The 15 Best Things You Can Buy at IKEA for $5 or Less

updated May 1, 2019
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IKEA stocks a shocking number of items that are $5 or less. And it’s not just junk, either. There’s some legit good stuff that can be found at IKEA for a Lincoln or less. While many of these things aren’t available online (the brand can’t keep them that cheap if they’re subsidizing your shipping!), it’s worth it to make a trip to the brick-and-mortar store for these goodies. Just be careful because this inexpensive stuff can add up!

Here are the 15 best things currently at IKEA for $5 or less.

  1. TRÅDLÖS honey dipper and tea measure, $3: This gold-toned, stainless steel honey dipper looks way pricier than it actually is! Give it as a gift or get one for yourself to add a touch of class to your mornings.
  2. INTAGANDE glass, $2: Simple, elegant, and in an unexpected color (it comes in green, too), this cup is the perfect glass for wine or water.
  3. SOMMAR 2018 dish towel, $5 for two: I’m a fan of IKEA’s dish towels, generally, and these are especially cute with a rainbow of stripes against the natural linen background.
  4. TEKLA dish towel, $1: As cute as they are, those $2.50 towels above seem downright expensive compared to the TEKLA towel. Kitchn editors are totally obsessed with these and often use them as napkins during casual dinner parties.
  5. BORGERLIG place mat, $1.50: This may be the most chic placemat IKEA has ever produced, and it’ll look good on all types of tables.
  6. FINSTILT pot holder, $3 for two: This floral pattern lands somewhere between Liberty prints and Cath Kidston, and I love the cheerful colors.
  7. VARDAGEN measuring cup, $5: A clean, beaker-style look makes this measuring cup more design-forward than your typical kitchen cupboard find.
  8. SOMMAR 2018 tins, $5 for three: Great for storing your dry goods and creating a fun display at the same time, these tins also nest together, should you need to put them away at some point.
  9. TILLBRINGARE pitcher, $4: Sangria, lemonade, water, or whatever — it’ll all look classy in a simple glass pitcher. This one’s 10 inches tall and holds 1.7 liters.
  10. DRAGON children’s 3-piece flatware set, $5: It’s hard to find good-looking kids’ flatware that’s not brightly colored or super-expensive (I know because I spent a lot of time looking for it when my first daughter was old enough to start using it). This stuff will fit right in with your grown-up utensils.
  11. HEMMASTADD paper napkins, $2 for 30: I love IKEA’s paper napkins, and these square ones are no exception! They’re the perfect way to jazz up a casual brunch or dinner and inject the table with unexpected color and pattern. Plus, they’re big (13 inches!) and triple-ply, so they’re much heavier-duty than you’d expect from the price.
  12. KALASMAT serving plate, $5: This pretty stoneware platter deserves to be topped with pastries or cheeses. And will blend in nicely with much pricier dishware.
  13. UTSPÄDD ice pop maker, $4 for four: Make your own ice pops with these freezer- and dishwasher-safe molds — then squeeze out your pops to eat them. They’re sure to be a hit with the kids!
  14. SJUDA trivet, $5 for four: A slight step up from the classic cork trivet, this set features a clearly Swedish design that’s simple and beautiful.
  15. PRODUKT milk frother, $3: I’ve been obsessed with this ever since I read Kitchn’s report on how it makes nut milk taste like real milk. The author wasn’t lying!

What IKEA items — for $5 or less — are you totally in love with?