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    32 Of The Best Last-Minute Gifts Under $50

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    1. A luxe and lip-smacking white truffle-infused hot sauce here to take every meal they make from "meh" to "OH MY GOD" with just a few drops.

    The large bottle of hot sauce next to tacos

    Promising review: "It's beautiful — 10/10 hands down. I don't even like to stand next to the packaging because I know it makes me look less attractive. Yes, but what about the taste you may ask? The flavors of this white truffle hot sauce are so complex and it tastes differently depending on what you are pairing it with...but without a doubt, it tastes amazing every time. The flavors will dance around your mouth and tease your taste buds with delight." —Blake Driver

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    2. 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!

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed

    Over 2,000 reviewers love it and so do I! Each page is dated and has five small spaces and room to fill in the year for each one, so they can keep a short record every day for five years and compare what they wrote over time. I adore this and it's the first thing that's actually gotten me to journal every day. I usually write more of a blurb than a sentence, but it literally takes me two minutes or less right before bed. I started mine just over a year ago, so I just got to the best part, which has been comparing my entries on the same day from one year to the next. Shocking no one, my 2019 entries are verrrrryyyy different than my 2020 ones.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.05.

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

    Three of the short glasses etched with LA, Chicago, and NYC filled with bourbon
    Uncommon Goods

    Choose expedited shipping to get this prezzie in time!

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16 (available in 31 cities).

    4. A truly fabulous Fenty Beauty gift set featuring a six-shade eyeshadow palette and a mini mascara that'll ~work work work work work~ perfectly for even the most discerning makeup mavens in your life.


    The products are cruelty-, gluten-, paraben-, and phthalate-free!

    Promising review: "I love Rihanna products and the eyeshadow is so beautiful and the colors are pigmented. The mascara is on point! This is a great gift for the holidays!!" —mimi142404

    Get it from Sephora for $20.50 (originally $29).

    5. A clever scratch-off map poster for the person who's missing traveling right now more than anyone else you know. This will be a great way for them to reminiscence about the different countries they've visited and plan destinations for the future. 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 $31.95, or get a similar version in white here.

    6. A green-tea infused memory foam mattress topper beloved by over 2,800 reviewers, because the best gift you could possibly give anyone is the gift of a good night's sleep.

    The light green topper on a mattress

    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 $32.79+ (available in three thicknesses and five sizes).

    7. 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 kids can color in others themselves.

    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 $19.99.

    8. Absolutely beautiful Harlem Chocolate Factory brownstone-inspired chocolate bars for anyone who loves chocolate, architecture, NYC, and/or supporting small local businesses. Each of the bars is shaped like a Harlem brownstone building, dusted with gold, and possibly too gorgeous to eat.

    The box, decorated with an image of Harlem buildings, and the six individually wrapped bars

    Harlem Chocolate Factory is a Black-owned business that uses organic and locally sourced ingredients in their goodies. This set (which includes two dark, two milk, and two white chocolate bars) is on Oprah's Favorite Things list this year — check out more of her picks from Black-owned businesses here.

    Get a box of six from Amazon for $50.

    9. 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 9,000 (!!!) 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 $24.80.

    10. A donation to refugees from the kind and creative Choose Love store — it allows you to "purchase" an item or service that will then be delivered to a family in need. Once you order, you'll be emailed a link to a downloadable gift card to give your loved one to let them know the awesome thing you did in their name!

    Choose Love

    Learn more about the program here.

    Donate a child's coat for $15, mental health support for $30, and clean water for $50.

    11. A wireless Bluetooth karaoke mic that's basically a portable party (not to mention an easy way to entertain the fam when they can't go to actual parties) — it's compatible with any smartphone or tablet and can jam for five to 10 hours on a single charge.,

    It can also connect to their device via cable. Plus, it's got over 4,000 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 $30.99 (available in 10 colors).

    12. An OMG-worthy Baby Yoda LED lamp so out-of-this-world adorable, you should prepare for them to cry "YODA BEST!!!" once they unwrap it.

    The seven-inch lamp shaped like a cutesy Baby Yoda in his pod

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    13. 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. I have one of these and while I haven't used it for much besides blasting music at birthday parties in the pre-COVID times, I found it super easy to pair and transport and to have great sound!

    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 $24.99 (available in three colors).

    14. A wearable mermaid tail blanket any kiddo with a big imagination will want to be ♫ part of their world ♫.

    A child wrapped in a sparkly pink blanket that makes them look like they have a mermaid tail

    Promising review: "Great material for the price!! It was the perfect birthday gift for my niece who is obsessed with mermaids right now. Even gets her excited to take her nap!" —kcapes

    Get it from Target for $15 (available in two colors). Target also offers in-store pickup!

    15. A cool Pantone-inspired, instantly downloadable pride print that'll make their walls anything but (rain)bow-ring.


    Kiki & Nim is a Black woman-owned shop that makes so many stylish, instantly downloadable works of art for every room and occasion, you'll probably be able to find something for everyone on your list as well as for your own home. Each order comes with four JPG files in different sizes, but you can also message the shop owner if you need a custom size!

    Get the trans pride print or the bisexual pride print from Kikiandnim on Etsy for $4, and find more pride prints here.

    16. A 25-piece assortment of Baked By Melissa's newest mini cupcake flavors plus some classics that'll allow you or whoever you gift them to to take a literal bite of heaven.

    Various flavors of the bite-size cupcakes
    Baked By Melissa

    This brand sent me a sample package for my b-day last year and they were yumtastic. The flavors include chocolate chip pancake, snowball, snowcap, tie-dye, red velvet, cookies and cream, cookie blizzard, PB&J, cookie dough, triple chocolate fudge, mint cookie, and jelly doughnut! Plus, you can choose a specific delivery day at checkout so you can arrange for them to come perfectly timed for the holidays.

    Promising review: "Best pick-me-up ever! These make for the best gifts. I've now sent them for Mother's Day, a sick friend, and a colleague. Everyone loves them!" —Allison C.

    Get it from Baked By Melissa for $32.

    17. A trendy oversized teddy bear coat that is as cuddly and cute as its namesake and is sure to keep them cozy (and fashion influencer-esque) all season long., Amazon

    Some reviewers recommend sizing up for a slouchy fit and more room to layer.

    Promising review: "OBSESSED!!! Exactly like a coat from Urban Outfitters except at a fraction of the cost. It's super comfy and warm! Love love love it! It feels expensive and is super cute. You don't have to spend so much money on trendy items — it's so not worth it when you can find cute dupes." —Vanessa

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in women's sizes S-3XL and in 33 styles).

    18. A gift subscription to Sips By, which'll allow them to receive a curated selection of four new teas personalized to their taste every month for a luxe tea snob experience at a price that's not too ~steep~.

    Sips By

    Each box comes with enough tea for at least 15 cups, plus tips and recipes from tea experts (I didn't know there was such a thing, other than my own tea-obsessed BFF, but the more you know).

    Get a three-month subscription gift card from Sips By for $45.

    19. 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???

    The goat standing on a stump figure and the booklet

    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 $9.72.

    20. A cute and multipurpose nonstick mini griddle that's so efficient and easy to clean, your friend with a small apartment or lackluster culinary skills will find their excuses not to cook will be, well, cooked. It might actually make making dinner...dare I say


    It comes with a book of recipes plus access to an online database with even more!

    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 five colors).

    21. A roomy rotating makeup organizer that's perfect for your friend whose bathroom counter looks like a Sephora exploded.


    The height of each tray is adjustable, so it can fit several different-sized items. It claims to hold at least 30 brushes and 20 other products!

    Promising review: "I love this thing so much. I got the clear kind and it looks fancier than I thought it would. It was super easy to assemble (the instructions are on the box, easy to follow, and have pictures). I also think it’s great how customizable it is because I have bottles of all shapes and this design was able to utilize the vertical space in my bathroom cabinet!" —Akash B.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three colors).

    22. A "Love that journey for me" keyring any Schitt's Creek fan will carry with them on all their journeys, even if it's just to pick up some soap at Rose Apothecary or get a smoothie from Twyla (be careful).

    The silver keyring with a round engraved charm

    Promising review: "This keychain is solid and the engraving is nice, so I think it’ll last for a while! It came in a nice little bag for great presentation as a gift." —Kathi M.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.26.

    23. Wool-blend kitty face socks purr-pared to peek their whiskers out of all of your friend's favorite footwear and keep their paws cozy this winter.


    Promising review: "Cute, warm, and not too heavy. These socks are so cute but they are also warm and comfortable! They wash up beautifully!" —Kindle Customer

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $19.79 (available in 21 styles).

    24. A memory foam gel cushion that anyone who's been working from home in an uncomfy chair (and their tush) will thank you for profusely. Look at you, literally saving their butt yet again.

    The cushion on a rolling desk chair

    It's got over 8,000 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "As an audiobook narrator, I spend a great deal of time propped on my bum. It's difficult to concentrate on the book you're narrating when your bum goes numb. After trying a collection of folded towels and foam bed pillows, I took a chance on this pillow. OH MY. I can now sit for hours in complete posterior comfort. I thank you, and my listeners thank you." —J. Seybert

    Get it from Amazon for $37.95

    25. A beyond fuzzy faux fur throw blanket the intended recipient won't need any time to warm up to — no matter if they're a human or a pet.


    It's machine-washable, so when it gets dirty they can get it clean and back around themselves ASAP.

    Promising review: "Un-freaking-believable! My family fights over this blanket. It's like being wrapped in a silky, feathery, warm cloud! It's even soft on both sides. I've been told to buy more so my family will stop fighting. It's simply like chicken noodle soup for your body." —Melinda Deas

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in five sizes and 26 colors).

    26. An Amazon Fire TV Stick, because after almost a year of stay-at-home, everyone could use a TV upgrade. Specifically, a smart TV device that's super easy to install (even for low tech folks), has Alexa voice commands, and will let them do way more than just watch TV.


    They can use the Alexa commands to check the weather, stream music, or connect to other compatible cameras in their home. The device itself is made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastics and simply plugs into the HDMI port of their TV, meaning they can easily take it with them and switch it around between TVs. The setup is so easy and the package even comes with remote batteries, so they can start binge watching within minutes of unwrapping it!

    Promising review: "This is a great product, easy to use and install. I have been an avid Apple fan and have been reluctant to part from their ecosystem. This comes with an Apple TV app that actually works better than an Apple TV itself, plus it has more free content — you can buy almost four of these for a basic version of Apple TV. No contest — if the price was reversed I would still recommend Amazon Fire hands down. Netflix app works much better, as does YouTube (haven’t tried much else yet). If you purchase the USB power option, this entire unit hides behind TV so you do not need to hide a power cord or HDMA cord which is great, especially if your TV is mounted on a wall. I cannot believe I waited so long to try. I am throwing away my other Apple TVs and replacing with Amazon Fire. I am extremely pleased (and surprised)." —XByron

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    27. A super fuzzy pet bed to spoil your favorite small doggo or kitty with a place for them to be lazy all winter (and spring, and summer, and fall...) long.

    A small dog in the gray round cushion bed

    Promising review: "This is probably the best $25 I've ever spent for my dog. He loves snuggling in this circular and cozy bed. He curls up like a donut inside it and I think he appreciates the feeling of being hugged with the support all around. Now that I have one, I'll likely purchase another or perhaps two to have in every room where he naps. Oh, I have a dachshund. He's about 14 pounds." —Bonnie67

    Get it from Petsmart for $24.99. Petsmart also offers in-store pickup.

    28. A subscription to Loot Pin for the pal who can never have too many enamel pins (or whose boring jean jacket is DESPERATELY in need of a makeover). Tell 'em you signed them up to receive a new addition to their collection every month, and they'll say "Pinch me, I must be dreaming."


    There are several subscription options to suit their taste and your budget: the original plan (which offers a more minimal pin each month), the premium plan (with higher quality, more detailed pins), the original + premium plan (which sends one of each per month), and even a family plan (which'll include two original and two premium pins each month so they can match and share with someone...hopefully you).

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I wanted to start collecting enamel pins, but could never decide which ones to get, so now I don't have to!! Super cute." —Miranda M.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $7+/month.

    29. An ahhh-worthy heat-changing Charmander mug that will show off the starter Pokémon's firepower when they add their hot drink. It's sure to have any anime fan you give it to telling you you're the very best, like no one ever was.

    A diagram that shows how the mug changes from black with Charmander on it to Charmander surrounded by flames when a hot drink is added

    Promising review: "Bought this as a gift. They LOVE it. The heat changing is really cool and it's a very large mug, great for hot chocolate!" —Cake

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    30. A beyond soft and cuddly teddy bear with an aww-dorable oversized head that'll bring anyone oversized amounts of joy.


    Promising review: "Super soft and cute! Makes a great gift and a great little friend! Love it! A bit expensive, but super worth it! Love it." —mlamping

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    31. A gorgeous pair of gold-plated, Swarovski crystal-embellished, asymmetric butterfly stud earrings that'll make their heart ~flutter~ and serve as a super thoughtful gift — even if you actually bought them at the last second and they're way less pricey than they look.

    The gold and crystal studs, one of which is a single butterfly, and one of which has a second butterfly ear cuff attached to the stud

    These beauties are from a Black woman-owned business called BX Glow — an affordable and glam jewelry line founded by Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada.

    Get them from Amazon for $48 (also available in silver here).

    32. And finally, the Squatty Potty, a bathroom stool that'll 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 $24.99.

    When you realize you still have time to get the perfect gift:

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