Amazon keeps selling out of these 45 totally genius things under $20 for your home

Make your day-to-day easier and more efficient — and do it cheaply.

by Christina X. Wood
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Popularity has a downside. It can often mean that the thing you’ve just heard about and must have is sold out — curses! Especially when there are problems with the supply chain, people are panic buying, and online shopping has become everyone’s go-to, the danger of sellouts is high. That’s why Amazon keeps selling out of these 45 totally genius things under $20 for your home. But they are in stock — at least for now — and you probably need some.

The incredible insulated Champagne glasses here, for example, are perfect for any season. They are beautiful, affordable, and keep your champagne cold to the last sip. And this bacon cooker that makes perfect, grease-free bacon in minutes in the microwave is a must-have, so you can have excellent bacon without the mess. But do not miss this popcorn popper that makes creating your own popcorn snacks easier than using those microwavable bags.

I know you’ll find something here you want. The only challenge is to snag it before it’s gone again.

1. A folding keyboard that’s small & portable

When that email you started turns into a tome and you grow tired of typing on the screen, pull out this folding keyboard and work smarter. It snaps closed magnetically and turns on automatically when you open it. It works with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, tablet, or computer, and is a full QWERTY keyboard.

2. The nubby balls that dry your clothes faster

Toss these four nubby balls into the dryer with your laundry and let them spin with your clothes. They plump and separate the fabrics as they dry, which lets the hot air circulate more — decreasing drying time and softening your clothes. You’ll save money on dryer sheets, keep chemicals out of the water, and reduce your energy usage.

3. This milk jug & frothing pitcher with a chic copper finish

Set a beautiful breakfast table by getting the cream out of the carton and into this stainless steel milk jug with a copper finish. It does double duty as a milk frothing for your morning cafe au lait. It even has liquid measures on the interior so you know how much milk you are pouring.

4. A tiny & cute trash can for your desk or counter

Park this micro version of a kitchen trash can on your desk or counter to catch the small things that are too minuscule to warrant a trip to the real garbage area. It’s small but sturdy, crafted of fingerprint-resistant stainless steel — and has a flip lid just like its larger counterparts.

5. The genius bacon cooker that goes in the microwave

Microwaved bacon is shockingly good and so easy. And, with this brilliant bacon-cooking tray, it’s easy to make lots of it. Just hang bacon strips on the arms, cover with a paper towel, and microwave for one minute per slice. The fat falls to the tray below, leaving your bacon lean and not greasy.

6. A handy stand for charging your Apple watch

Install your Apple watch charger into this charming silicone stand and it makes the nightly charging ritual much easier. It turns your watch into an easily-visible little clock while it juices up. It comes in nine colors, has a channel for the cord, and stays where you put it.

7. This weird trick for reusing bacon grease

Instead of throwing out all that bacon grease that breakfast left in the pan, capture it to use when you fry eggs or make popcorn. It will infuse your next dish with the delicious flavor of bacon. This bacon grease container is the perfect place to store it. The strainer removes bits of bacon and the covered, 5-cup container keeps it ready in the fridge.

8. This cold-brewer so you always have coffee on tap

For the price of a few trips to the drive-through for cold brew, you can have a never-ending supply of the stuff chilling in your fridge. It’s super easy with this borosilicate glass brewer that is both durable and beautiful. Just scoop the grounds into the inner sleeve, add water, and leave it in the fridge overnight. Once you remove the ultra-fine mesh filter, that sweet, grounds-free coffee will keep in the fridge — right in that pitcher — for a week. It comes with a scoop and a funnel.

9. A set of 10 silicone straws in a cloth carrying bag

Slip this travel case loaded with 10 silicone straws into your everyday bag and solve the problem of plastic (and melty paper) straws completely. The straws are gentle on your teeth, kid friendly, and easy to clean with the included brush so you can even wash your straws on the go. Or keep a few at home and take some on the go so you are always ready for a smoothie.

10. The slick & effortless way to open a beer

Just push down on this beer opener and it does all the work of removing the cap, without bending it. It’s easy on joints if you suffer from hand and wrist pain, and allows you to pop open a party’s worth of beers with aplomb. Also, should you be a cap-collecting sort, this keep them nice.

11. This weird tool for giving yourself a massage

When your muscles hurt and no one is at the ready with massage oils and a willing hand, pull out this massage cane and do it yourself. The long arm lets you get to all the hard-to-reach spots on your back. Rounded balls on one end and an egg-shaped one on the other let you dig in as deeply as you can stand to work out tensions and knots.

12. A stylish sign so you know if the dishes are clean or dirty

If you are always wondering if the dishes in the machine are clean or dirty, this magnetic dishwasher sign is the system you need to clarify that. When you load dirty dishes in, flip the sign to dirty. When you wash them, flip it back to clean. It comes with a stick-on metal piece in case magnets won’t stick to your dishwasher.

13. This organic soap made with cold-pressed oils

Perfect for those with sensitive, dry, or inflamed skin, this face and body soap is free of chemicals and uses four all-natural, cold-pressed oils from the Mediterranean to work its magic. Olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, and lavender oil all provide nourishment and relief to irritated skin without causing dryness. Two bars come in each set in addition to an elegant bamboo soap holder.

14. These bed sheet straps that keep fitted sheets in place

Don’t surrender to your rebellious bed sheet every time you lay your head down for the night. These bed sheet straps are cleverly designed to keep that fitted sheet securely wrapped around your mattress and to get you a good night’s sleep. They come in a pack of eight and feature three metal clips attached to nylon straps that clamp down to the middle of the corner and on either side of your sheet to provide the appropriate tension. It’s simple mechanics – and it works like a charm.

15. This moldable glue you can use to fix anything

This weird moldable glue comes out of the sealed package soft and malleable so you can shape it into whatever form you need, stick it to whatever you are trying to fix, or create whatever you have in mind. After about 30 minutes, it hardens to that shape. And in a day, it is permanent, heatproof, waterproof, and cold resilient.

16. This beard-bib so you don’t leave a mess in the sink

This beard bib is one of those life hacks that you will tell your friends about. They might hesitate because, well, it’s a bib. But you will be right. Put on the bib. Attach the suction cups to the mirror. Shave. There will be no after-shave cleanup because all you do is empty the bib, which catches the shaved whiskers before they make a mess, into the trash.

17. This protector so your pillows are always clean

Zip your pillows into this waterproof, bug-proof pillow protector and rest easy. Your pillows will be safe from accidents and insects. The fabric is soft cotton terry with a membrane coating on the back that serves as an impermeable barrier. The cover is machine washable.

18. This double-sided finger & hand massager

If your hands hurt from long hours at a keyboard, arthritis, or overuse, this dual-sized hand massager lets you apply relief anytime. You can roll your fingers between the pincer rollers or apply the single roller to your palm, wrist, or the back of your hands. It relaxes muscles and relieves stiffness.

19. A leak-proof glass food storage container

Make your lunch for the day in this glass meal prep container so that your morning is grab-and-go easy. It’s sized to hold a single meal with sides thanks to the three compartments and can go easily from the freezer to the oven or microwave to your lunch table. The borosilicate glass containers are pleasant to eat from and allow you to clearly see what’s in them. And the locking lids prevent disasters by making sure nothing spills in your bag.

20. This desk ornament that keeps your glasses handy

Set this nose-shaped statuette down on your desk for a bit of whimsical decor. It looks great on its own but will really make you smile once you set your glasses on its nose. And, importantly, then you’ll always know where to find said glasses. A slot in the back holds the arms of your specs firmly so they don’t slide.

21. These reusable produce bags so you can stop using plastic

Tuck these nine reusable, mesh produce bags into your shopping kit and you can skip the annoying, bad-for-the-planet plastic bags in the produce section. You can store produce in them in the fridge — the mesh allows fruit and vegetables to get air so they don’t rot inside plastic. And they are transparent so the grocery scanner can see scan the codes right through them.

22. A terrific set of fine-point colored pens

This set of pens is so much better than it should be for the price. The tips are thin and fine, the ink flows beautifully yet doesn’t bleed through paper, and the colors are rich and varied. They are so good — and affordable — that almost 60,000 people give them five stars.

23. These microfiber pillowcases that’ll make your sleeping situation better

Every bed needs a good set of pillowcases, and this set of pillowcases from HC COLLECTION found on Amazon Home are a perfect simple option. These come in two different sizes, 12 colors, and are super soft and breathable, helping you get a better night’s sleep whenever you rest your head on them.

24. The simple pour-over brewer that makes great coffee

This simple pour-over coffee maker makes a fantastic cup of coffee and brings a moment of ritual to your mornings. The permanent, stainless steel mesh filter fits perfectly in the tumbler so you never have to buy paper filters, and it’s portable so you can take hot coffee with you wherever you go.

25. A set of sharp steak knives that look good

Stop struggling to cut your steak without steak knives. It’s a myth that a good set of steak knives has to cost a small fortune. This set of four steak knives feels hefty in your hand, looks like they belong in a high-end steak house, and cut through rib eye like it’s butter. These are non-serrated and made from high-carbon German stainless steel.

26. This ring toss game you won’t be able to quit

Attach this minimalist — but super fun— hook and ring game somewhere convenient to play — in a doorway or on the patio — and watch as both children and adults discover that it is just difficult enough to leave them unable to quit playing. The game provides hours of entertainment and will set you back less than $15.

27. The coloring book you need right now

When your family, your job, or the cat are making you lose it, this coloring book is the irreverent break you need to help you let it all go. You can focus instead on creating a beautiful picture with crayons, colored pencils, or your favorite pens. There are cuss words and attitude, though, so maybe don’t gift it to your sister’s kids.

28. These sophisticated S&P grinders for your kitchen table

Make spices as simple as salt and pepper look ultra sophisticated with these stainless steel salt and pepper grinders. These handsome grinders have a convenient transparent glass design that shows you exactly when it’s time to refill, and the stainless steel tops twist off easily for quick replenishing. An added bonus? These’ll look great on your kitchen table or counter.

29. The toilet bowl night light that makes bathroom trips better

Turn your toilet into an otherworldly source of light so you can easily stumble toward it when you get up in the night. This clip-on night light lets you choose a color — or cycle through all the colors — for a toilet bowl party. It only comes on when it senses motion, and turns off a few minutes later. The light is mild and soothing, avoiding that dreaded nighttime bathroom light-blindness. The clip-on arm is flexible and fits any bowl.

30. The resistance band set that gets thousands of 5-star reviews

If you want a set of resistance bands that stay put while making you feel the burn of every exercise, these non-slip cloth bands are it. With three levels, inner strips that grip, and a fabric texture with heft, they will amp up your workout. “These bands are seriously the best bands that I have used,” said one of the 23,000 five-star reviewers.

31. This UV flashlight that’s ready to rat out a naughty dog

When you know the dog has been, er, bad but you can’t find the place they did the dirty deed, pull out this UV flashlight and go forensic analysis on the situation. It will light up dog urine that’s hiding in the carpets, furniture, or car so you can clean accurately and thoroughly and not give your pup the impression that peeing in that spot is a condoned behavior.

32. These pockets for your bed or couch

Tuck the anchor of this storage organizer under the mattress on your bed, the cushions on the couch, or even something heavy on a table to instantly add pockets to that piece of furniture. The three mesh pockets hold everything you like to keep handy — glasses, phone, pens, lotion — and a larger back pocket is a great place for a tablet or magazine.

33. This plaid throw blanket that cues up cabin-style coziness

Curl up with a book and this plaid throw blanket next to a blazing fire (or internet-streamed yule log) for serious cozy cabin vibes. One side of the blanket features a stylish plaid pattern while the underside is made of a soft, faux-sherpa. It’s available in four sizes as well as 20 colors including solid shades such as navy peony, olive green, and peacock blue. Drape it over your bed or sofa as perfect accent decor and keep it clean by conveniently tossing it in the washing machine.

34. A tool that removes the shed from your pet before it leaves a mess

While all pet owners love their furry friends, they often don’t love all of the fur and hair they leave around the house. Brush out hair before it reaches your furniture, floors, and clothes with this deshedding brush that works on both dogs and cats. This brush loosens the undercoat and reduces the amount of fur that ends up on your couch and lap.

35. This squishy gel that cleans crevices

Put down the cotton swabs. This squishy, lavender-scented cleaning gel is not only a much faster and easier method for cleaning hard-to-reach crevices in your car, keyboard, or kitchen — it’s just more fun. In fact, it’s like playing with Play-Doh but with a tidy end goal. Just squish it into the crevices and pull it out. It absorbs all the dirt and dust and removes it.

36. The chicken & waffle dog treats your pup wants

Everyone loves chicken and waffles, right? So obviously your pup will love these treat bites that combine the two just for them. And they’re a nice shape and size for delivering a quick reward, but won’t add junk to your dog’s diet. The main ingredient is farm-raised chicken, and there’s no corn, soy, wheat, or artificial flavors — the waffle shape is for fun purposes only.

37. A wireless LED ceiling light that’s motion sensitive

Installing an additional ceiling light can be quite the commitment, and that’s when you’ll be glad to have discovered this wireless LED ceiling light. It installs easily with the included screws, requiring no fiddling with electric wiring, and activates via motion sensing up to 20 feet away, turning off after 30 seconds of stillness. Able to be used either indoors or outdoors, it’s battery-powered and will provide light for up to an entire year.

38. These versatile cutting boards that come in 3 sizes

When it comes to any cooking project, you’ll find no end to functionality with this set of cutting boards. They come in a set of three (small, medium, and large) and are made of non-porous, odor-resistant, and stain-resistant plastic. Juice grooves are built into each board to keep liquid mess off your countertop and they can all be popped in the dishwasher for thorough cleaning.

39. An alarm clock that jumps, rolls & hides

If waking up every day feels like a serious slog, you may require something a bit more …energizing. Enter this ingenious alarm clock designed with wheels so that it can roll away from you, jump up to 3 feet, and even hide, thus getting you out of bed and on the hunt straight away to turn off its loud alarm. Snoozers beware: this clock gives you one and one only before urging you out of slumber.

40. This magnetic whiteboard to keep yourself organized

Utilize an oft-visited appliance in the home (the fridge) and this magnetic whiteboard as a perfect way to make lists, set schedules, write notes, and create reminders (i.e. keep yourself insanely organized). It securely attaches to the fridge’s surface and comes with four fine-tip dry-erase markers as well as a large eraser that effectively cleans the surface again and again. Available in three sizes.

41. A whimsical piece of outdoor decor

This small bird figurine is perfect for adding that extra bit of unusual charm to your outdoor area. It comes in a set of two and is hand-painted with a weatherproof coating to withstand all conditions. Best of all, with the flip of a switch underneath, it charges via the sun during the day to set its eyes aglow come nighttime.

42. These toaster oven pans for easy gourmet meals

Toaster ovens deserve a ton of credit because you can make almost anything in them without requiring tons of kitchen real estate. And when you go to whip up that gourmet meal, you’ll want this set of toaster oven pans at your disposal. They come in a set that includes a non-stick cookie sheet, a non-stick baking pan, a stainless steel cooling rack, and two silicone baking mats that fit perfectly in both pans. Go ahead and bake, broil, roast, or grill, simply popping your pans into the dishwasher afterward for easy cleaning.

43. The kitchen scale that’s built for baristas

When you want to brew great coffee — or bake anything — precision is the key. And this kitchen scale crafted with baristas in mind has that. Measure in ounces or grams, tare out the container and see your precise measure on the big, clear LCD screen. It even has a built-in timer for pouring coffee at the perfect pace.

44. This microwave popper that will up your snack game

When making popcorn is as easy as putting oil and kernels into this silicone popping bowl and microwaving it for a couple of minutes, you can get really clever with the seasonings. You can choose your own oil, discover your favorite kernels, and have gourmet popcorn any time you like. It goes in the dishwasher, and comes in 10 colors.

45. The steel knife that is the master of butter

Whoever coined the term butter knife was probably hoping for one like this. It has a serrated side for cutting and spreading even butter that’s cold. The flip side has small slotted holes so that thin strips of butter distribute evenly and melt on your toast. And the large hole on the end lets you curl large pieces of butter onto your food. It’s must have if you want to master a stick of cold butter.

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