Amazon sells a veritable cornucopia of products - from the best cheap Amazon buys to products you can spend thousands on. Pretty much anything you want, they’ll have it (or a passable version of it, at the very least).
This can get pretty expensive, especially if you have Prime. We all know how easy it is to click ‘Buy Now’ about four thousand times every time you hit the site – and our bank balances are not happy about it.
But do not fear. We’ve scoured the depths of Amazon to find the very best bargains on offer, from Amazon Basics to bigger brands. Your wallet will thank us.
UPDATE: In need of a massage but can't bear to part with the £50+ cost of one? Fear not, we've added the Anself Accupressure Mat to our list of cheap Amazon buys this week, which brings you endless relief from aches and pains for less than 20 quid. You will have to get used to lying on a bed of spikes for it to work, but it's (honestly!) much more soothing than it sounds.
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Here are some brilliant low-cost Amazon items. And if you are saving up for a whole host of bargains, read our guide on what to expect form Black Friday 2019.
Best cheap Amazon buys
1. Strawberry and balsamic vinegar gin
You can also pick up a range of food or drink items on Amazon. Its spirits section is pretty impressive. We particularly like this strawberry and balsamic vinegar gin, created by That Boutique-y Gin Company. Perfect for making cocktails with or drinking with an ice cold tonic on a summer day, it’s a versatile gin for a good price. Just don’t drink it all at once please, lads.
2. AmazonBasics grey rucksack
Part of Amazon’s basic range, this rucksack looks good and is a bargain to boot.
It has numerous compartments: one for your laptop, one for your sunglasses and numerous for other bits and pieces. It also has an insulated cooler pocket, so you can keep your water icy cold while you’re out and about.
After something more heavy-duty? Check out our best travel backpack test.
3. NEWYES reusable smart notebook
Writing notes has never been more hi-tech. This notebook has wipe clean ‘paper’ that allows you to write, draw or doodle and then upload it straight to the cloud via an app, available on iOS and Android. Here, you can sort your files, edit them and upload them to Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack, iCloud and more.
An eraser tip on the notebook’s pen also means you can delete your whole notebook at once – so you’ll never run out of paper in a meeting again.
4. EMPO eye and sleep mask
Alright, yes, it does look a bit scary – it’s more AntMan than it is VOGUE, let’s be honest. But if you struggle with your sleep, the EMPO eye and sleep mask could be a good thing to pick up.
The mask is made of memory foam, meaning that it doesn’t rub and sits comfortably on your face all night. It promises to block out all light, so again, if you’re a troubled sleeper– or you work shifts and have to sleep during the day – it could be a big help.
It also comes with earplugs – so you might end up having the soundest sleep of your life.
5. AmazonBasics dumbbell pair
Want to get fit but don’t have the spare cash (or, frankly, the motivation) to hit the gym every day? These dumbbells might be for you.
Easy grip and available in two sizes (3g and 5g), these are great for working out at home or taking to a fitness class with you (although we quite like the idea of getting fit without ever leaving the house).
6. AmazonBasics 6 cube wire storage shelves
Finding somewhere to store everything (books, CDs, kitchenware, various assorted crap you’ve somehow managed to accumulate over the year) can be quite a challenge. And finding storage that also looks good is something else entirely.
These wire storage shelves may be the answer. Simple, stylish and easy to assemble at home, they’re the perfect way to keep your home tidy. The set comes in black and white, too, so you can be sure it’s going to coordinate no matter how you’ve decorated.
7. Sony foldable headphones
There are lots of very, very expensive headphones out there – and if you’re a real audiophile, you’re probably not going to go for a pair of £15 headphones.
But if you’re looking for something good quality and easy to carry around, you could do much worse than these. Comfortable, good value for money and, importantly, foldable, they’re a great bargain buy.
Next, read our best wireless headphones test.
8. SoJourner rave bumbag
Whether it’s festival season or not, you’ll look great in this holographic rave bumbag.
Available in nearly twenty colours, this does what it says on the tin: acts as a great place to store your phone, wallet and other bits and bobs while also making you look really, really good.
You can also pick up extenders for about £3 a pop, so if the bag is too small then it wont cost too much to make it fit.
9. Anself Acupressure Mat
You can bag yourself a fancy acupressure mat for £100 or more, but if you're new to acupressure – the tradition of laying on lots of small spikes, essentially – or don't have the money to splash on a massaging mat then this one from Anself gets the job done.
The idea is you lay on the mat and it works a little like acupuncture, fooling your brain into listening to different pain signals rather than the ones that actually cause you any pain. The thing is, it's not as intense as acupuncture. The little spikes may look nasty, but you'd have to try really hard to hurt yourself on them. Instead this is much more relaxing and great for after workouts. At under £20 it's also a fantastic bargain for those who can't afford to pay a fortune for self-care or regular massages, which tend to cost a small fortune.
The main difference between this mat and the higher quality mats is in the softer material it's made from, the spikes are pretty indistinguishable – at least to the untrained eye.
10. Shockproof iPhone 6 case
Dropping your phone and ending up with a smashed screen is the stuff of nightmares – but it doesn’t stop it happening to us every five minutes, does it?
Protect your screen with this shockproof iPhone 6 case, available in a number of colours. Made from silicone, the case is designed to withstand scratches and shocks, and a transparent design means your phone still looks good.
If you have a more up-to-date phone, check out our best iPhone XS and XS Max cases round-up.