Retail therapy is a fantastic way to relieve stress, improve a bad mood, and unwind after a long week. But that doesn’t mean you want to spend an arm and a leg every time the urge to shop strikes. There are loads of sites that sell an assortment of affordable goodies, but they tend to be companies you’ve never heard of or sellers who take ages to actually ship or have terrible customer service or just downright low quality products. Overall, it leads to a lackluster experience.
Amazon just created an entire section on their site for people like you and me. Everything is $10 or less, and even if you only spend $2, shipping is always free. You don’t even need to be a Prime member to take advantage. The shop is filled with all sorts of fun items, from apparel to accessories to home decor to party decorations and gifts, like these 15 things that I may or may not have purchased while writing this article.
1. A sequin pillow that's so fun to touch
Run your fingers along this pillow to reveal a hidden color. The mermaid-style sequin application is insanely fun to play with for anyone who likes to fidget and fuss with things. Plus, it looks much prettier on your couch than a pile of fidget spinners does on your coffee table.
Get the OrliverHL Reversible Sequin Throw Pillow for $4.67
2. A water bottle to embrace better habits
Staying hydrated has all sorts of health benefits, but if you've been buying bottled water from the store, you're spending way too much money to support a good habit. A good water bottle like this one from Nalgene is the perfect way to encourage yourself to drink more water without wasting loads of plastic bottles in the process.
Get the Nalgene Tritan 16-ounce Water Bottle for $9.49
3. A bookmark too charming not to use
Sure, you could use an old receipt or a bobby pin to hold your place, but a real bookmark is a more much elegant solution. This one is the perfect blend of form and function, adding a little quirkiness that will make it hard to resist picking up where you left off.
Get the Lightmark Reading Lamp Bookmark for $7.99
4. A minimal calendar for your desk
Your life is hectic. Your desk shouldn't be. This minimal calendar is a great way to keep things simple and clutter-free. But if you're like me and like to doodle on blank surface, it doubles as a creative outlet!
Get the Tong Yue Mini Desk Calendar for $8.99
5. An egg separator for less mess
If you love cooking and baking, but aren't as big a fan of the mess it creates, this little gadget will be right at home in your kitchen. You clip it to the side of your mixing bowl, crack an egg over it, and it separates yolk from white in a flash. No eggy fingers, no accidental yolk drips. It's just a bonus that it's adorable too.
Get the Joie Yolky Egg Separator for $4.17
6. Herbal tea to soothe your soul
Trying to kick your coffee habit? Tea is a great replacement. Mint herbal tea, especially, is a great way to get a natural boost of energy. I drink a ton of tea, from Celestial Seasonings to Yogi to farmer's market finds, and Tazo makes some especially tasty blends in my experience.
Get Tazo Refresh Mint Tea for $5.67
7. Coconut oil for virtually anything
This stuff has so many applications. You can cook with it, make beauty products like lip balms and hair treatments, and even clean your home. Stop wondering if coconut oil is for you and give it a try.
Get Now Foods Coconut Oil, 7 oz. for $8.84
8. A beanie that lights the way
Trying to shovel your car out from the snow in the dark because it's a little too far from your porch light? This beanie will be seriously helpful. It's also perfect for walking your dog at night or trying to find that one box in the back of your attic without sacrificing a hand to holding a flashlight.
Get the Men’s Winter LED Beanie for $6.99
9. Confetti just in case
You never know when you'll want to throw confetti in celebration. This jumbo bag of foil confetti is really handy for decorating a buffet table, pouring into clear balloons for a little extra, or making all sorts of craft projects. Plus, you can always confetti-bomb that friend who pranked you last year and finally even the score.
Get the Jumbo Bag of Foil Confetti for $7.62
10. A clear tote bag for any occasion
Clear bags are in right now, and if you've got a lot to carry, this tote is made for you. Whether you're heading off for a beach vacation or you're in need of a cute gym bag that lets everyone know how committed you are to your new healthy lifestyle, pick up one of these totes in blue, red, or black.
Get the Clear Shoulder Tote for $9.97
11. A foam roller for when you finally work out
Foam rolling is great for warming up muscles and relieves aches after a big workout. But if you'd rather try out all the different (and sometimes bizarre) positions in private, this textured foam roller is perfect to keep at home.
Get the Dr. Foam Textured Foam Roller for $9.99
12. A Hunger Games brooch for Katniss fans
Whether you prefer the books or the movies, there's no doubt you also love the mockingjay pin that becomes a symbol of hope for Katniss and her fellow rebels. And now you can have one of your own for just $2. Why not, for that price?
Get the Hunger Games Mockingjay Brooch for $1.97
13. A placemat that's educational and a little creepy
Thinking about going to medical school someday? Or maybe you just want to learn a bit more about the human body. Or maybe you're just fascinated by the slightly off-putting when it comes to your home decor. Regardless, this placemat is sure to get lots of attention on your dining table.
Get the Painless Learning Human Body Placemat for $7.64
14. Sunglasses you'll never actually wear
If you ever watch Shark Tank, you might have seen Sun Staches pitch their quirky sunglasses that adorn more than the eyes (Yes, they got an investor!). The classic pair gives you that fake mustache everyone was so obsessed with a few years ago. You'll probably never wear them, but they'd make a great gag gift or would be fun to bring out at parties.
Get the Sun-Staches Handlebar Sunglasses for $7.88
15. A spacey hat for fashion
Galaxy patterns have been popular on clothing for the last few years, and this hat is the perfect way to embrace the style. Especially for less than $5, why not add it to your collection?
Get the Sunsen Galaxy Snapback for $4.78
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