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    If You Want To Finish Off Some Holiday Shopping Early, Here Are 36 Gift Ideas Under $50

    Unique and meaningful finds for practically everyone on your list.

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    1. A set of unique wineglasses for the wine lover of the group. If you feel like they already have every wine gadget out there, gift them these classic wine staples with a fun rainbow tint.


    Promising review: "I purchased these for myself, but oh my goodness they were boxed so pretty that they would make a very nice gift, too! The glasses are very nice. I love them! Perfect for a housewarming or wedding gift. I highly recommend." —Gerald Childress

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in packs of two or four).

    2. A cozy FP Movement beanie to keep their heads warm and stylish in the colder months. There's still plenty of time for cold weather and winter sports like skiing and snowboarding after the holidays so your friends and family will be thankful to have this beanie in the new year.

    model wearing the white beaning with a brown blanket and white turtle neck holding a mug
    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $20 (available in three colors). 

    3. A Homesick candle for that person in your life that recently moved away. This is a great gift for a long-distance friend or someone who you know has been missing home recently.


    Promising review: "Packaged beautifully and wraps easily for a sweet farewell or welcome gift. It had my friend in tears as she moved away from her beloved town, and I didn’t feel like I was giving her junk as I know she’ll use it. I’ve also owned two myself. Lovely scent and quality!" —Mom of 2

    Get it from Amazon for $34 (available in 20 styles).

    4. A pair of funky socks to brighten their gloomy days. They'll love adding a touch of something special to their outfits every day with these silly socks.

    the socks with avocado and peppers in a bowl of guacamole that says "you guac my world" underneath each bowl

    Promising review: "First of all, they have so many great designs! They are thick enough to be comfy, but not too thick for us here in Florida. My bf loves them and will be buying many more!! This is his favorite design!" —Kelly

    Get it from MeUndies for $12 (available in XS–4XL and 57 styles).

    5. A super-cute bear mug because why the heck not? This little mug holds just enough coffee for the perfect morning pick-me-up for your loved ones.

    the bear mug filled with coffee on a counter in front of a lamp with a computer next to it

    Promising review: "Cutest thing ever... If you’re thinking about buying it just buy it right now! you won’t regret it." —Vanessa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. A personalized name necklace that adds a touch of sentimental value to your gift. Adding a personalization to this gift will tell your friends and family how much they mean to you in the simplest way.

    model wearing the necklace that says "faith"

    Promising review: "Gifted this to my mother-in-law who has a pretty unusual name and she was so happy to have a personalized necklace that was beautiful as well!" —Danielle Klimashousky

    Get it from TheGoldenBeverly on Etsy for $32.80+ (available in three colors and 17 lengths)..

    7. A Doja Cat Collection eyeshadow palette for the makeup lover in your life. This super pigmented palette has tons of colorful shades so everyone from makeup novices to makeup experts can have fun with it.

    BH Cosmetics

    Promising review: "This palette is so fun and exciting! Great quality and mega pigmented!! The color story is so versatile and intriguing." —Tara G.

    Get it from BH Cosmetics for $36.

    8. A strategic card game if you like reaping the benefits of the gifts you give. This card game will swiftly become a game night fave and make an appearance at every family gathering.

    the "one night ultimate werewolf" card game on a table with the box open and cards laid out and tokens still in the box

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my daughter's birthday so that she could play with her friends, who are all recently addicted to Among Us. I thought this would be a fantastic, though temporary, replacement from digital gaming and it was exactly that. If your kid likes the game Among Us, and he/she is 10 or more years old, this is a fantastic option to play a similar game with whole the family instead of trolling strangers." —Shootemup77

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    9. A flannel shirt to keep them cozy and fashion-forward all winter long.

    model wearing the green and white plaid shirt with black pants, green socks, and brown boots, standing in a foresty area in front of a wooden fence

    Promising review: "I bought two of these flannels! they are so soft and will definitely keep you warm. I own a ton of flannels and these are my new favorites! 10/10 recommend" —Danielle

    Get it from Aerie for $49.95 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in eight colors).

    10. A NodPod weighted eye mask so you can give them the gift of a good night's rest. This weighted mask blocks out all outside light and has an added calming effect so they can sleep soundly and peacefully because of you.

    the gray nodpod mask next to its packaging

    Promising review: "I didn’t even know I needed this but a friend recommended it and now I panic if I can’t find it at night. I sleep so sound now with this on I don’t know why but it’s just amazing. Blocks any light and it covers my ears and blocks just enough sound and the weight is perfect." —Kayla e

    Get it from Anthropologie for $34 (available in four colors).

    11. Letters to My Love: Write Now. Read Later, a customizable book, because the best gift is one that comes from the heart. These personalized books give you the opportunity to craft your own heartfelt notes to the people in your life and come in the form of a cute little booklet.

    four versions of the "Letters to my..." book including "Letters to my love" "letters to my grandchild" and "letters to my baby"

    Promising review: "This is such a great idea. I’ve bought a sister one, mother one, and father one in the past and they all adored it. I purchased this one for my boyfriend and I’m super excited to give it to him. I would recommend buying it quite a bit ahead of time as it is a lot of writing. I found that the topics were cute and easy to write about (when we first met... I knew you were the one for me when... etc.) there are even two blank ones where you can pick the topic. Again this is such a great idea, tons of handwritten letters all in one place they can look back on." —daisydot

    Get it from Amazon for $8.77 (available in 24 styles).

    12. A luxurious Sherpa blanket they can wrap themselves up in after a long day at work. Or gift a blanket large enough to fit on their beds so they can be cozy while they sleep.

    the gray blanket on a chair showing the sherpa underside and velvet topside

    Promising review: "This blanket is so soft and very warm. Great for those cold winter nights. It also washes and dries very well on delicate cycle. I would highly recommend!" —Richard

    Get it from Wayfair for $29.99+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    13. A personalized collar for the dog lover of the group. You know those friends who love getting gifts for their pets practically as much as they love getting gifts for themselves? Yeah, this is the gift for them.

    two of the brown leather dog collars with personalized nameplates

    Promising review: "Excellent quality collar, love the nameplate because I don't hear the jingle of dog tags all day. Really beautiful!" —Stephanie Windsor

    Get it from CopperLeafLeather on Etsy for $31.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL)

    14. A paint-by-numbers kit even your most artistically challenged friends will love. This easy-to-use kit comes with paint, brushes, and step-by-step instructions on how to craft a beautiful piece of art.

    reviewer image of the finished paint by numbers piece and all the color bottles laid out below it

    Promising review: "This is the third paint by numbers I’ve done and probably the most enjoyable! The canvas of this brand seems high quality and I love the colors; took about three weeks to complete (working about two to three hrs each evening). Highly recommend!" —TwinMomma

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59

    15. A digital instant-print camera so they can keep all their most precious memories forever. This camera spits out mini prints of special moments so they can have a super-cute keepsake right away.

    reviewer showing the white instant print camera with a photo of two people printed from the camera

    Promising review: "Saw this and loved the retro colors and the ability to print instant pictures that are also stickers. It didn't disappoint. Love that a switch on top turns it from color to B&W photos. And, if I want, I can put in a micro SD card and save photos to it." —Dan L.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    16. A hot sauce flavor pack for those friends that are always requesting something spicy at the table. This pack is a great introduction to the flavors of Hot N Saucy and will have your loved ones immediately jumping online to order more.

    the three hot sauces: garlic n peperoncini, beet n fresno, sweet potato n habanero
    Hot N Saucy

    Promising review: "My partner is a sauce fanatic — everything has sauce put on it. I got these as a small surprise for him and can’t say enough about the flavor!!. Really adds a special note to tons of dishes! Will definitely be getting again." —Alisha C.

    Get it from Hot N Saucy for $30

    17. A mini stacking planter to house their favorite succulents in a cute display. These stoneware planters have a sophisticated look that can take any counter decor from just OK to super elegant.

    two of the stacking planters in orange and cream colors with succulents in them
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "These planters are high quality and I love how they look! I love how they stack with drainage holes and a drainage tray. They are quite small so make sure you check the dimensions before you purchase." —Erin K 10

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $32 (available in two colors).

    18. A moon lamp with a realistic surface exterior to give them a galactic upgrade to any room. And with tons of different color combinations, they'll never run out of love for this gift.

    the moon lamp lit up white sitting on its wooden stand

    Promising review: "This lamp is amazing. Aside from the fact that it’s a 100% accurate 3D moon (!!!!!), it’s incredibly versatile for lighting purposes. The full range of colors available is great (I’m partial to the yellow and orangeish yellow), the battery lasts four hours on full brightness, and it’s lightweight enough that I was able to hang it from a wire hook with no issues. It’s perfect as a night-light and illuminated the room enough that I can navigate easily, and it’s so soothing that I passed out into a deep sleep with it on." —Zenith Diehl

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in six sizes).

    19. A "World's Best Plant Mom" tote bag for the plant lover in your life who is always trying to teach you how not to kill your plants. They'll love this humblebrag bag and it holds everything they need when going out so it's really a win-win.

    the green bag that says "world's best plant mom"
    Shop BuzzFeed

    Get it from Shop BuzzFeed for $20+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    20. A blue granite tumbler that looks beautiful and has the added bonus of keeping their morning coffees and teas nice and hot.

    the blue granite tumbler on a countertop with a person pouring liquid into it from another water bottle

    Promising review: "It keeps my coffee hot for hours, looks great, and has a nice mouthfeel. The new lid is great! I will definitely be buying more. I hope they add some new designs!" —KC

    Get it from S'well for $30.

    21. The Korean Vegan cookbook for the TikTok lover of the friend group — or anyone looking to up their culture and vegan game. Filled with meaningful bits of knowledge from Joanne Lee Molinard, as well as some *divine* recipes, you can't go wrong gifting this book.


    Promising review: "Been following Joanne for over a year in various social media apps, and preordered this in early March. Super thrilled it arrived today on release day! Beautifully done book. Have made several of these recipes already but have sooooo many more to try now. The photographs are spectacular and represent the culture and veganism so well. The narration she shares online is well documented here as well. So very pleased to have my own copy. I’ll be cooking multiple recipes this week." —Jeanne

    Get it from Amazon for $24.48.

    22. A super-cute circle pouch they can use to carry AirPods, keys, and ChapStick when they go out. This is the perfect gift for your super-stylish friend who is always losing small things.

    the small yellow pouch

    Promising review: "I use this circle pouch to keep my earphones. For me, this is a cute and useful pouch. Also, it's a great gift! I bought both tan and black colors and plan to use the other one for coins." —Camille4

    Get it from Madewell for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    23. An AirPods case that will protect their precious new tech in a pretty case. Let someone else drop the money on the pods, you'll swoop in with the money-saving case.,

    Promising review: "I wasn’t sure what type of case I wanted. I looked at some of the more expensive competition but decided to purchase this after an online recommendation. I wanted to keep the AirPods slim but add some protection. Originally I didn’t want the carabiner, but it’s a nice addition to put on my backpack when I travel. It also gives it some camouflage in black to not let it stand out as much. The carabiner gives it a little bit of color to help spot it in my car, too." —MKLight

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in six colors).

    24. A bonsai tree starter kit for that one friend who is always trying to start a new hobby. This easy kit gives them everything they need to start their own little home garden.

    reviewer showing the four pots from the kit each with different bonsai seeds in them

    Promising review: "I just received my bonsai kit, and I am very impressed with it. I love the wooden box it is all packaged in, and the little burlap pots to grow your seeds in are so clever. You get four different kinds of bonsai seeds and four pots. It comes with easy-to-understand instructions, and plant markers to write the date and name of seed type on, which are also made of wood. As I am a garden enthusiast, I thought this would be a fun project to try. This would be a great gift for a young person to teach them the basics of cultivating seeds. I can’t wait to get started growing my own personal bonsai trees. I would definitely buy this kit again for a gift!!" —Gracie

    Get it from Amazon for $36.90.

    25. A long-sleeve tee to gift to the stylish men in your life. This cozy tee can be easily styled with some dress pants for a professional look or a pair of jeans for a day lounging at home.

    model wearing the tee in purple with white pants and a brown belt
    J.Crew Factory

    Promising review: "I bought this shirt in several colors for my boys. It’s a great winter staple they said was comfortable and fits true to size." —Carol

    Get it from J.Crew Factory for $16.95+ (available in men's sizes XS–XXL and in 13 colors).

    26. A scratch-off travel map for the friend who is always dreaming of quitting their job and traveling the world. Give them the little push they need with this unique map.

    The black scratch-off map

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my dad. He is quite a traveler. He was really excited about it and impressed by the uniqueness of the gift. He had no idea the product existed prior to receiving it. If you want to dress it up a bit you could frame it if you’re giving it as a gift. I chose this one over the others because you could also scratch off individual states." —Sharon

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three styles).

    27. A vinyl album of their favorite artist for a retro yet functional gift. Not only will they love the aesthetic of owning a record album, they'll love the thought you put into gifting them their favorite music.

    taylor switft's "fearless (taylor's version)" in gold album cover standing next to a record player with the gold vinyl record in the player

    Promising review: "I really enjoyed this album when Taylor launched it on iTunes a month or so back. When I saw this vinyl on Amazon, I jumped at the chance to preorder it. It came WAY sooner than I thought. It was packaged in the typical vinyl box AND Amazon went the extra mile and put that box in a bigger box. THANKS for actually packaging vinyl the right way, Amazon! It was all in pristine condition. All three vinyls were in perfect shape. Opening the trifold packaging reveals lyrics for ALL 27 tracks, with pictures of her live performances next to each song's lyrics. Such a great vinyl set, looking forward to Red (Taylor's Version) vinyl when that launches, you best be believing that I preordered that as well." —NecroAether

    Get it from Amazon for $36.97.

    28. A refreshing Glossier serum that will refresh and renew their skin. Next time you see them glowing, ask how they get such radiant skin and bask in the glory of them answering, "Oh, it's from the serum you got me!"

    model's hand holding the serum

    Promising review: "I have been using Super Bounce for two years now and I still love it. It does such an amazing job of hydrating my skin, especially in the winter. I really noticed how effective it was when I had run out and my new bottle didn't arrive right away. My skin just wasn't the same no matter what I did." —jessica.botterman

    Get it from Glossier for $28

    29. A pet hammock you can gift to the cat lovers in your life or to your own kitty friend. No, it's not a gift for you, it's a gift for your *cat*, there is a difference.,

    Promising review: "This hammock enables a lazy cat to live their best possible life. My cat leaves his hammock only to eat, mess up a freshly cleaned litter box, chase cat toys, or remove ornaments from the Christmas tree. He finds it is also excellent for viewing 'cat TV' — aka birds outside the window." —LanternRouge

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    30. A What Do You Meme? The Office Edition card game that's perfect for those people in your life who are constantly throwing The Office quotes into the group text.


    Promising review: "This is hilarious. I love matching my favorite scenes to silly sentences to make them even funnier. I love the show and I love that I now have a card game for it LOL." —Themarie93

    Get it from Gamestop for $29.99.

    31. A wooden recipe holder to help them build out their kitchen aesthetic. This gorgeous wooden chest comes with recipe cards inside they can fill out over time. Or, throw some of your own recipes in there before you gift it for a personal touch to an already amazing gift.

    the wooden recipe box with a metal clasp and the word "recipes" written in light cursive on the front

    Promising review: "The quality of this box is exceptional! It is thick, sturdy, and obviously, handmade with a lot of careful effort. As soon as I opened the box, it smelled amazing.. not sure what kind of wood it's made from, but it reminded me immediately of pine or cedar. The recipe cards are great card stock and will survive for years in the kitchen. As well, I was impressed with the dividers. They are also thick and wooden, which was a wonderful surprise. It looks beautiful in my kitchen, and I cannot say enough great things about it. If you're on the fence, I would go for it!" —Stacie Twitchell

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    32. A canvas belt bag for a stylish take on the classic fanny pack. If your friends hate carrying bags, this is the perfect gift for them. Hands-free storage right on their hips!

    the cream belt bag

    Promising review: "Perfect for trips, festivals, hikes, just about everywhere. Great quality, and pairs well with everything." —Anonymous

    Get it from Gap for $16.99+ (available in two colors).

    33. A pair of sun and star dangle earrings they can style with practically any outfit. For less than 20 bucks apiece, you could buy both of these earrings for someone and still not have crossed the $50 threshold.

    the black and brown sun and star dangle earrings laid on a white granite coaster

    Get it from Lockwood for $19.95 (available in two colors).

    34. Some cozy moccasins so they can achieve maximum comfort when meandering around the house.

    the light brown moccasins with ties on top and white fuzzy insides

    Promising review: "I purchased these moccasin-type slippers about six months ago, and use them daily. They were the third pair of similar-style slippers that I had purchased. From initially trying them on, they were more comfortable than any of my previous pairs. They impressed me with their quality, even to the point of the soles providing a better grip to the floor. After six months of daily use, including brief trips outside, I can say that they have held up remarkably well. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a comfortable, quality product." —Roger

    Get it from Amazon for $27.80+ (available in men's sizes 8–14 and in three colors).

    35. Some decorative books for your fashion friends. These black and white books add an elegant touch to any decor *and* they have blank pages so they can fill them with notes of special memories spent together.

    the three books that say "paris" "london" and "new york" stacked on a counter with two ceramic deer standing next to them

    Promising review: "I love these books so much I'm ordering another set! You can write in them if you wish to. A good buy!" —patricia randle

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

    36. A mini donut maker because what is more fun than mini donuts at any time of the day? They'll love how easy this little machine is to use and the delicious creations that come out of it.

    the mini donut maker on a counter with a pan full of mini chocolate donuts in front of it cover in nuts and powdered sugar and all the ingredients on the counter behind the pan

    Promising review: "I got this product and immediately made banana donuts from some overripe bananas I had. They came out absolutely perfect and LOVE how easy it is to use and how fast it cooks!! Pipe the batter in and in two minutes donuts are done!! They really are mini, too, so you can pop a couple in your mouth any day!! I’d definitely recommend this to everyone!!" —Cindy Woods

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two styles). 

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