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    21 Things Under $20 That Mean Business

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    1. Glossier's Milky Jelly cleanser for a gentle and hydrating way to wash your face without any harsh stripping. Yes even if you're just working from home all day, you still need to wash your face.


    Get it from Glossier for $18.

    Promising review: "This product leaves your skin feeling so soft and clean. I have sensitive skin so I was a little a nervous it would break me out but it did the complete opposite! I haven’t broken out since I’ve started using it. It also evens out my skin texture!!" —Christina S.

    2. A Dash Rapid egg cooker you've probably heard great things about before. Yeah it makes perfect and effortless hardboiled eggs, but did you know it can also make poached or scrambled eggs, and even individual omelets? Now you do.

    Sur La Table

    Just fill it with water (according to your chosen level of egg doneness), add up to six eggs, and turn on. When the eggs are done, it'll automatically shut off! Yes, you can take a nap while waiting for your eggs to boil — and not worry about leaving them on too long. The removable parts are also dishwasher safe, so get ready for this to be your new lazy best friend.

    Get it from Sur La Table for $19.97 (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "Love this egg cooker! Perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs, in almost no time. The cooker has a loud but pleasant reminder that the eggs are done. This item is surprisingly compact and very easy to clean." —Anne M.

    3. Cable-hugging critters to take a ~bite~ out of the annoyance of fraying cords. No bent cord = no exposed wires, FINALLY.

    Urban Outfitters

    Just clip 'em around any cable you have to reinforce it!

    Get the original Cable Bite from Urban Outfitters for $6 each (available in 10 animals)

    Promising review: "I bought a couple of these to reinforce a cord that has become weak due to normal wear and tear. I was hoping they were functional for a Galaxy phone (which I'm thrilled they are) but had no idea how extremely cute they would be. I've ended up buying SEVERAL more for stocking stuffers." —jwow76

    4. A Kokostar exfoliating foot peel that'll make dead, dry, rough skin and calluses a distant memory. Just pop the mitts on your feet, 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. If there was any time to do a foot peel, it's when you're stuck at home for a week or two.

    Neiman Marcus

    Get it from Neiman Marcus for $10.

    Promising review: "Leave your feet very soft. You won't regret it." —Patrick S.

    5. Olive & June's Poppy universal handle that works with your favorite nail polish to give you an easy-to-grasp grip for your least messy at-home mani basically every.

    Olive & June

    Get it from Olive & June for $16.

    Promising review: "The poppy lives up to all the hype. I don't know why but this simple handle switch made doing my nails so much easier. I didn't need to touch up at all, not even my dominant hand. I am not a meticulous person so I was beyond impressed at how easy it was to have a salon worthy manicure done by myself!" —Katie C.

    6. A set of bake-even strips you can wrap around cake pans before you bake for a more level, evenly baked result. No need to cut off the top of your cake = no wasted cake!!


    Although I do sometimes like to snack on that part. Just soak them in water while you're mixing up the batter, then wrap!

    Get a set of two from Joann for $9.99.

    Promising review: "I am trying to get into baking professionally, and bought a set of these to use in my oven (which doesn't heat very evenly- it's old). They were WONDERFUL! My cakes came out perfectly cooked and almost completely level! Would recommend these to anyone looking to bake wonderful cakes." —Lilycat345

    7. A Pet House room-freshening spray (you may have heard about us talking about Pet House candles a few times!) that'll neutralize the worst pet odors — without irritating your (or your furry friend's) sensitive nasal passages.

    BuzzFeed / Marquaysa Battle

    Here's what a BuzzFeed writer has to say about this spray: "I'm sincerely loving this Pet House spray to pieces. I have a 10-year-old doggo and while I keep him bathed regularly, I still like to spritz his kingdom (read: my room) with something that smells super good. The Sunwashed Cotton scent specifically makes my nose happy. Another perk? My dog and I both have allergies (oh, the odds) and everything else I spray tends to send us both into sneezing fits. This spray doesn't tickle either of our noses and it's kinda unbelievable. Good scent. No itchy noses. Plus, the spray instantly refreshes my room and sticks around a nice little while. 10s across the board with this baby. Next, I want to try the Fresh Citrus scent."

    Get it from Chewy for $9.99 (available in four scents).

    8. An acne-busting gel stick you can roll right on any pesky pimples to stop them in their tracks — sit back and relax while the blend of salicylic acid, witch hazel, tea tree, and aloe does its work.

    elf cosmetics

    Get it from e.l.f. cosmetics for $3.

    Promising review: "I have tried every single product prescribed by a dermatologist, even Accutane, and my acne never went away. I finally was able to get it under control with vitamins and face washes, but I still had annoying LARGE pimples that never went away. I bought this after hearing about it and applied it generously in the morning to my pimples, and the swelling of them was down by nighttime! I applied again that night and woke up to them almost completely gone!" —mikaylamadison

    9. A jewel-tone wall-hanging file folder so you can organize all those pesky papers — OUT of your already-crowded desk — and add a touch of color to your drab office. Color-coding FTW!

    Office Depot

    You can easily take if off the wall and close it with the attached elastic cords for on-the-go use, too!

    Get it from Office Depot for $15.99.

    Promising review: "This is wonderful to get the pile of papers off my desk where it is organized and easy to put my fingers on the papers I want easily." —Organized1a

    10. A La Croix cross-stitch kit with everything you need to kick off a great new hobby — time for a crafternoon!

    The Stranded Stitch

    It comes with basic cross-stitching instructions, a pattern, embroidery floss, a color chart, aida cloth, a 5-inch embroidery hoop, and a needle.

    Get it from The Stranded Stitch on Etsy for $19.

    The Stranded Stitch has T O N S of cool kits to get you started — check them all out to find your inspiration.

    11. An Oxo pour-over coffee maker so you can feel like you're conducting a cool little science experiment every morning — and end up with a delicious, perfect brew every single time. All right at home!


    It comes with a dipper, a water tank with measurements printed on the sides, and a lid to keep the water hot that *also* functions as a drip tray when you're all done.

    Get it from Oxo for $15.99.

    12. A pair of grip-bottom socks to make those at-home workouts just a little bit easier — aka you (unlike me) don't slip and slide and inevitably fall on your butt.

    Free People

    Get them from Free People for $18 (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "The softest pair of barre socks I own and super cute too! While I usually work out in a studio, I did a home barre class and forgot to take them off because they were so comfy. Super grippy too!" —Sophieelizabethb

    13. A deep-conditioning Tonymoly hair pack if you were recently horrified by Big Ed on 90 Day Fiancé putting…actual mayo…on his hair. This bb is chock-full of vitamins, nutritious oils, and shea butter to make your hair softer than ever.


    If you're not a mayo fan, don't worry — this one actually smells like vanilla and macadamia nuts.

    Promising review: "Huuuuuuuuuge difference. I love this stuff, and will definitely be ordering more in the future. I have really long, thick hair, and I do a mask every week and condition like most people. Even though I'm nice to it, it still can get dry, and I'd heard good reviews so I bought some. First time using it, I could tell a difference while it was still wet; and then when it was dry, oh my goodness, super soft all the way to the ends. This is an amazing product, and I highly recommend it!" —Lacy J.

    Get it from Tonymoly $16.

    14. A spinning phone grip ring so you can maintain a *firm* grasp on your phone while venturing into the wild, wild world of TikTok. Let's try to go viral without breaking our phones.

    The Grommet

    Get it from The Grommet for $6.95.

    Promising review: "Love my spinner! I just ordered another one! I like that it isn't bulky, I can use it to prop up my phone and watch movies, etc. And my grandson loves to spin it! Thank you!" —Terri

    15. A sound-reactive strip light you can stick to any flat surface to turn your next TV or music hang into a real vibe.

    Urban Outfitters

    It channels the sound from your TV and is remote-controlled!

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.95.

    16. A geometric rubber dog toy you can hide treats or food inside so your fur-rocious friend can play and monch WHILE their gums get massaged at the same time.

    Get it from REI for $19.95.

    Promising review: "My Moose is a really fast eater, which of course has concerns for issues like bloat, etc. We have always fed him with a food ball, but now that he's fully grown, he chews through every ball we try to feed him with- UNTIL we found this one! It's really heavy duty and he stay active while he eats and eat slowly!! It's also really great to give your dog a distraction to try to get a treat out. A great ball — highly recommended!" —kvocke

    17. A pack of Kitsch satin scrunchies that'll work just like a satin pillowcase — but on the go — to fight frizz, breakage, and other hair damage.

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    Reader, I love these scrunchies for my curly-frizzy-coarse and dry dry dry hair. I travel in them (they saved my hair on a looooooong set of flights to and from Australia this past January), sleep in them EVERY NIGHT, and I even wear them out when my hair is dirty and it's ~low bun time~ to dress it up a bit. I have absolutely noticed a reduction in breakage and the strands that cascade to the floor when I take my hair down in the morning for styling. If you're looking for a budget-friendly option to just add a little TLC to your hair care, I absolutely recommend these bbs. And in several months of constant use, there's been no stretching out, even though I have quite a bit of hair.

    Get a pack of five from Ulta for $7.99 (also available in black).

    18. A customizable cosmetic organizer so you can *finally* get your oodles of makeup products corralled and neat on your vanity or table. ::cue Etta James singing "At Last"::

    BuzzFeed / Samantha Tomaszewski

    Here's what my colleague had to say about these storage containers: "I'm never going back. I love how you can buy as many different compartments as you want, to mix and match to create your perfect makeup storage device! I spent several hours (lol) deciding what the best combination of compartments would be for the amount of items and the limited counter space I have. The one I landed on ended up being perfect for my space and it fit everything I use on a daily basis — and more. Now, I also feel like I'm going to be more likely to use certain beauty products I forgot about or never could find. And it just LOOKS so much better, a win/win/win!"

    Mix and match the stackable system; get compartments from The Container Store for $18.99+ (available in five configurations).

    19. A set of square rings to effortlessly make fried eggs perfectly sized for topping a piece of avocado toast. Perfect for anyone you know who loves runny yolka on Insta.

    WIlliams Sonoma

    Get a set of four from Williams Sonoma for $19.95.

    Promising review: "I'm really happy with these! I cook a lot of fried eggs and pancakes for family, and have tried many versions of this kind of ring. This is the first set I've had that will reliably sit flat in the pan and not let liquid leak. They are a great combination of flexible and rigid and I can tell a lot of care went into the design. They say dishwasher-safe, but I hand wash -- very easy to clean and I don't want to risk warping." —A Farlington

    20. A ~Mood Alert~ pegboard you can customize to how you're feeling so your new work buddy (aka your roommates or partner) won't get tooooooo much on your nerves — and knows when to give you a pep talk.

    Knock Knock

    Get it from Knock Knock for $12.

    21. A pair of seamless ribbed undies engineered to mold specifically to your body, leave zero lines, and never give you a wedgie. 98% of reviewers recommend them, so sign me up!

    Urban Outfitters

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $8 (or five for $25; available in sizes XS–XL and three colors).

    Promising review: "These are seriously some of the softest underwear I have ever worn! I have bought almost every color, and they are just so amazing. Everyone definitely needs a pair of these in their life." —maiasopheary

    Me doing my daily social distancing no-pants dance:

    Warner Bros.

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