Going out might be fun, but you know what's even better? Sitting at home in your coziest pajamas watching television. (Maybe that's just because I'm kind of a homebody, but still). As someone who prefers relaxing on the couch over hitting the town, I'm a bit of an expert when it comes to finding cool stuff to help pass the time. That's why I've come up with this list of clever things on Amazon that make staying at home so, so worth it — and everything's under $35.
But staying home isn't just about passing the time — it's about enjoying yourself, too. With that in mind, I've made sure to include a variety of items that so many people can appreciate. Enjoy doing your own nails? Then you'll definitely want to check out the gel manicure kit in here. Not only does it come with a UV curing lamp, but you also get five gel polishes so that you can get started right when it arrives. And if you're looking for ways to make your home more comfortable, There are cozy blankets, heated foot warmers, and even an essential oil diffuser — just in case you'd enjoy a little lavender wafting through the air.
Whether you're stuck in the house or genuinely enjoy being at home, there are tons of clever things on Amazon that can help make your time inside better. Keep scrolling for some of my favorites.
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1. The Cozy Blanket That Has Sleeves & A Pocket
Keep your remotes, phone, or even a rolled-up magazine in the kangaroo pocket on this cozy blanket while you're relaxing on the couch. It's made from high-quality microfiber that feels soft against your skin, and it's so roomy that one size is made to fit all. Choose from colors like navy, wine, cheetah, and more.
2. A Phone Stand That Clamps Onto Tables & Bed Frames
Clamp this smartphone stand to your bed frame if you like to watch videos in bed, or even attach it to your table for a quick work video call. The flexible gooseneck can be adjusted into nearly any position — and one reviewer even raved that "the clip has a little thing to tighten it super tight so that it does not budge whatsoever."
3. This Genius Cup Holder Made For Your Couch Arm
Ever wish you could keep your drink right next to you while you're lying on the couch? If so, you'll want to take a look at this cupholder. It's designed to accommodate most cups, while the weighted silicone body helps keep it in place on the arm of your sofa. Choose from four colors: mocha, black, red, or grey.
4. A Tablet Stand That Also Attaches To Your Couch Arm
Furniture, pillows, headrests, your leg — you name it, this tablet and smartphone holder will likely mount to it. The clamps are designed so that you don't have to pop your case off, while the viewing angle is adjustable to help prevent any annoying glare. Plus, it's designed to work with any type of phone or tablet.
5. The Strip Lights That Add Flair To Your Entertainment Center
Add these strip lights to the back of your television, and your entertainment center will instantly be upgraded to a home theater. You can use them outdoors, since they're waterproof — and if you download the free app, you'll be able to control them using your smartphone without having to get up.
6. A Set Of Vacuum-Pump Bottle Stoppers To Help Wine Stay Fresh
There's no need to finish that entire bottle of wine just because it's open; save it for later using these vacuum-pump bottle stoppers. They're able to help your open bottles stay fresh for up to a full week, while the pump itself is made from tough stainless steel.
7. This Bluetooth Speaker That'll Add Tunes To The Shower
Not only is this Bluetooth speaker waterproof, but the built-in microphone also allows you to answer calls hands free. The rechargeable battery can last for up to 24 hours — and since it has a range of up to 100 feet, you don't need to stay by its side to maintain the connection.
8. A Pack Of Shower Steamers Made With Essential Oils
Prefer taking showers over baths? You can still enjoy the same soothing effects that come from bath fizzies by putting these steamer pucks in the tub while you're showering. The best part? They're made with essential oils that turn any bathroom into a spa.
9. The Bathtub Caddy Tray With Space For A Book & Your Wine
Few things are more relaxing than reading your favorite book in the tub, and this caddy tray features space for a novel — and a wine glass. It's made from stylish bamboo, while the extendable arms are designed to fit most baths.
10. A Slow Cooker For Restaurant-Quality Meals At Home
Load up this slow cooker with your favorite ingredients before you leave for work — and by the time you get home, it'll have stewed into a delicious meal. It's large enough to feed an entire family, and the stone insert is removable in case you want to pop it into the oven.
11. This Gadget That Infuses Smoky Flavor Into Your Food
Looking to change up your weekly dinners? Kick your meals up a notch with this portable smoke infuser. It's designed to work with all types of food and drinks — from meats to cocktails — and the flexible hose makes it easy to maneuver into bags or containers. Just provide four AA batteries, and it'll be ready to go.
12. A Ceramic Bowl With Space For Crackers & Dip
Made from heavy-duty ceramic, this bowl features a small box on the side where you can keep crackers for soup, chips for dip, cookies for milk, and more. It's large enough for single servings, and the hearty construction helps keep your hands protected from heat.
13. The Milk Frother For Lattes That Look Like They're From A Cafe
You don't have to enjoy delicious coffee to appreciate this milk frother, as its so versatile that you can also use it to whip up egg whites. The whisk is made from high-quality stainless steel, while the soft-touch handle is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in either hand. There are even stencils you can use to create cafe-worthy lattes with fun designs.
14. A Kit That Helps You Grow Avocados At Home
15. The Glowing Essential Oil Diffuser That Runs For Up To 10 Hours
Simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to this diffuser, and it'll provide up to 10 hours of scented mist for you to enjoy. There are seven color-changing LED lights to choose from when setting the mood. Plus, each order comes with a remote so that you can control it from across the room.
16. A Set Of Essential Oils With Old & New Favorite Scents
Not sure what your favorite essential oils are? This set of 18 features many of the most popular scents (lavender, tea tree, peppermint, and more), as well as different ones like geranium and grapefruit. Plus, each oil comes packaged in a dark amber bottle to help prevent degradation from UV light.
17. This Hydrating Face Mask Made With Ruby Powder
Formulated with hyaluronic acid and real ruby powder, this glittery face mask is a glamorous alternative to regular peel-off masks. It helps hydrate and renew your complexion; simply leave it on for just 20 minutes three times a week to help plump up dry skin.
18. The Bamboo Tray That Makes It Easier To Eat On The Sofa
19. The Notebook That Uploads What You Write To The Cloud
You don't have to waste time scanning notes into your computer; let this smart notebook upload them to Slack, Dropbox, Google drive, and many other cloud services. The reusable pages easily wipe clean, and they're compatible with any pen or marker from the Pilot Frixion line (one comes included).
20. A Relaxing Paint Board That's Infinitely Reusable
21. These Dice That Shake Up Your Yoga Routine
You can give these dice a roll the next time you feel yourself getting bored with yoga, as each side features a different pose to help shake up your routine. They're made from wood instead of plastic — and with seven sides on each, there are so many possible combinations.
22. A Set Of Resistance Bands That'll Help You Get Toned At Home
Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a fitness newbie, these resistance bands can still help you get pumped. Each order comes with four in varying difficulty levels, and they're made from 100% latex. Plus, they come neatly packaged in a convenient drawstring travel bag.
23. These Blackout Curtains That Help You Sleep In Extra-Late
When you want to keep the sun at bay so you can sleep in, these blackout curtains are must-haves. Not only do they help keep your room dark in the daytime, but they can also help insulate your home against the hot and cold. Choose from more than 20 colors, as well as lengths ranging from 63 to 96 inches long.
24. A Sink Light That Changes Colors To Match Your Water Temp
Add this LED light to your sink, and it'll change colors between blue, green, and red (depending on your water temperature). It's designed to work with a variety of faucets — and there's no need to worry about rust, as it's made from ABS plastic.
25. These Colorful Smart Light Bulbs That Work With Alexa
Pair these smart light bulbs with Alexa or Google Home, and you'll be able to control them using voice commands — without having to get off your sofa. They're more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and you have the choice of more than 15 million colors when setting the mood.
26. A Pack Of Plugs To Turn Your Home Into A Smart House
Some smart plugs require an additional hub in order to work — but not these ones. They can pair effortlessly with Alexa and Google Home, but you can also control them using the free downloadable smartphone app. Plus, they even let you set schedules so that your lights are on when you come home.
27. The Light That Helps Brighten Your Face During Video Calls
With its adjustable brightness and color temperature, this ring light casts your face in a gorgeous glow that illuminates all the right places. The clamp attaches to your monitor, and there's no need to plug it into the wall — just pop the USB cable into your computer. It'll be ready to go when you are.
28. A Lap Desk With A Built-In Cushion For More Comfort
Most lap desks look the same, whereas this one features a gorgeously patterned cushion paired with a wood-inspired top. There's also a slot where you can stash your phone while you're working, and many reviewers raved about how "lightweight" it feels on their lap.
29. This Acupressure Mat That Can Help Alleviate Pain
You only need to lie on this acupressure mat and pillow for about 20 minutes, and the thousands of raised points can help release endorphins as well as alleviate pain. They can also help stimulate blood circulation, and it's available in more than 10 fun colors.
30. A Gadget That Helps Sand Away Stubborn, Unwanted Calluses
You don't have to scrape away at your feet to get rid of unwanted calluses; just use this body sander. You can also use it to exfoliate away old skin, while built-in vacuum helps keep your feet clean. And since the battery lasts for a full hour, there's no need to constantly recharge it.
31. A Set Of Glass Food Containers That Are Leakproof
32. A Kit That Comes With Everything You Need To Make Cold Brew
33. This Decorative Privacy Film That Helps Insulate Your Home
This privacy film is so chic you'll want to stick it up all over your home — and since it blocks up to 99% of UVB rays, it can even help insulate your space. It adheres to glass without any glue, which means you can also move and re-apply it multiple times.
34. The Retro Glasses That Block Blue Light From Your Tech Screens
Eyes feeling a little fatigued after a long day of work? Try wearing these glasses. They block out the harmful blue light rays that can put strain on your peepers, while the retro frames are available in multiple colors: leopard, red, pink, and more.
35. The Glow-In-The-Dark Remote Covers For Your Fire TV Stick
I'm always losing my Fire TV Stick remote in my bed sheets, which is exactly why I just added these covers to my shopping cart. The bright colors make them easy to find, and the textured exterior allows for a firm grip. Plus, they also cover the battery compartment — just in case yours is a little loose.
36. A Bedside Organizer For Remotes, Tablets, & More
Made from tough Oxford cloth that's tear-resistant, this organizer slips underneath your mattress so that you have a convenient place to stash remotes, tablets, magazines, and more. It's available in more than 10 colors to match your bedroom, and many reviewers wrote about how well it stays in place.
37. The Face Masks Formulated With Superfood Ingredients
Cactus, coconut, green tea — you'll find these as well as dozens of other nourishing ingredients in these face masks. Each order comes with six masks that help hydrate, soothe, and purify your complexion. Plus, you can even keep them in the fridge as a way to help you cool down after a long day.
38. A Pair Of Pillowcases Made From Hair-Friendly Satin
Satin creates less friction against your strands than cotton, which means these pillowcases can help reduce unwanted frizziness and dryness. They're available in dozens of colors to match your existing sheets — and the envelope closure also helps prevent your pillow from sliding out.
39. This Air Popper With A Built-In Butter Melter For Movie Nights
Simply place butter into the warming dish on top of this air popper, and it'll be ready to drizzle over your delicious bowl of freshly-popped popcorn. It's able to pop more than 15 cups of popcorn in less than three minutes, and the butter melter also doubles as a measuring scoop.
40. A Wireless Charger Made From Aviation Aluminum
Designed to work with any type of Qi-enabled smartphone, this wireless charger stands apart from the competition with its sleek, aviation-grade aluminum housing (which is available in many different shades). The LED lights even let you know when your phone is properly connected.
41. The LED Light That Brightens Up Your Patio Umbrella
Enjoy eating dinner outside? You don't have to pack it in once the sun goes down — just put this light onto your patio umbrella pole. The LED bulbs are dimmable up to three levels, and zero tools are required for installation since it easily clamps around the pole.
42. A Futuristic Mug Warmer That Helps Drinks Stay Toasty
If you're a slow sipper when it comes to tea or coffee, you might want to check out this mug warmer. Not only does it help your drinks stay toasty, but the water-repellent design also keeps it protected against spills. Plus, the futuristic lights around the edge should get brighter as the warmer works.
43. This Cute Pajama Set That's A Total Steal
With more than 15 fun colors available, this cozy set is a must-have if you work from home — or even if you're just looking to upgrade your pajama game. Both the shorts and top are made from soft polyester, while the waffle knit keeps it breathable if you get a little warm.
- Available sizes: Small — X-Large