New Year is coming, Christmas is coming, maybe someone-who-is-somewhat-important-to-you's birthday is coming – but we're on a verge of a financial collapse, and you just can't spend too much money.
No reason to worry! There is a fine line between having to go bottle binning and being able to afford to bring some joy via the means of surprising them with a novel physical possession.
In this post we have picked 20 best selling things from AliExpress for $5 or less. Buy away! And maybe get something for yourself too.
Best-selling things from AliExpress
TELESCOPIC SINK RACK
The first thing today is this handy telescopic sink rack. It fits any kitchen sink – the size is adjustable.
You can make it bigger or smaller depending on the sink width, and load it with the sponges and steel wool balls and any other miscellaneous stuff that you might need to dry and use.
On the side there is a little rack thing for drying the wiping cloth. The rack has slots on the bottom, so that it does not collect the water.
SLIGHTLY INAPPROPRIATE MAGNETS
Here we have slightly inappropriate, but artistic in their own way avocado and banana magnets. Best fit for fridges, but if you have any other metallic surfaces, like a furnace or an oven door, they can be placed on them as well.
Here is a 90’s childhood favourite – a cleaning slime. Just as the self-improvement book your parents hopelessly got you for Christmas, it is good for collecting dust, albeit in a more concentrated manner.
Just like your girlfriend at a Bed, Bath & Beyond, is quite efficient at picking up junk.
Another thing that is pretty handy in a household is these fridge cabinets. They will help with organizing the fruits, veggies and any other knick-knacks you might have randomly and disorganizedly sitting around.
Check out these greek statues. There are 10 different options to pick from. The attention to detail on them is pretty outstanding, if you ask me.
They are sold individually, and it is better to buy more than one to complete the look.
Speaking of organization, I’d like to bring your attention to the BackIt cashback plugin.
If you’re buying things from stores like AliExpress, GearBest, Shein, Banggood and others, and not using cashback, you’re just leaving the money on the table. With a cashback plugin you can get 5 to 12% of your money back.
It’s really easy – for desktop users, install the extension, and click it before you buy something on AliExpress. For mobile users, install the app, and open it before you shop. It’s that easy.
The payouts start at $0.20 for PayPal, and $100 for bank transfers. The link to the cashback is below ⬇️
This nail clipper got curves.
According to the feedback, it is very sharp and solid, and the angle of it makes it easier to operate.
I didn’t know I needed my nail clipper to be ergonomic, but now that I think of it, it makes perfect sense.
Another item that is pretty classy are these solid wood spatulas and spoons.
Wood is better than plastic, as it does not melt when you are scraping it against hot pots, and it is less likely to leach chemicals into your food. Typically, such kitchen products are sold at $4 and more at our local homeware stores.
STICKY PAD & SMARTPHONE STAND
Here is another type of sticky pad. These ones are sold per unit rather than a roll. The key differences are:
1. The durability – this one is meant to be reused, and is made out of a more durable material that keeps shape, and
2. This one has a solid plastic piece in the middle, which can be used as a smartphone stand (OPTION 1 FROM THE LISTING)
MAGNETIC SMARTPHONE HOLDER FOR CARS
Here is a newer version of the magnetic holder for the car.
This is a newer version: now with the sleeker design and different sizes for plate options. It makes driving safer, skipping crappy songs easier, and GPS use smoother.
You can simply attach the included magnet to the back of your phone, place the holder anywhere on your dashboard, and reap the benefits of easy phone use.
FAST CHARGE MAGNETIC CABLE
This is a magnetic charger cable that we’ve seen before, but this is a newer version of it, which now comes with a fast charge capability.
The cable is able to transfer more data and more power to your phone, because ain’t nobody got time for sitting around for 8 hours for their smartphone to charge.
There are options for Micro-USB, USB type-C and for iPhones.
These earrings have been the best-selling earrings on AliExpress in the last few months.
There is a ton of listings for them, this one being the biggest discounted one.
Face masks – pun very much intended.
There are 6 different designs and almost 4,000 orders in this listing. The face masks are now made mandatory in a lot of countries, and this one is more fun than a simple one.
2 IN 1 LADLE + STRAINER
Here is another device that can make regular kitchen tasks more efficient – a two in one colander and ladle.
It has holes on one side, and a scooping part on the other – it makes removing the veggies from soup easier.
Christmas is coming, and the people that aren’t important enough to get a big present, but are not unimportant enough to be left without one can get something small placed into one of these cure drawstring pouches.
They are also useful for organizing the little things in your pantry.
Just about the only bad thing about owning an all-mahogany piano, is how posh people leave their negroni old fashioned drinkware on top of it, leaving it with moisture rings, that this 100-year old oak just can’t handle with grace.
These rattan coasters come in 4 sizes, and are perfect for making your morning Greek yoghurt parfaits feel even more fancy.
‘OVERLY CONFIDENT MAN‘ T-SHIRT
I don’t think this T-shirt needs an introduction, as it already feels quite comfortable around us.
Not sure this is the level of comfort I strive to achieve around hundreds of strangers, but if you’d like to have this lovely image displayed on your shirt like 500 of others did, the link is below.
Here is a true gamechanger: a rotating stapler. It is a true staple of a proper executive office.
No longer you have to fiddle around with paper, trying to adjust the angle, awkwardly moving the paper around. This thing has a rotating top, with the head action second to none.
DOUBLE DISED TAPE ROLL
A roll of double-sided tape. A thing that is very handy in the household tasks.
It will hold your smartphones attached to the wall. It is less likely to hold your life together. A 1-meter roll can be bought for $1.90, which is pretty reasonable.
ORANGE MAN TOILET BRUSH
In honour of the election events, here is a tremendous toilet brush. It’s orange. Maybe it will do a better job at draining, or at least cleaning the swamp 😉