Ikea already is a budgeter's heaven. We all know this. But if you're like us, you get a huge thrill from getting something not just for cheap, but for dirt cheap. And Ikea is one of the few design-forward retailers where you can go, spend literally just a few dollars, and walk away with something either cute or incredibly useful. Here are the crazy-inexpensive Ikea items we will always recommend:
When we celebrated Hunker's one-year anniversary by throwing an outdoor dinner party, we stocked up on these blankets because they were hella cheap, but also so cute. Just sayin'
Keep coffee hot in this chic sage green pitcher for leisurely Sunday mornings.
These paper napkins strike just the right modern tone for a casual get-together.
Pretty much one of the most essential of household tools ... and for less than a dollar, you can stock up on a few, because if you're like us, you're always misplacing your tape measure.
Doesn't this design just feel perfectly Scandinavian?
This backpack is seriously cool. Ikea: Maybe it's time for you to start branching out into fashion?
USB cords are like socks: Where the heck do they disappear to? On your next Ikea outing, grab a couple of these cheapies as backups.
Let us break down the genius of this deal: These glasses are 66 cents each. Plus, we gotta say, at dinner parties, we prefer a flat wine glass to a stemmed one — that's just asking for an accident to happen.
Having a nice toilet roll holder is the kind of detail that makes guests think that you really have your life together.
We're always on the lookout for more storage solutions. Better yet: storage solutions that are actually attractive.
It's a lidded cheese grater — so your stuff doesn't get all over the counter. Pretty clever.
Looking for an easy way to preserve your dining room table without having to make a huge statement? These uber-cheap cork placemats are the minimalist answer you seek.
We've always been a fan of Ikea's food storage options. But this little lunch box might actually inspire us to start taking lunch to work for once.
Gotta love a grid motif.
No joke: We first saw these glasses in one of our favorite L.A. restaurants and had to ask where they were from. When they said, "Ikea," we were like, "Are you sure?" But it's true!
We never miss the lint rollers on an Ikea trip.
Aside from making a dinner set-up look great, there are so many ways to use these glasses to bring character to your space: Try using them for storing makeup brushes, create a fat floral bouquet, or fill one up with a few cool matchbooks.
We're pretty sure these are less expensive than your leading name-brand plastic baggies you find at the grocery store. And they are a million times cooler.
Place this trio of peony-scented candles on a dish to achieve an ombre effect. Or ...
Pop one in this magical, perforated candle holder for a bit of color.
These cork coasters might not look like much ... but if you saw them in the apartment of your cool European friend, you'd probably be like, Wow, this is how cool European people live.
This vase looks way more high-end-independent-designer than $4.99 Ikea. (Shhh, we'll never tell anyone if you don't.)
Another perfect accessory for your vanity table: Try filling this box with jewelry or cotton balls.
Hi, you're cute. We'll take three.
Here's the thing: We luuuuurve scented candles. And while we'd love to be one of those people who always has a fancy candle in every room, money-wise, that just isn't happening. That's where Ikea's scented candles step in. The minimalist packaging coveys an upscale vibe while the fragrances (this one is a mix of cedar, sandalwood, and vanilla) also feel elevated.
Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at email@example.com.