I love the baskets, trays and place mats that you find at the dollar stores.
I used photo frames from the dollar store to fill an empty space in the living room with family photos. It really made a difference.
Changing place mats on the kitchen table is a cheap way to change the style or atmosphere in the kitchen, changing the colours of napkins, candles and flowers at the same time, according to the mood or season. Little candle holders from the dollar store are used on the kitchen table too.
The baskets from the dollar store are used for many things according to size and shape. When I was gardening on the balcony, I put smaller flower pots in dollar store baskets. In the house, I use bigger baskets for books and magazines. In the holidays, when I want to pamper myself, I put chocolates etc in a basked on the bedside table. And when I have guests who will sleep over, I prepare a basket with toiletries, towels etc for them to feel welcome and at home. As I have no shelves in the smaller bathroom, I use a basket at the door for all the necessities.
The trays are used daily, for quick breakfasts from the refrigerator (everything being prepared the night before), for breakfast in bed, or on the veranda.I use to put trays with small necessities in the guest room: glasses, clean bottled water, some candies, fruit and packaged cookies, paper napkins, baby wipes and the like.
These are small items, but they add comfort to any room for a small price.