65 Genius Things For Your Home That Are Crazy Cheap

Glow-up goodies with ultra-low prices.

by Rebecca Martinson and Andrea Gale
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Stocking your house with brilliant and beautiful things doesn’t require a massive budget. In fact, with a little Amazon shopping savvy, you can give your home a complete glow-up on the cheap. To save you hours of scrolling through those massive virtual shelves, I’ve gathered together 65 genius items that each bring a special somethin’ — and have tiny price tags to boot. Your new favorites await.

The Solar-Powered Garden Lights That Sway In The Wind

There’s no hardwiring required when installing these garden lights — simply press them down into the ground, and their built-in solar panel will keep them lit for up to 20 hours. The flexible stems allow them to sway in the wind, making them look like cute fireflies from afar. “I absolutely love these solar lights,” wrote one reviewer. “They are bright and fun to watch in the wind. and they stay bright all night long.”

These Lightning Cable Protectors That Help Prevent Fraying

Slip one of these protectors onto your lightning cable, and it’ll help extend its lifetime by preventing fraying. They’re designed to fit all original Apple charging cables, regardless of whether you have an iPhone 5 or an iPad. Each protector also features a colorful floral pattern for a major dose of cute.

The Magnetic Curtain Tiebacks With Stylish Geometric Ends

Whether your curtains are sheer or blackout, the magnets inside of these ties are strong enough to keep them held back. The geometric ends give them a modern touch that makes them look way more expensive than they are — and the polyester rope is both pill- as well as wear-resistant.

A Keyless Deadbolt That Can Remember Up To 20 Passcodes

If you tend to have trouble remembering your keys, it’s not a problem once you’ve installed this keyless deadbolt on your door. It can remember up to 20 passcodes — just in case you want to give friends, family, or even delivery people access to your home. And unlike some deadbolts, this one can be installed in less than 30 minutes using just a simple screwdriver.

The Blackout Stickers That Dim Annoying LED Lights

Clocks, appliances, television power buttons — these blackout stickers are great for all those annoying little lights that tend to interrupt your sleep. One sticker is enough to dim the light by about 50%. Though if you want to completely black it out, simply layer a few extra stickers on top until the light is completely gone.

This LED Night Light That Uses Hardly Any Electricity

Not only does this night light feature an energy-efficient LED bulb, but its dusk-to-dawn sensor also helps you save electricity by preventing it from turning on when it’s still light out. The brightness can easily be adjusted using the slider switch on the bottom. And unlike some night lights, this one comes in three light colors: soft white, daylight, or multicolor.

These Miniature Frog Figurines That Add A Touch Of Whimsy Where You Display Them

If your home feels stale or uninviting, try putting these miniature frog figurines out on a shelf. Not only do they add a touch of whimsy where you place them, but they’re also made from high-quality resin that’s designed to last. “INCREDIBLE quality,” wrote one reviewer. “I have them sitting on a shelf in my bathroom and everyone who ever goes in there compliments them!”

The Incense Holder That Shields Sticks & Ash From Wind

A gentle breeze is all it takes for that incense ash to go flying across your home — unless you’re burning it inside of this holder. The glass walls help keep ash contained, as well as prevent wind from extinguishing the stick as it burns. Plus, the alligator clip at the top is designed to fit nearly any incense stick.

A Mesh Magnetic Screen Door That’s So Easy To Install

Unbelievably easy to install, this magnetic mesh screen door hangs from your doorway with the help of hook-and-loop strips, allowing fresh air in and keeping bugs out. Crafted from sturdy mesh, 30 magnets line the center of the dual-paneled design, so you can easily exit and enter. Shoppers are obsessed; over 54,000 have given it a five-star rating.

A Paper Towel Holder That Takes Up 0 Counter Space

Then this paper towel holder is worth a look if you don’t have a ton of counter space to work with. It mounts underneath your cabinets using double-sided adhesive or screws, both of which come included. And with seven finishes to choose from, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one that matches your kitchen: silver, black, gold, gray, and more.

The Notepad That Helps You Keep Track Of What Needs To Get Done

Making a list of all the things you need to get done is a clever way to stay organized, so utilizing this notepad is a smart idea. Three sections help you keep track of what needs to get done today, what needs to get done within the next few days, as well as anything you need to buy. “I'm a visual person, but I get overwhelmed easily with the never-ending task list,” wrote one reviewer. “This helps me keep focused on just today's tasks rather than ALL the tasks!”

This Cap That Helps You Get Every Last Drop Out Of Bottles

Don’t throw out that bottle of ketchup or shampoo until you’ve tried out this cap. It lets you balance your bottles upside down so that every last drop of product on the inside drips towards the spout, making it easy to squeeze out and helping you save some money in the process. Plus, the versatile design makes it suitable for use with nearly any bottle.

A Waterproof Phone Holder That Mounts To Your Shower Wall

Don’t risk dropping your phone in the tub if you like to watch videos while soaking. Instead, place it inside this holder. The waterproof design keeps your phone high and dry regardless of whether you’re showering or taking a bath. Plus, the front is touchscreen-sensitive, so there’s no need to take your phone out if you need to reply to a text.

The Freestanding Bookshelf That Makes A Statement

Got a pile of books on your desk that’s taking up a ton of space? Then this bookshelf is worth a look. The four angled tiers allow you to store more books in a single space than you’d be able to fit if you lined them up on a regular shelf. Though if you have a particularly large book collection, fear not — there’s also a 10-shelf option available for just a few dollars more.

A Jewelry Organizer That Arrives Fully Assembled

Letting your jewelry roam freely inside a drawer is an easy way for it to get tangled. Instead, keep it on this organizer. There’s space for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more. The rungs are even made from real wood — not plastic — and you can even start using it right out of the box since it arrives fully assembled.

A Transparent Bird Feeder That Sticks To Your Window

If you enjoy watching birds come visit the bird feeder out in your yard, then there’s a good chance you’ll want to look at this window-mounted version. Strong suction cups keep it adhered to glass, while the transparent walls let you get up-close and personal with the birds.

This Bedside Lamp With A Vintage Floral Shade

There’s no denying that this bedside lamp is a cute addition to any bedroom. Its vintage floral shade stands out from the crowd — and the small base takes up very little room, making it great for cramped nightstands. One LED bulb comes included with every order.

A Patio Umbrella Light That’s Completely Cordless

There’s no need to plug this umbrella light into an outlet, as it only needs four AA batteries (which are not included) in order to stay lit for hours. The clamp in the center adjusts to fit poles both thick and thin — no tools required. And unlike some outdoor lights, this one is dimmable by up to three levels.

This Over-The-Door Drying Rack That Folds Flat Between Uses

If you want somewhere to dry delicates but don’t want to dedicate a ton of space to it, this over-the-door drying rack will do the trick. It clips easily to the top of a door and offers three levels to place clothing on. Even better, it folds flat between uses.

A Mason Jar Pitcher That Won’t Leak Inside Your Fridge

Serve drinks in style with this Mason jar pitcher. The flip-top lid is leakproof as well as airtight when closed, helping keep everything inside fresh until you’re ready to serve. Plus, the soda lime glass is thick, durable, and made to last.

These Pesticide-Free Pantry Moth Traps That Last For 3 Months

To eliminate pantry moths without spraying pesticides, grab this seven-pack of moth traps. They contain a pheromone that attracts the pests and the glue trap ensures they stay trapped. The traps have little hooks that can be placed on any bar or hook, and each trap can last for up to three months.

These LED Sconces That Don’t Require Hard Wiring

Installing this LED wall sconce is as easy as pressing it right into place on your wall using the included adhesive — no drilling or hardwiring necessary. The battery lasts for up to 20 hours before you’ll need to recharge it. And with three light temperatures to choose from (warm white, daylight, or cool white), you can easily use it in bathrooms, bedrooms, as well as every room in between.

An Automatic Soap Dispenser That’s Completely Touch-Free

You wash your hands all the time, but what about the pump on your soap dispenser? Enter: this automatic version that’s completely touch-free. The battery lasts for up to four months before it’ll need to be recharged — and the full-screen display on the front lets you know how much power is left. Plus, you can use it with nearly any type of liquid soap, including dish soap, body wash, hand soap, and more.

This Microwaveable Glass Teapot With A Built-In Infuser

You can make 40 ounces of hot or iced tea with this sleek glass teapot. It features a built-in stainless steel infuser and the glass portion can be microwaved to make the process fast and easy.

A Set Of Garden Tools Made From Stainless Steel

There’s a good chance that buying all your garden tools individually will be expensive, so this complete set is likely to save you cash. Each set comes with one pair of gloves, a tote bag, as well as five tools: one large trowel, cultivator, transplanter, weeder, as well as bypass pruning shears. And since all the tools are made from stainless steel, there’s no need to worry about them rusting over time.

The Borosilicate Glass Pitcher That Lets You Make Cold Brew At Home

Don’t waste money on pre-made cold brew. Instead, make your own at home using this pitcher. It’s made from temperature-resistant borosilicate glass that won’t shatter or crack when filled with hot water. Plus, each order includes a fine-mesh filter that can be washed and reused hundreds of times.

This Bird Bath Fountain Pump That’s Powered By The Sun

Not only is this bird bath fountain pump an affordable way to add some flair to your garden, but a built-in solar panel also means there’s no need for any electricity in order to get it up and running. Each order comes with six nozzles so that you can adjust its spray pattern however you like. It also features a filter to keep leaves and debris from blocking the spout — and many reviewers appreciated how easy it was to set up.

An Easy-To-Install Bidet That Won’t Break The Bank

Whereas some bidets can set you back hundreds of dollars, this one is available for less than $40 — but don’t be fooled. Despite its reasonable price, it still comes with a variety of high-end features, including adjustable water pressure and sprayer angle. Installation is so easy that most reviewers were able to get the job done in 30 minutes or less.

These Heat-Resistant Shields That Help Protect You From Oven Rack Burns

It’s almost too easy to burn your forearms when reaching into a hot oven — but that’s where these shields come in handy. They’re made from tough silicone that’s heat-resistant up to 445 degrees Fahrenheit, so there’s no need to worry about them melting inside your oven. Plus, you can even trim them to fit inside your toaster oven if you like.

These Clever Reusable Ice Cubes That Won’t Dilute Drinks

Keep your drinks cool without diluting them with this 56-pack of reusable ice cubes. The cubes come in a reusable bag for storing in the freezer. Each BPA-free plastic cube is filled with purified water.

The Cutest Dishwasher-Safe Funnel

The possible uses for this dishwasher-safe silicone funnel are nearly endless. To use it, simply flip up the mushroom’s top and it creates a wide-mouth funnel that can be used for filling jars, bottles, and more.

This Gutter Scooper For Easy Leaf-Removal

It might look unassuming, but the narrow heel of this gutter scoop easily collects all the leaves and debris that can get caught in roof gutters — and it’s insanely cheap. Crafted from sturdy yet flexible plastic designed to accommodate a variety of gutters, it features an extended tongue ideal for cleaning for hard-to reach gutter supports.

An Ultra-Thin Outlet Concealer That Makes Your Space Look So Sleek

Discreet yet effective, this outlet concealer features a near-perfect 4.7-star rating from shoppers; the slender outlet-shaped rectangle plugs directly into your outlet, with adhesive to affix the power strip to the wall for a minimal, seamless look. The ultra-thin strip of three power outlets can easily hug the wall, or hide behind furniture. It’s a must for any minimalist.

A Pet-Safe Carpet Refreshing Powder Made With Essential Oils

To freshen carpeting and rugs, sprinkle on this carpet refresher powder. It has a lavender scent made using essential oils and is easy to use: Sprinkle it on, wait 15 minutes, then vacuum it up. It’s safe to use around pets as well.

This Nonslip Trim-To-Fit Cabinet & Drawer Liner

You can use this 20-foot-long roll of nonslip liner inside drawers, shelves, and cabinets to provide a nonslip and cushioned surface. It comes in lots of shades in the listing to match your decor and can be trimmed for a perfect fit.

A Reusable Fur-Removal Brush That’s Gentle On Delicate Surfaces

Remove fur and hair from various surfaces throughout your home quickly and easily with this reusable soft bristle brush. To reuse, simply rinse it clean between uses. It can be used on blankets, sofas, and more.

A Versatile Rack Of Hooks That Slides Onto Your Shelf

Utensils, mugs, gardening equipment, scarves, belts — these hook racks are so versatile that you can hang practically anything on them. There’s no need for any tools or drilling to install them either, as they simply slide onto any shelf. This set comes with three, and they come with adhesive stickers too, if you’d like to add extra security.

This Unique Textured Shower Curtain Liner

The transparent bubbled texture of this shower curtain liner feels very appropriate for a bathroom —  and the unique design would look really cool if you chose to forgo the traditional shower curtain. Designed with rust-resistant metal grommets, 72-inch by 72-inch design fits most tubs, while the 0.15-millimeter EVA material is thick enough to stay in place as you shower.

  • Available colors: 6
This Wall-Mountable Bag Saver That Resists Fingerprints

Clear out that drawer or cabinet where you keep extra plastic bags with this sleek bag saver. It can be mounted on the wall or the inside of a cabinet and comes in silver and gold finishes in the listing. The brushed stainless steel material resists fingerprints and the wide openings make it easy to stash and grab bags.

A Heat-Safe Gap-Filler For That Space Next To The Stove

A clever solution for that little gap between your stove and countertop, this gap filler covers the empty space, preventing spills and bits of food from falling in between. Available in sized to accommodate most countertops, it’s non-toxic and heat-resistant (safe for use in food-prep areas), and the grippy silicone won’t shift around once you’ve got it in place.

  • Available sizes: 21 — 30-inches
An Ultra-Organized Dish Brush Set

Not only does this brush set contain four brushes to accommodate every sort of scrubby kitchen need, it also comes with a handy tray to keep them all organized — there’s even a spot to hold your sponge. The brushes are all designed with grippy silicone handles and sturdy, food-safe bristles (so you can use them on veggies).

This Cordless Light Strip For Illuminating Shelves And Cabinets

Ideal for illuminating items dark spaces like cabinets, this strip of LED lights doesn’t need to be plugged in — the LED light strip is connected to a compact battery box with a handy click function, so you can maintain a clean look. The powerful adhesive is safe for use on wood, metal, and plastic — any where you need light, this works.

This Fan-Favorite Broom Holder That Tidies Up The Closet

With over 42,000 five-star ratings, this broom holder is a clear fan-favorite. The space-saving design can hold five brooms — a hidden spring adjusts to each handle’s thickness — and includes six retractable hooks, to hold smaller household cleaning items like brushes, dustpans, and gloves.

A Pair Of Lid Organizer Racks That Don’t Require Drilling

Store the lids for your pots and pans on the wasted vertical space of a wall or the inside of a cabinet with this pair of lid organizer racks. They come with self-adhesive hook panels for no-drill installation and each one in the pair can hold three lids at once.

These Cord Labels To Easily Identify Your Electronics

For multi-plug outlets, these cable labels are where it’s at. The pack includes a variety of colors, making it easy to differentiate cords; simply write on the label with a ballpoint pen or marker, and then secure the tag around the cord with the hook-and-loop inner strip.

An Absorbent Coffee Station Mat That’s Low-Key Chic

Crafted from ultra-absorbent synthetic diatomite, this coffee mat effortlessly soaks up excess liquid. The minimal, matte design is so low-key chic you may not want to put it away; try layering it underneath a coffee maker or pet food bowl as a stylish way of keeping things neat.

This Portable Sound Machine With 30 Sounds To Choose Between

This portable noise machine has a whopping 30 sounds to choose between. It also allows you to adjust the volume and set timers of 30, 60, or 120 minutes. It can be powered using the included AC adapter or three AA batteries.

A Scratch-Proof Splash Pad For Doggos

The 0.58-inch thick anti-slip PVC mat of this splash pad makes it ideal for playtime with doggos — it stays in place, sturdy enough to resist tearing from enthusiastic paws. Compatible with most garden hoses, and available in sizes to accommodate dogs both large and small, don’t be surprised if this becomes your dog’s favorite new toy.

This Raised Dog Bed In Breathable Mesh

In breathable mesh, this elevated dog bed is ideal for keeping pets cool; the raised design and lightweight material allow for plenty of air circulation. Sturdy enough to hold dogs weighing up to 40 pounds, the Teslin mesh resists chewing and tears; the metal frame comes clearly marked for easy assembly.

  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 9
A Set Of Artificial Succulents That Look So Real

You’d never guess these succulents weren’t the real thing; they’re crafted from a high-quality plastic that’s colored and textured to look exactly like a live plant. Each plant in the set of five measures at around 2.5-inches by 2.75-inches, perfect for small spaces, with each plant modeled after a different succulent so you can change up your look.

These Mini Spatulas That Make The Most Out Of Beauty Products & Condiments

Get the last drop of sauces in the kitchen and pricey beauty products in the bathroom using this pair of mini spatulas. One is 6 inches long while the other is 12, ensuring your can reach the bottom of various bottles and jars.

These Air-Purifying Bags That Are Reusable

Freshen the air in any room (or even your car) with these bamboo charcoal air-purifying bags. Each bag in the four-pack has a loop for hanging and they can be recharged in direct sunlight. Each odor absorber can filter about 90 square feet.

These Multifunctional Brushes That You Can Use All Over The House

This three-pack of multifunctional brushes will get use all over your home. They are narrow to fit in various crevices like window sill and wall gaps. They’re safe to use on various surfaces like wood, granite, and tile, and they all have ergonomic handles.

This Food Slicer Tool With A 4.5-Star Overall Rating

Reviewers rave about this clever food slicing tool that holds onto any food to keep your hands safe and ensures even slices as well. It can be used to precisely slice meat, onions, tomatoes, lemons, and more. It’s dishwasher safe as well.

A 5-Pack Of Mopping Slippers That Are Machine Washable

Get your house dusted and mopped with ease with this set of five pairs of mop slippers. They can be machine washed between uses and used wet or dry. Wear them over shoes or even bare feet — they’re stretchy to fit a variety of sizes.

This Microwave Lid That Doubles As A Colander

Keep the inside of your microwave clean with this collapsible microwave lid. It’s generously sized to fit over most plates and bowls and it’s dishwasher safe for simple cleanup. It can also be inverted and used as a colander to rinse fruits and vegetables.

This Hanging Closet Organizer With 5 Shelves & Mesh Pockets

Add some organization to any closet fast with this hanging organizer that features five shelves. It hangs from your closet bar and also has small mesh pockets along the side to store smaller accessories. Choose from four shades in the listing.

A Spray Bottle That Sprays A Fine Mist & Can Be Used For So Much

Whether for styling hair or misting plants, this spray bottle comes in so handy for a multitude of uses. It creates a continuous fine mist and works from all angles — even upside down. Just one or two pumps of the trigger can produce a lengthy, even spray of fine misted water. Choose from 10 color options.

This Stylish Oil Burner That Makes Your Home Smell Great

Designed for use with essential oils and other home fragrances, this oil burner creates a serene atmosphere in both sight and smell. The brass bowl emits a rich glow, particularly with the candlelight that the included tea candle provides. Note that oils are sold separately.

These Scraper Tools That Work Well For Hard-To-Clean Grime

Coming in a three-pack, these scraper tools work well for scraping dried-on food, removing stuck-on labels and stickers, and cleaning the grime that gathers in hard-to-reach places. One side of the tool has a flat edge for flat surfaces and larger areas, while the other side has a round edge for curved surfaces and tighter areas.

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