I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive items to perk up my home and dollar stores can contain little gems, but you have to visit them often and sift through a lot of junk to find the gold nuggets. This time it was my mom who did the sifting and look at these adorable gifts she gave me.

These colorful candles in mini buckets are adorable on their own:

or nestled on this white plate from Target’s new white dinnerware collection:

They’ll look great on the coffee table on my newly redecorated yellow porch:

These neon melamine flower pots are show stoppers on their own:

and are even more delightful nestled in this square tray, which came as part of the set:

They would look fabulous at a summer get-together filled with colorful fruits or vegetables; on my desk filled with paper clips, binder clips, and rubber bands; or filled with tiny artificial flower bouquets–another dollar store find:

And they look stunning on my colorful bistro tables in my garden:

These adorable dip bowls came from Target–not from the dollar store–but they are so sweet I just have to include them here:

They also look fabulous nestled on a plate from Target’s new white dinnerware collection:

So the next time you visit the dollar store, spend a little time there digging for gems. You might leave the store with some real finds.