with a cloth to clean the lens. A lot of more expensive brands have flimsy cases. The polarization is great because it doesn’t distort color and reduces glare making it easier on your eyes, but iPhones also have this so together, it’ll make your screen look pretty weird. Besides that, amazing glasses." —Ange

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six colors).

    4. A tiny Pokémon toy, because it'll be fun to build, it'll take your mind off other stuff, and you'll be the proud owner of a new Pokémon! And what's better than that?,,

    Promising review: "I definitely recommend this to anyone that loves Pokémon. Even if you don’t, it’s very entertaining to put these together! I am obsessed with Nanoblocks. This is a legit product from the actual Japanese Nanoblock company. I am so happy with my purchase" —Amy Mai

    Get it from Amazon for $9.21+ (available in 21 Pokémon).

    5. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara guaranteed to make you feel fabulous. Just a few strokes of this and you'll never want to wrestle with falsies again.,

    Promising review: "After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte for the past year, I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour work day right to the gym and sweat like crazy...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E. Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    6. A copy of Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle, because it's full of funny, lighthearted comics that'll surely make you giggle.


    Promising review: "A perfect Christmas present for everyone on your list! This book is so funny! While the illustrations are very basic, the text is just hilarious, taking the simple in life and making it complex while wringing humor out of it. My favorite are the comics with cats. Everyone in my house LOVED this book." —DisneyDenizen

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. A giant pack of velvet hair scrunchies for an immediate fix to an "I just can't brush my hair" kind of day. Plus, they can add a pop of color to your outfit.

    Promising review: "Perfect! Purchased these as a last-minute Christmas gift for my daughter and they arrived super fast. Every single one is perfect, the velvet is soft and they are well made. My daughter absolutely loves them and there is literally a color to go with everything. The colors range from some darks, medium tones, pastels and even some brights. Highly recommend, very very pleased with this purchase!!" —Lisa S

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $6.49.

    8. A 10-pack of vintage boho style rings that are ultra trendy and come in a variety of sizes so you can wear them on different fingers. Don't underestimate the power a fab accessory moment can have on your mood!


    Promising review: "Love these! Some rings were a little bigger than others which allowed me to wear several of them on different fingers. They have become a part of my everyday adornment!" —Domena

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six sets).

    9. A set of mini macaron trinket boxes you can use for small jewelry, office supplies, or even just for decor. These pretty little things will brighten up your space and your day.

    Several containers of different colors and they're shaped like macarons.

    Promising review: "These little macaron containers are perfect. I am using them for various crafting purposes and to travel. I use them to travel and put my smaller stud earrings in them. I take them with me for paperclips and stuff in office when I have meetings on the go. The colors are very pretty and the quantity is more than adequate for the cost. They are very nicely made and were individually packaged. This is a fun item especially if you are short on space and only need small storage." —Marie70

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two sizes).

    10. A sushi night light to give your room a warm, happy glow.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I couldn’t think of a thing to buy my friend who legit has everything she needs, material wise at least, so I got her this. She loved it, it’s very creative and not something I seen anywhere else before." —Scham

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

    11. A variety pack of beautiful hair clips that'll automatically elevate a simple hairstyle and make it look like you really put in some effort., Amazon

    Promising review: "I am letting my bangs grow out and was desperate for some hair clips to help. These are perfect. There is a good assortment of clips, dressy and plain ones. Some have artificial pearls, acrylic surfaces, just plain pins for everyday use. I have tried them all and they are very comfortable in my hair with no sharp edges. Good for adults, teenagers and children. Very easy to put in." —lidia samano

    Get a 20-pack on Amazon for $8.99.

    12. A pack of 16 Dermal Korea collagen sheet masks in various scents for an evening of self-care. They contain vitamin E and collagen to help make skin healthier, clearer, and more elastic (plus, they're mess-free).


    Read what our colleague had to say about these in our full review of Dermal Korea Collagen Facial Mask Sheets!

    Promising review: "These masks are amazing!!! Having 'ice pick' scars left over from acne I was told that I'd have to pay for expensive laser therapy because the body can't produce enough collagen to heal deep scars. I've been using these masks for two months and I've seen SIGNIFICANT reduction in my scars. They are almost completely gone!" —Shaun

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. A 52-week guided gratitude journal so you can take some time every morning to remember how awesome your life is.


    Promising review: "Just started using this journal after being in a bit of a funk at the start of this year. I researched many different journals but this was the only one that I felt was simple, that didn't make too many 'demands' on my time, that was straightforward, in short, exactly what I was looking for. It's a simple concept and I've only being doing it for a week, but I find myself looking for things to be thankful for, find myself adding lines below the three provided, and writing in the margins...all because I want to." —silkeymilkey

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    14. A pair of cozy fleece-lined slipper socks with grippers on the bottom to keep your feet nice and toasty while you watch some TV or read a good book.


    Promising review: "If you want to be warm and cozy these are the way to go! I like them so much I bought them for my siblings and 3 weeks later each of them sent me a message about how much they love them!" —A. Perkins

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (suitable for women's shoe size 6–10, available in 23 colors).

    15. A variety box of tea including flavors such as Earl Grey, organic peppermint, green tea with jasmine, and more — perfect for starting or ending your day with something warm and tasty. 🍵

    This variety pack includes six tea bags of each flavor: English breakfast, Earl Grey, decaffeinated breakfast, lemon and orange, pure Assam, green tea with jasmine, organic peppermint, and organic chamomile.

    Promising review: "Wow! Very high quality and the package is absolutely gift worthy. I am really enjoying this assortment. I really feel like I am in on something now that I have tried this brand. Sort of like going to England without actually going! I wish they carried this brand in my local supermarket." —Ryan

    Get a box of 48 from Amazon for $11.49.

    16. And a gorgeous monogrammed mug for your morning cup of coffee or tea so you can start your day with something lovely (and totally Instagram-worthy).


    Promising review: "These cups are exquisite. I bought 3 and will get more! 1. they look exactly like the photos. Colors are vivid and beautiful 2. gold lettering is thick & still subtle (you can see it if you want to and you can watch it disintegrate too. Super well done) 3. ceramic is solid yet not clunky. Excellent quality 4. I love a good British cuppa, especially if its made out of fine bone china. These are not, yet hold the heat equally well and are almost as tender on the lip. Totally in love :)" —LiselFrench

    Get it from Anthropologie for $14 (available in 26 styles).

    17. A pack of motivational cards to give you a daily pick-me-up and then pass along to a friend to make them smile too.


    Promising review: "I originally got these for myself as pick-me-ups to deal with my depression but I have found my coworkers enjoy them as well. I've left them anonymously for a couple of people and they are always really appreciative to have a pick me up. The card quality is similar to playing cards and the colors are incredibly vibrant and beautiful!" —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in five set options).

    18. A set of six vegan essential oil bath bombs perfect for treating yourself to a soothing bath.


    Each bath bomb is packed with organic essential oils like peppermint, sweet orange, lemon, rose, lavender, and citronella essential oils.

    Promising review: "Vegan and organic ingredients! They come individually wrapped in a very cute box (I bought it for myself, but it would make a great gift box). My favorite scents so far are definitely rose and lavender. I don't have a jacuzzi tub or anything fancy, but one bath bomb makes my entire bathroom smell wonderful and my body felt very relaxed after I step out of the tub. I pair this with my essential oils diffuser and it's basically a spa day for me. My skin felt really smooth after the bath. For the price I think it's definitely worth it!" —Shiberu

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $12.59.

    19. A Lip Smacker unicorn magic lip balm that's adorable, pleasantly nostalgic, and will keep your lips moisturized., Amazon

    Promising review: "Omg this is so cute and smells and tastes amazing! I bought it for my daughter but I think I need to get one for myself as well." —leah R

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99 (available in five designs/flavors).

    20. And speaking of nostalgia — a Nickelodeon coloring book to take you back to your childhood and help you focus on something other than all the crap on your to-do list.,

    Promising review: "I love this coloring book!! So fun and relaxing to color after my baby and toddler go to bed. I love that its all the cartoons I used to watch as a kid. The book is bigger than I thought it was going to be, which was a nice surprise. Overall a great purchase." —TiffanyAnnDavis87

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04.

    21. A pack of adorable little squishies you can squeeze any time you're feeling stressed or anxious. They're great for keeping at your desk, by your bed, or anywhere else you may need them.


    Promising review: "These are SO CUTE! They are super soft and squishy. They have a decent scent. They don't leave residue anything on when your playing with them. They are fun to play with and they help release stress and anxiety." —Yesenia Cuevas

    Get a 25-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    22. A cute little enamel pin with a positive message to remind you to live in the present. 🌸

    LittleWomanGoods / Etsy

    The pin reads a popular quote: "Bloom where you're planted," which typically serves as a reminder to take advantage of your current situation and opportunities.

    Promising reviews:

    "Makes me smile every time I look at it!" —Julie

    "So happy to find this pin! It arrived quickly and was packaged nicely. Great quality." —Linda

    Get it from LittleWomanGoods on Etsy for $10.75.

    23. A set of LED lightsaber chopsticks to turn any meal into a fun time!


    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 $14.97.

    24. A silver cuff with a hidden message perfect for when you need a little pick-me-up.


    The bracelet above says, "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." But, there are TONS of other motivating messages to choose from including: "Just keep swimming," "Life is tough but so are you," and "You are unstoppable."

    Promising review: "I got this bracelet for a friend who was having a tough time. It is great quality and well made. The engraving is well done! Heavier than I thought it would be! Would order again! Thank you!" —HeatherMarie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in 33 different phrases).

    25. A fidget ring you can play around with during times when you're feeling anxious. You can easily wear it anywhere and you don't have to worry about it distracting others.,

    Promising review: "I love this ring. It's the perfect thing to get me through stressful or overwhelming situations without being a distraction to others or appearing unprofessional. Additionally, it's an attractive piece of jewelry for the price!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes 4-12 and seven colors).

    26. Some adorable cat paw brushes for achieving a purrr-fect makeup look. Use these for applying blush, bronzer, foundation, contour, concealer, or any other face powders. Getting up and ready (especially with these cute brushes) can surely help you out of a slump.


    Promising review: "Stop thinking about it and just treat yourself to this super cute brush set! I love it, looks just like photos." —Spiritual_Mommy

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. A pack of rainbow metal straws that'll make you feel good about helping the environment, plus they're very aesthetically pleasing.


    Promising review: "I love drinking from straws but there is just something about drinking from a stainless still straw. I mainly drink water and it’s so much more refreshing from stainless. I like that it came with some straw cleaner brushes and the color of straws are nice and colorful." —Corrie Kennelly

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (available in four set options).

    28. A cute puppy plushie for you to cuddle and love anytime you're feeling down, especially if you don't have a real pup around., Amazon

    Promising review: "It looked exactly like the picture. It is SO soft and great quality. My mom and my sister loved mine so much, I'm getting them one for Christmas. Would DEFINITELY buy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in two sizes and four designs).

    29. A pack of whimsical temporary tattoos to add something cool and inspirational to your look, without the pain or commitment of a real tattoo.

    Inked by Dani

    Promising review: "Best way to try a tattoo idea before getting it for real! These designs look so realistic and are so easy to put on with just some water." —Anna

    Get it from Ulta for $12.99.

    30. A pack of 50 super cute vinyl stickers (including a corgi and a dabbing panda) you can use to personalize your laptop, water bottle, notebooks, and everything else you own. That way every time you look at your devices, you'll be sure to crack a smile.

    Promising review: "This stickers are awesome! I bought them to decorate my water bottle and I love them! Most are on the larger side. Great buy and awesome quality — would totally purchase again." —Janyce

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $6.99.

    31. A Winky Lux glitter balm because its color-changing formula reacts with your lips’ pH levels to create the perfect shade of sparkling pink just for you. 💖 While also moisturizing your lips with some vitamin E.


    Promising review: "Really like this product! Very moisturizing and adds a hint of pink on contact. Perfect for everyday or a 'no makeup' day where you want to just add a little something. Will purchase again!" —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in two colors).

    32. A teeny corgi succulent planter so you can add some greenery to your space and have this adorable little friend smiling at you.

    Promising review: "What a cutey patootey! If you have a corgi owner/lover who you'd like to make happy, this is a great gift idea. I gifted it to myself! HAHA! I haven't been especially gentle with it and it has stood up to being dropped a couple of times and moved from one office to another. Don't use it for a badminton shuttlecock, but it can take some abuse! Did not put a plant in mine. Just have him sitting on a shelf at the back of my stove with the salt/pepper shakers so I can see this sweet face while I cook!" —horse lover

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    33. A kitty-shaped glass tea cup with a lid and strainer so you can take your cup of warm tea out the door to make your commute a little more cheery.,

    The cup can hold a 14 oz drink and also comes with a cute kitty coaster.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite tea mug! It is super cute, but what I love most about it is the bottom piece. I tend to sit on my couch with my knees up and feet tucked into a cushion. So naturally I rest the bottom of the cup on my knee in between sipping. The bottom of this has been the best in-between element that keeps me from burning myself. I didn’t even know I’d love it for this reason because look how cute it is! So win win win for me! I’ve had it for a month with no issues. Cleans well in my dishwasher too." —Nat Guignard

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in five colors).

    34. And a customized Chatbooks photo album filled with some of your favorite memories, trips, and people. Just flip through it when you're feeling blue and it's sure to fill your heart with happiness.


    You can connect your Facebook or Instagram account and pull the images directly from there, making the process super fast and easy!

    Get it from Chatbooks for $10+ (available in two sizes and two cover styles).

    Now grab a lil' Pokémon toy and turn that frown upside down!

    The Pokemon Company International

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