8 Little Luxuries Under $25 That You’ll Use (and Love) All the Time

updated Dec 17, 2019
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There are luxuries that we’ll probably never experience. (Looking at you, $450 coffee alarm clock of our dreams.) But there are sneaky ways to feel like a lady (or gentleman) of leisure, like investing in linen sheets or making passing references to your country estate that you just made up. Even better: buying a luxury item that looks like something a person with a country estate would own–but clocks in at under the cost of a week of Starbucks. Bonus points if it’s also useful (and a joy to use).

In the spirit of making the most with what you have, we rounded up our favorite budget-friendly luxury items that will instantly elevate your space—all for less than $25.

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Candles themselves are something of a luxury item, and deserve to be taken care of in the same way they take care of us. Wick trimmers not only look fancy, but actually serve a purpose: Trimming your wick by 1/4-inch before each lighting will prevent excessive smoking and the appearance of soot marks on your ceiling. Sure, you could use scissors, but these wick trimmers found on Etsy come in three classy finishes and only cost $14—and let’s be honest, your candles deserve the best.

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Rose Scissors, $16 at Anthropologie

Scissors aren’t exactly an office supply that typically get much thought—until you’re stuck with dull, uncomfortable shears that don’t work well or look nice sitting on your desk. This pair from Anthro does both, combining high quality, thick blades with rose-gold handles for scissors that look and feel luxurious. If you’re constantly using scissors for projects or work, these are absolutely worth the slightly higher price.

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Bar carts and their assorted accoutrements feel fancy enough, but add a decanter and all of a sudden you’re a medieval count. Crystal decanters are typically priced in the hundreds, so this glass option from West Elm is a major steal and looks way more luxurious than the price would suggest. Reflective and textured, it’ll definitely convince your guests that you are a “Fancy Adult.”

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Scentennials Lavender Scented Drawer Liners, $18.99 for 6 sheets at Amazon

Want your clothes to always smell like lavender? Use these scented drawer liners and pretend you live in a French country home and regularly pick lavender from the fields of your estate. I actually have these myself, and, while certainly not necessary, they’re a little luxury that make my small dresser (and my clothes) that much nicer.

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Glass Plant Mister, $14 at Urban Outfitters

I have this little mister, and I have to say that it makes me feel like I have a personal botanical garden. Not only does it look really nice on a windowsill amongst the greenery, but it also makes my plants happy. I like to think of it this way: Watering plants is like drinking water, and misting plants is like putting on moisturizer. Your plants deserve to look their best too.

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If you love incense but tend to just place the sticks wherever is most convenient, check out this cement incense holder found on Etsy. Handmade in Spain, it’s the perfect home for your incense, plus looks great on its own when not in use. While there are a whole lot of incense holders on the market, this one stands out for being particularly classy—I imagine it fitting really well inside fancy mediation studios.

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Savoy Letter Sorter, $18 at Anthropologie

There’s something so put together about a letter sorter. It signifies organization. It’s a physical to-do list. It implies that you’re the type of person who receives letters. Honestly, it’s a power move to own one, and what’s more luxurious than that? This letter from Anthro is a perfect addition to any desk—or entryway table, if you want to let guests know exactly who they’re dealing with.

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Speaking of fancy desk accessories, let’s go back to basics with this ballpoint pen set that’s made of wood. While G2 pens found at Walgreens are always a good purchase, these pens mean business and will instantly elevate you into a “Professional.” Next time you’re nervous about a meeting, just bring one of these pens—you’re pretty much guaranteed to feel smarter and more powerful.