Blair Waldorf taste on a Lonely Boy budget.
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Whether you’re studying, sleeping, or staring at an iPhone screen, you probably spend a lot of time in your bedroom. So you may as well make it as aesthetically pleasing as possible because no one understands the importance of #aesthetics more than teenagers. I know this because I’ve spent my career talking to teens (and following them on Instagram). With that in mind, I scoured Amazon for fairy lights, flower planters, and other cool décor fit for a Netflix high-school series (or, more realistically, a TikTok backdrop). Best of all, it can all be acquired on a babysitter’s (or, again more realistically, Depop seller’s) budget.
More understated than your standard green-wire Christmas lights, this bendable LED string casts a subtle glow — and happens to be fireproof thanks to its sealed copper wires. Hang it up along your ceiling or turn it into a photo wall (heads up, though: Photo clips sold separately).
The only thing more cheerful than a live plant is a live plant inside a porcelain llama pot. Go for an itty-bitty cactus; not only is it easy to grow, but this ultrasweet planter is begging for something with a little bit of attitude.
Put your scrunchie stockpile on display — and keep it organized — with this clever hair-tie holder. (And if your collection is still a work in progress, might we direct you to this 60 scrunchies for $6 deal?)
This tiny table does it all, as its 1,137 glowing reviews attest. Prop up your laptop and crank out a term paper, then treat yourself to a Netflix marathon — all without leaving your bed. (You can also take it camping or to the beach when school’s not in session.)
There’s no shortage of neon signs on Amazon (and beyond), but we’re partial to this pink rose. It kind of looks like a tattoo, and it feels a little cooler than the omnipresent “Good Vibes Only” sign that lights up many a storefront. If flowers aren’t your thing, there’s also a very fun Popsicle version.
These rose-gold containers are almost too nice to relegate to your bathroom. Sure, you could use them to stash makeup pads and cotton balls, but we think they’d also be great atop a desk for craft supplies, school miscellanea, and other nowhere-to-put odds and ends.
If paint is prohibited, either by fun-ruining parents or RA’s, vinyl decals will zhuzh up your walls without leaving any permanent consequences. Most stick-on decorations lean baby nursery, but these eyelashes are perfectly Pop Art.