21 Impulse buys actually worth your money

Impulse buys

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Ever found yourself wandering through a store for one specific item, only to emerge with a handful of unexpected purchases? Or absent-mindedly clicked and clicked until your online shopping basket is overflowing?

While impulse purchases are often criticized as frivolous or unnecessary, there’s a silver lining to those spontaneous decisions. In fact, some impulse buys can turn out to be incredibly useful additions to our lives, offering unexpected solutions to everyday problems or enhancing our daily routines. Each one of these picks has received rave reviews and proves that sometimes the best purchases are the ones we never saw coming.

Pankia Handle Grocery Bag Holder

Pankia Handle Grocery Bag Holder

$12.99 at Amazon

Toss this grocery bag holder in your purse or the trunk of your car to help you comfortably carry way more than usually possible. You’ll receive two handles so can share the load or give one away as a gift.

ODISTAR Desktop Vacuum Cleaner

ODISTAR Desktop Vacuum Cleaner

$12.98 at Amazon

Available in either white or orange this cute little desk vacuum cleaner helps keep your office surfaces tidy. It has a surprisingly strong suction without too much noise and makes small spot cleaning a breeze.

HOTOR Car Trash Can

HOTOR Car Trash Can

$9.99 at Amazon

My husband calls the car garbage can the “carbage” and it’s a great addition to keep your vehicle clean and tidy. Train your kids to throw their snack wrappers straight in this trash can to keep the mess down. You can also choose to match the design and pattern to your unique style.

WILIT Bedside Table Lamp

WILIT Bedside Table Lamp

$46.98 at Amazon

Wirelessly charge your phone on this modern alarm clock and lamp that features three different brightness levels. Choose between a light or sound to wake you up gradually.

The Beast Mini Blender

The Beast Mini Blender

$99.00 at Amazon

I have a problem with kitchen appliances. I simply cannot resist the allure of a brand-new chopper, blender or time-saving kitchen gadget. However, this mini blender has been one of my most used purchases and has earned its place on the kitchen counter.

Available in chic colors like blue mist or terra brown as well as black and white it will make a useful and elegant addition to your kitchen. Plus, the powerful motor whips up sauces, smoothies and more in a flash.

Kikkerland Woodlands Bag Clip

Kikkerland Woodlands Bag Clip

$7.78 at Amazon

Keep chips and snacks fresh and crunchy with these cute woodland creature clips. They are hardwearing and sturdy as well as adorable!

Foldable Purse Hook

Foldable Purse Hook

$9.99 at Amazon

There’s nothing worse than being forced to put your handbag on the floor in a restaurant or bar especially if it’s a favorite or expensive bag. Carry one of these pretty clips in your pocket or purse and you’ll always have a place to hang your bag and keep it off the floor.

Cheat Sheets

Cheat Sheets

$29.99 at Amazon

This oven tray helps you keep different foods and flavors separate while cutting down on cleanup.  The nonstick coating is so easy to clean and it’s especially good for cooking complete meals for just one or two people.

Claw Gardening Gloves

Claw Gardening Gloves

$7.96 at Amazon

These gardening gloves may look a little strange but they help to make planting seeds and pulling weeds so much easier.  They also help protect your skin from sharp thorns or prickly plants.

TubShroom

TubShroom

$12.95 at Amazon

This clever gadget catches all your loose hairs and fits in all standard plug holes. This affordable buy could end up saving you hundreds of dollars by avoiding expensive calls to the plumber to unblock sinks and plugs.

TONYMOLY Tako Pore Black Head Scrub

TONYMOLY Tako Pore Black Head Scrub

$12.50 at Amazon

This must-have Korean beauty trend makes a great gift for teens in your life. Massage the stick over your face, especially in your T-zone to quickly and easily remove blackheads and whiteheads. The little octopus also looks so cute on your bathroom counter.

Baggy Rack-Pack

Baggy Rack-Pack

$6.99 at Amazon

Make your weekly meal prep quicker and easier with these clips that help to hold open your plastic freezer bags for easy filling. You can easily line up a production assembly line to get your leftovers bagged up and stored as soon as possible.

Scalp Massager

Scalp Massager

$4.99 at Amazon

This scalp massager feels amazing but seems to lose its appeal if you are expecting the sensation. For the best effects hand it off to your partner and ask them to use it on you for a tingling feel-good experience.

Stone Bath Mat

Stone Bath Mat

$42.99 at Amazon

Avoid that yucky feeling of a damp bathmat by upgrading to this nonslip stone mat that quickly absorbs water and feels dry to the touch. You can also put it underneath pets’ water bowls to keep your kitchen floors clean. The mat has a slightly scratchy feel which helps wet feet to grip and prevents falls.

The Patch Brand Pimple Patches

The Patch Brand Pimple Patches

$12.00 at Amazon

Add these face-saving patches to your online cart immediately! For best results apply them over a blemish overnight and wake up to clearer skin. Infused with tea tree oil and hydrocolloid they help to reduce inflammation and redness while you sleep.

PUSEE Mug Warmer

PUSEE Mug Warmer

$23.99 at Amazon

This “purrfect” addition to your desk keeps your coffee warm no matter how many times you are interrupted or distracted. It also doubles as a phone holder. With three temperature settings and a waterproof design, it’s a top pick.

Dr. Brown’s 100 % Silicone Baby Bottle Dishwasher Bag

Dr. Brown's 100 % Silicone Baby Bottle Dishwasher Bag

$12.99 at Amazon

Small or thin items like chopsticks or baby pacifiers or toys can slip through the utensil basket in the dishwasher and fall onto the element which can be dangerous. Instead, use this silicone bag to hold any smaller items securely while they are cleaned.

Silicone Muffin Liners

Silicone Muffin Liners

$7.59 at Amazon

These colorful silicone muffin liners are so easy to clean and stop cupcakes or muffins from sticking to paper liners. They can also be used in school lunchboxes to arrange fruit or snacks in a cute way that will make your kid’s day.

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Island Glow Easy Tanning Drops

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Island Glow Easy Tanning Drops

$62 at Charlotte Tilbury

These tanning drops have been all over our social media feeds for good reason. The skin-loving formulation develops into a natural healthy-looking tan in eight hours. Reviews rave about the nonsticky feel and streak-free finish.

Slide Sandals

Slide Sandals

$15 at Target

Treat yourself to the feeling of walking on a cloud with these super comfortable and easy-to-clean sandals. Available in four colors they have a contoured footbed for ultimate comfort.

Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover

Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover

$10.99 at Amazon

Rescue your favorite sweater that now has fabric bobbles all over it with this fabric shaver and lint remover. It can also give new life to furniture and bedsheets as well. The durable blades last and last and your package will also include replacement blades to keep your fabrics looking good well into the future.

Whether it’s a quirky gadget that streamlines your daily routine or a spontaneous splurge that brings unexpected joy, these impulse buys have a knack for surprising with their utility and charm. Happy shopping, as your next spontaneous buy may bring a big smile to your face.

About the Author

Fiona Tapp

Fiona Tapp is a British award-winning writer and former teacher living in Canada. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Popular Science, Parents, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and many more. In addition to travel, parenting, and education stories, she loves writing product reviews and gift guides which she produced for CNN Underscored for two years as well as for The Spruce, Reader's Digest, Forbes, and Brit + Co. More.

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