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

    What if we told you that you could play Skee-ball at home?

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    1. A three-tiered tabletop fountain for a more zen at-home workspace. A warm glow makes for a cozy environment, plus this mimics the ~tranquility~ that is the sound of flowing water — the stress that is an email ping will now be replaced by the sounds of nature instead. Huzzah.

    reviewer photo of the fountain with running water

    2. A copy of Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs : The Definitive Pop-Up for a more interactive way to learn about the infamous T. rex. Each page is crammed with fun facts and gorgeous artwork depicting different varieties of dino perfect for children and adults like (adults in this context = me).

    3. A scratch-off poster highlighting iconic women who ~changed the world~, including Malala Yousafzai, Alice Ball, and Amelia Earhart. The poster is available six languages and provides a brief intro underneath each image.

    the scratch-off poster

    4. An electric ice cream maker that lets them churn out four quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato in one sitting, aka this is the only inside ~scoop~ I need to offer when it comes to giving the best gift possible.

    5. A microwavable plush wrap filled with dried French lavender for a soothing present that can provide stress and cramp relief. It's also available in a ton of animal designs — think lobsters, dinosaurs, polar bears, and (of course) sloths.

    reviewer photo of the sloth plush

    6. A unique cast-iron wall hook for hanging everything from coats and purses to their favorite pieces of jewelry. One reviewer even installed this in a small bathroom to make the most of wall space, using this to hang up plush towels!

    7. A pair of blue-light glasses so they can accessorize *and* block the pesky blue light seeping in from their monitor (blue light = the potential culprit behind your mid-afternoon headaches made worse by nonstop Excel sheets and "per my last email" responses).

    Reviewer wearing the gold-rimmed blue light glasses

    8. A Baked by Melissa cupcake pack you'll be tempted to keep for yourself and, tbqh, I would not blame you in the slightest. Just envision bite-sized cookie dough, caramel cake batter, Oreo cheesecake, and triple chocolate fudge cupcakes. It's okay. I'm drooling too.

    9. 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.

    the Scrabble board

    10. A stacked jewelry tray because tangled necklaces = the worst. This provides an easy, beautiful way for them to store their favorite pieces with peace of mind knowing that nothing will get lost or knotted beyond repair.

    11. A mini ceramic heater that provides warmth (duh) and more importantly acts as a buffer until they move into a home in which the real thing comes included. This is perfect for the friend who Zillows on a daily basis and refines the search based on fireplaces.

    reviewer photo of dog next to space heater

    12. An I Dew Care wash-off mask that that smells (and looks!) as delicious as a funfetti slice. Sending them birthday cake skincare with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and squalane > an actual birthday cake, and I mean that with every ounce of my being.

    13. A tapestry backdrop capable of transforming their Ikea-furnished living room into the renowned Hogwarts library itself. Note: Restricted section not included.

    the book-inspired tapestry hanging behind a couch

    14. A cookie press to mimic the shelves that line their favorite bakery *inhales scent of freshly-baked pastries*. This device is so easy to use, even the most newbie baker could figure it out — a nonslip base means it's easy to distribute dough and a clear cylinder lets them gauge how much dough is left.

    15. Lightweight hoop earrings available in yellow, white, and rose gold as well as in three sizes. Reviewers swear these versatile bebe's look like they could easily cost five times the price — thankfully, they do not. "Oh, you shouldn't have spent so much!" "Haha, I totally didn't!"

    model wearing the hoop earrings

    16. A moon-shaped handheld light so you can reenact that iconic It's a Wonderful Life scene: "I'll give you the moon, Mary." They can simply tap the moon to adjust its brightness, plus it lasts for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

    17. A Legacybox digitizing kit to bring old photos and home videos into this century (ahh, the nostalgia of VHS). Simply send in old video recordings and have them transformed into downloadable formats, thumb drives, and disc sets to ensure they'll be cherished forever.

    two people going through old photos and video tapes

    18. A Funko collectors set featuring Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers figures. Any horror movie buff will be ~thrilled~ upon tearing open the wrapping paper.

    19. A S'well water bottle that is, quite frankly, much prettier than it has any right to be. This baby is triple-layered with a vacuum-insulated design to keep beverages ice cold for 48 hours and piping hot for up to 24.

    the water bottles with geode prints

    20. A 1967 version of Candy Land, the cult classic board game in which the instructions are simple: Pick a card, move along the designated spaces, and the first player to reach the end wins. This set even includes the iconic gingerbread playing pieces!

    the retro game

    21. A hand-painted ceramic vase that they wholeheartedly need — no ifs, ands, or ~butts~ about it. This is perfect for displaying flowers, storing office supplies, organizing makeup brushes, and so 👏 much 👏 more 👏. Functional decor is truly the way to go.

    22. A box set of The Office: The Complete Series because the show is apparently leaving Netflix in 2021, and you don't know how your Dundler Mifflin-obsessed friend will cope. This *even* comes with bonus features and deleted scenes

    the boxed DVD set

    23. A fizzy bath bomb that smells divine (think green tea, honey, lavender, and chamomile) and looks worthy of a photo for the 'gram. Plus, it evolves from a storm cloud into a rainbow and I feel like that's the energy I'm really looking for in 2020. Transformation, my friends.

    24. A Pride and Prejudice gift set complete with loose peppermint chamomile tea and a Mr. Darcy bookmark. (Psst, the Novel Tea Tins shop on Etsy offers a ton of similar gifts for various works of literature!)

    the tea tin and bookmark

    25. A durable and nonstick brownie pan that adds delicious, chewy corners to every brownie they bake for a dessert that has *just* the right amount of crispness. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to A: order this for a friend and B: order this for myself.

    reviewer photo of the brownie pan

    26. A limited-edition TooFaced holiday gift set that includes a travel-sized version of the iconic Better Than Sex mascara, a highlighter and blush duo, plus a ~beary~ good eyeshadow palette that smells freshly-baked cookies. Yes. You read that right. Cookies.

    the eyeshadow palette and mascara set

    27. A writing tablet for jotting down notes and drawing MoMa-worthy masterpieces. This is the perfect tool to use in lieu of construction paper and colored pencils when on-the-go (there are an unlimited amount of ~erases~), plus the included pen adjusts for thickness.

    28. A desktop metal clip tree for displaying up to 18 photos, postcards, and other mementos. This is also fab for storing receipts and important slips of paper that will inevitably get lost (no offense to them).

    the metal photo tree holding photos and strips of paper

    29. Cravory Cookies so delicious, they'll probably eat all 12 treats in a single sitting (fair). Here are all the individually-wrapped flavors that come in the box: birthday cake, chocolate chip, cookie monster, lemon bar, salted caramel cream, and red velvet. Two of each. I am drooling at the thought.

    30. A knee-length sweater coat they'll start to drape on over every single outfit...every single day. Not only will this keep them warm, but it can truly make a plain white tee and black leggings look chic.

    model wearing the brown midi-length jacket

    31. A magnet set inspired by everyone's favorite friend group: Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia. This box contains dozens of illustrated magnets, an illustrated backdrop, plus a 32-page booklet packed with fun facts and behind-the-scenes tidbits.

    32. A hand-painted poster that demands to be hung above their coffee cart. Aesthetics aside, this maps out all different kinds of caffeine and hot chocolate — as well as how to make it. *references poster before attempting a matcha latte*

    the poster

    33. An expandable and adjustable wooden caddy tray that even has a designated spot for their wine glass. Tell them to picture a fizzy bath bomb and perhaps a good show streaming on Netflix, perched on a sturdy surface that guarantees their laptop won't suffer water damage.

    34. A virtual Airbnb experience, perhaps one in which Luca and Lorenzo walk them through everyone's favorite food: pasta. With their guidance (and recipes passed down from their nonnas), anyone can become an expert at this famous Italian dish.

    cheese being poured over pasta

    35. Etude House Air Masks for fun, effective skincare that won't cost you a small fortune; they'll get a 13-pack containing natural ingredients within different formulas (pearl to brighten, manuka honey to moisturize, tea tree to soothe, etc). Plus! These babies won't leave their skin feeling sticky, a common problem when it comes to sheet masks.

    36. A gorgeous bread and butter ceramic plate that looks...like...something that should be...hung in a museum? I never thought I'd be the person who fell in love with dish-ware but here we are.

    the indigo plate

    37. 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. It's truly the perfect stocking stuffer.

    38. A gift assortment of Popbar hot chocolate sticks to upgrade their favorite winter beverage and holiday tradition into something slightly more luxe than Swiss Miss (no shade to Swiss Miss). 10/10 would swirl this around in my coffee, too.

    the Popbar hot chocolate sticks

    39. 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.

    magnets of Einstein and different costumes he can wear

    40. A silky slip skirt available in a ton of different colors ranging from lime green to lipstick red. Will you ditch all of these available hues in favor of purchasing them *yet another* piece of black clothing? Probably.

    model wearing the black satin midi skirt

    41. A vinyl decal sticker so they can honor their favorite matriarch and television character, the iconic Lucille Bluth. *winks with glass of liquor in hand*

    the banana sticker

    42. A whiskey glass for anyone who has still not recuperated from the absolute emotional rollercoaster that was the Game of Thrones series finale. I know it's been a while now. But still.

    43. A pack of 60 multi-colored scrunchies because work from home life means less shampoo being used, aka ponytails are being rocked and rolled. These are fab because they won't pull or tug at their mane (unlike those dreadful black hair ties).

    reviewer's assortment of colorful velvet scrunchies

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

    the bottle of pumpkin pie sauce

    45. A hand-poured soy candle inspired by their dog *or* the dog type they stalk on Instagram. Each ~breed~ has their own unique fragrance — for example, the Poodle candle has notes of sweet lilac, rose, and jasmine while the Great Dane scent contains woodsy oak, lavender, and sage.

    the white candle with a pink and cardboard cover that has a French Bulldog decal

    46. A sequin pillow cover that reveals one Prison Mike. Honestly, this needs no further introduction other than any fan of The Office would probably cry upon receiving it.

    47. 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.

    hand holding the pink rose in a white container

    48. Dishwasher- and microwave-safe holder stands ideal for soft and hard shell tacos. These babies are perfect for messy eaters, keep toppings in place, *and* make it easier to strategically place said toppings. No more chomping into a section that is all guac, nothing else.