I have a gift and I’ve been keeping it from all of you. I’ve been blessed with an amazing talent and to date, as I’ve been putting together these lists, I haven’t divulged what it is. Are you ready? Here it is: I can find the most expensive thing in any store or online — with very little effort. What’s up with that? I can walk into any retail location and head straight for the priciest item in the entire place. Awful, right? But, you know what’s worse? Having this gift and a budget.
That got me thinking, though. What if I put together a list of Amazon finds that look more expensive than they actually are? Products that give you that certain “je ne sais quoi” without wiping out your checking account: A smartwatch that costs 10% of what the big boys are charging; an indoor grill to coax out your inner Emeril Lagasse; a set of mirrors that even the Evil Queen from “Snow White” couldn’t resist. Put your credit card away for this one! I promise you 37 Amazon gadgets below that’ll make it look like you spent a million bucks when you really didn’t.
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Fill Up This Flask
Not that kind of flask, gosh. This sports bottle screams minimalist and chic thanks to its simple design and loads of features. It comes in a variety of colors in sizes from 14 to 64 oz. and includes three separate lids: A carabiner straw lid, a flip lid, and a stainless steel lid. The wide mouth allows you to add ice and the double-walled technology keeps drinks cold (or hot) for hours.
Cook With Color
All kitchen gadgets don’t have to be basic black. This seven-piece kitchen gadget set comes in fashion colors like navy, mint, pink and white accented by gold metal. For less than $20, you’ll get a can opener, ice cream scoop, peeler, pizza cutter, garlic press, cheese grater, and whisk that all coordinate. You’ll look like you have your life together, even if you don’t.
Maybe it’s the writer in me or maybe it’s typist training I had in high school (Yes, I’m typewriter old), but this colorful keyboard is just what you need to spice up an otherwise mundane workday. I love the retro round keys and the auto-power-saving feature that conserves battery life. Grab it in pink, teal, or this colorful combo above and be the envy of the entire office.
Stick To It
Immersion blenders are one of those things that can get super expensive super quickly. Maybe it’s because they know what a handy kitchen gadget it is. This multipurpose blender from Mueller doesn’t scrimp on features, but it is more than reasonably priced at less than $30. It has three different attachments, which is two more than I got with mine that I paid nearly $100 for.
This Grill Gets High Marks
It’s too hot to grill, O.K.? But, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy all of your grilled favorites … inside … from the comfort of air conditioning. This smokeless indoor grill has a large 14-inch cooking surface and an adjustable temperature setting up to 450 degrees. The best part is that you can still get those glorious grill marks. (Oh, and it being dishwasher-safe is pretty awesome as well.)
All Oiled Up
I know that you could use your olive oil in the bottle it was in when you purchased it, but why would you? This glass olive oil dispenser is both elegant and functional and just looks better sitting out on your kitchen counters. The non-drip design and clear bottle markings make both dispensing and refilling a breeze. It also comes with additional accessories like a funnel for refills and two different spout caps.
Know Your Place Mat
Have you ever found yourself sitting at a round table where someone has used square placemats? It just doesn’t work, does it? These wedge-shaped placemats are designed with round tables in mind — no overhang, no overlap. These are heat-resistant, can be used indoors or out, and are available in a ton of colors, from beige to orange. They also look pretty fancy, if I do say so myself.
Sleep On Satin
Nothing says “highfalutin” like sleeping on silk satin sheets. Just crawling into a bed with these buttery-soft sheets is an experience unto itself. These are made of 400 thread count in sizes from twin to king and each set includes a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and pillowcases. You don’t have to stay in a luxury hotel to have a luxury sleep experience. Hey! They should use that in their marketing.
You Can Take This Heat
Nothing feels better than a little warmth at the end of a long day, but traditional heating pads can be tricky to mold around your neck and shoulders. This heating pad has a tailored design meant to fit easily around your shoulders, secured by a magnetic clasp to hold it in place. It has four customizable heat settings and an extra-long power cord and can be used with moist or dry heat.
Spice It Up
Nothing says “I have it all together,” like having access to a full cadre of spices when you’re cooking. This revolving 20-jar countertop organizer keeps your 20 most-used spices right at your fingertips whenever you need them. Designed in polished stainless steel, this spice organizer also comes with five full years of free spice refills, which is “balling on a budget” if I’ve ever seen it.
Press Your Luck
Some people are coffee drinkers and some people are coffee connoisseurs. You can be in the latter if you grab this fancy French press coffee maker. It comes in 21- and 34-oz. sizes and chic colors like bronzer, pewter, and black. The carafe is made from high-resistant glass and it features a four-tier filtration system so your cuppa always tastes like you live with a barista.
A Savings On A Smartwatch
Spend $400 on a smartwatch? Pfffft. Why drop that kind of coin when you can snag this one for 30 bucks? With styles available for men or women, this wearable has all of the features you’d expect in a gadget like this: A fitness tracker, a heart rate monitor, a sleep tracker, and notifications for your messages and calls. The manufacturer asserts it has a 10-day battery life, too.
Shoe Storage That’s A Step Above
Shoe lover? Sneakerhead? You haven’t crossed into the obsessive category until you’ve purchased individual shoe storage boxes like this set of 12. Put them on display, hide them away in your closet or stuff them under your bed — the choice is yours. These boxes are sturdy and durable and can be organized in a number of configurations or folded flat when not in use.
Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall
When a review starts with, “Worth every penny,” you know it’s going to be good, especially if it’s still a bargain like these gold mirrors (a three-pack) for less than 15 bucks. Put them in your entryway, over a desk, or on the wall in your bathroom for an instant upgrade to your space. If gold isn’t your metal of choice, they also come in silver and white.
Your Plants Will Succ Without These Pots
This six-pack of colorful ceramic planters is on this list because someone sent me a real-life photo of them and — oh my gosh — are they adorable. Available in black and white or multicolored, each planter is just slightly different yet designed to work together flawlessly. Rehome your succulents or other tiny potted plants in these and add a Bohemian flair to any room.
Add A Hammock Chair To Your Space
I’ve always wanted one of these extra-large hammock chairs but thought they were well outside of my price range. Not true! This soft-spun cotton rope chair is less than $40 and comes in natural, gray, green, and blue colors. This is the perfect addition to a small balcony or a child’s room to become a cozy reading nook or your new favorite summer hangout spot.
Plastic Plates That Look Anything But
Whoever said plastic dinnerware was tacky obviously has never seen this 32-piece wheat straw set. Eco-friendly and safe for the dishwasher, microwave, and even the freezer, this set is colorful and includes eight plates of different sizes, bowls, cups, and utensil sets. Add it to your outdoor dining plans, a camper or RV, or just a stylish upgrade from your current mismatched pieces.
Soap On Demand
I hate kitchen scrubbies and here’s why: The ones that don’t have a built-in soap dispenser aren’t useful and the ones that do often make it impossible to get the soap out. This two-in-one soap dispenser with sponge holder eliminates my most hated features in traditional scrub brushes and puts the sponge and the soap in one smart location. Its one-handed design is smart, too.
Tote Your Gear In Style
If toting a laptop around is part of your daily routine, you need a bag that’s both functional and chic. This two-tone laptop bag checks all the boxes for me: Large enough to hold various sizes of laptops and tablets, 15 interior pockets, waterproof material, and a classy design. This style also comes in a floral pattern and a black leather, if either of those is more your speed.
Donuts For Dogs
I don’t know about you, but I hope one day I’ll look as comfortable as this guy does lying in this calming donut pet bed. Made of vegan faux shag fur, it is luxuriously soft and its round design with a raised rim offers both head and neck support as well as a sense of security. This bed comes in various sizes and colors and all are completely machine washable.
Chandeliers For Cheap
Who knew chandeliers were so cheap? I certainly didn’t. Now I want to add one of these modern crystal pendant lamps to every room (except maybe the bathrooms … too much?). One reviewer had this to say: “This chandelier is just lovely. I installed it above my kitchen sink for a bit of glam and I could not be happier. I get a smile just looking at it.” Especially when she remembers she only gave $26 for it.
Your Shower Caddy
Let’s face it: Most shower caddies are utilitarian in nature and not overly aesthetically pleasing. This shower caddy basket, luckily, is both. The tiered design gives you plenty of room for all your lotions and potions (it holds up to 20 pounds worth) and the included hooks are great for loofahs, razors, brushes, and more. This would also be a stylish addition to a kitchen for spices and utensils.
This Decor Is Jarring
If farmhouse chic is your vibe, these rustic Mason jar wall sconces are a no-brainer. You can snag a set of two with timer functionality and remotes for right around $30. These are great for indoors or out and feature different floral and color combinations to fit your space. The included LED string lights add an additional design element of interest. Personally, I’m a big fan of the peonies.
Watch Your Storage
We’ve all got that someone on our gift list who is impossible to buy for. This jewelry display case may be the ideal solution. Outfitted with a real glass top and soft velvet lining, this box will accommodate up to 12 watches on the top tier, wrapped around velvet pillows, and rings, bracelets, necklaces, and more in the second, concealed drawer.
Darling Desk Decor
Add your own pizzazz to your desktop with a six-piece desk organizer set in gold, black, rose gold, white, or one of several other fashion colors. Included with the set is a letter tray, magazine rack, business card holder, sticky note organizer, pencil cup, and supply rack. Not only can you stay organized, but you can look especially good doing it.
There are unlimited uses for this mirrored tray, from a fashionable serving tray to a cosmetics or jewelry organizer. I love either the golden gray or the golden silver, which both have a burnished antique look. The carvings on the side add to its uniqueness. Handles on each side mean you can easily move it from room to room. This would make a great gift idea without breaking the bank.
Throw This Over Your Couch
You can never have too many throw blankets. Just like you can never have too many pillows. (No matter what that insurance commercial says.) This one comes in six great neutral colors in a generous 50×60 size. One reviewer said: “I bought this because of the reviews and it is amazing, really glad I got it. Super warm and soft but also kind of lightweight. It’s the perfect combination!”
Water Your Pets Doing?
Can we talk about how adorable this is? This pet fountain provides an automatic watering hole for cats and small- to medium-sized dogs using three modes: Flower waterfall, flower bubble, and gentle fountain. This fountain is not only intriguing to pets, but it’s also a sanitary solution thanks to its triple filtration system. It’s available in gray or blue and the manufacturer says it’s ultra-quiet.
Bidet, Day Or Night
Want to impress your friends and family? Nothing says “I’m above my raising” like installing your very own bidet right onto your existing toilet. The self-cleaning nozzle is shielded for a sanitary experience and the entire thing is made of metal and ceramic for a higher-end presentation. The reviews on this number more than 35,000 and growing with words like “amazing” and “brilliant” used consistently.
Collars Of Colors
Consider this a public service announcement: Do not (I repeat, do not) go to your local pet store and spend $40+ on a new collar for your pooch. Not when Amazon has such adorable options, like this pastel polka dot number with an attached silk flower. There are a number of patterns to choose from and matching harnesses and leashes as well.
A Supersonic Knock-Off
You don’t have to drop $400 for a Dyson supersonic dryer when you can have this one for less than $40. This ionic hair dryer has all of the same attachments (smooth nozzle and diffuser nozzle) and features — two speeds, three heat settings, and multiple cool settings. Reviewers cite the speedy drying time and resemblance to a more expensive dryer as reasons to purchase.
The Minimalist’s Wallet
I gifted a wallet similar to this one a few years ago, but it was the more expensive name-brand version. Now there are RFID carbon fiber wallets out there for a quarter of the cost, like this one. The outer case is scratch-resistant and includes a money clip and, even though they all come in the same black design, you can choose a colored emblem that fits your own personal style.
Light Up Your Ride
If you’re a gear head (or you know a gear head), these interior car lights are the bomb for less than $20. They come with 48 LED lights that project millions of colors and have a smartphone app for pairing that allows you to control colors, brightness, and more.
You’ll only look like you spent $200 on these wireless earbuds with charging case; only you and I will know you only spent $30. I prefer black earbuds to white, personally, but these come in white as well along with navy, gray, and khaki. You’ll get stereo sound quality, Bluetooth connectivity, and one-step pairing in a waterproof and sweatproof design.
Get To Your Wine Faster
If you drink a lot of wine or you just want to impress your friends with how fancy you are, you need to throw one of these cordless electric wine openers in your Amazon cart. The cordless design lets you remove the cork in seconds (without putting anyone’s eye out) and it’s good for up to 30 bottles on a single charge. The included foil cutter is a nice touch.
Warm Your Wipes
Oh, the baby gear that has sprung onto the market in the past 10 years or so. Why would you want to use cold baby wipes when you can gently heat them in this wipe warmer and dispenser? (Seriously, think of your own bum here — warm or cold?) A built-in LED nightlight is a perfect addition for middle-of-the-night diaper changes and an on/off switch prevents potential fire hazards.
An Inexpensive Instant Pot
If you’ve been waiting for prices to drop on everyone’s new favorite kitchen appliance — the Instant Pot – today is your lucky day. The Instant Pot Duo Mini is a bit pricier than the items normally on our lists, but this is the lowest price I’ve seen on this one in quite a while. (Hey, we’re all about a bargain, aren’t we?) It has seven different functions and 14 one-touch programs.