Whether you're looking for a cool-but-affordable gift or simply want to buy yourself a little treat, we've got you covered! I scoured Amazon for some of the most original, ingenious, or just downright weird things you could buy right now for under $20. No matter what your taste, you won't be disappointed!
We've got the sweet (a kitty pounce toy), the elegant (a crystal whiskey glass set), the practical (a car trash can), the beautiful (a rose gold pen set,) and the bizarre (a pug dog mask). Personally, I've got my heart set on this Bob's Burgers enamel pin. But then I'm fancy like that.
We hope you find these handy products as awesome as we do. Prices on Amazon tend to fluctuate but all of our picks were under $20 when we wrote about them. Just an FYI: we participate in affiliate programs, and may receive a share of sales from links on this page.
Send a Cuddly Kitten to Someone You Love With This Set of 100 Animal Postcards
via: AmazonGoing to the mailbox can be such a bummer these days—nothing but bills and junk mail. You can change that, with this set of 100 adorable postcards featuring cats, dogs, birds, bears, and more, illustrated by 10 different artists. Use these treasures to send notes to your loved ones so they can walk away from the mailbox with a smile on their face for once. The set comes in a cute animal case with designs neatly categorized, just like in a recipe box.
This Colorful Wooden Cactus Helps Kids Learn About Balance While Having Fun
via: AmazonThis beautiful wooden peg toy is great for kids ages 3-8 because it keeps them engaged and helps refine their cognitive and spatial skills. The goal is simple: Attach the "spikes" to the cactus without it falling over. A great way to promote teamwork with children and students!
Roomy, Stylish and Lightweight, This Beach Tote Also Doubles as a Cooler!
via: AmazonThis teal canvas beach bag first caught my eye because it's cute, but then I discovered that it's also super functional. The top zippered mesh section has tons of space (enough to fit four large beach towels!), and the bottom section unzips to reveal a cooler, where you can store soda, snacks and anything else you want to protect from the toasty temps.
This Handsome Beard Comb Kit Makes a Great Gift
via: AmazonAs we all know, beards are in. But that doesn't mean scraggly is in. This thick wooden beard comb has you covered, with teeth that can get through any beard thickness without snagging or tangling. Plastic combs often cause frizziness, whereas anti-static wood leaves those tresses smooth and silky. Plus, this comb comes with a high-quality PU leather case embossed with the manly Hunter Jack logo.
With This Lens, Your Photos Will Finally Look as Good as Those Ones You Drool Over on Social Media
via: AmazonThis three-in-one phone camera lens kit has a 0.6X wide-angle lens, a 180-degree fisheye lens and a 15X macro lens -- and it works with most iPhones and Androids. Just clip it over the camera lens on your phone and you're ready to take breathtaking photos with jaw-dropping clarity.
Declutter Your Car With This Handy Compact Trash Can
via: AmazonSick of driving around in a car strewn with empty water bottles, food wrappers and crumpled-up receipts? Actually, even if you're typically pretty tidy, this car trash can is for you! It hangs by an adjustable strap and has a leak-proof easy-clean liner inside. Just slide your trash in the rubber slot on top and all the mess and odor will be retained in the bin.
Keep Those Earbuds in Place With These Trusty Ear Hooks
via: AmazonDon't you hate it when you're mid-twerk in your solo dance party and the music suddenly dies? Those pesky earbuds don't always stay put. EarBuddyz 2.0 to the rescue! For less than $20, you get three pairs of ear hooks made of soft, flexible silicone with precise sensor cutouts for AirPods and EarPods.
Can You Solve One of 40 Coggy Challenges? Just Shift & Click the Gears Into Place
via: AmazonThis brainteaser toy strengthens visual-spatial, logic and motor skills -- and it's tons of fun! Just shift the multicolor connected gears into different positions and try to match patterns on the 40 challenge cards. Ideal for kids ages 6-12, you'll probably find yourself tinkering with it too.
These Cute Crayon Rocks Are Easy for Small Fingers to Grip
via: AmazonThese may look like Jellybeans, but they aren't! Designed to teach correct pencil grip, these crayon rocks (made with soy wax) come in 16 colors and are housed in a cute little muslin bag. They're used by occupational therapists and preschool teachers to help strengthen children's grip muscles and improv coordination.
Cute or Creepy? This Dog Mask Straddles the Line in the Best Way
via: AmazonWhere would you wear a pug mask? Here are some ideas: internet date, dinner party, job interview, neighborhood walk, PTA meeting or grocery store. (Or I guess it might work for Halloween...) Buyers love this kooky mask. It gets a 4.3 out of 148 ratings. Made of latex and large enough for an adult or child, you really can't miss with this $14 find.
Treat Yourself to a Darling Dog Cell Phone Stand in Elegant Wood
via: AmazonIt's time to upgrade that old tape dispenser you've been using as a cell phone stand. Okay, maybe you're not THAT far out of date, but still, this wooden dog cell phone holder is such a cute find at a great price. Fits most iPhones and Androids both horizontally and vertically. Or, get creative and use it to display other flat objects, like recipe cards in the kitchen.
Capture 360-Degree Time Lapse Photos With This Time Lapse Mount
via: AmazonYou know those amazing panoramic photos of exotic beaches and stunning mountain views? Now you can take those professional-looking pics yourself. Simply mount your camera to the 1/4-inch thread atop the Time Lapse Mount and it'll make one full rotation every hour, letting you to capture a time-lapse sequence that's as close to real life as you can get without being there.
These Softcover Notebooks Are Both Pretty and Useful
via: AmazonIt's such a delight to write in a beautiful new notebook, and with this deal you get four! Compact and lightweight, you can throw one in your purse for on-the-run note-taking. Amazon reviewers had lots of uses for them: class notebook, bible study companion, journal, planner or sketch book.
This Foldable Silicone Keyboard Is Waterproof and Fun to Use
via: AmazonThis foldable silicone keyboard may look like a toy, but it's the real deal. Just plug it into your laptop via USB and enjoy soft, silent typing wherever you go. Lightweight and malleable, you can simply roll or fold it up and stick it in the pocket of your computer bag.
Adjust Your Laptop to Eight Ergonomic Angles With This Laptop Stand
via: AmazonSay goodbye to wrist pain and neck aches with this ergonomic laptop riser. Compatible with a wide array of laptops (up to 44 pounds!) it allows for ventilation of the machine while it adjusts to eight different positions, from 30 to 50 degrees. Plus, it folds down to a thin, easy-to-carry size perfect for travel.
Add a Touch of Exotic Flair to Your Home With These Moroccan Globe Lights
via: AmazonNothing can set the tone of a room better than the right lighting. These Moroccan string lights feature 20 gold metal balls (1.5-inches wide) with ornate cutouts that create the feel of a cozy lounge draped in rich tapestries. They're battery-operated, so there's no unsightly cord to worry about. And you can use the timer function to program them for instant ambiance at the same time each evening.
This Slim White-and-Gold Mouse Is a Designer Accessory
via: AmazonBesides being beautiful, this sleek 2.4GHz wireless mouse has a smooth frosted surface and a remarkably quiet click, making you a welcome presence at the Internet cafe. It has universal compatibility with any computer that has a USB port. Small, lightweight and super cute, it's the perfect companion for the person who wants to work remotely from anywhere.
Play Video Games From the '80s Right in Your Home With Pac-Man Connect
via: AmazonWhether you were a Pac-Man player back in the day or you're discovering vintage video games for the first time, this gadget is for you. Just plug the joystick into the A/V jacks on your TV and you've got an old-school arcade right there in your home. It comes with 12 games pre-installed, including Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug and more, plus Pac-Man 256, which allows you to begin where the original game left off.
Twist the Octopus Legs of This Tripod to Clamp Onto Any Surface
via: AmazonGet the perfect selfie or group shot (with you included) using this handy portable tripod with wireless remote. The bendy legs can grip onto railings to hold the camera in place, or they can be straightened out to stand like a typical tripod. This little wonder, newly upgraded in 2019, is compatible with iPhones, Androids and GoPro cams.
Zest Up Your Decor With This Geometric Wire Picture Frame
via: AmazonWe all have thousands of electronic photos floating around on our phones and computers. Why not print some of those out and showcase them around the house? This black Prisma photo frame offers just the right touch. It displays your 4x6-inch picture in a cool, modern way that really makes it stand out.
Witty and Wild, These Colorful Leggings Are a Look Inside the Medicine Cabinet
via: AmazonAt first, these leggings appear to have an abstract pink-blue-and-white pattern, but upon closer inspection, they're made up entirely of pills. Little white pills, big blue pills, puffy pink pills -- an entire pharmacy up and down your legs! I want to throw these on and see how long it takes people to spot the pattern.
This Tiny Polaroid Cube Has Huge Capabilities
via: AmazonFor the perfect action shots, just mount this little (1.4-inch) Polaroid Cube to your bike, helmet or anywhere else, and set off on an adventure. It has image stabilization to keep those pics from coming out all blurry, plus low light capability, a 124-degree wide-angle lens, and more. Whether you want to take pictures (up to 6-megapixels) or video (720P or 1080P), the Polaroid Cube has you covered. And it's so cute!
This Wacky Pool Pal Is Over Six Feet Tall!
via: AmazonI've always been a fan of those crazy inflatable men that wave in the wind at roadside businesses. Now, I can have one of my own to float in the pool with me! Since he's a floaty, he's not gonna wave like his land-loving brothers, but he's still cute as heck and has a floppy yellow hairdo. If you're feeling really silly, you can even take him with you for a day at the beach!
Bet You Don't Already Have a Praying Mantis Finger Puppet!
via: AmazonThis little praying mantis finger puppet is a great way to entertain and educate kids. And according to reviewers, adults love it too! When they see it lying around, they can't help but pick it up and play with it, kind of like a fidget spinner or a stress ball. And I get that. Just looking at the picture is making me want to touch the thing!
This Puzzle Gift Box Creates a Present Within a Present
via: AmazonThe fun of receiving a gift just got funner. (I know that's not a proper word, but I'm excited!) Perfect for when you're giving the gift of cash, this box has a sealed compartment on top where you insert the "prize." It's the recipient's job to tilt the box this way and that, navigating a little metal ball through a maze to try to solve the puzzle and open the lid. These boxes turn an ordinary gift into an exciting activity, making for two gifts in one!
This Notepad Works Like Magic! Scratch Off the Black Coating to Write a Colorful Message
via: AmazonWriting a note has never been so fun! At first glance, these notes might look like they were written with colorful markers. But they were actually written with a wooden stylus. It's the paper that supplies the colors. Just scratch the black matte coating off, using the stylus to write words and draw pictures. You may buy these for your kids, but before you know it, you'll be using them yourself!
Add a Touch of Elegance to Your Desk With These Sleek Gold Pens
via: AmazonThere's something so luxurious about writing with a beautiful pen. These six twist-open ballpoints come in a white gift box with tissue paper, ready for gifting! (If you can part with them.)
Now These Are Some Spicy Robots! Wind-Up Salt & Pepper Shakers
via: AmazonI don't know about you, but I find that condiments always taste better when they're delivered to me by a robot. Wind-up salt and pepper shakers to the rescue! Just screw off their little black-and-white heads, fill them up with granular goods, and then wind them up for a trek across the table.
Get Ready for Your Close-Up With This Clip-On Selfie Ring
via: AmazonWhen it comes to photography, lighting makes all the difference! But none of us wants to go broke just to fund a few flattering selfies. This LED light ring is a great way to up your photo game without breaking the bank. It's compact and lightweight with three brightness settings and the ability to be clipped-on wherever you go. And it has a built-in battery that you simply recharge by USB.
This Gorgeous Modern Art Shopping Tote Is Hard to Resist
via: AmazonNow that we're all carrying around reusable shopping bags, why not treat yourself to something cute? This water-resistant tote from the LOQI Museum collection features a tribute to Piet Mondrian's Composition in bold, beautiful colors. With the strength to support up to 44 pounds, this bag can be used to carry groceries, a new pair of shoes, or your everyday whatnots that just won't fit in your purse.
This Bob's Burgers Pin Is the Accessory You Didn't Even Know You Needed
via: AmazonIt's hard to pick my favorite character from Bob's Burgers, but Tina is a strong front-runner. She's wholesome and loves her family, but then she's also boy-crazy and obsessed with butts. This little enamel pin captures her in all her glory!
Too Faced's Unicorn Tears Lipstick Is Out-of-This-World Beautiful!
via: AmazonWhat color are unicorn tears? Apparently, they're sheer lavender with a sky-blue shift. Dazzling! This gorgeous Too Faced Mystical Effects lipstick can be worn by itself, or layered over your favorite lipstick to give it a shimmery, holographic vibe that's truly unique. (Between you and me, I think those unicorns were crying with joy.)
Grow Your Own Venus Fly Trap in This Tiny Blue Terrarium
via: AmazonVenus flytraps are famous for having claw-like tendrils and being carnivorous (look out, insects!), but who knew they could also make for beautiful home decor? Only one problem: they're incredibly hard to keep alive as houseplants. So Bloomify came up with a solution. Their Venus flytraps grow in a small bulb-shaped jar where they're fed on a nutrient-rich blue gel that keeps them thriving for months.
This Is the Best Party Game I've Played in Years
via: AmazonIf you've never played Werewolf before, get ready for nail-biting suspense as you and your friends (up to 75 people total can play!) try to figure out who are the werewolves and who are the villagers. It's a game where lying pays off, and you never know who to trust. If you have played before, this deluxe edition gives you an expansion pack, with more than 40 unique roles on 78 role cards.
Whack-a-Mouse: The Toy After Every Kitty's Heart
via: AmazonThis game has my cat's name written all over it! He loves pouncing on a feathered wand I poke out from underneath a blanket. This Whack-A-Mouse toy is a heightened version of that same crouch 'n' pounce game. Just poke the blue mouse-on-a-stick up through one of the six holes in the box for tons of kitty hunting fun.
This Seven-Piece Whiskey Set Screams Sophistication
via: AmazonNothing dresses up a cocktail like the perfect glass. This seven-piece whiskey set looks great on the bar and makes your favorite bottle of that smokey sweet nectar taste even better. Includes six 9 1/2-ounce rocks glasses and a 33.75-ounce decanter with stopper. And it's all dishwasher safe!
Make This Cool Howling Wolf Out of Wooden 3D Puzzle Pieces
via: AmazonLego has it right. It's fun to build things with your hands. In this case, your building "blocks" are wooden puzzle pieces that assemble to form a howling wolf. The kit comes with laser-cut pieces that are smooth and safe, and they secure to each other via a series of notches (no glue required). This is truly just as much fun for kids as it is for adults, and the finished result is a tiny sculpture that looks great on display.