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    39 Unique Gifts You Can Get For Under $50

    Because you've been there, done that.

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    1. A perpetual calendar for your punctual friend with an artistic flair.

    Promising review: "Cool and stylish office accessory! I got this as a gift for my boyfriend and he loves it. He said people in his office always comment on how cool it looks." —LaurenAOK

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in three colors).

    2. A vintage Apple monitor stand they can slip their phone into to relive simpler times on the World Wide Web.

    Promising review: "This is the cutest iPhone stand I've ever seen. It's perfect for a vintage Apple fan. It is fun and functional!" —A. Mangione

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in black and white).

    3. A Scandinavian, no-frills humidifier/diffuser that's a breath of fresh air to smell and look at.

    Promising review: "Got this for my sister when she was living with me and she loved it! Works perfectly and really helped with her nosebleeds (from the air being too dry) and helped her sleep better as well (from the essential oils)." —Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $41.59.

    4. A Memphis-y insulated water bottle for your quirkiest friend who likes to stay hydrated.

    Get it from Amara for $41 or the MoMa Design Store for $35 (available in blue, pink, and yellow).

    5. A rechargeable electric lighter that requires no flame, making it also windproof and a whole lot easier to use outside.

    Promising review: "Looks cool...but most importantly, it works. It's absolutely windproof. And the charge it lets out is (or looks like) awesome purplish zap. It's easy to charge. This would be a great survival device — you could start a lot fires on one charge. The only thing I had to get used to was not having a flame. If you're using this for cigarettes, you have to push the cigarette into the arch and move it around a little bit. After you get over that curve, it's amazing." —Ronald E. Mahler

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in six colors).

    6. A mini fish hotel aquarium so they can finally get that beta fish they've been talking about.

    Promising review: "This is a very good-looking tank. It is very sturdy and secure and the glass tank slides out easily. It gets lots of compliments — get yours today!" —SN

    Get it from Amazon for $39.07.

    7. A pair of aerating wineglasses that'll win over even the most snobbish wine drinker in your life (who you know is not here for a gimmick).

    Promising review: "We tested them by comparing the wine before and after using the glass and there WAS a difference in the quality of the taste. Most items are mostly hype but this one seems to be real. Besides, it's cute to watch it flow." —KHofferMD

    Get a pair from Amazon for $50.

    8. A hand-built ceramic statement mug they can stare longingly at while they sip their morning coffee.

    Get it from Light And Ladder for $50 (available in white, grey, grey+white, and blue ash).

    9. A tabletop puzzle for your purest friend with an affinity for vibrant colors.

    Get it from Nordstrom for $40.

    10. Skulls Unlimited International, Inc., a subscription box that will feed your most morbid friend's curiosities by shipping bones and other osteological items to their doorstep every month.

    What you'll get: skulls, baculums, teeth, claws — all the bones! Specimens will be of A or B quality with only minor imperfections.

    Promising review: "It's like it was made for me. I can't wait for more!! I love my European rabbit skull. :D" —Carol

    Get it from Cratejoy for $24.99+/month.

    11. An LED dog leash that is sure to make any pup owner light up.

    Promising review: "We have the green one and it is so excellent! Our Labradoodle is the coolest dog at the dog park and all the owners constantly comment on the least and collar of the same color! Just charge up on the USB and press the button to indicate which level of "flash" you want and voila! You got yourself a very trendy but safety-inducing dog leash. To address how visible this leash can be seen — we saw another dog with the leash/collar and color from at least a half mile away, it was a bright yellow. So yeah, the visibility is great with this leash/collar." —Raquel Gaitan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 4- or 6-feet and in six colors).

    12. An Ostrich travel eye pillow so they don't have to make eye contact with their haters.

    Get it from MoMa Design Store for $40.

    13. A 2019 Hobonichi Techo planner book that'll induct them into the cult following of this chic Japanese brand.

    Promising review: "I discovered the Hobonichi Techo a few years ago and it has since been my go-to personal diary and planner. I like how it feels in my hand and when I write in it. The Hobonichi has two outstanding elements: the paper and excellent design. The size is also handy and it's very light (especially for a daily diary). I've used the Hobonichi differently each year; its different layouts give it versatility so you can use it as a regular diary/planner or journal. The vertical monthly layouts at the front can be used to track habits, exercise, weight, etc., or simply record mileage or bills due if you don't want to clutter the monthly spreads. The daily pages are also adaptable; there's a section at the bottom for lunch or dinner dates; a friend uses the header to record weather and mood. The grid layout is great for sketching if you want to use it as a journal." —Diane Shugart

    Get it from Amazon for $37.

    And check out the best places to buy planners online here.

    14. A set of geometric whiskey stones for them to wow guests with.

    Get a set of four from Food52 or Amazon for $35.

    15. A projector that displays media from your smartphone onto the wall, so that friend who is always browsing YouTube on their phone can finally enjoy the content in all its glory. (Say goodbye to your living room wall — that's now being used for private Lit Parade viewings).


    Promising review: "So so so so awesome. My brother is going to love it! Perfect for a teen who spends all his time watching YouTube. Thanks, Firebox!" —Bekah

    Get it from Firebox for $25.49.

    16. A wooden earring holder to make their accessories art.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $38 (available in dark walnut and honey).

    17. A subscription service that'll mail unique spices to their door every month so they never get sick of their own cooking.

    Each delivery includes fresh spices from a different region each month, so you can broaden your cooking horizons. Each month brings four new spices and four new recipes.

    Get it from Piquant Post for $9.99+/month.

    18. A bonsai tree-growing kit your friend with a green thumb will enjoy watching over.

    Promising review: "I purchased this kit a couple months ago for my desk at work, and it's exactly as advertised. It arrived promptly, contained everything I needed, and looked good too (especially if you were to get this as a gift for someone and the presentation is important). My first seeds sprouted after a couple weeks and quickly got a couple inches tall." —Shawn

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $50 or find something similar on Amazon for $24.99.

    19. A phone stand and office accessory holder that'll give them a hand.

    It can also be used as a tablet or book holder, to easily view recipes as they cook! Really, the options are limitless.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in six colorways).

    20. An avocado phone charger, because getting a low battery alert when you're out is the pits.


    Get it from Firebox for $19.09.

    21. A handmade, wheel-thrown bud vase for your best bud.

    Get it from Mimi Ceramics for $48 (available in clay, speckle, and dark brown).

    22. A pistachio pedestal so your snack-happy friend has a place to store their discarded shells while they eat.

    Promising review: "We enjoyed using this so much that we bought another for our grandson who thinks it is a special experience at Nan's house. He is 4 and loves pistachios! I may buy a third one soon!" —KKMG

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48 or find something similar on Amazon for $13.56+.

    23. A motion lamp that puts a fun twist on the beloved lava lamp — perfect for the wacky/nostalgic person in your life.


    Promising review: "I have always liked lava lamps, and when I saw this one, I was very happy. It is a new style and a nice change-up from the lamps I have seen in the past. Very satisfied." —ADAM

    Get it from Wayfair for $39.99.

    24. A "tic-tac-trivet" — that's a tic-tac-toe board that doubles as a trivet, if you're stumped — so they can protect their beautiful tables from getting stained with cup rings while gaming.

    Get it from MoMa Design Store for $40.

    25. A children's denim apron for the parent who's having a hard time getting their kiddos in the kitchen.

    Get it from Food52 for $50 (available in two designs).

    26. A guitar amp key holder for the shredder in your life who has much better luck holding onto a pick than a pair of keys.

    Promising review: "Bought as a gift for my boyfriend and he loves it! We used Command Strips to place on the wall, and it holds up great with extremely heavy sets of keys. I love having a place to put them now, and it's really a great conversation piece as well. Great product! Clever design!" —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $39.94.

    27. A Japanese-inspired tea jug with a striking modular design.

    Get it from Wallpaper Store for $36.

    28. A curvy wooden laptop stand to give the person who lives at their desk a boost.

    Promising review: "Beautiful design. Very practical. Tons of compliments." —Heather M Fleming

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in walnut and birch) or find something similar for $20.56 if you want to be certain it arrives before Dec. 25).

    29. A sheep toilet paper holder that'll also hold their guest's attention, probably.

    Promising review: "After using the bathroom, my husband sought me out to inform me that he loves this product. He was so delighted, and I was surprised at his reaction to the toilet paper holder. We use to stack our TP on top of the toilet tank. Easy to put together, and stands on floor. It holds lots of TP, and best of all, it is cute." —Murphy

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    30. A grow-your-own mushroom log for your friend who isn't into mush-y gifts.

    These hand-cut logs are inoculated with shiitake or oyster mushroom spores in drill holes (and covered in cheese wax). Comes with a metal plaque that states the date of inoculation. Care involves soaking the log for 24 hours and misting occasionally.

    Get it from Food52 for $30 (available with shiitake or oyster) or find something similar on Amazon for $23.99.

    31. An activity mat that rolls up to become a backpack so picking up after their kids is a breeze.

    Promising review: "A serious Master Builder might ask what makes this better than a big, clear bin (for storage) and a bed sheet (for quick cleanup). With the Lay-n-Go Lifestyle Activity Mat you get the best of both worlds: It's essentially a parachute-like blanket with embedded strings around the edge. Completely pull out the string and the contraption cinches up into a neat little knapsack. It even has straps so your Master Builder (in training) can lug his or her own blocks around (yes!). The inside has some Velcro-sealing pockets for isolating more important items: mini-figures, manuals, brick-poppers, etc." —Robert

    Get it from Amazon for $45.45+ (available in black/blue and purple).

    32. A handmade speckled bauhaus cup for the primary person in your life.

    Get it from Recreation Center for $45.

    33. A travel knitting bag so they can take full advantage of their subway commute.

    Promising review: "I travel a great deal for work, and am always looking for a way to carry my knitting with me. This bag is an excellent solution — I no longer have to run after my yarn ball on airplanes or trains! I also appreciate that I can button it up when I'm ready to put my project back in my purse." —DrK

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35 or find something similar on Amazon for $17.84.

    34. A geometric decanter that you can't go wrong with.

    Promising review: "I like interesting things and this is interesting. it doesn't look like your everyday decanter. It is unique and most people will not have this item. Can you imagine having it in different colors? What a display that would make!" —CoCo's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $48+ (available in green, blue, and pink).

    35. And a pair of magnetic Bluetooth speakers that they can separate for wide stereo soundscapes.


    Get it from Firebox for $38.29.

    36. An unglazed terra cotta candle holder for a striking, minimalist centerpiece.


    Get it from Food52 for $38 (available in black, terracotta, peach, and white).

    37. An octopus shower caddy that'll hold all of their shampoos, conditioners, and shaving supplies.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my older kids' bathroom because their tub always seems littered with bottles (half of them empty) and the corner racks always get rusty and gross after some time. It works great and helps with clutter. The plastic seems indestructible. When you slip in the bottle, you need to pull the plastic loop down the feeder rope to tighten. It really is easy to do. The design is built to not slip (which is a good thing) so you just need to be firm with moving it and not afraid of breaking it. You can also place the bottle just over 50% through the loop to have it tip in the direction you want, making it easy to keep bottles pointed to their caps for when the contents are running low." —H. Solomon

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95 (available in four colors).

    38. A flask-like water bottle for an easier fit in their backpack or purse.

    Promising review: "This bottle is an eye catcher — I get tons of compliments, people ask me all the time where I purchased my bottle. It's a great conversation piece. The bottle itself is very versatile and I love that it comes with two different lids — black and white. I get to change the lids depending on my mood. Plenty of people do ask me if I'm carrying a flask and it makes for a great laugh. The design actually makes it easier to carry in my purse than a traditional water bottle." —Jacqueline

    Get it from Amazon for $22+ (available in four sizes).

    39. And a monthly service that'll send a box of handcrafted miniatures and mysterious historical documents to subscribers — perfect for your history-junkie friend.

    They get prettily forged historical documents and/or tiny curios sent from a "secret" New Orleans workshop.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $9.99/month.

    Some reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.