20 Amazon products under $7 that are surprisingly useful

These things are useful and cheap. What's not to love?

Credit: Nite Ize / Munchkin
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Amazon is a beautiful marketplace of magic, where you can find a host of fun products suited to any number of specific needs, whether you’re looking for a mug that says Ph.Diva for your sister who just got her doctorate, or you’re looking for the next weird thing to add to your collection.

Two-day shipping is arguably the best thing about Amazon, but a very close second is its vast selection of goods for any price. With so many retailers, vendors, and small-business owners offering products, you can search for the best items within your price range—even if that range is under $7.

That’s right, we found a collection of highly-rated products that are surprisingly useful—and won’t cost you more than that fancy latte you didn’t need but totally loved. They’re perfect for adding a little something fun to an otherwise boring order or just for treating yourself without blowing your budget.

1. A self-watering planter that’s perfect for those of us who forget to water the plants

Bloem Self-Watering Planter
Credit: Bloem

A pot that waters plants for me? Sign me up. Please...they’re all dead...

Reviews: 226
Average Rating: 4.3 stars

Can you tell I’m guilty of that? I love having plants that line my porch, but I’m so bad remembering to water them that I’ve considered replacing them all with fake plants, thinking that my husband may never notice. While this planter can definitely help me in the watering department, it’s not magic—it can’t water plants on its own, but it does store excess water in a reservoir in the bottom.

Most other pots have holes in the bottom, allowing water to drain out of the plant and ensuring it doesn’t become waterlogged. But the Bloem self-watering planter moves those holes up, using a disk to separate the base of the plant from the bottom of the pot. Water remains at the bottom and gets reabsorbed over time, meaning you can water your plants far less frequently.

Get the Bloem Ariana Self Watering Planter for $2.49

2. Spoons with adorable cats on the handles

YJYdada Cat Coffee Stirring Spoon
Credit: YJYdada

You can have coffee with friends every morning!

Reviews: 70
Average Rating: 4.2 stars

Using a coffee stirrer every day can feel wasteful, and a regular spoon gets clunky when you have to hold and sip—so replace them both with a coffee spoon made for sitting on the side of your mug...and looking INCREDIBLE in the process. These stainless steel spoons come with happy cats on the handles, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face as you pour your first cup of morning elixir. They’re less than $2 a spoon, which means I’ll have one at home, at the office, at my mother’s house, and in everyone’s holiday presents this year.

Get the YJYdada 1-Piece Cute Cat Spoon Long Handle for $1.27

3. An incredibly fun toy for your favorite feline friend

Cat Dancer Products Cat Toy
Credit: Cat Dancer Products

Their tagline is “Toys your cat would buy” and honestly how can you argue with that?

Reviews: 3,932
Average Rating: 4.7 stars

I absolutely love fun new toys for my cats, and even though this one sounds like something my grandfather would have whipped up to entertain my brother, cats love it. It is a long piece of steel wire with small bits of cardboard attached to the end. That’s it. And if you have cats, you know this is just enough to keep your furry friends entertained all night.

Amazon reviewers have nothing but praise, noting that the cardboard moves quickly with a flick of the wrist, making the toy look like a flying insect. It can make even the most inactive cat jump around (and honestly lead to some great action shots). Reviewers note that while the cardboard is sturdy, you’ll have to DIY a solution if one of the pieces falls off and exposes wire—or for this price, just pick up a new one.

Get the Cat Dancer 101 Interactive Cat Toy for $1.86

4. Game-changing rubber twist ties

Nite Ize Rubber Cable Ties
Credit: Nite Ize

I will throw money at any product that will help me keep my headphones untangled.

Reviews: 4,129
Average Rating: 4.6 stars

I live with a gamer, I have a home office, and I have two cats—keeping wires in check is an incredibly important consideration in my house. We use hard plastic zip ties, which are the worst—the cats love chomping on them, and every time we need to introduce a new wire, we have to cut the ties and grab a new one.

Reusable rubber ties—like this set—may be a much better answer that not only improves our organization, but also makes me feel less existential guilt about creating more trash every day. These ties are flexible and reusable, making them perfect for controlling wires, holding headphones, or closing open bags in the pantry. They’re also waterproof, which can be fantastic for outdoor storage or securing products with liquid.

Get the Nite Ize Original Gear Tie, Reusable Rubber Twist Tie for $2.98

5. Pan scrapers that can destroy gunk

Lodge Pan Scrapers
Credit: Lodge

Save your nails; use a scraper.

Reviews: 3,020
Average Rating: 4.6 stars

Cast iron skillets are great, but you know what’s not so wonderful? Scrubbing a pan for 15 minutes with the backside of a sponge while giving yourself a pep talk like you’re playing in the NBA. Baked-on crusties are very difficult to remove, but with a pan scraper—like this set from Lodge—the process becomes much easier. The flat edge gets under gunk while the groove in the middle allows you to get the best grip on the tool. It’s a much better option than stainless steel sponges, which can harm pans, and scraping with your nails, which honestly just gave me a shiver even thinking about.

Get the Lodge Pan Scrapers for $5.66

6. A bottle opener that’s shaped like a bike

Kate Aspen Bike Bottle Opener
Credit: Kate Aspen

Decoration or bottle opener? You decide.

Reviews: 239
Average Rating: 4.5 stars

This adorable bottle opener shaped like a bike is perfect for the eclectic kitchen—or for gifting to bike enthusiasts. Its bike shape is surprisingly helpful for getting a firm grasp on the opener, making prying easier. At just about four inches, it also fits perfectly in any drawer or purse. Each bike comes with a fabric tag, too—Amazon reviewers have purchased them in bulk to use as party favors or seat markers for tables.

Get the Kate Aspen Let’s Go On an Adventure Bicycle Bottle Opener for $6.65

7. A four-pack of sippy cups for your toddler pals

The First Years Sippy Cups
Credit: The First Years

Essential for the families who go through sippy cups like diapers.

Reviews: 1,334
Average Rating: 4.4 stars

If you’re a parent, you know how great it is to find high-quality, toddler-approved products for less than $3. You won’t find this set on our list of the best sippy and transition cups, but this four-pack of sippy cups is great for stocking the kitchen, whether your toddler’s favorite cup is in the dishwasher, or you find yourself often hosting playdates for rambunctious kiddos. They’re also great for storing in those places where you remember too late that you forgot to bring a sippy cup, like the car, grandma’s house, or their school.

Get The First Years Take & Toss Spill-Proof Sippy Cups for $2.68

8. A tape measure that will change how you shop online

Singer cloth measuring tape
Credit: Singer

Knowing your actual size changes the online-shopping game.

Reviews: 1,427
Average Rating: 4.7 stars

I lived far too many years without a measuring tape, and once I got one, it became life-changing. I’m a big crafter, so I’m often knitting sweaters and scarves as gifts, and I have spent many nights stacking wooden rulers in an attempt to measure length. My first measuring tape came with a sewing kit I got, and I have honestly used it significantly more often than I’ve used the sewing kit.

If you shop online, or you also love crafting, having a flexible tool to accurately gauge sizing is critical. No more opening size charts online and thinking, “I guess I’m a large? Is my bust 34”? Whatever I’m just ordering it.” This measuring tape goes up to 60”, and iits bright pink color stands out for easy measuring.

Get the Singer 60-inch Tape Measure for $2.20

9. Plant food to help your indoor plants thrive

Miracle-Gro Plant Food Spikes
Credit: Miracle-Gro

Keeping indoor plants alive has never been easier.

Reviews: 1,055
Average Rating: 4.3 stars

Indoor plants are so wonderful for making your home instantly cozier. But if you’re terrible at remembering to water and feed plants (guilty), you house can quickly turn into a leafy graveyard that does nothing for your aesthetic, unless your personal brand is The Addams Family. These plant food spikes from Miracle-Gro are incredibly easy to apply—press the green applicator in the soil, then add the food and proudly walk away, reassuring yourself that you are a born caregiver and your mother was wrong about your ability to have a dog when you were seven.

Get the Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food Spikes for $6.95

10. Stickers to decorate your laptop

Sticky Pig Futurama Planet Express Vinyl Stickers
Credit: Sticky Pig

Wear your fandom proudly with a laptop sticker.

Reviews: 485
Average Rating: 4.0 stars

Even if you’re not a Futurama fan, you can still appreciate the ability to rep your fandom for under $3. Laptops are prime for decorating, and honestly these kinds of stickers are great for making friends in coffee shops and libraries, especially if you’re rocking a fandom with a cult following (I see you, Firefly fans). This particular sticker comes in a variety of sizes, but if Futurama isn’t your jam, there are plenty of others available too.

Get the Futurama Planet Express Vinyl Sticker for $1.79

11. Fine-point highlighters that can help you stand out

Bic highlighters
Credit: Bic

Is it weird if I carry these highlighters around in my purse all the time?

Reviews: 739
Average Rating: 4.4 stars

There’s nothing like the rush of adrenaline you feel every time you walk into an office supply store, surrounded on all sides by pens, file organizers, and printer cartridges. If you can’t feel what I’m feeling right now, move on—but if you’re like me, dreaming of a stocking filled with pencils and a bouquet made of staplers, then these highlighters are sure to make you smile. Bic highlighters are among the best available, and you can get a five-pack of them on Amazon for just a little over $2.50.

Get the Bic Brite Liner Highlighters for $2.69

12. A coin purse to keep in your car

Mikey Store Pet Coin Purse
Credit: Mikey Store Pet

Owl be happy to lend you a quarter from my cool new purse.

Reviews: 188
Average Rating: 4.7 stars

Ever find yourself scrounging for quarters after forgetting—or not realizing—that the only parking available is metered? Or awkwardly fumbling with a paper-wrapped roll of quarters from the bank while trying to do your laundry? I feel you, on all accounts—and I think it’s time we both wisened up and invested in something that will hold those quarters for us. This small coin purse from Mikey Store is frankly adorable, and it comes in a variety of designs (all featuring owls, don’t worry). It’s perfect for storing in your car, in a kitchen drawer, or tucked in your purse. The clasp up top ensures your quarters stay put, while the wide bottom allows you to hold several dollars’ worth of coins at any given time.

Get the Mikey Store Retro Vintage Owl Coin Purse for $2.59

13. A tool that will devein shrimp for you

Good Cook Shrimp Deveiner
Credit: Good Cook

I am always in favor of kitchen tools that save me from having to touch intestines.

Reviews: 147
Average Rating: 4.3 stars

Deveining shrimp is one of my least favorite cooking tasks. Everything is slippery, I’m never confident I’ve gotten all the shell off, and oh yeah—it involves touching poop tubes. This tool is exactly what I need in life, doing all that hard work for me. This shrimp deveiner and cleaner not only removes the hard shell, but it also cuts into the shrimp itself to remove that dark vein. You can use a paring knife to do the trick, but for just a little over $2, it’s worth giving this dandy tool a try.

Get the Good Cook Shrimp Deveiner and Cleaner for $6.68

14. Car decals to personalize your wagon

Berryzilla Car Decals
Credit: Berryzilla

I’ll take anything that makes my two-hour commute more enjoyable, including this car decal.

Reviews: 1,351
Average Rating: 4.3 stars

Car stickers are just as much fun as laptop stickers. You can follow the same route by repping your fandom, or you can opt for a funny sticker that riffs on conventional car features—like this car decal that reads, “Objects in mirror are losing.” It’s like planting an Easter egg on your car—it’s not in your face, like a large bumper sticker would be, but a more subtle piece of humor that will be truly appreciated once spotted. Amazon reviewers note that it’s durable, holding its stick after rainstorms and car washes. They recommend following the instructions closely when first applying to ensure your new sticker lasts the test of time.

Get the BERRYZILLA Funny Sticker for $2.49

15. Microfiber cloths to keep your car shiny and clean

Viking Car Care Microfiber Cloths
Credit: Viking Car Care

These microfiber cloths actively make me want to wash my car, which is frankly shocking.

Reviews: 1,445
Average Rating: 4.6 stars

I often feel like I’m living in Hitchcock’s The Birds, because no matter where I park, birds seem to find my car. And poop on it. Especially after a fresh wash—there’s nothing more demoralizing than spotting a fresh white glob of bird poo after getting your car washed. These microfiber cloths are small yet mighty, packing a seriously powerful punch with each wipe. Keep them stored in your glove compartment so you can easily attack fresh stains. Just don’t clean the stain, shout “Nice try, BIRDS” into the air, then look around and expect people to cheer, because they don’t (they just look at you like you’re a little mad). These pads work just as well on interior stains and for dust collection, so stock up.

Get the Viking Car Care Microfiber Applicator Pads for $6.49

16. An icing smoother to keep your cakes crisp

Ateco icing scrapers
Credit: Ateco

Icing scrapers are a great way to get professional-looking cakes without the hassle of “going to culinary school” or “knowing what you’re doing.”

Reviews: 612
Average Rating: 4.3 stars

Ever wondered how those cakes on professional Instagrams look so tidy? Here’s the answer—an icing scraper. This small tool costs less than $2, but it can turn your cake from Nailed It to The Great British Bake Off. Create smooth edges, add texture, or use it to scrape excess icing off the plate—you’ll find a multitude of uses for this tiny tool. If you’re artistically motivated, you can use the craggly sides to draw your own designs in your cakes.

Get the Ateco Decorating Comb & Icing Smoother for $1.70

17. All-purpose cleaner that you can use on everything

Method All-Purpose Cleaner
Credit: method

This all-purpose cleaner is as useful as it is pretty.

Reviews: 1,025
Average Rating: 4.7 stars

Everything about this all-purpose cleaner makes it wonderful—it’s made from non-toxic materials, it attacks grease, it’s made from green technology, and, oh yeah, it’s purple! Amazon reviewers love this cleaner, whose company—Method—is dedicated to being green. The cleaner works on glass, kitchen surfaces, bathroom tiles, and stainless steel. Plus, unlike other harsh chemicals, it actually smells nice, which is surprising for a product used to clean up dirt. Seriously, just read the Amazon reviews and you’ll see how much love this cleaner gets. And next time you clean the house, check out some of the mistakes you’re likely making—and how to avoid them.

Get the Method All-Purpose Cleaner for $2.97

18. A rubber ducky, because everyone needs at least one

Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky
Credit: Munchkin

It’s hard to look at this picture and not immediately buy a rubber ducky.

Reviews: 1,403
Average Rating: 4.1 stars

My mother-in-law collects rubber ducks, and every time I go to her house, I find myself muttering, “Why don’t I have a rubber duck with a spiffy vest and cowboy hat?” She has them lined around the bathroom—some for decoration, but many for play. Her grandchildren absolutely adore them, and they serve as great bathroom toys for when they forget to bring their own. While adult-only households may not find themselves playing with duckies (and if you do, I don’t judge), they’re still adorable decorations, and potentially one of those bathroom things that will change your life. At the very least, a few rubber duckies on the back of your toilet will prove to be a great conversation piece when your next guest stays over.

Get the Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky for $2.79

19. Scrubbing pads to keep your stovetop clean

Weiman Cook Top Scrubbing Pads
Credit: Weiman

Finally, a way to remove stains that doesn’t involve me watching videos about vinegar and baking soda.

Reviews: 482
Average Rating: 4.3 stars

If you’ve got an electric stovetop that lays flat, you know what a pain it can be to scrub dried food, burnt stains, and water marks. The back of a sponge may do the trick most of the time, but for those seriously stubborn pieces, you need to bring in the A-team. These $3 scrubbing pads were made for you, helping clear away that food debris without harming your stove’s surface. They’ll leave your stove shiny, streak-free, and clean of any crusties, making it a perfect surface for the next time you cook.

Get the Weiman Cook Top Scrubbing Pads for $2.99

20. A triangular eraser made with comfort in mind

Prismacolor Triangle Eraser
Credit: Prismacolor

This eraser is seriously cooler than every other eraser I had when I was in school.

Reviews: 631
Average Rating: 4.2 stars

When I was in school, my erasers were large and pink—or pink with blue halves, which don’t actually erase pen ink, FYI. Not anymore! This triangular eraser allows you to firmly grip the tool to target specific areas and glide as needed. It’s ideal for artists, but just as useful for those who write frequently with pencils. It doesn’t create awful shavings and it’s perfect for tidying up writing and drawings. It’s made from rubber, so it’s durable, and it can even erase colored pencil marks! Seriously, I’m buying seven right now.

Get the Prismacolor Scholar Latex-Free Eraser for $3.26

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