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    21 Gifts Under $50 You Still Have Time To Get

    There's still time to stay UNDER budget and leave them OVERwhelmed with joy.

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    1. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 πŸ˜‚." β€”Jenn

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

    2. 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.

    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." β€”C Chapman

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

    3. Gorgeous ear jackets with a truly stellar level of versatility β€” they can be rocked as drops or as studs if they remove the back.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in four colors).

    4. 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).

    Amazon

    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." β€”Michael R.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.

    5. 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 β€” it's written in the stars.

    Amazon

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

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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!" β€”Sarah Davidson

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    7. Thick-knit, fleece-lined mittens that they'll absolutely need, because it's a scientific fact that the average American loses at least 57 pairs of gloves and mittens each winter.

    Amazon

    Or maybe that's just me.

    Promising review: "These mittens are much warmer than I thought they would be, which is a GREAT surprise. They're very soft and comfortable. They wash like a dream β€” they came out as good as when I first received them. They're more than worth the price. I just ordered a couple more pairs." β€”Hal

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in eight colors).

    8. 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!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This is a perfect remedy for what I understand to be a universal feeling β€” 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. β€” any time you just feel like you're experiencing a special moment." β€”Mikayla

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of this journal!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.17.

    9. A generous box of luxe bath bombs that over 2,000 Amazon reviewers swear by for self-care goodness.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am basically a bath bomb connoisseur. I have a bathtub addiction (five to six nights a week). When I say I’ve tried all the bath bombs Amazon sells, 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 that annoying glitter and the scent actually sticks to your skin. I can’t say enough how much I love these over the 10-12 other brands I’ve tried." β€”JH

    Get a box of 12 from Amazon for $26.80.

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

    Free People

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

    11. 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.

    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." β€”KevinS

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

    12. 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.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 β€” 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." β€”Tulla Bell

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

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

    amazon.com, 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!" β€”Jaiyen

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

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

    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." β€”Bailey K

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

    15. A classic flannel they're sure to get compliments on, and they won't just be plaid-itudes.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This shirt is by one of Amazon's in-house fashion brands. Check out more cool stuff from Amazon's fashion brands (most of which is eligible for super-fast Prime shipping) here.

    Promising review: "These are the best flannels I have ever purchased. I got them for my brother for Christmas! They're a perfect material β€” soft, thick, and cozy without being too warm or so thick that it's uncomfortable. They wash very well and stay soft. They look great buttoned up or unbuttoned β€” they're a fantastic layering piece. The colors are vibrant and the plaid print stays sharp enough even after washing (sometimes after washing flannels, they end up becoming fuzzy from the cotton piling, and color and print fades, but I haven't had that issue with these). I love these flannels so much that I want to buy them in smaller sizes for myself!" β€”Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $16.20+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 20 patterns).

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

    Eve's Addiction

    Many more personalized items from Eve's Addiction are eligible for same-day shipping!

    Get it from Eve's Addiction for $16.

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

    amazon.com, Amazon

    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." β€”M. Johnston

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

    18. The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods for anyone who has ever wanted to try Romulan ale or pumpkin pasties IRL, or who needs motivation to step away from their books and games and actually cook for once.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this book. If you watch sci-fi or fantasy shows then this is the book for you! I love that there's a combination of recipes from all sorts of fandoms like Firefly, Futurama, Legend of Zelda, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, etc. When the title says 'geeky' it lives true to its word. The recipes are decent as well. I've made a few for my children and their friends and they were quite the hit. So many recipes, so little time." β€”kwilliams

    Get it from Amazon for $17.39.

    19. A professional-looking pizza stone you should give them with one condition β€” that they share any and all pizza they make with you.

    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." β€”Mary Lou Monica

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    20. A very round and cuddly corgi to wish them a merry squishmas.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this for my girlfriend and she absolutely loves it! It's very very soft and squishy and extremely cute. It's pretty large as well and makes a great little cushion to rest your head." β€”Kathleen H

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 β€” 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." β€”Sydney Armstrong

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Finally finishing your holiday shopping like:

    Illumination

    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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