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    27 Cool And Random Things You Can Probably Afford

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    1. A Baby Yoda decal you can stick on your car, laptop, or Hydroflask to bring a little extra cuteness with you wherever you go.


    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Promising review: "Came about four days earlier than expected. Also can’t believe that they had this for sale already. Was worried about what it looks like in person but it’s still cute as heck. Can’t wait to give it as a present!!!" —Amy

    2. How To Bake, a cookbook from Paul Hollywood and his baby blues so your cakes, breads, and pastries will no longer be disastrous or over-baked. This bb has tips, tricks, recipes, and step-by-step photos to guide you on the way — hello Star Baker!


    Get it from Amazon for $24.49.

    Promising review: "This book is fantastic, even for an American baker. This was my very first attempt at the first recipe in the book, for Basic White Tin Bread. It came out of the oven absolutely perfect, and I swear I have never made yeast bread before. The quality of explanations, tips, and step by step photos in this book is amazing, by any standard." —Valerie

    3. A minimalist Dolly Parton print to celebrate the multitalented lady ~you will always love~ — while adding to your interior design aesthetic.

    The Film Artist

    Get it from The Film Artist on Etsy for $11+ (available in six sizes).

    4. Heat-retaining socks with a super fluffy brushed lining, because when your tootsies get that winter chill, it's hard to get them to *ever* warm up again. You don't need to chafe them or huddle by the radiator; these soft socks will take care of everything.


    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.98.

    Promising review: "OMG, these socks are amazing! Incredibly soft and comfortable, I am wearing them all the time, and ordered a second set. My feet get cold easily, and it's been a struggle to find a perfect fit; all socks were either too large or too thick or tight or not warm enough — until I tried these. And the price is pretty fair for the set of three pairs. I wish there was a better color selection but other than that, they are perfect. Highly recommend!" —Tatiana

    5. A shopping cart cup holder for anyone who feels like a Target run isn't quite complete without an iced coffee from the internal Starbucks.,

    Just fit it over the top of the cart (or through the circles when at Target) and pop your drink right in.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Promising review: "I felt like these were a bit expensive when I was purchasing them, but it's definitely worth it. Me and my wife always grab a coffee before going to Walmart, so these get used a lot. They very securely hold plastic and foam cups. They so far have worked on every metal wire cart we've tried them on. I never worry that my coffee is going to spill because someone stopped in front of me or because I hastily grabbed the cart that shakes like it has a couple octagonal wheels. I keep these in my passenger side door so there out of the way, yet I always have them when I need them." —Austin

    6. A genius-level phone case with an attached charging cord that *also* works as a loop to keep a solid grip on your device.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10.

    7. A Purse Gummy adhesive strap grip if you're tired of having your purse strap CONSTANTLY slip down off your puffy coat–wearing shoulder. Ugh.


    Just peel off the backing and stick it on the underside of your strap.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $13.45 (available in three color sets: all black, half black and half clear, and all brown).

    Promising review: "I have a leather bag that I liked but it refused to stay on my shoulder so I rarely used it. The Purse Gummy solved the slippage problem beautifully! The strap stayed on my shoulder all through a recent shopping trip. Another concern I had was that the Purse Gummy would not stay attached. Granted, I've only had it on that strap for several weeks, but it hasn't even begun to separate. If you have a similar problem I highly recommend the Purse Gummy." —Amazon Customer

    8. A question a day desk calendar for the trivia buff who wants to prepare for their eventual game show domination — or their local pub trivia night.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    Promising review: "Love this and have bought this for many years. Very interesting questions and you learn a lot." —Debora DeMattia

    9. A faux oil painting portrait of Bill Murray, because why *wouldn't* you hang this up in a place of prominence in your home?


    Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

    10. A set of motion-sensing strip lights for installing effortless under-cabinet lighting, brightening dark closets, or lighting up creepy-at-night staircases.,

    They go on when you get within three meters (almost 10 feet), and turn off 15 seconds after you walk out of range. And they just stick right on — how easy is that?

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $18.99.

    Promising review: "One of the smartest things that I've purchased in a while. Just peel off the double-sided tape cover and stick the magnet wherever you need light. The light is metal so it clings to the magnet that you just stuck to the wall, ceiling, wherever — it's super easy to change the batteries. Motion sensing so you don't have to touch them — just be there. Also, they are light sensitive so that you don't waste battery power if there is enough light anyway. I like to use rechargeable batteries so that I don't have to buy batteries all the time. They are bright enough for a regular closet or under a kitchen cabinet and the lights are LED so they are energy efficient. I just bought a couple more 3-packs for seasonal gifts. This is a no-brainer — you need this!" —Kindle Customer

    11. An adorable planner that'll actually understand the amazing feeling that comes from cancelled plans.


    It's broken down into 12-month sections, but they're undated so you can start it any time!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    12. Colorful leather gloves with touchscreen fingertips if you can never decide between staying warm and texting your friend back.


    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 14 colors).

    Promising review: "Love, love, love these gloves! They work amazing and I have gotten so many compliments on them. They are warm and work awesome with my phone. Both gloves have three fingers that work with touch screen: thumb, index and middle." —rcollins

    13. A next-level alarm clock that simulates sunrise so you can wake up more naturally on gloomy or winter mornings — aka you feel more rarin' to go, less groggy, and ready to hit the day running.


    Just set it, and 30 minutes before you need to wake up, the clock will slowly start to brighten for a gentle wakeup. It also has nine different sounds to accompany the light, or set it to FM radio. You can set it any of seven different colors, too!

    Get it from Amazon for $29.49.

    Promising review: "This alarm clock works really well. My roommate hated me using my phone but this is much more effective at waking me up gently. As an added bonus I am not cranky anymore! Anyone using their phone as an alarm clock should get this!" —Amazon Customer

    14. A reversible sequin pillow you can run your hands over to reveal the hidden face beneath. It's Keanu!


    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in four colors).

    15. A crepe-making set complete with 12-inch nonstick griddle, wooden spreader, and spatula to ensure the lightest, thinnest crepes outside of Paris.


    One reviewer used it to make jianbing too — YUM.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    Promising review: "I bought this crepe maker because it was inexpensive and I wasn't sure how easy to would be to do crepes. I can't say enough how pleased I am with the product. The crepes come out consistently good every time. It is extremely easy to clean by just wiping it down after every use. I made dessert crepes for my daughter's party with friends and it was a complete hit!!! No trouble, and I was able to cook them to right there and then. it's that easy! the temperature is very precise and no hot spots. Cooks evenly." —Amazon Customer

    16. A stainless steel Sink Shroom from the makers of the cult-fave TubShroom that'll blend right in with your sink and keep *all* the pesky food remnants from clogging your drain.


    That hollow black part in the middle? That's designed so the sink will still drain, even if you have a big pot blocking it!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    Promising review: "As someone on a septic system, we can't have a garbage disposal. Consequently we've always lived by sink strainers. And I've tried and dealt with many different ones. But this is, far and away, the best I've even utilized. The holes are sized such that the tiny, meaningless stuff, goes through. And the design is such that even when full of gunk it still drains, and very well at that. Meanwhile, it doesn't accidentally let gunk through that might clog your drain. In the end, it's difficult to describe how great this is. Just drop the cash and check it out for yourself. You'll be glad you did." —R. Snare

    17. A pair of thick *sherpa*-lined sweatpant joggers which are basically like a giant hug for your legs. Can you *imagine* a comfier pair of pants??


    Most reviewers recommend sizing up!

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes XS–2X and four colors, plus three colors without the sherpa lining).

    Promising review: "I've never worn pants that make me as happy as these do. I feel like I'm being enveloped in a cloud. I sized up (good idea), due to other reviews. They're perfect for cold winter days, being warm and toasty when you and hubs disagree on what the thermostat should read, and getting a hug from your clothing when you're exhausted after a day of work/your kids running you ragged, or both. I'm also sensitive to non-breathable clothes, particularly at night, but these haven't made me feel too hot so far." —Torrey Baldwin

    18. A light-up pen so you can jot down your dreams in the middle of the night without waking yourself up too much, or simply journal with the lights out without disturbing your partner or roommate.

    Image of a hand writing with a light-up pen in the dark.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in red, blue, and white lights).

    Promising review: "I need to make notes in total darkness. This pen exceeds my exceptions. The photo does not really show how well the light source in the tip illuminates the writing surface without shadows. It came with extra ink refills and batteries. It is hefty and is comfortable to hold. One click brings the tip out out without the light on. A double click retracts the tip and then brings it out with the on, one more click retracts the tip and turns the light off." —Oldmanadrift

    19. A big ole ramen bowl with a special slot for chopsticks so you can slurp some deliciousness with ease to warm you up all over. And it's just darn cute, so it might warm your heart too.


    Get it from Amazon for $17.75. It's also available in a Pusheen version; just sayin'.

    Promising review: "High quality. I’ve thrown it in the dishwasher plenty of times and it has held up just fine! Love this bowl. It’s my favorite ramen bowl." —Ibby

    20. A handy dandy phone and tablet holder you can rest on the tray table while down or hooked on while folded up to watch your *own* downloaded flights and shows on any flight.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.75 (also available in a larger size for larger tablets).

    Promising review: "This. Product. Is. Genius! I am a frequent flyer for work and in the past have had to rig a support just so that I can watch a movie/show hands-free on my phone while flying. Which most of the time also include the need for the try table being down as well! (super annoying) The flight flap resolved both issues, allowing me to watch my shows hands free and with all the leg room that i could ever need....or am allowed :) With dimensions a little bigger than the size of my phone, it packs aways super easy in any carry-on or office bag. I would highly recommend this product to any one who flies with any regularity or has little ones that need to be entertained during long flights! P.S. Flight Flap is great for at-home use as well! I have used it a few times already to help hold up my tablet while streaming DYIs to help with some house projects that I have been working on. I'm sure for the avid cook it would work great in the kitchen as well!" —Elise Ingram

    21. A pack of generous-sounding ceramic coasters for anyone who appreciates a good pun *and* keeping their precious furniture safe from water marks — these bbs are absorbent to catch any condensation.


    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $10.99.

    Promising review: "When I had guests over they kept commenting about the funny/unique design! LOL! Will most likely buy these again because they work great at absorbing the condensation from cold drinks! I like that it goes with any décor too." —Grecia Ayon

    22. An "Is that designer??" veil-topped beanie, because staying cozy in the snow doesn't mean you have to give up on style.

    Pretty Little Attire

    Get it from Pretty Little Attire on Etsy for $24.33.

    Promising review: "SO CUTE! Fits perfectly, not too tight like most hats I buy (I have kind of a big head). And everyone compliments my style" —jlsmit27

    23. A set of jumbo fizzy aromatherapy bath bombs to moisturize your skin and make your next soak a little more spa-like. Ahhhh, relaxation in a steamy tub o' good smells. What a way to spend an evening!

    They're each the size of a tennis ball — and they won't stain your tub, so you won't have to scrub afterwards.

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $22.97.

    Promising review: "I originally bought these as a Christmas gift to hand out to a couple of girls who work for me, but one night I caved and used one for my own personal use. I loved it so much that I immediately placed another order just to have for myself! These are of Lush quality and size for a fraction of the price and without the overwhelming 'which do I choose' pressure. You receive 10 bombs at random, but no two are the same. They were safely wrapped and out of the 20 that I bought, not a single was crushed or broken. I will be continuing to buy." —Whitney Killam

    24. An insulated, marbleized water bottle designed to keep water cold for a stylish reason to stay hydrated in 2020.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.49 (available in 19 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "This is hands down one of the best water bottles I have ever bought and I'd say I am a water bottle connoisseur...I near collect the things! Between the insulation and my water staying ice cold almost all day long, the mouthpiece engineering is what I like the most. It has two different screw top lids, one big enough to fit ice then the other is the mouthpiece big enough to get a good amount of water out but small enough where it isn't spilling all down your shirt if you need a sip while driving! My only complaint would be that sometimes when I go to screw off the lid to take a drink the entire 2-part lid screws off instead...not a huge deal because every other positive makes up for it! I'm resisting the urge to purchase it in every color!!" —makenzi bezemek

    25. A pair of fillable paint touch-up pens for a quick way to fix any marks, scratches, or scuffs on your walls or furniture.


    Some reviewers have no trouble refilling the pen, some do, so note that they make come to about $5 per single use.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest thing ever! A lot of the review are because people do not understand the concept. No, you cannot add different colors to the pens. One pen, one color, forever. There is no way to clean. That's what they have a pack of more than one. I added my wall paint and I ALWAYS have simple touch up at anytime. The paint comes out nice and the brush is perfect for smaller touch up areas. I use this for when the kids scratch the wall or for when I need a clean up that can't be wiped off. Every household should have this and it should be sold at the checkout isle. This is a must have for all homeowners!" —Dlanoz

    26. A Swedish dishcloth emblazoned with a punny take on our favorite Billie Eilish song — it's stuck in my head, and nowit's stuck in yours. DUH!


    Get it from Boldfaced on Etsy for $7.

    27. A compact personal heater so you can have a direct line of warmth streaming out to you from several inches or a foot away — even in your freezing office!

    It's only six inches tall!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    Promising review: "I bought this personal heater to use at my cubicle in my office. The product is perfect for my needs... it doesn't have a thermostat and doesn't create massive amounts of heat, but that's not its intended purpose. It's designed to provide directional warmth effectively and without significant power, which is always a concern in a cubicle environment. I've used mine both under the desk and on the desktop. I've noticed that even if I leave it on all day, the body of the unit never gets hot. It doesn't make any noise, either... it's so small and quiet that it's hardly noticeable. If you're looking for something to provide extra warmth in a cool space without requiring a lot of power, this is a good option. If you need to heat a large area, then this probably isn't the right choice. For me, this is the perfectly-designed option for supplemental heat in an office cube environment, and it's definitely something I would buy again if the need arose." —Duane A. Priest

    Me when the office AC is on in the winter:


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