54 Legitimately Awesome Things Under $20 On Amazon You've Never Heard Of

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by Rebecca Martinson
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If you ask me, the easiest way to save money is to simply not spend it in the first place — but that's easier said than done. No matter how hard I try to resist pulling out my credit card, I still find myself making purchases on a daily basis. So rather than trying (and failing) to save money yet again, I've made a deal with myself: I can buy stuff, but only if it's something legitimately awesome and under $20 (and preferably something I've never heard of before).

I mean, what's more exciting than a brand new product that isn't too pricey? Just take the stainless steel butter spreader, for example. Not only does it work like a standard butter knife, but it also curls tiny strands that are easier to spread and melt than standard slices. There are more products where that came from, though — and because I know I've gotten tired of seeing the same products everywhere, I've made sure that this list is full of items you've probably never heard of.

So what are you waiting for? There are tons of legitimately awesome Amazon products available for less than $20, so go ahead and discover your new faves. With the holiday-season sales in full swing, BDG’s editors are rounding up a few bonus can’t-miss deals. Shop them while they last:


This Brow Gel That Fills In Brows & Covers Gray Hairs

Described as being like mascara for your brows, this eyebrow gel from Elizabeth Mott has received high marks from shoppers for “really add[ing] to my natural eyebrows” and being “far better than paying someone to dye my brows”. Coming in five shades, the gel is formulated to fill in sparse brows and color gray hairs — and it’s made to last all day, even through water and sweat.


This 2-Pack Of Travel Cups For Cold Brew Or Boba

Specifically made for cold drinks on-the-go, this 2-pack of mason jar-inspired iced coffee cups are also good for holding iced tea, cold brew, smoothies, or any kind of chilled beverage. Made from a chic, sturdy blend of glass, food-grade bamboo (on the lid), and a stainless steel straw, these cups are built to be taken on the road, from park hangs to the office.


A Shave Powder That Helps Prevent Ingrown Hairs & Razor Bumps

Get a smoother shave with this shaving powder specifically meant to reduce shaving bumps. Use while shaving your legs or facial hair without irritation. With over 16,000 reviews on Amazon and a rock-bottom price, this powder is a fan favorite.


A Digital Meat Thermometer For That Perfect Medium-Rare

This digital meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of meal prep by providing accurate temperature readings in seconds flat without cutting into your food. It can be hung up when not in use and features a magnet on the back for additional storage. It even has an easy-to-read LED screen.


This Fine-Tip Pen Set That Comes With 18 Pretty Colors

Add a pop of color to any page with this 18-pack of fine-point art pens. The #1 best-selling product in the drawing pens category on Amazon, they have garnered more than 71,000 reviews and an overall 4.7-star rating. They feature a 0.38-millimeter tip and nicely pigmented water-based ink that's ideal for everything from drawing to journaling.


A Shampoo Brush That Massages Your Scalp

Just add a dollop of shampoo to this brush, and then massage it into your scalp to wash away dirt and grime. The bristles are made from soft silicone that are not only gentle, but can also help stimulate blood flow. Plus, the handle on the back helps you keep a firm grip when wet.


This Exfoliating Brush That Can Help Prevent Ingrown Hair

Whether you’re trying to prevent ingrown hairs or prepare your skin for shaving, this brush can help. Its tiny bristles make it extra exfoliating, which can even help increase blood circulation and clear your pores. It’s available in two colors — blue and orange — and has over 17,000 five-star ratings from Amazon customers.


A Soap-Like Stainless Steel Bar That Helps Remove Unwanted Odors

Just rub this stainless steel bar of "soap" between your hands — with or without water — and it'll quickly absorb any unwanted odors. It's great for getting rid of persistent food smells from fish, onions, or even garlic. Plus, it's infinitely reusable.


A Popcorn Popper That Doubles As A Giant, Collapsible Bowl

By using this bowl, you can pop up to 15 cups of popcorn in one sitting — and it even collapses down for easy storage once you're done. It's also made from food-grade silicone that's BPA- as well as PVC-free, and it's available in over 10 colors.


This Gadget That Helps Keep Your Coffee Warm

If you find that your coffee turns cold before you finish drinking it, you can easily keep it toasty with this mug warmer. Simply keep your mug on top, and the 17-watt heater will get your drink warm in about two minutes. The best part? It features an extra-long power cable so that you can use it all over your home or office.


This Insert That Helps Organize Your Purse

It can be easy to lose track of your belongings if your purse doesn't have very many pockets, so grab this handy insert. It comes in a variety of sizes to fit nearly any purse, while the 13 pockets give you space to organize everything from keys to hair accessories.


The Tea Tree Oil Soap Bar Packed With Peppermint, Eucalyptus & More

You can take your cleansing routine to the next level with this invigorating tea tree oil soap bar. It’s packed with other nourishing ingredients including peppermint, eucalyptus, aloe vera, rosemary, and more. Plus, it can be used to help remove unwanted odors, cleanse blemishes, and calm various types of skin irritations.


This Pet Hair Brush That’s Easy To Clean With The Push Of A Button

This pet hair brush makes it easy to groom your dog or cat, thanks to its retractable wire bristles that are gentle yet effective. The brush itself features a button that you can press in order to bring the bristles upward to help remove the brushed-out hair. That way, it’s just as simple to clean as it is to brush with.


A Shower Head That Filters Impurities From Water

With its multi-layer filtration system, this shower head is designed to remove impurities from your water before they reach your skin and hair. The universal fit means it should easily work with nearly any type of shower hose — and no tools are necessary for installation.


This Universal Phone Holder That Clips Into The Vents Of Your Car

You've got options when it comes to this phone holder. It’s designed to clip into the vents of your car and then secure your phone with two adjustable sides lined with silicone (along with a sturdy base). Once your phone is in place, the holder can rotate 360 degrees — and since its size is customizable, it can fit various types of phones.


A Drain Protector Made From Stainless Steel

Since this drain protector is made from stainless steel, there's no need to worry about it growing rusty over time. Any loose hairs or debris that float its way are immediately snagged around the bottom to help your pipes stay clear. Plus, it won't impede the flow of water down your drain.


The Facial Scrubber Brush That Looks Like A Cute Jellyfish

I think we can both agree that this jellyfish face scrubber is undeniably cute. It's made from soft silicone that's suitable for sensitive complexions, while the soft bristles reach deep to cleanse dirt from clogged pores. Plus, the thick bristles on the end are great for massaging your face.


The "Angry Mama" Kitchen Accessory That Helps Clean Your Microwave

Your mother is too busy to come clean your microwave, but this "angry mama" kitchen accessory is ready to go at a moment's notice. Just fill her up with a mix of vinegar and water (and a splash of lemon juice for scent, if you like), then pop her into your microwave for about five minutes. Once done, you should be able to easily wipe away any stuck-on stains with a paper towel.


These Unique Kitchen Tongs That Double As Spatulas

With wide, nonstick silicone pieces at both ends, these tongs make it easy to grab nearly anything in your kitchen — from slippery noodles to fried chicken tenders. The spatula tips are even heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit and BPA-free, while the locking mechanism allows for compact storage.


A Claw That Helps Your Meats Thaw Faster

Forget to take something out of the freezer for dinner? You'll be glad you picked up this thaw claw. Simply attach it to the bottom of your sink using the built-in suction cup, fill it with warm water, then hook your frozen meat underneath the claw. It can help meat thaw up to seven times faster, and it should work with any sink.


A Tiny Vacuum Cleaner That Tackles Tiny Messes

Dust, crumbs, hairs — you name it, and this tiny vacuum can suck it right up to help your work station stay clean. All it needs are two AA batteries (which are not included). And since it's completely cordless, you can easily maneuver it all over without having to worry about cables getting snagged.


These Claws That Help You Shred Meat

Tired of the same sliced chicken and steak for dinner? Try shredding your protein next time with these meat claws. They each have an easy-to-grip handle that’s also nonslip, and you can even use them as tongs in a pinch. Plus, they have a 4.6-star rating on Amazon.


A Portable Travel Razor That Has Everything You Need To Shave On-The-Go

There’s always that one spot you missed shaving, and inevitably you catch it when you’re already in the car on your way to dinner. That dilemma has now been solved by this portable travel razor that contains — within one compact package — a refillable spray bottle, a shea butter moisturizing bar, and two sharp triple-blade razor cartridges. It’s TSA-approved, and besides air travel, you can take this pretty pink razor anywhere — stash it in your gym bag, purse, or car glove compartment.


The Travel Eyelash Curler That Delivers Dramatic Results

When you need your eyes to really pop, this Japonesque eyelash curler can help style your lashes for ultra-dramatic results. It has an ergonomic handle so is easier to use than the traditional clamping kind, and feature an extra-soft lash pad that’s gentle on lashes. And the best part? Free lash pad refills for the life of the product.


A Pair Of Headphones You Can Sleep In

Regular headphones or buds aren’t comfortably nap in, whereas the speakers in this pair are covered with soft fabric that won't leave your ears sore. They also work great for keeping your ears warm while running outside, and the rechargeable battery even lasts for more than 10 hours on a single charge.


This Carrying Case That Organizes All Your Charging Cords

Instead of reaching into a tangled wad of cords in your tote bag, this carrying case neatly, compactly holds miscellaneous charging cords, earbuds, and battery packs. Built with a hard, shockproof exterior, one reviewer says it’s “just the perfect size for various cords, AirPods, chargers and more”. Available in 10 color options, the case also has a small pouch for USB cables and memory cards.


A Magnetic Organizer For Bobby Pins, Clippers, & More

Just stick this magnetic organizer inside of a drawer, and you'll instantly have a convenient place to keep all your small metal items. It works great with bobby pins, nail clippers, nuts, bolts, and more — and it's made from chic bamboo that complements any style or home decor.


The Toe Separators That Can Help Alleviate Pain

Whether your feet are feeling sore from standing all day or plantar fasciitis, these toe separators can help bring some relief. They're made from medical-grade gel that's stretchy as well as soft, and wearing them can even help improve your blood circulation.

Got credit cards or cash you'd like to keep out of sight? Just stash them inside of the hidden pocket in these scrunchies. They're made from premium velvet, and the hair tie inside is strong enough for thicker manes. Many reviewers even raved about how they're "super soft."

Just pop this cover on top of your overflow drain, and you'll be able to add inches to your bathwater the next time you want an extra-deep soak. The suction cups on the back keep it held firmly in place, and it's large enough to fit most drains.


This Drain Protector That Traps Hair In The Shower

Finally, a solution to unsightly hair clumps on the shower walls — and in the form of a cute cat shape. The Shower Cat is a hair catcher, snare and drain protector that works by catching and holding the loose hairs that fall during shampooing and conditioning. Just gather the loose strands and swipe your fingers through the bristles to trap the hair. Comes with a 3M adhesive strip that attaches to shower surfaces.


This Meat Cutter That Easily Shreds Meat In Seconds

Save time on meal prep with this super-handy meat shredder that gets chicken, pork or beef ready in seconds. Once the meat is placed in the chamber, close the lid and rotate the built-in handle a few times. A non-skid base keeps the shredder stable as you turn, and in just a handful of seconds, you’ll have shredded meat ready for tacos, pulled pork, chicken salad, and more.


This LED Flashlight That Clips Onto Your Clothes

Whether you’re jogging in the evening or simply needing to check on something in the dark, this LED clip-on flashlight cleverly serves its purpose. With two magnetic ends that can fasten to most kinds of fabric, whether on your jacket or backpack, this small flashlight has three modes: white, red, and a flashing red option that can serve as an emergency light. It comes with a free keychain flashlight as well. “This light works well for me,” one reviewer shared. “I'm a nurse that works the night shift so I check on my patients with a little light, not to wake them.”


The Measuring Cups That Are Collapsible

Not only are these measuring cups and spoons engraved so that the measurement markings don't fade away, but the cups are also collapsible so that they don't take up a ton of drawer space. They're BPA-free, and one reviewer even wrote, "They fold up so easily to keep in my drawer but then they pop open and stay open when needed."


A Set Of Drill Brushes That Will Deep Clean Your Home & Car

This drill brush set will deep clean pretty much any surface in your home, from tile to grout to carpet. One of the pieces is an extended reach attachment that guides the brush through tight spaces such as stove grates or narrow areas in your car’s interior. The three nylon-bristle brushes come in various shapes and sizes and are designed to clean surfaces without scratching them.


A Strainer That Snaps Onto Pots, Pans & Bowls

If you’re looking to save some space in your kitchen, this pot strainer is one smart way to do it. This colander snaps onto round pots, pans and bowls, allowing you to strain pasta, veggies and more directly from the pot. About a quarter of the size of a traditional colander, this strainer — which also comes in six fun colors — is a space-spacer. “It works on all sized pots and is so easy to use,” one shopper raved. “Snaps right on and stays in place and so far at least, has held everything that I've put into it.”


These Drops That Help Remove Sulfites & Tannins From Your Wine

Give your glass of red or white a few of these wine droplets, and they can help remove sulfites and tannins within the liquid. They only take about 20 seconds to work, and each bottle comes with enough for up to 55 glasses of wine.


The Knife That Makes It Easier To Spread Butter

I can't count how many times I've ripped up a bagel trying to spread cold butter, but this knife solves that problem. The slots along the blade allow you to curl the butter into thin, spreadable pieces that can be spread onto your bread, while the stainless steel construction means it'll last for years to come.


This Automatic Soap Dispenser That Mounts To Your Wall

This automatic soap dispenser looks very high-tech mounted on your wall, with three adjustable controls of foam output and a full-screen display. The touchless dispenser’s display shows the indoor temperature of the room, as well as the remaining power left. Designed with a battery life of four months, the dispenser also comes with a charging cord. Install with the two non-marking adhesive strips on the back. The brand suggests diluting the soap you put in — whether it’s hand soap, dish soap or body wash — with a ratio of one part soap and three parts water.


A Balance Cushion That Helps You Engage Your Core

Don't have time to hit the gym? If you put this balance cushion on your office chair, the uneven surface will force you to engage your abdominal muscles in order to stay upright. It arrives inflated so that it's ready to use right out of the box, and it can even help alleviate back and shoulder pain.


The Heat-Resistant Pouch For Your Hot Tools

Need a safe place to lay your hot tools while you're styling your hair? Keep this heat-resistant pouch on your vanity, and it'll keep your surfaces safe from accidental burns. The grooved surface also helps prevent your tools from sliding off — just in case you accidentally bump into them.


These Tongue Brushes That’ll Freshen Your Breath

Oral hygiene is incredibly important. Make sure yours is okay with the help of these Oralganix tongue cleaners. You get four in a pack, and you can easily throw them in a bag or put them in your car to help you freshen up — especially if you need to meet someone after eating lunch out. These have been created to reach all of the crevices of your mouth that many other scrapers miss.


A Meat Chopper That Reviewers Can't Get Enough Of

No matter what kind of ground meat you like to cook, this chopper can help break it up so that your meal cooks evenly. The four blades are great for chopping, mixing, blending — and they even work great when mashing up potatoes. Choose from seven colors, including yellow, red, blue, green, and more.


This Pet Sling That’s Great For Transporting Small Animals

Wish you can bring your pet wherever you go? This iPrimio sling will get you one step closer. This sling measures in at 20" wide by 14" deep and can hold up to 12 pounds. It’s great for keeping your furry friend close and secure. The fact that it’s pretty cute and easily washable makes buying this a no-brainer.


A Pack Of Cable Organizers Made From Tough Silicone

These cable organizers are made from durable silicone that you can twist and stretch to your heart's desire. Each one features a strong magnet on either end so that it's easy to fasten them together, and many reviewers raved about how they're great for keeping knots out of headphone wires.


These Floating Shelves That’ll Make Any Room Look More Organized

Bare walls need something to jazz them up — and if that “something” can hold a few items, even better. These shelves come in five different colors. When hung up, you won’t be able to see the hardware used, making them look even cooler. “You can place this wall mount anywhere and it's going to look awesome,” said one reviewer. “Definitely one of my best purchases on Amazon and I would purchase it again.”


Mason Jars That Are Perfect For Infused Summer Beverages

There’s a lot to love about a mason jar. Drinks simply look cooler while you’re drinking out of them. But, they’re also good for smoothies, fruit infusions, and even making your own pickles — which is why these happen to come with lids. These can hold 16 fluid ounces and would be a great addition to any outdoor party.

Putting your hair into a tight bun after the shower might not seem like the best option — but that’s if you’re using elastic hair ties. These microfiber hair towel scrunchies from Kitsch are gentle in your hair and won’t cause breakage. They’re quick-drying and work just like regular towels to help dry your hair — and they work for all hair types.

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