75 cool gifts that seem expensive but are actually cheap AF on Amazon

These gifts hit the sweet spot of trendy, clever — and affordable.

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Buying gifts can be tricky. You want to make sure that the person you’re shopping for will appreciate whatever you’re giving them, but you also want to avoid ruining your budget for the month. Luckily, there are tons of cool gifts you can find on Amazon that seem expensive but are actually cheap AF.

And if you don’t have enough time on your hands to search through pages and pages of products, don’t worry — I’ve already compiled some of the best options for you to check out below. From gorgeous makeup palettes to Bluetooth speakers, there’s a little something for people of all tastes in this list. But if you want to see more, you just have to keep scrolling.


This smart camera that lets you talk to your pets

Not only is this smart camera an affordable alternative to a professional security system, but it also has two-way audio so that you can talk to your pets when you’re away. Features like night vision and 1080P high-definition video make it easy to see your home at all times of the day. And if you pair it with Alexa, you can even use voice commands to engage live view, as well as arm and disarm the camera.


These candles that are made from eco-friendly soy wax

Unlike some candles that are made from harsh paraffin, these ones are made from eco-friendly soy wax that burns much more cleanly. The cotton wick produces minimal soot. Plus, the floral scent is derived from essential oils — not harsh chemicals.


An eyeshadow palette with thousands of positive reviews

Whether you prefer earth-toned neutrals or bright shades of blue, this eyeshadow palette is an affordable pick for less than $10. It’s suitable for experienced MUAs as well as beginners, as the rich pigments easily glide across the skin with minimal shake-off. And with thousands of positive reviews, it’s clear that Amazon shoppers agree about its quality. One even wrote, “The pigments are so vibrant and visible, as someone who's just now learning to used eyeshadows these are perfect for beginners and overall people who like doing makeup.”


The cheese board that comes with a set of serving knives

Take home happy hours to the next level with this cheese board. It’s made from eco-friendly bamboo, with multiple grooves that can hold everything from dip cups to crackers. The best part? Each order includes a set of stainless steel serving knives that can be stored in the slide-out tray.


An LED desk lamp that folds down to save space

Don’t have a ton of space to work within your home office? This desk lamp has a foldable arm that helps you save room when you need it. Adjusting its brightness is as easy as tapping the base a few times — and there’s even a USB port in the back where you can charge your devices.


The ukulele that’s perfect for beginners

You don’t have to have any musical experience to start playing this ukulele. It’s perfect for beginners of all ages, as it costs less than $25. Plus, each order also includes two months of online lessons to get you started, as well as a drawstring bag for travel.


A Bluetooth speaker that lets you jam out for more than 20 hours on a battery charge

The party doesn’t have to stop anytime soon when you’re jamming out with this Bluetooth speaker, as its rechargeable battery lasts for up to 24 hours. It’s also waterproof enough to handle getting splashed, making it great for showers and trips to the pool. Plus, the Bluetooth connection reaches from up to 66 feet away.


This charging stand that helps protect your Apple Watch from damage

Leaving your Apple Watch sitting out on your desk while it’s charging isn’t always the best move — so grab this stand. Not only does it help protect it from getting knocked to the ground, but it also charges your watch so that it’s ready to go when you need it. And since it’s made from soft silicone, there’s no need to worry about any scratches.


These soft bed sheets that are resistant to wrinkles

Made from a soft blend of brushed bamboo and microfiber, these bed sheets are sure to please no matter who sleeps on them. They’re also resistant to stains, fades, and wrinkles — so there’s no need to worry about whether or not they’ll look good after a spin through the wash. Choose from more than 10 colors, including a rich shade of burgundy.


The affordable wine glasses made in Italy

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for quality wine glasses, and this set of four is proof. Each one is made in Italy with lead-free glass and features laser-cut edges for easy sipping. They’re also safe to run through the dishwasher — so there’s no need to spend time washing them by hand.


A cable wrangler to ensure your chargers are always within reach

This cable wrangler is one of those products that once you try it out, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. The wrangler sits on your desk, nightstand, or other desired surface, and it features strong magnets that’ll hold your chargers in place, keeping them within reach. It’s compact in size and quite stylish looking to boot.


A cast iron skillet that arrives pre-seasoned

Since this cast iron skillet is already seasoned when it arrives on your doorstep, you can easily start using it right out of the box. Even heat retention ensures that your meals cook thoroughly — and it’s so durable that you can even use it over campfires. One reviewer wrote, “Even my home style fries and egg hash don’t stick.”


The floating shelves that come in 3 stylish finishes

Books, flowers, picture frames — these floating shelves are the perfect place to add all sorts of small decorations. They’re made from durable MDF, with a sleek laminated surface that makes them look way more expensive than $15. Choose from three finishes: espresso, grey, or natural.


These tealight candle holders made from Himalayan salt

Not only are these tealight candle holders a cute addition to any table, but they’re also made from real Himalayan salt. They produce a soft glow when lit, creating a romantic, relaxing vibe – and many reviewers wrote about how they’re “beautiful” as well as “well made.”


A bathtub caddy with space for all your relaxation necessities

Whether you enjoy reading a book or sipping on a glass of wine, this caddy has space for everything you could possibly want to keep nearby when soaking in the tub. It’s made from eco-friendly bamboo, with extendable arms that can fit nearly any tub. Plus, nonslip grips help keep it from shifting out of place.


This pour-over kettle that delivers a rich cup of Joe

With its built-in temperature gauge and gooseneck spout, this pour-over kettle can be used to brew a deliciously rich cup of Joe in just a few minutes. The triple-bottom design is built to handle high temperatures, and the stainless steel body is unlikely to rust over time. Choose from three sizes: 20, 32, or 40 ounces.


A butane torch that’s perfect for creating professional meals

Not only can this butane torch be used to create a professional finish on creme brulee, but it’s also great for soldering crafts, or even making delicious scorch marks on barbecued meats. The flame is adjustable out to 6 inches long — and the built-in finger guard helps protect you from the heat when engaged. Choose from two shades: black or silver.


The watercolor pens that won’t fade over time

From rich blue to shining gold, these watercolor pens are a fun alternative to the plain markers you’ve probably been using. Each order comes with 24 pens — and since the colors are oil-based, they’re also resistant to fading, smearing, as well as water. “They are good for when you want a very saturated color,” wrote one reviewer. “The tips are very flexible and have a fine tipped point.”


An affordable tote bag made from fashionable faux leather

Not only is this tote bag made from classy faux leather, but it’s also available for less than $15. Tassels looped onto the shoulder strap give it a modern feel — and the inside is large enough to carry your laptop, as well as any other daily essentials you may need. Choose from dozens of colors, including a trendy shade of gray.


This scarf that’s large enough to be worn as a shawl

You’ve got options when it comes to this scarf. Wear it around your neck to help keep yourself warm on cool days, or even drape it across your shoulders like a pashmina to create a cute layered look. Fringes along the hem are a cute touch — and you even have more than 30 colors to choose from.


These affordable earrings that are plated with real 14-karat gold

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to wind up with quality jewelry, especially if you’re looking at these earrings. They’re plated with real 14-karat gold, yet cost less than $15 — and you even have the choice of three finishes: yellow, rose, or white gold.


An electric face massager that you can use in the shower

Since this face massager is waterproof, you can easily incorporate it into your relaxation routine while soaking in the tub — or even taking a shower. It also comes with two heads: one for massaging, and a second for helping alleviate inflammation. Plus, it only requires one AA battery (which is not included) in order to work.


The fleece slippers that you can wear outside

With tough EVA soles that are waterproof as well as nonslip, these slippers are suitable for wear around the house and outside. The insoles are made from soft memory foam, contouring to the shape of your feet for added comfort – all while the elegant fleece uppers keep your feet wrapped in cozy warmth.


A stylish lamp that’s designed to look just like the moon

Not only is this moon lamp a stylish way to set a relaxing mood after a long day of work, but it’s also been 3-D printed to look (and feel) just like the moon — craters and all. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to eight hours. And unlike some lamps, this one features a dimming function, as well as two adjustable light temperatures.


This serum that’s chock-full of nourishing vitamin C

Dab some of this vitamin C serum into your skin after cleansing, and it can help noticeably brighten your complexion with regular use. It’s also fortified with hyaluronic acid, which can help moisturize the skin — and many reviewers appreciated how its lightweight texture absorbed quickly.


A kettle that boils water faster than the stove

It only takes a few short minutes for this kettle to get water boiling, making it a smart purchase for busy, frantic mornings. It’s great for whipping up a quick batch of oatmeal, coffee, or even pasta — and the heat-resistant handle stays cool so that you have somewhere safe to grip.


These chic coffee mugs made from tempered glass

Tired of sipping from the same ceramic mugs over and over? Then you’ll definitely want to check out these ones made from sleek tempered glass. The handles stay cool, even when they’re filled to the brim with piping-hot coffee. They’re also completely lead-free, as well as safe to run through the dishwasher.


A portable iPhone charger that plugs directly into your device

Quickly and easily charge your iPhone on the go with this mini portable charger. It’s lightweight and compact (it’s about the size of a tube of lipstick), and best yet, it plugs right into your phone to charge it — no charging cable required. The device is compatible with many different iPhone models as it has a lighting connector.


This nanny camera that comes with a year of free cloud storage included

Impressive 1080-pixel video quality, night vision, and intelligent alert options are only a few of the features this nanny camera offers. It works just as well monitoring babies as it does pets — or even just keeping watch over your home while you’re away. Each order also comes with a year of free cloud storage for any video footage you want to save. “It’s an amazing camera!!” raved one reviewer. “I use it to keep an eye on my elderly aunt who is homebound. I can see her through the app anytime I please. It’s an amazing product.”


A microphone that connects to your phone for an at-home karaoke party

This karaoke microphone allows you to have a karaoke party from your own home — simply pair the mic to your phone via Bluetooth or connect it using the included cable, and choose a song (you can pick one from different apps on your phone, including YouTube). The music will come through the microphone and you can have a blast singing along. There’s a variety of adjustable settings — including echo and volume levels — and a bunch of cool colors to choose from as well.


A cool checkerboard blanket for less than $30

This throw blanket features a cool checkerboard pattern to make a statement — and at less than $30, you should scoop up one for yourself and another for a friend. Amazon reviewers note they love using this blanket in different places throughout the home, including in bed and on the couch. It’s soft, durable, and warm, since it’s made from a polyester material. Choose from a range of color options.


This selfie stick that’s compatible with nearly any phone

There’s no need to check and see if your smartphone is compatible with this selfie stick, as it’ll work with the iPhone 7 and newer, as well as nearly any Android. It's also incredibly lightweight, making it unlikely that your arm will grow sore if you spend all day carrying it around. Plus, each order includes a wireless shutter remote that works from up to 33 feet away.


A cozy throw blanket that’s reversible

Since this throw blanket is reversible, it’s almost like you’re getting two blankets for the price of one. It’s made from a combination of soft microfiber-cashmere and faux sheepskin, giving it an oh-so-cozy feeling — and you even have more than 15 colors to choose from.


A cup holder expander for your vehicle that can accommodate up to 40 ounce water bottles

Cup holder in your vehicle too small for your favorite drink? This cup holder expander can solve your dilemma. The handy product goes right into your existing cup holder (just give the base a twist to expand or retract it as needed for a secure fit), and it has a silicone strip that can stretch to accommodate water bottles and cups of various sizes and shapes. It even has a separate slot to stash your phone.


A pour-over coffee maker with a reusable filter

You won’t have to waste money on disposable paper filters when you have this pour-over coffee maker, as its reusable filter is made from rust-resistant stainless steel. The glass is also heat-resistant, with a cool-touch collar that gives you somewhere safe to grab onto when filled with hot water. Choose from two styles: black or clear.


This binder that helps keep your recipe cards organized

Not only is this binder a cute addition to any kitchen, but it also features multiple dividers and sleeves to help you keep all your recipe cards organized. Each order also includes a set of blank cardstock-quality recipe cards to help you get started — and many reviewers appreciated how it’s “well made.”


A lightweight handheld vacuum cleaner for effortless cleaning

Weighing just 1.2 pounds, this handheld vacuum cleaner makes cleaning up messes much easier. It has powerful suction, ensuring you suck up dirt, hair, and other debris in just one pass. And it even comes with a crevice tool to reach nooks and crannies. The vacuum is charged via the included USB cable.


A stainless steel tumbler that helps keep drinks cold

With double-wall insulation that helps cold drinks stay chilled for up to 12 hours, this tumbler is a solid pick for anyone who likes to take their time sipping on drinks. Hot drinks will also stay toasty for up to six hours — and the stainless steel walls are unlikely to rust over time. Plus, each order includes a protective lid to help prevent spills.


The outlet extender that helps guide your way through dark hallways

Not only does this outlet extender add four plugs to any wall outlet, but it also features a built-in night light to help guide your way through the dark, as well as two convenient USB ports. Its dusk-to-dawn sensor prevents the night light from turning on when it’s still bright out — and surge protection also helps protect your devices from random electrical spikes.


A Fire TV stick that puts thousands of movies right at your fingertips

Plug this Fire TV stick into any HDMI port on your television, and you’ll instantly be able to stream thousands of movies using Prime video. It’s also compatible with Hulu, Netflix, HBOMax, and more. The best part? If you have a trip coming up, you can also bring it with you so that you can easily keep up to date on all your favorite television shows.


The gloves that help you tackle all sorts of DIY projects

From changing the oil in your car to cleaning out dusty workshops, these gloves are an easy way to make sure you can see what you’re doing. The LED bulbs have an incredibly long lifetime, so there’s no need to swap them out anytime soon — and two CR2016 batteries even come included with every order. One size is also made to fit most.


These sheet masks that bring the spa to you

Don’t have time (or money) for a spa day? Not a problem — just grab these sheet masks for a relaxing afternoon at home. Each one features a different nourishing ingredient, from moisturizing avocado to refreshing peppermint. They’re also suitable for all types of skin, as well as completely cruelty-free.


A measuring tape with an easy-to-read LCD screen

Reading the small dashes on a standard measuring tape can be a little tricky, so why not eliminate any confusion by switching over to this digital version? The large LCD screen is easy to read and gives you precise measurements so that there’s no confusion whatsoever. It also features a short-term memory function, allowing you to store up to three measurements at a time — just in case you don’t have a pencil and paper nearby.


The false effect mascara with more than 245,000 positive reviews

With an average rating of 4.4 stars and more than 245,000 positive ratings, it’s clear that this false effect mascara is more than worth its $5 price tag. The conic-shaped fiber brush delivers dramatic volume as it lengthens your lashes — all without any clumps or globs. Plus, the long-lasting formula won’t smudge or flake throughout the day.


These bars of soap that are made with luxurious essential oils

Infused with luxurious essential oils, these bars of soap are perfect for guest bathrooms — or even as part of a spa-themed gift for a loved one. Each one has been triple-milled so that they last longer, as well as made without any parabens or drying alcohols. They also come packaged in a stylish gift box, so there’s no need to buy extra packaging when wrapping them up.


A miniature waffle maker that’s shockingly versatile

Biscuit pizzas, cookies, hash browns — this miniature waffle maker is so versatile that you can use it to make all of them and more. It’s small enough to fit into cramped cabinets or drawers, making it perfect for RVs as well as dorm rooms. And with nonstick cooking plates, there’s no need to worry about your meals gluing themselves down as they cook.


This electric wine opener that’s sure to look good sitting on your bar

Tired of struggling with that twist-style wine opener? Then make sure to check out this electronic version, as it does all the work for you at the simple press of a button. The charging base is also sure to look good sitting out on your home bar, as the sleek blue light is undeniably stylish — and its compact footprint takes up hardly any space.


The thermos that lets you brew fresh tea while you’re out and about

You don’t have to rush home to enjoy a fresh cup of tea, as the reusable filter inside of this thermos lets you brew a fresh batch while you’re on the go. The insulated walls also help keep your tea deliciously toasty for up to 12 hours, while cold drinks stay chilled for up to 24. And unlike the thermoses sitting in your cabinets, this one features a sleek bamboo exterior that just looks plain good.


An exfoliating pumice stone made from natural volcanic lava

Unlike some pumice stones that are made from artificial materials, this one is derived from volcanic lava. It only takes a few gentle strokes to exfoliate away flaking skin from your feet, or anywhere else on your body — and the attached rope means you can easily hang it up in your bathroom for easy storage.


These wool socks that are oh-so-cozy

Not all socks are created equal — these ones are made from soft wool, making your feet feel oh-so-cozy when temperatures dip low. They also have a touch of cotton in the weave for some breathability. And if you aren’t into the patterns you see pictured? You also have 15 other options to pick from.


A warm shawl that comes in trendy patterns

Not only does this shawl come in a variety of trendy patterns, but it’s also incredibly soft, as well as double-sided. You can also wrap it around your neck as a scarf when it’s chilly outside. Plus, the fabric is resistant to fading and pilling, so there’s no need to worry about how it’ll look after dozens of washes.


This neck & shoulder relaxer that offers pain relief in minutes

This neck and shoulder relaxer can help to relieve pain by stretching and realigning your cervical spine. Amazon reviewers back up this pick’s effectiveness — giving it a 4.2-star rating overall on the site, after 55,700-plus reviews — with one fan writing, “This has literally changed my life [...] I’m literally in tears of happy relief as I do this every night before bed, the relief is instant and it’s long lasting.”

The product has a unique wave shape, and it’s made from a soft, yet dense foam for support. Be sure to review the directions for this pick before trying it out — it’s only meant to be used 10 minutes at a time.


A hair towel wrap that won’t weigh your head down

Heavy towels will weigh your head down, whereas this wrap is lightweight enough to be worn all over the house. It’s made from absorbent microfiber, and can even help your hair dry faster since it’s able to hold more water than cotton. Plus, the loop in the back helps keep it secure.


These shower steamers that work similar to bath bombs

Prefer taking showers over baths? You can still enjoy the same essential oils that bath bombs release by placing one of these steamer pucks over your drain when showering. They release their soothing scents as they slowly disintegrate, yet won’t leave behind any residues in your tub. Each order comes with six: lavender, menthol/eucalyptus, vanilla, watermelon, grapefruit, and peppermint.


The iPhone chargers made with extra-durable cables

Not only are these lightning cables a whopping 6 feet long, but they’ve also been encased in braided nylon, making them resistant to fraying or damage. High-speed charging helps power your phone up faster than some other cables — and each one has even been tested to withstand being bent more than 8,000 times.


A bedside lamp that takes up very little space

Don’t have a ton of space on your nightstand? Not a problem — this little lamp takes up hardly any room, yet produces enough light to read. Its brightness is dimmable up to five levels simply by tapping the base. And with 13 different LED colors to choose from, setting a relaxing vibe is a total breeze.


A hair curler to achieve curls sans heat

Using a curling iron or rollers to curl your hair can be damaging in the long run. Luckily, these hair curlers allow you to achieve the exact same look without heat. To use, simply wash your hair and let it dry to about 80% (or use a blow dryer if you’re in a rush). Then, place the silky hair curler on the middle of your head and use the included clip to secure it. Wrap your hair around the curler strand by strand, and once dry, remove it to reveal your gorgeous hairdo. It’s that simple.


The pillowcases that can help smooth frizz overnight

Save yourself some time on busy mornings by sleeping on these polyester-satin pillows. They’re smoother than cotton, which means they can help smooth frizz simply by sleeping on them. And with more than 20 colors to choose from, you shouldn’t have any trouble matching them to your current sheets.


A smart light switch you can control remotely

Can’t remember if you turned off the lights? With this smart light switch, you can easily check the downloadable app to make sure they’re off — as well as turn them off if they aren’t. You can also pair them with Alexa or Google Home to enable convenient voice commands, or even use the app to put them on schedules so that they’re on when you come home.


This outdoor smart plug to control electronics with your voice or an app

If that smart light switch didn’t suit your fancy, consider opting for this outdoor smart plug instead. The plug features two individual outlets that can be controlled with the Kasa app or even hands-free using your voice (so long as you have an Alexa or Google Home Assistant device). Set your electronics — including holiday lights, swimming pool pumps, landscape lighting, and more — to automatically turn on and off as desired. This pick is IP64 rated, so it’s water-resistant.


A set of bath bombs fortified with hydrating shea butter

Unlike some bath bombs that can dry your skin out, these ones are made with hydrating shea butter, leaving you with oh-so-soft skin after a soak in the tub. They also release soothing fizz once submerged — and the colors won’t stain your tub, even if you decide to soak for a really long time.


The massager that helps soothe away aches

If you carry stress in your shoulders and neck, make sure to check out this massager. Eight shiatsu nodes dig deep into aching muscles to help alleviate soreness — and there’s even a soothing heat function for those extra-sore days. Each order also comes with a car adapter for when your body starts to ache during long trips.


An immersion blender that keeps mess to a minimum

Instead of dirtying up a full-size blender, why not use this immersion version instead? It creates less mess, blending ingredients inside their containers without any splashback. The copper motor is designed to last — and each order includes three attachments: one for immersion blending, whisking, as well as frothing.


This icy facial roller that’s backed by thousands of Amazon reviews

Stick this ice roller in the freezer for two hours, and then roll it on your face for a cooling massage that Amazon reviewers claim does wonders for the skin. “Amazing to reduce puffiness and promote blood circulation,” writes one reviewer. And another commented, “Great for pick me up in the morning and calms red/irritated skin!”


A power bank that can charge 3 devices at the same time

With two USB ports as well as one type-C and micro-USB, this power bank is a must-have for long flights — or even just as an emergency backup battery. It’s able to fully charge most smartphones six times, with some being able to receive up to eight charges. Plus, the large LCD screen lets you know how much battery power is left.


This heated comb to straighten & style beards

Regardless of your beard length or texture, this lightweight heated comb is designed to easily straighten the hair. It heats up in just 40 seconds, and there’s five different temperature settings to choose from ranging from 248 degrees Fahrenheit to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. The ceramic-coated bristles will keep your skin protected.


A screen magnifier that makes it easier to watch phone videos

You don’t have to squint at your phone when watching videos — just use this magnifier to blow the screen up. It folds down for easy travel, making it perfect for long flights or drives. You can also use it with nearly any smartphone, whether you have an iPhone or Android.


This massager with 4 soothing heads

Not only does this massager come with four different heads to target sore areas all over your body, but the intensity is also adjustable up to six levels. It’s lightweight and compact, making it easy to take with you when traveling — and many reviewers even wrote about how it “works well.”


A wireless charger that works through your phone case

Unlike some wireless chargers, this one is so powerful that it’ll work through your phone case, so there’s no need to pop it off when your phone needs a charge. It’s also made from durable aviation aluminum and features LED indicator lights so that you know for certain that your phone is connected.


A convenient crossbody bag for an iPhone 11 Pro & other essentials

This crossbody bag is designed to hold an iPhone 11 Pro phone, and it also has seven slots for debit/credit cards, an ID, and gift cards as well as two sizable inner pockets for other essentials like cash. Made from high-quality faux leather, the bag is quite durable, and a snap closure ensures your items stay secure. The bag’s strap is adjustable in length for the perfect fit.


These curtain lights that cast a warm, cozy glow

Hang these curtain lights up in your window, and they’ll cast a warm, cozy glow to help you relax after a long day. The LED bulbs have a longer life than incandescent ones, making it unlikely that they’ll ever burn out — and they even feature eight different lighting modes that range from quick twinkles to slow, fading waves.


This set with a high-quality wine aerator & stopper

Any wine lover will appreciate this gift set — it comes with an aerator/pourer combo that infuses the perfect amount of oxygen into the vino for an even better taste, as well as a tapered stopper to re-cork the bottle should it not be finished. It’ll make wine last up to two to three times longer.


A pair of handy multi-tool pens with numerous capabilities

Upon first glance, these pens may appear to be just ordinary writing instruments. However, they’re actually much more than that — they function as a ruler, level, screwdriver, LED light, bottle opener, and more. The pens are made from heavy-duty aluminum for durability. And they come in a set of two.


A flashlight that clips onto your clothes for easy access

Not only do these flashlights feature clips so that you can attach them to your pants or shirt, but they’re also made from durable, military-grade aluminum. The best part? Their small sizes make them perfect for emergency preparedness kits, or even just stashing inside your glove compartment.


The organizers that fit into the gaps between your car seats

Tired of losing stuff between the seats in your car? Stuff one of these organizers into the gap, and they’ll help you keep track of small items as well as prevent them from falling down. They even feature a built-in cup holder to stash your favorite beverage. The organizers are made from faux leather and plastic.