Every once in a while, you need treat yourself. But you don’t need to break the bank in the process. Look hard enough and you can find innovative, brilliant, life-changing stuff for less than $50—provided, of course, that you know where to look.
We’re talking about stuff like…
1. AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Love espresso, but can’t afford a $3,000 espresso machine? The AeroPress has a brilliant design that immerses coffee grounds in hot water, resulting in lower acidity and an incredibly rich taste.
2. Otrio Board Game
Think tic-tac-toe, but elevated. It’s great for kids, but adults can get addicted too.
3. HoMedics Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager
Granted, it’s not quite as relaxing as a real massage, but the heat feels amazing after a hard day’s work.
4. Soarigami Airplane Portable Armrest Divider
Whether you’re traveling with kids or sitting with a stranger, this ingenious device will make the flight more comfortable by dividing the armrest into two sides, each of which extends to accommodate an adult-sized elbow.
5. Viter Energy Caffeine Mints
If you’ve ever wanted to freshen your breath while putting an extra spring in your step, Viter Energy’s caffeine mints deliver. They pack 40 milligrams of caffeine along with a vitamin B complex—and no calories.
6. Fancii Magnifying Makeup Mirror
If you want your makeup to look perfect every time, this brilliant mirror hits all the right notes. It attaches to your bathroom mirror via a strong suction cup and provides a magnified view with a natural daylight LED.
7. Prism Glasses
Read while lying down. Sure, it’s lazy, but it’s convenient.
8. Neat Cheeks Flavored Face Wipes
Flavored with calorie-free stevia, these face wipes stop kids from fussing during after-meal cleanups.
9. Charcoal Companion Potato People
These spud skewers dress up your potatoes like people (literally). They’re functional—allowing you to grill your potatoes without burning them, but they’re also completely ridiculous. And that’s why we love them.
10. LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle
This BPA-free water bottle uses the LifeStraw hollow-fiber membrane technology to filter out 99.9999 percent of waterborne bacteria. Essential for hiking or camping (although we’d still bring plenty of fresh, clean water just in case).