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27 Cheap Things That'll Just Make Your Home Look Nicer

Dressing up your home on a budget? No problemo.

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1. A Himalayan salt lamp for all of the aesthetic points, whether you show it off on your Insta or IRL while entertaining guests — or you can just keep the cozy glow all to yourself.

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Idk about you, but candles stress me out. This lamp emits the same sort of the glow with with a preinstalled lightbulb, plus two extras (buy these replacement bulbs as needed), and a 6.6-foot cord with a dimmer switch to adjust brightness.

Promising review: "I just wanted everybody to know what a quality product this is. It came in one of the finest boxes I've ever seen!!! It was so well packed and it arrived without even the smallest dent in the package. I pulled out the lamp and I couldn't believe the substance of this lamp. It's hard to believe I got this at such an amazing price. The lamp is totally enclosed and it came with two extra bulbs. I didn't realize they were extra until I opened up the bottom expecting to have to put a bulb in, and low and behold there was already a bulb inside. I plugged it in, and it's beautiful. I just had to write up this review because this is a very high quality piece that would make a perfect Christmas gift!!!" —Deb

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available with a rubberwood or stainless steel base).

2. A polished bamboo wall hook mount to toss all of your hats, scarves, aprons, or to have as ~wall decor~ on its own. We love a multifunctional home piece around these parts.

Promising review: "This system of wall hooks was easy to assemble and hang and it looks very good on the wall. I needed something that I could hang aprons and pot holders on, and this fills the bill very well." —Janet LundGet it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).
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Promising review: "This system of wall hooks was easy to assemble and hang and it looks very good on the wall. I needed something that I could hang aprons and pot holders on, and this fills the bill very well." —Janet Lund

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

3. Peel-and-stick faux ceramic tile backsplash to give your kitchen or bathroom walls — or stairs, the possibilities are endless! — an upgrade that doesn't require any actual tiling work. My oh my, you'll be hosting parties just to show off your ~handiwork~!

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Promising review: "This turned out great! I feel like I have a new kitchen. So I read a lot of the reviews on this item and took in all the tips others offered. I sanded my wall first (I had textured paint, just sanded area where I was applying the backsplash). Cleaned wall the night before so it would dry well. I used an adhesive spray. Measured and marked where to line up just to make sure it all went on straight as possible. As others said, It takes PATIENCE! My first two took a couple tries (be careful — once applied, if you pull off you will pull off paint). But once I got going it went well. Spent a couple hours applying this. But well worth the time spent. I plan on purchasing more of a different design to put in my bathroom." —Hollie Adkins

Get one sheet from Amazon for $5.49+ or ten sheets for $28.97+ (available in six colors/patterns).

4. A magnetic knife strip that's sure to ~attract~ lots of eyes for its functionality, ~sharpness~, and allure — and having extra counter space is a big bonus for whipping up delicious meals.

Promising review: "After years of using a knife block, we decided to free up some counter space and install this magnetic strip for our knives. It was easy to install. The magnet is very strong. And we have extra space on our kitchen counter. Win, win, win." —A. TranGet it from Amazon for $15.99.And check out our picks for best chef's knives on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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Promising review: "After years of using a knife block, we decided to free up some counter space and install this magnetic strip for our knives. It was easy to install. The magnet is very strong. And we have extra space on our kitchen counter. Win, win, win." —A. Tran

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

And check out our picks for best chef's knives on BuzzFeed Reviews!

5. Glossy marble contact paper to jazz up your otherwise plain-looking tables and countertops — and it's a piece of cake to apply, even if you're nowhere close to being a DIY pro (hello, it me).

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Promising review: "I wanted to spruce up my rented apartment's kitchen counter, and this contact paper did not disappoint. The contact paper is super sticky, but no matter how many times you messed up (and I've messed up A LOT!), the contact paper will still be sticky. There is a technique to sticking it so you don't get bubbles (we used credit cards to force out the bubbles), so you will have to play around with it. Highly recommend it!" —G. Chen

Read our deep dive on this contact paper, "This Marble Contact Paper Will Make Cheap Furniture Look Like It's From West Elm," to learn more about why people love it so much!

Get it from Amazon for $6.98 (11.8" x 78.7") or $11.95 (17.71" x 78.7").

6. A pretty botanical shower curtain to make your bathroom the best-dressed room of the house, instead of just a place to do your business while staring at your phone. Stare at this curtain instead!

Promising review: "This curtain is gorgeous! It is a bit sheer, so use a solid liner if you want full color saturation. The colors in this print are abundant and broad enough to match well in almost any bathroom! Everyone who has seen this in my bathroom has raved over how lovely it is, too. I spent an unreasonable amount of time trying to find a shower curtain that would look nice in my vintage tiled bathroom. I looked at about 2,000 (really!) to find one, and I am so incredibly happy that I looked long enough to find this one! I spent a few extra bucks to get the 84" length so it would be an even more dramatic focus in the tiny bathroom. Tl;dr: it is a beautiful print and it is a fantastic price. Get it!" —Bethany BlahGet it from Amazon for $19.90+ (available in three sizes and 39 designs).
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Promising review: "This curtain is gorgeous! It is a bit sheer, so use a solid liner if you want full color saturation. The colors in this print are abundant and broad enough to match well in almost any bathroom! Everyone who has seen this in my bathroom has raved over how lovely it is, too. I spent an unreasonable amount of time trying to find a shower curtain that would look nice in my vintage tiled bathroom. I looked at about 2,000 (really!) to find one, and I am so incredibly happy that I looked long enough to find this one! I spent a few extra bucks to get the 84" length so it would be an even more dramatic focus in the tiny bathroom. Tl;dr: it is a beautiful print and it is a fantastic price. Get it!" —Bethany Blah

Get it from Amazon for $19.90+ (available in three sizes and 39 designs).

7. Copper string lights you can organize in about a million different ways for a warm glow that'll make your home feel like a magical oasis.

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Promising review: "Great product! They illuminate well around the area where you place them and maintain a soft light for a calm atmosphere. I use them to make super affordable 'fancy' lamps by placing the whole string of lights inside clear glass vases. The end result is a very elegant and original lamp. Many of my guests have mentioned how much they like my vase-lamps!" —Samanta Madeo

Get a 40-feet-long string from Amazon for $9.99 (available in eight styles).

8. A branch-adorned two-piece duvet cover and pillow sham set you'll proudly display on your bed for all to see. "Excuse me, no coats or bags on the bed, please. Just throw them on the floor, please." —you to your guests.

Promising review: "This duvet is so much more elegant in person. I can't believe the price. It looks like a $200 duvet. The fabric is also very comfortable, like a crisp (but soft) cotton sheet. I also love that it's reversible, because you simply roll it down a bit and you have a bed that instantly looks neat and layered. The covered zipper is also a great detail, so much better than the annoying buttons that most duvet covers have. At this price, we thought this would just be our temporary duvet cover until we found something we liked better, but it has turned out to be our permanent duvet because it's truly beautiful." —S. BlonderGet it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in three designs and four sizes).
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Promising review: "This duvet is so much more elegant in person. I can't believe the price. It looks like a $200 duvet. The fabric is also very comfortable, like a crisp (but soft) cotton sheet. I also love that it's reversible, because you simply roll it down a bit and you have a bed that instantly looks neat and layered. The covered zipper is also a great detail, so much better than the annoying buttons that most duvet covers have. At this price, we thought this would just be our temporary duvet cover until we found something we liked better, but it has turned out to be our permanent duvet because it's truly beautiful." —S. Blonder

Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in three designs and four sizes).

9. A fluffy faux fur throw that'll be perfect for throwing over a sofa or bed for ~decoration~ or as a cover up — and of course, it's a great snuggle buddy for you and anyone who's lucky to come over and experience the ~plushness~.

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Promising review: "I really like this blanket because its snuggly soft, large enough to get cozy under, easy to wash & lightweight. I had several friends over recently & a few of the girls were all wanting to snuggle up with it." —Lori

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

10. A stackable concrete two-tier jewelry organizer accented with a gorgeous rose gold copper lid that'll make all of your jewelry look 10x fancier and less tangled and strewn all over the place.

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Promising review: "Much larger than I anticipated. The pictures online make the lid size look comparable to that of a hockey puck or Alexa. However, in person, the size is MUCH larger. More like a dessert plate. I read another review that said that size was larger before I purchased so I am not upset. More bang for my buck! But definitely keep this in mind if you are looking for a smaller jewelry box. I also like the felt on the inside of the box and the color of the lid is super pretty. Other than the size, the item is exactly as pictured. This box is also heavy and sturdy." —AMG

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

11. Tiny bb ceramic succulent planters that'll add ~life~ to your home without the stress of "OMG, I'm gonna kill everything." Simple, low-key, and chic — your new theme.

Get a set of six from Amazon for $17.93 (available in eight shapes/designs, as well as a single, set of two, and set of four).
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Get a set of six from Amazon for $17.93 (available in eight shapes/designs, as well as a single, set of two, and set of four).

12. A petite tabletop fireplace (or candle holder) for your very own lil' campfire moment, you know, without having to deal with the freezing elements — just add fuel, and bam, s'mores just for you!

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Fuel isn't included, but you can buy some at Amazon.

Get it from 1Man1Garage on Etsy for $29+ (available with or without rocks/sand — the sand is needed to disperse the heat of the flame away from the wood, but you can easily find some on your own if you'd rather not buy it here, and the lava rocks are completely optional/for decoration).

13. A rustic wall shelf organizer that'll keep everything looking neat by your doorway — which, after all, is your guests' first impression of your home.

For your own sanity, it comes with a slotted box for mail (bills you need to pay on time), a shelf for your phone and small accessories (can't-live-without things you'll be really mad if you forget), as well as three hooks for hanging up your bags or keys (maybe you'll stop forgetting/misplacing them!).Promising review: "Love this! I use it as an end table at our lake house, where space is tight. The shelf is perfectly sized for a charging a phone overnight, the hooks hold my cords off the floor, and the box is large enough for water bottles, etc. Though it is a bit of a bear to put together (not difficult, just tedious), its function makes it well worth it. Highly recommend, especially for tight quarters." —R. BurdettGet it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in three colors).
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For your own sanity, it comes with a slotted box for mail (bills you need to pay on time), a shelf for your phone and small accessories (can't-live-without things you'll be really mad if you forget), as well as three hooks for hanging up your bags or keys (maybe you'll stop forgetting/misplacing them!).

Promising review: "Love this! I use it as an end table at our lake house, where space is tight. The shelf is perfectly sized for a charging a phone overnight, the hooks hold my cords off the floor, and the box is large enough for water bottles, etc. Though it is a bit of a bear to put together (not difficult, just tedious), its function makes it well worth it. Highly recommend, especially for tight quarters." —R. Burdett

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in three colors).

14. A mold-resistant grout pen to get rid of the built-up grime housed within your tiles — it covers up to 60 meters of grout area, so you know this lil' pen really packs a punch.

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Promising review: "I have 12-inch white tile in my whole house that is 20 years old. Even though I have kept it looking nice, the grout still was getting dark. I cleaned the grout and let it dry good till the next day then used the grout pen. It looks like it is brand new. One thing that I found out was that if the tip of the pen starts to look worn you can just pull it out and turn it over — it is the same tip on both ends. It will take some time to do the whole house but it looks so great that I will just do a section at a time till finish. One other thing that I did was run my finger down the grout line after I apply the grout pen then wipe down the tile line with a paper towel so no other clean-up was necessary." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

15. A tiny but mighty bluetooth speaker with impressive sound and clarity, all while it sits pretty and compact on a shelf, countertop, or coffee table.

Promising review: "This little speaker is super loud and impressive. A little heavier than I expected, but nothing burdensome. It's very easy to set up using your phone's Bluetooth. I would definitely recommend to a friend. I bought this product because it came up in a 2017 BuzzFeed article of Amazon products to buy, and I have no regrets." —Agnes HongGet it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).
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Promising review: "This little speaker is super loud and impressive. A little heavier than I expected, but nothing burdensome. It's very easy to set up using your phone's Bluetooth. I would definitely recommend to a friend. I bought this product because it came up in a 2017 BuzzFeed article of Amazon products to buy, and I have no regrets." —Agnes Hong

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

16. A beautifully illustrated book any bibliophile will appreciate until the end of time — it's the perfect coffee table volume for all of your guests to admire and appreciate how ~cultured~ you are.

From touring the world's most beautiful bookstores to peeking inside the workspaces of their favorite authors, be prepared to devour it all!Promising review: "Wow! My copy arrived just a couple days ago, and I was delighted from the moment I opened it. What a gorgeous book, cover to cover! It is full of wonderful tidbits and will delight any book lover. It really feels like the author herself is fascinated by every part of the book world. Somehow she knew just what nuggets of information and details would be the most interesting and engaging. I've been digging into the lists and anecdotes, which are made so much more special and vibrant by the author's wonderful illustrations. The variety of lists was a fun surprise, with lots of categories that I hadn't even thought of before, and the book has already lengthened my 'to read' list considerably! I really love the book, and I'm definitely buying extras as gifts for the book lovers in my life!" —KateGet a hardcover version from Amazon for $15.18 or Barnes & Noble for $19.96.
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From touring the world's most beautiful bookstores to peeking inside the workspaces of their favorite authors, be prepared to devour it all!

Promising review: "Wow! My copy arrived just a couple days ago, and I was delighted from the moment I opened it. What a gorgeous book, cover to cover! It is full of wonderful tidbits and will delight any book lover. It really feels like the author herself is fascinated by every part of the book world. Somehow she knew just what nuggets of information and details would be the most interesting and engaging. I've been digging into the lists and anecdotes, which are made so much more special and vibrant by the author's wonderful illustrations. The variety of lists was a fun surprise, with lots of categories that I hadn't even thought of before, and the book has already lengthened my 'to read' list considerably! I really love the book, and I'm definitely buying extras as gifts for the book lovers in my life!" —Kate

Get a hardcover version from Amazon for $15.18 or Barnes & Noble for $19.96.

17. A ridiculously cute felt letterboard to help you say whatever you want — be it a sassy quote, daily reminder, or a "what's on the menu" board for your family or dinner guests.

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The letterboard is made with an oak-wood frame and felt backing, and includes 650 letters, numbers, and symbols (256 one-inch letters, 220 ¾-inch letters, 62 one-inch numbers, 52 ¾-inch letters, and 60 symbols).

Promising review: "This was a perfect addition to our home, just in time for Christmas. It arrived in nice packaging and all the letters/numbers were in sheets. It did take about five minutes for me and my wife to pop all of them out. I appreciate that there a a lot of duplicate letters, seemingly more than you would think is necessary. I’m less worried about losing or breaking a piece now. Overall very happy with the purchase and will probably buy one for my mother." —Big Dan88

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three sizes, three felt colors, and two frame types).

Read a BuzzFeeder contributer's full review on the letterboard to learn more!

18. A pair of quaint cloud bookends for keeping your book collection looking neat and upright — and to match their dreamy, high-in-the-sky plot lines.

Promising review: "Really super cute bookends! I love the simplicity and clean design of them. They're really well made. I've used them in my own bedroom and I feel like it gives a fun touch to my room. They kind of give my room a brighter, fresher feel!" —KappaLovesCucumbersGet them from Target for $19.99.
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Promising review: "Really super cute bookends! I love the simplicity and clean design of them. They're really well made. I've used them in my own bedroom and I feel like it gives a fun touch to my room. They kind of give my room a brighter, fresher feel!" —KappaLovesCucumbers

Get them from Target for $19.99.

19. Eye-catching geometric wire decor you can hang on walls as they are or joined together to make full, 3D figures and plopped onto tabletops and displays.

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Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE these. I have been drooling over geometric pendant lights, but couldn't afford them at $60 each. So I found this set and wondered if I could rig something with lights. I was delighted to find that they snap together and could hang them in multiple ways!! I was able to snap them around the wire of a plain pendant light, and it turned out even better than I expected. Highly recommended. I would buy again and tell anyone about my new obsession." —Chelsea

Get it from Amazon for $25.78+ (available in three colors).

20. Rose gold eating utensils to replace your regular ole silverware with, because let's be real, these are gorgeous and your guests will be mesmerized!

Promising review: "Was originally worried about the quality, but it turned out to be a good buy. The color is so pretty and elegant, so I'm sure it will be a good display when hosting a house party." —Yi-Ying TsaiGet a set of 20 (for four people total) from Amazon for $24.99.
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Promising review: "Was originally worried about the quality, but it turned out to be a good buy. The color is so pretty and elegant, so I'm sure it will be a good display when hosting a house party." —Yi-Ying Tsai

Get a set of 20 (for four people total) from Amazon for $24.99.

21. A handheld Bissell Cleanview Vacuum to help you with all that last-minute cleaning you swore you would do way before the party started, but such is life — and since it's cordless, you can race around the house and reach every corner without any hassle!

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Promising review: "Cleaned my ceiling fans, tons of dog hair off steps and baseboards, and even sucked out floor vents — I have a very dusty house, and it worked awesomely. Got places a regular vacuum misses. Lightweight and easy to use. Nice, long cord." —Paula Karmia

Get it from Amazon for $35.98.

22. A charming and surprisingly indestructible area rug for an accent piece that doesn't feel like a huge risk — meaning, it just adds the right amount of pattern and won't clash with your existing furniture/decor.

Promising review: "I don't think I've ever written an Amazon review before, but holy cow — this one deserves it! I have six dogs. My experience with having rugs in the house hasn't ended well in 12 years, but we just moved into our first home and I wanted some new decor and furniture. Let me just tell you. I don't know what kind of genie magic they placed over this bad boy before shipping out, but this thing WILL NOT STAIN. I honestly don't know how that's even possible considering it's an off-white color, but good lord am I happy! So far it has stood up against dog pee, poop, mud, dry dirt, and spilled drinks — and it still looks amazing. Side note: The instructions say not to use a vacuum with rotating brushes, but I've had no issues at all with it. I've even cleaned it with a carpet cleaner and not had any problems with the carpet fraying. Buy this rug!" —Big daddyGet it from Amazon for $15.02+ (available in 16 sizes and shapes, as well as six colors/patterns).
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Promising review: "I don't think I've ever written an Amazon review before, but holy cow — this one deserves it! I have six dogs. My experience with having rugs in the house hasn't ended well in 12 years, but we just moved into our first home and I wanted some new decor and furniture. Let me just tell you. I don't know what kind of genie magic they placed over this bad boy before shipping out, but this thing WILL NOT STAIN. I honestly don't know how that's even possible considering it's an off-white color, but good lord am I happy! So far it has stood up against dog pee, poop, mud, dry dirt, and spilled drinks — and it still looks amazing. Side note: The instructions say not to use a vacuum with rotating brushes, but I've had no issues at all with it. I've even cleaned it with a carpet cleaner and not had any problems with the carpet fraying. Buy this rug!" —Big daddy

Get it from Amazon for $15.02+ (available in 16 sizes and shapes, as well as six colors/patterns).

23. Peach-themed removable wallpaper to lend your room some cheerful fruit farm vibes and turn it into a place where everything feels simply ~peachy~.

Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

24. The tiniest, cutest bed holder for your sponge that'll keep it off of the sink bottom and free from mold and bacteria – all while being a conversation starter.

Get it from Amazon for $12.90.
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Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

25. A classy AF gilded tray to display all of your perfumes, skincare items, and more in total style — people will ask, "Is this a bedroom for ROYALTY?"

It's lined with felt on the bottom, so no need to worry about it scraping your lovely furniture and tabletops!Promising review: "I bought this tray to use in my bathroom, to hold various creams, serums, etc. It’s a perfect size for that, it’s lovely, and very sturdy— not at all light or cheap feeling. I’m super pleased with it." —Jocelyn MerkelGet it from Amazon for $29.99 (the listing also includes 15 other decorative/organizational products).
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It's lined with felt on the bottom, so no need to worry about it scraping your lovely furniture and tabletops!

Promising review: "I bought this tray to use in my bathroom, to hold various creams, serums, etc. It’s a perfect size for that, it’s lovely, and very sturdy— not at all light or cheap feeling. I’m super pleased with it." —Jocelyn Merkel

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (the listing also includes 15 other decorative/organizational products).

26. A vivacious Costa Farms majesty palm plant for a living room statement piece — and getting a head start on next year's ~green thumb~ resolution. Time to start a plant fam!

Promising review: "Despite reading a lot of online discussions about these plants being impractical to keep as houseplants, I'm happy to say that mine has been doing well for the past five months. It's entirely feasible to keep inside as long, as you're willing to do a little bit of research about its specific needs, ie. lots of light, water, and fertilizer. One useful thing to know about it is that, compared to a lot of other houseplants, it's hard to overwater — so in that respect it's almost more forgiving than some other plants. There was a little bit of a learning curve to getting the fertilizer right. It's nice to have such a dramatic plant in my home, and it has been fun to watch new leaf spears grow and emerge." —aestheticGet it from Home Depot for $34.33 or Amazon for $48.99 (usually three to four feet tall in size).Shop other Costa Farm plants on Amazon and Home Depot!
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Promising review: "Despite reading a lot of online discussions about these plants being impractical to keep as houseplants, I'm happy to say that mine has been doing well for the past five months. It's entirely feasible to keep inside as long, as you're willing to do a little bit of research about its specific needs, ie. lots of light, water, and fertilizer. One useful thing to know about it is that, compared to a lot of other houseplants, it's hard to overwater — so in that respect it's almost more forgiving than some other plants. There was a little bit of a learning curve to getting the fertilizer right. It's nice to have such a dramatic plant in my home, and it has been fun to watch new leaf spears grow and emerge." —aesthetic

Get it from Home Depot for $34.33 or Amazon for $48.99 (usually three to four feet tall in size).

Shop other Costa Farm plants on Amazon and Home Depot!

27. A classy dark gray glass carafe to store all of your signature ~Dark 'n Stormy~ cocktails in — you've earned your level up in hosting skills.

Get it from H&M for 17.99.
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Get it from H&M for 17.99.

You, when you ditch your friends' plans for the millionth time because you'd rather be home chilling with all of your cute, new stuff!

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