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    38 Things For People Who Love Cheap Thrills

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    1. A rainbow bath bomb with a colorful, spiraling fizz that'll transform your sub-par bathtub into the most magical land this side of Equestria.


    Promising review: "This is an absolutely great product. The aromas are so brilliant and they bubble and dissolve very nicely. I have tried several other popular bath bombs but these completely blow them away. These are the best!!" —Denise Roberts

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A rolling alarm clock to start your day with a thrilling chase and guarantee you're ~on a roll~ from the moment you wake up.

    This kid needs four AAA batteries, not included.

    Promising review: "What a great design. I think that this alarm clock is very inventive. I set it on the floor away from the bed and when the alarm goes off, the fun begins. It wakes up the whole family. We keep it running until everyone is out of bed. My dog loves it too. He wakes up ready to play, which fills the room with fun in the morning — instead of the normal grumpy mood we all had before." —Harvey Hubbard

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four colors).

    3. A snack pack of crickets or larva so you can have a seriously entertaining night in when the thought of going out and spending your hard earned money really ~bugs~ you.,

    The crickets come in sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar, and bacon and cheese flavors. The dried larva are Mexican spice, cheddar cheese, and BBQ flavors.

    Promising review (crickets): "I sent this to my parents as a joke and although my mother was slightly horrified when she opened the package... they ended up eating the whole dang thing. My father loved them so much that he requested a pound of them for Christmas... despite it only being March." —Laura D.

    Promising review (larva): "This is an amazing gift. I sent these to several relatives for Christmas and got varying results. My brother-in-law opened the package and downed the entire thing in one bite and said the cheddar cheese flavor is good and the larva were extra crunchy. I think most of my other larva gifts will likely be re-gifted." —Tyler

    Get the crickets for $6.50 and the larva for $7.45, both from Amazon.

    4. Hex, a book with a very specific sort of thrill, that'll terrify you and everyone who reads it. After a night reading this with your friends, the only question will be ~witch~ one of you is brave enough to turn out the light.


    This is my very very favorite book. Number. One.

    Promising review: "This is one of the most original and truly disturbing books I’ve ever read. The pacing is spot on, the characters well-defined and Heuvelt creates a believable and frightening world of a village under siege by a force beyond understanding. A finely wrought and pervasive malevolence haunts the villagers and their ways of coping with their reality are all at once brave, sympathetic, bizarre, humorous and truly savage. This is a great psychological thriller that is deliberately paced and leads inexorably to a devastating finale. Odd, quirky, bizarre, frightening and truly disturbing." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.11.

    5. A set of hair lights and a beard bouquet for style-savvy folks who know they don't have to spend a fortune on a priceless fashion statement.


    Promising review (hair lights): "These are very fun and festive. I love them." —Firebox Customer

    Promising review (beard bouquet): "These are very good quality and look really great in!" —Firebox Customer

    Get the hair lights and the beard bouquet from Firebox for $13.99.

    6. Or a Flamin' Hot Cheetos dress so you can stun in a bold summer outfit with no fear of looking ~cheesy~.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "This is excellent, it's so comfortable and beautiful!" —Stephanie R.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $22.32 (available in sizes S–L).

    7. A champagne bottle party popper full of confetti... and joy. This thing is definitely worth toasting to!


    Promising review: "This thing worked like a charm! I bought two and they both had tons of beautiful confetti and made a very celebratory 'pop' upon opening!!! Super happy with them!" —RMURT

    Get it from Amazon for $9.05.

    8. A pencil basketball game – it's gonna keep you entertained at the office when your day is feeling rough and you really need to get your head in the game.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8 (available in two styles) or get a different version from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A Sailor Moon kitchen timer — everyone can enjoy a frantic race against the clock when the clock is this cute!


    Promising review: "This is way bigger than I expected and I’m obsessed with it. It totally keeps me on task." —Alexis Kapp

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. Paper to Petal, a DIY guide that'll give you step-by-step instructions on how to make stunning floral bouquets out of paper — an inexpensive skill that'll truly come in handy when your ~buds~ deserve a nice gift.


    This will teach you how to make looovely floral crafts and arrangements using crepe and tissue paper.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this book immediately. With beautiful illustrations and clear instructions, it has inspired me to take up flower crafting as my new favorite hobby. I've made several of the flower projects to give as gifts and I can't wait to enjoy more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.94.

    11. A shimmering gloss highlighter to add the perfect amount of dramatic glam to your everyday glow — at a price that's gonna make you glow even more.


    Promising review: "I love this highlighter. It makes your skin look amazing in the light. It is dewy, stunning, and great for golden hour." —Rachel

    Get it from Tarte for $16.

    12. A tattoo coloring book for body art enthusiasts who need a way to get out their enthusiasm when their bank account is not about to let them get another high quality tattoo. Skip the at-home stick-and-poke (please!) and focus on this instead.


    Promising review: "This book is absolutely gorgeous. It is a much higher quality than I expected. There are pages for nights I just want a simple photo to color and others that take a lot of time and concentration with detail. I'm impressed by the entire design of the book. It has excellent traditional tattoos on every page." —Alicia P.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.23.

    13. Or a pack of 16 vintage floral temporary tattoos so you *can* cover yourself in stunning, inexpensive tattoos (at least temporarily).


    You can find even more options in this temporary tattoo post I recently wrote!

    Promising review: "These tattoos are amazing. The colorful, vibrant details that transfer over are really impressive. They stay on for a long time and they truly look real. I love how they come with a set so you can use the same tattoo in a difference place or share with a friend and match." —Lauren

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A mini piñata coin bank that'll convince you to start saving your pennies just because smashing the thing'll sound like such a party!


    Promising review: "This is a really cute bank. It is painted nicely. It makes a great birthday gift." —J. Gleason

    Get it from Amazon for $15.80.

    15. A pair of pocket-sized Super Soakers so you can have the ultimate surprise water fight at your office without your boss figuring out who done it.

    Urban Outfitters

    I can already hear Jim Halpert cackling.

    Promising review: "I thought it would be smaller but it’s a reasonable size. Although it won’t shoot out water half of the time, I would recommend it to wet anybody. I’ll be keeping this in my pocket at all times." —Mias so cliche

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $9.

    16. A set of string lights — throw them on the wall and cover them with a tapestry to get an otherworldly, magical look or leave them bright and exposed. Either way, you're sure to have bedroom decor worthy of your own TLC show.

    These string lights measure 66 feet in the length and are made of waterproof wire.

    Promising review: "After owning these lights for a little while, I can say that I am genuinely shocked by their excellent quality. They look beautiful and are the perfect color to add some warmth to my apartment — I've been getting nonstop compliments whenever someone new comes over! The wire is thin but resistant; I've bent it every which way during the multiple times I've rearranged my lights and have yet to experience any damage. At one point, I woke up to find that my cat had jumped up and pulled down part of the wire and was happily chewing on it as if it were a toy. I actually specifically chose these lights because they're waterproof, knowing that when my cat inevitably pulled them down to chew on and play with, she wouldn't be electrocuted. After it happened, I took a close look at where she had been gnawing and even with her sharp tiny teeth, I didn't see a single sign of wear and tear. I'm now positive I'll be getting years and years of use out of these!" —H

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    17. A Stranger Things ouija board for viewers desperate to talk to *redacted* from beyond the grave.


    Promising review: "First of all you do not end up in the upside down! My daughter has used this a couple of times and she had fun. I don’t recommend it if you get easily scared." —Maria Prado

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. Funny Food, a cook book that's sure to keep your kiddos (or roommates) entertained at breakfast, keeping you from spending money on eating out.


    This book is full of tips to encourage fruit and veggie-filled eating habits by taking foods like mushrooms, nuts, carrots, berries, and more and turning them into satisfyingly silly meals. Be sure to grab a funny egg mold while you're at it!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.19.

    19. A pair of reflexology shoes that'll let you skip your expensive acupressure appointment — making a huge difference on your aching body without being a huge pain in your paycheck.


    You can also get an acupressure mat and pillow set if the weight on your shoulders is more noticeable than your aching feet.

    Promising review: "These hurt like a mother when you just start using them but once you're used to them, it's actually awesome how well they dig in. Definitely helpful for my plantar fasciitis." —Jaki M

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four styles).

    20. An underwater disco light that's sure to make you ~light up~ every time you decide you should have a bath.


    Promising review: "Excellent, bought it for my kids who can't wait to get in the bath now. Good quality, fun gadget." —Dave

    Get it from Firebox for $9.99.

    21. A pack of six animal face masks — they'll help give you your fix of The Lion King and save you from spending money on the live action movie. You *are* the live action!


    Promising review: "I love these masks. The animal faces are so cute. I also like how each mask does a different thing. They all leave my skin feeling or looking great." —Maria Greer

    Get them from Amazon for $8.50.

    22. An emoji baking set for when you don't have enough ingredients for frosting but still want your cookies to be worthy of some major heart eyes.


    This set includes three baking sheets and four cookie cutters.

    Promising review: "These cookie sheets are wonderful. They cook evenly and are very easy to clean up. You can either wash them up fast with a rag and soap or just put them in the dishwasher. I like the fact that they come in a set of three. Each are a different size so you can use whichever best fits your needs. The cookie cutters that came with them were emojis, which I thought was pretty cool since emojis are all the rage these days." —a35mmfanatic

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $13.93.

    23. A jumbo remote (that glows in the dark!) if cancelling your plans to watch your favorite show is your favorite thrill in life, but you wanna go BIGGER.

    Promising review: "I was able to set up this remote to my TV in under 60 seconds. It works great and the buttons really do glow in the dark so you can use it at night. I definitely won’t be able to lose this remote. Love it!" —Beyonce

    Get it from Amazon for $9.09.

    24. A murder mystery jigsaw puzzle great for a ~killer~ game night.


    To play this 1,000-piece puzzle, read the booklet to learn about the murder you'll be trying to solve. While you assemble the puzzle, you'll uncover hidden clues throughout the image.

    Promising review: "This has1,000 pieces and 1,000 clues! It's lots of fun alone or as a group. This is a great mystery puzzle with a fantastic picture and a clue booklet that leaves a person wondering 'who done it?'. I've done mystery puzzles for Christmas every year and this puzzle was a great addition to our collection. I recommend it for mystery fans young and old, even if you guess wrong it is still a great time. This is an excellent puzzle and an even better mystery." —Gail Stormwing

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. A pack of funny disposable cups that'll entertain everyone at your party so you don't have to spend money on any entertainment.


    Promising review: "These were an awesome gag gift. We used them at the office water fountain." —Sandra Hassel

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $18.33+ (available in two styles).

    26. A Grand Canyon candle so you can sit on your sofa and breathe in the fresh scent of a national park without spending the time or money on actually visiting it... yet.


    Promising review: "I live in Maryland and I love the Grand Canyon. The wide open space, delicately changing colors, sunlight, and dry air are such a contrast to my home state. This candle brings the calm I feel with the fragrance of warm rock, desert plants and pleasant memories of my trips to the southwest." —Mary J.

    Get it from Homesick for $29.95.

    27. A pack of hair chalk with twelve washable colors sure to give you a look worth showing off at the grocery store. Catwalk up that produce isle and ~chalk~ your confidence up to your stellar styling skills.


    Promising review: "These are a great deal. It doesn't take much to get the color in, even on dark hair. You get a good amount and the choices are more than any other product we've tried. It washes out with one shampoo so I have no complaints. And the great thing is I wont have to buy more any time soon." —Trenten

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    28. An illustrated tarot deck — a present you deserve so you can learn about exciting experiences coming up in your future.


    Promising review: "I was super picky when picking out these tarot cards since it was my first but these really caught my eye with their beauty. This particular set has some of the most positive reviews out of any I saw and I can definitely back up those claims myself. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they are easy to work with. The booklet is really small and easy to carry with you if you are just starting, like myself. The beautiful silver detail on the side does come off a little on my hands when using them but it's not anything that bothers me too much. Even the box is beautiful and is constructed really nicely with a magnet holding the box closed. All around a great purchase and I'm happy this was my first deck!" —Melissa

    Get them from Amazon for $26.32.

    29. A rather large light up goldfish that'll cost a whole lot less than a fancy fish tank and be just as satisfying, even if your roommates find it ~fishy~ that you leave li'l Goldilocks in the bathtub 24/7.


    Promising review: "I bought this five years ago for my granddaughter... this little fish just keeps going. I would have expected the light to give out by now, but it's still going strong. It doesn't mold, and it looks just the same as it did when I opened it. Tub toys in general don't seem to last but this little guy is a trooper, and ageless in terms of enjoyment. Can't ask for more. This has an amazing lifespan for a fish." —L. Norman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    30. A moldable plastic for creative minds who can make anything they want, with the right materials.,,

    Promising review: "I used this to make horns for my Homestuck cosplay and it worked great! Because it's reusable I was able to melt it back down if a horn started to not look quite right and then start over. The horns have a little bit of weight to them but it's not extremely heavy. Acrylic paint worked great on it. I hot glued them to a head band and so far so good." —darkfaery24

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

    31. A toilet light that'll be a ~bright~ idea if you want the coolest toilet this side of the International Space Station.


    The flexible design makes it possible to fit this light into any toilet bowl. And this thing has a lifetime guarantee!

    Promising review: "I've had this device for a little while now and I absolutely love it! The light detector and motion detector work together to only turn the toilet light on when it senses darkness and movement. I love that there are 16 different colors you can choose from, and you can raise or lower the brightness of each color. I ended up getting two of these toilet lights for both of my bathrooms and my guests love it. I give the product five stars for its low price and for the control/options it gives me." —Sergio Rios

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    32. A pack of word magnets to endlessly entertain yourself when you visit your parents' by putting scandalous phrases on their fridge and then running away.


    This box includes 300 words specifically chosen to piece together in endless ways.

    Promising review: "If it's any indication of how fun it is to play with these, I made a haiku about X-Files (pictured above)." —PDM

    Get them from Amazon for $19.79.

    33. A rainbow mini so you can have a charming wardrobe staple as colorful as your language.


    Promising review: "This is really cute and the colors really pop! The fabric is stretchy, so it fits me perfectly. This is fabulous!" —Danielle

    Get it from ModCloth for $29.99 (available in sizes XXS–1X, with pockets).

    34. A suspension game that'll be fun to play with adults or kids — honestly, this'll bend your brain no matter how old you are!


    This game has over 2,800 five-star reviews!

    Promising review: "This is seriously great fun for all ages. I've had my nephew as young as six years old playing it (with surprisingly little help) and he LOVED it. It's super challenging for grownups too, which makes it a perfect game for mixed groups. The game play is pretty short (10-15 minutes?) in case you're low on time. It's also awesome that if one of the pieces gets lost there's NO PROBLEM because you can play it just the same. No more throwing out games because of a missing piece!!! I own one set and have given *multiples* of these away as gifts. Everybody always loves it." —Jennifer K.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.29.

    35. DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide to teach you how to make dramatic decor so you can save money while still making your place look chic *and* release your inner design snob by saying, "Oooh, I made that." when people ask where your awesome furniture comes from.


    Promising review: "I love this book. It has cool designs and I believe even I can tackle most of them. I think anyone that likes to DIY would enjoy this. The designs are modern and you can enhance them with your own take and make them something special just for you. It's been easy for me to understand but everybody is different so I'll just say, I love it." —Tammy

    Get it from Amazon for $23.08.

    36. A set of eight LED drinking glasses so cool it won't even matter that you're drinking diet ginger ale from them when you forgot to buy booze.


    Promising review: "I purchased these and received so many requests for where and how to buy them that I ordered them two additional times. They're a lot of fun, a terrific item!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99 or just grab one for $7.49.

    37. A stick-on wallpaper for parents of the year who want a special place in their home where the kids *are* allowed to draw on the walls.


    This is also great for decorating dorms and bedrooms! Draw on calendars, reminders, and notes!

    Promising review: "We wanted a white board wall for the kids but paint was wildly expensive. This works great. The kids love it and it looks great." —Hijinx79

    Get a 17.8" X 84" roll of the dry erase from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in three styles).

    38. And finally, a Bob Ross waffle maker that's gonna create a delightful bite and give you more joy than the happiest of little trees.


    Promising review: "I had to have this Bob Ross waffle maker so I could enjoy my Sunday morning breakfast watching Bob paint. The waffles come out light and fluffy like Bob’s hair. Each waffle is a masterpiece of culinary delight. The moment I pull it out of the iron, I put a pat of butter that gently melts into all the nooks and crannies. My knife and fork can sink into the waffle with unyielding ease as the steam rises and the syrup oozes all over. A treat for any Bob Ross fan." —Pattys Place

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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