I don't always have a bunch of extra money to splurge on fun items for myself, but I can usually swing 25 bucks without doing too much damage to my budget. When I've got 25 dollars burning a hole in my pocket, I usually head straight to Amazon to find something cool. Most of the time it's a book (in fact, I have a separate wish list for books — I'm up to 112 books on the list so far!), but there are plenty of other awesome things available on Amazon that I'd like to have in my home. That's mostly because Amazon carries items in pretty much every category you could ever think of.
If you've found yourself with an extra $25 to spend on something awesome just for you, then I've got 31 things that might strike your fancy! I hope you find something you like.
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This DIY Music Box Kit Looks Absolutely Magical
via: AmazonI'm gonna be upfront about this one: This object won't clean your house, save you money, or make it easier to complete some everyday task. But it will make your life more fun, which I think can be just as important! The music box comes with strips of paper and a hole punch. All you have to do is punch holes in the paper, then wind it through the machine and listen to it play a lovely tune! It comes with one pre-printed song strip and the rest are blank for your own enjoyment.
Chill You Beverages in a Flash with the HyperChiller
via: AmazonIf you like iced coffee, then I think the HyperChiller is an absolute must. You can pour hot coffee straight into it and it will chill it — in one minute! — without any dilution. I mean, it’s a no-brainer. You can also use the HyperChiller to chill wine, tea, whiskey…basically anything that is hot, but which you would like to be cold. It’s also dishwasher safe, so even cleanup is a total breeze.
This Toothbrush Holder Seems Pretty Sanitary
via: AmazonWe all saw the episode of MythBusters where they reveal that pretty much every toothbrush has super gross stuff on it, right? Ever since I saw it, I've tried to be very vigilant about keeping my own toothbrush clean (even if some germs are inevitable). This toothbrush holder can be mounted on your wall. It holds up two different toothbrushes and has a little cover that closes over them whenever they're hanging there. It's also vented for quick drying.
This Automatic Pot Stirrer Is the Best Kind of Robot
via: AmazonRobots that can spit out the solutions to math problems and solve the mysteries of life are cool and everything, but I’m personally more interested in robots that do my chores for me. Like this one, which can be set to automatically stir a pot for you! It’s safe for use with nonstick pans, completely cordless, and features three different stirring speeds. Just set the timer and rest assured that the robot is taking care of business.
This Organizer Uses Magnets!
via: Amazon/Erin J.This little tray has a magnet inside it which automatically arranges whatever is in it — like sewing pins or nails — into a starburst shape, making it easy to grab just one item at a time. It’s a simple idea that makes so much sense and can actually save you a lot of time, not to mention preventing needle pokes!
And Speaking of Magnets, This Magnetizer/Demagnetizer Is Pretty Nifty
via: AmazonSometimes you have unmagnetized objects that you wish were magnetized. Other times, you might have magnetic objects that you wish you could demagnetize. This little device lets you do both! Run your screwdriver (or even separate screws) through the magnetizing chamber to give them a magnetic charge — this is great for when you don't want to drop a screw onto whatever you're working on. If you want to eliminate the magnetization, simply run your tool through the demagnetizing chamber! This little device is much handier than you might think. Every household should probably have one.
This Magnetic Hourglass Is Classy AF
via: AmazonRegular hourglasses don’t even impress me anymore. This one has magnetized iron filings in it that build amazing stalagmites in the bottom bell whenever you flip it. Super cool, right? It also features an elegant wooden base and is the perfect size for just about any desktop. The countdown time is a minute (so you could also use it to lend board game night an extra classy air).
The Mini Buddha Board Is a Great Way to RelaxWhenever you need a moment of zen, go to the Buddha Board (this one is the mini version, but it also comes in a larger size). Simply dip the included paintbrush in plain water and create your designs. They'll appear on the board as if you were using actual paint. But that's not even the coolest part. After a few minutes, your designs will begin to fade until they eventually disappear completely. It's a great way to practice letting go of things that are bothering you, as well accepting that all the good things you have are temporary, too. (Whoa — bet you didn't realize you'd be getting a philosophy lesson while reading this list, did you?)
This Moon Lamp Looks Hella Cozy
via: AmazonI’m all about making life more cozy and this lamp is the perfect way to do just that. For less than 20 bucks, you can bring the warm glow of the moon right into your home. The built-in rechargeable battery provides between 4 and 20 hours of illumination depending on how bright you have it — the lamp emits either warm yellow or cool white light according to your preference.
Make Healthier Choices with the Zoodle Chef
via: AmazonIf you’re trying to cut down on carbs, or even just trying to make your veggie intake more interesting, the spiralizer is a great tool to have in your inventory. It easily turns veggies into spaghetti-like tendrils that can be used in place of actual pasta. Now, I’m not going to tell you that the pasta-shaped veggies taste exactly like pasta, but they are a pretty fair substitution, and this thing is very fun to use!
This Outlet Shelf Will Free up So Much Counter Space
via: AmazonIf you’re short on counter space in your kitchen or bathroom, this outlet shelf is a great product to consider. It can be installed over your existing outlet in about three minutes flat. Once it’s there, you can plug in your Google Home, Alexa, Bluetooth speaker, electric toothbrush, or anything else you want to keep out of your way. It’s designed with a channel built into that allows your charging cable to pass through, too.
The Drop Stop Is a Totally Simple, Yet Totally Genius Idea
via: AmazonHow many times have you dropped your phone, some change, or a few french fries into the abyss between your car seat and the center console? Unless you already have a Drop Stop, the answer is probably "millions of times." The Drop Stop fits pretty much every vehicle. Just secure the loop around the seat belt clip and stuff the rest in the crevice and voila! It's blocked! It's so simple that you're probably wondering why you didn't think of it. I know. I wish I had thought of it, too.
The Diamond Dazzle Stick Will Bring New Life to Your Jewelry
via: Amazon/Alina L.Not gonna lie — I spent a good 10 minutes just looking at the before and after photos in the customer reviews for this item. They are seriously amazing! Somehow, this diamond cleaner stick — which only costs about 5 bucks, by the way — makes jewelry sparkle as though it's been professionally cleaned. It's not just for diamonds, either. It can also be used on other precious and semiprecious stones. The tiny bristles on the brush allow you to reach every nook and cranny on your rings (and other jewelry) and leave them sparkling like new. This is one I'm buying for myself!
These Air Purifying Bags Will Make Your Life Smell Better
via: AmazonThey’re filled with activated bamboo charcoal which naturally works to absorb gross odors and leave nothing but fresh smelling air behind. Grab a few to put in your gym shoes, hang in your closet, or leave in your car. Wherever musty or stinky odors are present, these fancy bags will find them and eliminate them for good. They’re also totally safe to use around your pets and/or kids!
Sugru Is Kind of Like PlayDoh for Grownups
via: AmazonThis listing is for eight small packets of Sugru in several different colors. Each packet contains a small amount of moldable compound — the possibilities from there are pretty much endless. Mold the Sugru into whatever shape you want — maybe a hook for your toothbrush, some bumpers for your cabinet doors, or a stand for your phone. Once you’re done molding, just let it sit overnight. It will automatically cure into a hard silicone rubber!
This Foot File Does Twice the Work in Half the Time
via: AmazonDue to its unique, curved shape, this foot file works on both sides of your foot at once. Simply use it on your dry, rough, and cracked skin to make your feet softer. The file isn't just curved; it's also double-sided. One side can be used to slough of dry, hard skin, while the other buffs your soles and toes until they're soft and smooth. When you're done using it, you can wash the whole thing and hang it up using the handy attached loop until next time.
The Addalock Will Make You Feel Safe and Secure
via: AmazonThis is such an incredibly smart idea and I kind of can't believe I haven't heard of it before! For anyone who would like a little extra security — whether you're staying in a hotel or an Airbnb, the Addalock is basically a must. It fits most standard doors! All you have to do is insert the metal part into the door's strike box, close the door, and hook the red piece onto the designated spot...OK, I realize it may seem a little complicated to explain, but it can literally be installed in a few seconds. And once it's in, the door can't be opened from the outside until you remove it.
via: AmazonUse this brush to massage your scalp and lather up shampoo at the same time. It features a handle that’s easy to grasp and several flexible rubber tips to really get in there. The gentle massage the device provides increases blood flow to the scalp and promotes relaxation — it might even boost hair growth! If you suffer from dandruff or an itchy scalp, this brush is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
This Overflow Drain Cover Will Take Your Baths to the Next Level
via: AmazonAs we just established, if you’re going to be taking a bath, you deserve to go all out when it comes to relaxing. That means having the water cover your entire body (and not stopping below your knees or shoulders). In order to accomplish that, you want to cover the overflow drain cover on your tub. That’s exactly what this handy gadget accomplishes. Say hello to deeper, more luxurious baths!
This Eyeliner Stamp Creates the Perfect Wing Every Time
via: AmazonPutting on makeup sure can be tricky! Anyone who’s ever tried to master the winged eyeliner look knows how quickly it can go from “passable" to “panda-eye." This clever little stamp takes all the guesswork and fine muscle movement out of the equation. Simply stamp on your wing and you’re good to go. The eyeliner itself is both waterproof and smudge proof.
The FakeTV Is Another Simple Invention That Makes So Much Sense
via: AmazonWe're all familiar with the trick of leaving your TV on in order to deter potential burglars. This little device accomplishes the same effect, but only consumes the same amount of power as a standard night light. Turn this thing on before you leave the house (by flipping a single switch), and the lights will flash, creating the illusion of a 27-inch TV being on. It accurately simulates scene changes, fades, and on-screen motion. Pretty smart, huh?
This Bath Bomb Set Would Make an Excellent Gift
via: AmazonBath bombs are the perfect way to take an ordinary bath to the next level. This pack of 12 bath bombs would be a perfect gift for a friend…or you could keep them all for yourself, too. They come individually wrapped in a nice gift box. The set features 12 different scents for you to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Better start filling that tub!
This Pet Hair Remover Looks Pretty Ugly, But It Seems to Really Work!
via: Amazon/Nisha NairThis thing isn't going to be winning a design award any time soon, but once you see what it does to all the pet hair entangled in your rugs, clothes, and furniture, you're not gonna care even a little bit. Simply sweep the ugly stone over your furniture and get ready to marvel at how much hair it removes. Like, seriously. This is another one where it's totally worth checking out the customer reviews.
Your Spider Friends Will Thank You for Getting This Critter CatcherMost people don't enjoy sharing their living space with creepy crawly creatures. On the other hand, we don't all have the stomach to squash them, either. In a perfect world, spiders would respond to you asking them politely to vacate the premises. Barring that, the Critter Catcher seems like a pretty good option! It allows you to gently pick up the offending visitor (from a solid distance) and bring it outside to your garden, where it can happily gallivant to its heart's content.
This Hanging Jewelry Roll Is Brilliant for Travelers
via: AmazonI tend to keep my jewelry in a plastic baggie whenever I travel, and I always regret it. I end up spending more time detangling necklaces than I thought was even possible. This travel pouch provides several separate zippered pockets for your jewelry and rolls up so it can easily fit in your suitcase. There’s also a little loop you can use to hang the holder up once you get to your destination. Pretty genius!
This Blanket Fits in Your Pocket!
via: AmazonI'm a firm believer in the fact that you can never have too many blankets. As it turns out, that statement applies to both inside blankets and outside blankets. This one folds up to about the size of a matchbox. When you need it — whether to use as a picnic blanket or a way to claim your beach spot — just unfold it and it's ready to go! It's water repellent and puncture resistant, so it's a great choice for all of your adventures.
These Scissors Are Kept in a Tube
via: AmazonImagine a pair of scissors you could carry around in your pocket or purse without having take any precautions so they don't stab something (or someone). Now stop imagining it and just buy these scissors already! When you're not using them, they can be stored in the handy little tube. It even has a pen clip-like device so you can hang it on your pocket (or wherever else). This is exactly the upgrade scissors have been needing this whole time.
This Paper Shredder Uses Zero Electricity!
via: AmazonAll you need are your hands! Well, and some paper to shred, obvs. Simply load the paper into the slot and twist the ends to shred it into...well, shreds! Not only is this a good way to maintain security and privacy; it also just looks like it'd be super fun and cathartic to use, doesn't it? At just over 12 bucks, you may as well get one for both your home and office!
This Stapler Doesn't Actually Use Staples!
via: AmazonInstead, it cuts a tab-and-loop-style closure that holds a stack of papers together. Never having to buy staples again? Yes, please. You’ll also never accidentally put a staple through the paper shredder! And you don’t have to remove staples before recycling! This little gadget has a lot going for it. I also just love the cheery color of the green one (but it’s also available in white, blue, and pink.
This Perpetual Calendar Would Dress up Any Desktop
via: AmazonIf you find yourself looking up the date multiple times a day, you would probably benefit from a perpetual calendar like this one. The handmade wooden tiles can be switched out and flipped around to keep track of the month, date, day, and even the day of the week. Setting the calendar is a great way to get started with your day. And — bonus — it’ll last forever! (Or at least as long as we’re still using the current calendar system. I guess that could change.)
These Stainless Steel Straws Are Good for the Environment
via: AmazonEverybody’s talking about straws these days, huh? Do your part to cut down on plastic straw waste by switching to stainless steel straws at home! The oceans will thank you. This listing is for an 8-pack of straws. My favorite part is that they come with a teeny tiny brush that makes washing them a breeze (although they’re also dishwasher safe)!