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    36 Things That Are Basically Too Cheap To Regret Buying

    A little happiness and joy could be yours for less than $25.

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    1. A book of only the New York Times' Monday crosswords (the easiest day of the week) for when you want to challenge your brain...but not too much. It is a Monday after all.

    The book
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this thing! The print is nice and large, and the spiral binding is super nice. The paper is still newspaper-y, which makes it feel like a newspaper crossword without having to lug around a newspaper. I use erasable pens and they erase great. The boxes are plenty big enough for the letters and the crosswords are all appropriately Monday difficulty. Great thing to have! Can’t wait to finish it and move on to Tuesday!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.69.

    2. A pair of round sunnies to both hide your face (please don't talk to me today) and block out the sun.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It’s pretty hard for me to find round glasses that fit my larger face without making me look like I’m part of the three blind mice, but these were perfect! I think these would work really well with smaller faces, too. They're a great pair of everyday glasses. The case is super sturdy and zips as well. It comes with a cloth to clean the lens. A lot of more expensive brands have flimsy cases. The polarization is great because it doesn’t distort color and reduces glare making it easier on your eyes, but iPhones also have this so together, it’ll make your screen look pretty weird. Besides that, amazing glasses" —Angela Cross

    Get them from Amazon for $11.93+ (available in seven colors).

    3. A mini Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy if you need joy in your life. Look at this lil' guy just flapping his arms and body, 100% content with his life. *This* is what I aspire to be. *This* is what we should all aspire to be.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the 9-volt battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness." —Robert Wurstner

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    4. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara so your lashes actually hold a voluminous curl. It's lightweight, won't transfer, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day — what more could you ask for?

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte 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

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    5. An eyebrow grooming gel like Boy Brow for taming your unruly eyebrows or creating fluffy caterpillars from sparse, barely there hairs.

    BuzzFeed editor's before and after photos showing that Boy Brow made her eyebrows look thicker and darker
    Anamaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I wore this to a festival and it stayed on through infinite sweat there. After the festival, I got hit by a car on the side of the road and after getting pulled out from under a car and going to the hospital, the only intact part of my makeup when I left the hospital was this brow product." —Maddy

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four colors and clear).

    Check out my colleague's review of Boy Brow for more deets! (#5)

    6. A cult favorite exfoliating solution that'll target textured skin and fine lines. It resurfaces your skin with a mixture of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid. The first two are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that exfoliate the skin's outer layer while the last one, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), reduces pore congestion.

    The product
    Sephora

    Promising review: "I've used plenty of peels and none of them seem to do much, but this product is A M A Z I N G. I no longer have acne but still I have scarring, uneven tone and texture. This product took care of the texture in two uses, improved the look of my pores and evened out the tone. It's given my skin a 'glass-like' appearance, making makeup application so much easier. I've gotten many compliments since using. Also normally when a peel says 'do not use on broken skin' I've ignored it without an issue. DO NOT DO THAT WITH THIS. I had a small pimple I popped before applying and it burned like a mother f*cker." —upstate80

    Get it from Sephora for $7.20.

    7. A teeth-whitening pen because it's a heck of a lot quicker (and cheaper) than those whitening strips that have to sit on your teeth for 20 minutes. You can use each pen ~20 times and should expect your teeth to lighten four to eight shades.

    Reviewer before and after showing the pen noticeably whitened their yellow teeth
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I always worry whether this stuff will actually work, look good, be easy to use, taste decent, be safe for my teeth... and this stuff has it all and I'm more than impressed! This photo is just after TWO uses!! Love this product!" —Lil Mama Mindy

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. A giant pack of velvet hair scrunchies for the ultimate retro accessory. Wear a couple on your wrist to brighten up your outfit or throw one in your hair for a go-to messy bun. It'll immediately fix an "I just can't brush my hair" kind of day.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Perfect! Purchased these as a last-minute Christmas gift for my daughter and they arrived super fast. Every single one is perfect, the velvet is soft and they are well made. My daughter absolutely loves them and there is literally a color to go with everything. The colors range from some darks, medium tones, pastels and even some brights. Highly recommend, very very pleased with this purchase!!" —Lisa S

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A mounted brush that'll satisfy your cat's ceaseless demands for scritches. Just mount it to a corner with the included adhesive strips and watch as your beloved babies leave you for the warm embrace of this gray and white piece of plastic.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Both my cats seem to love this inexpensive product. Bought on a whim but very pleased. Little need for catnip, with some positive attention and gentle encouragement they started using this groomer and haven't stopped, only when it falls down. Didn't want to use screws and haven't found a lasting adhesive tape that holds up under such constant use. Command strips are on the shopping list." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    10. A set of mini macaron trinket boxes you can use for small jewelry, office supplies, or even just for decor. These pretty little things will brighten up your space and your day.

    Several containers of different colors and they're shaped like macarons.
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These little macaron containers are perfect. I am using them for various crafting purposes and to travel. I use them to travel and put my smaller stud earrings in them. I take them with me for paperclips and stuff in office when I have meetings on the go. The colors are very pretty and the quantity is more than adequate for the cost. They are very nicely made and were individually packaged. This is a fun item especially if you are short on space and only need small storage." —Marie70

    Get six from Amazon for $6.99.

    11. A slouchy beanie with a faux fur pompom, because no one likes a cold head. It also makes a great solution for a bad hair day.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow these are beautiful! I got the pair of pink and black hats. I had no idea the fur ball was interchangeable, so that was a fun surprise. I have zero complaints about these. They're absolutely worth the money and exceeded expectations." —Brandi F.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in 33 color combinations).

    12. Balm Dotcom, a hydrating lip balm for anyone who's tried just about every moisturizing lip treatment without success. This one's made with castor oil, lanolin, and beeswax to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.

    Model wearing balm dotcom in fig
    Glossier

    Promising review: "Honestly, I was skeptical but bought this product because I’m obsessed with figs. I love it; it really melts all the crustiness away and leaves you with soft lips." —Mercedes

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in nine shades).

    Check out my colleague's Balm Dotcom review here for more deets! (#1)

    13. A 10-pack of vintage boho style rings that are super trendy and come in a variety of sizes so you can wear them on different fingers.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love these! Some rings were a little bigger than others which allowed me to wear several of them on different fingers. They have become a part of my everyday adornment!" —Domena

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six sets).

    14. Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, a haunting book that'll take you on a trip to all the spookiest places in America.

    The cover
    Penguin Books

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99, Target for $10.99, Bookshop for $16.56 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

    15. A tub of brightening, firming, and rejuvenating eye cream to help reduce the appearance of your hereditary dark circles (thnx a lot, Mom!) and make it look like you got a full eight hours of sleep.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought LilyAna's eye cream on a whim but I'm happy I did. It's a thicker formula that's super hydrating and buttery. It absorbs well into my skin and doesn't just sit on top of the surface all greasy like some other eye creams I've tried. I suffer from sunken-in panda eyes but I really think this stuff has helped! I've been using it nightly for the past few days and I can see a difference. My eyes look brighter and more youthful, which does wonders for my self esteem plus the cream smells delicious which is always good. I definitely really liked the product!" —Nina Fowler

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    16. A pound of cereal marshmallows if your ideal ratio of cereal to marshmallows is 90% marshmallows and 10% cereal.

    Reviewer with the bag of cereal marshmallows
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Amazing! I put them in hot chocolate, Rice Krispies treats, other cereals, or just eat then by the handful. Impulse buy that totally worked out." —Maddison Helsel

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    17. A mug you'll wish you bought last year (although 2021 is shaping up to be much of the same).

    A black mug with text that says, "It's fine I'm fine Everything is fine" surrounded by flames
    Toynk

    Get it from Toynk for $15.99.

    18. A long-lasting, super hydrating clear lip gloss you'll want to buy in bulk. It adds the perfect amount of shine without feeling sticky.

    amazon.com, amazon.com, amazon.com

    The rosehip oil gloss is designed to reduce fine lines on your lips. The mint oil gloss creates a cooling sensation. And the coconut oil gloss is for lips that need extra hydration.

    Promising review: "I wear these every day since I have an allergy to most lip balms! They moisturize and offer shine and are a little scented but not horrible. The green is cooling. My favorite is the coco." —Bree Anna

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.95.

    19. A scalp massager that'll help you feel super relaxed, as well as help with blood flow and assist in removing any product residue that may be hiding on your scalp.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is just what I wanted! Great for a scalp massage. I wanted a product that would not pull my hair, and did not have hard, plastic seams, to pull or damage my hair. This is it! Very relaxing, to use. It is light, and comfortable to hold. I don't have to worry, about straining my hands, trying to grip this. I can control the amount of pressure perfectly without scratching my scalp. I bought one for my mom, and two for me! Love these. Great gift, for the natural hair enthusiast, or anyone looking for a non-motorized scalp massager." —BunnyLove2

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

    20. Hand Lettering 101 if you want to improve your penmanship. Also, Meghan Markle did calligraphy before she met Prince Harry, and I'm not saying that this book will help you marry your own prince, but I'm also not saying that that is outside the realm of possibility.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Not only is this introductory book beautifully put together, but the author also helps you to build your own beautiful style! She provides easy-to-follow guides and plenty of room to practice. Overall, she provides the tools a new hand lettering artist needs in their toolbox and references for different alphabet styles that I continuously look at to practice lettering. I’ve been practicing lettering for awhile and have picked up a couple books here and there to practice with, but this book really took my hand lettering to the next level physically and with confidence. I also really appreciate that the author used good quality paper to practice on, as I’ve used other books with poor quality paper that has ruined some of my pens. Definitely recommend this to any and especially new hand letterers!" —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    21. A gold bar necklace with your initial on it to add a personal touch to your daily look.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Classic, simple bar necklace. Wanted something that would go with other gold jewelry, without distracting from fun, statement earrings. This little guy does the trick! Love the personalized touch too. Have worn sleeping and in the shower (oops) and have had no issues with tarnishing or turning my skin weird colors. Very happy with my purchase!" —Emily Berglund

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 24 letters).

    22. A mystery box of cat hats for the feline fan who adores dressing up their fur baby. Who knows, asserting your dominance and outfitting your cat with a BANANA hat may finally force him to accept your love.

    amazon.com, amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is by far the cutest idea! I love that this Is a 'mystery box' and what you get is completely random. I think this was a melon type of hat and it fit puurfectly! My cat is rather small but the hat has a good stretch to it and seems decently made as well. If you're thinking about purchasing this just do it, you won't regret it!" —Daniele Pollock

    Get them from Amazon: the fruit box for $7.49, the Kirby box for $7.49, and the bear box for $7.49.

    23. A weekly planner pad from Noted by Post-it, because the worst thing that could happen is you get organized. And then you do all those things you said you were gonna do. Oh no!

    The planner filled in with dates and stickers
    Target

    Get it from Target for $8.99.

    24. A chic beaded bag so you can try out the massively popular mini bag trend while spending a minimal amount of money.

    The mini tote that's beaded all over and has a top handle
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $11.99.

    25. A 1,000-piece Alfred Hitchcock–themed murder mystery puzzles that'll keep the whole family occupied for hours. Once you put together the puzzle, read the included booklet and try and figure out whodunnit.

    The puzzle box
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Due to COVID-19, we have to shelter at home and can't really go out much except for groceries and walks. We decided to try our hand at jigsaw puzzles, which we haven't done in years. It was very challenging and fun to assemble this puzzle, given there is no picture of the finished puzzle. Working on the puzzle gave us much needed breaks and took our minds off things. It was quite a challenge to put together and then trying to solve the mystery added another dimension to the fun. We enjoyed it so much, that I'm ordering a couple of more puzzles of this type!" —Ian desert

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    26. A clip-on LED selfie light to help you get the perfect pic for Instagram even when it's already pitch black outside at 5 p.m.

    Reviewer modeling the different light settings
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Right out of the box it was easy to use and I was taking amazing pictures with my iPhone like I never had before. A lot of power in a tiny package; it's easy to slip into my purse or pocket and I take it with me everywhere my phone goes so I'm always ready to grab the perfect shot. Love it!" —Allison C.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    27. A pair of acrylic drop statement earrings if you're the type of person who never leaves the house without ear candy. They are chic, elegant, and downright stunning.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Cute! These are really cute, the color story is neutral enough that they go with almost everything. Very lightweight and comfortable to wear. I get compliments every time I wear them, whether casually or to work." —909601

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight colors).

    28. A roll-on migraine stick to help soothe your mind-numbing headache. It's made with a mixture of peppermint, spearmint, lavender, and coconut oil.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have no earthly idea why this works, but it brought me back from the dead after an 11-day headache. I found it worked better to rub it all over my hot pack, zap it in the microwave, and wrap it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live. 5/5" —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    Our colleague tested and loved this. Read her Migrastil Migraine Stick review to learn more.

    29. A variety pack of beautiful hair clips that'll automatically elevate even your most simple hairstyles.

    Reviewer photo of the clips
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Super cute hair clips! I have bright pink hair so I wanted to have something cute but not over-the-top to accessorize and keep hair out of my face. I like that some are clips and some are barrettes. I might purchase an additional set so that I can have matching clips in my hair." —Michael

    Get a 20-pack on Amazon for $17.98.

    30. A pack of PS4 or PS5 controller thumbsticks because losing a game due to a misclick or slippery, sweaty thumbs is...the worst!!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Game-changer for sure! I didn’t believe that these little guys could change the game for me! Since they are so reasonably priced I figured what the heck and gave them a shot! Wow! Money well spent! I wish I’d found them earlier!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in other styles and for other consoles).

    31. An adorable little elephant ring holder so you have a special place to store your favorite bands.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "TREAT YOURSELF. This is the cutest thing on my vanity dresser. The elephant holds about five rings on its trunk and you can put others on its tusk. I even put my hair ties on it. Very cute and functional and barely occupies space and heavy enough that it doesn't budge with all the weight on it." —Amanda C.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.35 (available in six different animals or a set of three).

    32. Tequila Mockingbird, a literary cocktail book because friends don't let friends drink Fireball shots anymore, OK? This'll help you find a drink inspired by your favorite novel.

    The cover
    Running Press Adult

    Get it from Amazon for $7.39, Target for $7.39, Bookshop for $13.80 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

    33. A waterproof NYX liquid eyeliner for creating wings that are sharper than your biting sarcasm.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I rarely take the time to write reviews, but I think this product deserves it. I am an eyeliner snob and have been a long time user of Tarte's Double Take eyeliner. I loved the applicator tip and the vivid black color. A makeup loving friend of mine recommended I give the NYX Epic Ink Liner a try and WOW. I was blown away. The black shade stays intense and lasts ALL DAY. Literally, all day. I put my makeup on at 5 a.m. and by the time I get home, it still looks like I just applied it. The best part: I am getting the same results at one-third the cost. Buy. It. Now. You won't be disappointed." —Shelly Tiller

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    34. An eyeliner stamp to prevent a dreaded case of uneven wings and save you from having to start over approximately 50 times. *screams internally*

    Step by step progression of a reviewer stamping the wings on the outer corner of their eye and then connecting the liner to the inner corner
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is so awesome! I got it because I was so tired of drawing my winged eyeliner and it almost always never being the same on both sides. With this it makes it super easy and fast to get that winged eye liner. I use this all the time and it lasts throughout the day. It is waterproof but not so much so that it’s impossible to get off, which is nice. I definitely recommend this if you just want to do your makeup fast." —NH

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    35. A small zipper pouch with gold hearts on it you can use to organize your makeup or other small necessities so they don't get lost in the bottom of your purse or backpack.

    Model holding the black pouch with gold hearts
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It fit in my purse perfectly and keeps all my lipsticks and lotions all in one place — no more digging the bottom to find everything." —Sonja R

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 26 prints).

    36. A pack of 16 collagen sheet masks in various scents for an evening of self-care. They contain vitamin E and collagen to help make skin healthier, clearer, and more elastic (plus, they're mess-free).

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These masks are amazing!!! Having 'ice pick' scars left over from acne I was told that I'd have to pay for expensive laser therapy because the body can't produce enough collagen to heal deep scars. I've been using these masks for two months and I've seen SIGNIFICANT reduction in my scars. They are almost completely gone!" —Shaun

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $11.59.

    Read our colleague's Dermal Korea Collagen Facial Mask Sheets review to learn more!

    Oh no, too many cute things! What are you gonna get?

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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