31 Things Under $20 That May Be Odd But Really, Really Work

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1.

A tongue scraper, because it may become the oddest-looking part of your routine but it’ll bring you RESULTS. It scrapes any ~residue~ off your tongue to cancel bacteria and odored breath…just don’t look at your sink.


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Promising review: “I am a thorough brusher and flosser and always brush my tongue with the toothbrush for a minute at the end of each teeth brushing. I thought I kept a clean mouth, and my dentists would always concur; I’ve never had a cavity at 34 years old. Then I used this scraper for the first time, over my white bathroom sink. The yellow goo that started to collect after each pass completely caught me by surprise, and sort of made me sick to my stomach to even look at. How was I so ignorant to its presence, colonizing the vast free real estate amongst the sprawling meadows and rolling hills of my papillae? Today I reclaim my tongue back, and rid it from the impure forces that gripped it for so long. Be gone, demons. You are not welcome here.” —Chill Pilgrim

Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two colors).

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A Darth Vader shower head that’ll reveal the Sith Lord actually has impressive water pressure — his tears are our gain. I think we can all agree people who bathe normally have chosen the dark side.


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They’re not salty, I promise! He has three powerful spray settings and can adjust in pressure. PLUS he has a 72″ hose for easy access ~everywhere~. I meant your back, geez…

Promising review: “This shower head actually far outperformed my expectations. The pressure is very good, and we have such weak pressure here so the oxygenation helped so much! I have thick hair and it always took forever to rinse it through and now it takes far less time. The quality of the product is also better overall than I expected. It is very sturdy, well-made, and even bigger than I expected.” —Corissa

Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

3.

A tub of Elizavecca carbonated clay mask so you can make skincare a heck of a lot more entertaining. Aside from its obvious selfie potential, this is great for minimizing blackheads, exfoliating, and removing excess oil! And, you know, bubbles.


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Promising review: “This is my favorite mask ever! I am impatient and can’t usually wait for other masks that take 20 minutes to dry (and I hate the drying, pulling feeling). I put this on while my shower is warming up and it starts bubbling immediately! It’s easy to rinse off and leaves skin feeling extremely clean. My face is super smooth for at least two days after using it. I have large pores with lots of blackheads and sebum, and this definitely reduces the amount of visible blackheads. And I feel less oily. Great product! Great price!” —Abby

Get it from Amazon for $9.40.

To learn more, check out “This Bubble Face Mask Is $10, Will Give You Perfect Skin, And Make You LOL, You’re Welcome“.

4.

A set of knit kitty table leg protectors for probably making your roommate furious, but you know what they just don’t understand ART. They should really thank you for preventing scratches on your floor — now you’ll get your security deposit back.


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Promising review: “OMG, these are super cute and adorable! They’re very easy to put on; I do suggest that you slide the paw more towards the front so that it bends better when the chair is sitting up. The fact that they really protect my floors and look like kitty paws has me sold.” —JL

Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four colors).

5.

A grip strip, because this’ll bring you straight to the future where you don’t need glue or magnets to keep your phone, keys, glasses, WHATEVER right where you want ’em. People may think aliens infiltrated your car, but you and I know the truth.


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You can stick it where you want, and peel it when you want to remove it!

Promising review: “This product is like something out of science fiction! It grips onto surfaces and holds whatever you want it to, yet peels off easily.” —Firebox Customer

Get it from Firebox for $8.99+ (available in four colors).

6.

A set of wine condoms that’ll add a little *excitement* to regular nights in. Sure, they help extend the life of already-opened bottles of wine, but the real lesson here is you should always use protection when it comes to vino. Wine gone bad is a tragedy that must be avoided at all costs.


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Promising review: “I got these as a gift for a family member that is a ‘wine afficianado’ partly for a laugh, but also for their great concept. When she opened them I did get a huge laugh, but once she realized what they were and the concept she was amazed and I have received confirmation from her that they work wonders and truly provide an airtight seal. .” —Thomas

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $13.97.

To learn more about this, check out “These Wine Condoms Mean You’ll Never Waste A Half-Finished Bottle Again“.

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And! A wine stain–preventing balm so you can drink your merlot without it leaving a mark. If the sight of you putting this on your lips and teeth rubs people the wrong way, just wait until their mouth is purple. WHO WILL BE LAUGHING THEN, I WONDER.


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It’s plant-based and all-natural *and* won’t interfere with the taste of your wine.

Promising review: “So my teeth always stain when I drink red wine and I hate it. I read about this product in one of my magazines and thought I would give it a try, and I’m so happy I did. I just used it for an all-day wine tour and came out of that with white teeth. Hooray! The texture is nice and there isn’t any flavor to interfere with your wine. The fact that it doubles as a lip balm is a bonus.” —DDR777

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

8.

A corgi butt mousepad for making work feel a little less ~ruff~ by providing plush carpal tunnel prevention. I INSIST you call everyone over to make nonstop butt jokes. Don’t worry, they’ll love it.


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Promising review: “I ADORE this mouse pad!!! I work as a software developer and was starting to experience the beginnings of carpel tunnel. This has totally stopped the numbness in my hand! And as a corgi mom of two bouncing corgi boys, this was a must-have!” —LP

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors).

9.

A Squatty Potty toilet spray, because when you gotta go you gotta go, and there’s nothing *magical* about the fear of leaving…evidence. You and your new number two can ride off into the sunset scent-free while the rest of the world holds it in.


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Yes, that’s right, they’re made from the same company that brought us the holy-grail Squatty Potty. Their formula is a blend of essential oils and real gold nanoparticles to trap odors above and beneath the toilet water and fully deodorize the room

Promising review: “This spray will save your reputation! I’ve tried Poo-Pourri before, but it smells like someone took a dump in a bowl of fruit loops! With this, all I smell is a nice subtle nature smell without even a hint of poop. Amazing product!” —Ali

Get it from Amazon for $9.75 (available in five scents).

To learn more, check out “This $10 Spray Is The Answer To Your Pooping Anxiety“.

10.

A mesh head covering that’ll a) be your favorite new statement piece and b) successfully protect you from those damn mosquitos. Some say this is for camping, but they don’t know fashion.


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Promising review: “I have been using this product while working in my vegetable garden which is plagued with gnats and the occasional mosquito. The netting is very effective. I can see the gnats at times swarming around my face, yet foiled from reaching my skin by the Benvo net. I like the small drawstring bag it comes in and think it will be handy to store the net for use on hikes.” —Betsy

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

11.

An egg separator so making breakfast always goes swimmingly. I for one don’t see anything fishy about letting my yolk touch the lips of gold fish. He’s doing his best.


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And now you don’t need to spend an hour trying to get the yolk out of the bowl yourself.

Promising review: “This is by far the best kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. It actually makes me want to be in the kitchen (which is not my favorite place). It works exactly as described, is easy to clean, and is cute to boot. Just don’t be tempted to stick this fish to yourself. I’ve had to explain to all my coworkers how I ended up with fish hickeys.” —Siber

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two styles).

12.

A pack of self-warming eye masks for *maybe* alarming your partner when they roll over, but mainly treating dark circles and puffy under-eyes. ONE of you will definitely feel relaxed.


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They’re also scented (you can pick from jasmine, lavender, rose, or unscented) to help you ~relax~.

Promising review: “I’ve used several brands of these warm eye masks. I like this one the best. It retains the warmth longer — usually 30 minutes compared to 15 -20 for the others. I use these at night. It can really reduce the stress of my eyes. It’s very comfortable and warm. I use it before I go to bed. It’s really helpful and helps me get to sleep.” —Bo Zhu

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four scents).

13.

A friendly colander, because he’d really like to set the record straight about monsters. They’re actually extremely well-mannered and particularly helpful in the kitchen. Spaghetti is his favorite thing to strain, but he’ll work with really anything.


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Promising review: “I bought this as a gift for my husband and I was not disappointed. Once we stopped laughing, I took it off my head and placed it in the dishwasher. We’ve already used it several times. Multi-purpose and functional!” —Emily Dyer

Get it from Amazon for $18.20.

14.

A family-friendly steak seasoning that’ll take its task to upgrade your barbecuing skills very seriously. I doubt people will have the guts to question your cooking when seeing this — but once they taste your ribeye they’ll get it.


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Promising review: “We found this at a fruit stand in California and have been buying it ever since. If you want a great tasting steak or hamburger this seasoning can’t be beat! I highly recommend!!!” —Laura Martin

Get it from Amazon for $12.

15.

A cable protector so your roommate never “accidentally” uses your charger again — and you won’t need to deal with fraying cables, which is truly a blessing. Luckily, these guys can’t read so your texts will stay private.


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“Where the hell is my son” — Marlin protecting your charger.

Promising review: “This actually helps me use cables more easily and prevents damage. The best thing is it’s so cute.” —akmith

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $6 or a pack of two for $10 (available in 20 styles).

16.

A book titled The RBG Workout written by (you guessed it) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer. For anyone scoffing at following an 86-year-old woman’s workout routine…how about you try planking at almost 90 and get back to us.


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Guess who can’t plank at 25? This is illustrated with tips and workouts to get you squatting, stretching, jumping, and everything in-between. I’m sore already.

Promising review: “I’ve been working out — off and on — for 35 years. I’m in my mid-50’s now and in very bad shape. I’ve been looking for some way to get fit again without hurting myself. The RGB workout book walks through a simple (not easy) routine. That you only need to do it twice a week is a huge plus. It’s a nice set of exercises to follow that many folks will be familiar with. I can see where I can modify the exercises and routine as needed for me. It’s straightforward with nothing-too-fancy exercises for regular people who want to get and stay in shape. And, yes, I find it inspiring to follow the Notorious RGB back to fitness :).” —Aviva Gittle Publishing

Get it from Amazon for $11.52.

17.

A pair of pasta pot holders for cooking your real farfalle without burning your hands (mainly because that would mean you’d have to wait to eat). If one of these goes missing, maybe check that your guests didn’t try to eat it.


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Promising review: “These are the greatest little kitchen helpers since sliced bread! While that might be a slight exaggeration, they really have become my favorite pot holders. They’re small enough to stick in your gadget drawer, but plenty large enough to use on your largest, heaviest pots and pans. They’re great for lids that have handles that get hot. I keep one on those lids during the whole time I’m cooking. You could also leave them on glass items used in the microwave. They’re very handy and cute!” —Southern Gal

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.95.

18.

A Tony Moly hair nutrition pack, because there’s truly nothing more glamorous than washing your hair with condiments. Ok, it’s not REALLY mayonnaise, but it does use shea butter and macadamia seed oil to conquer frizz and damage to make your locks healthier and shiny.


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And it’s vanilla-scented so you won’t feel like you have mayo on your head. We’re not Pam.

Promising review: “I purchased this after reading the reviews on here. I recently had my already double processed and highlighted hair highlighted again, and the colorist way over processed and bleached my hair — it was so damaged and dry. I was practically crying. I was looking online to find a mask to help my poor hair recover. I have to say I’ve used so many different products and none have given instant results the way this has. I thought it smelled lovely like vanilla! I left it on for five minutes and my hair was so much better. I tried it again a week later and my hair keeps getting softer and more manageable. I would highly recommend this if you have damaged, dry hair.” —GP

Get it from Amazon for $16.

19.

A pizza nightlight that’ll fill your dreams with a slice of cheesy heaven *and* help you see when going to the bathroom at 3 a.m. Hopefully you can return to carb paradise when you go back to bed.


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Promising review: “The subtle, sexy glow that this pizza nightlight shines transcends space and time. Sure, it might make me hungry every time I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, but I find the pros to significantly outweigh the con.” —SqueegyBuckenheim

Get it from Amazon for $6 (available in eight styles).

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A set of jellyfish cleansing brushes so you have someone who shares your skincare enthusiasm. They can’t speak, but they LOVE exfoliating and scrubbing pores. Or at least, they sure seem like it…


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Promising review: “I love these! I bought these because they were cute and I thought they’d make good stocking stuffers, but then they actually turned out to be super functional. I have really oily skin and have a hard time exfoliating my T-zone/eyebrow area, and these get the job done and also feel great.” —Sax17

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.99.

21.

A set of cat butt magnets to prove you have purrfect taste, especially when you see how strong they actually are. Nothing is falling off the fridge on their watch — no if, ands, or butts.


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Promising review: “I was surprised at how strong the magnets are, as some other cat kitchen magnets by other sellers reviews stated weak magnetic hold. These can easily hold up about 10 sheets of paper. I used them for holding photos on my refrigerator, but they can hold more weight if needed.” —Angel Bruce

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $13.99.

22.

A garlic twist crusher for an inspiring reminder to always face your fears. Gracula used to avoid garlic at all costs — now he cuts, dices, and minces it like an absolute pro. A beautiful story, really.


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Promising review: “I purchased this as a gift for my friend who is a fantastic cook. She uses fresh ingredients almost exclusively — but pressing fresh garlic is a task usually delegated. No longer, Gracula is there for her. She uses him nearly every time she needs garlic (which is basically daily) and months later still makes a point of saying how much she enjoys the gift. I’m pretty sure she likes it better than other gifts I’ve gotten her, which were more expensive.” —L

Get it from Amazon for $16.

23.

A Big Foot air freshener, because he’s here to settle things once and for all. He’s real and…is pine-scented? Apparently his true calling is to make your car smell good. Who knew.


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Promising review: “A faithful and friendly traveling companion, my very own Big The Foot brings not just humor and delight, but the refreshing scents of a NW pine forest to my jeep. He’s perfect for Jeeps, families, and the overcome the odor of wet Labrador Retrievers.” —M. Formica

Get it from Amazon for $4.08.

24.

An ice cream door stopper that’ll both keep your office open and probably work up your appetite. If you have to close your door and have an impromptu Ben and Jerry’s session at your desk, this’ll understand.


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I would compare its door-holding abilities to Hodor’s. So AMAZING.

Promising review: “I bought this for my classroom and it did not disappoint. It’s funny and does the job of propping my door open well. Worth the buy!” —Josh

Get it from Amazon for $17.18.

25.

A slow-rising squishy so you can relieve stress by playing with this, instead of biting your nails. It’s even bread-scented, which probably means you’re about to crave a lot sandwiches.


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Promising review: ” I love how slow rising this is squishy. Pressing as hard as I could, I measured the time for it to complete rise back to its original state was 14 seconds. This is by far the most slow rising squishy I have in my collection. It’s very realistic looking, which is a plus. I feel that it’s worth the price!” —ChristineTheBean

Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (available in four styles).

26.

A razor holder for decluttering your bathroom counter, but mainly for having someone to talk to while shaving. He really is the perfect gentleman — he keeps your razor clean and never talks back.


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Just stick him to the wall!

Promising review: “This works great to clear clutter off the counter. It hangs from the mirror and holds the razor well. Super cute product!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

27.

A Bawdy butt mask, because Friday nights should always consist of this on your tush, “Bubble Butt” in the background, and a glass of chardonnay. It comes in four formulas to hydrate and tone, firm and illuminate, brighten and rejuvenate, and retexture and detoxify 🍑.


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Promising review: “Put it on and relax — your behind is getting a great dose of beauty. Just like a face sheet mask, this butt mask makes the skin you might just sit on all day feel refreshed and renewed. I cannot recommend it enough.” —snowycity

Get it from Free People for $9 (available in four formulas).

28.

A folding umbrella hat that’ll turn heads in all the best ways. I can’t think of anything more satisfying than walking through the rain without the need to hold your umbrella…everyone staring is just jealous.


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Just think of all the things you can carry now — so much Chipotle. It has a wrist strap and can be collapsed into a travel-sized umbrella!

Promising review: “So I bought this thing, giggling the ENTIRE time, thinking it was going to be the funniest thing ever as a gag for my husband. Turns out, it’s extremely durable and handy and he’s used the crap out of it! It folds up quite small. There’s a band that fits on your head and a chin strap in case it’s wild and windy outside so it doesn’t fly away. Every time it rains he finds a reason to slap this thing on so he can go outside in it! Guess what all of our friends are getting as gifts this year? Yup. This jewel!” —C Tucker

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three styles).

29.

A skull sponge holder so it doesn’t kill you to do the dishes anymore. Your sponge will stay cleaner now that it’s not picking up icky bacteria on the counter, and it’ll always be in direct access. Plus, this lil’ guy WILL judge you if you “soak” your plate for three days.


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Promising review: “Love, love, love it! I have bought so many sponge holders that fail after a month or so. I bought this months ago and it is still going strong. All of our various sized and shaped kitchen sponges have fit just fine.” —Penny

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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A tub of Unicorn Snot glitter gel for benefiting from everyone’s favorite magical creature, even if it’s just their boogies. It’ll add some ✨sparkle✨ to your look (it works on both skin and hair!) so you’re always sure to stand out.


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Plus, the gel dries clear and feels lightweight so you won’t even know it’s there — until it’s selfie time, of course. AND it’s vegan and cruelty-free!

Promising review: “I bought this stuff on impulse for our daughter, secretly wanting to try it myself. That night I had my wife braid my hair and style me up with some unicorn snot. I love how it turned out! It’s super sparkly; the pictures don’t do it justice. I had so much glitter in my hair! I would suggest layering lightly!” —Mrs. MamaG

Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in six shades).

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An egg cup holder, because this’ll help show off breakfasts so damn delicious they deserve to be knighted. Its quest is to hold your hard boiled egg perfectly in place, but it won’t oppose pictures.


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It comes with a cute lil’ spoon, too!

Promising review: “Great quality and craftsmanship! The ‘helmet’ has the added bonus of keeping the eggs warm for a while longer, too! Very cute, heavy-duty, and well done.” —Mistress Adeline

Get it from Amazon for $13.84.

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