On Amazon Prime Day, it’s often the big-ticket items, such as 4K TVs and laptops, that get the most hype. But you can also find plenty of deals on cheaper items, whether you’re thinking ahead for holiday gifts or simply shopping for yourself. Here we’ve rounded up the best deals we’ve found that cost less than $25.
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Goodbye, quarantine fuzz
If you’ve finally gotten sick of your pandemic beard (up above or down below), a strong, durable beard trimmer will hack through it without nicking the skin. One of our favorites for both facial hair and pubic hair is the Philips Norelco Multigroom 3000 Trimmer. Because it’s mostly made from plastic, rather than stainless steel, it’s lighter and more practical for travel than most budget trimmers. The Multigroom 3000 comes with seven guide combs, a detail trimmer head, and a nose-hair trimmer.
Everybody could use something to help them de-stress these days. For that, we recommend the Urpower 500ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser. We tested several, and thanks to the Urpower’s sleek look (which complements any home decor), easy-to-use functions, and customizable colored lights, it came out on top as our favorite. Paired with a nice-smelling essential oil, this diffuser easily creates a spa-like environment, which is all the more delightful at a time when going to a spa is out of the question for many people.
Read our review of the best essential oil diffuser.
About time for Alexa
If you’re looking to extend Alexa to other parts of your home, the Echo Dot speaker is the best option if you don’t want to spend a lot. The Dot doesn’t sound nearly as good as the standard Echo, but it works just fine for listening to radio or for playing music when you don’t need to fill an entire room. If you want better sound quality, it can also connect to a Bluetooth speaker or a larger audio system. It listens just as well as the full-size Echo and comes in several fun colors.
Read our review, “What is Alexa (and What’s the Best Alexa Speaker)?”
If you’ve ever rushed home in a panic to check whether you closed the garage door, get a smart garage-door opener controller. These small devices connect to your existing garage-door opener and let you open or close it (or just check on its status remotely) from anywhere, using an app or even a voice assistant like Alexa. The Chamberlain was our second-favorite pick, and of those we tested it was the simplest to set up. It’s compatible with all Craftsman, Chamberlain, and LiftMaster garage doors manufactured after 1993.
Read our review of the best smart garage-door opener controller.
Make it rain
Whether you’re going out in a light sprinkle or torrential rain, few things are as infuriating as struggling with a crappy umbrella. And, really, there’s no reason to when you can buy a well-made one for the same price as most drugstore versions. The Repel Easy Touch Umbrella is the best umbrella we’ve tested, with a nine-rib construction that holds up against gale-force winds, a 37-inch-diameter canopy that protects your torso and head from precipitation, and several color options so not even your outfit will be ruined.
Read our review of the best umbrellas.
Winterize your lips
With winter on its way, there’s no better time to start moisturizing. Burt’s Bees lip balm comes in many different flavors and offers protection from the whipping winds that tend to leave your lips dry and cracked. Think about how you might treat leather shoes for weather with wax—the beeswax in this balm does essentially the same thing. The hard case keeps your lip balm safe from the elements and lasting long no matter where you store it.
Read our review of the best lip balms.
A sweetly nostalgic board game
With traditional school and childcare turned on its head, keeping kids (and adults) entertained these days is often a tremendous challenge. Sure, iPads and Disney+ can help, but sometimes you just want to go back in time with a classic board game. Enter Candy Land. A pick in our upcoming guide to the best board games for Halloween, this saccharine and simple quest is fun for anyone, offering something sweet for young kids and some nostalgia for everybody else.
Please don’t stop the music
When Shakespeare wrote “If music be the food of love, play on,” he wasn’t thinking about the costs of digital music streaming services. But the Bard would surely love the sheer volume of play promised by four months of unlimited music for one measly dollar (if you’re a new subscriber). Be it Avril Lavigne or a classical sonata (though who’s to say that Lavigne’s “Sk8r Boi” isn’t a classic?), you can listen to anything in this 60-million-song library and save more than $30, too.
It may be a while before you’re feeling the bass at a live, in-person concert again, so your solo music-listening experience is more important than ever. If you own our top pick for wired earbuds, the Final E4000 earbuds, and want to make them even better, you can add the Comply Isolation Tips to them. These tips, available in a pack of three pairs, keep outside noise where it belongs—outside—by diminishing external noise and enhancing your overall listening experience. So the next time you want to listen to a live Avett Brothers album, pop these on and enjoy!
Read our review of the best earbuds.
Shop Succulents Variety Pack of Mini Succulents (pack of 16)
Deal price: $25; street price: $36
Yep, succulents are still a thing. Plant parenthood abounds as Instagram feeds show luscious greenery outdoors and in. We’re here for it, and you can jump on the bandwagon along with us. The fashionable flora included in the Shop Succulents Variety Pack of Mini Succulents are incredibly simple to care for. With these 16 babies, you’re on track to being mother of the year, or world’s best dad!
Read our guide to the best gifts for plant lovers and new plant parents.
Go for the gold
Signing on is the new seeing someone in person. With the Xbox Live Gold 3-Month Membership, you and your internet cohorts can play Call of Duty all night long, or test out the few free games your membership affords you. Plus, you can pre-load more than one year of Xbox Live in advance, so you could add a handful of these to your cart and get some serious savings. Game on, friends!
Read our guide to the best game consoles.
Plug it in
Snow White may wish that someday her prince will come, but we’ll settle for the day that live music comes back. When that day arrives, make sure you’re prepared to protect yourself with the Loop Earplugs. They’re the most comfortable earplugs we’ve tested, offering six different tips to better fit your ears and stay on during the moshiest of mosh pits. The plugs offer solid enough protection for your eardrums without completely drowning out the sound. Future you will thank you for this purchase at your next Menzingers concert.
Read our guide to the best earplugs for concerts.