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    Dec 6, 2019

    45 Unique, Meaningful, Or Simply Awesome Gifts Less Than $50

    I am weak... and the urge to keep all of these things for myself is strong.

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    1. A Star Wars-inspired LED light that basically looks like a hologram fallen from the future. This comes with three glass inserts (R2-D2, Death Star, and Millennium Falcon) as well as a remote control to adjust brightness and change the light into one of seven color options. And all for less than $20? Pinch me.,

    Promising review: "This thing is absolutely awesome! The glass inserts and the lights make it look really cool. It was the perfect desk accessory at work to go with my Star Wars Funko collection! Also works great as a night light." —Hobbs Roland

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    2. A linen toiletry bag because their purse is always a mess and their makeup is constantly strewn about, so this is the perfect gift to both help them stay organized *and* be reminded of you whenever they reach for a lipstick.


    Promising review: "My best friend loves this and uses it every day!" —Robyn Frank

    Get it from CoolMoonDesign on Amazon Handmade for $13.99.

    3. A silicone AirPods case for the pal who loves the holidays, if by "the holidays" you mean Halloween. These pumpkin and glow-in-the-dark designs will have 'em feeling like it's spooky season all year round.


    Promising review: "This is super cute and the ghost glows super bright. Absolutely love this case for my AirPods!" —Heather L.

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four styles).

    4. A Bodum pour over coffee maker here to turn you into a complete caffeine snob. This heat-resistant borosilicate glass carafe is designed with a permanent filter that makes a smooth serving of Joe, is dishwasher-safe, and can make up to eight cups at a time.


    Promising review: "Promising review: "Super easy to use, makes a mean cup of joe, and is nowhere near the price of a Chemex. I use mine on a daily basis and would absolutely recommend this product to any of my coffee loving friends." —Brad Lemons

    Get it from Amazon for $19.85 (available in three sizes and five styles).

    5. A copy of Thank You for Being a Friend, the ultimate gift for any Blanche, Rose, Sophia, and Dorothy super fan. This must-have book is packed with fun illustrations, important life advice, midnight snack recipes, and (of course) a generous helping of wit.


    Promising review: "If you are an avid fan of the The Golden Girls, you need this book. It is full of funny articles, great illustrations, cheesecake recipes (!), & actual good advice from the girls." —Kori

    Get it from Amazon for $13.46.

    6. A DIY mask kit that will have them whipping up their own skincare routine in no time: a mixing bowl, gauges, a sponge, a brush, a spray bottle, and a small storage jar are all included! This even comes with an application spatula so they can easily apply their homemade product without getting their hands dirty.


    Promising review: "I love making my own face masks with things I have at home. This comes with everything you need to begin! I also put the small bowl in the dishwasher and it came out just fine. It's a great starter kit." —K.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    7. A Cadbury box packed with ten full-sized chocolate bars. The best gifts IMO are ones that are edible, and what better an edible gift than this delicious UK treat?


    Promising review: "This is the best chocolate I've ever had! There was a great selection to choose from, and I've already ordered more. Plus, I received it before the estimated delivery date!" —Cats

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    8. A charcuterie board set because we may not know how to properly pronounce the word charcuterie, but we DO know we love cheese. This comes with five stainless steel knifes and a clever bamboo board designed with a hidden storage compartment that will look so lovely for the one second that their brie actually stays on display before being devoured.


    Promising review: "I bought these for client closing gifts (I'm a realtor). These look really classy and beautiful and they are small and compact. I could see this being the perfect thing to take camping, on a picnic or just at home. Totally versatile. I'm excited to give them out!" —Julie V

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    9. A Gringotts Bank so they can store their galleons and sickles, all of which they'll want to save for a rainy day *or* their next Diagon Alley shopping spree.

    Promising review: "The construction is solid, but more of a rubber material than a plastic material. I actually liked this aspect because less chance of it breaking. It is actually a piggy bank and does hold money. All the more reason why it is neat that it is Gringotts! At the bottom, it has a large hole to remove money from. Plus, the detailing is great. I was really impressed with the price because if I had gotten this at a Disney store or another venue, I would have expected to pay much more." —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $25.02.

    10. A geometric tray with four interchangeable and stackable pieces that look like they were sourced from a modern art museum. Plus, these gorgeous pieces of art (ART, I tell ya) are perfect for everything from jewelry storage to breakfast in bed.


    Promising review: "These are the perfect plates. Lightweight and very cool design, and are a fun way to bring my favorite recipes (sliced homemade bread, cheese/crackers/grapes spread) to showers and parties. Love." —Sandia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.78.

    11. A WeRateDogs 2020 day-to-day calendar featuring just about the only thing that will prevent them from snoozing through their alarm every morning: a dog. Each day features a new four-legged doggo and a fun little fact about said doggo. *dies of happiness*


    Promising review: "I LOVE the WeRateDogs Twitter account, so I had to buy this calendar! I love that there is a new dog and rating for each day, and I cannot wait to start using it when the new year comes!" —Karalee

    Get it from Amazon for $10.42.

    12. A hand cranked music box for anyone who would much rather be living in Paris, thank you very much. Adorned with illustrations of the Eiffel Tower and designed to play the main melody from Amélie, this feels almost as majestic as eating a baguette outside of the Louvre.

    Amazon Handmade

    Promising review: "I gave this as a Christmas gift, and it was adored right away. The song plays very clearly and the box is beautiful and well made. I will note that the turn bead is plastic, not wood, but the rest is so well made that it doesn't matter. Lid does come off so you can see all the little working pieces. It's a true work of art. This is the perfect gift for a fan of Amélie!" —The Dowager Queen

    Get it from esdemusicashop music boxes on Amazon Handmade for $16.75.

    13. An oversized faux shearling jacket so soft, they'll basically feel as if they're wearing a combination of their favorite blanket and most cuddly teddy bear. Comfortable + super on-trend = all they want this holiday season., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this jacket! I wasn't sure how the quality was going to turn out, but it's super soft and exactly what I wanted. I got a small and it fits in the oversized way that I wanted/expected. Plus, it's sooo warm!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in sizes S–3XL and in 15 colors).

    14. A bib necklace that has the ability to dress up any plain outfit. From wrinkled white tees and their favorite LBD, this statement accessory will quickly become their new favorite piece of "I actually spent time getting ready!" flair.

    Promising review: "Bought this necklace for an autumn formal wedding. Love that it’s gold and makes just enough statement without being gaudy. Excited to wear it next month to the wedding!" —Robert

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    15. A blank comic book to let their creativity go bananas. For the chronic doodler or enthusiastic storyteller, this under-$10 present will be the pièce de résistance of their entire holiday season.


    Promising review: "My 10-year-old son has recently found interest in drawing comics. He came home one day from school with several pages of notebook paper all doodled with comic style layout. I immediately went to Amazon in search of a doodle pad for comic artists, and found this! I am so impressed with the paper quality and the layout design. My son ABSOLUTELY LOVES his new comic book. He has spent hours making stories with his friend and I am one happy Mom to have landed such an awesome find." —Danielle W.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    16. A Truff hot sauce for a hint of delicious bougie to any meal they consume. This blend of white truffle, ripe chilli pepper, and organic agave nectar adds extra flavor to anything, from pizza to their morning breakfast sandwich. (It's even loved by Queen Oprah herself — it was on her list of favorite things this year.)

    Promising review: "This is the hot sauce of the gods. It's beautiful. I don't even like to stand next to the packaging because I know it makes me look less attractive. Yes, but what about the taste you may ask? The flavors of this white truffle hot sauce is so complex and tastes differently depending on what you are pairing it with...but without a doubt, it tastes amazing every time. The flavors will dance around your mouth and tease your taste buds with delight." —Blake Driver

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    17. A one-line-a-day journal that recognizes they *may* be too busy to jot down their entire life story on the daily, but it also encourages them to sum up their day with just a line or two for five years...


    ...meaning they'll be able to compare where they are right NOW to where they were last year, on this specific date, on the dot.

    Promising review: "You will never regret buying this journal. I have always been a huge proponent of journaling. I journal everyday. I reread my old journals weekly. I love writing. This journal is a great way to ease yourself into journaling if it is an idea you’re exploring but are nervous to completely delve in. It is a huge commitment; I won’t lie, I occasionally go a few days without writing a few words. But being able to compare the years throughout your life is amazing. I wish I’d been doing this since I learned to write. If you’re thinking about getting this journal, do. It is my most prized material possession." —Samantha Bone

    Get it from Amazon for $10.63.

    18. A create-a-set book collection consisting of weathered and used copies that will be curated according to color scheme, therefore turning their shelves into a sea of thoughtfully curated books that they *wink* came up with all by themselves.


    Promising review: "Worth every penny. If you've been looking for decorative books, then look no more - you've found your shop! Colors are true to photos and I love how they were real books! Not those hallow, fake ones you see often. This made decorating very easy, fast shipping, and quality suburb. Will be ordering more from here in the future! Thanks!" —JHarris

    Get it from Amazon for $4+ (available in 17 colors).

    19. Bocce's Bakery treats because your four-legged friend deserves nothing but the damn best! These all-natural, wheat-free treats are packed with peanut butter, molasses, and vanilla AKA are extremely delicious and probably the only thing they'll want in their stocking this year.


    Promising review: "My dog went NUTS for these on her birthday.

    We celebrated her birthday week, so she got a couple each day for a while, and she tried to steal the bag from us every time (this is not normal for her). She even tried to lick the inside of the bag when all the treats were gone. Also, my German Shepherd has the MOST SENSITIVE SKIN known to dog or mankind and breaks out in rashes whenever she eats anything that doesn't agree with her. We are always skeptical about what we give her and typically end up feeding her plain chicken instead of dog food because she is so sensitive, but she has never reacted poorly to these. Thank you for making dog treat she loves, and that don't have a bunch of weird chemicals!!" —Briley

    Get it from Amazon for $5.50.

    20. A fancy Scrabble game for the competitive pal who always suggests game night (*cue frustrated sigh*). The best part about this particular version? It's surprisingly compact and portable — the wood case closes for storage and can neatly fit all miscellaneous pieces inside.


    Promising review: "Road trips without some good games along stifles the fun. This travel edition works well for a busy family and I highly recommend this version, which takes a beating better than the plain board." —Madd Maxx

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    21. A magnetic dress-up set because Einstein + Daisy duke shorts on their fridge = the only conversation piece I would personally like to receive this holiday season.


    Promising review: "Funny gift! Bought this as a housewarming gift for my scientist son and he loves it. When I visited, Einstein and all of his various outfits were all over my son's refrigerator." —Lisa D.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 10 styles).

    22. A whiskey glass for anyone who has still not emotionally recuperated from the absolute emotional rollercoaster that was the Game of Thrones series finale.,

    This has a weighted base and is dishwasher-safe, which basically makes it the perfect whiskey glass.

    Promising review: "My old favorite whisky glass (a souvenir from a distillery tour)got broken, and with it my heart. How could I ever enjoy my bourbon again? My wife bought this one for me and my spirits (pun intended) were lifted once again. This glass is handsome, well-crafted, a perfect size, and best of all a marriage between two of my loves: bourbon and Game of Thrones. I highly recommend this glass as a gift for the whisky aficionado in your life." —Dr. Jerry

    Get it from Amazon for $21.96.

    23. A pendant necklace designed with a brass compass pointing in the direction of your shopping cart. Will you *actually* give this as a gift? Of course! You just want to try it on first, wear it for a few months, make sure it's good enough to gift, etc.


    Get them from Larissa Loden on Amazon Handmade for $34.

    24. A passport wallet complete with boarding pass and card slots for the friend who has a @wanderlust Instagram account that is the envy of your friend group. (Dear friend, please take me to Paris with you?)

    Promising review: "This was an excellent purchase. Not only did I feel much more organized having all of my documents and ID in one place going through airport security, but I also found this to be a lifesaver for keeping track of expenses on my recent business trip abroad. Won't travel without this again!" —ac

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in 12 colors).

    25. A 25th anniversary edition of Friends Forever, their new one-stop shop to behind-the-scenes tidbits and fun facts about their favorite show (as evident by the fact that they watch it daily and are able to quote every single episode).


    Get it from Amazon for $31.50.

    26. Statement chandelier earrings they'll be able to don for every single ~fancy schmancy~ event they plan on attending in the foreseeable future.,

    Promising review: "These statement earrings are simply divine. I love the vintage vibe and how they add a bit of flair to anything I am wearing. Perfect for a special occasion, holidays, or even gifts." —Jennie

    Get them from Amazon for $17.90.

    27. A Torani pumpkin pie sauce because PSL season is fantastic, but fleeting (and requires leaving the house). Fro now on, they can top off their morning cup of caffeine with this delicious treat and avoid having to change out of their pajamas. / Via @torani

    Promising review: "Nailed it! This is the perfect syrup (yeah, I know it's technically called a sauce) for making pumpkin spice lattes. Look no further. This is what you need. After trying another brand's syrup and being terribly disappointed, I decided to try this based on reviews...and BAM! This is the one! Tastes similar to what coffeehouses use to make their pumpkin spice lattes, which is exactly what I've been looking for. Love it!" —Tara Jacobs

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    28. A marble lap desk designed with a device ledge, phone holder, and mouse pad to turn their bed into a fully-functional home office. It's even equipped with a bottom cushion so it feels super comfortable all day long, even if they plan on being on their computer for a ridiculous amount of hours.


    Promising review: "It’s lightweight, comfortable and definitely very handy. I love the marble look and like that it’s able to hold my phone at the same time." —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in three colors).

    29. Handmade mineral soaps available in all 12 birthstones, each gorgeous hunk complete with a unique scent and quality ingredients (this includes vitamin e, which will provide their skin with a hefty dose of hydration).


    Get it from AnjoulBliss on Etsy for $11.99+ (available in 12 moonstones).

    30. Smoko corgi slippers that are not only adorable (*sprinkles emphasis on the adorable*), but also have a USB plug-in option to keep their tootsies nice and warm. Heated slippers! That looks like dogs! What more could they want?


    Promising review: "Not only are they insanely adorable, they keep my Raynaud's feet so warm! I'm not used to having warm feet! I'm a size six and they fit pretty well. Kind of hard and a little heavy to walk in though but all in all, I absolutely LOVE this slippers!!" –Abby

    Get them from Amazon for $39.99.

    31. A playing card set complete with some of the most badass women throughout history, including icons like Wilma Rudolph and Sacagawea. (It should be noted that the cards themselves are also beautifully illustrated by artist Zeb Wahls, so I wouldn't blame them if they opted for framing this deck instead of playing it.)


    Promising review: "Fabulous portraits of fabulous women. This is a great gift for anyone in your life who is behind female empowerment." —Awilda

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    32. Terracotta planters here to take their hand and guide them into the world of green thumbs and succulents. If they discover that they are just not meant to have greenery inside their home, no worries! These multi-purpose pots can serve as everything from makeup brush storage to cotton swab holders. The possibilities = endless.


    Get a set of three from CB2 for $19.95.

    33. A pack of photo stickers featuring the apple of their eye: the pet of the house. Sure, you can get customized stickers of yourself! But something tells me they’d prefer adding a picture of their dachshund to the surface of her laptop in lieu of your selfie.


    Also! These stickers are waterproof, microwave-safe, and dishwasher-safe. Yeehaw.

    Promising review: "I gave these to my sister for her dog's birthday this year and she LOVED them! It was such a cute, personalized gift that really meant a lot to her — especially for the price! Sometimes personalized things are so expensive, but this price was great. Will definitely purchase again!" —Kelly O.

    Get a pack of 20 assorted stickers from Amazon for $17.99.

    34. Penguin-shaped tea bags to transform their morning earl grey ritual into something that demands to be photographed for the 'gram. Get ready for some serious snap, filter, post action.


    Get a pack of five from Tea Heritage on Etsy for $9.32 (available in five flavors).

    35. Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts — in other words, all I want for the holidays this year. This gorgeously illustrated pop-up book will make them feel as if they're walking through campus. Broom in one hand, to-go pumpkin juice in the other.

    Amazon, / Via @matthewcreinhart

    Promising review: "This is the Hogwart's pop-up the world has been waiting for! (Okay, mostly me.) This expands into a much larger 3D map of the Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. The trick is trying to undo the tiny flaps that hold the book together. The GoT one didn't have this and was *much* easier to open. The instructions on this one don't really tell you how to open the book (which I fault the publisher and not Reinhart.) Once past that hurdle, the book is amazing and an example of why Reinhart is in a league of his own.

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

    36. A Tony Moly box set that comes complete with two sheet masks and hand creams, both formulated with an impressive blend of green tea essence to moisture, refresh, and brighten their skin when it's in need of some extra TLC.


    Promising review: "I got this as a gift and had to purchase it for myself because I fell in love with the green tea cream! My hands get really dry, flaky, and red during the winter and this not only calms down my skin, but it makes it smell exactly like the mask! The mask is also great and made my skin very dewy." —Stephanie Ramirez

    Get it from Amazon for $13.18 (available in five formulas).

    37. A grumpy Smoko neck pillow so soft and cuddly, not even airplane turbulence will disturb them from their deep slumber. It even has an internal rechargeable battery that, with just one click, activates immediate heat.


    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my boss and she loves it. She says it is so comfortable and helps her relax." —Kristi Nixon

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    38. A gorgeous Venus et Fleur arrangement featuring a single rose that will last 👏 all 👏 year 👏 long 👏. You may want to get this for the pal who prefers fresh bouquets to just about everything else.

    Get it from Venus Et Fleur for $39 (available in 22 rose colors and two box colors).

    39. A trinket plate sure to have mom tearing up as soon as she carefully tears open the wrapping paper. This little piece of ceramic decor is also available with several different phrases,

    Promising review: "I purchased this to give to my mother as a gift. It is beautiful! The gold painting on it is very even and solid. The black writing is very solid as well, and it doesn't seem like it will wear. It's great quality and a sweet little sentiment to give to my mother." —satisfied in UT

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 21 styles).

    40. A fleece throw blanket that any Bob's Burgers fan will treasure from now until forever. Not only is the image itself super clear and detailed, but the fabric is also *chef kisses fingers* ultra soft and cozy.

    Promising review: "I purchased this blanket for my husband for Christmas. We are huge Bob’s Burgers fans. My husband (and kids) love this blanket. The detail in the image is awesome, the colors are vibrant, the material is super soft, and the size is great as a couch blanket. Everyone wants to use this blanket when we all sit down to watch TV." —Life of Angst

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    41. A ribbed pom-pom beanie to keep their noggin warm. I'm not sure what possessed them to move to a city in which the weather can best be described as "my face hurts", but at least this cozy accessory will prevent them from completely freezing.


    Get it from J.Crew for $36.50 (originally $50, available in seven colors).

    42. A cocktail book packed with libations inspired by the one, the only Downton Abbey. Each recipe is sprinkled with historical facts and quotes from the show, all while grooming your best friend to become the official mixologist of every pregame from here on out.


    Promising review: "I was prepared to dislike this book. Most other drink and cookbooks based on a series are just previously known recipes cobbled together with a catchy cover. Not this one. The drinks are presented in historical context, the ingredients are available, and the pictures are great. It's a good read as well as practical guide to making the drinks of that time." —Cheryl Suckling

    Get it from Amazon for $22.50.

    43. A hand-crocheted flamingo dog toy made from an organic cotton so gorgeous, I basically will never want this to come in contact with my dog or his teeth. I have actually decided to purchase this with the intent of displaying it on my bookshelf.


    Get it from CB2 for $20.

    44. A spy science kit for children (and adults...) aiming to become the next Harriet the Spy. This includes eight crime-solving activities that will make you feel like you just walked off the set of CSI.


    This kit contains two exciting mysteries that will have you matching fingerprints, testing DNA, and decoding secret messages. And yep, it includes everything you'll need to do so — baking soda, citric acid, flour, suspect cards, ph strips, filters, cups, markers, bags, a decoder, a cylinder, a test tube, a cap, and a painting.

    Promising review: "This kit is a really fun activity for kids to solve a mystery using forensic science. It has two different mysteries, and each one will probably take somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half. I used them with my Girl Scouts and they had a really good time with them! There are enough materials to solve each mystery once, so I put together kits for the girls with extra materials, most of which are easy to come by." —C.M.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.03 (originally $22).

    45. Aimee Song: World of Style, a book packed with so much travel and style inspo, they may need to sit down and take a deep breath after every page. This gorgeous book contains blogger Aimee Song's favorite looks worn around the 🌍, making it the perfect present for the fashion and travel lover in your life., Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $3.30+.

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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