11 Completely Unexpected IKEA Items

ikea fake limes
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There are certain things you expect from IKEA: meatballs, difficult furniture assembly, Billy bookcases. But if you dig through IKEA's more obscure items, you might be completely surprised by what you find: fashion, travel gear, and, um, fake fruit. Here are some products you'd never peg as IKEA:

ikea sun hat
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For only $2.99, this might be the chicest cheap thing you buy all year.

ikea cat leash
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Will your cat take to a leash? Only one way to find out. And for only $3.99, it's not a huge loss if Fluffy hates it.

ikea batteries
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Never woulda thunk to go to IKEA for batteries — even better that they're rechargeable!

ikea bike trailer
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So at $199, this isn't exactly a bargain buy ... but if it encourages you to bike to the grocery store rather than drive, then surely you'll save money on gas!

ikea neck pillow
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Do yourself a favor: Stock up on a couple of these travel neck pillows (they're only $6.99) so you can save yourself the $30 at the airport.

6. Caftan

ikea caftan
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A cute $30 caftan?! Should we just start buying all our clothes at IKEA?

Portable Charcoal Grill ikea
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Okay, so this might not be completely "unexpected" for IKEA, but it's definitely a really amazing summer find — for only $19.99.

ikea jump rope
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Fun!

ikea umbrella
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At $4.99, this is an umbrella you can afford to loan to a friend ... knowing you'll probably never see it again.

ikea Artificial Fruit
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A 12-pack of fake limes for $4.99 — sure, why not.

Rechargeable LED Flashlight
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This $7.99 flashlight will definitely be handy at some point!


Leonora Epstein

Leonora Epstein

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 leonora@hunker.com.