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A little elf is manifesting this gift-giving season to be one for the books—and yes, that little elf is us. So you can trust us when we say we spent days scouring the internet high and low for the ultimate best gifts to buy without breaking the bank. Because even though your Ms. Overachiever ego may want to go all out for your friend's white elephant exchange or your coworker's secret Santa, you don't always have to spend all your money to do so. After all, some of the best Christmas gifts are under $50, and we would know since we kept three things in mind during our search: Quality, uniqueness and thoughtfulness.

Read on for 35 solid gifts and stocking stuffers, including these chic $40 fuzzy slippers that are perfect for the stylish homebody and this fancy cold brew coffee maker for your bean-loving coworker.

Oh, and while you're at it, pick up a few things for yourself too. We won’t tell.

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1. Himalayan Glow Crystal 8-11 Pounds Salt Lamp

For anyone obsessed with crystal healing

You know that friend who keeps crystals in their bra or always seems to be saging their bedroom (because, um, bad energy)? Well, we wouldn’t be surprised if they already have a Himalayan salt lamp, but if they don't, this gift is a no-brainer. Himalayan salt lamps don't just add a warm, pink glow to any space; they’re also said to have several health benefits like cleansing the air, helping soothe allergies and boosting mood and sleep. This one is specially hand-carved from 100 percent pure Himalayan salt found in Pakistan, and is pretty to boot.

$22; $20 at Amazon


2. Marble Wine Rack

For the wine lovers who’s run out of space

Every home only has so much counter space, and when wine bottles are added to the mix, it's even less. That's where this marble wine rack comes in. It's chic enough to put on the counter and holds up to three bottles of whatever he’s into these days.

Buy It ($48)


3. “Curls” by Ruth Forman

For the curly kiddo in your life

This bestselling book, intended for toddlers, reminds curly-haired girls (though it works for boys too!) of their natural beauty. Read together for an inspiring journey of four friends who celebrate and embrace their traditional Black hairstyles, from braids to 'fros.

Buy It ($7)


4. KODAK Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera

For the picture-taker in your life

Fujifilm Instax Cameras are so last year, so give the teenager in your life an upgrade. Unlike the Fujifilm, this camera is sleek and pocket-friendly, and can easily be tossed into a bag. It has a 5MP lens with an automatic focus and a flash designed to capture detailed 2" x 3" prints. Plus, it doesn't require batteries; each charge is good for up to 25 pictures that print out the moment they're taken.

$50 at Amazon


5. UGG Shoe Care Kit

For your teen who’s obsessed with keeping them clean

Why oh why aren't they waterproof? This kit features everything your UGG-lover needs to make their shoes look almost brand new, including a cleaner and conditioner formula, protector and freshener sprays, a bamboo handle brush and a suede scuff eraser.

$30 at Amazon


6. Vintage Bookshelf Edition Monopoly Game

For board game collectors

Perfect for kids and adults, this special edition Monopoly board game features a gorgeous vintage look based on the original 1935 version. Instead of the usual cardboard box, it comes in a linen one that will look good on any bookshelf. And yes, it includes the same cards, removable bankers’ tray, die-cast movers (including the shoe and dog) and wood houses/hotels.

Buy It ($48)

Uncommon Goods

7. Weather Predicting Black Swan

For your parent who thinks they know more than a meteorologist

Pops ever call to warn you that a storm is coming even though it's not in the forecast? Humor him this Christmas by gifting this weather predicting black swan, which combines science and artistry to literally predict the forecast. When the swan senses high atmospheric pressure, the black liquid sinks lower in the neck, indicating fair weather. And when atmospheric pressure is considered low, the liquid rises to the swan's head, signaling that a storm may be on the way. Nifty.

Buy It ($44)

Uncommon Goods

8. Personalized Record Cutting Board

For the rockstar cook in your life

Sometimes you need a little motivation to get moving in the kitchen, and if music gets someone in your life going, then they'll love this cutting board. It's shaped like a traditional 33-1/3 rpm record, and is suitable for chopping, slicing and dicing up practically any food. You can also customize it with a name and phrase. Here's what we're thinking: Bow Down To... The Grooviest Cook.

Buy It ($50)

Ulta Beauty

9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

For your tween who’s into eye makeup

This fan-favorite Modern Renaissance palette is perfect for anyone that lives for smokey eyes and YouTube tutorials. It features 14 highly-pigmented shades, from neutral to berry-bright, for every kind of look.

Buy It ($45)

Urban Outfitters

10. James Folding Bed Tray

For your coworker who’s been keeping you sane

Working from home comes with many benefits, like working directly from your bed. Ship your WFH pal this cool folding bed tray, so she’ll have everything she needs to be her most productive: It features a hinging desktop with three adjustable angles and a small drawer to fit things like chapstick and paper clips.

Buy It ($49)


11. Threshold Long Faux Fur Throw Blanket

For the family member who’s always stealing yours

We all have that one person who's always stealing our blanket. They'll love how soft and cozy this faux fur option feels. Who knows…maybe they’ll even stop grabbing yours?

Buy It ($25)


12. Apple Watch Nike Sport Band

For someone still rocking the regular Apple Sport Band

Once a person gets used to their Apple Watch, they usually don't think about changing the band, which is why this gift just makes sense. A step up from the solid-colored Apple Sport Band, this Nike one is made from high-performance fluoroelastomer featuring compression-molded perforations intended for a smoother, breathable fit. It's compatible with most Apple Watches, just be sure to consider your giftee’s wrist size (for a point of reference, the regular 40mm band fits 130–200mm wrists).

Buy It ($50)


13. Aluratek 8 Inch LCD Digital Photo Frame with Auto Slideshow

For the grandma who just wants to see pics of the grandkids

This digital frame is 8.5 x 7 inches (basically, the size of a traditional picture frame), and it showcases up to 32 GB worth of photos at 800 x 600 resolution. Not to mention it's also incredibly easy to use…all you have to do is plug it in the wall, stick a USB or a sim card in and voila, thus begins the automatic slideshow.

$50; $39 at Amazon

Radiate Campfire

14. Radiate Campfire Original

For your spouse who’s begging you to go camping

Has your better half mentioned anything about a camping trip? Maybe they even invited you. Well, this mini portable campfire will help you both solidify those plans. The easy-to-use gadget is made from recycled soy wax and paper and can burn for three to five hours at a time. And since it's reusable, your honey will get so much use out of it, from making smores to keeping their hands warm.

Buy It ($28)


15. Boucle Scarf

For all your stylish cousins

Why bother looking for individual gifts when they'll all love this bouclé-textured scarf? It comes in four fall colors, so you can pick the best one to go with each of their styles.

Buy It ($48)

Clevr Blends

16. Clevr Blends Matcha SuperLatte

For the matcha-maven

Why not put them onto this Clevr Blends Matcha SuperLatte pack? It has 14 servings of stone-milled matcha designed to leave you feeling energized and ready for the day. Feel free to also mention the adaptogens, mushrooms and probiotics.

Buy It ($28)


17. Hope & Henry Men's Sweater with Button Placket

For the dude who seems to only own sweats

Sick of seeing your boo in the same old workout clothes? Gift him this classic sweater, for a look you can both get on board with.

Buy It ($40)


18. Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker Two Quart

For the coffee-enthusiast

So you can’t afford to buy your bestie a Nespresso machine. No worries, this is the next best thing. The Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker is a fan-favorite for making iced coffee at home. (It has over 37,000 5-star ratings on Amazon.) Simply add the coffee to the filter, then the water and either serve hot or stick the pitcher in the refrigerator, then pour up and top it with ice in a couple of hours.

$35; $33 at Amazon


19. EcoFriendlyHomeStore Kitchen Zero Waste Cutlery Set

For the environmentally concious

Every item in this set, including the organic shopping bag, organic cotton produce bag, bamboo cutler, loofah kitchen sponge and dish scrub brush, is reusable and eco-friendly. Heart emojis!

Buy It ($28)


20. Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation

For the gadget-lover

The Amazon Echo Dot is Amazon’s most popular smart speaker, which means it’s great for just about anyone. Have a nephew who loves blasting music? Got a father-in-law who always wants to know what the temperature is? We think you get where we’re going with this one.

$40; $25 at Amazon


21. A New Day Women's Belted Shirt Jacket

For the stylish extrovert

The fashionista in your life will fall in love with this belted shirt jacket which is grungy yet chic, casual but can still be dressed up. In other words, it checks all her boxes.

Buy It ($35)


22. Fuzzy Slide Slippers

For the stylish homebody

There’s just something about these fuzzy slide slippers that make you want to snuggle up on the couch and binge Christmas movies.

Buy It ($40)

Uncommon Goods

23. Gardener's Tool Seat

For the aunt with a green thumb

She’ll love this two-in-one gift that doubles as a tool bag and folding chair. The tool bag detaches from the seat in case she does end up needing to get down in the dirt, and it features 21 pockets for all sorts of tools.

Buy It ($44)



For the self-care queen

There are many ways to practice self-care, but our favorite is to stick on a sheet mask, break out the ice cream and binge a new show. Get your most deserving pal started on the road to bliss with this huge sheet set, which is a collection of 18 face, nose, hands, feet, eyes and hair masks for every kind of purpose, from reducing inflammation to making skin glow.

Buy It ($48)

Urban Outfitters

25. Brilliant Ideas Sunset Lamp

For the person who loves their mood lighting

Lighting is everything. This sunset lamp emits a calming glow that mimics late-afternoon sun, providing even the darkest of workspaces with that golden hour vibe.

Buy It ($35)


26. Brightland The Pair Vinegar Set

For the cook

This vinegar set includes two fruit-based, double-fermented bottles of vinegar—one made with raw champagne and hints of grapes and oranges (perfect to top off a salad) and the other with balsamic vinegar which pairs oh-so-well with blackberry inspired cocktails.

Buy It ($44)


27. Drybar The Tiny Tress Press Detailing Travel Straightening Iron

For your friend who just got a haircut

Bless them with Drybar’s travel size straightening iron. The plates are small and compact, so it’s perfect for styling shorter hair. And don’t be fooled by its size; it gets seriously hot, heating up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, so your friend can do all kinds of looks without worrying about it losing its hold.

$49 at Amazon


28. Whoobli Punching Bag for Kids

For the child who needs to get some aggression out

Instead of screaming “stop hitting your sister,” why not give them an outlet for all that energy? Most ideal for kids between ages 3 and 8, the adjustable Whoobi inflatable punching bag and gloves set is perfect for letting off steam and having fun in the meantime.

$43; $30 at Amazon


29. Oribe Beautiful Color Travel Set

For the world-class traveler

They’re so tired of basic hotel toiletries, which is why you should buy them this luxurious Oribe haircare travel set. It features a travel-size shampoo and conditioner from the brand’s Beautiful Color line; The set aims to nourish and protect dyed locks, but it’s ideal for just about any hair type.

Buy It ($25)


30. Voluspa Mini Glass Candles Set of 3

For the candle-lover in your life

This set features three beautiful mini embossed glass candles in three staple fall scents--baltic amber, french cade lavender and moso bamboo.

Buy It ($39)

Urban Outfitters

31. Mini Faux Fur Tote Bag

For your mini clothes-horse

So on-trend. So good for storing all those fidgets and LOL dolls.

Buy It ($39)


32. Staub Ceramic 3 piece Mini Round Cocotte Set

For the friend who lives alone

This Staub mini cocotte set would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone who regularly makes single-serving dishes. The ceramics are microwave, freezer, broiler and oven safe for up to 572 degrees, so they can test out that new cinnamon roll recipe without making too much.

Buy It ($114; $49)

Uncommon Goods

33. Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank

For the grill-master

Still don't understand your dad, husband and/or brother's obsession with the grill? We get it, but just imagine how excited they'll be when they plop this Himalayan salt BBQ plank on the grill, which is designed to enhance the flavor of all their favorite meats and veggies. In other words, they can skip the table salt and use this instead (just remind them that it gives food a more nuanced salt taste).

Buy It ($30)


34. Sunday Riley Jewel Box Kit

For your PureWow-loving bestie

Your pal has probably heard us wax poetic about Sunday Riley skincare products at least a few times. But maybe they haven't taken the plunge yet. This power-packed, anti-aging skincare set features three PureWow favorites, including Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, C.E.O Vitamin C Brightening Serum and Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil. You. Are. Welcome.

$36 at Amazon


35. Motivational Swear Words Coloring Book

For any adult who needs a LOL

Because after the past few years, we call could stand to drop a couple F-bombs.

$5 at Amazon

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