We are in the process of organizing our home office (pictures to come!) and decided to pick up a desk at IKEA that would better suit our space. While there, I found several items that caught my eye – and all of them are just $10 or less.
#1 – Side tables for $7.99 each. I think these would make very simple end tables or bedside tables.
#2 – Scented candles for just $1.99. These sure smelled good, too! There were some closer to the front of the store, and more back past home organization as you start to approach the indoor plants/vases area.
#3 – Small Wicker Baskets for $7.99. I found these near the media center. I think they’d be great for holding remotes or small important items on a coffee table, or storing movies or game equipment on your media console.
#4 – Kids’ 6-pack of cups for $1.99. Buy a couple packs of these for your next kids’ birthday party instead of disposable party cups. The price is not that much different, and you can reuse them!
#5 – Basic Train Set for $9.99. Did you know IKEA sells toys? They do, and you can find lots of nice things, including wooden toys, for less. Something to think about as we approach the holidays. (The carpet at the top of the photo was $12.99.)
#6 – Plush Dolls for $9.99. IKEA, we couldn’t help but notice the ethnic diversity of these dolls. We heart you. WIN.
#7 – 6 pack play glasses for $2.99. Cute for a play kitchen area or tea set! They are made of plastic.
#8 – Wall lights for $9.99. Wouldn’t this make a unique night light in a child’s room? I like how they had several displayed on a wall – very charming.
#9 – Frame for $1.99. I love these simple frames with matting for just $1.99! I’d be tempted to buy a bunch of them to set on top of my piano or dining room hutch. Also a great idea for holiday presents with the photo deals that are sure to abound soon.
#10 – Utensil Holder for $2.99. You usually find these for at least $10 at other stores. I was really tempted to pick this up, but didn’t. Maybe next time!
#11 – Spice Jar 4 pack for $3.99. These adorable glass containers would be perfect for storing your bulk spices!
#12 – Magazine Organizer 5-pack for $1.99. I think this would be a very inexpensive solution to organize your kids’ crafts as I did last week, or perfect for homeschooling families with lots of materials to store. These were really plain, but I don’t see why they couldn’t be dressed up with a little paint.
#13 – Table Lamps for $4.99. I love these punchy little lamps! Of course they’d be cute in a kids’ or teen’s room, but I think they’d liven up a reading corner, office, or kitchen space, too.
#14 – Toilet Cleaner for $0.99. Yes, I have a couple of these in my home right now! I don’t know about you – but there are certain items I just absolutely detest spending money on. Toilet cleaners would be one of those items for me. Paying a buck somehow makes it more palatable. The red color is (dare I say it?) cute, even.
#15 – Frames with Stands for $0.99. Why not put your week’s menu in this fun frame on your kitchen counter?
#16 – Rectangular vases for $1.99. These would be perfect for that fall candle craft I shared with you last year – you take bulk beans, peas, and popcorn to make a festive holder:
A couple more tips if you’re planning an IKEA trip:
1) through the end of the year, they have special deals in their food area, including free breakfasts and free kids’ meals. See my recent post for the promotional schedule. Our family of four can usually all eat there for $20 or less – not bad!
2) several of you have mentioned IKEA Family, which is free to join. I just did actually and all it involved was adding my address! IKEA Family members get exclusive in-store discounts, free coffee upon every visit, and your kids can play an extra 30 minutes for free in their play area (which is already free for up to an hour)! Hot Dog.
Are you an IKEA fan? I’d love to know what you like getting there! Think you’ll be headed up soon?