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    36 Of The Best Gifts Under $50 To Give In 2017

    Not too cheap, not too expensive, but juuuust right.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI โ€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    Hey! While we try to keep our posts updated as much as we can, this post is actually from 2017, so we can't guarantee that the pricing and/or availability of the products featured are accurate. Check out the 2018 version of this post for our most up-to-date under-$50 gift recommendations!

    1. A multisectioned skillet pan for whipping up all the breakfast essentials at once โ€” because nothing's worse than waking up starving and waiting around for your food to cook separately.

    Promising review: "I can honestly say that I will no longer be needing all my other pans โ€” this just does it all. Cooking multiple ingredients at the same time and then infusing them together to mix all the flavors is something that I have never been able to do before. Keep the pan at a medium heat to always get the best cook. I recommend this to pretty much anyone who likes to cook, but mostly to the ones that dread it! A++." โ€”Dan S.

    Get it from Amazon for $47.69.

    2. A green teaโ€“infused memory foam mattress topper or fluffy microplush mattress pad, because everyone deserves the most sound and cloudlike sleep of their life.,

    Promising review (for the first mattress topper): "I have to admit my wife purchased this product and I gave her a hard time about it. I now have to eat my words! This is absolutely like sleeping on clouds, I truly didn't want to leave the bed last time we went camping." โ€”Broken Hero

    Get the first one (1.5") from Amazon for $25.85+ and the second one (5.1") for $26.99+.

    3. An elegant AF wine rack so stylish and mesmerizing that it might knock you off your feet, if you're not too careful.

    Watch out for those strong currents โ€” I mean, reds.

    Promising review: "Very impressed; looks like Art Deco. The black has the look of formed metal. Put it together in 20 min! Located it on the bottom rack of my etagere; looks great with the wines." โ€”Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (two colors).

    4. A stunning ensemble (well, four to be exact) of iridescent glasses for pouring many rounds of champagne, wine, or slightly questionable DIY cocktails.,

    Get them both from Urban Outfitters for $39: the glasses set here and the gold metallic cocktail set here.

    5. A dangerously cozy sloth onesie that reminds its owner โ€” lest they forget โ€” to take life slow and *always* take a nap when given the chance.

    *yawns into the phone* Sorry, I can' big plans. *yawns again*

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (sizes XSโ€“XXL; two colors). If your size is sold out, try this one for $21.99+ (sizes S-XL).

    6. A life-changing journal to help everyone get their shit together, but like, in a totally fun and nonintimidating sort of way.

    How, you ask? With pages just for venting, de-stressing (coloring, anyone?), tracking healthy habits that actually work, manageable challenges, and overall clever ways to plan ahead and relieve everyday stress.

    Get them from BuzzFeed's Nifty Shop for $22.95 each (choose from "Life Journal," "My Life And Other Adult Stuff," and "Busy Parents").

    PSST! BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

    7. A collection of bold lippies in a variety of shades (berries, reds, and browns, oh my!) and formulas for a casual(ly lethal) pout every day of the week.

    8. A heated deep-kneading massager with four nodes to soothe most worn-out muscles and improve blood circulation โ€” so basically, a gift no one will ever badmouth! Or return!

    You can choose your preferred node rotation direction or let it auto-reverse. It also automatically turns off after 20 minutes to help avoid overuse if you fall asleep, for instance. And you can easily turn the heat off if you'd like as well.

    Promising review: "I have a lot of neck and upper back pain and used to get a deep tissue massage every three weeks to relieve the tension. I bought this massager in April and have not had to get a massage since then. You can control how deep of a massage you want by putting weight on the arm rests. I bought two more for gifts, and my friend also bought one that she uses daily." โ€”KFEL

    Get it from Amazon for $43.95.

    9. A iPhone lens and tripod kit for breathtaking vacay photos that will rack up Insta likes by the hundreds.

    Promising review: "I didn't intend on the product working very well but I'm pleasantly surprised. The macro lens is really cool for close-up objects; I took one of my daughter's eye with and without the lens. When I zoom in with the lens, it is more detailed and clearer. The telephoto lens is what I really purchased this for; I took a photo of the tree line a quarter mile away with the sunset on the little tripod and then removed the clip and snapped a pic without the long telephoto lens. Big difference." โ€”Joy Heitman

    Get it from Amazon for $16.89 (wide and macro lens) or $29.99 (four-in-one lens kit).

    10. A mouth-watering cookbook that lets you customize its contents to a person's specific food preferences and add emojis and personalized notes (which are just as important as the recipes themselves, duh).

    Choose seven recipe sections (like Chocolate, Slow Cooker, and Five Items or Less) and the book will be automatically populated with seven of the most popular Tasty recipes for each section.

    Get one from BuzzFeed's Tasty Shop for $24+ (available in paperback and hardcover).

    PSST! BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

    11. Perfectly fluffy and chubby koala slippers to defend you from the nightmare of having cold feet (just the physical kind, thank goodness).

    Promising review: "I bought these slippers as a gift for my son's girlfriend. She loved them and said they fit perfectly and were super comfortable. She especially liked the cushiony insoles. When we'd get back to the house after doing 'Christmas things,' the first thing she'd do was changing into these slippers." โ€”KtN

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99 (toddler sizes 7.5-12, adult sizes SM to XX / available in lots and lots of different animals).

    12. A three-month Birchbox subscription for the fabulous beauty and grooming gurus in your life.

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    The first box they receive will be a collection of customer favorites that work for anyone. After that they'll get an email to fill out a profile so the rest of their subscriptions can be tailored to their hair type, skin type, style, and preferences โ€” the products come from a mix of niche and beloved high-end brands.

    Gift them from Birchbox for $30 for a three-month subscription: women's boxes here and men's boxes here (also available in six-month and yearly subscriptions at higher price points, of course).

    13. A water-resistant Bluetooth speaker that is the definition of "small but mighty" โ€” especially perfect for the shower pop stars in your life.

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    Promising review: "This little speaker was shaking my kayak and you could feel the vibration from the bass on the water. It got soaked while on out river trip and never missed a sound. Had it paired with my iPhone 6 in a waterproof case and its battery lasted all day long." โ€”David D.

    Check out our full review here (#2)!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (Forest Green is the only color guaranteed to arrive before Christmas).

    14. A gorgeous scratch-off map for the friend who's always eyeing flight deals for the right opportunity to jet off.

    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." โ€”Michael R.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    15. A soothing and refreshing 3x3 candle and fragrance kit for anyone who can't resist some chic scent coordination.

    Each fragrance is from one of Commodity's three collections: Black, White, and Platinum. Oolong has a warm and spicy scent that includes key notes of honey, Egyptian basil, and tobacco. Book has a earthy scent that includes key notes of cucumber, guaรฏac wood, and sandalwood. Orris has a warm floral scent that includes key notes of Italian orris, pink peppercorn, and white lily of the valley.

    Get it from Sephora for $38.

    You can also buy each perfume separately for $26 and up (Oolong, Book, and Orris) and candle separately for $55 each (Oolong, Book, and Orris).

    16. A gorgeous memory journal to make self-reflection a walk in the park. One line a day for five years = 1,824 mini moments to be treasured forever!

    Promising review: "I adore this journal. Allows me to write down daily memories or thoughts, puts my current self in a good mood, and I am 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., anytime you just feel like you are experiencing a special moment." โ€”Mikayla

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review here!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.17.

    17. A chic double-walled travel press/mug for pipin' hot coffee or tea anywhere ya want some โ€” talk about efficiency!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (four colors / acrylic or stainless steel).

    18. A ridiculously long-wearing liquid lipstick to end any makeup addict's long and arduous search for ~the perfect red~.

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    Seriously! It's alarmingly flattering on all skin tones.

    Get it from Sephora for $24.

    Everything from Fenty is worth gifting though (like the Shimmer Skinsticks), so check it all out here.

    19. Bestselling sheet masks guaranteed to make any pampering fiend take a step back and say, "Holy sheet!"

    The sheet mask set includes six Sephora Collection Face Masks in Algae, Pearl, Orchid, Avocado, Pomegranate, and Lotus.

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    20. A nylon zip backpack that โ€” if it could talk โ€” would say, "I am simple perfection embodied in a bag. Take me around town and I guarantee you the cute person in that cafรฉ you frequent will ask you where you got it.",

    Promising review: "So, here is why I love Everlane: you make products that are affordable, colorful, and desirable. The [small] backpack snugly fits my 13-inch MacBook Air and has several compartments that fit my need-to-get-easily items. It just feels right on my back. I prefer color in my wardrobe and now I have it in more of my accessories. The backpack has become a new everyday companion for me." โ€”Maggie

    Get them from Everlane: the first and smaller backpack for $38 (three colors) and the second (and larger) backpack for $48 (four colors).

    Check out the rest of Everlane's under $50 gift guide here (women's) and here (men's)!

    21. A practical but elegant corner shelf that, as a warning, might result in lots of friends asking to borrow you and your brilliant interior decorating skills.

    Promising review: "The shelves add an extra dimension of style to my room. They hold up well and are made of quality solid wood. They are great conversation starters and people praise me on the unique styling and look. The shipping was fast and I didn't have any problems whatsoever." โ€”Sofia Mozeni

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    22. A supremely stylish metal bulletin board to add both class and functionality to any busy bee's work space.

    Promising review: "I love the modern look of this memo board and it's very functional since papers can be tucked under the metal or held in place with the included thumbtacks/magnets." โ€”Jane

    Get it from Amazon for $28.04.

    23. A polished rotating makeup organizer for the person who has wayyy more beauty products than space to store them.

    Me, I'm one of them, ok? But who isn't, hmm? The holidays aren't for judging! P.S. These organizers can also be used as spice racks and such โ€” not just for beauty products!

    Promising review: "Iโ€™m amazed at how many products this holds and how calming it was to have my items in one place. I now also use my makeup and skincare products more regularly because Iโ€™m no longer overwhelmed by the acreage it was all strewn across." โ€”Mrs. Bluestocking

    Get it from Amazon for $19.69+ (three colors and six shapes/styles).

    24. A perpetually grumpy pajama set to teleport perpetually grumpy wearers into another Disney classic, Beauty and the ~Fleece~, and maybe give them a mood boost (but probably not).

    Get it from Target for $12 (sizes XS-XL).

    25. A smart notebook that conveniently syncs with your notes app of choice (like Google Drive or Evernote) with reusable pages that wipe clean with a damp cloth when used with Pilot FriXion pens.

    Does Rocketbook ring a bell? It should. The Everlast is the brand's follow-up to their popular Wave notebook (which erases your notes using a microwave).

    Promising review: "OMG! This device is so cool and it 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. The wet cloth erases and works exactly like they said it would. I wish I had this product while in college. It is worth every penny." โ€”Tulla Bell

    Get it from Amazon for $28.91+ (the executive size should arrive by Christmas!).

    26. Wireless Bluetooth earbuds to impress music lovers and workout regulars with their clear sound and snug fit โ€” and at a price that can't be beat (read: excellent for your wallet).

    Promising review: "I use these while running and working out. Sound quality is very good, especially for such cheap earbuds. I had some Sony earbuds that were 5x more expensive and did not sound nearly as good as these. The battery life and Bluetooth range seem to be close to what is advertised: I have not measured exactly, but when I leave my phone at the bench and have to go a ways to get some more weights, the connection stays strong for what seems to be about 30 ft. I can also attest to their durability. I accidentally left them in my pocket and they made it just fine through the washer and dryer. One would be hard-pressed to find headphones in this price range that perform better." โ€”John and Melissa Robbins

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (five colors).

    27. A stomach-splitting party game for people who are willing to ruin their personal brands and/or relationships just a little bit, without warning โ€” for eternal social media glory, obviously.

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $24.97.

    PSST...We make money when you buy this!

    28. A cute dotted duffle bag so your favorite gym rats can always look cute, even after sweating to the beat of a treadmill for an hour.

    Promising review: "This duffel is adorable! I use it as a gym bag and love how easy the lining is to wipe clean since it always has work out shoes/sandals going in and out of it. I'm a huge fan of Lysol wipes and they work great! The bag looks nice and compact, but has plenty of room for a pair of shoes or two, a towel, shower stuff, wallet, etc. It's definitely more spacious than it looks! The hardware looks and feels like it will last. It's the perfect duffel for a weekend trip too!" โ€”Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (eight styles).

    29. A dainty silver zodiac necklace for the astrology fanatic in your life, aka they're always telling you unwarranted predictions about your love life.

    "I'm a Taurus and ๐Ÿ‘ don't ๐Ÿ‘ you ๐Ÿ‘ ever ๐Ÿ‘ forget ๐Ÿ‘ it ๐Ÿ‘."

    Get it from Amazon for $9.80+ (available in eight zodiac signs).

    30. A tough love gift in the form of a mobile alarm clock because, honestly, if Lauren's an hour late for brunch ONE MORE TIME, you might just lose it.

    Promising review: "I am the heaviest sleeper! I usually use five alarms on my phone and still oversleep. The very first time using this, I was up and running at 5:30 a.m.! This is the only thing that gets me up and out of bed. It's a bit slow on my medium-pile carpeting, so not recommended for a thick carpet. Love that the sound changes so I can't drown out a consistent beep and the face lighting up is gentle on my eyes but persistent enough to wake me." โ€”Denise Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (some colors will be in stock by 12/20 or 12/21, which means they'll be delivered by Christmas with Prime).

    31. A soul-warming candle for all of your homesick friends โ€” and you'll probably want to get one for yourself while you're at it.

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

    PSST! BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

    32. Stunning eyeshadow palettes that deliver amazing, buttery pigmentation for a wallet-friendly price โ€” plus, that packaging is basically a work of art.

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    Promising review (for Semi Precious): "I've been leaning away from shimmery shades and only using mattes lately, but I got this palette as a gift and haven't stopped using it all week. The shades are very easy to work with (today I left my brushes at home and was able to get amazing payout and blending with just my finger). Very wearable shades with enough oomph if I want to be adventurous. Don't sleep on this one!!" โ€”Shanley

    Get the Golden State of Mind and Semi Precious palettes from Sephora for $26 each.

    33. A charm bracelet building advent calendar the kiddos will absolutely adore.

    Prepare for some squealing and "Aunt/Uncle of the Year" awards.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    34. A Harry Potterโ€“themed Clue game for your likewise magic-obsessed relatives and friends so you can also enjoy it and play along.

    The best gifts are the ones that are secretly for yourself.

    Promising review: "Fun twist on the classic Clue game. There are dials that are attached to the board for each house, which were a little confusing at first (read the directions!) but once we got going, they was really neat. Basically, instead of always going to the same place for secret passages, they change locations! Neat twist that makes the game more interesting." โ€”Jayme B.

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    35. A Squatty Potty, because you're always looking out for your number one's #2.

    Boundaries? Don't know 'em. ๐Ÿ’ฉ

    Promising review: "Oh Squatty Potty, you fill me with endless joy, yet leave me empty." โ€”Wm. Jonathan Bradshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $17.80.

    Everyone's reaction once they open your presents:


    Want more? We also have guides filled with amazing gifts under $20, under $100, and under $200.

    Do your holiday shopping with BuzzFeed. Check out all of our gift guides here!

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

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