6 Fun Kitchen Essentials Guaranteed to Make You Smile—And They're Less Than $50

The kitchen is one of the first places you go in the morning, and it's sometimes your last stop before bed. So why not start and end your day smiling with these fun kitchen essentials?

A small sponge holder shaped like a sink photo

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Kitchen Sink Tray

Before you decide to get an average kitchen soap tray, we recommend this clever item to help organize your sink-side tools. This vintage kitchen sink tray features a cute saying and looks great in farmhouse-style kitchens—not to mention it has near-perfect reviews! Add a potted plant and colored dish soap to this handy kitchen essential for a fun pop of color on your counter.

To Buy: $30; pier1.com

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Black kitchen towel with witty saying photo

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Sassy Hand Towel

If you're looking for a subtle way to slip some fun into your kitchen decor, start with the basics, like this sassy kitchen towel. Perfect for the caffeine-addict with a sarcastic sense of humor, it makes a great housewarming or wedding gift. It's double the size of a regular dish towel and is made with soft polyester-microfiber on the front for drying hands and cotton terry on the back for drying dishes. Try layering this towel on top of others for a unique look.

To Buy: $11 (usually $15); society6.com

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Hanging ceramic sloth with a plant photo

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Sloth Hanging Planter

Cute critters add personality to any space, and we have our eye on this adorable sloth hanging planter for the kitchen. Note: This planter does not have a drainage hole, so we recommend using this little guy for succulents or, better yet, as a fruit bowl! Hang it next to your sink or above the kitchen island some cheerful vibes.

To Buy: $18; urbanoutfitters.com

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Metal wine rack shaped like a sitting dog photo

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Sitting Dog Tabletop Wine Rack

If you love wine and canines, this adorable sitting dog tabletop wine rack is for you. Funky metal work adds decorative flair to your standard vino bottle, and it would look right at home in an industrial-inspired kitchen. Whether you use it as a centerpiece for your dining table or keep it on the counter so your favorite wine is always within reach while you cook, this unique figurine is sure to make you (and your guests) smile.

To Buy: $46 (was $52); wayfair.com

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Tea timer shaped like a penguin photo

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Frieling Penguin Tea-Boy Timer

Making tea just got a lot easier (and more fun!) with the Frieling Penguin Tea-Boy Timer. Hang your go-to tea on the beak, position the bag over a cup of hot water, and set the timer to your desired steeping time. Once it's done, the penguin's beak will raise to let you know your tea is ready to enjoy.

To Buy: $20 (was $30); walmart.com

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Blue ladle shaped like Nessie photo

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FeelGlad Nessie Ladle

Whether this ladle is in a kitchen utensil holder, standing next to the stove, or resting in a soup pot, you won't be able to miss it. The Nessie Ladle is both quirky and functional, with a curved neck to prevent it from sliding into the pot and feet to stand upright. The ladle can hold about a cup and is boil-resistant, BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe. Use it to serve soup or punch at your next get-together for a fun conversation starter.

To Buy: $11 (was $16); walmart.com

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