The 55 smartest things to get on Amazon if you want to make a BIG impact for cheap

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If you clicked on this article in hopes of finding a list of humdrum products, you're in the wrong place, because today I'm bringing out the only the best of the best — Amazon buys that make a big impact for cheap. These products are innovative, useful, and wallet-friendly, like this UV phone sanitizer that's a fraction of the cost of the big-name version, and which will give you some peace of mind once you know there are fewer germs lurking on the screen while you text. There's also this water bottle that lights up at regular time intervals, reminding you to stay hydrated. (Okay, get this: It also has a built-in Bluetooth speaker because — why not catch up on podcasts directly from your drinking vessel?)

In addition to these tech-forward picks, you'll also find solutions for everyday life, like this desk pad that doubles as a mouse pad for a more streamlined WFH setup, or a classic razor with an eco-sustainable bamboo handle that brings a little artistry to your shaving routine.

So if you're wanting to make the most of your hard-earned money, these are the products to put your bucks behind. They're all smart buys, which, in turn, makes you incredibly smart for snapping them up.

We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

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This box that uses UV light to sanitize your phone

Throw your smartphone inside this UV box to sanitize it from bacteria and other germs. Spacious enough to accommodate all smartphone models, it's also perfect for sanitizing other small items, like keys, jewelry, and watches.

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The device that turns your TV into a streaming wonder — & it's 60% off right now

Open your television up to a world of programming by connecting it to the Amazon smart TV Stick. It's easy to install on any television with an HDMI port, and gives you to access thousands of channels, movies, and shows, while the Alexa remote lets you use voice commands to control it all.

03

A beard-grooming kit that pulls out all the stops

Sporting a beard is an art unto itself, and this grooming kit provides all the tools needed to shape and sculpt that facial hair into pure perfection. Everything from a specially-formulated beard wash to a conditioner, balm, and scissors is included, as well as a storage bag for it all.

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A waterproof speaker that works in the shower

Wireless and waterproof, this Bluetooth speaker plays tunes even in the shower — and it's great for use at the pool or beach, too. It syncs with any Bluetooth-enabled device and features an extra-strong suction cup that can be mounted to any smooth surface, as well as a carabiner, so you can hook it onto a backpack.

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The 3-in-1 wireless charging station for all your smart devices

This three-in-one wireless charging station is built to power up your smartphone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, all at the same time. Providing a fast charge through most cases, the station hides the charging cables to reduce clutter on your desk or nightstand.

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A Echo Auto that'll turn your vehicle into a smart car

If you're constantly on the go, you might find the Echo Auto convenient. It's like the classic Amazon Echo, but it's meant for your car — and it even has the ability to play through your speakers. That way, you can ask Alexa whatever you need to with both hands safely on the wheel.

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The razor that looks great & shaves even better

With a handle crafted from sustainably-harvested and renewable bamboo, this razor looks striking just sitting next to your sink. But it's not just pretty — the double-edged stainless steel head delivers a close, smooth shave.

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The ergonomically-designed mouse that's more comfortable to use

With its ergonomic "shark fin" design, this vertical mouse makes extended computer use easier on your hand, arm, and shoulder. Operation is easy with its wireless design, and it features next and previous buttons, as well as a scrolling wheel.

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This herb-growing kit for aspiring green thumbs

Give the gift of a green thumb with this herb garden kit that includes everything needed to get started: biodegradable containers, soil discs, and seeds for four commonly used herbs: parsley, thyme, cilantro, and basil.

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The spray that keeps your glasses fog-free

If your glasses get foggy every time you mask up, this anti-fogging spray is an instant fix that will keep your lenses crystal clear all day. Made from natural ingredients, it's great for everything from ski goggles to windshields, too.

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These massage slippers that you can wear in the shower

Not only do these shower slippers have drainage holes that let water roll through while you're bathing, but they also have nonslip soles for better stability in the tub. On top of that, there are even massage nodes throughout the surfaces to help relax your feet even more. Choose from 10 colors and five sizes.

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A water bottle that lights up to remind you to hydrate

This water bottle is the perfect aid when it comes to reaching those all-important hydration goals: It features a glowing light that turns once an hour to remind you to drink (really). Plus, this BPA-free bottle also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, so you can broadcast music and podcasts directly from your drinking vessel.

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This mini beverage kit with all the goods to make 3 mai tais

Ideal for anyone who loves a proper drink no matter where they are, this beverage kit contains everything needed to make three classic mai tais: mai tai syrup, orange bitters, lime juice, and muddlers. Just add alcohol and this TSA- compliant kit turns right into a party.

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The military-grade shovel that folds up for portability

Designed to fold up to just 9 by 6 inches, this shovel is perfect for camping trips or stashing in your car to dig your tires out of sand, mud, or snow. Crafted from ultra-strong powder-coated carbon steel, the shovel has earned a high 4.7-star overall rating on Amazon, and comes accompanied by a pick and a carrying pouch.

15

An Echo Show that's 50% off

The Amazon Echo Show is like having a personal assistant, and today it can be yours for less than $50. Its smart display can play your favorite TV show, function as a digital photo frame, play audiobooks, pull up recipes, or even become a spot for hands-free video calls with loved ones. With a 4.6 rating after a whopping 194,000 reviews, it's a solid gift for just about anyone on your list.

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These ice trays that make oversized cubes and spheres for fancy beverages

These ice trays produce oversized round and square ice cubes to take your drinks up a notch. Since the trays are made from flexible, BPA-free silicone, the ice cubes pop out easily, and you can even infuse them with herbs or fruit for more flavor.

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A smart home security camera that's on sale for 30% off

Get notifications on your phone when motion is detected with this super easy-to-install Blink smart security camera. It also lets you have a conversation over the camera thanks to the two-way audio feature. For less than $25 while it's on sale, it's an easy way to add peace of mind to your home, even if it's just to check on your pet. With more than 40,000 ratings and 4.5 stars overall, it's a popular pick.

You can also purchase the Blink Mini camera with an Echo Show 5 for $49.99 (originally $124.98), a savings of 60% for the bundle, too.

18

An RFID-blocking wallet that protects your identity

Get protection from any potential identity breaches with this RFID-blocking wallet that interferes with electronic signals that digital pickpockets may use. Available in a variety of colors, it boasts a slim profile and has eight slots that offer plenty of space for credit cards and identification.

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The 10-piece mess kit for outdoor cooking

Great for meals out on the trail, this mess kit has all you need to cook dinner in the great outdoors. The set comes with a round cooking vessel, a pan, two BPA-free bowls, a spork, a spoon, and a spatula, as well as a sponge for post-meal cleanup. Plus, all the pieces collapse and nest together for portability.

20

A fabric shaver that keeps clothing in like-new condition

Keep clothes looking like new with this fabric shaver that safely removes fuzz without damaging fabric. The stainless steel blades are covered by a steel mesh shield with holes in varying sizes to catch every pill or loose thread. Use this to freshen up upholstery too.

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A totally customizable desk lamp with a charging pad for your phone

With three lighting modes and five brightness levels, this desk lamp lets you customize your work environment to meet your specific needs. Even better, the base features a wireless charging pad as well as a built-in USB port. Plus, the sleek, modern design fits into any décor, and the small footprint won't clutter your workspace.

22

These smart outlets that work with voice controls

Controllable via your smartphone, Alexa, or Google Assistant, these smart outlets let you set lights and appliances on schedules, so you don't have to think about turning them on and off at all. They prevent electrical overload for safety purposes and come in a money-saving pack of four.

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These smart plugs that let you remotely control appliances

Set schedules for anything from your coffee maker to your lights with these smart plugs that are compatible with your smart home assistant. You can also use an app on your phone to control everything remotely, so you never have to wonder if you remembered to turn off your coffee maker again.

24

The back-up camera for your car

Get a wide-angle view of everything going on behind you and in front of you as you back out of your parking space with this dual back-up camera system for your car. The camera is conveniently waterproof.

25

The all-new Amazon Echo Dot

The all-new Echo Dot is back with a new design, and is seriously discounted while sales last. With all the same features that made the Echo Dot a best-seller, this smart speaker has Alexa built in, can be used as a hub for your smart home devices, can play music, tell you the weather, and so much more. Get it for less than $30 if you act fast.

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This Wi-Fi extender that boosts signal all over your home

Get a stronger Wi-Fi signal all over the house with this Wi-fi range extender. The universally-compatible extender plugs in to any standard outlet and setup just takes a few simple steps.

27

This 15-in-1 multi-tool that's so useful

Performing as 15 tools in one — including pliers, a screwdriver, axe, hammer, and bottle opener — this multi-tool packs a lot of punch for its size. Designed to hang from your belt loop, it's great for DIY projects, carpentry, camping, and a wide range of everyday tasks.

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This magnetic smartphone mount that attaches to your car's vents

Give your smartphone a place to hang out while you drive with this phone mount that clips easily in your car's air vents. Suitable for most smartphones, it features an ultra-strong rubidium magnet that securely holds your phone, even when you take a tight turn.

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This beanie that has Bluetooth headphones built right in

Perfect for cooler weather, this beanie has wireless Bluetooth headphones built right in, so you can take calls and play music while keeping your head warm. It offers up to 12 hours of play on one charge and is machine-washable — just remove the headphones first.

30

The ab roller for honing core strength

Add this this ab roller to your home gym arsenal to build core strength. Boasting more than 9,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating overall, it features padded handles and a sturdy, treaded wheel that offer fluid movement.

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A reflective LED belt for better nighttime visibility

Whether you're out walking the dog or getting in your run after dark, this reflective LED belt is a must-have for nighttime activities outdoors. The rechargeable and adjustable belt operates on two modes: steady and flashing.

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The electric corkscrew that effortlessly opens bottles

Forget about old-school key openers — this electric bottle opener makes uncorking your favorite bottle a matter of seconds. It's cordless and rechargeable and returns the cork to you in flawless condition. The opener comes with a foil cutter, stopper, and aerator.

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These gloves with built-in flashlights

These gloves have flashlights built right into the thumbs and forefingers, and they're great for walking the dog, or early morning fishing or gardening. Made from spandex and featuring adjustable Velcro closures, they fit hands of most sizes.

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The memory foam pillow that offers versatile support

This memory foam travel pillow can be configured in multiple ways, so you can support your head, neck, or lower back in the most comfortable way possible. The breathable cotton cover is removable and washable, and the snaps on each end mean you can secure it around your neck to keep your head from bobbing forward.

35

This solar-powered weather radio with a built-in flashlight

Be prepared for unforeseen circumstances with this solar-powered weather radio that can also be operated via the hand crank. It features a built-in light that works as a lamp, flashlight, or SOS beacon, and the USB port lets you charge your phone.

36

These grilling mats that take the hassle out of cooking out

Prevent flare-ups, cook more evenly, and streamline post-dinner cleanup with these dishwasher-safe grill mats. Tough enough to withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees, they'll even keep food from falling through the grill bars, so won't have to deep-clean your grill as often.

37

A video doorbell that's 30% off

See who's at the door, get notified when someone buzzes, and even chat with them via your phone or computer with the Ring video doorbell. This model comes with customizable motion settings and controls, and it's backed by a 4.6-star overall rating after more than 18,000 customers have weighed in. Get it for 30% off for a limited time.

38

The essential oil diffuser that makes commutes more bearable

Relax in aggravating bumper-to-bumper traffic or unwind after a stressful day with this essential oil diffuser for your car. The compact diffuser plugs into your car's 12-volt outlet and features two USB ports, so you can still charge your phone.

39

The blue light-blocking glasses that prevent digital eyestrain

If you work on a computer all day and find yourself with frequent head pain or eye strain these non-prescription glasses are for you. They block the blue light emitted by digital screens, helping to reduce tired eyes and aches. They also help keep your natural circadian rhythms intact — another thing blue light messes with.

40

This inflatable solar lantern that's great for emergencies (& backyard hangs)

Whether you keep it in your trunk for emergencies, take it camping, or just use it for evenings in your backyard, you'll get plenty of use from this solar-powered lantern. Providing up to 24 hours of light when fully charged, the waterproof lantern inflates when you want to use it and collapses when you're done.

41

A French press travel mug that'll streamline your morning coffee routine

Every coffee aficionado will love this travel mug that's actually a French press in disguise. The lightweight mug is crafted from insulted stainless steel and comes with a stainless steel mesh filter plunger to produce a great brew every time.

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The protective desk mat that's also a mouse pad

This desk pad protects your desk's surface from scratches, stains, spills, scuffs, and the effects of heat. Even better, it doubles as a mouse pad. Available in eight color options, it's made from double-sided faux leather and is reversible if you want to switch up the look of your desk.

43

These key & wallet finders that are perfect for the absent-minded among us

Tag your keys, your wallet, and other small items with these location trackers, then press the corresponding button on the remote control to ring them when they get lost. The trackers use radio frequency to operate and have a 100-foot radius range.

44

These pimple patches that heal zits overnight

Heal an angry red pimple while you sleep by covering it with one of these acne patches. The translucent patch contains key ingredient natural hydrocolloid and will help reduce inflammation and shrink zits without drying out your skin. The pack of two comes with patches that can be used when your pimple is in its early stages and patches that are perfect for surface spots.

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This travel mug with precise temperature controls

Bid farewell to cold coffee on the road with this travel mug that plugs into your car's 12-volt outlet to keep it hot. Made from stainless steel, it features a built-in temperature display, and you can adjust the heat anywhere from 85 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

46

A shoe dryer for wet & muddy boots

Drying out shoes and boots that are wet from snow or rain can take forever, but this shoe-drying rack blasts them with warm air to speed up the process. Drying wet footwear fast also means bacteria — and the odor that comes with it — won't get a chance to grow.

47

These thick & absorbent dishcloths that are biodegradable

Made from a cotton-cellulose, these biodegradable dishcloths are more absorbent than your standard rag, and more durable, too. The oversized cloths an be used to do the dishes and wipe down surfaces, and they can be machine-washed and reused.

48

The electric lunch box that heats your meal, no matter where you are

Enjoy a warm meal — even when you're nowhere near a microwave — with this electric lunch box. The bento-style box features a three-compartment tray that's machine-washable, and you can plug it into any wall outlet, or even your car's 12-volt outlet for lunch on the road.

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A GPS tracker for your pet or luggage

You can attach this GPS tracker to your suitcase or even your dog's collar to keep tabs on their location from your phone. Aside from GPS capability, it's also outfitted with Wi-Fi for indoor tracking and Bluetooth, so you can find your lost item when it's finally within 100 yards.

50

This rechargeable hand warmer that can fit in your pocket

Take the edge off even on the coldest of days with this rechargeable hand warmer. It heats up fast and has three temperature settings and a built-in USB port for charging your phone.

51

This tray that quickly defrosts frozen food

Put frozen foods on this tray and they'll defrost twice as fast as they would if you just left them sitting out on their own. The dishwasher-safe tray creates thermal conduction, and it's safer and more efficient than thawing in the microwave.

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52.These unbreakable bowls made from biodegradable wheat straw

Sized for soup, cereal, and stir fry, these unbreakable bowls are perfect for anyone with slippery fingers. Made from biodegradable wheat straw and available in four colors like beige and sage green, they're microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

53

This pet hair remover that's a cult-favorite

With more than 47,000 reviews and a 4.7-star rating overall, this pet hair remover is the definition of a "cult-favorite." The reusable roller attracts fur from upholstery and clothing in just a couple of passes, and the hair-capture chamber is easy to pop open, so you can dump it in the trash.

54

These Bluetooth earbuds that won't put a dent in your wallet

Wireless and IPX8 waterproof, these Bluetooth earbuds are highly-rated by thousands of reviewers, and a good deal cheaper than the name-brand version. Available in nine colors, they feature in-ear touch controls and come with a charging case.

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This shaker that holds 6 of your go-to spices

Why have a cabinet full of spice bottles when you can have one single container that holds all of your favorites? This spice shaker has six compartments for different spices, including salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic salt, cayenne, and curry.

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This 3-pair sock set that looks like a pizza

Socks are always a fun and practical gift, and these socks are designed and packaged in a clever way that makes them look just like a freshly-delivered pizza. The colorful, comfortable socks feature pizza-themed prints and come in three sizes.

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The digital alarm clock with a mirrored face

With its large display that's easy to read from across the room, this digital alarm clock can be wall-mounted or simply set on the bedside table. Its unique mirrored face makes for a modern design accent, and the two built-in USB ports let you charge your phone and tablet.

58

A smartphone magnifying stand that makes videos bigger

Watch smartphone videos at a comfortable viewing size with this screen magnifier that enlarges the picture to 12 inches. Compatible with all smartphones, it's lightweight and folds down, so you can use it on the go.

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These waterproof earbuds with a wireless charging case

These wireless bluetooth earbuds are comfortable to wear and waterproof, and they come with a wireless charging case so they'll power up every time you aren't wearing them. One charge yields over 6 hours of play time and they come in six colors.

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The shaver specifically designed for your back

Designed to operate wet or dry, this razor is uniquely designed for over-the-shoulder use, so you can easily remove any unwanted back hair. The ergonomic handle gives hands a secure grip, and the dual blades offer a smooth, close shave that covers a wide surface area with each pass.