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    36 Cool And Random Things Under $30

    From a Disney Parks cookbook to a weirdly satisfying cleaning goo, these products are a combo of fun *and* useful.

    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 single-handed tape dispenser, because time is dwindling to get all those prezzies wrapped. Just pull the lever to cut the tape!

    Push the lever to dispense a 1-inch piece, or keep it pointed to create a custom length of tape.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "My last tape dispenser that was awful. Threading the tape through the mechanism was a PITA. The gears and springs would fall out when you opened the damn thing. Eventually, the tape started to cling to the roller and would rip the paper I was trying to tape. This design is great; the tape self threads itself when you put it on the rubber bands, the tape stays on the inside of the device until you press the trigger to release it, the tape self cuts when you let go of the trigger. Everything can be done with one hand. Wonderful!" —Billster

    2. A borderline genius nail-drying *spray* that with one quick spritz helps your polish dry sooooo much faster, so you can get back to snacking and texting your friends back without ruining your fresh nails.

    The spray bottle with text "instantly dries laquer"

    Get it from Orly for $12.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried many nail polish drying 'polishes' but this is the first spritz I’ve tried and I love it! When I first tried it I walked around not daring to touch anything like with the others I’ve tried BUT I quickly realized this really works!! Now I don’t lose an extra half-hour waiting for the quick dryer to, well, quick dry!" —Gwen B.

    3. A just-the-right-size planner with a stately faux leather cover, tabbed sections, gold foiling, and weekly and monthly sections so you at least feel like your life is in order. Mood.

    The brown planner with gold foil year stamp

    It also comes with stickers, and WHO doesn't love stickers. Plus 88 notes pages and reference info, which'll both be handy-dandy.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in two sizes and four colors).

    Promising review: "I just received my new planner, and I love it. It's larger (8.5x11), but thinner. The hardcover is flexible, but still durable, and beautifully made. The appearance of the planner is very professional. The weekly guide provides plenty of space to write down my daily schedule. The elastic bookmark helps to find my place quickly, and there two more ribbon bookmarks provided. I had to place the monthly calendar tabs myself. I can find the monthly calendar easily now. I would have liked if it was already in place, but I understand if there are people who don't use such features. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase." —Arlene W.

    4. A PFOA-free nonstick griddle pan with a large square surface for whipping up bigger batches of french toast, eggs, and pancakes to feed the whole fam with ease.

    The pan and flipper

    And it comes with a large nylon turner for effortless flipping.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful Collection on Amazon for $24.99.

    Promising review: "I love this griddle pan! It has sufficient weight for even heating over a medium low flame. Beautiful pancakes!! The pancake turner was ideal too which at first I thought would be cumbersome because it is rather large. Worked like a machine. I love both and recommend the product!" —Robert

    5. Essence's Lash Princess mascara, which over *50,000* five-star reviewers swear by for dramatic length and volume *without* clumps, thanks to the flake- and gob-free formula and cone-shaped brush.

    A reviewer's lashes before mascara, after one layer, and after two layers, with dramatic length and volume after

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    Promising review: "After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte ($23) 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

    6. A set of three *fabric* resistance bands so you can add some more movies to your at-home workout, without the rolling, pinching, and snagging caused by latex ones.

    Models using the bands and showing the light, medium, and heavy resistance versions

    Each has a different resistance level so you can customize your workout, and they come with an exercise guide book to get you started.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four color sets).

    Promising review: "I have been using this for a couple of weeks and it has been fantastic to say the least! It doesn't roll down or move whilst I'm exercising and the resistance it provides is amazing! After the first day of exercising with it, I felt the difference. Now I and those close to me are seeing the results. My thighs, hips and butt have definitely improved in tone and definition. My abs have also improved but not as much since I haven't been doing any exercises to target them! Oh and I forgot to mention that they came with an exercise guide which also helps for beginners or to boost your routine! They are durable and will last a long while! They are a vast improvement to the latex bands. I will recommend these to anyone who is serious about working out!" —Kylie Shepherd

    7. The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook for anyone who is missing their Dole Whip, Mickey Pretzels, churros, or Star Wars blue milk — this has recipes inspired by all three and more!

    The cover of the book
    Adams Media Corporation

    It has 100 different recipes to satisfy any Disney fan until the next time they can go to the park.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.19 or Bookshop for $20.23 (to support local bookstores; currently on backorder).

    8. A clear acrylic makeup mixing palette so you can stop wasting product on the back of your hand (and later getting it...all over your clothes) when applying cream and liquid products with a brush. It's great for mixing custom colors too!

    The clear rectangle with blush and foundation on it

    It's available saying "Yes, you are the Fairest of them all" in gold or pink, or aung "Gilded Glamour" in gold.

    Get it from Gilded for $25.

    Promising review: "OK, this is seriously beautiful. I love using it, looking at it. Makes my makeup application so much easier, cleaner, hygienic." —T. Jackson

    Gilded Body is a Black-owned skin and bodycare brand making polishes, brushes, balms, and even candles — on my list? The Parisian Christmas candle.

    9. An ombre crystal soap-making kit great for scientists-in-the making of any age. It comes with everything you need to make three unique geode-like soaps for a combo of fun and learning you really can't beat — and the results are just plain ole pretty.

    The kit with the three finished soaps
    Kiwi Co

    The kit is recommended for ages 12+ but reviewers with younger kids also loved making these, and there was plenty the youngsters could help out with.

    Get it from Kiwi Co for $29.95.

    Promising review: "My son and I have been thinking of making soap for a while. But kept putting it off due to the cost of having to buy everything. This kit was right within my budget and made making soap so fun and easy! It comes with an ocean breeze scent that smells great and my son loves having soap he made in the bathroom!" —Deena

    10. A mug warmer to keep your coffee, tea, ho cho, hot toddy, nice and toasty while you power through your work during the colder months without having to interrupt yourself for a trip to the microwave.

    A reviewer's mug on the round coaster-like warmer

    Some reviewers recommend popping a piece of foil or a lid on top for extra heating power.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Promising review: "When I first saw this thing on my recommendation list, I thought 'Wow, is this necessary??!' But then two days later I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I ordered it. I'm very happy I did! I drink my coffee and tea so slow that I'm constantly having to reheat it in the microwave. This warmer keeps the mug (or a glass tea pot) warm and the contents at a nice drinkable temp — key word is 'warm' not 'hot.' The bottom of the device does get warm, so just don't put it on something sensitive to heat or put a small towel under it if you're worried. It hasn't damaged my cheap particle board desk whatsoever." —Bananny

    11. 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–XXL and five 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 nonbreathable clothes, particularly at night, but these haven't made me feel too hot so far." —Torrey Baldwin

    12. An anti-fogging spray to keep your glasses crystal clear while you stay Masked-Up. One quick spritz, let it sit and dry on your lenses, and you're good to go!

    A reviewer in a mask and glasses with no fogging, and holding the spray bottle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55.

    Promising review: "Like just about everyone with glasses, mine kept fogging up while wearing a COVID mask. I was looking to find something that would help with this and this product was perfect. You still get a tiny bit of fogging as you breathe out, but it instantly clears. This is a game-changer. I ordered another bottle immediately for my glass-wearing child." —zork2112

    13. A book of *supersized* New York Times Sunday crosswords for when you need a little break but also want to give your brain a little workout. This has all the productive procrastination you'll need.

    The cover of the book, with 500 crosswords
    St Martin's Griffin

    How much productive procrastination, you ask? Let me quote the listing: "At one hour per puzzle (that's pretty fast!), eight hours of solving per day, it would still take two months of solid solving to finish this book."

    Get it from Amazon for $13.89 or Bookshop for $22.07 (to support local bookstores).

    14. A hard water stain cleaner reviewers swear by to banish the peskiest dried water stains and soap scum from glass shower doors, faucets, tiles, you name it.

    A reviewer's before and after showing how it removed the water stains from a shower door making it clear again

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I have tried so many products over the years and they never completely got rid of the hard water stains. I thought they were permanent. But Bio Clean got rid of them! The last time my shower looked this clean was when it was brand new. It has a minty toothpaste like odor that was pleasant and a little goes a long way. I'll always have some on hand now. Everyone should use this product in their home. Thanks so much for a product I feel good about using that REALLY WORKS!" —Karen Leonard

    15. Glossier's Nightstand Duo, which includes their ~handy~-dandy hand cream in a pop-top bottle so you can moisturized those dry-from-all-that-hand-washing mitts with ease, and their Balm Dot Com, which softens and repairs chapped lips and chafed skin — without feeling greasy or gloopy. And the bundle saves you money, too!

    The coconut balm dot com and hand lotion on an end table

    Just choose your Balm Dot Com flavor before adding to cart (there are eight options!).

    Get it from Glossier for $22 (valued at $30).

    Promising review: "The lip balm is amazing per usual, but the hand cream smells so fresh and lovely and left my hands and arms feeling soft for hours!! A little bit goes a longggg way. I also LOVE the aesthetic packaging!" —Scarlett

    16. A cashmere-esque scarf you can throw over your coat all day this winter, wrap around your torso as a shawl, and even use as a cozy blanket on those freezing airplanes.

    A model in the burgundy scarf with fringe

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 13 colors).

    Promising review: "Extremely impressed with the high quality and great price of this scarf. DOES NOT look cheap...I own an Acne Studios wool scarf ($250 retail) and would say while this one is a bit lighter weight (still super warm and cozy) it is comparable in style, color and quality to my Acne scarf. Would definitely buy again—both for myself and as a gift." —Natalie

    17. A "Relax Sis" candle for your next cozy night in (aka...every night) with a whopping 50-hour burn time, clean-burning wax, and a cuddle-ready lavender and lemongrass scent.

    The white candle with an illustration of someone sitting crosslegged holding a glass of wine on the front
    12th Glow

    Get it from 12th Glow for $15.

    12th Glow is a Black woman-owned company, and all of their candles are hand-poured in Philadelphia using a soy-coconut wax blend — no dyes, phthalates, etc. here!

    18. A jar of Fresh's Petal Soft Deep Hydration lip balm to condition and soften your pout, delivering hydration for *24* hours. The silky smooth texture and rose scent reviewers love is really just the cherry on top.

    The jar of cream

    Get it from Sephora for $24.

    Promising review: "Omg.. this is the BEST lip balm. I have extremely dry lips due to living in a cold climate and being on accutane as a teenager which completely dried out my skin and lips. This rose balm is a savior. The smell is define... smells expensive, rose-y, and just beautiful. This balm is extremely moisturizing and conditioning. I put it on every day right before bed and first thing in the morning. This is a game changer product in my routine and I’m so thankful I discovered it!" —makeupluver84

    19. An electric handwarmer that's *also* a backup battery for your phone so you and your favorite device can feel ~recharged~ on cold winter days.

    A hand holding the black, computer mouse sized and shape warmer

    It heats up in seconds, and has three settings so you can customize your degree of toastiness.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "These (I bought two) have made a tremendous difference to me this winter. They're in my pockets or inside my gloves, usually on the lowest setting, as I'm out walking my dog, throwing her tennis ball, giving her treats. Often my hands are out in the cold, as gloves make the ball-throwing, etc., difficult. These rechargeables heat them up again and make me feel warm all over. I plug them into USB ports on my computer for easy charging. I'm so grateful to have them! They get very warm on higher settings and really do a great job." —Marsha L.S.

    20. A chunky knit satin-lined winter beanie to keep your head toasty warm when the temperatures drop *and* help protect your hair from damage and moisture loss without disrupting your style or curl pattern.

    Beautifully Warm

    It's also super stretchy to fit your hair!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 10 colors and packs of two) or Beautifully Warm for $24.99 (available in 11 colors, each listed separately plus a version with a faux fur pompom).

    Promising review: "Finally a winter hat that I can actually wear. I’ve had it for a good part of the winter now and I’m so happy with it. Often right after I wash my hair I just put it in a silk cap while I do things around the house as it’s drying so it's not in my face. Recently if I need to go out I put my hair in my hat because it’s silk-lined, so it does the same thing and just looks like I’ve got a winter hat on. When you put it on your already styled hair, it doesn’t mess up the curl pattern at all. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it." —Aliana K.

    Beautifully Warm is a Black-owned business that makes satin-lined hats including both winter styles like he one above, plus and cap-style hats with a scrunchie in the back designed for natural hair. They make kids' sizes too!

    21. A pack of Wander Beauty gold foil under eye masks that'll look *and* feel incredibly luxe as they work to brighten and hydrate your under eues —

    Someone in the gold under eye patch masks

    Get a box of six pairs of masks from Skinstore for $25.

    Promising review: "These make your under eyes feel like a million bucks, and they are cute, the best of both worlds!" —Megzy

    22. A portable pack of soap sheets, because when public bathrooms run out of soap (especially in times like ::gestures around::) that is *not* a good feeling.

    The paper thin lavender soap sheets, which come in a matchbox size box

    Get three packs of 100 sheets each from Amazon for $11.99 (available in lemon, orange, lavender, a variety pack of the three scents, or unscented).

    Promising review: "I’m thrilled to have purchased these! Amazing soap sheets. The scents are not overwhelming. I have sensitive skin and, does not irritate my skin. Hands feel soft, clean and smells great. My 6-year-old son loves these. With pretty much everything still closed down, due to COVID-19, we have been doing a lot more outdoor activities. It’s nice to have soap handy when in middle of hiking or biking and, need to wash hands before eating lunch. I would strongly recommend these soap sheets." —Ann

    23. A paint can filled with *three* sizes of gummy bears (regular, mini, and GIANT) that'll make the perfect gift for an Goldilocks in your life — or just for yourself.

    The "unbearably awesome" can with gummy bears
    Dylan's candybar

    Get it from Dylan's Candy Bar for $17.

    24. A subscription to HBO Max, because if you haven't heard, Warner is releasing all their movies next year on the platform. Plus there's already tons and tons of great content on there now (we're talking Doctor Who, The French Prince, classic films like Casablanca, and all the HBO shows you know and love).

    The HBO max banner with an image from Wonder Woman 1984
    HBO Max

    And of course Wonder Woman 1984 is coming on Christmas Day.

    Subscribe to HBO Max for $14.99/month.

    25. A Dolly Parton mug you'll want to put on display on the coffee table or kitchen counter to make fueling up for another grueling workday just a little better. Pour yourself a cup of ambition, bb.

    The mug with an image of Dolly and "Caffeine" written three times to imitate "Jolene"
    Feliz Modern

    Get it from Feliz Modern for $29.

    Feliz Modern is a Latinx-owned brand based in San Antonio carrying all kinds of amazing home items, games, accessories and more — all perfect for gifting. Check out their full selection of trays here.

    26. Knope for President, a Parks and Rec-inspired card game where players compete to "spin" various scandals they get ~dealt~, all of which are inspired by the TV show.

    The game with cards and vote button tokens

    The somewhat Cards Against Humanity-ish game is for 3-6 players ages 16+. Each round, the reporter reads the scandal card, and players have to use the cards in their hand to get into character, embellish the story, blame another character, etc. They can add as much detail as they want! The reporter gives the best answer a vote token, which count as points!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    Promising review: "I’m big enough to admit I’m often inspired by myself. My Best Purchase yet this year. The quality is great, and the references are on point. So excited!! A must get if you are a Parks and Rec fan!!!" —Nicholaus

    27. Milk Makeup Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Hydrating Face Mask if you're looking for mess-free application. Just swipe the stick applicator over your face, leave it on to five to ten minutes, then rinse for calmer, gently exfoliated skin.


    Get it from Sephora for $26.

    Promising review: "I never write reviews but I always read them. This is a MUST have! If you want the cleaning of "clay" but not the dry, tight, this is your little guy! I have very sensitive skin and I didn't have to put up with redness or dry after, it just felt soft and clean. This is my new FAVE!" —AnnMarie333

    28. A Baby Foot exfoliating peel that'll make dead, dry, rough foot skin a distant memory. Just pop the mitts on your feet, sit with them on for an hour, then take 'em off and live your life. A few days later you can just sit back and watch your dead, dry skin fall right off.

    A reviewer's feet mid-peel

    I have also used Babyfoot and it...reeeeaaaalllllyyyyyyyy works!

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed. This stuff works exactly as expected. Definitely soak feet for about an hour, put on booties for an hour, then rinse with soap and water. Soak every day after, and for the next two weeks, for five to ten minutes...wear socks as much as you can and at least for 20-30 min after daily soak. Tops of your feet and ankles will not peel off in sheets, but that skin is usually much softer than bottom of the foot. Bottom of feet and toes started peeling about 48 hours after treatment. Big peeling started about 24 hours after that. This even softened the feel of two large surgical scars on my ankle and foot. Tips: Do NOT moisturize at all during peeling process. Don't do this within two weeks of having your bare feet exposed to the's kind of gross in a neat way. I have very sensitive skin and didn't get any kind of irritation. It's impossible to NOT peel the huge pieces, but make sure you stop peeling if you get resistance. Soak for 10-15 min and wait for the skin to soften if you must peel. You don't want to create wounds or sore spots. I'm hooked and will do this again and again." —Shannon

    29. The Complete Whiskey Course, a tasting school (with 10 classes!) in book form for the burgeoning whiskey lover in your life — and even if you don't like the brown stuff yourself, it'll be fun to do together.

    The cover of the book
    Sterling Epicure

    This book covers what whiskey is, how it's made in different regions, how to start choosing and collecting bottles, and of course, a guide to doing your own tasting complete with glossary and food pairings.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    Promising review: "Anyone with the slightest interest in whiskies should get this book......and you'll be an instant expert. This publication is an outstanding achievement for the whiskies world at large! Amazing quality inside an out. The binding and paper stock scream high-end, while the contents of the whiskies courses contained within seal the deal. But don't be scared, this is truly a book for all whiskies enthusiasts; new to the world, or a bit long in the tooth, there's something in there for everyone! Quite impressive in its breadth and depth of content, though not in the least unexpected from a man who has been living and breathing the whiskies world for so long. Make no mistake, this book will stand as the new defacto whiskies resource for ages to come!" —Jason O'Donnell

    30. A cleaning putty to easily (and kind of fun-ly!) clean your car air conditioner vents, laptop keyboard, cupholders, remote buttons, and any other tricky little areas where dust and crumbs accumulate.

    Model using the putty to clean out an air vent

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

    Promising review: "Everyone needs this product!! This gel is very easy to use and picks up even the smallest trash. It is a thick gel but fits in the hard-to-reach spots! I recommend it :)" –Alma Lopez

    31. A cute cactus-covered wireless charger you can customize with your name so everyone else in your household knows it's YOURS whenever your phone is feeling a little bit ~low-energy~.

    The pink wireless charger with illustrated cactuses and a name

    Just hit "personalize" and add whatever text you'd like!

    Get it from Shutterfly for $24.99 (originally $49.98).

    32. A reusable Revlon oil-absorbing roller stick with a ball made of volcanic stone that sucks the excess shine right off your face. Just pop it out and give it a wash once in a while and you can reuse it over and over and over again!

    The rollerball stick on a pile of volcanic stone

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Promising reviews: "This is another product that I think everyone should have and put on your Christmas list. Sometimes even if you shower your skin can still get oily and all you have to do is rub this on the oily parts and it completely gets rid of it. Even if you have makeup on, but you want to get the excess oil off it leaves your makeup but takes away the oil. It is also very easy to clean. I recommend cleaning it every three days or five uses. All you have to do is get soap and cold water and then let it sit overnight and put it back, all done." —Meghan Guydish

    "This... this! I don't know what sort of sorcery this is, but this thing totally works, and it's freaking me out! I tested it by standing outside for a few mins (I live in the south, very humid) and then came back inside and rolled it along my nose. Sucked that oil right up!! I cannot believe I have been wasting money on blotting paper when this was out there (and reusable)! Totally buying some for my sister and friends. If you're on the fence about it, JUST BUY IT!" —Stellar

    33. A desktop inflatable tube guy that can teach everyone a dance move or two. Why *couldn't* use the laugh that this thing provides?! Plus it makes a great gift for ::checks list:: just about anyone.

    The red guy with box and booklet

    It even comes with a 32-page booklet about the ~history~ of the tube man.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review: "Makes my wife laugh every time she turns it on. Everyone should have one of these at home." —P. Farrow

    34. A Friends-inspired letter board with 145 letters, icons, and images to spell out your very fave quotes from the show, depending on how your mood ~pivots~.

    The letterboard shaped like the yellow frame from friends with I'll be there for you written on it with icons like the central perk logo and a lobster

    Get it from Toynk for $27.99.

    35. A Dracula garlic mincer for anyone who appreciates irony, has strong feelings about their favorite vampire, or just really loves garlic bread. And if they're on board with all three like me, even better.

    The mincer that looks like Dracula (just twist the head to mince) with garlic bread

    Brought to you in part by my current Vampire Diaries rewatch.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.90.

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a gift for my friend who is a fantastic cook--she uses fresh ingredients almost exclusively — but pressing fresh garlic is a task usually delegated. No longer — Gracula is there for her. She uses him nearly every time she needs garlic (which is basically daily) and months later still makes a point of saying how much she enjoys the gift. I'm pretty sure she likes it better than other gifts I've gotten her which were more expensive/thought out, and I'm fairly certain it's what took me from "good friend" to "best friend," but it be that way sometimes. Anyway, definitely recommended for people who cook with garlic and have a sense of humor." —L

    36. And a cute little buffalo plaid iced coffee koozie, because it's iced coffee season all year round (I refuse to hear otherwise) but we'd like to keep our fingertips from freezing.

    A smoothie in the koozie

    It comes in three sizes to fit whatever iced coffee cup size you like, whether from Dunkies, Starbs, or your local brewer.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    Promising review: "I drink iced tea every day! With this sleeve, I no longer freeze my hand, nor have unsightly cup sweats ruining the papers on my desk. It has also kept my ice from melting as fast. Great product and looks good too!" —3573

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