Buying gifts during the holidays is a tricky thing. Depending on the situation (be it for a themed party, a white elephant exchange, a Secret Santa or even your spouse) knowing how much is too much, how little is too little, and what to get can be overwhelming. While we can’t help you with all these answers, we can help you focus your gift search with a list of great gifts under $50.
$50 is a gift sweet spot. It’s not too much to break the bank, but it’s not so little that the recipient won’t appreciate the effort. It sits in a middle ground but that middle ground is fraught with choices. Lucky for you, we did the searching for you. From tech gadgets like Amazon’s Echo Dot, to whiskey glasses and a handsome looking messenger bag, we’ve compiled a list of gifts that are sure to win you a smile and some admiration.
1. Amazon Echo Dot
Upgrade your friend’s or families’ home with Alexa, the virtual voice-controlled assistant. The echo dot connects to all your home gadgets, allowing you to control everything with your voice, call Ubers or Lyfts, order food, and much more. There are now many of Alexa-enabled devices, such as smart light bulbs, TVs, doorbells and more, making an Echo device a staple in any modern home.
2. SENSO Bluetooth Headphones
FOR THE MUSIC LOVER
Wireless headphones are a solid gift idea for anyone. Most people could either upgrade to bluetooth, or use an extra pair as a backup for their AirPods or other wireless headphones. This pair by SENSO comes highly rated on Amazon with over 30,000 reviews because they’re durable, reasonably priced and offer great sound quality. They’re especially good if your giftee needs a pair of headphones for working out or running, as they’re inexpensive and sweatproof.
3. Glencairn Whiskey Glasses
FOR THE WHISKEY CONNOISSEUR
A set of elegant whiskey glasses always makes a great gift. These award-winning Glencairn glasses allow all types of whiskey drinkers from newbies to aficionados to appreciate a good bottle, and they cost just $23. At such a low price, they also make a thoughtful additional gift if you’re giving someone an expensive bottle of whiskey.
4. Roku Express
FOR THE NETFLIX ADDICT
Roku is one of the most inexpensive streaming devices on the market right now, but it’s also one of the best. You can get all the services a serial-streamer could wish for, including Netflix, HBO, Hulu, ESPN and so on, but the device itself only costs $25. If you know anyone who still doesn’t have a streaming device (*gasp*), or someone that, maybe, just got a second TV, this is a gift they’ll use on a daily basis.
5. iFox Bluetooth Shower Speaker
FOR THE SHOWER SINGER
We all know someone that turns into Celine Dion once they get in the shower. Do them a favor by upgrading their favorite music studio with this Bluetooth shower speaker. It’s fully waterproof (not just water-resistant, like many speakers) and features a heavy-duty suction cup that sticks to the wall of the shower. Plus, it has a microphone that allows you to answer calls in the shower.
6. Holy Stone Mini Drone
FOR THE HOBBYIST
Another go-to gift for kids and adults this year is a mini drone. Holy Stone’s Predator drone is one of the highest-rated on Amazon because it’s easy to master for novices, and can fly for up to 8 hours between charges. And at just $30, it’s not the end of the world if it crashes.
7. Adidas Adilette Slides
FOR THE STYLISH LOUNGER
One of the hottest shoes of the past couple of years isn’t technically a shoe at all. These Adidas slides have become a fashion statement as well as a lounge-wear classic, and make a great gift for college students, athleisure-lovers or just anyone who likes to be comfortable around the house. While slides, in general, have become a trend, these three-stripe Adidas are definitely the ones to get.
8. Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker
FOR THE CHEF
People don’t realize how much they want a fondue pot until they have one, which is why they’re a great gift. Cuisinart’s electric fondue maker upgrades any party or gathering, comes fully prepared with 8 fondue forks and a fork rack, and costs less than $45. We like it as a gift because a serious chef will appreciate it (you need a fondue pot for fondue), but it can also be used by someone who’s not very adept in the kitchen.
9. Zyllion Shiatsu Pillow Massager
FOR THE STRESS-BALL
Everyone wants a massage pillow. This one from Zyllion features powerful, deep-kneading Shiatsu massage nodes and a heating function that combine to relax muscles and reduce stress. It can be used while lying down, and has straps for a chair or car seat – ideal for massages at work or during a stressful commute.
10. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
FOR THE READER
Amazon’s Fire 7 tablet is somewhat under appreciated because it offers most of the same useful features as a bigger tablet, but costs a fraction of the price. It features a sharp IPS display, Alexa functionality, decent storage, and a super durable, lightweight build. Needless to say, everybody would be excited to unwrap one of these this year.
11. Newhey Men’s Messenger Bag
FOR THE COMMUTER
If you know any stylish college students, office workers or travelers, upgrade their daily carry with this messenger bag. It showcases a timeless, vintage-inspired look with waxed canvas and leather accents, but features a modern layout for a laptop, gadgets and other everyday essentials. The price tag is just $50, but it looks (and feels) much more expensive.
12. Faux Potted Cactus
FOR THE TRENDY GARDENER
Cacti and indoor plants are all the rage right now, and you can brighten someone’s day – and space – with this faux potted cactus from Cost Plus World Market. Strikingly lifelike with five spiky stems, the stately faux cactus boasts a fresh, contemporary feel. Planted in a gray concrete pot, it’s an effortless way to update anyone’s space without requiring any work – or watering.