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28 Clever, useful and funny things from AliExpress for LESS THAN $5

You are driving down a beautiful and remote highway in Nevada. It does not have any landmarks, and you do not have a destination. Just miles and miles of sand, low growing plants and more sand.

The highway takes a sharp turn, and you enter a little town. You are running low on gas, and it is getting dark, so you decide to drive around to look for a gas station, and perhaps a hotel.

The town appears to be empty, and all the windows are boarded up. At the end of a road find an old house. “What the heck”, you decide to yourself, “I should check it out”. Besides, this is the only house that you can enter without removing the boards from windows.

Inside the house appears to be empty. The dust is the only thing that stayed. All the doors are taken off, except one. Of course, now that your interest is peaking, you decide to enter it. Inside the room is a table with a wallet on it. You open the wallet, and it has a fresh, untouched crispy $5 bill in it, and it looks like it has just been printed.

You turn around, and there is a laptop on the floor, with AliExpress open in the new tab.

“The start have aligned” – you think to yourself, even though you don't believe in astrology. Now that your balance has a positive $5 on it, you have to spend it.

And here are some sweet product ideas.

AUTOMATIC DOOR SHUTTER

Price: $5.49

This handy device attaches to the doorframe, and slowly closes the door after it is opened. The mechanism is mechanical, and does not require the use of batteries.

Because closing the door behind yourself is for peasants.

DEBIT/CREDIT CARD WRAPS

Price: $1.99

If your bank, like most of the banks, does not allow you to customize your cards, this is for you.

These credit/debit card wraps make a regular boring card into a work of art, or into a witty commentary on the political or economic isues.

MINIATURE (WORKING!) LAMP

Price: $2.85

This is a tiny lamp. It looks like a lamp for ants, but it works like a regular lamp.

If your desktop is as cluttered as mine, this might be the perfect size for it.

AIRPODS CASE WRAPS

Price: $5.45

Everyone already has Airpods, so why not make them a little more unique?

4x CABLE WRAPS

Price: $0.58

Handy little silicone straps to make your cables more organized. You get 4 cables for $0.58, which is less than $0.15 per wrap. Great deal!

SMARTPHONE RING HOLDER / SIDE STAND

Price: $1.00

You can use it to hold your phone, and then the table can also use it to hold your phone.

HARMONICA

Price: $3.67

Hopefully, you will spend your life without going to prison, unless you count buying products at these prices, because it is basically a steal of a deal!

But in case you want to feel what it's like to live in Southern states in 1930's, here is a little harmonica.

WOODEN RINGS WITH RESIN DETAIL

Price: $0.84

Great-looking rings for an especially low price.

50x STICKER SET

Price: $2.63

A HUGE collection of stickers for a very low price.

ICE CREAM MOULDS

Price: $4.51

Summer is coming! Make your own ice-cream with these food-safe silicone moulds.

PEN HOLDERS

Price: $4.53

If they're not holding anything, it looks like they are worshiping you.

BEARD

Price: $0.98

Can't grow a beard? Don't want to spend money on Minoxidil? No worries!

This beard will have you feeling very Nordic. Just don't start invading Denmark.

TRAVEL SOAP SHEETS

Price: $0.74

These single-use soap sheets are awesome. Super-compact, and useful for camping and travelling.

Since they're sheets, they're TSA-compliant (you can put them in your carry-on). Great for hand-washing hands and clothes in the hotel sink.

YELLOW-TINTED GLASSES

Price: $1.19

As I mentioned before (and as you probably noticed yourself), the summer is coming!

There are a lot of sunglasses on AliExpress, but these ones have been especially popular in the last quarter.

RETRACTABLE HOLDER

Price: $3.09

Even if you are not a fisherman or an old-timey motel clerk, you can still make use of this handy retractable holder.

Unleash your inner dad and never lose your keys again!

3x WATERING BOTTLE ATTACHMENTS

Price: $1.07

Yes, you can make holes in the bottle cap with a hot piercer, but these look less ghetto.

USB VOLTMETER

Price: $1.70

If you are dying to know how much power your USB devices are emitting or receiving, this voltmeter will help you answer this burning question!

CLOUDY PENDANT THAT ALSO GLOWS IN DARK

Price: $1.25

A pendant that has a piece of the sky in it, and it glows in dark. Nothing much needs to be said.

EARRINGS

Price: $1.49+

A lot of them have 3 earring sets per lot for ~$2.50 (that's like $0.83 per pair!)

NOSE HAIR TRIMMER

Price: $3.44

While some of the nasal hair are manually removed by picking your nose (your FBI agent sees it all!), the more efficient way of doing it is with a nasal hair trimmer.

WATERPROOF CONTAINERS

Survival kit set military outdoor travel mini camping tools aid kit emergency multifunct survive Wristband whistle blanket knife

Price: $1.52+

Pack, click, lock.

Prevent any dust, water or anything else from getting into them, to ensure that the tools and/or documents are readily available for you when you need them!

SOVIET KEYCHAIN

Price: $0.95

Na Zdorovye, Comrade!

100 Pcs. SET OF GOOGLY EYES

Price: $1.49

Time to put them on EVERYTHING!

CUFF LINKS (31 DIFFERENT DESIGNS)

Price: $2.03+

Don't tell anyone how much they cost!

Over 30 different designs are available for any taste in the listing.

PINS (30 DESIGNS)

Price: $0.51+

And if cufflinks aren't your jam, these pins might be.

Made from metal, they are of a very high quality of cut and print!

KEYBOARD CLEANER

Price: $0.87

I've cleaned my keyboard for the first time in years, and let me tell you: it was not pretty.

Ensure that your keys are more sanitary and are free of spores and foreign lifeforms 🤮

RETRACTABLE FIST

Price: $1.39

A silly thing, because you shouldn't take yourself too seriously!

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CHICKEN HELMET

Price: $2.42

What you've heard is true: chickens can be very clumsy. But this helmet is not for the faint-hearted ones – on the contrary!

This product has been designed to protect the engine eternal of every chicken's construction: its head. Despite the fact that they can live without a head for up to 18 months (RIP, Miracle Mike), the owners of this chicken helmet are aiming for a higher number.

This helmet can also fit an adventurous hamster.

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Weirdest Things on AliExpress

I don't think it comes as a surprise, but AliExpress is a giant marketplace. There are tons of good/normal products like electronics, clothing and home decor items.

But, as in every family and in every city, there is a strange side to it. What are the weirdest things on AliExpress that you can buy? Let's find out!

1. “Breaking Bad” Dog Raincoat

Price: $13.25

Have you ever thought “Maybe my dog doesn’t like getting absolutely soaked to the bone” while taking it for a nude walk in a monsoon while you bundle under 15 layers of waterproof clothing? 

If yes, this coat is for you (and more specifically, your dog).

2. Sleeping Pig Pillow

Price: from $10.99

Pigs are cute, cuddly, and make delicious bacon. If you need a little more pig in your life (but not enough to text your ex-boyfriend, Brian), then this sleeping pig plush pillow is the perfect sleeping companion. 

3. Turkey Hat

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Price: $1.57 + shipping

Every Thanksgiving used to be ruined by awkward small talk with extended family that ended in a knock-down, drag-out fight. It was a fact of nature, like ‘what goes up must come down’, or that construction workers catcall anything with a pulse that walks past them.

Not anymore. With this turkey hat, everyone at Thanksgiving dinner will be too distracted by the thing on your head to notice their differences in political opinions.

4. Instant Noodle Blanket

Price: from $12.58

Instant noodles fill you with warmth, happiness, and a fullness that you could describe as “alarming”. 

You’ll get those same feelings with this instant noodle blanket, and better yet, it shares a real instant noodle’s nutritional value.

5. Troll Doll Lighter Case

Price: $1.68

A man jumps out at you in a darkened alley, knife in hand. He demands your wallet. Shaking, you reach down to grab it, shuffling things around in your pocket. 

Screaming, the man points at your hand before running for his life. In your hand is a small, terrifying doll, with a flame erupting from its head. 

Never get mugged again with this Troll Doll lighter case!

6. Retro Mic Speaker Phone

Price: $4.98

Plug this bad boy into your phone’s speaker outlet and instantly be transported back to a simpler time, where people did not have equal rights, financial instability plagued the Earth, and phones were wired…

All those things are still happening except for wired phones? Oh. Well… have fun with a wired phone!

7. Lettuce Flip Flops

Price: from $6.82

Have you ever bitten into a crunchy Caesar salad and thought… This lettuce is good, but it would be even better if it were used as a protective piece of footwear that I could wear on warm summer days?

If you have thought that, these flip flops are perfect for you.

8. Simulated Desiccant Bag

Price: $6.99

Everyone loves those weird pouches you find in the toe of your new shoes, so why not use one as a phone carried with this simulated desiccant bag.

All of the fashion of a desiccant pouch, now with added pockets!

9. Moxibustion Massage box

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Price: $9.92

What do you when you have a stiff back, but also want to cosplay a Lego brick?

Here is the perfect device for relaxing and getting a warm and pleasant massage without breaking the bank, while looking like you'd cause excruciating pain to whoever dares to step on you!

With the Moxibustion massage box, you can target different areas that are sore and focus on the spots that you need to relax and heal the most.

10. Car Duck with Helmet

Price: $1.99

Everyone needs a travel buddy, and there is no cuter travel buddy than this car duck, who will happily go with you to work or across the country without complaint.

Even better, safety is at the forefront of Car Duck’s mind, as he has a collection of adorable helmets. 

11. Toilet Paper Earrings

Price: $0.68+

Toilet paper has taken on a whole new meaning this last year, and what better way to commemorate it than to wear it as a pair of earrings!

With these toilet paper earrings, you’ll let everyone know what you’re thinking: finding more toilet paper before middle-aged soccer moms hoard it.

12. KN-95 Face Mask Handbag

Price: $9.92

Nobody has had a bigger glow-up in 2020 than the facemask. They went from something only doctors and dentists wore to a global icon of fashion.

Now, bring that fashion to the next level with this facemask handbag. 

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Xiaomi Products You Should Own: Best Of 2020

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Xiaomi is often dubbed as Apple of China. While I do not necessarily agree with this statement (Xiaomi products are much more reasonably priced), there is some merit to it.

Whether you are looking for new smartphone, a new portable speaker for the beach trips, or a new fabric shaver for home – Xiaomi has it all. They have shipped 126 million smartphones in 2020 alone, and smartphones are not their sole bread and butter.

Xiaomi is, as they call it, an ecosystem. Any startup can join their incubator – which is the reason that is Xiaomi is the most versatile brand that I have seen yet. The project gets vetted, if accepted – it gets funding (through the VC program or crowdfunding), and Xiaomi gets to put a label on a new product to start selling to consumers.

In this post I picked 39 best products from Xiaomi that have sold the most this year.

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BEST NEW XIAOMI PRODUCTS OF 2020

SMART SCALE

xiaomi smart scale

Price: $22.27

Key features:

  • Can detect weight as low as 50gr.
  • Low energy (Bluetooth 5.0) – up to 12 months on a single charge
  • Highly accurate BIA chip for body fat %

More accurate measurement is the top priority of this scale.

This smart scale can be used to know all the important data, more specifically: body weight, BMI, body fat percentage, muscle mass, water rate, protein rate, visceral fat grade, basal metabolism, bone mass, bodies old, ideal body weight, body size, and health score.

It tracks all this data when connected to a Xiaomi app, and keeps track of it for the easy access whenever needed.

With the low energy consuming Bluetooth 5.0 4 batteries can be used for up to 12 months. The scale can support data records for as many as 16 people. There also is a guest mode.

NIGHT LIGHT

xiaomi night light 2

Price: $13.88

Key features:

  • 3 Modes: auto (using a motion sensor), on, off
  • Battery capacity: 500mAh (up tp 20 hrs.)
  • Weight – 100 gr. (0.2 lb)

Xiaomi's Sunny night light is an ultimate night light.

It comes on/with a wall attachment, where it will stay most of the time. The best part, however, with this night light is the fact that it is removable, and that it can act as an independent light.

For example, you wake up in the middle of the night, and need to go to a different room to check on your pet hamster. The light will get activated with a motion sensor and illuminate the first few steps. Then you can pick it up from the wall attachment, and carry it with you to wherever is needed.

The attachment is magnetic, so there are no clips involved – it is very easy to remove and put back into place.

When the battery starts running out, it can be charged with a supplied Micro-USB cable.

If you live in a larger household – grab a few of these to place strategically in different rooms and hallways.

REDMI NOTE 9S

Price: $187+

Key features:

  • Snapdragon 720G Octa-core CPU
  • 6.67″ DotDisplay 2400 x 1080 FHD+ display
  • RAM: 4/6GB (you get to choose)
  • Rear camera: QUAD – 48MP+8MP+5MP+2MP AI camera; Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery 5020mAh – supports 18W wired fast charging (USB-C)

It's hard to talk about Xiaomi's best products, and to not mention the smartphones.

Xiaomi Redmi 9S has proven once again us that a good smartphone does not need to be expensive. We already kind of knew that, but the boundaries are being pushed more with each new model that's being released.

2020 Has brought upon us the Redmi (sub-brand of Xiaomi) 9S, which is well-equipped with a Snapdragon 720G CPU, a 5,020 mAh battery and a 6.67″ display with a stunning 2400 * 1080 FHD+ resolution. And a fingerprint reader located on the side is a nice bonus. Unfortunately, no NFC – but if you need it, go with the 9S PRO version.

All I can say is “wow”, and “thank you”.

AIR CUSHION

youpin air cushion

Price: $31.88

Key features:

  • Material – Lycra (spandex)
  • Size: 460mm x 410mm (18″ x 16″)
  • Comes with air pump (+ optional water compressor)

Xiaomi air cushion will turn any hard chair into a comfortable lounger.

It is a travel-friendly pad that consists of 42 individual air pockets that will evenly distribute the air among them for the maximum comfort.

There are options to choose between the option that comes with the 2 straps (to be used as backrest), and with the water compressor (to be used as a seat cover). An air pump comes with both options.

The seat option with the water compressor is best used during the warmer days to keep the seat more cool.

NINEBOT DRIFT W1

ninebot drift w1

Price: $150.52

Key features:

  • Silicone Bumpers
  • RGB LED Lights
  • 45 Mins Battery Range
  • 10% Hill Grade
  • IPX6 Splash-proof
  • Portable

When Segway introduced their first scooter, it was big, clunky, and it looked objectively terrible. But since it has been acquired by Ninebot (who have been acquired by Xiaomi), their designs have significantly improved, and so did the variety of the products.

Xiaomi has long been a leader in e-scooters, and now they started releasing even smaller and more space-efficient gadgets to help you get around in a more time-conscious manner.

Segway Drift W1 is lightweight, sturdy, and takes no more space than a pair of high-tops.

ninebot w1

LOFREE MOUSE + KEYBOARD SET

(Can be bought separately)

youpin lofree 2

Price: $40.24 (mouse), $76.94 (keyboard)

YouPin Lofree is a stylish mouse + keyboard combo.

The mouse is available in 6 different color options (signature yellow is our favorite). The keyboard has 5 varieties.

Both products are compatible with all OS: Windows or Apple.

Both products can be used as either a wired device, or connected to your computer/laptop via Bluetooth.

youpin lofree

NASAL HAIR TRIMMER

youpin nasal trimmer

Price: $9.59

Key features:

  • Waterproof seal
  • 10,000 RPM speed
  • Ergonomic design

Nasal trimmers are not the most exciting product, unless they are made by Xiaomi.

This trimmer has been released under YouPin ecosystem brand name, and it still has the signature high quality that we expect from Xiaomi.

Imported steel from Toyota has been used during the manufacturing process. The waterproof seal on the back (the battery port) prevents moisture from entering, thus enabling the product to be used in various conditions.

The trimmer requires 1 x AA battery to run (due to the shipping restrictions, it is not included).

SCREWDRIVER SET

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Price: $29.49

Key features:

  • S2 steel
  • 24 Bits (6 long, 18 short)
  • Electricity-powered
  • Designed for portability

This screwdriver set is a must have for small electronics repairs, and is a generally useful thing to have around the house.

It comes with 24 different heads: 18 short and 6 long that will work with almost anything: be that smartphones, glasses, cameras and so on.

The charger port is USB type-C, which is great: we are finally seeing the micro-USB being phased out on smaller electronics as well!

Casing is made out of aluminum alloy, which is resistant to rust, and the case has anti-slip coating.

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RECTANGULAR WATER BOTTLE

water bottle

Price: $28.80

If you didn't think that a water bottle can get more ergonomic – Xiaomi is here to shatter your expectations (in a good way, of course).

The beauty of this bottle is that it will fit snuggly in any bag and will take less space, all while having a visually pleasing design.

This bottle's capacity is 375 ml (just shy of 13 oz). The plastic is BPA-free. It comes in 4 different color options: white, black, pink and burgundy.

RICE COOKER

Price: $60.71

This apartment-friendly rice cooker from Xiaomi is everything that we want the rice cooker to be: power-efficient, space-conscious and easy to use.

Being a part of the Xiaomi's smart ecosystem, you can control it remotely via the app: set the time to start and pick the recipes (which will affect how long is stays on for). You can also heat the food ahead of time – think of it as a remote-controlled microwave.

As a bonus: it even comes with a rice spoon 😉

PU'ER

Price: $29.99

Not something you would normally expect from Xiaomi – yet here it is! A block of pressed genuine pu-er tea.

Key benefits of pu'erh tea:

  • Increases energy
  • Cleanses toxins from your body
  • Prevents the growth of new cancer cells

And – not the least important – it tastes good too!

BACKPACK

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Price: $9.55

Main Features:

  • Soft and comfortable polyester
  • Water-resistant material
  • Stylish look and a large variety of prints

If we have learned anything so far, it is that Xiaomi has a very diverse product line. And these high-quality backpacks are another example.

Despite the size they have a reasonably big capacity (10L), yet are very light – only 165 grams (0.3 lb)!

In this listing there are 13 different prints, and there are many more available in alternative listings.

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2000-lumen FLASHLIGHT

deerma flashlight

Price: $27.99

Main Features:

  • IPX7 waterproof
  • USB Type-C Charging
  • 265 gr. / 0.6 lbs. weight

Upgrade your go bag! This flashlight from Xiaomi does not have Bluetooth, but what it does have is a strong LED that can emit light as bright as 2000 lumen.

It comes with a USB Type-C plug (welcome to 2020!), and the running time on a single charge is between 3 to 15 hours – depending on how bright you set it to be.

To put a cherry on top of the cake, it is IPX7 waterproof and is rated to sustain drops from 1 meter (~3 ft.).

flashlight

ROLLING PIN

rolling pin

Price: $18.30

This rolling pin will keep you rolling, rolling, rolling (yeah!) with its natural pine smoothness – it's meant to make a boring/monotonous process more pleasurable.

Natural wood rolling pins are preferred by cooks as they are less sticky, more durable and generally moisture-resistant. But most importantly, they are more pleasant to use than alternatives.

Though you should coat them in oil after each use to prevent cracking.

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MOSQUITO LAMP

xiaomi mosquito lamp

Price: $24.54

Unless you are a Hirundo Rustica AKA Barn Swallow (chances of which are pretty high, as they are the most widespread species of swallow in the world), you probably don't like mosquitoes. Or maybe you like them so much, you just want to have them all to yourself – in either case, this mosquito zapper is a perfect toy for you.

Don't let its' silence-ness fool you: inside there is a violet lamp that attracts the mosquitoes close, and the vortex airflow suction swoops them into the tray, from where there is no escape.

There is a button belt on it for the outdoor use.

I would buy them and put them in every corner of my apartment, if I had a mosquito problem.

xiaomi mosquito zapper

USB HUB

usb hub

Price: $8.19

A USB hub for a vintage car enthusiast. There is a WWII-era place design available as well.

Unfortunately, it only comes with a USB 2.0 input.

FRIDGE STERILIZER

fridge deodorizer

Price: $9.40

A soda box on steroids, this fridge purifier extends the life of the fruits and veggies in your fridge, and removes the odor associated with, well, an old fridge. It also adds a pleasant minty aroma to it.

The recommended fridge purification area is 80-100L – roughly 3.5 cubic feet, so if you have a large fridge, it's best to get 2 of them.

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LINT REMOVER

xiaomi deerma lint remover

Price: $11.91

Key Features:

  • 0.35mm micro-arc knife net
  • 1,300 mAh battery (90 min. running time on 1 charge)
  • 5-blade floating cutter head

A good lint remover will remove the annoying curling pieces of lint from clothing, making it look new and fresh.

The one made by Xiaomi has high-quality blades and a large lint tray. The 1,300 battery allows for 90 minutes of running time, which should be more than enough to refresh your entire wardrobe!

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CURTAIN CONTROLLER

curtain controller

Price: $104.13

Xiaomi Aquara is a motor-operated curtain controller, which is a part of the Xiaomi smart home ecosystem.

The beauty of it, is that it can be controlled via your smartphone. You can set the closing and opening time, or adjust them as you please.

curtain closer

YOUPIN GIIKER

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Price: $55.99

Youpin Giiker is a Rubik's cube on steroids. It's gimmicky, but very cool!

It can be used as a regular Rubik's cube – sure, but it is also a great training toy. When synced with an app, it can show you the fastest way to sync the blocks. It also trains you on how to solve the puzzles, making you the absolute champion.

The cube has a nice-feeling mechanic-y click in each move.

The headphones that it comes with act as a charging port.

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Other good stores for Xiaomi products you should consider:

 

Aquara Yeelight Store

Feedback rating: 97.4%

Shop for: lights, various household accessories

 

Xiaomi Yi Official Store

Feedback rating: 96.5%

Shop for: Cameras

 

Xiaomi Mijia Store

Feedback rating: 95.8%

Shop for: lifestyle products

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Affordable Items (under $55) That Are Life-changing, Must haves!

What are some affordable items (for $55 or less) that are so life-changing that you consider them to be must-haves? In this post we have collected the results from the recent Reddit post, where the users have shared the most useful items that they bought for a reasonable price of fifty five dollars (or less than that), which had a life-changing aspect on their lives.

Don't just take our word for it: thousands of people have already verified the validity of claims – and we are just compiling the list to make it easier for you to find them at (arguably) the best price on AliExpress.

$55 Is not a little amount by any means, but if the impact is high enough, the money is considered well-spent. The impact can be measured in the quality of sleep, the reduction of time spent performing everyday tasks, and reducing the money spent on buying things that you already have vs. bringing the glory back to the products that you already have.

AliExpress ‘Must Haves‘ That Cost $55 Or Less

ELECTRIC HEATING UNDERBLANKET

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Price: $53.70

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A heated blanket is not just for comfort, though it is pure bliss when the room is on the colder side (bonus: you can save on heating costs and you don't need to fight your dad over the thermometer settings).

People with achy joints will love it: be that a sports trauma or just an occupational one (having to stand on your legs for the most of the day, etc.).

smaller size is available for the local application.

FABRIC SHAVER

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Price: $11.62

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Refreshes sweaters/coats etc. in no time and saves replacing the garments that are in otherwise good condition.

HEADLAMP

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Price: $14.49 (option B: including batteries)

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I want to strongly second this for anyone who hikes even occasionally (or does frequent overnight camping, like me!). You should always have a headlamp with you.

They take up next to no space/weight, and will literally save your life in an emergency situation, even if that “emergency situation” is just walking back to your car after dusk.

And if the power goes out, it is so much better than having to use candles / cell phone flashlight: reducing the fire hazard and freeing up your hands.

A list of AliExpress must haves wouldn't be complete without a reasonably-priced electronic item.

HANDHELD VACUUM CLEANER

Price: $28.90

Regular-sized vacuum cleaners are great, but you don't always want to carry the whole thing to a different room, extend the cable, plug it in, and then do the same thing in reverse. For the smaller cleaning jobs, it makes more sense to have a smaller portable one. With a portable vacuum cleaner, it takes half the time to do a spot cleaning sweep.

If you have pets it’s also worth paying the little extra for the handheld vacuum. The model we linked below has 4 different types of nozzles, and it is small enough to keep in the car or in a cabinet.

PILL TIMER

Price: $4.44

Being over 30 means probably having (or wanting) to take a lot of vitamins, supplements, and/or other pills.

And to take those pills on time there is this handy pill timer. It can be set to beep at a certain time as a reminder. Never forget to take your pills again!

GOOD KNIFE

Price: $44.97

A good, sharp chef's knife will make cooking much easier. Remember to budget for a sharpener too, to keep it sharp. All knives need care.

If you are going to spend on nice knives, when it comes to knife sharpening it is really important learning how to do it. It makes a world of difference to have truly proper geometry.

GRAM SCALE

Price: $11.53

A gram scale can be used for a lot of minor measurements. Measuring spoons re okay, but they are not nearly as precise as a good gram scale: spoons are just an approximation, after all!

It can easily measure water since 1 g. = 1 ml. The power of the metric system: no more measuring by volume in the kitchen is life-changing!

BLACKOUT CURTAINS

BLACKOUT CURTAINS

Price: $5.96+ (size plays a big role in price)

We all know that a good night sleep at a comfy hotel is life-changing. The bed sheets are soft and fresh, but also the total absence of the light plays a BIG role too.

With the blackout curtains you will fall asleep so much faster now that the room is pitch black at night! Also, if you happen to work night shifts, they can drastically help.

This product is not just a must-have from AliExpress, it's a must-have in general. If you can find one locally for a cheaper price – even better!

DETACHABLE SHOWER HEAD

Price: $5.94 (head) + 4.75 (hose)

A detachable showerhead does a much better job than a static one, especially the ones where you can switch the strength of the stream (like this one!).

You get the water on yourself from all angles, leaving no place untouched.

It's extremely easy to get installed: 1. unscrew the regular showerhead, 2. screw in the hose, 3. put the showerhead on the other end of the hose.

PORTABLE BIDET CLEANER

Price: $3.91

You haven't experienced complete cleanliness, unless you have tried a bidet. They're quite common in the Middle East and in other countries with warmer climate, and for a good reason: heat amplifies the smell.

But outside of the obvious aspect, it is basic hygiene: paper just doesn't compare to what the water can do.

A bidet attachment is great. A portable bottle can do a good job too.

SHOEHORN

Price: $1.23

I'm surprised that they seem to have gone out of style. So simple and cheap. A good shoe horn instantly turns 5 seconds of the most annoying wriggling and forcing into a 1 second maneuver.

The major benefit is saving the back of the shoe from looking like an accordion.

LONG CHARGING CABLE

long charging cable

Price: $4.12 (3-meters / 10 ft.)

Long charging cable (braided, not plastic). You will no longer be restricted to laying on one side of your bed when the phone is being charged.

A high-quality 3-meter (10 ft.) cable is less than $5.

BAMBOO UNDERWEAR

bamboo fiber underwear

Price: $8.66 (4 pairs)

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Bamboo fiber is the nicest material for underwear and t-shirts that I have ever experienced.

It's soft, breathable, and relatively inexpensive – bamboo grows very fast, and is considered an eco-friendly sustainable material. So you're not only giving your ‘privates' a better wrap, you're also saving the planet!

TUB HAIR STOPPER

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Price: $1.13

It’s a rubber plug type with holes in it to you put in the tub drain. It catches ~95% of hair and gunk, while still allowing the water to flow down. After your shower, just remove from the drain and pull off the hair (this part can maybe be a little gross, but hey, it’s your hair) and toss in the garbage.

Result? Cleaner water pipes, better outwards flow, less plumbing maintenance.

GOOD TOWEL SET

Price: $24.56

Why waste all of that shower goodness just to rub yourself with sandpaper after you get out? A thick, cozy bath towel can be a godsend after a good steamy bath. A definite must have item!

We found a 3-piece embroidered set: get one for you, and one for your significant other (a Mr. and a Mrs. embroidery is a nice touch to avoid confusing them between each other).

SHAMPOO BRUSH

Price: $2.50

A shampoo brush is something most people have never heard before, and we think that should change.

So what exactly is it? A shampoo brush is a silicone pad with soft bristles that is used to gradually apply shampoo to your scalp, distributing it evenly across the surface while massaging your hair.

Not only will your hair feel cleaner than ever, but your scalp will thank you as well.

REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE

Price: $6.58+

A reusable water bottle reduces the amount of plastic used (if you previously used single-use plastic bottles). The advantage here is obvious.

But if you get a larger size – 2 or 3 liters, depending on your preferred daily water intake, it's going to be oh so much easier to track the amount of water you consume throughout the day, simultaneously saving you the extra trips to periodically fill it up.

ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

xiaomi electric toothbrush

Price: $9.75

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Advantages of using an electric toothbrush:

1. Less effort to brush your teeth

2. More effective at cleaning (vibration forces the smaller particles out)

This toothbrush has a 2-minute shut-off, and 30-second vibrating reminders (30 seconds per front/back and top and bottom jaw = 2 mins.), which helps you get the most efficiency out of the process. It is the 21-st century, after all.

MEAT THERMOMETER

Price: $1.58

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A meat thermometer takes out the guessing of the process of cooking meat.

You will know exactly when your meat is cooked to the desired consistency. Especially useful when cooking steak.

TONGUE SCRAPER

Price: $1.37

The feeling I felt the first time I ever used a tongue scraper after buying it can be compared to the epiphany Archimedes must have felt when dipping into the bath.

The amount of stuff that came off was satisfying, but concerning at the same time – I couldn't believe that I have lived my entire life without thoroughly cleaning it.

This tongue cleaner has a soft-ish rubber ridge, which is sufficient to remove the residuals without causing the unpleasant feeling of a harsher surface.

BOX CUTTER

Price: $1+

If you are buying things from AliExpress or Amazon often enough, a simple box cutter is a worthy investment. It saves your knives, and makes opening boxes (and folding them for recycling) much, much faster and easier.

An ergonomic version can be placed on a keychain for faster access (or if you wish to lose more things at once 😂).

SILICONE COOKING UTENSILS

Price: $7.70 (3-piece set)

Silicone vs: plastic is not a fair comparison. While most plastics start to melt at high temperatures, silicone does not have a melting point and remains solid until combustion occurs.

It is also not going to scrape the non-stick layer of the pan, which means it will continue being a non-stick pan (thus saving you the expense of buying a new pan: the only downside is that the kitchenware company is not going to make money).

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