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21 Best Things To Buy On Amazon Under $30

If I had to guess, I’d say I receive at least three shipments from Amazon every single week. In addition to purchasing all my toiletries, housewares, and holiday gifts, I’ve worked closely alongside Amazon for almost a year. Consequently, narrowing down the best affordable things to buy on Amazon is a difficult task. Amazon had over 564 million products for sale in 2018, and new ones are added every single day.

I’ve delved deep into gift guides, interesting finds, and trending products lists, and I’ve seen some of the weirdest stuff ever sold on the internet. (Pro-tip: if you’re looking for a 60-inch bologna sandwich wall decal, you can find it there). That being said, there’s lots of awesome and useful stuff available on Amazon, and I’m often left asking myself, “Why doesn’t everyone own this thing?”

Amazon is heaven on earth for the modern shopper, because in addition to reliable reviews and competitive pricing, you’ve also got great customer service and products that actually and truly work. And of course, if you have a Prime account, you get free fast shipping on tons of items. It’s hard to beat that!

Here are the best Amazon products I’ve found and used that you can purchase for $30 or less, from travel pillows and beauty products to productivity planners and super-smart tech.

1. Because Everyone Knows That One Person


Poop Emoji Slippers, $16, Amazon

Finally, these warm and comfortable poop emoji slippers — because everyone knows someone whose life revolves around that one little gross emoticon.

Reviewers say: “Bought these for a white rabbit party at Christmas and everyone wanted to steal them!”

2. Naturally Whiten Your Teeth With Charcoal


All Natural Charcoal Teeth Whitening, $18, Amazon

People are flipping over this charcoal teeth whitening system, which uses all natural ingredients (like activated charcoal and cinnamon) to clean and whiten your teeth. Some say they saw results in just a day or two.

Reviewers say: “If you are looking for a product that will actually whiten your teeth without harmful chemicals or negative side effects such as tooth sensitivity, count your lucky stars that you chanced upon this product because your search ends here! I have nothing but praise for this tooth powder that achieves the exact results it is intended to! As a DIY enthusiast who rarely buys ready made personal care products for fear of harmful ingredients, I can honestly say I have no qualms about using this product. I know I will be using this for a long time, and recommending to all my loved ones!”

3. A Great Quality Brush Set That Won’t Fall Apart


BS-MALL Premium Kabuki Brush Set, $13, Amazon

This professional BS-MALL Kabuki makeup brush set comes with 14 pieces that are all extremely durable, soft, easy to clean, and have reviewers raving about how great they are.

Reviewers say: “10/10 would recommend. I’ve worked at the Estée Lauder counter and used several high end brand brushes. I would definitely say these are comparable to high end brushes. The handles are nice, but don’t feel as fancy as expensive brushes. But the brush itself is soft and feels just as good as the pricier brands. The set comes with a wide variety. Definitely give these a try if you hate spending a ton of money but want good quality brushes.”

4. Choose Any Color Light To Set The Mood


MagicLight Bluetooth Smart LED Light Bulb, $15, Amazon

This MagicLight Bluetooth smart LED lightbulb syncs up to your phone and works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home, so you can choose literally any color you want, set timers, and prompt the bulb to react to your music for a light show. Best of all, you can control the bulb remotely if you’d like.

Reviewers say: “I love these bulbs!!! I have them around my ENTIRE HOUSE! You can change the colors for christmas or halloween. You can set them to music. You can control them from away or times. I have mine set from sunset to sunrise. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these bulbs, and the seller is amazing!”

5. A Daily Planner That Keeps You On Track To Achieve Your Goals


The Path Planner Pro, $15, Amazon

Some daily planners give you enough space to jot down your appointments for the day or month — which is fine, but won’t truly help you achieve short and long-term goals. This daily planner takes things one step further by offering a full-fledge life planner with a vision board, journal pages, monthly and daily goals pages, and even sections with Buddhist exercises and mandalas designed to calm your mind. Choose between two design options: black vegan leather or gold coil.

Reviewers say: “Yes, this is a lofty claim for a mere planner, but this planner did actually change my life this year. It’s part planner, part life coach. By working through the exercises and goal orienting activities, you can really focus your efforts on what is important to you and stop letting time pass you by.”

6. These Awesome Copper Mugs For A Great Price


A29 Moscow Mule Copper Mugs (Set of 4), $27, Amazon

I’m all about the Moscow Mule copper mugs trend, and this set of four is handcrafted and made from pure copper, but for an awesome price. The set also comes with four copper straws, a shot glass, and a recipe booklet.

Reviewers say: “The mugs are beautifully crafted and finished and came with copper straws and a copper shot glass. The mugs feel good in your hands, not tinny like some others we have used. These are solid copper, dishwasher will damage the finish, hand wash only. If you like Mules you will love this set.”

7. Style Your Hair In Minutes Without Damage


Entil Hair Straightener Brush, $30, Amazon

This Entil heated hair straightening brush has high ratings because it makes your hair soft, straight, and manageable with just a few minutes of brushing, and it’s got ceramic and ionizing technology to minimize damage. It comes with a protective glove, a brush, hair clips, and a lifetime warranty.

Reviewers say: “I love how fast it heats up and styles my hair. My hair looks healthy after I use it, I have gotten compliments from strangers after using this brush!”

8. Get Rid Of Back Pain Once And For All

HemingWeigh Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set, $30, Amazon

A great quality acupressure mat, like the HemingWeigh Acupressure mat and pillow set, has little tiny spikes that stimulate certain pressure points in your neck and back, easing back pain and promoting relaxation.

Reviewers say: “Absolutely love this. If I’m feeling stressed out, or in pain, I lay on this for 10 minutes. What a difference in the way you feel after! Very relaxing.”

9. This Handle And Stand For Your Phone


PopSocket, $10, Amazon

The PopSocket is a little expanding handle that sticks to the back of your phone and can be used to tilt, grip, or prop while taking pictures, watching movies, or texting. When it’s not in use, it folds right back in. This one has a pretty peace mandala print.

Reviewers say: “Pretty and makes the phone much easier to handle while doing other things.”

10. Bring Your Tunes Anywhere With You


Etekcity RoverBeats Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, $17, Amazon

This Etekcity RoverBeats ultra portable wireless Bluetooth speaker is super small, but it’s got a huge, clear sound, as well as a built-in mic for hands-free calling. With a Bluetooth connectivity range of up to 33 feet, a rechargeable battery that allows for 8 hours of play time, and an audio jack that makes it compatible with both Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth devices, the speaker is super convenient.

Reviewers say: “The sound quality is crystal clear even at max volume, reaches louder volumes than I thought it had the capacity too as well as providing decent bass. The battery holds a charge for hours and is also a quick charge when it runs out. The blue tooth feature makes it that much better. There truly isn’t any Bluetooth portable speaker you could buy that’s better for this price.”

11. Get Rid Of Smells And Moisture In Your Home


Sensible Needs Bamboo Activated Charcoal Air Fresheners, $20, Amazon

This set of five bamboo activated charcoal air fresheners absorbs any unpleasant smells, allergens, or moisture in your house, leaving it smelling clean and fresh. The set includes two large, one medium, and two small air freshener bags. Put them in your bathroom, car, or even your shoes.

Reviewers say: “This stuff is so amazing. I’ve never had a deodorizer work so effectively so fast before ever. I will order more ASAP So to keep even more freshness in my home.”

12. Eco-Friendly Bamboo Bed Sheets That Are Soft And Resistant To Allergens


Zen Bamboo Luxury Bed Sheets, $30, Amazon

Allergy sufferers (and anyone else who needs a better night’s sleep) here’s your relief: these hypoallergenic bamboo bed sheets are a soft, eco-friendly alternative to ordinary sheets that are resistant to allergens like pollen, dust mites, mold, and mildew. This four-piece linen set comes in twin, full, queen, king, and California king sizes and a choice of 12 colors. It combines the best of two fabric worlds: stain and wrinkle-resistant rayon derived from bamboo and silky soft, durable microfiber.

Reviewers say: “These are my THIRD order of these exact sheets (different colors) and I love them all. So soft and seem really high quality, wash well and feel wonderful. They are neither too cool/silky or too thick/heavy….perfect year round sheets. And so inexpensive!”

13. This Mug That Showcases Your True Feelings


LaTazas Have a Great Day Mug, $13, Amazon

Not really a people person? This LaTazas ‘Have a Great Day’ mug puts forth a mature and professional front, but it has a rage-filled message hiding underneath — just like you.

Reviewers say: “Just as described. Purchased as a white elephant gift and everyone loved it!”

14. A Handy Tool With 18 Purposes That Fits In Your Wallet


Wallet Ninja, $13, Amazon

You’re probably not packing a screwdriver in your back pocket, but with the Wallet Ninja — an 18-in-one tool so compact it fits in your wallet — you’re pretty much ready for any and all emergencies. This tool includes a bottle opener, four screwdrivers, a can opener, nail puller, peeler, six wrenches, a cell phone stand, box opener, letter opener, and ruler. It’s functional and so lightweight you’ll forget it’s in your pocket or purse.

Reviewers say: “Definitely helpful to have on hand! The ninja is small and slim, but punches above its weight-class in terms of usefulness. The tools are all things you might find yourself searching through a drawer for and are useful in a pinch. You obviously aren’t going to be able to construct a deck with anything on this credit card-sized device, but it fits comfortably in your wallet and will help you open a beer or tighten a screw.”

15. Ergonomically Support Your Neck While Traveling


Trtl Travel Pillow, $30, Amazon

Big trip coming up? This Trtl travel pillow is way more effective than your basic U-shaped travel pillow, as it’s scientifically proven to hold your neck in an ergonomic position during rest. It’s machine-washable and comes in junior sizes as well, so children can benefit too!

Reviewers say: “This product is the ABSOLUTE BEST plane pillow and I’ve tried many The first time I tried the TRTL neck wrap, it held my head comfortably upright and stable and I actually slept on the long plane flight. It’s also lightweight and packs easily in my carry on.”

16. Never Forget Your Phone Charger Again


Leather Tassel Key Chain Charging Cable, $10, Amazon

The stress of leaving your phone charger in your other bag or plugged into your wall is very real. Fortunately, so is this key ring, which has a phone charger built right into it! Attach your set of keys to it, and never be less than ‘100’ again.

Reviewers say: “Super handy for those days when you get away without a charger or you need to transfer pictures or data unexpectedly. I was impressed with the quality of the leather The cables are well hidden in the tassel. A very stylish accessory for your keys and easy to clip on your purse.”

17. Get 100 Uses Out Of Your Disposable Razorblade


RazorPit Blade Sharpener, $19, Amazon

Save some serious money on your razors with this RazorPit blade sharpener, which extends the life of your blades by effectively cleaning and sharpening them after each use. RazorPit claims that the sharpener works on all razors and can increase the number of shaves you get per razor from 10 all the way up to 100.

Reviewers say: “The razor sharpener is wonderful. It sharpens the blades better than i imagined it would. It saves me tons of cash.”

18. Every Millennial Should Have A Slow Cooker


Proctor Slow Cooker, $25, Amazon

No millennial should be without their own Proctor slow cooker, which lets you make impressive and delicious meals with minimal effort. This one has dishwasher safe parts, removable stoneware for easy cleaning, and a space-savvy 4-quart capacity.

Reviewers say: “This slow cooker has very quickly become a regularly used item in my kitchen. It is actually a very nice size for cooking for only 2 people. It could easily cook a meal for a family of 4 as well The inside pot comes out and is very easy to soak, clean, and even put in the dishwasher. Even when on all day, I am not worried about leaving it running while I am not home as the outside doesn’t get hot.”

19. Filter Your Shower Water To Eliminate Chlorine & Chemicals


PureAction Water Softener Shower Head, $27, Amazon

Your skin absorbs everything you put on it, and this PureAction water softener shower head gets rid of chlorine and other chemicals in your shower water and filters up to 99.9% of rust, calcium, and heavy metals. Plus, it’s got three spray settings and a one-year warranty.

Reviewers say: “This shower head is AMAZING! Do not hesitate to order this if you have hard water. After a few showers my hair feels clean and soft again and my skin is no longer dry or itchy. As an added bonus the water flow is vastly improved and the different settings are an added bonus as are the 2 additional filters. It took minutes to install and I am NO home improvement expert. This is the BEST $25 I have ever spent.”

20. Sample The Best Of The Burt’s Bees Line


Burt’s Bees Classic Gift Set, $24, Amazon

Looking to try out some of the best from Burt’s Bees? This Burt’s Bees Classic Gift Set comes with cuticle cream, multipurpose ointment, foot cream, hand salve and repair cream, and lip balm — and all of it’s natural.

Reviewers say: “This set is wonderful!! The foot balm is so fabulous-put it on then grab some socks and go to bed The cuticle tin works wonders! I keep one on my purse to use if I’m waiting somewhere and one by my bedside. You will love what this does for your cuticles and how great they look. The other items in this set are equally wonderful. This makes a very thoughtful gift for someone and the price is super.”

21. Pamper Your Face Or Actually Dry Your Dishes


Chakir Turkish Linens Bamboo Washcloths (12-pack), $16, Amazon

These Chakir Turkish Linens bamboo washcloths are made from organic bamboo, which means that they’re the softest, most lightweight, and most absorbent towels you’ve probably ever felt. You can use them in the shower or to dry your dishes (instead of circulating water droplets all over everything), and they’re entirely hypoallergenic.

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Secret Santa Gifts Under $30 That Don’t Suck!

Are you snowed in today like I am? I took this time to come up with some more gift ideas for you! The holidays mean Christmas parties with co-workers, friends, and family, and if you’re like a good majority of the population — Secret Santa gift exchanges! These exchanges usually come with a budget attached to them, which can make it a little tough to give something nice.

I’ve put together this fun little idea board, and the best part is… everything is currently $30 and under! I’d be more than happy to receive any of these things in a gift exchange, wouldn’t you?

What’s the best or worst thing you’ve ever received in a Secret Santa exchange?

Click each item in the collage above to view in detail, or see the links below:

1. Metallic Latte Mug
2. Slouchy Leopard Beanie
3. Kate Spade She Is Quick and Curious Spiral Notebook
4. Symmetric Of The Trades Necklace
5. Wistful Thinking Gloves
6. O’Hanlon Mills Mule Slipper
7. Hippo Hop And You Don’t Stop Vase
8. How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are Book
9. Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs book
10. Mini Fair Isle Socks
11. Difficult Relatives Bottle Tags
12. Smartphone Projector Kit

10 Secret Santa gifts under $30 that won’t get thrown away

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So you decided to participate in Secret Santa this year, but now time’s running out and the only ideas you’ve got are a six pack of beer and a Chipotle gift card. Woof.

I mean, sure, most of us would be happy with free beer, but it would be in the spirit of the season to make it a little more personal—even if you don’t quite know the person to which you’ve been assigned.

Fear not: We spend all year testing products and separating the good stuff from the bad. Let us help you make this the best Secret Santa to date. (Or, at the very least, let’s make it slightly less awkward.)

For more gift-giving ideas, check out our complete list of 50 gifts for every type of person and budget.

1. For the person who loves cute stuff: Manatea silicone tea infuser

Don’t let its adorable looks fool you: The Manatea tea infuser from Fred & Friends is more than just a novelty gift. When we set out to test and rank the best tea infusers on the market, the Manatea topped our list thanks to its easy-to-clean silicone body, its secure grip, and of course, its undeniable charm.

If your Secret Santa recipient is a tea-loving soul who appreciates the cuter things in life, the Manatea tea infuser is sure to please.

Get the Manatea silicone tea infuser from Amazon for $9.95

2. For that on-the-go someone: Zojirushi stainless steel travel mug

When we tested a whole slew of travel mugs for our round-up of the best travel mugs you can buy, this little number from Zojirushi came out on top. We love its incredible heat retention, its easy-to-secure lid, and its sleek form.

Plus, there’s a ton of color options at your disposal, so you can pick the one that best suits your recipient’s style.

Get the Zojirushi stainless steel travel mug from Amazon for $27

3. For the person who enjoys the simple things: InnoGear essential oil diffuser

Essential oil diffusers are an easy way to elevate the mood of any room, and our search for the best essential oil diffuser was an exhaustive one. After thorough evaluation, this 150ml diffuser from InnoGear came out on top—and quickly became a favorite among our staff and our readers.

It’s got seven different LED settings, a locking lid to prevent leaks, and it couldn’t be easier to use. Gift it to the friend who likes to set a mood.

Get the InnoGear essential oil diffuser from Amazon for $15.99

4. For your eco-conscious friend: Hummingbird glass straws

The rise of eco-friendly plastic straw alternatives is upon us, and this year, we took it upon ourselves to figure out which is the best. When the cups were cleared, this set of four glass straws from Hummingbird wound up claiming the top spot in our final round-up of the best reusable straws.

These suckers come with a cleaning brush and their glass build makes them safe for dishwashers, too. And while they’re technically not indestructible, we found them to be remarkably durable—and therefore quite portable.

Get Hummingbird glass straws (set of 4) from Amazon for $19.99

5. For the person who can’t stop listening to podcasts: Anker SoundCore portable Bluetooth speaker

When it comes to testing and reviewing tech products, one of our most competitive categories is portable Bluetooth speakers. In our latest round-up of the best portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy, the ultra-affordable Anker SoundCore earned our spot for the speaker with the best value.

If your Secret Santa gift recipient loves listening to podcasts while doing dishes or freshening up in the bathroom, they’ll love the SoundCore’s IPX7 waterproof rating, which protects the speaker from splashes partial submersions.

Plus, we found the Anker SoundCore’s audio output to be much more bass-friendly than other speakers in its price bracket.

Get the Anker SoundCore portable Bluetooth speaker from Amazon for $27.99

6. For the foul-mouthed friend: Bards Dispense Profanity card game

Bards Dispense Profanity is exactly what you think it is: a Cards Against Humanity-style game where every card features a reference to the works of William Shakespeare. There’s not much more to say about them, really, and that’s fine—brevity is the soul of wit, after all.

Get the Bards Dispense Profanity card game from Amazon for $24.95

7. For the whimsical friend: Bottle stopper garden kit

Why should the fun stop after the bottle of wine is empty?

This delightful little kit will turn your Secret Santa recipient’s favorite empty wine bottle into a miniature garden. The process is as simple as drinking all of the wine (duh), then adding a soil capsule and some seeds. In a matter of weeks, there’ll be a new plant friend jutting triumphantly out of a wine bottle. Cute!

Get this bottle stopper garden kit from Uncommon Goods for $22

8. For the person who deserves a good night’s sleep: Nidra Deep Rest eye mask

When we were getting to the bottom of the best sleep masks you can buy, our editor described the Nidra Deep Rest eye mask as “like having personal blackout curtains for your eyes.” Yes, please!

If your Secret Santa recipient is in perpetual need of some rest after a long day’s work, treat them to the best eye mask we’ve ever laid eyes on.

Get the Nidra Deep Rest eye mask from Amazon for $11.95

9. For the person with a competitive streak: Codenames

With close to 3,000 total Amazon reviews and an average rating of 4.8 stars, Codenames is both a slam-dunk party game and a slam-dunk Secret Santa gift.

The premise is fairly simple: Two rival spymasters square off in a competition to deliver the secret codenames of 25 spies. It’s sort of like the game show Password, but with more players involved. We love it, our readers love it, and you’ll probably love it, too.

Get Codenames from Amazon for $9.99

10. For the person who loves spicy food: Yellowbird hot sauce combo pack

As a lover of hot sauce, I cannot recommend this combo pack from Yellowbird enough. These tasty sauces feature a hefty dose of heat, but none of them are gnarly enough to leave you winded.

Made in Austin, Texas, Yellowbird hot sauces are vegan, gluten-free, and made with 100% natural ingredients. If your Secret Santa recipient is a hot sauce aficionado, they’ll find something to appreciate with this Yellowbird combo pack that features the company’s habanero, jalapeño, and serrano pepper hot sauce varietals.

Get the Yellowbird hot sauce combo pack from Amazon for $21.09

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13. Wallet Ninja PRO

This tiny tool will be a lifesaver in dozens of situations. At-home handymen (or women) will love the Wallet Ninja PRO, a credit card-sized tool that fits in your wallet and has 26 different functions — including working as a bottle opener, ruler, screwdriver, cell phone stand, box opener, eyeglass screw, protractor, wrench and more.

If multi-tools under $30 are part of your holiday shopping, the iconic Victorinox Swiss Army Knife universe might be worth checking out, as well as some options from Gerber.

Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool, Evolution Pocket Knife

Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool with Pocket Clip

14. Create Your Own Reel Viewer

Personalized gifts — or gifts that allow the recipient to personalize their creations — are the closest to thoughtfulness you can get without being specific. Using a code that’s included with the reel viewers, you’ll be able to add any images you want into an old school reel that you can pull out whenever and view, no LED screens involved.

15. Ticket Stub Diary

Like any diary, this one is designed to help you remember life’s significant moments — except it’s offline and more tactile than an online photos folders. From your favorite team’s games to concerts, movies, and plays you don’t want to forget, gift this to that person that can’t get enough live events.

16. Bedside Essentials Pocket

While your pants and backpacks are often riddled with pockets to satiate any and all needs, couches and beds are less forthcoming. So this pocket is designed to answer the call of anyone who keeps losing the remote or doesn’t know where to throw their book or phone after reading in bed.

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