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37 Products under $40 You Should Buy Because You Deserve It

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Sometimes you get tired of always being pragmatic and practical. Yes, it makes sense to pinch a penny here or there and not splurge. But then there are times when you just have to #treatyoself! And every once in a while, affordable and indulgent can go hand in hand. Whether you’re looking for smart upgrades to add to your home that make it more functional, or something fun that’s not entirely practical but that makes you smile, it’s OK to get a little wild and toss an add-on in your shopping cart (whether in real life or virtually).

And if you’re looking for a few options that will either make your life easier, bring a smile to your face, or simply satisfy a desire, we’ve rounded up a few options that we’re sure will work for you. So, keep scrolling because your Amazon shopping list is about to get bigger!

You will love our editor’s curated product picks! FYI: We are an Amazon affiliate partner and may get a share of the sale of your purchase (at no cost to you).

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The Car Organizer You Didn’t Know You Needed

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It can be very hard to keep your car from looking like an extra bedroom in your home. But this car organizer can be used to hold your purse, store extra essentials, or simply act as a barrier to keep Fido from hoping between the front and the back. The adjustable design works with a variety of car styles including sedans and SUVs. And it’s perfect for everyone — even if you don’t have a purse.

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A Cooling Pillow for Better Sleep

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Never underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. And if you’re the type who sleeps hot and wakes up in the middle of the night because of sweat, you’ll appreciate this two-pack set of cooling gel pillows from Beckham Hotel Collection. They’re designed to work with all types of sleepers including side, back, and stomach sleepers. And better still, these are available in queen size and have a no shift construction so you won’t have to keep fluffing your pillow throughout the night.

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Keep That Porcelain Throne Clean

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There’s nothing more embarrassing than having a house guest use your bathroom and discovering a toilet that’s stained and dirty. This pumice stone toilet cleaner from Powerstone helps to remove stubborn limescale and hard water stains but can also be used to clean tile in your bathroom or kitchen. Of course, it’s probably best to buy more than one if you want to treat this as a multipurpose cleaning tool.

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Get an Instagram-Worthy Fridge

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Yes, comparison is the thief of joy. But we can’t blame you for being a little bit envious when you see those influencer parents with their perfectly organized fridges. So, if you’re ready to bring order to the chaos that’s taken over your icebox, this six-pack set of storage containers — including an egg holder — is the perfect solution to your organizational woes. You’ll also get a soda can holder. And more importantly, these containers are so versatile, you can use them in other parts of your home if you prefer.

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Stop Searching for Batteries

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Practical buys can be exciting too. While this might not have made the toes curl on childhood version of you, today version is tired of hunting all over the house to find replacement batteries for the remote. This large battery organizer can hold up to 93 batteries of varying sizes. But more importantly, it comes with a tester so you can confirm exactly how much juice is left in one of the batteries.

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An Endless Supply of Ice

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Is there such a thing as a perfectly sized ice cube? Well if you believe that smaller is better, you’ll appreciate this two-pack set of silicone ice cube trays. Each tray can make 160 cubes that measure 3/8 inches square. But better still, since this is made from food-grade silicone, you can also use it for baking or making gelatin. And you’ll appreciate that the flexible silicone makes removing ice (or other items) easy.

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Create a More Organized Work Flow

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Yes, we know. We live in a digital world these days. But there are still many of us who like the analog experience of note taking. And if that sounds familiar, you’ll like this interesting set of notepads with built-in file folder tabs. Each pad comes with three tabs, with a total of 12 notepads in the set. Each notepad measures 9.5 by 12.5 inches. And there’s a wide range of colors to choose from — including sets with assortments so you can color code your notes and files.

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Cut Pizza like a Pro

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Stop hacking at pizza like a Neanderthal with a random knife. Upgrade your pizza skills by investing in a serious pizza cutter that’s also easy to clean (because the circular pizza cutters are a nightmare to clean). This 14-inch rocker knife from Checkered Chef makes cutting pizza a breeze. And the linear design means that keeping the blade clean is a snap. Note that you could also upgrade to the 16-inch knife. Plus, this pick comes with a blade sheath for added safety between uses.

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Fix Nicks With This Slobproof Paint Pen

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Moving furniture, playing with the kids, and hanging decorations all have one unfortunate thing in common – paint scratches! This touch-up paint pen dips right into your paint bucket, fills up with any paint, and lets you apply paint in small amounts with precision. It even keeps the paint inside fresh for up to seven years! I got the 5-pack because I have colorful walls in my house.

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Stimulate Hair Growth on Wash Days

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There’s nothing wrong with a good scalp massage. But did you know that scalp massages do more than make you feel good? They help to boost circulation, which can improve hair growth. This scalp massager from Flathead Products comes with two removable massage heads — a nubby one to gently massage your scalp and a more textured version to help remove dandruff and provide a deep clean. And the silicone construction makes this easy to clean. Note that you can use it wet or dry.

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Be a Good Pet Parent

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Unless you want people to think that you were raised by wild animals, you know that if you own a dog and let it go outside, you need to clean up after it. But handling poop with your hands (yes even when covered by a bag) can be a gross experience. The Pawler Dog Pooper Scooper is a great way to show that you’re a conscientious pet parent while also ensuring that you don’t have to come into direct contact with your pup’s waste. It’s great for both large and small dogs. And better still, the long handles ensure that you can clean up after your pup without stooping.

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An Air Freshener Specifically for the Bathroom

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We all have to go potty. But that doesn’t mean that we want lingering odors to alert the rest of the house about our regularity. Angry Orange’s toilet spray is designed to keep your bathroom habits private thanks to its orange spice scented essential oil air freshener. While you can use it as a general air freshener, you can also spritz it directly onto hard and soft surfaces, use it in your car, or even in your trash can to banish the smell of last night’s dinner.

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Love Your Pet — Ditch the Pet Hair

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If you have a furry pet, they shed. But some pets can be more obvious than others — leaving their shed hair all over the place like your clothes. Stop looking like you rolled in Max’s dog bed with this reusable pet hair remover from ChomChom. This easy-to-use roller is much more earth-friendly than traditional paper lint rollers. It’s easy to clean and comes in a compact size that’s travel-friendly too.

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Drink to a Better Cup o’ Joe

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If you drink coffee, then you should know that failing to descale your coffee machine is a great way to end up drinking subpar coffee. This two-pack set of descaling solution is ideal for single-cup pod coffee brewers like Keurig, Breville and Nespresso. Each bottle gives you enough solution to descale your machine twice. Along with removing mineral buildup, this product can also extend the lifespan of your brewer. And you’ll appreciate that your future coffee drinks will taste better.

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Unwind with a Little Bonsai Grooming

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Life can get stressful. So, having a creative outlet that helps you unwind is important. If you’ve got something of a green thumb, you might enjoy this Bonsai tree kit from Plant Theatre. You’ll get three distinctive mini bonsai trees that are hardy enough to survive indoors or outside. Plus you’ll get everything you need to help them thrive — pots, labels, and starter soil.

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Buttery Soft Everyday Leggings

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Comfy leggings that aren’t see through, and don’t have waistbands that roll down with just a look, are a staple for your wardrobe. And with these full length leggings (with an option for pockets), you can’t go wrong. Choose from 21 colors and know that the stretchy material is designed to move with you. Whether you use these for workouts, lounging, or running around town, you can’t go wrong.

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A Kitchen Gadget You’ll Always Use

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A jar opener might not sound scintillating at first. But consider that you don’t have to be an older adult to struggle with hand strength. Whether you just finished applying lotion and need to open a jar, or are experiencing reduced hand strength because of a temporary condition (pregnancy anyone?), this under the cabinet lid opener is going to be clutch. It’s easy to install and because it goes under the cabinets, it’s a discreet solution for a common problem.

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Get Lush Lashes in Seconds

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This is a staple that every beauty maven needs in their arsenal. A good lash curler can help you get that lifted look without the stress and headache of fake lashes or a lash perm. The classic design is easy to handle and comes with replacement pads. Plus, you’ll get a cute carrying bag so you can take your tool on the road without worrying about damaging it. Choose from rose gold or three other fun colours.

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Get Your Money’s Worth from Cosmetics

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There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to get every last drop of product out of expensive cosmetics bottles. Thankfully, the Spatty brand has a Lip Last Drop spatula designed to be petite enough to get into those annoyingly small lip gloss bottles. The small size makes it travel-friendly. And the soft material gives you the flexibility you need to reach every nook and cranny in the bottle. Better still, this spatula is reusable.

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Control the Shed

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Even if you have a pet that doesn’t shed like a beast, there are going to be times when you notice an uptick of hair around the home. This descending brush from Pat Your Pet makes it easy to stay on top of shed hair. And more importantly, it can also double as a dematting tool so you can get rid of dreaded tangles. Choose from two colours, and use this on cats or dogs.

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Recognize Your Hard Work as a Mama

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Parenting isn’t easy. But sometimes the role of “mom” can feel like a Herculean task with no days off. Pat yourself on the back and recognize how hard you work with this pretty Mama necklace from Benevolence LA. Made from 14 karat gold, you can choose from a white, yellow, or rose gold finish. And because of the dainty size, this is perfect to wear either by itself or as part of a layered necklace look.

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Smooth Skin Made Easy

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Whether you’re a frequent shaver or someone who’s planning on self-tanning, you’ll know that exfoliation is the key to avoiding irritation. Or, in the case of self-tanning, a streak-free, even finish. This two-pack of exfoliating brushes can be used on wet or dry skin and are designed to get rid of dead skin and to help quickly eliminate razor bumps and ingrown hairs caused by shaving. Use it on your face or body.

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Cozy Socks to Kick Your Feet Up

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Sometimes you just want to stay inside and get comfortable. And when that urge arises, you’ll want a cozy pair of socks to keep your tootsies warm. This set of slipper socks from Luther Pike Seattle is the perfect solution. Along with a fleece lining, you’ll get grip tread on the soles to keep you safe as you pad around the house. Choose from 10 different colours and patterns.

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Get Your Craft On

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Whether you’re just starting out on your sewing journey or need to replenish some basics from your kit, this sewing kit is great either for gifting or yourself. it comes with a wide range of essentials from thread, extra buttons, clips, and a thimble, to even including items you’ll need for knitting and crocheting. And the zippered pouch makes this a travel-friendly option that you can easily take with you. In total you’ll get 130 knitting and sewing supplies in this kit.

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Don’t Be Embarrassed by Your Feet

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No one wants to show off feet that look like they’ve seen better days. If your toes and soles are looking rough for wear, and you don’t have time for a pro pedicure, this foot peeling mask from SoftTouch is a great interim solution. While it does take a week or two to work, you’ll be left with baby soft feet that you won’t be embarrassed to show in sandals and flip-flops. Note that you get two sets of foot masks in a package.

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Practice a Little Self-Care

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While nice, self-care doesn’t always have to involve extravagant solo vacations or trips to the spa. Sometimes just slipping on a pair of eye masks after a long day can help transport you to a calmer moment. This set of 24 karat gold eye masks from Dermora is a great way to take care of yourself without the stress of planning travel or appointments. Each set of masks is designed to help de-puff and minimize the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Plus, they can help to reduce the look of fine lines.

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Get Big Sexy Hair in No Time

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Whether you’re getting ready for a date night or just want to add some oomph to your appearance, this set of ceramic hair rollers from Kitsch is a serious upgrade. Available in a multitude of sizes, you can create a full head of voluminous hair. You’ll appreciate that these are self-gripping. And, they’re vented, meaning that you can use them with a blow dryer to help boost your hair’s staying power.

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Take the Day Off in No Time

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What goes on must come off — especially when we’re talking about makeup. Sleeping in makeup is a no-no. Thankfully, this nano towel makeup remover from Life Miracle can easily get rid of makeup with just water. For added power, pair it with your favourite makeup removing wash or cleansing balm. And, you can easily toss it in the laundry and use it again.

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Unplug with a Trip to a Fantasy World

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VR headsets from major brands can be expensive — making the fun technology out of reach for many. But this wallet-friendly headset from BNext works with both Apple and Android mobile devices, and won’t set you back. Along with a comfortable fit that won’t irritate your head or face, you’ll like that it works with games, videos, and apps for a lifelike experience that you won’t forget.

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Exercise without the Knee Pain

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Floor exercises are effective. But sometimes they can be uncomfortable because there’s not enough padding for your joints or back. Thankfully, this TPE rubber kneeling pad gives you the added comfort you need so that you can stay focused on your workout rather than on discomfort. It’s perfect not just for exercise, but can also be used for gardening or any other task where you need to be on your knees.

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Keep Your Feet Summer-Ready

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While foot peeling masks are a nice jump start for a foot care routine, most people will agree that the best solution is to regularly slough off that rough, dry skin that can build up when you wear open-toed shoes. This combination pumice stone and soap solution from Love, Lori is a great way to keep your feet looking their best. The pumice stone removes rough skin while the soap which contains shea butter, vitamin E and aloe works to soften and moisturize your skin.

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A Pick-Me-Up for Your Eyes

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Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, you probably know that caffeine is a popular ingredient in topical skincare products that help to de-puff and temporarily improve the look of your skin. And that’s why you might want to invest in this Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream from 100% Pure. Along with caffeine, this has a potent blend of green tea, vitamin E, and rose hip to create a powerful vegan formula that helps to minimize puffiness and the look of wrinkles and dark circles.

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Step Up Your Pastry Game

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Not satisfied with regular pancakes? Then upgrade to this fun crepe maker from CucinaPro. It features a 12-inch non-stick electric griddle and even comes with a batter spreader for easy use. Choose from five temperature presets and you’ll appreciate the easy-to-understand indicator lights that let you know when the griddle is ready to use and when the crepes are done.

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Sleep like Royalty in These Luxe Sheets

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Set the mood for a good night’s sleep by upgrading your bedding to this king size sheet set from Danjor. Along with being fade resistant and machine washable, you’ll like that this six-piece set has deep pockets to accommodate mattresses up to 16 inches in height. You’ll get four pillowcases, a flat sheet, and a fitted sheet. Note that you can choose from seven colors and that there are sheets designed for mattress sizes from twin through California king.

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Unwind from a Long Day with Heat Therapy

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Whether you sit at a desk or work on your feet, neck and upper back pain is a common complaint at the end of the work day. Let the discomfort melt away with this heating pad designed specifically for use with your neck and shoulders. Note that it can pull double duty as a heating or cooling pad. Simply put it in the freezer or quickly heat it in the microwave to engage in hot and cold therapy for your aching muscles.

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Ditch the Plastic, Keep the Straws

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By now we all know that disposable single-use plastic straws aren’t good for the environment. But “weird but true” articles about metal straw injuries might have you hesitant to buy them. Thankfully, these sturdy — but safe — silicone drinking straws are the perfect solution. They’re reusable and come with a cleaning brush to keep them fresh between uses. And you’ll like that they are pre-bent for easier use.

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Protect Your Hearing

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You might be surprised to find that you probably spend more time exposed to loud noises than is actually safe for your hearing. If you’ve been making do with those disposable ear plugs that look like circus popcorn candy, it’s time to upgrade to a quality fit. This three-pack set of adjustable silicone ear plugs are perfect for not just protecting your hearing, but for use while swimming or sleeping. And they come with sturdy cases and a pouch so you won’t lose them.

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