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    Oct 14, 2019

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

    Products ranging from problem-solving to functional to just cool for no reason — and yes, you need them all.

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

    amazon.com

    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 bringing leftover to work feel some level of fancy — a thing I didn't know existed.

    Amazon

    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 $19.99 (available in 13 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!

    Amazon

    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 $12.99+ (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.

    Glossier

    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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The silicone mold is rigid enough to hold its shape but flexible enough to pop out the finished product without damaging either the ice or the mold. The level of detail is pretty impressive." —David M

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

    6. 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.

    amazon.com

    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 $17.81.

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

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These slippers feel like a hug on my feet. They have a hard bottom so you can wear them out. The top part is so incredibly soft!!! I love these!" —Cyndi Lundeberg

    Get them from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes 5-10 and five colors).

    8. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 two sizes and six styles).

    9. A seasonal mug to get, like, NOW because Hallmark released their 2019 holiday movie preview and you need to be prepared for all the cheesy wonders ahead!

    Type League Press / 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 Type League Press for $14.49+ (available in two sizes).

    10. 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.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I was definitely surprised with the pigmentation from this palette. I swatched them with a finger, one swipe, no primer. They're soft, easily blended and the color payoff is great. There is a lot of fallout though so I'd suggest you do your eyes first. Some of the foil-y shades are better applied with your finger than a brush. Much more affordable dupe for the Rose Gold palette from Huda Beauty." —K Alesandria

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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

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    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 $10.67 (available in five sizes and seven flavors).

    12. Aaaand! A battery-operated handheld mixer for whipping up a heavenly frothy milk concoction right at home. Skip the trips to that overpriced coffee shop, and save 👏 some 👏 dang 👏 money 👏.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "This has revolutionized my coffee routine and allows me to make lattes, like they do at Starbucks, at home. I have used it exclusively with plant-based milks (coconut, almond, etc.) and it perfectly froths non-dairy milks. I actually found that plain almond milk froths better than any other plant-based milk, for all you vegans out there. I can't tell you how much money I have saved not having to go to the coffee shop every time I want to have a delicious latte. It makes a beautiful, delicate foam that holds up for the whole cup of coffee. I love that there's still foam even in the last sip. Also, you can use this for the fancy cold foam to have with iced coffee drinks. I love this device so much! I have recommended it to literally everyone I know and plan on purchasing another frother in the near future just so I can keep one at the office to make sure I never have to make coffee without it. I couldn't go back to just coffee and cream after having tried the perfect lattes made by this." —Lindsey Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97 (available in black and red). Requires two AA batteries.

    13. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $8.99+ (available in one size that fits sizes 5-9, and 15 prints).

    14. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 $17.99+ (available in 10 sizes and five colors).

    15. Wine glasses with a clever straw and might I say cute little legs for an adult sippy cup you obviously need in your life.

    Firebox

    Get a set of two from Firebox for $17.99.

    16. A cute little cauldron soup mug and spoon, because A) it's spoopy season and B) potions class doesn't stop just for dinner.

    amazon.com

    It's dishwasher and microwave safe, but many reviewers mentioned hand-washing to extend the life and keep it in tip-top shape.

    Promising review: "This is just as it's pictured, very cute and fun. Perfect for the Harry Potter fan in your life!! This was gifted to a fan and he loved it. Works great as a soup bowl!! The spoon is a little small to function as a soup spoon but that's okay. Overall great buy!" —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $14.48.

    17. A tarot card set for beginners to give you a fun new hobby to pour your attention into. More hobbies in 2020!!!

    amazon.com

    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.

    18. 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.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    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 $5.49.

    19. A 1-liter beer boot, because what could make ya ~hoppier~ than a giant vessel to drink more beer out of? I don't think there's much.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I own two of these things and I tell you, these things kill it. They are built strong and well, easy to wash, and intimidate everyone at the party." —Nick Malone

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A double-wall thermal water bottle guaranteed to become your new best friend. Seriously, you'll end up taking this thing to work, the gym, home — repeat.

    Macy's

    Get it on sale from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99 (originally $28.99).

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

    amazon.com

    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 $7.60+.

    22. A white and gold makeup brush set I don't think your vanity is ready for. And your other makeup brushes? They don't stand a chance with these stunners around. Just peep that fluffiness!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "LOOOOOVE!!!! 💕 SO glad these brushes didn’t disappoint! I’ve used my fair share of brushes over the years, they are either too soft and useless or too prickly. These brushes are PERFECT! The bristles don’t shed and are SO soft but firm so they don’t mess you up while applying your makeup. And, they are SO beautiful upon display." —Solgat Squad

    Get a 15-piece set from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. A hand lettering beginner book so you can pick up a fun new hobby and pretend that the world isn't, you know, on fire and such. This guide includes detailed instructions for nine lettering styles and will teach you all the basics you need for some flawless penmanship.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this book. So easy to follow along and practice. Love that there's a sample for you to trace and space to practice right after. Someone mentioned half the book is blank pages but in reality, it's space to practice and I actually like it. I like to compare my handwriting side by side with the example." —Lourdes

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99, and don't forget to grab a calligraphy brush pen for $5.

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

    Amazon

    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 14 colors).

    25. 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???

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $12.25.

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

    Amazon

    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 $16.17 (available in five styles).

    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?

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 $8.99+ (available in two sizes that fit S-XXXL and 22 colors).

    28. 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.

    amazon.com

    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 $8.90.

    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 $10.99.

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

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 11.99+ (also available in pink).

    30. A pretty jade roller, because you shouldn't have to hit up an expensive spa to pamper yourself. That's just a fact.

    Amazon

    Jade rolling can help with eye puffiness, as well as tightening and brightening of your skin. BuzzFeed's Rachel Miller investigated these claims herself to see how they held up, and spoiler — it worked:

    "My immediate reaction was, 'Wait, is this what my face is supposed to look like?!' My eyes were suddenly so prominent in my face — in a good way!! — and everything looked visibly brighter and tighter — again, in a very good way. I suddenly just looked so awake, so healthy, so...Disney princess-like? (A half-black divorced American princess whose name happens to be Rachel, let’s say.) At 6:10 am with no makeup on? When just a couple of minutes ago I did not look that way at all? I was legitimately shocked." —Rachel Miller

    Read her full review on jade rollers here.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.97.

    31. 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.

    amazon.com

    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.

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

    fandomreads / Etsy

    Get it from fandomreads on Etsy for $5.99.

    33. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 $9.59 (available in every letter in the alphabet).

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

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