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 what you’re giving them, but you also want to avoid blowing your budget. Luckily, there are tons of cool gifts you can find on Amazon that seem expensive but are actually cheap AF.

And to save you time, I’ve 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 here.


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.


This popular travel garment steamer for less than $25

There’s no need to run clothing through the dryer again to get rid of wrinkles with this compact travel clothing steamer. Despite its petite size (it’s just 9 inches tall), it provides 10 minutes of continuous steam to unwrinkle clothing or even drapes and other fabrics. This popular steamer has racked up 9,000 reviews on Amazon and has an impressive 4.3-star overall rating.


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 battery-operated neck fan for summer

This portable neck fan is a must for hot summer days, and has three speeds that can run up to 16 hours on batteries. Reviewers on Amazon call this neck fan an “summer lifesaver,” and it comes in five different colors for you to choose from.


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 microfiber bedsheets with a built-in pocket for your phone & remote

These luxuriously soft microfiber bedsheets resistant stains, fading, and wrinkles — so there’s no need to worry about whether or not they’ll look good after a spin through the wash. They even have a handy pocket for your phone or other small essentials. Choose between 15 different colors and 11 sizes in the listing (including deep-pocket versions).


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 handheld coffee and espresso maker

The AeroPress coffee and espresso maker can be used to brew a deliciously rich cup of Joe in just 60 seconds. Simply add your coffee grounds and water and stir. This portable handheld machine will do the rest of the work for you by brewing up a cup that tastes rich and smooth. “Best coffee maker I have ever owned,” one fan raved.


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.


This car trash can with waterproof lining

Instead of letting wrappers and receipts take over the inside of your vehicle, keep them all hidden in this car trash can. It has a three-gallon capacity that can even be used to keep your groceries from sliding all over your seats. Its padded walls and reinforced lining will keep everything in place and for even more protection, use one of the 20 liners that are included.


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.


A rechargeable neck reading light with over 85,000 5-star reviews

You don’t have to disturb those around you when you want to finish that chapter before bed. Just put on this lightweight rechargeable neck reading light with an 80-hour battery life. You can adjust the sides to point in the exact direction you need and even dim the LED bulbs.


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 hydrating face, hair & body oil made with vitamin E

This face oil does much more than just brighten your complexion. Its natural ingredients can be used to nourish your body, cuticles, and even hair. And in addition to moisturizing to bring that radiant glow, it also helps fight against acne with antibacterial honeysuckle.


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 gentle detangling brush that minimizes breakage

Because it’s made with unique cone-shaped bristles, this detangling brush is able to glide through knots and tangles instead of ripping right through them. You’ll experience less pain and breakage, no matter if you’re using it on wet, dry, curly, or straight hair. Plus, it doubles as a scalp massager.


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.


This super cool desk clock from Sharper Image

This desk clock literally reads the time out to you to the nearest five minutes and has a modern, sleek design that looks chic in any home or office. It plugs into an outlet for power, and comes in matte black and copper colors. One Amazon reviewer says, “I get compliments on this all the time and people ask where I got it. It's cool, different, looks great in the room.”


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 set of stainless steel wine glasses that can be used outside

Instead of risking breaking a wine glass outside, opt for this set of four stainless steel wine glasses that come in cool colors. They’re ideal for drinking chilled beverages, and the stainless steel helps regulate and maintain the temperature. Use them at the park for a picnic, while camping, or in the backyard — these are the perfect good-time accessory.


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 LED light strip that has tons of settings

Not only will this USB-powered LED light strip get the party started, it will also reduce eye strain when placed around your TV or computer monitor. Since it has an adhesive backing, it can also be placed underneath your cabinets or anywhere else where you find yourself wanting a bit more illumination. Adjust its look by choosing between its 15 color options, three fade modes, and 10 brightness levels.


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 for 12 hours

With double-wall insulation that helps cold drinks stay chilled for up to 12 hours, this colorful 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. Plus, each order includes a protective lid to help prevent spills.


This small outlet extender for your desk area

Because of its small and compact size, this power strip is perfect for keeping on your desk or nightstand It’s also great for those who travel a lot — you never know when you may need more outlets. This one includes one USB input, two grounded inputs, and one Type C input for all of your needs.


A bamboo cutting board that you can personalize

Gifts with a personalized touch feel so thoughtful — that’s why this bamboo cutting board you can have laser engraved is likely to be a big hit with friends and family. Choose from three sizes and four wood tones, and customize your engraving with five monogram design options. A high 4.8-star rating speaks to the popularity of this board, with one reviewer saying it’s the “perfect gift for anyone” and another writing that it’s “heavy and really nice quality”.


This milk frother that works in 15 seconds

Able to whip up fluffy foam in as little as 15 seconds, this milk frother will have all your guests thinking that you’re a professional barista. Your lattes will look like art and you can also use the handheld tool to mix smoothies or whisk eggs. It comes with a stainless steel stand to keep it clean, too.


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 vinyl record coasters that make the perfect housewarming gift

For any music lover, these coasters are a must. They are designed to look like vinyl records and come in a set of six. And when they’re not in use, you can nest them on a turntable and store them away. One reviewer raves, “These coasters are adorable! I bought several to gift to friends who grew up on vinyl. They are sturdy relatively thick and good diameter so sweat from glass is caught on coaster and the record arm that secures coasters has wonderful detail just like a genuine turntable.”


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.


This fruit-infuser water bottle that’s a hydrating game-changer

You can put your favorite fruit inside the fruit-infuser in this water bottle and let it steep to get delicious flavored water in an easy-to-sip, flip-top water bottle. This bottle is 100% leakproof and completely BPA-free, and its definitely one of those nice-to-have items you coudl easily gift to nearly anyone.


A pair of gardening gloves made of cooling bamboo

Your hands will be kept clean when in these gardening gloves but the pair also offers a level of protection. Their durable material resists abrasions so that even the sharpest clippers won’t reach your skin. And since they’re made of breathable bamboo, they’ll keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.


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.


A foot peel mask that starts working in less than a week

Your skin will look and feel like you just came out of the spa after using this foot peel mask. Its blend of fruit acids and extracts works together to remove calluses and get rid of cracks. All you have to do is slip into their sock-like design and kick back for one hour.


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 sturdy dip clip to snack on the go

You can use this dip clip either with the included tray to fill it with your own condiments from home or you can pop out the center and place in a sauce that came with your meal. It clamps onto your car’s air vent so you can truly enjoy without having your hands full.


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 wireless ring light that has 10 brightness levels

Nothing says professional like the shadow-free look this ring light brings. Its LED bulbs can be adjusted between three different color modes and 10 intensity levels. Clip it onto your phone or monitor and take advantage of up to two hours of wireless lighting.


This sleek cocktail shaker set that has a 4.5-star overall rating

Coming with a built-in strainer and double-ended jigger, you’ll have everything you need to impress your guests with this cocktail shaker set. All pieces, including the leakproof shaker, are made of long-lasting stainless steel that won’t rust. You’ll even receive a helpful e-book full of recipes and tips.


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 beard bib with 17,000+ 5-star reviews

With suction cups that will firmly grip onto any mirror, this beard bib stops any shavings from making a mess out of your sink and counter. It also gives you easier reach to any tools you may need throughout the process. And if you get interrupted, you can just hang it on the hooks and resume anytime.


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 slush & shake maker that mixes up smoothies in minutes

Whether you’re craving a smoothie at work or are just tired of disassembling your blender, the Zoku Slush & Shake Maker offers a clever alternative. Place the inner core of the blender in the freezer for at least eight hours, then pour the ingredients into the container. The included spoon is then used to mix and scrape the cup as the smoothie or shake freezes right in front of you. “Finally a slushie maker that works,” wrote one reviewer. “I tried others that you squeeze, those did not work. This one is great. And it has an outer cup to hold so you are not directly holding the frozen piece.”


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.