Here are some trendy treats for under $40
Indulge yourself in these goodies that won't sock your pocketbook, from fashionable jewelry to delicious edibles.
Brilliant idea ($12) • There will be no more fumbling in the dark with MoMa Design Store's bendable Flexi Flash LED light (momastore.org). It can wrap around everything from purse straps to bike handles for hands-free illumination. These handy flashlights come in an array of personalized colors to not only help you find what's hidden in the dark, but show off your color preference in the light.
Soap stars ($18 each) • Pumped from sink-brightening graphic bottles, Caldrea's scented Refillable Hand Soaps (caldera.com) are infused with essential oils, such as lavender and basil.
Tie one on ($35) • Polished tangua seeds from the Amazon rain forest give Mujus' striking Lucia Aqua necklace one-of-a-kind organic appeal that shows off an earthy feel (mujus.com; use code GH12 for price shown, a $9 discount).
Fowl play ($12.50) • Dinner prep will run like clockwork with Fred Flare's adorable little Chicken Kitchen Timer, and it looks great sitting on your countertop (fredflare.com).
A full circle ($27) • Louise Edrich's gripping "The Round House" (bookstores) recounts how an attack on a Native American woman upends her family and their fragile notions of justice, loyalty and love. It's hard to put down.
Piece of cake ($25) • The bonbons in Godiva's eight-piece Cake Truffles Collection (godiva.com) by master baker Duff Goldman taste like a slice of the beloved birthday dessert. Its colorful packaging makes for the perfect gift.
We can't resist ($27) • The mock-croc pattern on Forever 21's bold burgundy satchel (forever21.com) is larger than life. The outsized print transforms a basic bag into a new fall favorite to complement all outfits.
Now hear this ($16) • Carry a tune almost anywhere with Satechi's grab-and-go iFit-1 speaker (amazon.com). Just dock your smartphone to play six hours of battery-powered music.
All sewn up ($28) • Make mending a snap with Cupcakes and Cartwheels' cleverly organized Sew Sweet Large Present Sewing Kit (800-731-7066 to order). The kit folds up into a 4-inch-by-4Â½-inch box.
Got you covered ($30) • M-Edge's cotton-linen MyEdge Kindle Case repels stains and can be monogrammed for free (medgestore.com; use code GH12 for price shown, a $10 discount; other sizes available).
Blanket statement ($35) • With the first nip of autumn in the air, cozy up with Target's fuzzy Patch NYC throw. A generous 5 feet by 4Â½ feet, it's perfect for snuggling on the couch.
Set in stone ($32) • Guy Eva's fresh, unfussy take on gemstone earrings features ruby-toned agate spheres that dangle from delicate golden chains (guyandeva.com).
Monster cookies ($14 for six) • Kayak Cookies' Salty Oats line of huge, delish-as-homemade cookies are so addictive (kayakcookies.com; use code GH12 for $7.50 shipping).
Let it pour ($38) • Clean's Rain eau de parfum (Sephora) is a light, fruity floral with daffodil, water lily and daisy notes. It's what a garden smells like after a cloudburst.
On another matter
Try these tricks to extend the lives of the hardest-working items in your home.
Mildewy vinyl shower curtain liner • Fix it by washing it in the machine (on a short cycle) with some old towels, using hot water and bleach. Keep it longer by leaving the bathroom door or a window open and/or a ventilation fan turned on for 20 minutes post-shower.
Knife with nicked blade • Fix it by checking stores such as Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table to see when a knife expert who can grind down the edge will visit. Keep it longer by using a block, a drawer insert or a blade sheath to protect it. Our favorite brands are Bisbell (bisbellusa.com) and Lamson & Goodnow (lamsonsharp.com), which sell options for $5 to $25.