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- You don't have to spend a fortune to give them a gift they'll love.
- We've rounded up 51 gifts under $50 that fit everyone on your list, from the practical to the nostalgic to the quirky and everything in between.
- If your budget changes, here are our guides to gifts under $25 and gifts under $100. Check out all of our gift guides here.
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With parents, friends, significant others, coworkers, and more to account for, it's easy for your gifting list to fill up pretty quickly. Luckily, you can get a thoughtful gift for everyone on your list without blowing your budget.
We've been testing products, combing through our favorite sites, and collecting gift ideas all year for nearly every occasion, all to make sure you find the best gifts possible. Below, we've rounded up 51 of our favorites that are $50 or less. Whether these gifts are complements to a bigger present or are the star of the show, we think your recipient will love them.
The top 5 best gifts under $50:
- A meal kit from their favorite restaurant (from $25)
- A beautiful, fragrant Otherland candle ($36)
- A durable, pre-seasoned Lodge cast-iron skillet ($43.73)
- A set of colorful reusable straws from Food52 ($25)
- A Disney Plus subscription for movie marathons ($6.99 per month or $69.99 per year)
Shop more gift ideas by budget:
- Clever stocking stuffers under $10
- Gift ideas under $25 that won't end up getting regifted
- Gift ideas under $100 for everyone on your list
Keep reading for 51 gifts under $50 that work for anyone on your list:
This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by MeUndies; it also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*
A cult-favorite candle
Otherland Candles, available at Otherland, $36
We love Otherland's candles, whether seasonally inspired or from the classic collection. Notable scent combinations such as champagne, saffron, and leather, gorgeous packaging, and a 55 hour burn time have deemed Otherland's candles as a foolproof gift among the Insider Reviews team.
A small but mighty smart speaker
Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $39.99 (originally $49.99) [You save $10]
The Echo Dot is a great pick for anyone who's looking for a speaker, whether they want a smart one or not. The speaker is small enough to fit just about anywhere, but it boasts great sound quality for its size.
Comfy boxers that come in festive patterns
Women's Bikini, available at MeUndies, $18
Men's Boxer Brief, available at MeUndies, $24
MeUndies' collection of plaids prints make a perfect bottom layer for cozy winter days. If classic or bold solids are more of their thing, there are plenty of plain styles to choose from as well.
A smooth olive oil that'll instantly elevate any dish
Alive Olive Oil, available at Brightland, pre-order for $37
If they spend a lot of time in the kitchen, they probably already know the merits of high-quality olive oil. A drizzle of Alive from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish, plus the beautiful bottle will look great on display in their kitchen.
A Disney+ subscription
One-year gift subscription to Disney Plus, $69.99
It gives them unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.
And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.
An affordable electric toothbrush subscription
Toothbrush Starter Set, available at Quip, from $25
Help them upgrade their oral care routine with a Quip toothbrush. Not only is it a great electric toothbrush at a reasonable price, but Quip will send them a refill every three months with a new brush head and toothbrush.
A set of covers that'll keep their avocados fresh
Avocado Huggers (set of 2), available at Uncommon Goods, $8
Hug the things you love, like avocados. These cute silicone covers will keep their favorite food fresh for longer.
*this product is currently backordered until 10/23, but Uncommon Goods has a pre-printable card you can gift in the meantime.
A set of magnets that are fun to play with and can boost concentration
Speks Magnet Balls, available at Speks, $24.95
Almost everyone on the Insider Reviews team has a set of Speks at their desk. The little magnetic balls can be mashed, molded, and built into fun shapes and are a fun fidget toy that even adults will love.
A personalized pillow of their favorite fur baby
Custom Pet Pillow, available at Etsy, from $29.99
If there's nothing they love more than their cat or dog, this pillow — featuring a blown-up picture of their pet — is sure to make them smile.
A cute kitchen gadget that makes breakfast in a flash
Dash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, 9.99
This compact waffle maker makes a great addition to any college dorm or small kitchen. All they have to do is plug it in and they can make their favorite breakfast treat in a flash.
A set of essentials to nourish dry lips
Fresh Sugar Lip Bestsellers Gift Set, available at Nordstrom, $45
Give them everything they need to banish dry, chapped lips. This set includes five of Fresh's popular tinted lip balms and one advanced therapy lip treatment for when their pout needs an extra boost of hydration.
A mini speaker that brings Google Assistant to any room
Google Home Mini, available at Best Buy, $39.99
This little speaker is loaded with smart features thanks to Google Assistant — play music, check the weather, and control your smart home with just your voice.
A streaming stick that turns any TV into a smart one
Roku Streaming Stick +, available at Amazon, $49
Upgrade their Netflix binge marathons without actually buying them a whole new TV. The Roku Streaming Stick + offers 4K, HD, and HDR streaming in a portable package and affordable price.
A moisturizing mask set that'll revive dry hair
Briogeo Merry Multi-Masking Kit, available at Sephora, $36
Whether their hair is damaged from heat or just is suffering from seasonal dryness, this deep-conditioning mask kit will refresh their strands with the hydration it needs.
A taste of Japan by way of snacks
Bokksu Tasting Gift, 1-month box, available at Bokksu, $39.99
Adventurous foodies will love the chance to taste test a curated box of gourmet Japanese snacks. In this Bokksu box, they can expect to find between 10-14 snacks, a tea pairing, and an in-depth guide that details every product included.
A best-selling face mask for clear skin
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Mask, available at Target, $7.99
Anyone in on the latest skincare trends will know about this mask. Many claim it has helped clear their skin, and it has over 12,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. The best part is that this powerful facial is just $10.
A meal kit from their favorite restaurant
Goldbelly Restaurant Meal Kits, available at Goldbelly, from $25
Bring a bit of their favorite restaurant right to their door. From bagels to barbeque, Goldbelly ships food gifts nationwide from iconic eateries in major cities.
A soft pair of socks made from sustainable fabric
SoftHemp Sock, available at United by Blue, $16
With cold weather approaching, there's nothing better than slipping on cozy socks. Made from soft, sustainable hemp fabric, this pair is sure to do the trick.
A luxurious exfoliator to keep skin smooth
Necessaire The Body Exfoliator, available at Sephora, $30
Necessaire's clean beauty products come in beautiful, minimalist packaging that looks as good in their bathroom as it feels on their skin. This gentle exfoliator will help them slough off dry winter skin for good.
Cruelty-free nail polish in a range of fun colors
Nail Polish, available at Smith & Cult, $18
Smith & Cult's polish is vegan, cruelty-free, and chip-resistant. With 46 fun colors to choose from, you're sure to find one (or two, or three) they'll love.
A sheet mask that'll hydrate dry, stressed skin
Dr. Jart+ Soothing Hydra Solution, available at Sephora, $6
Fall and winter skin tends to be dry and dull. While you can't change the weather, you can throw on a hydrating face mask to stay moisturized. This one will add lots of soothing hydration to their skin to keep it feeling fresh.
Makeup towels that make washing their face less of a chore
Makeup Towels, available at Weezie, $40
If they've never thought of washcloths as anything special, Weezie towels will change their minds. The adorable towels are embroidered with either hearts, winky eyelids, or the words "stain me." Plus, the dark navy blue color will conceal makeup stains.
A silky-smooth sleep mask to block light
Slip Pink Marble Sleep Mask, available at Nordstrom, $50
If there's nothing they appreciate more than a good night's sleep, they'll love Slip's silk sleep mask. It's made from 100% pure Mulberry silk for a luxe, light feel on their skin.
A simple necklace that reminds them of their intentions
Good Intentions Necklace, available at Amazon, $38
A sweet necklace with an even sweeter mission. Choose from a selection of positive intentions like "optimism," "strength," or "gratitude," which they can carry with them throughout the day. For every necklace sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Girls Inc.
A lip gloss that has all the benefits of a balm
Tower28 Beauty Jelly Lip Gloss, available at Sephora, $14
This clean-beauty favorite delivers the glossy sheen they'd expect from a lip gloss, but it's loaded with nourishing oils to keep lips hydrated, too.
A phone case made of premium leather
Phone Case, available at Bellroy, $15 – $45
Did they get a new phone recently? This sleek and protective case makes the perfect companion — just be sure you get the right model.
A bold lip color that'll last all day long
Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick, available at Sephora, $32
Whether it's a pale peach or a deep-red look they crave, they'll love this long-lasting lipstick with its saturated colors and hydrating formula.
A set of loose-leaf teas that even Oprah loves
Vadham Chai Tea Reserve Set, available at Amazon, $34.99
This classy set of loose-leaf teas made it into Oprah's Favorite Things back in 2018. It's filled with three variations of chai tea that any tea lover will appreciate.
A set of playing cards inspired by music's greats
Music Genius Playing Cards, available at Amazon, $10.99
Whether they love game night, music, or are equal fans of both, they'll surely get a kick out of these playing cards. The pack features illustrations of all the big names in pop, rock, country, and R&B.
A spray that any sneakerhead needs in their collection
Jason Markk Repel, available at Amazon, $15.95
If they love shoes, they should have the right products to take care of their favorite footwear. This spray protects shoes from stains caused by water and oil, and there are multiple people on our team who swear by it for every new pair of shoes they get.
A set of colorful silicone straws that reduce plastic waste
Five Two Silicone Straws Single Pack, available at Food52, $25
Bendable, sustainable, and portable (thanks to the set of carrying cases), these fun straws are the accessory any eco-conscious person should have.
An elevated hand sanitizer that fends off germs
Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $12
A lightweight, spray formula and refreshing scents make Touchland's hand sanitizer one they'll actually want to use. It dries quickly and doesn't leave residue or stickiness behind.
A book subscription
Book of the Month 3-month plan, available at Book of the Month, $49.99
A subscription box that sends them an exciting new read catered to their tastes each month is the perfect gift for a bookworm.
A case that protects their AirPods
Metallic AirPods Case, available at Incase, $29.95
AirPods may come in a case already, but this metallic cover keeps that one protected. And, it adds some nice color and shine to the plain white cover that everyone else has.
A coffee mug that keeps their drinks hot or cold for hours
Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug, available at Amazon, $29.95
Hydro Flask's Travel Coffee Mug is a team favorite. It combines the classic shape of a mug with Hydro Flask's TempShield insulation to keep beverages hot, or cold, for hours— a great gift for the coffee or tea lover who's always on the move.
An aromatherapy diffuser that'll make their space smell great and help them breathe easier
VicTsing Mini Oil Diffuser, available at Amazon, $18.99
If they've never dabbled in aromatherapy before, this mini diffuser is a great place to start. It's easy-to-use, whisper-quiet, and works with their favorite essential oils and scents.
A cute reusable tote that can fit tons of stuff
Standard Baggu, available at Baggu, $12
It's no wonder these bags are bestsellers — they can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff and come in a range of fun colors and patterns. Plus, at just $12, they're a great deal.
A portable straw that makes water drinkable
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, available at Amazon, $17.47
This portable, personal water filter was the bestselling product on Prime Day 2019. It filters water from creeks and rivers, making it perfect for hiking, camping, and travel.
A classy carrying case to stash chargers
Leather Charger Roll-Up, available at Mark & Graham, $49
After they fill the three pockets with cables and chargers, all they have do is roll everything up and they're good to go. The soft, supple leather comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns.
A cult-favorite cast-iron skillet
Lodge 12-inch Cast-Iron Skillet and Handle Holder, available at Amazon, $43.73
Every cook needs a cast-iron skillet in their kitchen. Lodge makes some of the best out there, but at prices that won't break the bank.
A fitting vehicle for their post-run brews
Etched Marathon Pint Glass, available at Uncommon Goods, $18
If they like to celebrate a long run with a big pint, they'll appreciate these pint glasses etched with famous marathon routes.
A candle that reminds them of their favorite place
Homesick Scented Candle, available at Amazon, $29.95
This is a great gift that's sure to make anyone sentimental. Whether it's their hometown, college town, or favorite spot to vacation, a Homesick candle, with scents inspired by all sorts of locations, will bring them back to that favorite place.
A cold brew coffee maker to keep up with their iced coffee habit
Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $21.95
If their morning ritual includes a cup of cold brew, they'll appreciate this convenient cold brew maker. All they have to do is fill it with their favorite coffee grinds, add water, let it sit, and they've got a glass of delicious cold brew on the way.
An easy-to-care-for plant shaped like a heart
Hoya Heart Plant, available at The Sill, $28
Bring some life to their space with this adorable heart-shaped succulent. With little attention needed, it's a great gift for amateur plant parents and experienced ones alike.
A luxury wallet perfect for daily use or travel
Albee Leather Zip Card Case, available at Italic, $35
By partnering with the same manufacturers that make high-end pieces for brands like Celine, Burberry, and Prada, but ditching the designer labels and opting for a direct-to-consumer model, Italic is able to sell luxury goods at a fraction of the price. This sleek and simple leather card case would go for over $300 with a designer label, but at Italic it's a steal at just $35.
A cookbook that's all their own
My Family Cookbook, available at Uncommon Goods, $30
There's a cookbook out there for every type of cook, but this customizable option is one any chef is sure to love. The blank pages are waiting to be filled with family recipes, which can be passed down for generations to come.
A dainty pair of gold hoops that go with everything
Midi Hoops, available at Mejuri, $50
Jewelry always makes a great gift, though it's typically pricey. These dainty hoops from Mejuri are the perfect pair for every day, and they're only $50.
An apron loaded with plenty of clever features
Five Two Ultimate Apron, available at Food52, $45
Anyone who spends a good amount of time in the kitchen will appreciate this durable apron with its sturdy fabric, clever pockets made to hold the essentials, and pot-holders built right in.
A lifetime of perks with an REI membership
REI Membership, available at REI, $20
A one-time, $20 payment will get them lifetime access to REI's membership program. The outdoorsy types in your life will appreciate the special offers, 10% back on purchases, member-pricing on REI classes and events, and the host of other membership perks. Learn more about the REI membership program here.
A simple and elegant photo calendar
Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $30
All of Artifact Uprising's customized photo gifts are simple, beautiful, and made from eco-friendly materials. This simple calendar is an easy choice for anyone on your list. Just pick 12 photos (one for each month) of the people and places they love most to add a special sentiment to their desk setup.
A cozy, slouchy beanie
Neff Beanie, available at Amazon, $16
Cold-weather accessories make a great gift for anyone who will be braving the cold come winter. Neff beanies come in a wide variety of colors and are the perfect combination of cute and cozy.
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