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I have bought a lot of things from AliExpress. I don't think there has been a day in the last 5 years, where I haven't used something that I bought there.

First of all, this is where I got my smartphone – and we all know how often we get to use those. But there are a lot of other miscellaneous items that I use, that some people might be surprised that you can get from Ali for much cheaper than in retail stores.

Our sole purpose is to help you find the best deals, with the quality of the product being the priority. We will be discussing some of the most popular products on AliExpress that include basic clothing, gadgets, household items, and a few more.

In this post we have picked products that are helping people like you solve everyday tasks, with their endless (or a single) quirks and features.

In either case, I think you will find this post helpful.

SMARTPHONES

Price: $59+

$43B Worth of smartphones have been imported from China into the US alone. Smartphones like Xiaomi, Huawei, Umidigi and Oppo are constantly outperforming similar-priced competition.

It is cheap and easy to upgrade the existing device. We have picked 4 great options under $300. Otherwise, check out more models at different price points by clicking the link below.

E-SCOOTERS

Price: $219+

Individual modes of transportation are now as important as ever because of time management and safety reasons, and the green forms of it are the less damaging to the environment.

A uniquely designed electric scooter will take you anywhere anytime. If you want to beat the traffic and save your time, while not being confined within a small space inside a car, then this is the perfect product for you. This smart scooter can be tracked using your smartphone simply by downloading an app.

The app can maintain your riding habits, track the distance you covered, and charge your scooter's battery. It comes with six different protection systems: over-discharge, overcharge, low-voltage, over-current , temperature anomaly and short-circuit protection.

Features:

  • 18650 lithium-ion battery pack
  • Charging Time: ~5 hours
  • Maximum Speed: 25km/h (15 mph)
  • Foldable for maximum portability

Price Value:

  • Intelligent battery management
  • Double brake system
  • 6x Faster than average walking speed

TOOTHBRUSH HEADS

Price: ~$0.75 / unit

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Original toothbrush heads are ridiculously expensive – as if the bristles were actual minx hair. 3 For $20: what is this, a downtown Manhattan speakeasy?

The aftermarket ones are just as good for me – I've been putting them on my Oral-B toothbrush for at least 5 years.

MELAMINE SPONGES

Price: ~$0.18 / piece

They won't clean off the shame from what you did last night, but they can handle just about anything else.

In my experience, these are just as good as Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser (commonly sold for ~$1.25 per eraser).

I use them for cleaning the bathtub, kitchen and bathroom sinks, aquarium glass, windows. They are pretty good at handling the incrustation on the pots and pans, especially when I accidentally leave my potatoes boiling for too long.

SMALL ELECTRONICS

Price: $1+

We have 2 options: the iconic 30 Electronics under $10 collection as a collection, and an ever-updating list in the shop section (the orange button below). Both are a pretty good source of cool little gadgets to buy to make your life easier.

CABLE BAG

Price: $3.24

Get a handy cable organizer to store all your cables in one place.

It is great to have them neatly stacked away: makes finding the right one much easier, and they also won't tangle inside. Much better than just randomly having them all over the place.

CABLE ORGANIZERS

Price: $0.96+

Chargers, USB cables, speakers, mouse, etc. – all of them create a mess on your desk. Working in a messy environment can affect your productivity and creates a tripping hazard – and prone dropped once can be an expensive mistake.

To make your life easier, there is a cable organizer from TopK. It has a solid black color and a sleek design. You can attach it to your desk and arrange your mouse, laptop charger, USB cables, everything on it. It has multiple holders on it to keep your desk more … organized 😄

Price value:

  • Keeps cables routed in a specific direction
  • Protects cables from getting tangled and damaged
  • Suitable for use on metal, ceramic, glass, wood or plastic surfaces

SMARTPHONE CASES

Price: $1.49+

To protect the smartphone against butterfingers (or maple syrup fingèr for Canadians), occasional scratches, and to increase the likelihood of keeping the the precious back panel intact for longer.

Cases on AliExpress are generally cheaper than on Amazon, or retail stores – especially when buying from an official dealer. May as well get a few.

T-SHIRTS

Price: $2.54+

An ultimate necessity, unless you live in a naturist community. Here is the listing with the cotton t-shirts from the image.

BREATHABLE DRESS SOCKS

Price: ~ $1.10 / pair

These cotton socks are breathable and comfortable. What can beat a comfortable pair of socks at an affordable price? A rhetorical question, of course.

Price value:

  • Appropriate for both all seasons
  • Dense elastic to keep the socks in place

LINER ANKLE SOCKS

Price: ~ $0.37 / pair

A pretty sweet deal on a large stack of socks. This listing has 8,000+ orders and a ton of feedback.

OTHER CLOTHING

Price: ~$0.99 +

We have carefully selected and added unique and stylish items with good feedback in our shop section.

EARPHONES

Price: $8+

Read: quality earphones. You can easily buy a pair of great-sounding earbuds without breaking the bank.

For wired options, I have researched and tested many different ones, and found that KZ/QKZ-branded ones excel in terms of the build and price and last longer. UiiSii HM7 is also another great option for an earphone, and Superlux HD-330 for an over-ear headphone.

For wireless options, click below.

REUSABLE SILICONE LIDS

Price: $3.18

Reusable silicone lids that come in various sizes. These can help you significantly reduce the amount of plastic – or completely stop buying saran wrap.

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Price: $0.49+

Various home decor and household items: kitchen, living room, bathroom – with more style. We picked the essentials that not only are functional – they also look stylish.

Kitchen Gadgets for people with a good sense of humour

You like to laugh, I like to laugh, we all like to laugh. So why does being in the kitchen sometimes feel like a chore? Is it the knowledge that we need to actually make food, instead of just throwing in an Uber Eats order and waiting for food to be delivered?

Whatever the case, these products are sure to help put a smile on your face, put a laugh on your lips, and add some cheer into the kitchen.

STEEL SPONGE HOLDER

cute steel sponge holder

Price: $4.63

You need a bath, but you also need to make food for yourself and your family. Well, you might as well let someone take a bath while you slave away in the kitchen, and that someone might as well be your pile of steel wool.

Steel wool has never looked comfier after a hard day of scouring metal surfaces, than on the head of a cartoon lady taking a bath.

Take a picture, you creep, it will last longer.

MUFFIN TOPS

Price: $1.49

We’re putting the “muffin tops” back in muffin tops. That’s right, muffin tops-ception. So get some Blue Jean muffin cake molds to rightfully return your muffins their rightfully deserved tops.

These cake molds add an awesome element of fun to every muffin baking you take part in, no matter the flavour!

PENGUIN EGG HOLDERS

Price: $12.92

Everyone likes penguins.

If someone tells you they do not like penguins, run in the opposite direction, because they’re either willing to lie to your face, or you are talking to some sort of penguin-hating psychopath. You want neither of these people in your life.

These Penguin Egg Holders are awesome for those perfect hard-boiled eggs for your whole family.

SPILL STOPPERS

Price: $0.95

Willing to sacrifice their small bodies to make sure your boiling water does not bubble over, these silicone lifts make overflowing pots a thing of the past.

Easy, durable, and hilarious.

DESSERT PICKS

Price: $3.55

Wait, you say to yourself, how do I get this tiny morsel of banana covered in that delicious melted chocolate, when the only thing nearby is that tiny piano?

Not a problem, I reply, delighted that my joke has worked. The keys in that tiny piano? They’re actually dessert forks.

We both laugh and eat delicious chocolate-covered desserts. Amazing.

SANDWICH FORKS

Price: $2.62

Ants have long been the bane of picnic-goers everywhere.

Do you know what scares tiny ants? Much larger ants, who already have possession of your sandwiches. Tiny ants have tiny brains. They will not realize that those giant ants are made of plastic. You win.

VEGGIE PEELER

Price: $3.58

If you ever wanted a tiny Charlie Chaplin to peel your veggies for you, now is the perfect opportunity. Didn’t want that? You got it anyway.

DRYING RACK

sponge drying rack

Price: $4.35

The sponges in your kitchen work hard. Give them some rest with their very own tiny beds.

Wait. Are they the mattress? Can they both be the mattress and the one sleeping on the bed?

EGG CUTTER

Price: $2.12

Simply roll your deshelled hard-boiled egg along this cutter for a fun and cute cut. Then turn it around and slap a face on it. A tiny paper bag to cover the face, in case you don't like it, is not included.

SELF-WATERING SPROUTER

Price: $1.37

Simplicity is the future of plant watering, as my grandma always used to say.

With these adorable little fellas, you simply drop them over the side of a cupful of water, and they water themselves. If only fixing all your other problems was as easy.

SELF-WATERING SPROUTER V.2

Price: $4.70

This little panda has an overly large tongue and a heart to match – all the things that you could expect from a perfect life companion. Simply fill his dish with water and watch him water the plant on his back.

TOWEL HOOKS

Price: $2.77

These tiny towel holders bring a small piece of your grandparents' kitchen into your own. Nothing quite says “I cook because I like to eat” like a group of small bakers holding signs.

PAPER COWEL HOLDER

Price: $40.98

You know what they call a lazy cow? Beef.

This little cow wants to help – by holding your paper towels, toilet paper, or whatever you need her to hold. Hopefully, since these are kitchen accessories, that doesn’t end up being toilet paper.

RICE PADDLE aka SHAMOJI

cute shamoji rice paddle

Price: $2.09

These adorable rice paddles come in a variety of colors and are perfect for serving the rice of your dreams.

HERB INFUSER

Price: $2.32

Everyone loves rubber chickens.

Everyone also loves the delicious taste of herbs in their soup, minus when they accidentally take a bite of a full leaf.

So what everyone is REALLY going to love, is a silicone chicken stuffed with herbs, which means no leaf biting for anyone!

(the seller says the material is food-safe)

EGG CUPS

Price: $2.63

Sumo wrestlers need a lot of calories, and therefore eat a lot of eggs. At some point, they are probably over 1% egg.

Well, these sumo wrestlers are 100% egg – try to beat that!

DESSERT SHOVELS

Price: $2.20

This Dessert Shovel puts a new meaning on the phrase “shoveling chocolate cake into your mouth.”

COOKING TIMER

Kitchen Timer

Price: $11.56

What’s cuter than tiny, fancy versions of your regular kitchen appliances? The only answer is tiny, fancy versions of your regular kitchen appliances that also help you time your cooking.

Mysterious thing, time. Powerful, and when meddled with, dangerous.

Take your soup off the stove at the last chime. And if not, the consequences are too costly to discuss.

FRIDGE MAGNETS

multi use kitchen magnet

Price: $1.91

Cute, fun magnets that are sure to make grabbing your keys and heading off to work before it is light out a little bit easier.

“JUST ONE GLASS”

just one glass giant cup

Price: $24.15+

Now you can have just one glass AND get absolutely wasted at the same time! All of the fun, none of the emotional baggage.

Ok, maybe a little emotional baggage.

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Things To Make You More Relaxed & Comfortable for $28 (or less)

Has anyone ever wanted to be less comfortable? Probably not, and if you answered ‘yes’ to that, you are probably lying.

One of the great human traits is that we want our lives to be comfortable. We want them to be easy. Even the people who make themselves work incredibly hard, with long hours and endless tasks, do that in order to make the rest of their life easier.

We want to be comfortable, and the items below will help with that.

AIRPLANE PILLOW THAT ALSO WORKS FOR DESK NAPS

Price: $17.39

Perfect for laying down for a snooze in the office while Ethel in accounting begins telling you for the fourteenth time that story about her adult son falling off the roof.

With a spot to lay your arm and a hollow breathing zone to allow for better breathing, this pillow is perfect for naps, anytime and anywhere.

HEATING BLANKET THAT SOOTHES SORE MUSCLES

Price: $13.02

We love our pets, but they sometimes do dumb things, like falling into frozen ponds and playing in the snow until they can no longer feel their paws.

With 9 different heat settings, the Pet Heating Mat can be used to warm your dog (or yourself) throughout the night or thaw your cat after diving into an icy pond.

MICROFIBER BODY PILLOW THAT CAN SUPPORT MORE THAN YOUR HEAD

Price: $28.94

We all just want someone to hold at night. But what if, instead of an actual person to hold, we want a life-sized pillow adorned with the image of our favorite anime character? You do you.

While you need to supply the character yourself, this 150x50m pillow is the perfect snuggle size.

PILLOW COVERS THAT FEEL LIKE A CLOUD IS HUGGING YOU

Price: $2.06

Nothing quite says “I am having a mid-life crisis at the young age of 23 and desperately wish I was alive during the 1980s” like some faux-fur pillow covers.

Toss these over your throw pillows and watch your friends brush them to their heart’s content!

PLANT POT HANGERS THAT MAKE YOUR HOUSE FEEL LIKE A SEASIDE AIRBNB

Price: $4.06

Look, we all love house plants and the beauty they and their baskets can bring to our cramped apartments, and you may be thinking “that hanger is really nice, but I can make it myself.”

Look again. Look at how complicated it is. Just spend the money, it will save you endless hours of reworked knots and uneven strings.

BLANKET THAT INVITES TO BE CUDDLED IN

Price: $14.67

Unfortunately, this shaggy throw blanket does not have a massive picture of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo to really tie your Mystery Machine-themed room together.

Fortunately, it is incredibly warm and comfy.

FOOT MASSAGER WITH A 5-STAR RATING

Price: $8.80

“It’s like a party for my feet and everyone is invited,” said nobody, ever.

But you’ll be saying it after you try this device, which stimulates the feet and lower legs, aids with recovery, and increases blood flow.

MEMORY FOAM PILLOW THAT COOLS YOU DOWN

Price: $6.15

Shaped and designed to stay cold in even the hottest heat waves, this memory foam gel pillow will have you forgetting about how you ever struggled to get good sleep. (see what I did there?)

WHITE NOISE MACHINE

Price: $12.69

If your own thoughts haunt you, this is the perfect machine to get through the night. For use with babies, children, or adults, this machine creates peaceful white noise to allow for better, more restful nights of sleep.

CLEVER ALARM CLOCK THAT SIMULATES SUNRISE

Price: $18.61

Is there anything more peaceful than the thought of having the entire sun located directly in your room? Physics and spontaneous-combustion-related deaths aside, it does sound pretty nice as a way to wake up.

Luckily, this alarm clock only simulates the natural light of sunrise during your alarm, and not the face-melting heat associated with it.

SCENTED SMOKELESS CANDLES

Price: $4.50

You know how the old saying goes: “There is a romantic in all of us, but a candle in none of us.” Well, none of us except Dan, who needed his candle removed in the emergency room. But for the rest of us, luckily these candles are there on the outside to help us have the perfect evening with our loved one(s).

MIST HUMIDIFIER THAT WORKS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Price: $4.99

Coming in a variety of colors, this air humidifier is perfect for the person on the go. Large, clunky air humidifiers are for 1980’s kids with asthma. This humidifier has a chic look and is as portable as you are.

6-PACK OF ESSENTIAL OILS

Price: $3.86

Finally, someone selling essential oils who actually graduated from high school and who does not have a discount code in their Instagram bio. This 6-pack is perfect for heated or atomized aromatherapy diffusers.

SMART LED STRIP TO CREATE THE PERFECT AMBIANCE

Price: $15.99+

With 5 meters of LED light, this can instantly turn any room into a TikTok haven. Fully compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, the lights can change color and be turned on or off with a simple voice command.

A PLUG THAT LETS YOU CONTROL ELECTRONICS REMOTELY

Price: $11.79

While it may seem like a simple light socket, this little guy is so much more. I have emailed Pixar about making a heartwarming movie about it several times -no reply 😢

The Smart Socket can be used with Alexa or Google Assistant to control energy use, set schedules, and so much more. All with simple voice commands.

KNEE PILLOW THAT ALIGNS AND SUPPORTS YOUR BODY

Price: $11.79

Perfect for those people who somehow wake up more sore and tired than they were when they went to bed.

Incredibly portable and comfy, the memory foam leg pillow rests easily between your legs or under your legs, allowing you to preserve your sleep.

NIGHT LIGHT THAT SURROUNDS YOU WITH THE MAGIC OF THE OCEAN

Price: $17.82

Have you always wanted to fall asleep while floating around in the ocean, but without all of the drowning and shark-related dangers associated with it? This is your chance.

The Ocean Wave Projector is fully remote controlled and guaranteed to help you drift off to sleep.

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MOST WISHED items that people lose their minds over – Part 1

We've done best-selling, most interesting and under a certain $-price point. But what about most-wished items? The ones that have wishlisted 9,999 times or more?

Things that thousands of people obsess over. Items that you probably see in your dreams. Products that you wish you had for yourself. Deals that seem so good, that you probably doubt if they can even really exist.

Well, here they are. This is part 1, and there is a few more in our shop section (under Most Wished).

MECHANICAL LED KEYBOARD THAT SOUNDS LIKE A TYPEWRITER (BUT IN A COOL WAY)

Price: $14.40

Dear, be the coolest gamer in the room with this colorful light-up keyboard.

Sure you’re all by yourself in the room, in the dark, with no one to show, but, you know what I mean. Add some personality to your intense set up with this Retro Round Glowing Keyboard, friend.

This keyboard comes in a variety of colors (and languages: English and Russian) to cater to your ultimate gaming experience. This is an item definitely worth showing off to your friends – if you had any – but you don’t because you’re a gamer sitting alone in the dark shopping for colorful keyboards. 

SPACE SHUTTLE LAMP THAT WILL MAKE ELON MUSK JEALOUS

Price: $14.59+

Okay, why is this the coolest lamp ever?

Whether it’s for you, or some child who cannot appreciate the sheer out-of-this-world awesomeness of this lamp, this night light is a must-have.

1. It’s got combustion, 2. it’s got a rocket, 3. it brings light,

what more could you want? You can choose 2 different figures as well, at varying prices of course.

Whoever said science isn’t cool, has obviously never seen this lamp.

SOCKS FOR A TRUE JEDI

Price: $1.75

If you’re a respectable Star Wars fan, you need to snag a pair of these socks.

Not only will they keep your feet warmer than Mustafar, but you’d probably become the most respected geek in the galaxy. At $1.34 a pair, you can’t go wrong – just like Qui-Gon Jinn putting his faith in little Anakin Skywalker.

You even have a choice of your favorite character, they have Yoda (with 3D ears even!) to Darth Vader.

It is finally the time to decide between the light or the dark side 😈😇

A VERY HANDSOME AVOCADO PLUSHIE 🥑

Price: $5.02+

If you’re looking for a plush toy that has a better body than Kim Kardashian, check out this cute avocado cushion pillow.

This toy comes in various sizes from 30 to 60 cm, and regardless of what size you choose, it will still have bigger humps than your girlfriend.

Seriously, have you ever seen such a fine avocado? Not only is this toy oddly and unnecessarily attractive, but it’s huggable, smiles at you, and is quiet: everything that your significant other isn’t.

This purchase could be a suitable replacement for your partner.

REVERSE FOLDING UMBRELLA THAT WON'T LEAVE PUDDLES IN YOUR HOME ☂️

Price: $17.06

Why this umbrella hasn’t been invented sooner is a good question.

It’s just like any other umbrella, though rather than close the usual way, it closes inversely. Which, as it turns out, is much more convenient.

To prove my point, just picture a rainy day and a gust of wind catches your umbrella, suddenly your umbrella is inside out and useless. Not with this model though. In this instance, the wind is just closing the umbrella. How convenient!

And then when you go inside your house, you won't have to worry about the raindrops – and not only because the rain is outside, but also because the they will stay inside the umbrella once it is folded.

At $17.06 and in a variety of colors, you won’t regret making this purchase.

BALLOON DOG FIGURINE FOR TRUE ART AFICIONADOS

Price: $3.65

Remember when that dick Billy popped your balloon animal at the middle school fair? Your heart broke. The poor puppy didn’t stand a chance against Billy’s grubby hands.

Luckily you can relive the joy of having the balloon animal by purchasing this desk ornament. This sculpture in the shape of a super cute (in its own way) doggy balloon animal could stand against the wrath of Billy and last much longer than a balloon.

This figurine comes in 5 different colors, and can serve as a reminder that in the end, you always get what you want.

MINIATURE POWER BANK THAT PACKS A LOT OF POWER FOR ITS SIZE

power bank

Price: $9.49+

So this isn’t the cutest thing on the list but it sure is the most practical. This tiny portable power bank will be there for you more than your parents.

It can fit in any small bag and keep your gadget charged when you’re in a pinch.

This charger has a 10,000 mAh capacity, 2 USB ports for optimal charging, and an optional digital display updating you on its charge percentage.

You can’t go wrong with this as a backup power source.

FINGERPRINT PADLOCK FOR THE PRIVACY-CONSCIOUS

Price: $11.55

Use this fingerprint lock to keep people out of your goodies or your life.

No one can open this strong padlock but you because of its unique fingerprint scanner. No keys. No Bluetooth. No code, just your finger. This zinc alloy lock is perfect for anyone with trust issues.

Have faith that your most prized possessions will be safe with this padlock guarding it. I mean, if someone really had to break in they’d have to cut your finger off, and how likely is that to happen?…

*awkward laughs*

ARCHERY BOW

Price: $49.87

Okay, so you’re shopping for an archery bow – that’s not sketchy at all.

Regardless, this bow is for the elite right-handed people of the world. For under $50, you can’t beat the price either.

This bow performs well in both outdoor and indoor environments for whatever activity you plan on participating in: like target practice or getting ready for the Hunger Games.

However you use it, just make sure not to poke your eye out. 

(YET ANOTHER) BATHROOM ORGANIZER

toilet organizer

Price: $4.63+

The future is here and it’s holding your toilet paper in the cutest fashion. Check out this wall-mounted bathroom organizer to keep all your bathroom needs organized and sanitary.

This waterproof wall mount comes in a variety of colors and will add a polished look to any grimy bathroom. It has a compartment for toilet paper and additional space for any other toiletry essential you need at the ready. 

It can even act as a shelf to hold your most valuable possessions as you’re taking a dump!

We have a few more products with 9,999+ wishlist adds here. More are added every week!

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