Curious about the best things to buy at the Dollar Tree? Wondering what Dollar Tree products to avoid? Here are 45+ Dollar tree items that our family LOVES (as well as a few things we’ve found to be duds).
Best Things to Buy at the Dollar Tree
I can’t go more than a few weeks without writing another post about the Dollar Tree – I’m a little obsessed!
But, it seems like I’m in good company, because so many of YOU seem to be just as big of fans.
One of the hard things about the Dollar Tree is knowing what products are actually a good find, and while products, are, well, worth a dollar (or less).
I will say that I’m a little more hesitant to buy off brands from the Dollar Tree – but fortunately, they carry MANY brand name products for great prices.
So, I thought I’d share a few of the times that either I LOVE, or that I’ve been told is amazing. I recently did a survey on Facebook about this very topic, so I’m excited to share these with you (as well as a few items that I’ve found to be junk!).
Make sure to let me know what I may have missed!
What to Buy at the Dollar Tree
We bought our boys some of these for Christmas, and I am AMAZED at how good they are. I’m sure there are different kinds of bubbles there, but these were the Spiderman ones (it says Powered by Miracle Bubble). I believe it’s these licensed character bubbles. Bubbles for days!
2) Greeting Cards
This is one of the #1 things people recommended from the Dollar Tree, and I have to agree. Greeting cards are other stores are getting more and more expensive – it is crazy. There are some really weird ones at the Dollar Tree, but you can find a lot of really nice ones, too.
I especially love the fuzzy socks!
5) Floss Picks
I have actually heard that a lot of doctor’s offices get pregnancy tests from the Dollar Tree. It may not write out the words “pregnant” for you, but it gets the job done. You can start saving for baby by buying these!
7) Bag Clips
My mom loves these little metal bag clips that you can buy at the Dollar Tree. Perfect for chips!
My mom said that she sometimes has a hard time finding these, but when they are in stock, you should stock up!
The Dollar Tree has lots of kinds of soap – liquid hand soap, bars of soap, dish soap…it’s all great!
10) Foam board
Now, most of you probably have no use for foam board, but it’s rather popular for bloggers. While it’s several dollars at most other stores, you can get white and black (sometimes) for just $1.
11) Parchment Paper
12) Wrapping Paper
The rolls aren’t that huge, but they have some cute prints. I found that one roll wrapped about 4-5 medium sized presents this Christmas.
The helium balloons are hard to beat. However, one of the Dollar Trees near our old house hardly had ANY in stock. I’ve found that most normally do, but I would call ahead if you are looking for something super specific.
14) Glow Sticks
We love glow sticks at the Dollar Tree! They have so many different kinds – necklaces, bracelets, wands, glasses….my boys love these.
One reader said that she got a great deal on vases for a wedding. I recently looked at the vases at the Dollar Tree, and they seem to be pretty good quality!
19) Tissue Paper
20) Poster Board
While I had several people recommend this, one person said she heard it wasn’t very good. I think if you stick to the name brands that are sold, you should be okay though!
23) Netty Pot
24) Scotch Tape
Two packs for one dollar – we loved these at Christmas time!
27) Saran Wrap
28) Gift Bags
My mom said she wasn’t a big fan of the BIG gift bags. However, I like most of the gift bags I’ve gotten there. I think the baby shower ones are especially cute.
29) Packs of Thank you cards
31) Aluminum Pans
These are great for freezer meals, taking dinner to other people, etc.
32) Picture Frames
They are pretty cheap, but this is where we buy most of our frames! Picture frames can be so expensive! They have a wide variety, as well.
33) Candy for Movies
You know those boxes of candy they sometimes sell at the movie theater for like $5? Just stop by the Dollar Tree first and pick up a few boxes for $1 a box. Much better deal!
34) Candy Bars
When I was talking to my mom, I mentioned that I didn’t think candy bars were very good deals here. She said, “Are you serious? Candy bars are often more than $1 nowadays.” I guess I don’t buy a lot of candy bars! But they do have a large variety of full-size candy bars (as well as the little strips of miniature ones).
36) Reading Glasses
This one kind of blew my mind. I had no idea you could buy glasses at the Dollar Tree. However, a lot of people recommended them, so I decided to check them out. And guess what? They seem to be great quality!
I’ve bought a few different dishes from the Dollar Tree. Some of them break easily, but for the most part, I’ve been pretty pleased with them.
38) Ibuprofen and other medications
39) Stocking Stuffers/Goodie Bag Items
41) Air Fresheners
42) Solar Powered Decorations
Forrest and I LOVE these. They have them for almost all the holidays, and they are super cute. We look forward to getting them with each holiday. (I actually just saw they have solar powered garden lights. Super excited to try these out!).
43) Party Supplies
The Dollar Tree is definitely my go-to place for party supplies (they are great for baby showers, kid parties, as well as for getting table cloths, paper plates and plastic forks, etc.).
I say this with a caveat – the brands you recognize are good. If you don’t recognize them…I would probably shy away.
Five Things to Avoid at the Dollar Tree
Okay, not all the toys at the Dollar Tree are bad. We like the little cars. However, for the most part, I find most of them to be just kind of junky. You just have to be careful (but in all honesty, it’s a dollar, and the kiddos might like it). Just don’t be too disappointed if something doesn’t work the way it should.
My mom bought some little toy phones at the Dollar Tree once. They work, but you can’t tell at all what they are saying. It kind of makes me laugh – one of them really sounds like it says “mama milk.”
Just go to Costco instead and buy their batteries. Dollar Tree batteries really don’t last long.
This was a suggestion from my mom – she said that she has bought many truffles there that have been smooshed or otherwise unappealing. We bought some at Christmas, and they certainly left something to be desired.
4) Plastic Kitchen Tools
I like a lot of their kitchen supplies, but many of the plastic kitchen utensils do not stand the test of time!
5) Spray Bottles
This is another suggestion from my mom – she said they leak really easily.
This is one I’ve heard from many people, and I agree. They just don’t color very well, and you can get better quality crayons for around the same price at Walmart or Target.
7) Cleaning Supplies with Nozzles
Once again, another suggestion from my mom. She said that these often stop working, and she doesn’t feel they are worth buying.
Just say no to Dollar Store Electronics.
9) Tools and Knives
These are things worth investing in. They don’t last very long when you buy them from the Dollar Tree.
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.