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39 Of The Best Gifts Under $50 To Give In 2018

Stay UNDER budget and leave them OVERwhelmed with joy.

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1. A set of metal-trimmed agate coasters for a gorgeous last-minute gift that totally rocks.

Promising review: "They're a little smaller than I expected but they're beautiful and good quality. They arrived quickly and my boss genuinely liked his gift, which everyone knows is a difficult thing to accomplish. Five stars all the way." —Naomi PooleGet a set of five from Amazon for $39.99+ (available with gold or silver plating).
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Promising review: "They're a little smaller than I expected but they're beautiful and good quality. They arrived quickly and my boss genuinely liked his gift, which everyone knows is a difficult thing to accomplish. Five stars all the way." —Naomi Poole

Get a set of five from Amazon for $39.99+ (available with gold or silver plating).

2. Absolutely OMG-worthy Happy Feet plush slippers that are available in pretty much any animal you could ever want and are sure to live up to their name.

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Is it possible to look at these and NOT smile?

Promising review: "The fit was great and they're comfortable and super soft. They look better in person and aren't slippery on tile/hardwood floors. The kids bought these slippers for their dad and he loved them, I'm just not sure the dog did 😂." —Jenn

Get them from Amazon for $20+ (available in sizes S-XXL W and toddler, and in 53 animals).

3. A green-tea infused memory foam mattress topper beloved by over 1,000 reviewers, because the best gift you could possibly give anyone is the gift of a good night's sleep.

In addition to making their mattress extra comfy, it'll also help eliminate odor thanks to the green tea.Promising review: "I bought this mainly just to add two inches to a mattress so it would clear a wooden box frame. When I first got it, I was worried that it would be much too soft (I've slept on a firmer mattress for years). I slept like a baby the first night on it. I've been sleeping on it now for over a week and I'm consistently sleeping better. I've also noticed that I have less lower back pain when I wake up, and throughout the day. To say that I'm happy with my purchase is an understatement." —C ChapmanGet it from Amazon for $23.79+ (available in four thicknesses and six sizes).
Amazon

In addition to making their mattress extra comfy, it'll also help eliminate odor thanks to the green tea.

Promising review: "I bought this mainly just to add two inches to a mattress so it would clear a wooden box frame. When I first got it, I was worried that it would be much too soft (I've slept on a firmer mattress for years). I slept like a baby the first night on it. I've been sleeping on it now for over a week and I'm consistently sleeping better. I've also noticed that I have less lower back pain when I wake up, and throughout the day. To say that I'm happy with my purchase is an understatement." —C Chapman

Get it from Amazon for $23.79+ (available in four thicknesses and six sizes).

4. A wireless Bluetooth karaoke mic that's basically a portable party — it's compatible with any smartphone or tablet and can jam for five to 10 hours on a single charge.

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It can also connect to their device via cable. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this karaoke mic.

Promising review: "Oh my gosh, I love this! I got mine in the mail yesterday and ended up playing with it for about five hours last night LOL. It connects via Bluetooth so you can connect it to your phone — the music and your singing comes out of the microphone's speaker. It has a volume control for your voice and for the music and also an echo feature. You can put an SD card into the bottom of it and record yourself, or connect it with an audio out to record on one of those karaoke apps on your phone. Between this and being able to find just about any song on karaoke via YouTube, you could easily have your own karaoke parties at home!" —Ferretocious

Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in seven colors).

5. A vegan-friendly, tropical-themed makeup brush set for any beauty buff who is already so done with winter.

Tarte

Big mood.

The set includes a fan brush, strippling brush, powder brush, cheek brush, and contour brush, all in the shapes of pineapples and flamingos.

Get a set of five from Tarte for $25 (originally $44).

6. A clever scratch-off map poster so they can keep track of all the countries they've visited. Plus, even if they haven't traveled that much, it'll still look great on their wall. TL;DR, it's time to hit add to cart(ographer).

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Promising review: "These are great. I bought one when my daughter did a study abroad program and she liked it so much that we bought another when our other daughter went two years later. They are easy to transport (just roll them up) and the countries scratch off easily." —Michael R.

Get it from Amazon for $31.97.

7. A nautical and yet no-nonsense striped sweater they'll wear for years to come.

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Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in seven colors).

8. An amazing heat changing mug that'll light up with beautiful constellations once they pour in their hot drink. It's something your fave astronomy buff absolutely has to own — it's written in the stars.

Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in three styles).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in three styles).

9. An ultra-pigmented 35-shade eyeshadow palette sure to make them squeal with joy, without a shadow of a doubt.

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It's vegan and cruelty-free!

Promising review: "This palette was much better than I expected. The colors are super pretty and very pigmented. A little goes a long way with this eyeshadow. I'm very happy!" —Sarah Davidson

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

10. A sophisticated glass featuring a map of a favorite city guaranteed to make them say, "I'd be so lost without you."

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16 (available in 24 cities).
Uncommon Goods

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16 (available in 24 cities).

11. A One Line A Day journal with space for them to jot down a few sentences every day for five years. The best part? Each date lets them record all five entries on the same page, so they can see the changes in their life each year!

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This is a perfect remedy for what I understand to be a universal feeling — the desire to journal, but the lack of patience, dedication, or time. But pausing to write one sentence a day? We can all handle that.

Promising review: "I adore this journal. It allows me to write down daily memories or thoughts and puts my current self in a good mood. I'm excited to run across my old notes as the years go on! I take this with me on travels in a storage bag. There's something special about writing on the plane, in a new city, on a beach, etc. — any time you just feel like you're experiencing a special moment." —Mikayla

Check out BuzzFeed's full review of this journal!

Get it from Amazon for $10.17.

12. A faux leather bucket bag that looks wayyyyy pricier than it is.

Get it from Free People for $48 (available in six colors).
Free People

Get it from Free People for $48 (available in six colors).

13. A Harry Potter Clue game for a magical take on an old fave that'll have them saying "mystery managed."

One fun Potter-esque twist this version makes on the original game? The secret passageways can lead to different places (there are dials you spin to determine where they go) so they move around just like Hogwarts staircases!Get it from Barnes & Noble for $39.95.
Barnes & Noble

One fun Potter-esque twist this version makes on the original game? The secret passageways can lead to different places (there are dials you spin to determine where they go) so they move around just like Hogwarts staircases!

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $39.95.

14. A sleek Spanish leather card case they'll use forever.

Everlane

Get it from Everlane for $50 (available in six colors).

15. A classic pajama set with a festive hint of sparkly thread.

Nordstrom Rack

Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $49.97 (available in sizes S-XL and in two colors).

16. A powerful heated shiatsu massager that's even better than giving them a luxe trip to the spa, because they can use it over and over again and it's a hell of a lot less pricey.

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Over 6,000 Amazon reviewers love it!!!

Promising review: "I bought one of these massagers for my mom as a Mother’s Day gift, because she works standing up the whole day and suffers from leg pain when she gets home. This massager has completely changed her life. Once she gets home, she plugs it in and puts the massager underneath her legs, and she says it soothes them until she feels no pain. When the timer goes off (after twenty minutes), she can walk like a new person again. She loves this massager, and she even said it’s one of the best presents I’ve EVER given to her. I couldn’t be happier! I even went and bought one for myself, and I use it in my car on my way home from work. It's so convenient that it comes with a cigarette lighter connector to plug it in in my car. Once I get home, I take it out and my wife uses it on our bed." —Jose C.

Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

17. A beautiful rose gold detangling brush so posh, they'll feel like they just had a brush with a celebrity every time they use it.

The bristles are super soft and it can be whether their hair is wet or dry.Get it from FoxyBae for $12.95. Get 60% off with code FOXMAS60.
FoxyBae

The bristles are super soft and it can be whether their hair is wet or dry.

Get it from FoxyBae for $12.95. Get 60% off with code FOXMAS60.

18. A 4-in-1 phone camera lens kit that any aspiring photographer will think is the picture-perfect gift.

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It comes with a 12x zoom telephoto lens, a fisheye lens, a wide lens, and a macro lens, all of which can be clipped onto most smartphones! The kit also includes a phone holder and tripod, a cleaning cloth, four lens covers, and two clips.

Promising review: "I used to carry a heavy DSLR camera, but it's not convenient, especially when I travel. Recently, I found this cellphone telephoto lens kit, and was very happy with the purchase. The lenses are very easy to install — basically, you just screw the lens on the clip and attach it to the cellphone, no extra tool needed. It's very sturdy. I've tried the telephoto lens and the macro lens, and I'm pretty happy with the results. The images are clear, and the macro lens can show details." —Alicia

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

19. A delightful bath bomb holiday gift box featuring festive fizzies in scents like gingerbread, sugarplum, and peppermint.

Plus, the seller offers FREE gift wrapping!!!Get a box of four from dragonflyday on Etsy for $14 (available in four holiday-themed bombs you can mix and match).
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Plus, the seller offers FREE gift wrapping!!!

Get a box of four from dragonflyday on Etsy for $14 (available in four holiday-themed bombs you can mix and match).

20. An adorable mug with a sweet little animal friend waiting at the bottom that's sure to make them smile every time they use it.

Promising review: "This is possibly my GF's favorite thing I've ever bought for her. Every morning she laughs about the little panda in her cup. SO CUTE." —KevinSGet it from Amazon for $10.82+ (available in 11 animals).
Amazon

Promising review: "This is possibly my GF's favorite thing I've ever bought for her. Every morning she laughs about the little panda in her cup. SO CUTE." —KevinS

Get it from Amazon for $10.82+ (available in 11 animals).

21. The Rocketbook Everlast smart notebook, an eternally reusable notebook that'll let them scan their notes with their phone to save them, then wipe the pages clean with water. Yes, really.

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Once scanned, the Rockebook app will automatically send their notes to preselected apps or email. They can mark each page with one of several special symbols that the app will read and send the notes on that page to the location they've matched with that symbol. Yes, this is the stuff of office supply sci-fi novels, a genre we never knew we needed until now.

It works with any Pilot FriXion pens — get a pack of seven from Amazon for $10.89.

Promising review: "OMG! This device is so cool and works beautifully. The scanning and syncing capabilities are awesome. I have it scanned and synced to my Microsoft Note account. Writing with the pen is smooth and the paper actually feels like paper. A wet cloth erases and works exactly like they said it would. I wish I had this product in college. It's worth every penny." —Tulla Bell

Get it from Amazon for $29.45+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

22. A teeny weeny nonstick mini griddle capable of big (and delicious) things.

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It comes with a recipe book and access to an online database with even more ideas!

Promising review: "I LOVE this little gem. The portion size is perfect for one and you can get creative. It cooks stir-fry-size meats quickly and perfectly. It makes a grilled cheese on a small bun perfectly and cooks an egg perfectly. Clean up is so easy and quick; I love not messing up a pan and the stove. I like to eat, but for me, cooking for one is not especially fun. This is almost fun and so easy. All I really use now is this, the microwave, and a coffee pot. The kitchen stays immaculate!" —Jaiyen

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six colors).

23. A Homesick candle infused with aromas inspired by their home state to give them a cozy scents of home, no matter where they are.

Promising review: "I got this as a surprise for my boyfriend. He moved to my state from Texas for college. I wasn't sure about how it would smell, but I figured even if he wasn't a fan it would be neat as a decoration for his room. When I surprised him with the candle and he smelled it, he actually got very emotional and started crying because he said the smell instantly brought back so many memories of home. I don't know how they did it, but they managed to replicate the smell of home so well in this candle that it took my boyfriend back immediately. Definitely worth my money." —Bailey KGet them Amazon for $29.95 each (available in all 50 states).
Amazon

Promising review: "I got this as a surprise for my boyfriend. He moved to my state from Texas for college. I wasn't sure about how it would smell, but I figured even if he wasn't a fan it would be neat as a decoration for his room. When I surprised him with the candle and he smelled it, he actually got very emotional and started crying because he said the smell instantly brought back so many memories of home. I don't know how they did it, but they managed to replicate the smell of home so well in this candle that it took my boyfriend back immediately. Definitely worth my money." —Bailey K

Get them Amazon for $29.95 each (available in all 50 states).

24. A quirky bangle from Alex and Ani's Elf collection featuring an iconic quote from the movie. Sorry, singing loud for all to hear, but these beauties might actually be the best way to spread Christmas cheer.

Get the "Does someone need a hug?" bangle from Alex and Ani for $38. Check out the full Elf collection here.
Alex and Ani

Get the "Does someone need a hug?" bangle from Alex and Ani for $38. Check out the full Elf collection here.

25. A precious paw print ornament engraved with the name of their furry friend.

Get it from Eve's Addiction for $11.20 (originally $16, available in five woods).
Eve's Addiction

Get it from Eve's Addiction for $11.20 (originally $16, available in five woods).

26. A set of multitasking kitchen tools because I think 2019 is the year that uni-tasking products finally become obsolete.

It includes a masher with a built-in herb stripper, a spoon with measuring lines, a spoon with an herb stripper, a turner with a built-in ginger grater and a cutting edge on one side, and a ladle that can double as a strainer.Get the set of five from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $24.99 (originally $35.99).
Macy's

It includes a masher with a built-in herb stripper, a spoon with measuring lines, a spoon with an herb stripper, a turner with a built-in ginger grater and a cutting edge on one side, and a ladle that can double as a strainer.

Get the set of five from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $24.99 (originally $35.99).

27. An amazingly resilient (and affordable) waterproof Bluetooth speaker that simply can't be ~beat~ for use in the shower, on outdoor adventures, or pretty much anywhere.

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It can be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled device and works from up to 33 feet away!

Promising review: "I live on the river, and we kayak and tube all the time. We've spent lots of money on waterproof products that never work long after getting splashed. I actually dropped this one and submerged it under water accidentally, but we've used it four times since — it didn't phase it. I LOVE IT! It's very loud and the acoustics are great! It's so easy to connect, and it has a bag to keep it in. I've spent seven times more on others that weren't nearly as good! Update: Two months later, it still works great, after being dropped and splashed in river and after several trips down the river, tubing, and biking. And we can use it for two days without recharging before battery dies. The BEST EVER!!!!!" —CARRIE

Check out BuzzFeed's full review of this speaker (#2)!

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

28. Knockout tassel statement earrings for your favorite fashionista.

Get them from J. Crew for $41.99 (originally $49.50, available in four colors).
J. Crew

Get them from J. Crew for $41.99 (originally $49.50, available in four colors).

29. A drool-worthy crate featuring everything a cocktail lover needs to make their own Bloody Marys, plus some yummy snacks to go with them.

Hickory Farms

The crate includes two bottles of Bloody Mary mix, two packs of sausage and cheddar snack sticks, a jar of jalapeño olives, a bag of seasoned mixed nuts, and some Bloody Mary rim salt.

Get it from Hickory Farms for $46.

30. A patterned flannel robe so gorgeous, they'll wish they could wear it outside the house.

Get it from Victoria's Secret for $49.50 (available in sizes S/M-M/L and in two prints).
Victoria's Secret

Get it from Victoria's Secret for $49.50 (available in sizes S/M-M/L and in two prints).

31. A box of fancy dark chocolate truffles for the sweetest person you know.

The flavors inside include salted caramel, cappuccino truffle, and double chocolate raspberry truffle!Get a box of 12 from Godiva for $29.95.
Godiva

The flavors inside include salted caramel, cappuccino truffle, and double chocolate raspberry truffle!

Get a box of 12 from Godiva for $29.95.

32. A roomy rotating makeup organizer that's perfect for your friend whose bathroom counter looks like the aftermath of someone ransacking a Sephora.

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The height of each tray is adjustable, so it can fit several different sized products.

Promising review: "I'm very happy with my purchase. It did just what I wanted it to do. I have a huge collection of makeup, but it was all so cramped under my vanity and I had a hard time finding exactly what I wanted. I do believe those days have finally passed. This organizer is currently holding about 70-80 products of all sizes. It was easy to put together. I like that I can rearrange all my products to suit my taste. The lip around the shelf is high enough so that the products are easily stored without everything falling out when I rotate it. It feels sturdy and it rotates very smoothly." —M. Johnston

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three colors and three shapes).

33. A professional-looking pizza stone you should give them with one condition — that they share any and all pizza they make with you.

Promising review: "I couldn't be happier! I preheated it to 500 degrees, and after about a half hour, I dusted the stone with a little cornmeal and slid the homemade pizza off the peel. It was cooked perfectly in seven minutes. I was able to slide the peel under the pizza and pull it out with absolutely no sticking whatsoever. The crust was made from scratch and came out crisp and chewy. I plan to buy another one for our son and his family. I may even buy a second one for myself." —Mary Lou MonicaGet it from Amazon for $29.95.
Amazon

Promising review: "I couldn't be happier! I preheated it to 500 degrees, and after about a half hour, I dusted the stone with a little cornmeal and slid the homemade pizza off the peel. It was cooked perfectly in seven minutes. I was able to slide the peel under the pizza and pull it out with absolutely no sticking whatsoever. The crust was made from scratch and came out crisp and chewy. I plan to buy another one for our son and his family. I may even buy a second one for myself." —Mary Lou Monica

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

34. A truly genius on-the-go tech kit for your friend who seems to be permanently attached to their technology. The only downside is that with chargers and headphones and lenses at their disposal wherever they go, they may never pay attention to you again.

It includes a phone/tablet stand, a wall plug, a fisheye camera lens for your phone, a sheet for recording password hints, a flash drive, a cord organizer, a 3-in-1 charging cord, earbuds, an earbud wrapper, and a cleaning cloth.Get it from Barnes & Noble for $25.95.
Barnes & Noble

It includes a phone/tablet stand, a wall plug, a fisheye camera lens for your phone, a sheet for recording password hints, a flash drive, a cord organizer, a 3-in-1 charging cord, earbuds, an earbud wrapper, and a cleaning cloth.

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $25.95.

35. Fenty Beauty's metallic winter lipstick trio in Snow Daze or Snow Nights to keep them looking ~cool~ 24/7 from now till the snow melts.

Sephora

Promising review: "I actually bought this trio only for the gold lipstick, but all the colors are amazing. I can finally stop hunting for the perfect gold! The colors are shimmery and glittery but not at all gritty, and they don't dry out your lips. The wear time is good and you don't end up with migrating glitter throughout the day. I LOVE THIS! I was wondering what all the Fenty hype was about but now I'm hooked!" —mermadelove

Get a set of three from Sephora for $36 (available in two combinations).

36. A sweat-wicking, odor-resistant, lightweight half-zip for that one friend who actually likes going to the gym.

Get it from Under Armour for $24.99+ (available in sizes S-3XL in regular and tall and in four colors).
Under Armour

Get it from Under Armour for $24.99+ (available in sizes S-3XL in regular and tall and in four colors).

37. A classic Christmas sweater that's way more cute than ugly.

Get it from ModCloth for $49 (available in sizes XS-XL).
ModCloth

Get it from ModCloth for $49 (available in sizes XS-XL).

38. A luxe printed shawl that's more than ready to curl up by the fire with them (now all they need is cocoa).

Get it from Express for $24.95.
Express

Get it from Express for $24.95.

39. The Squatty Potty, a bathroom stool that helps you assume the right position to pass your stools with ease. It really is ~the shit~.

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Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Squatty Potty.

Promising review: "Going number two will never be the same! This is the best invention known to man. Seriously — whoever invented this brilliant piece of potty art needs a golden shrine in their name! Every time I use this bad boy, I say a quick thank you to the creator of the Squatty Potty and go about my day in pain-free comfort, because the Squatty Potty took care of me and my number two comfort needs. If you don't have a Squatty Potty in every bathroom of your home, do it now! It's a perfect gifts for loved ones, and when they look at you quizzically, wondering why on God's green earth you bought them a Squatty Potty, you will look at them and say, 'Use this next time you go number two and you'll understand why.' You might even receive thank you cards and words of praise!!! Poo in comfort....poo in peace." —Sydney Armstrong

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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