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    36 Awesome, Under-$20 Things Your Life May Be Missing Out On

    Products ranging from problem-solving to just cool for no reason — and you may want them all.

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    1. Rainbow stainless steel straws — they're not only environmentally-friendly, but simply darling. What more could you want in a product?!?

    Reviewer holding the rainbow straws in different sizes and shapes in the bag it comes with

    Each set comes with a mix of bent and straight straws, plus a cleaning brush.

    Promising review: "Got them to eliminate the use of plastic straws for environmental purposes, and they’re great, I love them! They’re beautiful and feel very durable and honestly make my cold beverage taste crisper." —STINAXOXO

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. A pastel bento box that screams, "sophisticated, but on a budget." This'll make eating leftovers for lunch feel like some level of fancy — a thing I didn't know existed.

    Two bento boxes in pastel blue and pink with three compartments for food and matching utensils

    Promising review: "This is one of the best. It's super durable. The plastic is solid and strong, as well are the spoon and fork. For sealing, it has a rubber ring on the inside of the pieces to keep it completely sealed. What I love the most though is the inner dividers that can easily be removed to make one giant box, and that's perfect for me. I'm so happy with this that I might get another one." —savvy wincel

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

    3. Acrylic resin earrings in funky shape everyone will assume you got from a high-end boutique. You didn't, but they don't have to know that!

    Three pairs of the earrings in a geometric design with a top gold piece and a resin bottom piece in different colors

    Promising review: "These earrings are so cute!! They're comparable to jewelry you'd buy from Bauble Bar or a similar brand." —amazon_reviewer

    Get a pair from Amazon for $9.96+ (available in 15 styles).

    4. A Glossier Brow Flick pen — aka your new favorite way to fill in your brows with total ease. Just flick, flick, flick and your feathery, natural look is D-O-N-E.


    Promising review: "I’ve been using brow pens rather than pencils/wax-based products for a couple of years now. My eyebrows naturally have a couple of patchy spots so I knew I needed a brow product. But unlike other brow products, pens aren’t hard in my brow hairs during application and don’t seem to clog up my pores as much. This brow pen is the most waterproof of the ones I’ve tried by far. I work out a lot and this did not bleed or fade at all when I sweat. Highly recommend if you’re into this type of brow product!" —Molly

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in three shades).

    5. A skull ice mold, because why (WHY!!!) use boring ice cubes to chill your cocktail when you could be using THIS? Fancy, but make it dead.

    A skull-shaped ice cub in a whiskey glass

    Promising review: "These are awesome! Love to use these with friends when you have a few drinks. I would recommend filling these with purified water for a clear transparent skull. Look great and adds something different to your drinks." —Jesse

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (also available in a heart and alien head mold).

    6. A suuuuper hydrating lip balm made with hyaluronic acid to moisturize, ceramides and squalane for protection from environmental aggressors, and wakame algae to plump up the appearance of lips. This = everything you'd want in a wintertime balm.


    Promising review: "It's really hydrating and gives you a very subtle plump. I saw changes in my chapped lips the very next day." —Maytheli M.

    Get it from Biossance for $18.

    7. A French manicure kit that comes with everything you need, including half-moon guides to create the perfect tip. Paying for pedicures is so last year.

    Closeup of a hand with a French manicure

    Promising review: "I love this set. I can do my toes inexpensively and it lasts." —FlytheNC

    Get it from Orly for $13.75.

    8. A box of vintage postcards so you always have a fall back when you forget a birthday. OR! You keep them all to yourself, either or.

    Promising review: "These postcards are so cool. They're beautiful illustrations of vintage educational charts. Each postcard is different; there are no duplicates. Some are wonderfully curious and some are simply lovely. Use them for their intended purpose or incorporate them into art or decor. It's fun to sit back and admire each and every one. You won't be disappointed." —Oregonians

    Get it from Amazon for $16.35+ (available in eight box styles).

    9. Fluffy, indoor slippers that'll envelope your feet in warmth and cuteness and love — which, ya know, are the three pillars of fall.

    Reviewer wearing the faux-fur, criss-cross strap slippers in white leopard print

    Promising review: "It’s all I wear in the house! It’s soft, comfy, cute and just what I needed. The sole is nice and thick so it doesn’t feel thin like you’re walking on the floor." —Shevy

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99 (available in sizes 5-10 and 16 prints/colors).

    10. A seagrass basket in a fun geometric pattern that's a much chicer home for your plant than a boring ol' pot. Yes, your plants are just as fancy as you.


    Promising review: "It’s exactly like the photo and looks great in my entryway. The pot was 10.5 inches at the top and fits perfectly (a little snug getting it through the opening, but since the middle of the basket is wider, it has plenty of room once in). I have some of those gray/white Moroccan-style throw pillows and rugs that are trendy at the moment, and this blends in great with the decor." —Erika Millen

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in other sizes and styles here).

    11. A seasonal mug to get, like, NOW because Hallmark released their 2020 holiday movie preview and you need to be prepared for all the cheesy wonders ahead!

    Holiday themed mug with an old red truck and trees in the bed, with text that says, "This is my Hallmark Christmas Movie Watching Mug"
    Custom Curated Crafts / Etsy

    I've been waiting for this glorious moment since January because nothing makes me feel cozier than curling up with coffee and binge watching cheesy holiday movies!!! It's the best, don't fight me on this.

    Get it from Custom Curated Crafts for $15.99+ (available in two sizes).

    12. A pretty in pink eye shadow palette comparable to Huda Beauty's Rose Gold palette. It has 18 buttery shades, great staying power, and I can keep going on about how stunning this thing is!, Amazon

    Promising review: "This palette performs like high end. Great quality for a ridiculously low price. The pigment is impressive and they blend like a dream. There's some fall out on the shimmery shades but as long as you tap your brush or use your finger for application on those shades, you're golden. So glad I took a risk buying this. Huge payoff!" —Crista McRae

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two palettes).

    13. Pumpkin pie sauce (UMM, yes please?!) so you can save some $$$ and make your own PSL in the comfort of your own home.

    Bottle of Torani's Pumpkin Spice sauce next to slices of pumpkin pie

    Promising review: "I am thrilled with Torani's Pumpkin Pie SAUCE. I'm addicted to this particular flavor, and when I ran out of it for a few weeks I had to order a large one. I'll make sure never to run out again, because every morning I have a special treat when I drink my coffee. This actually tastes identical to the Dunkin' Donuts flavor that they only use during the autumn/Halloween time, but you have to remember to order the SAUCE, not the syrup. Big difference, I found." —Lizzy Tish

    Get it from Amazon for $13.94 (available in five sizes and seven flavors).

    14. Aaaand! a handheld milk foamer to give you cafe-quality lattes right in your kitchen. Saving money, drinking fancy — what is better than that??


    Promising review: "This is the best thing since sliced bread! No need to spend a small fortune drinking lattes from overpriced venues. A bit of warmed milk, half and half, cream or dairy substitute, and I am my own successful barista. It takes only a few minutes to create your highly valued, frothy latte. It takes the same or sometimes less amount of time to clean it. I am in love with this frother. No need to pay for multiple, expensive attachments that you don’t need. Warm your dairy/non-dairy source, add your spices, and froth away — light, heavy, just right. You make it your way, and for a lot less." —SMP

    Get it from Amazon for $7.21 (available in black and silver).

    15. Canva — a design platform that'll guide you in creating stunning presentations, social media graphics, menus, invitations, and *so* much more with its already designed templates.

    Mood board designed on  Canva with a beach theme and color palette

    With Canva, you have everything you need to create incredible custom graphics whether its for your small business, project, social media, blog, or just for fun. Edit photos, create your own layouts, design logos, generate your very own color palette, and the list goes on. Be sure to check out the entire Canva site to see all of the neat things you can create.

    Get a subscription for Canva starting at $9.95/month (available in a 30 day free trial).

    16. The Goodful Cookbook — a book filled with 125 delicious recipes that offer a little bit of everything for vegetarian, keto, low-carb, and tons of other diets.,

    Promising review "The Goodful Cookbook is packed full of amazing and delicious recipes that fit all sorts of ways of eating — meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, dairy free, gluten free, etc. It literally is for everyone, so I love that I can pick recipes from it to make for all of my family and friends. The book itself is beautiful too. Everything from the photos to the design are so well done. The shopping lists at the end are also so helpful. Thanks, Goodful!" —Alana

    Get it from Goodful on Amazon for $18.05.

    17. Crew-style knit socks that'll make you want to IMMEDIATELY curl up with a cup of cocoa and a good book. Say goodbye to your other socks, this is the only pair you'll need during chilly season.

    Five pairs of socks in a vintage pattern and different earth tone patterns

    Promising review: "I wear shoe size 7 and these fit my feet wonderfully. There is plenty of extra room for someone with a bigger foot. These socks don't tighten around your ankle, which is something that really irritates me with other socks I've had. The material is super soft and comfortable. The colors are beautiful. They are well-made. The socks aren't as thick as I thought they would be, but they aren't thin. They keep my feet warm without being too bulky. I'd definitely order from this company again." —Crystal

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $10.97+ (available in one size that fits sizes 5-9, and 16 prints).

    18. A faux-sheepskin throw for transforming dull, uncomfortable seating (or, hello, a coffee table!!!) into a glam retreat you'll never want to leave. Oh, just think all the books waiting to be read atop this fluffy thing.


    Promising review: "These faux-sheepskin throws were exactly what I was looking for to cover my dining room chairs, which are upholstered with a white fabric. They also add a chic, boho feel to the room. They are very soft, quite large, and a great value for the cost. Highly recommend!" —madeline bonfils

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98 (available in five colors).

    19. A jewelry cleaning pen — aka the ~Dazzle Stick~ — that'll do just that: Make all your favorite pieces dazzle again and rid them from any cloudiness in a matter of minutes.

    Promising review: "If I could give this 10 stars I would!!! I'm a little of a fanatic when it comes to keeping my jewelry clean, especially my wedding set. I tried this product on my diamonds, Swarovski crystals, and Brighton jewelry and the results are nothing less than amazing!!! This restored one of my Swarovski rings that I have not worn in years due to the cloudy color to a sparkling brilliance the first day I bought it!!! I cannot recommend this product enough!!! I just ordered additional wands so I don't run out!!! Home run Amazon!!!!!!!!!!" —Kristina B.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    20. A tarot card set for beginners to give you a fun new hobby to pour your attention into. More hobbies in 2021!!!

    Reviewer image of the tarot card set spread out on a table

    The essentials set comes with a 78-card deck and a book that explains the fortune telling elements of each card.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for one of my teenagers a year ago. Honestly, this is ideally suited for a rookie. It gives the beginner an idea of tarot cards in general. It's an affordable and nice starter set. Don't get me wrong...this kit is appropriate for beginners and seasoned souls. I only mean if you're looking for an introductory set this one is great. My 16-year-old loves it." —Oregonians

    Get it from Amazon for $14.39.

    21. A sleek water bottle (available in TONS of pretty colors — though this subtle marble-print is an obvious choice) so affordable, you might as well get one for each room of the house. Why not?!

    Hand holding the marble-print Mira bottle with a silver screw top

    Promising review: "In love! I've had several stainless steel bottles but this one is my favorite! I got the rose gold/copper and not only is it cute, but it keeps my water cold all day long! I am in and out of my car for my job almost all day long in Georgia, so any liquids in my car get so hot. I have put ice water in this bottle in the morning and by 3 pm there are still pieces of ice cubes in there! Awesome!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in two sizes and 24 prints/colors).

    22. And! Fizzy tablets for saving your bottles from stained-on grime and nasty odors. If you thought your bottle was a goner, think again!

    Before/during/after progression pic of a reviewer's bottle that used the tablets to remove serious build-up and grime. The after pic shows a clean, new-looking bottle.

    Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when they were new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8+.

    23. A set of makeup brushes featuring faux-crystal handles that ~of quartz~ your vanity is in dire need of. I don't make the rules.

    Makeup brush set with crystal looking handles and a purple ombré effect

    Promising review: "You don't realize how beautiful these are until you hold them in your hands and see for yourself. These are AMAZING! Like, breathtaking. I've never had makeup brushes as pretty as these. Not only that, the brushes themselves are super soft and feel great on the face." —Devon and Tori

    Get a 10-piece set from Amazon for $7.99 (available in five colors).

    24. A razor subscription service that'll deliver you some of the best razors out there, and then replacement shave heads at a frequency that's best for your lifestyle.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    I, along with MANY of my coworkers swear by this stuff. We wrote an entire love letter about Billie razors, which you can read all about here, but here's a little blurb:

    "I have VERY sensitive skin. As in, I so much as LOOK at a dull blade and suddenly I'm on a one-way trip to little red bumps. Until Billie, I had kind of just accepted that my bikini line was never going to be ~perfectly smooth~ no matter what. And yet! When I started shaving with these razors, I immediately noticed how comfortable the whole experience was. I'll be honest and say I rarely use shaving cream (very responsible for someone with sensitive skin!) and it doesn't even MATTER. The blades never nick me and I've actually seen fewer and fewer bumps, even in my ~most sensitive~ areas. I credit its charcoal shave soap that encases the five (!!!) blades so if you 'forget' cream, you'll still get super smooth results. I'm pretty confident in saying if a total klutz like me has yet to do damage with these bb's, than everyone can benefit from these." —Emma McAnaw

    Get razor starter kit from Billie starting at $9 (available in five handle colors).

    25. A set of silky-soft satin pillowcases designed to help keep your hair from frizzing, your skin from breaking out, and your dreams sweet.

    Two pillows with the satin pillowcases stacked on one another on a bed

    Promising review: "I love this SOOO MUCH! The hype for silk pillowcases is real! I have a FULL head of hair that is very long, which has also been processed to death. Since my hair is always so dry due to all of the color processes, I like to air-dry it to save it from being damaged further by the heat. Well, my hair would always look like a frizzy mess the morning after, even though I saturated my hair with leave-in treatments and treatment oils. Finally, I decided to try out a silk pillowcase and I'm obsessed! I can now rock my air-dry hair the next morning without looking like I have a rat's nest on my head. The only thing I wish this had is zippers. Since silk is slippery, the cover tends to fall off the pillows often. Other than that, this is perfect. I'm going to bring a pillowcase with me when I travel!" —Rubicant

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in standard, queen, and two king sizes and in 24 colors).

    26. A green-tea setting spray that'll lock in your makeup *AND* leave your skin looking extra radiant and shine-free. Fading and constant touchups, who???,

    Promising review: "I have oily skin so I really need help haha, but I also have super sensitive skin. I wanted something that was gentle and contained good ingredients, and I think I found it. I will definitely be ordering again. With this product my makeup easily lasts 12 hours and I feel like it helps it to look smoother as well." —Melanie P.

    Many reviewers mention it works well when sprayed before and after makeup application.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    27. A pair of versatile go-to leggings you can rock with your favorite fall accessories, around town running errands, or on the couch. What I am trying to say here is, why wear jeans ever again?


    Promising review: "I’m a girl with a lot of leggings and these white leggings are the softest I own. They fit great and don’t see through much if wearing the right color underwear. They are my favorite leggings. I’m getting more." —Carley Jet

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes that fit S-XXXL and 22 colors).

    28. A neon rainbow light that'll brighten up any rainy day — ok, at least inside the house.

    Rainbow neon light styled on a desk

    Promising review: "Beautiful rainbow that’s the perfect size. I love that you can plug it into a USB cord AND/OR you can use batteries. Yay! So easy to use and it gives off just the right amount of light. It’s very well made and I plan to purchase more." —Suzie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in five styles).

    29. A Disney and Thomas Kinkade adult coloring book with a colored-in version so you have some ~inspiration~ while your coloring away. Ahh, coloring can be so therapeutic.

    Reviewer image of a colored-in page of Mickey Mouse

    Many reviewers mentioned the paper can be too thin for certain markers, so if you're a newb (like me) it would be best to start with colored pencils. Get a 50-set for $10.99.

    Promising review: "This coloring book is absolutely stunning! A must have for all Disney and Thomas Kinkade fans alike! I live the colored paintings next to the line art. It gives inspiration if you're feeling a little overwhelmed with color choices. This is a really well put together coloring book!" —Jessica R.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.79.

    30. A flippin' adorable Apple Watch stand in a ~vintage~ computer design to easily charge up your device and look incredibly cool while doing so.,

    Promising review: "Functional and so cute! I was tired of chasing the flopping charger cord each night and this little holder has enough weight to stabilize the process. The silicone has a solid, soft feel and nice look to it and I love the aqua blue, true to the online picture. I highly recommend it!" —Barbara, Central Florida

    Get it from Amazon for 10.99+ (also available in pink).

    31. An iconic Carhartt knit beanie because cold, windy days are around the corner so it's time to get prepared (in style, of course).

    Carhartt knit beanie in a cream color

    Get it from Backcountry $16.99.

    32. A nail strengthening cream that'll condition nails and cuticles with its calcium- and vitamin rich-formula to prevent splits, cracks, and breakage. Go ahead, grow out your nails, and trick everyone into thinking you're a nail salon regular.

    Before/after photo of a reviewer's nails. The after image shows much longer, healthy-looking nails from using the cream

    Promising review: "I took my acrylic nails off and my natural nails were extremely damaged; thin as paper and splitting so I thought about putting the acrylic back on. I used nail strengtheners that paint on the nails that cost $40 and still they looked bad. Tried this product and within seven days my nails were looking and feeling great, and my cuticles were healthy and soft." —U S Man Of Steel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

    33. A Prison Mike car air freshener so bad smells stay far, far away from your BFF's well as the dementors. Yo, that really is the shizzle.

    An air freshener of Michael Scott from "The Office"
    fandomreads / Etsy

    Get it from fandomreads on Etsy for $5.99.

    34. A Milani eyeshadow primer to ensure your perfectly blended smokey eye stays in its dang place from sunrise to sunset. Now you can can kiss smudging, flaking, and creasing GOODBYE.

    Before/after image of BuzzFeed editor Kayla wearing the primer. The after image (9 hours of wear time) shows eyeshadow still in place with no creasing.
    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    This lovely thing keeps my eyeshadow from turning into nasty goop on my eyelid crease from sunrise to sunset (and probably until the next sunrise — it's THAT good). I've actually fallen asleep with my makeup on before (yes, I know it's bad, blame the margs), and I've woken up with my makeup looking fine. I don't know how, but this stuff works.

    Get it from CVS for $8.19.

    35. A customizable cotton tote so you can cut down on plastic bag waste and show off your impeccable photography skills while you're at it.

    Customized tote bag with four different photos and the letter "B" in the middle

    Customize your own tote bag at Shutterfly starting at $16.99 (available in tons of personalized designs)

    36. And a large sideways initial necklace you can pair with literally any outfit for a dainty but statement-making accent. I don't know how those two things go so well together, but they do.


    Promising review: "This necklace is more pretty in person. I love the large size of the letter pendant, chain length, and how it's attached to the chain to give it a offset angle once you put it on. It looks really trendy and personalized once you match it with a cute outfit." —Erin Delancy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in every letter in the alphabet).

    Me trying to convince my wallet to buy all of these things:


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