41 Finds Under $30 That Are So Awesome They Should Cost Way More

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There are few things in life that give me as much pure joy as finding something that seems bougie and expensive but was actually super cheap. I get a special thrill out of finding bargain beauty products that work just as well as pricier options or finding little ways to make my home feel more luxurious without spending a fortune. My secret to finding the best deals on random things that make my friends jealous? Amazon.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite things on the site I just can’t stop shopping, from the cheap kitchen gadgets I can’t live without to practical things that make everything from packing for a trip to working out at home just a little bit easier. If you, too, love inexpensive fancy things, get ready to click “add to cart” a lot, because you’re going to be obsessed with these finds — and they’re all $30 or less.


A Ring Light That Will Seriously Upgrade Your Videos

Whether you like to film beauty vlogs or just want to have better lighting on Zoom calls, a great ring light is a must — but they can be pricey. This ring light is only $20, but it has all the features you could want. Toggle between 11 brightness levels and three light tones, pop your smartphone in the integrated holder, and set up the tripod on any stable surface. It also comes with a remote trigger that’s compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones.


This Jade Roller And Gua Sha Set

Give yourself a comforting facial massage with this jade roller set, which also comes with a gua sha tool. Both are made from natural jade, and can help soothe and smooth your skin. The set boasts over 16,000 five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers who swear by the benefits.


A Retro Makeup Case That Will Keep Your Beauty Products Organized AF

Over 5,300 Amazon shoppers have given this retro Caboodles makeup case a perfect five-star rating. It has an integrated mirror that flips up, a room bottom compartment that’s perfect for larger items like sheet masks, scrubs, and moisturizers, and a sub-divided top compartment that’s great for smaller items lip balm and concealer.


An Extra-Thick Yoga Mat For At-Home Workouts

An extra-thick yoga mat can be a game-changer for at-home workouts, and this one is a steal at just $28. It’s made from a full inch of thick, dense foam that can make everything from pilates to HIIT workouts more comfortable, and it comes in eight different colors. It boasts an impressive overall 4.7-star rating on Amazon.


These Luxe Turkish Cotton Hand Towels

There’s nothing quite like Turkish cotton to make your bathroom feel more luxe, and these Turkish cotton hand towels are a great way to upgrade your space for just $15. Sold in a set of two, they’re made from 100-percent cotton, and come in fifteen colors with neutral accents and tasseled ends.


This Instant Hair Treatment That Amazon Shoppers Love

If your lazy but you want silky, smooth hair, then you need this instant hair treatment. Other in-shower treatments often have a long wait time, but as the name states, this one needs only 8 seconds to work its magic. Simply apply to your lengths using the easy applicator tip, massage, rinse, and follow with a blow-dry. I have super long, thick hair, and this makes me look like I just got a blowout.


An Attachment That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Kitchen Sink

Ever since I got this movable kitchen faucet head, I wonder how I ever lived without it. It’s easy to install over most standard faucets, and has three settings: pulse, shower, and a pulsing shower combination. It makes washing dishes and rinsing fruits and veggies so much easier, and you can rotate the head in every direction.


These Under Eye Masks Infused With 24-Karat Gold

These soothing under-eye masks are made with luxe ingredients like snail slime and actual 24-Karat gold. They’re easy to apply, since you simply stick them to your skin, and they have a cooling effect that feels great on tired, puffy eyes. They have thousands of five-star ratings on Amazon from fans who say they’ve seriously improved the look of their skin.


A Set Of Resistance Bands That Won’t Slip

I’m obsessed with this set of hip bands, which are made from a stretchy nonslip fabric that won’t slide off of your legs or roll up in the middle of your workout. They come in light, medium, and heavy resistances, and are much more comfortable and functional than bands made entirely from rubber or latex. There’s also an included zipper pouch for storage.


The Cold Brew Maker With Thousands Of Fans On Amazon

The Takeya cold brew maker has over 31,000 five-star ratings on Amazon from shoppers who are obsessed with how easy it is to make smooth, grit-free cold brew at home with this carafe. It has a plastic body and a fine mesh filter, and can make 2 quarts of cold brew at a time. Not only is it cheap, it will help you save money, too.


A Travel Mug That Holds Your Coffee’s Temperature For A Whole Day

This Zojirushi travel mug is hands-down the best mug I’ve ever used. I can fill it with ice and cold brew in the morning and the ice will still be solid by the evening, and I’ve used it to store hot water overnight for camping trips. The wide mouth opening is easy to drink out of, it’s completely leak-proof, and comes in eight colors.


This Cheap Lip Balm With A Cult Following

Nearly 14,000 Amazon shoppers are so obsessed with Baby Lips lip balm that some say they literally can’t live without it. This subtle pink shade changes color with the pH of your lips, creating the perfect shade of pink, and the super hydrating formula means you won’t have to constantly reapply.


A High-Quality Mini Foam Roller You Can Pack In A Carry-On

I’ve used a lot of foam rollers, but none are as good as this travel foam roller from Lo Rox. It’s made from dense EVA foam that offers just the right amount of resistance, and the smaller size makes it easy to toss in a tote bag or a carry-on suitcase. I’ve had mine for over a year, and it still looks and works like it’s brand new.


These Instant Facial Pads That Cost Just Over $1 Each

Give yourself an instant facial with these glycolic resurfacing pads from Bliss, a brand that makes spa-quality products at an affordable price point. They’re gentle enough that some fans use them on a nightly basis, and at $19 for a box of 15, they cost just over a dollar apiece.


An Adjustable Sleep Mask Made From Mulberry Silk

Block out the light during your afternoon naps with this silk sleep mask, which has an adjustable headband that won’t snag your hair while you sleep. The mask itself is made from 100% mulberry silk on both sides, so it feels soft and cool against your skin. It’s also great for frequent travelers and anyone who experiences migraines.


A Super Soft Peshmental Towel That’s Great For The Beach

This peshmental towel is my personal favorite beach towel since it’s lightweight, quick-drying, and doesn’t attract too much sand. I also keep a spare in my gym bag for post-workout showers or toweling off after a particularly sweaty yoga session. It’s made from 100-percent organic cotton, and comes in 35 pretty colors.


A Wildly Popular Silicone Scalp Massager

A silicone scalp massager will make it feel like you’re getting a professional shampoo at the salon every time you wash your hair. This one boasts over 61,000 five-star ratings on Amazon from shoppers who love how it helps with everything from psoriasis to getting rid of product build-up. It has a comfortable handle that’s easy to hold, and comes in four colors.


This Highly-Rated Pour Over Coffee Maker

This chic glass pour over coffee maker is not only a great way to save money by encouraging you to make coffee at home, it looks amazing on your kitchen counter, too. The best part? It comes with a reusable permanent filter, which will help reduce paper usage, and will save you even more money on filters. Over 17,000 Amazon shoppers have given it a five-star rating.


A Silk Scrunchie That Will Protect Your Hair From Breakage

If you’re tired of scrunchies and hair ties that rip out your hair, it’s time to switch to a silk scrunchie. This one is made from 100-percent mulberry silk, and boasts over 3,300 perfect five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers. In addition to keeping your hair healthy, it also won’t cause bumps or kinks.


An Oversized, Sparkly Pool Tube

Pool floats can actually be really expensive, but this jumbo pool tube from Pool Candy is just $14, and comes in a photo-worthy gold glitter finish. With a 48-inch diameter, it’s large enough for lounging and lazy rivers, and fans on Amazon love how great the holographic glitter looks in photos.


An Outdoor Speaker That Sounds Way More Expensive Than It Is

This outdoor Bluetooth speaker from Tribit produces high-quality sounds at a wallet-friendly price point. It features Bluetooth 5.0 with a 100-foot range for a clear connection, can last for 24 hours of continuous use on a single charge, and boasts over 14,700 five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers who say it’s one of the best travel speakers they’ve ever used.


These Water Shoes That Are Perfect For Summer Adventures

I bought a pair of these popular water shoes when I started kayaking, and get compliments from strangers every single time I wear them. They have a secure, sock-like fit with a bungee lacing system, and a grippy, treaded outsole with drainage holes to let water through. They come in 42 colors and styles, and are great for water parks, beach days, boating, and anywhere else your feet might get wet.


This Kitchen Gadget That Makes Stripping Leafy Greens So Much Easier

I love kale salads, but I hated stripping kale — until I got this herb stripper. It has a clever design with eight holes of different sizes that are perfect for everything from kale and chard to thyme and oregano, and it seriously cuts down on kitchen prep time. It’s made from sturdy plastic, and is top rack dishwasher-safe.


A Soothing Facial Spray That Fans Are Obsessed With

Mario Badescu’s classic facial spray is a true fan favorite on Amazon with over 31,000 five-star ratings. It’s made with soothing ingredients like rosewater and aloe, and gives your skin an instant glow. I keep a bottle in my bag at all times, and love how refreshing it feels in warmer weather.


A Half Gallon Water Bottle You’ll Want To Take Everywhere

Staying hydrated is hard, but a half-gallon water jug can make it a lot easier. The Hydrojug is made from sturdy, BPA-free plastic and has a ton of great features that you didn’t know you needed in a water bottle, like a shaker bottle-style flip top, a handle, and a carrying loop.


A Packable Rain Poncho That’s Actually Cute

Rain ponchos often make you feel like you’re wearing a plastic bag, but this hooded rain poncho is actually cute, and it packs into its own carrying case. It’s made from quick-drying, waterproof polyester with a zipper closure and heat-sealed seems, and it comes in 42 colors and patters.


This Highly-Rated Dry Bag That’s Perfect For Beach Days

This dry bag will keep your spare clothing, towels, and electronics completely dry on beach days and boat trips. It’s made from waterproof tarpaulin that’s resistant to tears, and comes with a nylon carrying strap. It boasts over 14,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, and comes in 18 colors and five sizes.


A Fully Waterproof High-Definition Camera

It’s hard to believe that this underwater action camera is under $30, but it’s true. This WiFi-enabled camera shoots at 1080P, and features a wide-angle lens that’s great diving, surfing, or photoshoots in your pool. It comes with two rechargeable batteries, and has a car mode so you can also use it as a dash cam.


A Mini Rice Cooker That’s Perfect For Small Kitchens

Dash is known for making viral kitchen appliances, and the brand’s mini rice cooker is no exception. It has a 2-cup capacity, a minimalist design, and comes in seven cute colors that will match any kitchen aesthetic. Over 13,000 Amazon shoppers have given this rice cooker a five-star review, and fans love how easy it is to use.


This Restaurant-Quality Cleaver That’s Just $11

A Chinese cleaver is a versatile kitchen tool that many professional chefs love. This one features a stainless steel blade that’s easy to sharpen, and a sturdy wooden handle that’s comfortable to hold. “I use it in my professional kitchen a few days a week,” wrote on Amazon shopper who gave this cleaver a five-star rating.


A Set Of Cute, Practical Packing Cubes

Packing cubes can make it so much easier to keep your clothes organized on a trip. This seven-piece set comes with three laundry pouches, three packing cubes, and a shoe bag, and it’s available in six different patterns. They’re great for maximizing the available space in your suitcase, and the laundry bags ensure that your clean and dirty clothes can stay separate.


A Waterproof Pouch That Fits Almost Any Smartphone

You don’t have to choose between protecting your smartphone from water and actually using it with this universal waterproof pouch. It fits most smartphone models, is fully submersible up to 100 feet, and has a transparent cover so you can still take photos. It comes in a pack of two, so each case is only $5.


A Laptop Stand That Can Help Correct Your Posture

Working from home is great, but it’s important to keep the ergonomics of your setup in mind. This laptop stand is designed to raise your laptop to eye level, improving your posture and potentially reduce discomfort. It’s made from aluminum and rubber, and is designed to be compatible with most laptop models.


This Set Of Nonslip Yoga Blocks

If you have a regular at-home yoga practice, a set of good yoga blocks is a solid investment. These foam blocks are lightweight, and have a nonslip surface that can add additional stability to tricky poses or support your body during a more restorative practice. They come in four different colors, and have a near-perfect overall 4.8-star rating on Amazon.


An Inflatable Pool That’s Perfect For Smaller Backyards

Inflatable pools aren’t just for kids, they can also be great for adults who want a quick way to lounge and cool off on a hot day. This one comes in both watermelon and ice cream patterns, and if you don’t want to fill it up with water, you can also use it in more creative ways, like one Amazon reviewer who filled hers with rainbow sprinkles for a photoshoot.


A Silk Pillowcase That’s Great For Your Skin And Hair

Upgrading to a silk pillowcase can help improve the health of your skin and hair without adding another product to your routine. This one is made from 100-percent mulberry silk with a hidden zipper closure, so it won’t slide off of your pillow while you sleep. It comes in 33 colors, so you’re sure to find one that matches the rest of your bedding.


These Crystal Tumblers That Only Look Expensive

Add some elegance to your bar cart or make your cold brew coffee look extra fancy with this set of crystal whiskey glasses. They’re made from lead-free crystal, and have a classic carved design on the sides that makes them look way more expensive than they are. They also have a weighted base, which makes them easier to hold and more pleasant to drink from.


This Cult-Favorite Cast Iron Skillet

If you’re looking for a great cast iron skillet but don’t want to spend a fortune, get this pre-seasoned skillet from Lodge. Over 7,000 Amazon shoppers have given this pan a five-star rating, and many say that it’s a great introduction to cast iron cooking. It costs less than $25, and comes with a heatproof silicone handle cover.


A Set Of Chic Moleskine Journals

From daily journaling to note-taking and list-making, Moleskine notebooks are the best, and this set of cahier journals is a steal at just $15 for a set of three. They come in 10 colors as well as lined, unlined, dotted, and squared page layouts. Each notebook has 80 pages, and the last 16 are detachable.


This Elegant Matte Black Fountain Pen

Nothing saying “sophisticated” like writing with a fountain pen, and this one has an elegant matte black finish and an all-black nib that’s perfect for anyone who loves minimalism or academic aesthetics. It has an extra-fine point, and comes with a converter so you can use bottled ink. Note that ink cartridges are not included, but you can buy them on Amazon.


This Princess-Worthy Tiara That Amazon Reviewers Are Obsessed With

Why do you need a jeweled tiara? Well, why don’t you? I bought this tiara for no particular reason and love wearing it for costume parties and photoshoots, but it also looks great just sitting on top of a stack of my favorite royalcore novels. Over 3,700 Amazon shoppers have given this tiara a 5-star rating, and they can’t stop raving about how luxurious and high-quality it looks and feels.

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