Affirm lets you pay off large online purchases over time – here are 60+ stores across home, fashion, and travel that accept it

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  • It’s now easier and more convenient to buy the things you need, when you need them, with microloan providers like Affirm.
  • Affirm lets you pay for online purchases over a period of time (usually three, six, or 12 months).
  • Annual percentage rates (APR) range from 0-30% and Affirm does not charge any additional fees.
  • It’s available at 60+ of our favorite online retailers, including mattress, home and kitchen, and clothing brands.

You’re working with a tight budget, but you need to buy an important essential, you want to take advantage of an online sales event, and you have gifts to buy for everyone in your life – what do you do? Short of having an awkward conversation with a friend or family member to borrow some money, there’s now an easier, more convenient way to manage how you pay for online purchases, on your own terms.

Affirm is a payment option you’ll see when you check out your cart at many online shopping sites. It’s especially useful for large purchases such as furniture and mattresses because it lets you pay them off over a period of time (usually three, six, or 12 months). Annual percentage rates (APR) range from 0 to 30% and you’ll always be shown upfront the total amount of interest you’ll pay. Affirm does not charge any additional fees.

You can apply for a loan as you’re shopping at one of many Affirm’s partner stores, which include women’s and men’s fashion, furniture, sports and fitness, electronics, jewelry, and watch brands.

When it comes time to pay, you’ll see something like the below:

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From there, you can create an account, get approved for a loan, and pay off your purchase at a pace you’re comfortable with.

You can see which online retailers accept Affirm below.

They’re divided by category and we’ve also designated which ones offer loans starting at 0% APR with an asterisk.

While there are some more established companies, many are up-and-coming startups that are changing the way you shop for things like shoes, glasses, and home goods. Partnering with Affirm is just another way they’re helping to modernize and simplify the online shopping experience.

Here are 60+ stores that accept Affirm:

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The 32 best gifts for teen girls on Amazon, from a tie-dye kit to a karaoke microphone

  • Buying gifts for teen girls doesn’t have to be difficult or send you searching across many sites.
  • Using my own sisters as inspiration, I chose 32 Amazon gifts that cover many interests and budgets.
  • Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here.

Buying gifts for teen girls can be a daunting task, which is probably why they end up with seven identical lip balms from different relatives every year.

But getting a thoughtful, fun, and useful gift is easier than you think. In fact, it doesn’t even require you to leave Amazon. Below, I’ve rounded up 32 gift ideas, all of which you can find on Amazon, for the teen girls in your life. As someone who was once a teen girl and who has teen sisters, I feel confident in saying this is a good jumping-off point.

Shop the 32 best gifts for teen girls:

A tie-dye kit for making colorful shirts

Tulip One Step 5 Color Tie Dye Kit; gift for teenage girl

There’s no need to buy tie-dye clothing when they can use this kit to make their own. Five dyes, gloves, rubber bands, and an instruction guide come in this easy-to-use set. It’s not only a fun art project, but they’ll get some vibrant, stylish, homemade shirts from it, too.

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A console for a true gamer

Nintendo Switch; gift for teenage girl

For the serious gamer in your life, a Nintendo Switch could be just what they need. This console has been all the rage thanks to its innovative design and ability to travel well. They can play popular games like Animal Crossing, Among Us, New Pokémon Snap, and more.

Read our full review of the Nintendo Switch here

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A pair of plush slippers they won’t want to take off

Ugg Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper; gift for teenage girl

Comfort is key when it comes to teenagers. These fluffy, supportive Ugg slippers are great for wearing around the house and also outside of the home. You can read more about why we love this slide slipper in our guide to the best women’s slippers.

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A neon sign to light up their bedroom

DIVATLA Neon Light Sign; gift for teenage girl

Coming in blue or pink, this neon sign can serve as a relaxing piece of decor in their bedroom. It’ll brighten up their space, whether they hang it on a wall or place it on their nightstand or desk. We even ranked this one as the best for bedrooms in our guide to the best neon signs.

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An apron for the aspiring chef

Maison d' Hermine Kitchen Apron; gift for teenage girl

If you constantly find your teen cooking or baking in the kitchen, it might be time to get them a nice apron. This one has an adjustable neck strap and long waist ties to help them get the right fit. Plus, there are plenty of colorful designs to choose from. 

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An initial necklace that’s a staple piece

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This simple but personal necklace will be a welcome addition to a teen’s growing jewelry collection. Its initial design makes it the perfect staple piece they can wear every day and with any outfit. 

A DIY manicure kit

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With it being safer to stay home right now, DIY manicures are more popular than ever. These cute nail stickers make it quick, easy, and affordable. 

A felt letter board for fun quotes

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This felt board adds a cute and personal touch to their room. You can choose from 25 colors to match their decor aesthetic. It’ll be the perfect setting for inspirational quotes or funny pop culture lines. 

A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaoke

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Whether or not they can carry a tune, it’s a fun item to have for friend hangouts or to recreate carpool karaoke. All it takes is connecting a phone to play music through the microphone’s speakers.

A popular book series

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the cultural phenomenon of Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” has probably touched your life. If they’re a fan, this set lets them enjoy the book series the movies are based on.

A cool new Popsocket

PopSockets

Beyond making it easier to hold or prop up their phone, PopSockets are a great way to add personality to the tech they use every day. 

The most popular and useful Fitbit

Fitbit Charge 4

The Fitbit Charge 4 is one of Fitbit’s best and most popular models. It’s not bulky like most smartwatches, yet it’s comfortable to wear and you still have a usable display that gives you plenty of info. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, in-depth sleep tracking, advanced workout features, and real-time workout tracking. You can learn more about the Fitbit Charge 4 in our guide to the best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches.  

A mini waffle maker for a small but satisfying breakfast

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A favorite breakfast food just got a whole lot cuter. This lightweight and easy-to-use waffle maker can give them a small sense of independence in the kitchen, and it’s available in 20 unique colors and designs. 

A beanie with Bluetooth connectivity so they can listen to music on the go

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An increasingly popular accessory among teens is the Bluetooth Beanie Hat, which lets them listen to music while wearing it. The headphones pair with a tablet, Apple watch, or smartphone, and the Bluetooth range is up to 33 feet. There are even built-in controls for adjusting the volume, skipping songs, and pausing/playing music.

Smart lights for studying and dimming at night before bed

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Smart lights mean she can change the lights to a range of colors, create customized lighting for watching a movie or studying and set a schedule for the lights to turn off or dim at different times during the day. 

A personalized zodiac necklace

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Zodiac signs have become even more popular in recent years, as has the mainstream interest in horoscopes and astrological personality types. If they’re into the topic, or you just want to find a small way of personalizing an affordable gift, pick up a gold-dipped zodiac necklace that they can wear with anything. 

An Echo Dot for an alarm clock and games

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The Echo Dot is popular on Amazon for a few reasons, and one is how compact it is. They can stack it on top of a pile of books or on their nightstand, use it as a speaker or an alarm clock, and get access to all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news, connections to other smart devices). It also has a decent speaker.

Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Dot here.

An instant camera and some film

Gifts for teens Instax

Maybe because it’s now possible to document and curate everything just-so online, but the spontaneity and authenticity of instant cameras have experienced a rise in popularity in recent years. If it’s a comfortable purchase, they’ll probably get a lot of use out of the $60-something camera. It comes in fun colors, and they can hang the pictures up around their room. Pick up some film so they can get started right away. For more, check out our guide to the best instant cameras

The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Whether they saw the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary (which this was featured in), consider RBG amongst their favorite celebrities, or they may appreciate a keepsake that focuses on an empowered woman in history, this is a great gift that combines fun, creativity, and education. 

A bunch of Korean sheet masks

Dermal Face Mask

Few things are as fun as lounging around with a decadent sheet mask slapped across your face. It’s also an affordable gift that gives outsized fun to the recipient, and a great addition to sleepovers with friends. 

Really nice new bedding

Brooklinen set

We recommend Brooklinen often, and for good reason. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best price, and most of the Insider Reviews team sleeps with Brooklinen on their own beds. If she may appreciate a more grown-up gift, this is a good one. 

Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here

Hanging glass terrariums for their room

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A living green thing is nice in any space, especially in the form of a pretty hanging terrarium like this. The set includes three types: a water drop, diamond, and triangle shape. Plus, you can help with hanging them in their room. 

A projector the size of a soda can

Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector

Anker’s Nebula Capsule is tiny but mighty. It’s the size of a soda can, weighs only one pound, and has a quiet and continuous playtime of four hours. It’ll take movie nights up a notch, and it travels easily. 

Read our full review of the Anker Nebula Capsule here.

A hair towel that cuts down on drying time

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This hair towel can cut in half the amount of time it takes for hair to dry. It also helps protect hair during its weakened state while wet. If they’ve ever fought frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are especially thoughtful gifts. 

Wireless headphones with up to 40 hours of battery life

Beats Solo3 Wireless On Ear Headphones

Beats Solo3 headphones are good for zoning out to music, studying, and blocking out the noise on family road trips. They have good sound, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback. 

Read our full review of the Beats Solo3 headphones here

A facial cleansing device that removes 99.5% of dirt

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Foreo’s cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touchpoints, and claims to remove 99.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it’s waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge.

Read our full review of the Foreo Luna 2 here.

A fluffy, eco-friendly comforter

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Buffy is an eco-friendly startup that makes fluffy, cruelty-free comforters. The Cloud is made from a cool-to-the-touch eucalyptus fabric that’s even softer than cotton, and the comforter is made from 50 recycled bottles.

Read our full review of the Buffy comforter here.

A streaming media player

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Bringing smart skills and the experience of Apple TV+, Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, The Roku Channel, HBO, Showtime, Google Play, and cable alternatives like Hulu with Live TV and more to their TV is an especially useful gift they’ll never tire of.  

Read our full review of the Roku Express here.

String lights with clips for pictures

String light with clips

Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that’s most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, these photo-clip string lights use warm light to illuminate Polaroids or other memorabilia. 

An audiobook membership

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If they love to read, or you’re trying to get them to love to read, a gift subscription to Audible is a great idea. They’ll get three free titles for each month they’re a member (one audiobook and two Audible Originals), and 30% off any additional audiobooks they buy. They can listen and read anywhere and anytime using the free app. 

Read our full review of Audible here

More than 40 satin scrunchies

Satin scrunchies

Scrunchies are having a moment. If you want to get something particularly on-trend, you may want to look into gifting a few. This set comes with a whopping 46 colors in satin that won’t leave kinks in their hair.

A useful portable charger

Gifts for coworkers Eleject

Anyone with a phone can see the convenience of an external battery, and this one happens to be our pick for the best portable charger iPhone users can buy. Beyond convenience, it’s also great for when it’s safe to travel with friends again.

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25 thoughtful and fun tech gifts under $100

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  • The right tech can bring your friends and loved ones a much-needed upgrade in quality of life.
  • Even on a budget of under $100, there are plenty of exciting and useful tech gifts to choose from.
  • If you’re on an even tighter budget, here are the best tech gifts under $50.

Technology doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

There’s a surprising amount of excellent tech gifts out there – accessories, fitness trackers, tablets, and smart speakers – for less than $100. That is, if you know where to dig.

Fret not, however: there’s no need to trudge through the pages of Amazon, Target, and Best Buy to find the best affordable tech. We’ve done that hard work for you.

Through research and direct testing we’ve uncovered the very best tech gifts under $100. We included a number of gifts in every price range, so you’re bound to find the right gifts for your loved ones.

A smart speaker with Alexa, the most popular smart home assistant

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Amazon Echo, $99.99, available at Amazon

The new Echo is an excellent smart speaker and Alexa can answer your giftee’s questions, play music, and control smart home devices like lights and TVs. The new fourth-generation model also features an updated design with a spherical shape that fits nicely with most decor.

Read our full Echo review here

If your giftee isn’t into Amazon’s products but still wants a smart speaker, the Google Nest Audio is a great alternative. The smart speaker is reliable at answering queries, can control smart home gadgets, and play music with good sound.

Google Nest Audio, $99.98, available at Walmart

Read our full Nest Audio review here

A dedicated fitness tracker without the distractions of a smartwatch

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Fitbit Inspire 2, $98.50, available at Amazon

Fitbit’s affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to track your giftee’s fitness metrics. The tracker has a heart rate monitor that helps improve the accuracy of tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones. As an added bonus, buyers also receive a free one-year trial of Fitbit Premium.

While more expensive devices like the Apple Watch have many of the same features, they also can bring added distractions and unnecessary steps for a user who primarily wants to keep track of their health.

A countertop display that’s also a smart home hub

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Amazon Echo Show 5, $69.99, available at Amazon

The Echo Show 5 is an affordable smart display that has Alexa built-in. Your giftee can watch recipes and videos on it, see the time at a glance, and ask Alexa questions. It can also play music and control smart home devices.

A Philips Hut smart lighting starter kit

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Philips Hue White LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit, $99.99, available at Amazon

Philips Hue smart light bulbs can be controlled using an app or a virtual assistant like Alexa or Google Home. That means you can dim the lights, set them to change at specific times, or turn them off with a voice command if you’re using an assistant.

The hub included in this starter kit can connect and control your lights without a separate virtual assistant, and the smart button will let you turn the Philip Hue bulbs in your house on and off without any extra wiring.

A 4K streaming devices to help pass the time

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Roku Streaming Stick+, $39.99, available at Best Buy

Anyone who likes to spend their free time streaming videos at home can make use of the Roku Streaming Stick+. Roku’s media streamers are the best in the business, and the Stick+ can stream TV shows and movies from all the major streaming services, including Netflix, HBO Max, Peacock, Disney Plus, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. 

Roku Ultra, $69.99, available at Target

If you’re looking for the absolute best features then the Roku Ultra is an ideal streaming player. It’s the best media streaming device we’ve tested, thanks to its easy-to-use interface, 4K playback, voice control, and simple remote. It can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Prime Video, and other streaming services. Unlike the cheaper Roku Stick model, this version adds Bluetooth, a USB port for external playback, and Dolby Vision capabilities for even better HDR performance on select apps. 

Read our full Roku Ultra review here

A PopSocket grip for your phone

PopSockets  Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets, $8.97

PopSocket Grip, $8 and up, available at PopSocket

PopSocket Grips stick to the back of your phone and can expand whenever you need a grip or a stand. Use one to take photos, text, hold a large device, watch movies, and video chat with ease and comfort. Many cost less than $10 and they come in a variety of colors and patterns to fit your recipient’s personality.

An ebook reader with a built-in light

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Amazon Kindle, $89.99, available at Amazon

The entry-level Kindle is a great gift for book worms who want a digital library of ebooks to take with them on the go. For young or new readers, the lack of apps on Kindle can help them stay focused on reading.

Newer Kindle models include a front light for night reading, and the Kindle can retain battery for weeks on a single charge. The $90 version includes ads on the home screen, so you may want to consider spending an extra $20 for the ad-free Kindle; though your gift recipient can also pay the $20 later on.

 

 

A smart herb garden

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Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, $99.95, available at Amazon

With the Click and Grow Smart Garden, your loved one can grow fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, or thyme in a matter of weeks. The garden kit includes LED lights and basil plant pods — once set up, it will automatically water the herbs on a regular basis for two to three weeks.

A phone case that’s lovely to look at and built to last

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Nomad Leather iPhone Cases, $49.95 and up, available at Nomad

Nomad uses genuine Horween leather to craft gorgeous, durable iPhone cases that age beautifully. We can’t recommend the brand’s cases enough. Nomad also makes a few Samsung and Google Pixel cases.

Otterbox case, $40 and up, available at Otterbox

Otterbox has a reputation for bulky protective cases that can withstand a lot of drops, but that doesn’t mean they’re ugly. In fact, Otterbox has tons of super fun cases with Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters on them as well as some stylish designs.

A custom-designed iPhone case filled with familiar photos

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Casetify Custom iPhone 12 Case, $45 and up, available at Casetify

Casetify’s easy to use tool lets you turn your favorite photos into a custom iPhone case. There are three case styles and dozens of templates, so you can turn your friend’s best Instagram photos into a unique way to protect their phone.

An excellent pair of wireless headphones

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Sennheiser HD 350BT Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, $99.95, available at Amazon

Sennheiser makes some of the best over-ear headphones. Though not one of its flagship models, the HD 350BT are still strong performers. They’re comfortable, deliver outstanding sound quality, and have a long battery life of up to 30 hours.

Tech-friendly gloves

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L.L.Bean Touchscreen Gloves, $29.99 and up, available at L.L.Bean

Protect your loved ones’ fingers when it’s cold outside and they still want to text their friends and family. These touchscreen gloves are super warm and work well on screens.

A durable, weighted iPhone charging cable

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Native Union Night Cable, $39.99, available at Amazon

Native Union makes some of the most attractive phone accessories around. The Night Cable is the best long lightning charging cable for the iPhone. It has a 10-foot cord and a handy weight to hold it in place while your phone charges.

A desk lamp with a wireless charger

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TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger, $49.99, available at Bed Bath and Beyond

If your giftee has a phone with wireless charging built in, the TaoTronics Desk Lamp is a great gift. It has a built-in wireless charger and a USB port so you can charge your devices wirelessly or with a cable. The lamp is also well made and fully adjustable. It has multiple brightness and color temperature settings so you can make it your own.

A beautiful wireless charger

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Native Union Drop Wireless Charger, from $49.99 and up, available at Amazon

Native Union always impresses with its stylish tech accessories. If your giftee hates boring black and white tech, get them Native Union’s attractive wireless chargers, which come in multiple colors, including rose, sage, indigo, and more.

An instant camera

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, $69.99, available at Best Buy

Instant cameras are the perfect gift for shutterbugs who wish they’d lived during the age of the Polaroid. Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11 comes in cute colors and takes fun, retro pictures that are printed right after they’re taken.

A light for better smartphone photography

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Lume Cube 2.0, $89.85, available from B&H

Any smartphone shutterbug will love having the Lume Cube 2.0 in their mobile photography kit. The little light helps illuminate the subject of a photo when the lighting is subpar.

An iPhone USB memory stick

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SanDisk iXpand and Flash Drive 128GB for iPhone, $49.99, available at Amazon

Even though iPhones now come with more storage built in, it’s still easy to run out of space. For people who take too many photos, download tons of music, shows, and games on their phones, the SanDisk iXpand is the perfect gift.

An iPhone dock

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Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe, $29.99, available at Amazon

An iPhone dock looks nice on any desk, nightstand, or table, and it gives your giftee a good place to charge their phone. The Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe comes with lightning and Micro USB cables. The device also features a handy design that holds your iPhone up off the base. This prevents your phone’s speakers and home button from getting blocked. 

A set of Tile trackers

Tile Mate Essentials pack

One Tile Mate Tracker, one Tile Slim Tracker, and two Tile Stickers, $64.99, available at Amazon

Tile trackers are one of the most practical tech gifts you can give. Once they’re paired, your giftee can use their phone to make the trackers send them a notification to help find a lost item, or show the tracker’s last known location on a map.

This pack comes with one Tile Slim, which is thin enough to slip into a wallet, one Tile Mate, which has loops so it can fit onto key rings, and two Tile Stickers, which can be attached to a remote or other electronic device. 

A temperature-controlled mug

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Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug, $99.95, available at Amazon

It seems like everything is high-tech these days and a lot of it seems pointless, but this is not one of those things. Ember’s smart mug can keep your loved one’s drink at the perfect temperature so they never burn their tongue again. It uses a smart heating coaster and an app to help you decide how hot you want your drink to be every time.

A kid-friendly tablet with a year’s worth of children’s books and videos

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $79.99

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $99.99, available at Amazon

Kids love tablets, but they can also be destructive fiends when it comes to tech. Luckily, Amazon’s Kids Edition of the Fire 7 tablet is here to save the day with its protective case and warranty against accidental damage. The Kids Edition also comes with one year of Amazon Kids, which adds tons of kid-friendly content you can find via Amazon apps like Kindle and Amazon Prime Video.

Fire HD 8, $89.99, available at Amazon

The Fire HD 8 tablet is also a solid option for teens and adults who don’t need the extra power of an iPad or Microsoft Surface. The latest Fire HD 8 has a 1,280 x 800-pixel screen, 32GB of storage built in, and room for expansion via a Micro SD card slot.

An alarm clock with a soothing light and built-in Bluetooth

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iHome Zenergy Light Alarm Clock, $69.99, available at Bed Bath and Beyond

No one likes waking up to a blaring alarm, so a light therapy alarm clock that tries to awaken you with a gradual, sunrise-like increase of light is a nice gift. The iHome Zenergy offers a number of great light alarm features, but it also has a decent Bluetooth speaker built into it, so your giftee can play music, too.

A waterproof Bluetooth speaker

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JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $79.95, available at Amazon

If you’re shopping for someone who’s planning on a warm vacation — or lives someplace nice all the time — this waterproof speaker will let them rock out without worrying about dropping it into the pool or ocean.

The JBL Flip works in horizontal or vertical position and will play for up to 12 hours with a full battery. While the Flip 5 has an improved battery and charges faster, the Flip 4 is $50 cheaper and will still suit most needs for a portable speaker.

A pair of budget-friendly wireless earbuds

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1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds, from $59.99, available at Amazon

These wireless earbuds are cheaper than AirPods, but they sound even better. They also last for 24 hours of total playtime and 6.5 hours of continuous use. 

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The 54 best things we’ve bought on Amazon for under $25 – from a wine rack to workout clothing

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Amazon Cafe Du Monde

Amazon has become the one-stop-shop for an unbelievable amount of online purchases. The e-commerce kingpin has a huge selection where you’ll find household names, low prices, and the two-day (or two-hour) Prime shipping that panders well to those among us who are gluttons for instant gratification.

But a huge selection can make it time-consuming and ultimately expensive to root out what’s really worth spending your money on. The best loophole is to seek out recommendations from people you trust.

We asked our colleagues at Insider about the best things they’ve bought on Amazon for under $25 – most of whom spend every day researching and testing thousands of products to find the few worth writing home about.

Below are the 54 best things we’ve bought on Amazon that cost us less than $25:

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I usually abide by a time-consuming pour-over routine that involves grinding my own beans every morning, but when I’m short on time (and honestly, even when I’m not), I’ve come to rely heavily on this Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee. Most pre-ground coffee is flavorless and brews a weak cup, but this stuff is strong, rich, and delicious. Ten out of ten, highly recommend! —Sally Kaplan

A cheesy powder that takes popcorn to the next level

Amazon Cheddar Cheese Powder

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I generally eat pretty healthy, but I think I’m in love with this tub of powdered cheese. It’s so good on popcorn, in mac and cheese, and sprinkled on any other sort of cracker, chip, etc. It’s supremely cheesy and salty and delicious! This is honestly one of the best Amazon purchases I’ve made in years. —Sally Kaplan

A handy dough scraper

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If you bake a lot, do yourself a favor and pick up a pack of these plastic bench scrapers. They’re great for scraping dough out of bowls or off the counter — I can’t tell you how handy they are! —Sally Kaplan

A two-in-one workout bra tank

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I’ve found some of my favorite workout pieces from Amazon. This two-in-one sports bra tank has a smoothing material that rivals luxury activewear fabrics. Its cropped cut meets high-waisted leggings for a flattering fit. Plus, it comes in 19 fun colors. —Jacqueline Saguin

A sweet-smelling scrub for sensitive skin

Brooklyn Botany Brown Sugar Scrub

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Face and body scrubs make me nervous because of my sensitive skin, but this brown sugar exfoliator combines natural ingredients like sweet almond oil that are nourishing and gentler than other formulas. I typically use it on my body before I shave or before I apply self-tanner. It’s comforting knowing that whenever I run out I can get it in just a couple of days. —Jacqueline Saguin

A convenient Bluetooth charging port for your car

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My car is from 2005, long before Bluetooth connectivity in cars were standard. This little transmitter instantly brought my car up to present-day standards, letting me stream music and directions from my phone via an open radio channel. It plugs into the cigarette lighter and even has two USB ports so my husband and I can both charge our phones on long rides. It cost less than $15 and has easily made my driving experience infinitely more enjoyable. —Lauren Savoie

An easy-to-use makeup remover

CeraVe Micellar Water

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I’m not ashamed to say that I hate washing my face. I don’t like getting water all over my sink, my clothes, and my hair. I was recently introduced to micellar water as a cleanser, and it’s a total game changer for me. It was developed in France as an alternative to the country’s notoriously hard water. It looks and feels like water but contains tiny particles that trap and lift away dirt and makeup. The best part is that you just pour some on a cotton pad, swipe across your face, and you’re done. No rinsing required. It’s made it instantly easier to wash my face, and I use it way more often than I ever did with normal face wash. —Lauren Savoie

A plastic bath drain cover

SlipX Solutions Bottomless Bath Overflow Drain Cover

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Ok, I know everyone and their mother raves about this thing, but it’s the only thing allowing me to take baths in my current apartment. Our claw foot tub is from the early 20th century and if I don’t cover the overflow drain, my bathtub only accommodates enough water to barely reach the top of my thighs before it starts draining not a very pleasant or relaxing bath. This little plastic overflow drain cover lets me soak deeply and comfortably in my tub. —Lauren Savoie

A practical but chic wine holder

Honeycomb wine rack holder

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I wanted a non-bulky wine rack to sit on my kitchen counter, and I love the bright gold of this one. This honeycomb design holds seven bottles officially, but nine if you add two on top — and if you need more storage, you can buy two and stack them. Rachael Schultz

A set of hair clips

Amazon Claw Hair Clips

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I have really long hair and most clips can’t hold it all back when I’m washing my face. These oversized clips are so great, I gifted the other three in this set to friends with crazy curly hair. All four of the matte colors are very lowkey and match everything. I’ve dropped mine at least two dozen times, and it has yet to break. Rachael Schultz

A challenging puzzle that doubles as vintage home decor

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I once gifted a Cavallini Papers & Co. puzzle to a puzzle lover, and they thought it was the perfect blend of challenging and aesthetically pleasing. They hung it up afterward, adding a sense of accomplishment as well as a nice vintage touch to their space. The company has even more fun designs like house plants and constellations. —Jacqueline Saguin

A tough, wind-resistant umbrella

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Everybody needs a trusty umbrella. I ditched my old drugstore-bought umbrella that flipped outward at the slightest gust of wind and picked up Insider Reviews’ best umbrella pick. It’s wind-resistant, affordable, durable, and fits perfectly in the side compartment of my car. It’s especially handy to have during sporadic Florida showers. —Jacqueline Saguin

A ring light that pulls out all the stops

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I took a cue from our Insider Reviews team by purchasing its pick for the best budget ring light. It has made my job on the style and beauty reviews team much easier, drastically cutting down on my photo-taking time. When I test makeup and clothing, I can set this up anywhere and adjust it to the angle I need in order to do my products justice. I love changing between its three different light settings: white, warm yellow, and warm white, to find the perfect glow. —Jacqueline Saguin

An out-of-this-world moon lamp

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Earning the title of Insider Reviews’ best planet moon lamp, this light offers 16 soothing hues that illuminate a Saturn shape. I love its unique look and the subtle glow it gives while I watch movies at nighttime. It offers four color modes, including flash, strobe, fade, and smooth. The latter is my favorite as it softly transitions through all the colors. —Jacqueline Saguin

A decorative antique tray that shows off and stores your beauty products

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This tray is an aesthetically pleasing stage that doubles as decor and a proud home for my cosmetics. I use it in my bathroom, storing the skincare products and perfume I reach for every day. I’ve seen people using it on TikTok as a jewelry vanity to display their favorite pieces. —Jacqueline Saguin

A liquid cleanser that works as a gentle hand soap for sensitive skin

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I bought this as an alternative to my household’s Bath & Body Works hand soap stock. Its fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and dermatologist-tested formula pleases my sensitive skin. This straightforward cleanser never causes redness or irritation for frequent hand washers like me. I pour the liquid into a decorative holder so it matches my bathroom. — Jacqueline Saguin

A 10-foot phone charger that reaches across your room

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Whenever I visited a friend or a family member’s home, the outlets were always a far reach from the bed. I use my phone’s alarm clock and am not particularly pleasant in the morning, so rushing to the other side of the room to turn the incessant chiming off was a startling awakening. It’s less expensive than the Apple charging cord and longer. I hide the cord behind my nightstand and keep it next to my bed, so I have easy access to my phone. —Jacqueline Saguin

I got tired of my Apple iPhone cords fraying, so I picked this sturdy charging cable up on Amazon. Mine is pink and I love the color, but I love the extra length even more. Similar to Jacqueline, I had an issue with the outlet being across the room and would jump up in a panic every morning to turn off the alarm. Now I can keep my phone near my bed and press snooze over and over, which may or may not be a good thing. Either way, it was an excellent buy. —Ashley Phillips

Spiral hair ties that won’t break

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After using elastic hair ties for so long, I got tired of pulling out my hair, getting headaches, and snapping scrunchies. I had seen spiral hair ties before but assumed they wouldn’t hold well. However, these ones from Kitsch really do the trick. They keep their shape, are comfortable, and avoid long-lasting ponytail bumps. I wear these with high ponytails, low ponytails, and even braids. —Katie Decker-Jacoby

Espresso capsules that satisfy your coffee fix

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The majority of my Amazon order history is made up of these illy espresso capsules, and the orders have even been way more frequent since I started working from home. You’ll need one of the illy pod machines to use them (I have the X7) but the investment is 110% worth it in my opinion.

I can whip up an Italian espresso in under a minute, and it tastes so much better than the coffee from the Nespresso and Keurig machines I previously owned. Being able to buy the pods off of Amazon means my caffeine supply is always well-stocked, and if I ever do run out, I know I can get more in just two days max. —Ashley Phillips

A hair mask that restores moisture to your scalp

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I was looking for hair masks because my hair tends to get really dry in the wintertime. I bought this hair mask after doing some research on Asian hair products, and I’m so glad I did. My hair feels soft and moisturized after I use it, even if I just use it as a normal conditioner. It works even better as a leave-in deep conditioner, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to add moisture to their hair. Bonus: It also smells amazing. —Allison Jiang

A car mount that secures your phone

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Although this is an older version of the Easy One Touch series of smartphone car mounts from iOttie, it will work with all types of phones and costs less than $20. What I really like is the strong suction cup that adheres to almost any kind of surface, and the telescopic arm is handy if your car’s dashboard is farther back from an arm’s reach. —Les Shu

An iPad case that is multi-functional

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I needed a simple case for my new iPad Air 4 but was shocked by how much Apple charges for one of its cases. This option from ESR is a fraction of Apple’s Smart Cover, and while it doesn’t have as nice of a build quality as the Smart Cover, the ESR case is well-made nonetheless. It has a magnetic closure to wake the iPad’s screen or put it to sleep, the cover folds into a stand, and there’s a convenient slot for an Apple Pencil. My only complaint is that the case makes it hard to use the Touch ID sensor, but I’m quite satisfied given the price and overall usability. —Les Shu

Fuzzy slippers to complete your work-from-home look

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I’ve been hearing about these Amazon slippers for months — from TikTok, Instagram, podcasts I listen to — so I had to give them a try. These slippers are comfy, just warm enough, and perfect for working from home. The quality is also great for being under $20. An added bonus is that they come in almost any color you can imagine! —Victoria Gracie

A knit beanie that’s stylish and comfortable

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I’ve noticed Carhartt beanies have become increasingly popular and I finally jumped on the bandwagon. This beanie is cute, comfortable, and super warm. I got it in black so it would go with almost anything and I’ve been wearing it nonstop since I got it. —Victoria Gracie

Makeup storage that fits a snug countertop

 Sorbus Cosmetics Makeup and Jewelry Big Storage Case Display FORMAT

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I’ve always struggled with storing my makeup since I don’t have a ton of space and I can never seem to find a way to keep it all organized. Most of my makeup fits nicely into these drawers and everything is now easy to find and organized. The drawers fit a ton, but aren’t too large, making them perfect for a bathroom countertop, dresser, or vanity. —Victoria Gracie

Pimple patches that suck the gunk right out of your pores

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If you look at my Amazon history, these pimple patches are the only thing I consistently order. They’re super effective at drawing out fluids from pimples and helping them deflate, and as small, virtually clear stickers, they’re hardly noticeable by other people. Within a few hours, you can expect them to noticeably improve the look and swelling of your pimple — they’re that reliable. — Connie Chen

A pair of $10 anti-glare, blue-light-blocking computer glasses

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This is the best thing I’ve ever purchased on Amazon! They are blue-light-blocking, anti-glare glasses, which are super helpful for looking at a computer/phone screen all day long. I don’t normally wear glasses, but I wanted to try them out before buying a pair from Felix Gray or Eyebuydirect.com. These are so cute and they actually work … plus they are $10! Can’t beat it. — Madison Conley

An easy-to-use, versatile cast iron skillet

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Can’t say enough great things about this cast iron skillet. It heats evenly and consistently on the stovetop and has zero issues directly in the oven or broiler. I use it for roasted chicken, bacon, roasted potatoes, frittatas, eggs, steak, and sauteing veggies. It’s super easy to clean, which is something that scares people away from cooking with cast iron. It’s also on Prime. — Stephanie Asymkos

This product was originally under $25 when the article was first published. We’ve left it on the list since prices on Amazon tend to fluctuate often.

A natural clay mask that has a cult-following

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This mask, as seen on Insider, transformed my skin and is probably my most recommended product. The best part? It’s $15! — Chelsey Hoffman

A milk frother for homemade treats

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This thing is the BOMB. So easy to use and clean, and to spice up my weekend coffees/matcha drinks at home, allowing me to live my best bougie life. — Kirstie Jiongco

Ingredients for a favorite recipe

Natierra Nature's Organic Freeze Dried Strawberries

I buy a lot of recipe ingredients, spices, and hot sauces on Amazon that I’m less likely to find in stores near me, like these freeze-dried strawberries. They are the star ingredient in my Berry Crinkle Cookies recipe; I use one whole package per batch. — Ellen Hoffman 

A salt lamp that gives off a nice, warm glow

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My partner gave me this salt lamp for the holidays, and I love turning it on at the end of the day. It provides a nice, warm glow that’s bright enough for some late-night reading or just creating a gentle ambiance, which is much appreciated when coping with the chaos of living in New York. — Sally Kaplan

A wash and stain bar that will keep your shirt collars looking nicer for longer

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No $6 has had a more positive impact on my effort to preserve my clothing than the $6 I spent on this bar by The Laundress. I learned about this product from editor-in-chief Ellen Hoffman and I can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve done for my dress shirts. One bar has lasted me well over a year, and I just need to wet my shirt collar and rub the bar back and forth a few times before washing. It gets rid of all of the grime and oil from my collars. I was able to rehab shirts that were ready to go to charity or become rags. — Breton Fischetti

A pack of inexpensive toy mice to keep your cat entertained

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This $6 pack of toy mice is cheap, but it manages to keep my cat entertained for days on end … until she manages to trap all of the mice under the couch and I have to rescue them. — Ellen Hoffman

A mini waffle-maker that gets the job done and takes up minimal countertop space

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This teeny-tiny waffle maker is small but mighty. For those rare instances when I’m craving a waffle or two, this very small appliance easily gets the job done and stays out of the way when it’s stored. It’s very easy to use and clean; just plug in and wait for the light, add your batter and close the iron. To clean, wait for the iron to cool down, then wipe with a damp cloth and you’re done. — Melanie Winer 

Hangers that actually keep your clothes hung up

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Clothes falling off hangers are a thing of the past once you upgrade to these grippy velvet hangers. — Ellen Hoffman 

Fun colorful handles for your cast iron cookware

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I love my cast-iron Lodge pans, but sometimes you need to grip the handle while it’s hot, and you obviously can’t when it’s hundreds of degrees — so I bought a few bright silicone hot handle holders for all my cast iron cookware. Now my hands are safe, and my black skillets have fun colorful handles. — Malarie Gokey

A pair of $15 earbuds that sound like they’d cost way more

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These Panasonic earbuds were easily the best $8.25 [price at the time] I ever spent on Amazon. The sound quality is fantastic and they’re incredibly comfortable. I’m not someone who would ever spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of over-the-ear headphones, so these are exactly right for me. — Andrew Meola

A little ‘Tub Shroom’ that catches your hair before it clogs the drain

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Between her curly red hair and my long brown hair, my roommate and I shed a lot. Our tub doesn’t have a drain catch and after a particularly effortful session with a plastic drain cleaner, I decided it was finally time to try this viral hair catcher out. This small silicone tool fits into most standard tub drains and collects all the hair before it washes down and clogs your drain. Take it out, remove the hair with a piece of toilet paper, and it’s ready for the next shower.”  — Connie Chen 

A no-fuss traveling garment steamer

TRAVEL SMART Conair 450 Watt Dual Voltage Garment Steamer

The first time I brought a steamer to Europe, it basically exploded 30 seconds after I turned it on. Lesson learned. I found this inexpensive travel steamer that’s dual voltage, and while it’s not the best I’ve ever owned, it gets the job done and I don’t have to worry about electrical mishaps. — Ashley Phillips

A smart home camera at a fraction of the cost you would expect to pay

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I was completely surprised at how advanced this camera was given the very affordable price. The set-up was so easy, and the camera does everything the expensive models do, and possibly even better. Highly recommend. — Melanie Winer

A sound machine to replace the sounds of the city at night with nature or white noise

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I use this white noise machine while sleeping at night to blur out the street sounds of this noisy city. It’s also really easy to travel with. Whether you want to blur out the crickets, car horns, loud neighbors, or just need some white noise, it’s a must-have for the bedside table. — Chris Roth

Comfortable, public-friendly sweatpants

SweatyRocks Women's Drawstring Waist Striped Side Jogger

As work from home continues, I’ve been looking for more sweatpants that I can comfortably work in that are also appropriate for walks and socially distant plans. These sweats are affordable, have sustained washes and all-day wear, and the rainbow stripe down the side adds a bit of fun.” — Emily Hein

No-slip gel gripped socks

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These PEDS socks are the only ones I use, and I wear sneakers almost every day. The no-slip gel grips on the heel keep them from falling off and bunching up. — Sally Kaplan

A hairbrush that won’t break after a few months

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My thick hair has a long history of eating brushes, but the Wet Brush finally put a stop to that! It painlessly smooths out tangles and the bristles are tough enough that I only have to buy a new one every year or so. Before, my brushes only ever made it a few months. — Ashley Phillips

An inexpensive, well-designed measuring cup

OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set

OXO is my go-to kitchen brand for cheap, well-designed tools. This measuring cup set has a geniously angled surface that allows you to see measurement markings from above as you’re pouring, so you can better measure ingredients without bending or lifting the cup to eye level. 

I also highly recommend OXO’s silicone baking mat for creating a non-stick surface that makes for easier cleanups and this cookie scoop for scooping out balls of dough that are all the same size. — Ellen Hoffman 

A slim wastebasket that fits almost anywhere, but also fits a lot of garbage

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Love this slim garbage can that fits into narrow spaces, but still holds a lot. — Navah Maynard

Affordable jewelry that lets you save up for an investment piece

BBTO 9 Pieces Women Girls Layered Choker Necklace

I love chokers and layering different necklaces together, but I have a short attention span when it comes to jewelry. I tend to lean more towards affordable jewelry that I can experiment with on different looks before committing to staple pieces that I know I’ll wear forever. This choker set was a great addition to my summer looks, and now I have more of an idea of what I’m looking for when I eventually take the plunge on long-wear jewelry. — Emily Hein

A PopSocket to make gripping a large iPhone less strenuous on your fingers

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When I got my iPhone X, I also picked up a PopSocket grip to make it easier to hold my phone without straining my fingers. I love it because it’s practical, keeps my phone secure, and lets me express my crazy cat lady side— Malarie Gokey

Editor’s note: They come in a variety of colors and designs.

Reusable K-cups for your Keurig or to use as impromptu tea balls for loose-leaf tea

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I recently got a Keurig for the sake of convenience, but I knew I didn’t want to use wasteful plastic pods with it, so I got these reusable ones instead. They work great for their intended use, but I also figured out that they make excellent tea balls for brewing loose-leaf cups. — Sally Kaplan

A super effective foot mask to give you smoother feet

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This foot mask is the best/worst thing I’ve ever bought for under $25 on Amazon. My feet are so soft and smooth now, but my team did have to listen to me complain about my feet peeling for two weeks. — Maureen Lamping

A wallet phone case that lets you keep your bag at home

ZVE Zipper Wallet Case

This wallet case holds enough that you never need to carry a bag. I always have at least five credit cards, my ID, my insurance card, a MetroCard, a few punch cards, and sometimes cash in mine. I bought my first ZVE Wallet Case in 2017, and between myself and my mom (who I’ve evangelized), we’ve ordered seven of these cases through four generations of iPhone. It might be too chunky for some, but I highly recommend this if you hate needing to carry a bag. Plus, when things start happening again, you can skip the bag check lines at sporting events and concerts. — Elisabeth Chambry

A rapid egg cooking machine that’s completely foolproof

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After I read Jen Gushue’s review of this under-$20 rapid egg cooking gadget, I was fully influenced to buy it. It makes hard-boiled eggs in half the time of traditional methods with absolutely no guesswork, saving me a good chunk of time during the week and ensuring I actually eat breakfast on busy mornings. — Ellen Hoffman

This handy water bottle that takes the guesswork out of hydration

Cactaki 32oz Water Bottle with Time Marker, BPA Free, Non Toxic, Leakproof, Durable

This water bottle comes with me everywhere I go. The secure lid ensures no spillage in my bag and the removable strap adds versatility in transportation. The printed tracking is the main selling point as a quick glance can let me know how I am doing with my daily water intake and if needed motivate me to ensure I am drinking at least 64oz of water per day. In a sense, this water bottle has gamified drinking water and that’s fun! — Frank Massaro

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45 of the best things we’ve bought on Amazon for under $25

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  • Amazon has wide selections and low costs, making it difficult to know what’s worth buying.
  • The Insider Reviews team shared the best things they’ve bought on Amazon for under $25.
  • We unearthed some interesting finds, from a repairing hair mask to a white noise sleep machine.

Amazon has become the one-stop-shop for an unbelievable amount of online purchases. The e-commerce kingpin has a huge selection where you’ll find household names, low prices, and the two-day (or two-hour) Prime shipping that panders well to those among us who are gluttons for instant gratification.

But a huge selection can make it time-consuming and ultimately expensive to root out what’s really worth spending your money on. The best loophole is to seek out recommendations from people you trust.

So, I decided to ask my colleagues at Insider about the best things they’ve bought on Amazon for under $25 – most of whom spend every day researching and testing thousands of products to find the few worth writing home about. Hopefully, they’re as helpful to you as they were to me.

Below are the 45 best things we’ve bought on Amazon that cost us less than $25:

A challenging puzzle that doubles as vintage home decor

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I once gifted a Cavallini Papers & Co. puzzle to a puzzle lover, and they thought it was the perfect blend of challenging and aesthetically pleasing. They hung it up afterward, adding a sense of accomplishment as well as a nice vintage touch to their space. The company has even more fun designs like house plants and constellations. —Jacqueline Saguin

A tough, wind-resistant umbrella

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Everybody needs a trusty umbrella. I ditched my old drugstore-bought umbrella that flipped outward at the slightest gust of wind and picked up Insider Reviews’ best umbrella pick. It’s wind-resistant, affordable, durable, and fits perfectly in the side compartment of my car. It’s especially handy to have during sporadic Florida showers. —Jacqueline Saguin

A ring light that pulls out all the stops

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I took a cue from our Insider Reviews team by purchasing its pick for the best budget ring light. It has made my job on the style and beauty reviews team much easier, drastically cutting down on my photo-taking time. When I test makeup and clothing, I can set this up anywhere and adjust it to the angle I need in order to do my products justice. I love changing between its three different light settings: white, warm yellow, and warm white, to find the perfect glow. —Jacqueline Saguin

An out-of-this-world moon lamp

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Earning the title of Insider Reviews’ best planet moon lamp, this light offers 16 soothing hues that illuminate a Saturn shape. I love its unique look and the subtle glow it gives while I watch movies at nighttime. It offers four color modes, including flash, strobe, fade, and smooth. The latter is my favorite as it softly transitions through all the colors. —Jacqueline Saguin

A decorative antique tray that shows off and stores your beauty products

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This tray is an aesthetically pleasing stage that doubles as decor and a proud home for my cosmetics. I use it in my bathroom, storing the skincare products and perfume I reach for every day. I’ve seen people using it on TikTok as a jewelry vanity to display their favorite pieces. —Jacqueline Saguin

A liquid cleanser that works as a gentle hand soap for sensitive skin

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I bought this as an alternative to my household’s Bath & Body Works hand soap stock. Its fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and dermatologist-tested formula pleases my sensitive skin. This straightforward cleanser never causes redness or irritation for frequent hand washers like me. I pour the liquid into a decorative holder so it matches my bathroom. — Jacqueline Saguin

A 10-foot phone charger that reaches across your room

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Whenever I visited a friend or a family member’s home, the outlets were always a far reach from the bed. I use my phone’s alarm clock and am not particularly pleasant in the morning, so rushing to the other side of the room to turn the incessant chiming off was a startling awakening. It’s less expensive than the Apple charging cord and longer. I hide the cord behind my nightstand and keep it next to my bed, so I have easy access to my phone. —Jacqueline Saguin

I got tired of my Apple iPhone cords fraying, so I picked this sturdy charging cable up on Amazon. Mine is pink and I love the color, but I love the extra length even more. Similar to Jacqueline, I had an issue with the outlet being across the room and would jump up in a panic every morning to turn off the alarm. Now I can keep my phone near my bed and press snooze over and over, which may or may not be a good thing. Either way, it was an excellent buy. —Ashley Phillips

Spiral hair ties that won’t break your hair

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After using elastic hair ties for so long, I got tired of pulling out my hair, getting headaches, and snapping scrunchies. I had seen spiral hair ties before, but assumed they wouldn’t hold well. However, these ones from Kitsch really do the trick. They keep their shape, are comfortable, and avoid long-lasting ponytail bumps. I wear these with high ponytails, low ponytails, and even braids. —Katie Decker-Jacoby

Espresso capsules that satisfy your coffee fix

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The majority of my Amazon order history is made up of these illy espresso capsules, and the orders have even been way more frequent since I started working from home. You’ll need one of the illy pod machines to use them (I have the X7) but the investment is 110% worth it in my opinion.

I can whip up an Italian espresso in under a minute, and it tastes so much better than the coffee from the Nespresso and Keurig machines I previously owned. Being able to buy the pods off of Amazon means my caffeine supply is always well-stocked, and if I ever do run out, I know I can get more in just two days max. —Ashley Phillips

A hair mask that restores moisture to your scalp

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I was looking for hair masks because my hair tends to get really dry in the wintertime. I bought this hair mask after doing some research on Asian hair products, and I’m so glad I did. My hair feels soft and moisturized after I use it, even if I just use it as a normal conditioner. It works even better as a leave-in deep conditioner, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to add moisture to their hair. Bonus: It also smells amazing. —Allison Jiang

A car mount that secures your phone

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Although this is an older version of the Easy One Touch series of smartphone car mounts from iOttie, it will work with all types of phones and it costs less than $20. What I really like is the strong suction cup that adheres to almost any kind of surface, and the telescopic arm is handy if your car’s dashboard is farther back from an arm’s reach. —Les Shu

An iPad case that is multi-functional

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I needed a simple case for my new iPad Air 4 but was shocked by how much Apple charges for one of its cases. This option from ESR is a fraction of Apple’s Smart Cover, and while it doesn’t have as nice of a build quality as the Smart Cover, the ESR case is well-made nonetheless. It has a magnetic closure to wake the iPad’s screen or put it to sleep, the cover folds into a stand, and there’s a convenient slot for an Apple Pencil. My only complaint is that the case makes it hard to use the Touch ID sensor, but I’m quite satisfied given the price and overall usability. —Les Shu

Fuzzy slippers to complete your work-from-home look

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I’ve been hearing about these Amazon slippers for months — from TikTok, Instagram, podcasts I listen to — so I had to give them a try. These slippers are comfy, just warm enough, and perfect for working from home. The quality is also great for being under $20. An added bonus is that they come in almost any color you can imagine! —Victoria Gracie

A knit beanie that’s stylish and comfortable

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I’ve noticed Carhartt beanies have become increasingly popular and I finally jumped on the bandwagon. This beanie is cute, comfortable, and super warm. I got it in black so it would go with almost anything and I’ve been wearing it nonstop since I got it. —Victoria Gracie

Makeup storage that fits a snug countertop

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I’ve always struggled with storing my makeup since I don’t have a ton of storage space and I can never seem to find a way to keep it all organized. I found these clear drawers and figured I’d give them a try, not knowing this would be one of the best purchases I’ve made! Most of my makeup fits nicely into these drawers and everything is now easy to find and organized. The drawers fit a ton, but aren’t too large, making them perfect for a bathroom countertop, dresser, or vanity. —Victoria Gracie

Pimple patches that suck the gunk right out of your pores

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If you look at my Amazon history, these pimple patches are the only thing I consistently order. They’re super effective at drawing out fluids from pimples and helping them deflate, and as small, virtually clear stickers, they’re hardly noticeable by other people. Within a few hours, you can expect them to noticeably improve the look and swelling of your pimple — they’re that reliable. — Connie Chen

A pair of $10 anti-glare, blue-light-blocking computer glasses

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This is the best thing I’ve ever purchased on Amazon! They are blue-light-blocking, anti-glare glasses, which are super helpful for looking at a computer/phone screen all day long. I don’t normally wear glasses, but I wanted to try them out before buying a pair from Felix Gray or Eyebuydirect.com. These are so cute and they actually work… plus they are $10! Can’t beat it. — Madison Conley

An easy-to-use, versatile cast iron skillet

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Can’t say enough great things about this cast iron skillet. It heats evenly and consistently on the stove top, and has zero issues with tossing it directly in the oven or broiler. I use it for roasted chicken, bacon, roasted potatoes, frittatas, eggs, steak, and sauteing veggies. It’s also super easy to clean, which is something that scares people away from cooking with cast iron. It’s also on Prime. — Stephanie Asymkos

This product was originally under $25 when the article was first published. We’ve left it on the list since prices on Amazon tend to fluctuate often.

A natural clay mask that has a cult-following

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This mask, as seen on Insider. It transformed my skin and is probably my most recommended product. The best part? It’s $10! — Chelsey Hoffman

A milk frother for homemade treats

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This thing is the BOMB. So easy to use and clean, and to spice up my weekend coffees/matcha drinks at home, allowing me to live my best bougie life. — Kirstie Jiongco

Ingredients for a favorite recipe

Natierra Nature's Organic Freeze Dried Strawberries

I buy a lot of recipe ingredients, spices, and hot sauces on Amazon that I’m less likely to find in stores near me, like these freeze-dried strawberries. They are the star ingredient in my Berry Crinkle Cookies recipe; I use one whole package per batch. — Ellen Hoffman 

A salt lamp that gives off a nice, warm glow

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My partner gave me this salt lamp for the holidays, and I love turning it on at the end of the day. It provides a nice, warm glow that’s bright enough for some late-night reading or just creating a gentle ambiance, which is much appreciated when coping with the chaos of living in New York. — Sally Kaplan

A wash and stain bar that will keep your shirt collars looking nicer for longer

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No $6 has had a more positive impact on my effort to preserve my clothing than the $6 I spent on this bar by The Laundress. I learned about this product from executive editor Ellen Hoffman and I can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve done for my dress shirts. One bar has lasted me well over a year, and I just need to wet my shirt collar and rub the bar back and forth a few times before washing. It gets rid of all of the grime and oil from my collars. I was able to rehab shirts that were ready to go to charity or become rags. — Breton Fischetti

A pack of inexpensive toy mice to keep your cat entertained

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Just For Cats Cat Toy (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

This $6 pack of toy mice is cheap, but it manages to keep my cat entertained for days on end … until she manages to trap all of the mice under the couch and I have to rescue them. — Ellen Hoffman

A mini waffle-maker that gets the job done and takes up minimal countertop space

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This teeny tiny waffle maker is small but mighty. For those rare instances when I’m craving a waffle or two, this very small appliance easily gets the job done and stays out of the way when it’s stored. It’s very easy to use and clean; just plug in and wait for the light, add your batter and close the iron. To clean, wait for the iron to cool down, then wipe with a damp cloth and you’re done. — Melanie Winer 

Hangers that actually keep your clothes hung up

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Clothes falling off hangers are a thing of the past once you upgrade to these grippy velvet hangers. — Ellen Hoffman 

Fun colorful handles for your cast iron cookware

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I love my cast iron Lodge pans, but sometimes you need to grip the handle while it’s hot, and you obviously can’t when it’s hundreds of degrees — so I bought a few bright silicone hot handle holders for all my cast iron cookware. Now my hands are safe, and my black skillets have fun colorful handles. — Malarie Gokey

A pair of $15 earbuds that sound like they’d cost way more

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These Panasonic earbuds were easily the best $8.25 [price at the time] I ever spent on Amazon. The sound quality is fantastic and they’re incredibly comfortable. I’m not someone who would ever spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of over-the-ear headphones, so these are exactly right for me. — Andrew Meola

A little ‘Tub Shroom’ that catches your hair before it clogs the drain

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Between her curly red hair and my long brown hair, my roommate and I shed a lot. Our tub doesn’t have a drain catch and after a particularly effortful session with a plastic drain cleaner, I decided it was finally time to try this viral hair catcher out. This small silicone tool fits into most standard tub drains and collects all the hair before it washes down and clogs your drain. Take it out, remove the hair with a piece of toilet paper, and it’s ready for the next shower.”  — Connie Chen 

A no-fuss traveling garment steamer

TRAVEL SMART Conair 450 Watt Dual Voltage Garment Steamer

The first time I brought a steamer to Europe, it basically exploded 30 seconds after I turned it on. Lesson learned. I found this inexpensive travel steamer that’s dual voltage, and while it’s not the best I’ve ever owned, it gets the job done and I don’t have to worry about electrical mishaps. — Ashley Phillips

A smart home camera at a fraction of the cost you would expect to pay

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I was completely surprised at how advanced this camera was given the very affordable price. Set-up was so easy, and the camera does everything the expensive models do, and possibly even better. Highly recommend. — Melanie Winer

A sound machine to replace the sounds of the city at night with nature or white noise

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I use this white noise machine while sleeping at night to blur out the street sounds of this noisy city. It’s also really easy to travel with. Whether you want to blur out the crickets, car horns, loud neighbors, or just need some white noise, it’s a must-have for the bedside table. — Chris Roth

Comfortable, public-friendly sweatpants

SweatyRocks Women's Drawstring Waist Striped Side Jogger

As work from home continues, I’ve been looking for more sweatpants that I can comfortably work in that are also appropriate for walks and socially distant plans. These sweats are affordable, have sustained washes and all-day wear, and the rainbow stripe down the side adds a bit of fun.” — Emily Hein

A really thin wallet for just the essentials

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I use this slim RFID wallet every day. It’s thin but sturdy and holds everything I need. — Navah Maynard

No-slip gel gripped socks

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These PEDS socks are the only ones I use, and I wear sneakers almost every day. The no-slip gel grips on the heel keep them from falling off and bunching up. — Sally Kaplan

A hairbrush that won’t break after a few months

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My thick hair has a long history of eating brushes, but the Wet Brush finally put a stop to that! It painlessly smooths out tangles and the bristles are tough enough that I only have to buy a new one every year or so. Before, my brushes only ever made it a few months. — Ashley Phillips

An inexpensive, well-designed measuring cup

OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set

OXO is my go-to kitchen brand for cheap, well-designed tools. This measuring cup set has a geniously angled surface that allows you to see measurement markings from above as you’re pouring, so you can better measure ingredients without bending or lifting the cup to eye level. 

I also highly recommend OXO’s silicone baking mat for creating a non-stick surface that makes for easier cleanups and this cookie scoop for scooping out balls of dough that are all the same size. — Ellen Hoffman 

A slim wastebasket that fits almost anywhere, but also fits a lot of garbage

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Love this slim garbage can that fits into narrow spaces, but still holds a lot. — Navah Maynard

Affordable jewelry that lets you save up for an investment piece

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I love chokers and layering different necklaces together, but I have a short attention span when it comes to jewelry. I tend to lean more towards affordable jewelry that I can experiment with on different looks before committing to staple pieces that I know I’ll wear forever. This choker set was a great addition to my summer looks, and now I have more of an idea of what I’m looking for when I eventually take the plunge on long wear jewelry. — Emily Hein

A PopSocket to make gripping a large iPhone less strenuous on your fingers

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When I got my iPhone X, I also picked up a PopSocket grip to make it easier to hold my phone without straining my fingers. I love it because it’s practical, keeps my phone secure, and lets me express my crazy cat lady side— Malarie Gokey

Editor’s note: They come in a variety of colors and designs.

Reusable K-cups for your Keurig or to use as impromptu tea balls for loose-leaf tea

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I recently got a Keurig for the sake of convenience, but I knew I didn’t want to use wasteful plastic pods with it, so I got these reusable ones instead. They work great for their intended use, but I also figured out that they make excellent tea balls for brewing loose-leaf cups. — Sally Kaplan

A super effective foot mask to give you smoother feet

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This foot mask is the best/worst thing I’ve ever bought for under $25 on Amazon. My feet are so soft and smooth now, but my team did have to listen to me complain about my feet peeling for two weeks. — Maureen Lamping

A wallet phone case that lets you keep your bag at home

ZVE Zipper Wallet Case

This wallet case holds enough that you never need to carry a bag. I always have at least 5 credit cards, my ID, my insurance card, a MetroCard, a few punch cards, and sometimes cash in mine. I bought my first ZVE Wallet Case in 2017, and between myself and my mom (who I’ve evangelized), we’ve ordered 7 of these cases through 4 generations of iPhone. It might be too chunky for some, but I highly recommend this if you hate needing to carry a bag. Plus, when things start happening again, you can skip the bag check lines at sporting events and concerts. — Elisabeth Chambry

A rapid egg cooking machine that’s completely foolproof

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After I read Jen Gushue’s review of this under-$20 rapid egg cooking gadget, I was fully influenced to buy it. It makes hard-boiled eggs in half the time of traditional methods with absolutely no guesswork, saving me a good chunk of time during the week and ensuring I actually eat breakfast on busy mornings. — Ellen Hoffman

This handy water bottle that takes the guesswork out of hydration

Cactaki 32oz Water Bottle with Time Marker, BPA Free, Non Toxic, Leakproof, Durable

This water bottle comes with me everywhere I go. The secure lid ensures no spillage in my bag and the removable strap adds versatility in transportation. The printed tracking is the main selling point as a quick glance can let me know how I am doing with my daily water intake and if needed motivate me to ensure I am drinking at least 64oz of water per day. In a sense, this water bottle has gamified drinking water and that’s fun! — Frank Massaro

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42 thoughtful and fun tech gifts under $100

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  • Not everyone asks for tech gifts around the holidays, but tech products can certainly bring your friends and loved ones a much-needed life upgrade.
  • Even on a budget of under $100, there are plenty of exciting and useful tech gift ideas to choose from.
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Technology doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

There’s a surprising amount of excellent tech gifts out there – accessories, fitness trackers, tablets, and smart speakers – for less than $100. That is, if you know where to dig.

Fret not, however: there’s no need to trudge through the pages of Amazon, Target, and Best Buy to find the best affordable tech. We’ve done that hard work for you.

Through tough research and direct testing we’ve uncovered the very best tech gifts under $100. We included a number of gifts in every price range, so you’re bound to find the right gifts for your loved ones.

A smart speaker with Alexa

Amazon Echo 4th gen

Amazon Echo, $69.99, available at Amazon

The new Echo is the best smart speaker you can give as a gift this holiday season. Alexa can answer all your giftee’s questions, play music, and control many smart home devices. The brand-new fourth-generation model also features an updated design with a spherical shape that fits nicely in any decor.

Read our full Echo review here

A pair of wireless earbuds

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1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds, from $50.39, available at Amazon

These wireless earbuds are cheaper than AirPods, but they sound even better. They also last for 24 hours of total playtime and 6.5 hours of continuous use. 

A fitness tracker

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Fitbit Inspire 2, $68.95, available at Amazon

Fitbit’s affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to track your giftee’s fitness metrics. The tracker has a heart rate monitor that helps improve the accuracy of tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones. As an added bonus, buyers can currently receive a free one-year trial of Fitbit Premium.

A Philips Hut smart lighting starter kit

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Philips Hue White LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit, $69.97, available at Home Depot

Philips Hue smart light bulbs can be controlled remotely, set to go on at specific times, and controlled by voice commands if you have a smart speaker.

A swim-proof Bluetooth speaker

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker, from $69.99, available at Amazon

The small-yet-mighty Bluetooth speaker can go swimming in the pool or ocean. It’s also dustproof and therefore suitable for hikes and other outdoor adventures. 

A PopSocket grip

PopSockets  Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets, $8.97

PopSocket Grip, $8 and up, available at PopSocket

PopSocket Grips stick to the back of your phone and can expand whenever you need a grip or a stand. Use one to take photos, text, hold a large device, watch movies, and video chat with ease and comfort. Many cost less than $10 and they come in a variety of colors and patterns to fit your personality.

An earbud organizer

Bluelounge Cableyoyo Earbud Cable Holders, $9.95

Bluelounge Cableyoyo (2-pack), $16.94, available at Amazon

The Cableyoyo is an affordable rubber and metal spool, around which you wrap your earphones (or any other smallish cable) for safekeeping.

A 4K streaming stick

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Roku Streaming Stick+, $49.99, available at Best Buy

Anyone who likes to stream video in 4K on their TV needs a Roku Streaming Stick+. Roku’s media streamers are the best in the business, and the Stick+ can stream TV shows and movies from all the major streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. On the downside, fans of HBO Max will have to look elsewhere for the time being.

The ultimate console for old-school Sega fans

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Sega Genesis Mini, $79.98, available at Amazon

Finally joining the mini retro game console craze is Sega, and it brought the big guns. This console packs 40 games inside pulling both from storied classics to games that were never released in the US. For the retro gamer in your life, this could be a no-brainer.

The best game machine for retro arcade fans

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Neo Geo Mini International, $45.97, available at Walmart

If the gamer in your life was more of an arcade nut, then consider this console that doesn’t even need a display. This contains 4o of the most popular Neo Geo arcade games ever, including the entire Metal Slug shooter series.

An ebook reader

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Amazon Kindle, $89.99, available at Amazon

The entry-level Kindle is a great gift for book worms who want to have a digital library of ebooks to take with them on the go. This version includes advertisements and lasts for weeks of reading on a single charge.

A smart herb garden

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Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, $99.95, available at Amazon

With the Click and Grow Smart Garden, your loved one can grow fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, or thyme in a matter of weeks.

A phone case that’s built to last

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Otterbox case, $40 and up, available at Otterbox

Otterbox cases are built to protect phones and withstand a lot of drops, but that doesn’t mean the brand’s cases are ugly. In fact, Otterbox has tons of super fun cases with Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters on them as well as some stylish designs.

A smart display

Amazon Echo Show 5

Amazon Echo Show 5, $44.99, available at Amazon

The Echo Show 5 is an affordable smart display that has Alexa built-in. Your giftee can watch recipes and videos on it, see the time at a glance, and ask Alexa questions. It can also play music and control smart home devices.

The Echo Show 5 will be in stock on December 20.

A fun case for the Echo Show

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Otterbox Echo Show 5 Den, $19.96, available at Otterbox

If you are getting your loved one the Echo Show 5 mentioned above, you may also want to get them this hilarious Toy Story case.

A cleaning kit for your phone

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Whoosh! Cleaning Kit, $13.99, available at Amazon

Phones are breeding grounds for germs, so a good cleaning kit is both a thoughtful and practical gift. This one from Whoosh! leaves your phone clean without leaving any streaks behind.

An excellent pair of wireless headphones

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Sennheiser HD 4.40 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, $79.99, available at Best Buy

Sennheiser makes some of the best over-ear headphones. Though not one of its flagship models, the HD 4.40 are still strong performers. They’re comfortable, deliver outstanding sound quality, and have a long battery life of up to 25 hours.

A waterproof phone case

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LifeProof Fré Case, starting at $42.26, available at Amazon

The LifeProof Fré iPhone case is perfect for people who love to be in or near the water all the time, and for those who always drop their phone in some kind of liquid. This case is fully submersible in water that’s up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) deep for 1 hour. It’s also fully sealed with its built-in screen protector and port covers, so it’s safe from the elements.

Tech-friendly gloves

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L.L.Bean Touchscreen Gloves, $24.99 and up, available at L.L.Bean

Protect your loved ones’ fingers when it’s cold outside and they still want to text their friends and family. These touchscreen gloves are super warm and work well on screens.

A custom-designed iPhone case

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Casetify Custom iPhone 12 Case, $45 and up, available at Casetify

Casetify’s easy to use tool lets you turn your favorite photos into a custom iPhone case. There are three case styles and dozens of templates, so you can turn your friend’s best Instagram photos into a unique way to protect their phone.

A durable, weighted iPhone charging cable

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Native Union Night Cable, $39.99, available at Amazon

Native Union makes some of the most attractive phone accessories around. The Night Cable is the best long lightning charging cable for the iPhone. It has a 10-foot cord and a handy weight to hold it in place while your phone charges.

A desk lamp with a wireless charger

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TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger, $49.99, available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond

If your giftee has a phone with wireless charging built in, the TaoTronics Desk Lamp is a great gift. It has a built-in wireless charger and a USB port so you can charge your devices wirelessly or with a cable. The lamp is also well made and fully adjustable. It has multiple brightness and color temperature settings so you can make it your own.

A sleek leather iPhone case

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Nomad Leather iPhone Cases, $49.95 and up, available at Nomad

Nomad uses genuine Horween leather to craft gorgeous, durable iPhone cases that age beautifully. We can’t recommend the brand’s cases enough. Nomad also makes a few Samsung and Google Pixel cases.

A set of screen protectors

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InvisibleShield Screen Protectors, $8.99 and up, available at Zagg

Smartphone and tablet screens are fairly fragile and often shatter or get scratched, so it’s a good idea to gift the klutz you love a screen protector from InvisibleShield. The brand makes excellent screen protectors that offer special features like blue light blocking and privacy shielding in addition to protecting your screen.

An Echo Dot

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Echo Dot, $29.99, available at Amazon

The all-new Echo Dot is a great way to incorporate a smart assistant into any home without spending a ton of money. Alexa can do everything from answer questions, play games, play music, and control smart home devices. The fourth-generation model features an updated design with a spherical shape rather than the traditional puck shape. 

A Google Home Mini

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Google Nest Mini, $24.98, available at Walmart

If your giftee isn’t into Amazon’s products but still wants a smart speaker, the Google Nest Mini is a great alternative. The smart speaker is reliable at answering queries, can control smart home gadgets, and play music with good sound.

Read our full Nest Mini review here

A beautiful wireless charger

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Native Union Drop Wireless Charger, from $49.99 and up, available at Amazon

Native Union always impresses with its stylish tech accessories. If your giftee hates boring black and white tech, get them Native Union’s attractive wireless chargers, which come in multiple colors, including rose, sage, indigo, and more.

An instant camera

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, $69.99, available at Best Buy

Instant cameras are the perfect gift for shutterbugs who wish they’d lived during the age of the Polaroid. Fujifilm’s Intax Mini 11 comes in cute colors and takes fun, retro pictures that are printed right after they’re taken.

A light for better smartphone photography

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Lume Cube 2.0, $89.85, available from B&H

Any smartphone shutterbug will love having the Lume Cube 2.0 in their mobile photography kit. The little light helps illuminate the subject of a photo when the lighting is subpar.

An iPhone USB memory stick

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SanDisk iXpand and Flash Drive 128GB for iPhone, $45.99, available at Amazon

Even though iPhones now come with more storage built in, it’s still easy to run out of space. For people who take too many photos, download tons of music, shows, and games on their phones; the SanDisk iXpand is the perfect gift.

An iPhone dock

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Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe, $19.99, available at Amazon

An iPhone dock looks nice on any desk, nightstand, or table, and it gives your giftee a good place to charge their phone. The Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe comes with lightning and Micro USB cables. The device also features a handy design that holds your iPhone up off the base. This prevents your phone’s speakers and home button from getting blocked. 

A pair of blue-light blocking glasses

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Felix Gray Glasses, $95 and up, available at Felix Gray

Blue light can interfere with sleep patterns and cause eye strain, so your giftee is sure to love these blue-light-blocking glasses.

A set of Tile trackers

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One Tile Mate Tracker, one Tile Slim Tracker, and two Tile Stickers, $68.04, available at Amazon

Tile trackers are one of the most practical tech gifts you can give. This pack comes with one Tile Slim, which is thin enough to slip into a wallet, one Tile Mate, which has loops so it can fit onto key rings, and two Tile Stickers, which can be attached to a remote or other electronic. Once they’re paired with your giftee’s phone, the trackers will send them a notification when it’s lost contact with the tracker, and show them its last known location on a map.

Basically, you’re giving someone in your life the gift of being able to digitally retrace their steps.

A temperature-controlled mug

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Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug, $99.95, available at Amazon

It seems like everything is high-tech these days and a lot of it seems pointless, but this is not one of those things. Ember’s smart mug can keep your loved one’s drink at the perfect temperature so that they never burn their tongue again. It uses a smart heating coaster and an app to help you decide how hot you want your drink to be every time.

The Fire HD tablet

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Fire HD 8, $64.99, available at Amazon

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great tablet, and the all-new Fire HD 8 proves that. This 8-inch tablet has a 1,280 x 800-pixel screen, 32GB of storage built in, and room for expansion via a Micro SD card slot.

A light-up alarm clock

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iHome Zenergy Light Alarm Clock, $59.99, available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond

No one likes waking up to a blaring alarm, so a light therapy alarm clock that tries to awaken you with a gradual, sunrise-like increase of light is a nice gift. The iHome Zenergy offers a number of great light alarm features, but it also has a pretty great Bluetooth speaker built into it, so your giftee can play music, too.

A waterproof Bluetooth speaker

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JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $89.95, available at Walmart

If you’re shopping for someone who’s planning on a warm vacation — or lives someplace nice all the time — this speaker will let them rock out without worrying about dropping it into the pool or ocean.

A phone sanitizer

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PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, $79.95, available at PhoneSoap

If your loved one hates germs, they’ll love this phone sanitizer. PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that lead to E.Coli, Salmonella, Staph, the flu, and the common cold — without harming their phone.

A high-end, clip-on smartphone lens kit

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Olloclip Lens Kit, $24.99 and up, available at Olloclip

Olloclip makes great lenses that you can attach to many different phones so that you can get a wide-angle, fish-eye, or macro effect on your photos. 

A 4K media streamer with HDR

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Roku Ultra, $99.99, available at Target

The Roku Ultra is the best media streaming device we’ve tested, thanks to its easy-to-use interface, 4K playback, Dolby Vision support, voice control, and simple remote. It can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The only notable downside is that it doesn’t currently support HBO Max.

Read our full Roku Ultra review here

A record player

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Audio Technica Turntable, $99.99, available at Best Buy

Whether you’re shopping for someone who’s getting into vinyl for the first time, or wants to resurrect a collection they haven’t touched in years, they’ll need a turntable. Audio Technica’s has an RCA output, so you can plug it into any pair of powered speakers or stereo receiver, drop the needle, and enjoy.

A kid-friendly Fire tablet

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $79.99

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $69.99, available at Amazon

Kids love tablets, but they can also be destructive fiends when it comes to tech. Luckily, Amazon’s Kids Edition of the Fire 7 tablet is here to save the day with its protective case, warranty against damage, and tons of kid-friendly content.

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