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10 Cool Items With a Price Tag Less Than $20

Dianna Labrien, Freelance Writer and Content Strategist, @DiLabrien
11.09.16
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In today's consumer economy, it's hard to believe that you can find anything cool for less than 100$, so it's hard to believe that you can find anything for less than 20$. After all, at a price that low, it will probably fall apart as soon as you open it. Yet there are some fun, great gadgets and gizmos, however, that will make great stocking stuffers or gifts for other occasions, that carry a pretty low price tag. Considering that the holiday season is approaching you may want to consider these.

1. Clear Key



People who use their computers as a major part of their work understand two issues – the clack of their fingernails on the keys and the gradual disappearance of those printed on letters. And if other family members who may not have memorized the geography of the keyboard, typing becomes a major pain. Both of these issues can be instantly solved by this great little product – self-sticking, cushioned key pads with indelible key names. The best part? Price is $19.99/pack.

2. Miracle Berry Fruit Tablets


This may not be a huge best-seller, but it will certainly be a conversation piece in any group. These little tablets will turn any food item into a sweet-tasting one. Suppose, for example, that you have a craving for fruit but only lemons left in your frig. Plus, you happen to be out of sugar. Or suppose you have a craving for chocolate, but only have unsweetened baking chocolate on hand. Simply dissolve one of these tablets on your tongue and, presto, your taste buds are temporarily altered so the item tastes sweet. A box of 10 tablets is priced at $15.

3. Build on Brick Mug



Legos are a long-standing popular toy that, over the years, has developed products to delight kids and adults. Now, you can build your own mug with heat-resistant Legos. Change it out as you wish, keep it at home or take it to the office to show off your architectural skills. This stocking stuffer is priced at $9.99.

4. Minibru Coffee Mug


Your ten-year-old coffee maker finally decides to die. Or, in your morning haste, you have dropped and broken the glass decanter. Of course, it's time to buy a new one, but in the meantime, if you have your own Minibru, some hot water, and coffee grounds, you can brew your own cup easily and quickly. In fact, this little item may actually replace that bulky coffee maker that used to sit on the counter, taking up space in your small kitchen. $12.99 will get this nifty gadget.

5. USB Thermoelectric Cooler and Warmer



Waiting for the microwave at work is hell on earth. It seems that everyone has something to reheat for their lunch today - from homemade meals, to the dreaded frozen pasta dinners that seem to need to be stirred every 20 seconds. By the time you finally reach the microwave, lunch is almost over, and you will have to scarf that meal down, making lunchtime a stressful rather than relaxing part of your day. For $19.99, you can buy the USB Thermoelectric Cooler and Warmer and simply take care of readying your lunch over the course of the morning at your desk.

6. KeySmart 2.0



The keyring is both a blessing and a curse. For people who have multiple keys that look alike, that keyring can be a nightmare. It's bulky; you are trying several keys before you find the right one; and have to keep track of which keys you have already tried. The Key Smart lets you store your keys much as you store blades and tools in a Swiss Army Knife. The cost? $19.99

7. Sugru Hacking Putty



Most of us remember Silly Putty as kids. We used it for all sorts of fun things. Now there is a silly putty for adult too. Perhaps you have bent a piece of cable and need to straighten it out; maybe your glasses keep slipping off your nose; you may want a personalized key. For a price of $19.99, the possibilities are endless and only limited by your lack of creativity.

8. Aurora Borealis Heat Change Mug



Caffeine. It is the "staff of life" for most of us in the morning. Imagine how cool it would be to get a light show along with that first and every other cup. Geeks understand the Aurora Borealis – something about space particles passing through the magnetic fields of the Earth's pole. Most of it just call it a spectacular light shoe. When hot liquid hits this mug, the Aurora Borealis performs its light show right on the outside of the mug. Cost? $14.99.

9. Credit Card Companion


Let's face it, a multitool is simply too difficult to carry around anymore. It may be the bulky size, or perhaps that it mainly goes unused. However, it seems that when you don't have it, that's when you need it the most. Now there's a compact multi tool, that can fit right in your wallet. The credit card companion is the size of a credit card, and includes a 2-inch blade, removable tweezers, toothpick, compass, and other handy little gizmos. Priced around $20.

10.Self-Stirring Mug


We've all been there. We're at our desks, have just poured sugar and creamer into our coffee and are now using a pencil to stir it because we don't have a spoon. Technology has solved your problem. Pour in your ingredients, touch the button on the mug handle, and your coffee is automatically stirred. At a price of $8.95, what could be a better gift for all of your co-workers?

Finding unique and creative gifts for friends, co-workers, and family members can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Or maybe you just need some more convenience in your own life. Each of these 10 products provide unique solutions or just fun – and all for a great price.

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