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    40 Of The Best Gifts Under $50 To Give In 2019

    Guess what — it's possible to stay under budget and leave them overwhelmed with joy.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. 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!


    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.

    2. Quirky, detailed plush animal slippers available in basically every critter you can imagine, not just basic bunnies — I'm talking everything from giraffes to blue tang fish to platypuses.


    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 $19.95+ (available in six sizes and over 50 animals).

    3. A green-tea infused memory foam mattress topper beloved by over 1,600 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 Chapman

    Get it from Amazon for $26.68+ (available in three thicknesses and five 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., Amazon

    It can also connect to their device via cable. Plus, it's got over 2,000 positive reviews! 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 $32.99+ (available in 10 colors).

    5. 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).


    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 $21.95.

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


    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in seven colors).

    7. 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.

    8. Or a chic silk sleep mask embroidered with their sign to give them ~star-studded~ dreams.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $50 (available in four signs).

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


    Throwing in the top-rated eyeshadow primer this reviewer mentions with it would make an extra great (and still under $20!) gift!

    Promising review: "The mattes are extremely pigmented/blend easily, the glitters are absolutely stunning, and the shimmers are beautiful for an easy all over lid eyeshadow look. 100% worth it! All of the eyeshadow palettes I own are pretty neutral, so I bought this to experiment with some bright colors, without having to pay $50-$60 for whatever the newest, coolest palette is. I'm definitely not disappointed. Note: I did use Milani eyeshadow primer in the photo on the left, so I'm not sure what the pigment is like without a primer." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

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

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16 (available in 32 cities).

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


    Promising review: "My family is obsessed with anything Harry Potter, so I bought this game for my daughter's 10th birthday. We finally got to play with it and we loved it! It has the base of a regular Clue game, only instead of finding out who was killed, with what weapon and where, you have to find out who made a student disappear from Hogwarts, with what spell/object, and in which room. The twist is that you have house points you may loose when seeing the Dark Mark, spells that can help you protect yourself or open locked doors, and the board can change by locking/unlocking doors, adding/removing secret passages and more. Very cool game. We enjoyed it a lot." —M. Shahar

    Get it from Amazon for $38.83.

    12. A luxuriously plush Natori robe they can hibernate in all winter long.

    Nordstrom Rack

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $49.97 (originally $98, available in sizes S-XL and in three colors).

    13. Coloring Without Borders, a truly gorgeous coloring and activity book whose proceeds go to support Families Belong Together, an organization fighting family separation at the border. Over 80 artists contributed interactive pages with a cool, symbolic twist — there are no lines that kids have to worry about staying within. ❤️

    Families Belong Together, @coloringwithoutborders / Via

    All the text is written in both English and Spanish!

    Get it from Families Belong Together for $24.95.

    14. 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 heck of a lot less pricey.

    8,000 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 $44.95.

    15. Baa Baa Bubbles, a whimsical game you'll actually enjoy playing with the kiddos in your life after they unwrap it. A game that helps them practice counting but also includes farm animals and bubbles? Shear perfection.


    Kids draw tiles that tell them how many times to "feed" the sheep so her coat of bubbles grows, but after a certain number of feedings she'll sneeze and make bubbles go everywhere! If she doesn't sneeze when they've completed their turn, they keep the tile and whoever ends up with the most tiles wins!

    Promising review: "This is such a fun game for young and old! Had a total blast playing this with my 3-year-old grandchild. Set up was easy — just rub on some bubble solution with the included bottle, push down the two side levers, and you are ready to play. This didn't make a mess at all and cleanup was super easy. We all loved this game. Good clean fun!!" —V.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.93.

    16. Glossier's everyday makeup set featuring three of their cult-fave products — Boy Brow eyebrow pomade, Cloud Paint cheek color, and Lash Slick mascara — so it's basically like giving the gift of a whole new beauty routine.


    Promising review: "I can't overstate how great these products are. I used to be really into the heavy makeup look, until I found Glossier. Now I can use these three products and achieve a dewy and fresh look. Boy Brow is super easy to apply and stays in place all day. Lash Slick is easily my favorite mascara — it's probably the first one I've ever tried that doesn't clump or leave my lashes looking heavy. My favorite product by far is the Cloud Paint. You only need a little and it gives me a nice flush." —Liv

    Get it from Glossier for $40 (available in four shades of Boy Brow and six shades of Cloud Paint).

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

    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 $17.95.

    18. A top-rated box of moisturizing bath bombs in 12 different soothing aromas sure to give them a ~scents~ of relaxation.


    They've got over 5,000 5-star reviews, and reviewers say they're great for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I am basically a bath bomb connoisseur. I have a bathtub addiction, so when I say I’ve tried all the bath bombs Amazon provides, I’m serious. I keep going back to these, not only because of the price but because they actually work well. They don’t have all those annoying glitters and the scent actually sticks to your skin and serves a hydration purpose. I can’t say enough how much I love these over the 10-12 other brands I’ve tried." —JH

    Get a box of 12 from Amazon for $26.80.

    19. 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.


    Once scanned, the Rocketbook 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 pen — get a pack of seven from Amazon for $13.88.

    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 $22.49+ (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    20. A powerful plush RBG doll ~notorious~ for making both kids and adults want to give her a big ol' hug.


    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    21. 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." —KevinS

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in nine animals).

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

    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 $11.99+ (available in six colors).

    23. A sleek Quip electric toothbrush, which isn't a regular toothbrush, it's a cool toothbrush that they'd actually be excited to see under the tree or in their stocking. In addition to being cute, it helps them brush for the right amount of time, uses super quiet and gentle sonic pulses, comes with a mirror mount that can also work as a travel cover, and is super compact.

    Rachel Miller/BuzzFeed

    It doesn't even have a charger — it's battery powered, and you can also sign up for a refill plan that'll deliver a new battery, brush head, and tube of toothpaste to them every three months for just $10/delivery. The brush works on a two-minute timer to ensure they don't cut their brushing session short, plus it beeps every 30 seconds to remind them to move it to a new spot. Check out one BuzzFeeder's full review here.

    It's also BuzzFeed Reviews' pick for the best affordable electric toothbrush!

    Get a brush, cover, and toothpaste set from Quip for $25+ (available in plastic or metal and in eight colors).

    24. A Homesick candle infused with aromas inspired by a different country or an iconic national park, just in case you can't afford to take your adventure-seeking buddy on their dream vacay just yet. This will still give them the ~scents~ of the place.


    Get the France candle for $26.95 (also available in nine other countries) and the Grand Canyon candle for $26.95 (also available in three other national parks), both from Amazon.

    25. A cool marble-effect water bottle that you can personalize with their name or initials for a chic way to help the environment and stay hydrated that really ~rocks~.

    @swellbottle / Via

    These beauties are BPA-free, vacuum insulated, and claim to keep drinks hot for 12 hours or cold for a full 24 hours!!!

    Get a 17 oz. gold marble effect bottle from S'well for $35 (available with up to 10 characters of personalization) and find more designs here.

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


    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).

    27. 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 Monica

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    28. A genius tumbler so your favorite iced tea lover can make their beloved beverage on the go. They just let the tea steep in the outer compartment and fill the inner one with ice. Push them together, and they're ready to spill (and sip) the tea!


    They probably won't actually spill it, though, since it's got a leak-proof lid. Plus, it's BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99 (originally $28.99, available in two colors).

    29. 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.,

    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!!!!!" —

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

    Get it from Amazon for $21.24 (available in three colors).

    30. A box of Godiva milk and dark chocolate truffles for the sweetest person you know.


    The flavors inside include salted caramel, hazelnut crunch, crème brûlée, and strawberry tart!

    Get a box of 12 from Godiva for $29.95+ (available in 22 ribbon colors and designs, including ones with a customizable message).

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

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

    Promising review: "I love this. I bought it to hold my skincare products and other bathroom things. I was successfully able to fit all my acids, witch hazel, moisturizers, dental care, tweezers, nail clippers, hair ties, etc. in here without any issues. It's very sturdy and holds up to my cat batting things around. I bought another for a friend because I loved it so much!" —Sarah Yarnell

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    32. Fenty Beauty's new Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Set, which features five super glowy lipglosses to have their pout shining bright like a diamond.


    They're cruelty-free and contain smoothing shea butter!

    Promising review: "I don't know how Rihanna keeps doing this, but all of these colors are great. I thought for sure the orangey and the dark red/brown shades were going to be stocking stuffers for Christmas this year, but I'm keeping them all thank you very much. They smell very pretty (the scent is a touch strong, but I love it and it's not a strong *chemical* smell, so I'm about it). It goes on well over lipstick as well as on bare lips. It stays pretty glossy and smooth until you need to reapply — it doesn't get gritty or stringy or dried out at all. Weirdly enough, it almost feels like lip balm after a while. The packaging is amazing, as per usual lol — it's gorgeous on my vanity!" —gardenoftea

    Get a set of five from Sephora for $42.

    33. The Trtl Pillow, aka your always on-the-go friend or family member's new must-have. It's soft, ergonomic, and will actually keep their neck supported when napping in awkward upright positions. The gift of actually being able to sleep on a flight? Priceless.


    It's got over 8,000 positive reviews!!!

    Promising review: "I bought this over a year ago and used it on several long flights. As I like to sit on the aisle, it was the first time I'd slept comfortably on a plane without my head hanging out in the aisle. I also recently used it on an eight-hour bus ride and found it worked very well there, too. The fabric is soft yet not overly warm so I don't get overheated. While on the bus trip, I passed the Trtl around as people were fascinated by it, and unfortunately, someone sat on it and broke the insides. I ordered a new one immediately as I don't want to be without it on my next vacation. I haven't used it riding in the car, but I imagine it would be great there, too. I highly recommend it!" —iltxok2

    Get it from Amazon for $21.25+ (available in seven colors and prints and in adult and kids' sizes).

    34. A posh French Press to help them achieve the Nancy Meyers movie-worthy kitchen of their dreams. In fact, if you wanted to gift it to them along with a card featuring on essay on why her masterpiece The Holiday is the best holiday movie of all time, I bet they wouldn't even be mad.

    Sur La Table

    You'd be right, after all.

    Get it from Sur La Table for $36.95+ (available in three sizes).

    35. A cool set of shot glasses made from beer bottles plus a sleek display tray for your favorite drinking buddy.


    Get six glasses and a tray from Cabela's for $29.99.

    36. A LOL-worthy screaming goat figure who is honestly a very, very big mood, especially these days. Just press him and he lets out a shriek! I mean, who wouldn't want him in their life???


    He also comes with a little book of equally delightful goat facts.

    Promising review: "This little guy has put a smile on the face of everyone who has met him. Affectionately known in our house as Scruffy, this item was a wonderful gag gift for anyone who loves goats or has a good sense of humor. The book is entertaining and surprisingly well-made and designed. Perfect stocking stuffer or just-because surprise." —Faith Marlow

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    37. A pillow of a favorite human or animal face for a gift they'll want to cuddle up with constantly (even when their cat won't oblige) and that I can pretty much guarantee they're not gonna get from anyone else.


    Since these are customized and ship from the UK, you'll want to order them well in advance of the gifting occasion — they say they typically take 10-18 business days to arrive!

    Promising review: "My mother-in-law can now have my toddler son's giant face with her whenever she's at home. What more can you ask for as a grandma." —Firebox customer

    Get the human face or pet face pillow for $23.99. If you want to represent the whole squad, you can get two of the people ones for $36.99 or three for $43.99.

    38. A resplendent birthstone enamel pin in case you're looking for a gift that's personal, only $10, and a total ~gem~.


    Get it from AlphabetBags on Etsy for $10.18 (available in 11 month options).

    39. A puffy-sticker making kit that literally any kid or kid at heart will enjoy, because you're never too old to know that puffy stickers are the best kind of stickers.


    It comes with a sticker-making press, instructions, and the materials to make 60 stickers! Some of the designs are colored in, while others you can color yourself.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my 6-year-old niece for her birthday. She's a planner girl like her mother and I, and I thought she would enjoy being able to add stickers to her planner that she made herself. She went absolutely wild making them as soon as she got it! The process for making the stickers is very easy and she got the hang of it very quickly. The set comes with several sheets of sticker adhesive, puffs, and paper decorations to make the stickers, and the sticker adhesive is pretty quality. Even I had fun making stickers with her. Definitely reminds me of an '80s toy. So much fun!" —Tamara Nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $13.40.

    40. And finally, the Squatty Potty, a bathroom stool that help them assume the right position to pass their stools with ease.


    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 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 $24.23.

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