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19 Best Items to Buy at Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree is great for saving money! Here’s a quick list of 19 best items to buy at Dollar Tree.

best items to buy at dollar tree

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know how much I love shopping at Dollar Tree. Mostly I love to buy items to make my own home decor items. It’s fun taking something cheap and turning it into something that looks somewhat expensive.

However, I like to buy a few other items from Dollar Tree from time to time to save money. I decided to put together a list of the best items to buy at Dollar Tree for you to help you save, too!

Another perk of shopping at Dollar Tree is that you can now shop online and have items shipped to your local store for free. This is great if you’re looking for something you can’t find in the store.

Also, if you want to buy something in bulk, such as school supplies or organizing bins, you can purchase a bunch of these online and have them shipped to your home.

Keep reading to find my favorite items to buy at Dollar Tree!

Best Items to Buy at Dollar Tree

Household Items

Foil Pans

Foil pans are perfect for potlucks and cookouts. You don’t have to worry about getting your dish back or washing it when you get home. They’re also great for taking food to those who are ill or disabled and for new parents. That way they don’t have to cook or worry about washing your dish and returning it!

Spray Bottles

I love to make my own homemade cleaners and Dollar Tree spray bottles are perfect for this. They come in different colors for color coding and they’re good quality. My Dollar Tree spray bottles have lasted way longer than my husband’s spray bottles that he gets from the hardware store. (And his are NOT $1!)

Plastic Bins

Plastic bins are probably my favorite household items to buy at Dollar Tree. They are perfect for organizing every room in your home. They work great in drawers, closets, pantries, garages, etc. I love using the pencil bins in my bathroom to hold my toothpaste and toothbrush because they fit perfectly in my drawers side-by-side. The small rectangle bins are great for holding my makeup and hair clips and scrunchies. Bigger bins are great for cabinet organization and the plastic shoe boxes work well for holding small toys, essential oils, garage and basement items, and so much more!

Dollar Tree bins in the bathroom


Surprisingly, Dollar Tree nightlights hold up really well and seem to last quite a long time. You can’t beat that for only a dollar!

Picture Frames

These are perfect if you plan to do a large gallery wall and don’t want to spend a fortune on frames. Some of their picture frames look expensive and are really good quality. They are also great for turning into your own home decor items!

Related: Seashell Picture Frame Dollar Tree DIY

Glass Vases and Decorative Bowls

Glass vases can cost you $3 or more at other stores. But you can buy them at Dollar Tree for only $1 and they are the same quality as the more expensive vases. Plus, you can paint them in any color you want or leave them clear for flowers, candles, holiday scenes, or whatever you want to put in them.

Related: Hurricane Candle Holder Dollar Tree DIY

Some Kitchenware

Dollar Tree carries Betty Crocker items, which are pretty sturdy and durable. You can get a set of measuring spoons at Dollar Tree for only $1 while the same set at Walmart will cost you around $7.

Their dinner plates are durable and similar in quality to more expensive plates from other stores, such as Target. Silverware and drinking glasses are also nice items to buy at Dollar Tree.

Gardening Supplies

You can find gardening supplies such as trowels, gloves, and even planters for cheap at Dollar Tree, and they are made well, too. You can also find seed starter pods and seeds for just $1!

Dollar Tree garden supplies

Classroom Supplies

Classroom supplies are perfect for both teachers and homeschoolers. Look for educational decor, learning tools supplies, and much more!


Sometimes you can find best sellers at Dollar Tree. They also have a great stock of kids’ books and coloring books for both kids and adults.

Pet Supplies

Be sure to look for collars leashes, harnesses, grooming tools, toys, and cleanup essentials. Skip the food and treats, though.


Dollar Tree carries brand-name makeup such as e.l.f., L.A. Colors, and Wet ‘N Wild. Also, their makeup brushes and tools are worth purchasing as well.

Small Toys

Small-size toys are perfect for Easter basket fillers, stocking stuffers, prizes, and more!


Usually, the bread at Dollar Tree is day-old bread from grocery stores. It’s perfect if you are going to use it right away or freeze it for later. It can also be used as bread crumbs in recipes.

Celebrations & Seasonal Items to buy at Dollar Tree

Seasonal & Holiday Items

Summer toys, especially water toys, are perfect items to buy at Dollar Tree. Usually, these items get lost or thrown away at the end of the season. For holiday items, look for stocking stuffers, Easter basket fillers, as well as items to stuff in a gift basket.

Wrapping Paper & Gift Bags

These are disposable items, making them some of the best items to buy at Dollar Tree. They are perfect for birthday and holiday gifts, plus wrapping paper makes great backdrops for photoshoots. They have a nice selection of both solid and geometric prints as well as character and themed paper. Keep in mind that Dollar Tree wrapping paper is short rolls with not a lot of paper on each roll. If you’re wrapping a lot of gifts, it may be best to shop elsewhere.

Inflated Balloons

Mylar balloons can cost you anywhere between $3-$4 at stores and sometimes you have to pay extra to get them inflated. Dollar Tree carries them already inflated for only $1. Just don’t make the mistake of letting them blow away once you walk out the door. (Been there, done that!)

Party Supplies

If you’re having a party, head to Dollar Tree for cheap party supplies. They’re perfect for any type of party, even themed parties such as graduation parties, weddings, birthdays, etc. Dollar Tree even carries certain characters and themes. If you’re having a themed party that includes characters Dollar Tree doesn’t have, consider mixing in their solid colors to keep costs low. Purchase the disposable party supplies at Dollar Tree, such as table cloths, cups, plates, etc.

Greeting Cards

There’s no sense in paying $3 – $5 for a greeting card when Dollar Tree carries cards for only $1. And they’re just as good if not better than higher-priced greeting cards.

Do you purchase items from Dollar Tree? If so, what are your favorite items to buy at Dollar Tree to save money?

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