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50 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for Her Under $50

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It's the Thought That Counts
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It's the Thought That Counts

Finding just the right gifts for the women in your life can be a challenge, but it's not impossible — especially if you think beyond the typical sweater or earrings. Our guide to gifts for her features 50 fresh ideas, including beauty products, interesting gadgets, and more — all under $50. 

Prices and availability are subject to change.

Related: 50 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for Him Under $50

Ello Travel Mug
Target

Ello Hammertime Travel Mug

Price: $18 from Target
Buy It
Most travel mugs aren't known for their style, but this vacuum-insulated option from Ello can keep her coffee piping hot for five hours and look good doing it. It will fit in cupholders for easy commutes and can be tossed in the dishwasher for even easier cleanup.

Related: 25 Crazy Coffee Products From All Around the World

Universal Thread Canvas Weekender Bag
Target

Universal Thread Canvas Weekender Bag

Price: $45 from Target
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Available in fuschia, green, copper, and gray, this weekender bag has expensive-looking faux leather accents, a secure zipper-top closure, and a convenient cross-body strap for going hands-free.

Related: 38 Spots for a Cheap Weekend Getaway

Solar System Bath Bombs
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Solar System Bath Bomb Set

Price: $48 from UncommonGoods
Buy It
Here's one bath product that won't fizzle as a gift: A set of nine solar-system bath bombs that can make her bath as nerdy as it is relaxing. Each planet features different scents and natural ingredients, from sandalwood and honey to orchid and saffron.

Related: 22 Ways to Relax From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Corkcicle Stemless Wine Glass
Amazon

Corkcicle Stemless Wine Glass

Price: $23 from Amazon
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The Corkcicle isn't your typical wine glass. For one, it's stemless, and since it's made of triple-insulated stainless steel, it will keep that perfectly chilled white at exactly the right temperature for hours. With a spill-resistant lid and a non-slip silicone bottom, she can enjoy her vino just about anywhere.

Related: 21 Affordable Wine Clubs That Will Satisfy Even the Snobs

Gem Truffles
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Gem Truffles

Price: Starting at $15 from Promise Me Chocolate
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The perfect gift for a chocoholic who loves fine jewelry, these colorful gem-shaped milk and dark chocolates shine just like the real thing. She'll get a variety of delectable fillings, including mint, mocha, hazelnut, and salted caramel.

Audible Membership
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Audible Membership

Price: Starting at $15 from Audible
Buy It
Audible offers more than 180,000 audiobooks for download, including many new best-sellers narrated by the authors themselves, at a price of $15 for one month or $45 for three months. Membership includes credit for one book each month, valuable discounts, and members-only sale opportunities for more audiobook purchases.

Tile Style Tracker
Amazon

Tile Style Tracker

Price: $20 each from Target
Buy It
Is she always tearing up the house in search of her keys, purse, or other important stuff? She can use the Tile app to locate any lost item with a Tile Style Bluetooth tracker. It has a range of 200 feet — double other Tiles — and it's waterproof. When she can't find her phone, pressing a button on any Tile forces it to ring, even when it's on silent.

NodPod Sleeping Mask
Amazon

Nodpod Weighted Sleep Mask

Price: $32 from Amazon
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Help her drift off to dreamland with the NodPod, a weighted sleep mask that uses microbeads to provide gentle, comforting pressure for better sleep. One side is jersey, perfect for warmer nights, while a fleece side is nice and toasty for cooler weather. It can also be wrapped around the neck to soothe tense muscles.

Birchbox Membership
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Birchbox Membership

Price: Starting at $45 from Birchbox
Buy It
Constantly trying new cosmetics and beauty products can be a pricey habit, but a monthly Birchbox makes discovering new products easy and economical. She'll get five curated product samples in each box, mailed to her door. Gift subscriptions start at $45 for three months.

City Tote Bags
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City Tote Bags

Price: $20 from West Elm
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She can show her civic pride with one of these whimsical canvas tote bags, which are designed in Brooklyn by artist Claudia Pearson and manufactured in Michigan. Choose from more than a dozen cities, each with different hand-drawn landmarks and icons.

Succulent & Cactus Seed Starter Kit
Amazon

Succulent & Cactus Seed Starter Kit

Price: $25 from Amazon
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An indoor garden may be just the right winter-holiday gift for a woman with a green thumb. One of these miniature wonders can brighten her day at work or her favorite room at home. This kit from Garden Republic comes complete with four burlap pots, soil discs, seed packets, and bamboo plant markers; one pair of shears; and an instruction booklet.

Multi-Colored Wallet
Amazon

Visconti Spectrum 35 Multicolored Wallet

Price: $42 from Amazon
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A rainbow of colors will brighten her day every time she opens this soft leather wallet from Visconti. Available with black or red leather on the outside, it has enough room for all the essentials: 15 credit card slots, two note compartments, a window for her ID, and a three-section coin purse.

Rocketbook Everlast
Amazon

Rocketbook Everlast

Price: $28 from Amazon
Buy It
Even pen-and-paper holdouts can go high-tech with the Rocketbook Everlast. It sends notes or sketches to a number of productivity apps, including Dropbox, Slack, and Evernote, to share them or keep them for posterity. The pages can be erased with a moist cloth and written on over and over again using a special kind of marker, pen, or highlighter.

Heated Fleece Throw
Amazon

Sunbeam Fleece Heated Throw

Price: $35 from Amazon
Buy It
Help her banish cold toes and high heat bills this winter with this fleece heated throw. It has three heat settings for finding that cozy-but-not-too-toasty sweet spot, and an automatic safety shut-off after three hours. It's washer- and dryer-safe and comes in enough colors and patterns to complement any decor.

SnackCrate Monthly Subscription
SnackCrate

SnackCrate Monthly Subscription

Price: $26 from Snackcrate.com
Buy It
Why would she munch on ordinary snacks when she can indulge in a sampling of sweet and savory yummies from Germany, the Philippines, or some other faraway land? A full-sized starter subscription box contains 10 to 12 snacks (half-sized boxes are also availble), and new shipments arrive monthly.

Stoneware Bottles
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Tiny Stoneware Bottles

Price: starting at $30 from West Elm
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A gorgeous addition to her well-curated bookshelf, these ceramic vases are hand-thrown, fired, and glazed by artist Judy Jackson in New York City. They come in three sizes and a dozen colors, ready to match any decor.

Hair Tie Bracelet
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Hair Tie Bracelet

Price: $45 from UncommonGoods
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If she's always wearing a hair tie around her wrist, this stainless-steel bracelet with a tie-size groove can elevate her practical habit to fashion statement. Available in silver and gold, it can keep thick or thin bands in place — and keep them from cutting off circulation around her wrist, too.

Jewelry Organizer Stand
Amazon

Umbra Trigem Hanging Jewelry Organizer

Price: $20 from Amazon
Buy It
This sleek Umbra jewelry holder is as affordable as it is elegant. Use it to hang long and short necklaces, bracelets, and earrings from the sturdy bars. Rings can sit safely on a high-gloss white tray at the base, which has padding to prevent scratching up her dresser. It comes in both nickel and brass.

Sharpie Art Pens
Amazon

Sharpie Art Pens

Price: $30 from Amazon
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Whether she loves to draw or de-stress with adult coloring books, these vibrant Sharpie Art Pens will be a welcome treat under the tree. The fine tips allow for easy detail work, and the fade-resistant, quick-drying ink won't bleed through paper.

Travel Cord Roll
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Travel Cord Roll

Price: $20 from UncommonGoods
Buy It
Give her a stylish and tangle-free way to get her electronics from point A to point B with this travel cord roll, made from vegan leather. It can hold up to eight charging cords and two plugs, or be repurposed for other small items like hair accessories.

Nesting Bowls
Amazon

Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Nesting Bowls

Price: $34 from Amazon
Buy It
This set of Joseph Joseph nesting bowls and measuring cups will help brighten her day and keep her cabinet of baking essentials organized, too. It includes a large mixing bowl, colander, sieve, small mixing bowl, four measuring cups, and even a handy tablespoon. All pieces except the sieve can be thrown in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Soi Bag Light
Amazon

SOI Handbag Light

Price: $30 from Amazon
Buy It
If she's always rooting around in her bottomless handbag for keys, her phone, or other essentials, give the gift of light with SOI. This automatic LED bag light turns on when it senses a rummaging hand, glowing for eight seconds before automatically shutting off. And at 1.5 ounces, it won't add a lot of unnecessary weight.

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation Smart Speaker
Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot

Price: $50 from Amazon
Buy It
Give her the gift of hands-free convenience with the Amazon Echo Dot, which uses Alexa voice-recognition technology for a host of purposes. She can tell Alexa to play music, read the news, control connected smart-home gadgets, call a friend — even order a pizza

Capresso Coffee Maker
Amazon

Capresso Personal Coffee Maker

Price: $40 from Amazon
Buy It
The highly-rated Capresso Personal Coffee Maker can simplify getting her morning fix when she's rushing out the door. This sleek stainless-steel coffee maker has a permanent filter for ground coffee but also accommodates prepackaged soft coffee pods. It comes with an insulated travel mug, or she can use her own.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Amazon

Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Price: $40 from Amazon
Buy It
There's no need to sit in line at a fast-food place when she can make her own breakfast sandwiches at home. This Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker makes up to two at a time in just five minutes. The removable nonstick parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Alarm Clock On Wheels
Amazon

Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels

Price: $40 from Amazon
Buy It
She won't oversleep again with Clocky, a battery-operated alarm clock on wheels that can run away when it starts beeping, forcing her out of bed. It comes in six colors and is durable enough to jump from a 3-foot nightstand without skipping a beep.

Badger Lip Balm
Amazon

Badger Sleep Balm

Price: $10 from Target
Buy It
An ideal stocking stuffer for insomniacs, Badger Sleep Balm is a blend of essential oils including bergamot, balsam, and lavender that can help speed her off to dreamland naturally. It's made in New Hampshire, certified organic, and cruelty-free, too.

Ododos Women's Workout Pants
Amazon

Ododos Workout Pants

Price: Starting at $15 from Amazon
Buy It
If you know someone who likes to hit the gym or yoga studio in style, these fierce workout leggings are sure to inspire. They have a tummy-control top, a hidden pocket, and a variety of fun designs to choose from.

Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Amazon

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Price: $30 from Amazon
Buy It
They're trendy with teens, but everyone needs to be hydrated no matter their age. Get her a stainless steel, vacuum-insulated water bottle in her favorite color. 

Anker Nano Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon

Anker Soundcore Nano Bluetooth Speaker

Price: $20 from Amazon
Buy It
With its sleek aluminum shell and ultra-compact frame, the Anker SoundCore Nano can stylishly provide big sound wherever she goes. It comes in five finishes to match her phone and connects via Bluetooth to smart devices up to 33 feet away. She can also use the built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls.

Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar
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Lush Seanik Shampoo Basr

Price: $12 from Lush
Buy It
For travelers, toting shampoo bars instead of bottles frees up valuable room in a quart-size bag for other carry-on liquids. Lush makes a wide range of varieties including the seaweed-infused Seanik, which promises to add volume and shine to flat, dull hair. A blend of floral oils also leave strands smelling great.

Messy Nest Necklace
Amazon

Messy Nest Necklace

Price: Starting at $42 from Amazon
Buy It
Whether she's a mom or a grandma, she'll love this elegant pewter and pearl nest necklace, which can be customized with as many pearls as she has children or grandchildren. Hand-sculpted and cast in the USA, it includes an 18-inch sterling silver chain.

Honeywell Humidifier
Walmart

Honeywell Mistmate Ultrasonic Humidifier

Price: $27 from Walmart
Buy It
As dry winter air returns, a small bedroom humidifier can help guard against itchy skin and scratchy throats. The Honeywell HUL520 earns Cheapism's seal of approval for its quiet, low-maintenance operation and compact design.

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Tatcha Skin Mist

Price: $20 from Tatcha
Buy It
Give women on the go the gift of skin hydration — a must when traveling on planes or in dry, winter air. TSA-friendly, travel-size skin mist from Tatcha keeps even the most ambitious jet setters looking glowy. With red algae and other emollients (and very little alcohol, which can be drying), this mist soothes dry skin with just a few spritzes.

Cinema Lightbox
Amazon

Cinema Lightbox

Price: $15 from Amazon
Buy It
She'll love this quirky home accent, a battery-operated LED lightbox she can personalize with short greetings or messages that's reminiscent of an old-school cinema sign. It comes with 90 letters, numbers, and symbols.

Old Books Soy Candle
Frostbeardstudio.com

Old Books Soy Candle

Price: $22 from Amazon
Buy It
Elevate the often-expected gift of a candle by choosing one with a unique scent. This book- and vanilla-scented soy candle from Minneapolis-based Frostbeard Studio is perfect for the prolific reader who would happily spend hours in the library stacks.

Classic Key Necklace
Amazon

Classic Key Necklace

Price: $42 from The Giving Keys
Buy It
A repurposed key is an eye-catching pendant when hung from a matching chain, and the purchase helps employ people transitioning out of homelessness. Make it even more special with an engraved word like "love" or "strength" — or personalize it with a message as unique as she is. Choose from copper, brass, silver, or gold.

What Do You Meme?
Amazon

What Do You Meme?

Price: $30 on Amazon
Buy It
If she's already a master of "Cards Against Humanity," give her the next runaway party hit for grown-ups — especially if she's social-media-savvy. Play by pairing the caption cards with photos from some of the web's most popular memes, and the judge decides who has the most hilarious twosome.

Kiva Card
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Kiva Card

Price: Starting at $30 from Kiva
Buy It
With more than 1.3 million participants, microlender Kiva enables donors around the globe to lend money to people for projects such as growing a business, attending school, and adopting clean-energy systems. The smallest loan is $30 and, when repaid, the funds can be loaned out to someone else, making this a gift that keeps on giving. Sending a Kiva card to someone on your list lets them choose the recipient of the money.

Mermaid Tail Blanket
Amazon

Mermaid Tail Blanket

Price: $16 from Amazon
Buy It
What woman hasn't fantasized about being a mermaid at least once in her life? Now she can stay cozy in this fun and functional crochet blanket. Hey, it's better than a Snuggie, right?

Shower Squid
Uncommongoods.com

Shower Squid

Price: $33 from UncommonGoods
Buy It
The shower squid is a wholly unexpected alternative to boring shower caddies. The natural rubber arms can hold up to eight bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bottle wash, shaving cream or other toiletries, while a ninth tentacle loops up over the showerhead.

Soap-Making Kit
Amazon

Soap-Making Kit

Price: $38 from Amazon
Buy It
Here's a creative gift idea if she's crafty. This soap-making kit from Urban Kangaroo includes everything she needs to make a half-dozen bars of goat milk soap, including shredded coconut, two fragrance oils, food coloring, and a silicone mold.

Hair Turban
Amazon

Aquis Original Hair Turban

Price: $21 from Amazon
Buy It
With the Aquis Original, she can stop damaging her freshly washed hair by wrapping it in a giant, too-heavy towel. This lightweight microfiber turban is gentle on strands and wicks water away quickly. It also stays put thanks to a button loop closure at the back.

Basu eAlarm
Amazon

BASU eAlarm

Price: $17 from Amazon
Buy It
Give her the gift of safety with the BASU eAlarm, a tiny but extremely loud personal alarm that she can put on her keyring, hang from a zipper, or slip in her pocket. The 120-decibel alarm is on par with an ambulance siren, and the included batteries last up to five years.

World Scratch Map
Uncommongoods.com

World Scratch Map

Price: Starting at $26 from UncommonGoods
Buy It
The frequent traveler will love scratching off the places she's traveled with this innovative map, available in two sizes and made of recycled paper stock. It starts out gold but reveals bright pops of colors for each new destination unearthed with a trusty coin or paperclip.

Super Spirograph
Amazon

Super Spirograph

Price: $31 from Amazon
Buy It
She's never too old for a Spirograph, and this 75-piece kit is the ultimate gift for an artsy grown-up who might be bored with adult coloring. Interchangeable spiro tracks allow all kinds of new patterns, and there's even a die-cast wheel that commemorates the toy's 50th anniversary.

Crock-pot Casserole Crock Slow Cooker
Target
Lagu Sand Repellant Blanket
Amazon

Lagu Sand-Repellent Blanket

Price: Starting at $30 from Amazon
Buy It
If she loves the beach but hates bringing home all the sand, the Lagu is an ideal solution. The blanket is made of a linen weave, polyester blend that actually repels grains of sand instead of allowing them to stick, like most towels. It's also quick-drying and lightweight, making it easy to tote around.

Popsockets Smartphone Stand
Amazon

PopSocket

Price: $10 from Amazon
Buy It
If she's always dropping her smartphone or tablet, the PopSocket might be the perfect stocking stuffer. This collapsible grip sticks to the back of a device, making it easier to hold. It can also act as a stand for easy media viewing, and be repositioned wherever she needs it.

Touchscreen Gloves
Amazon

Agloves Touchscreen Gloves

Price: $12 from Amazon
Buy It
Especially for ladies who live in colder climates, touchscreen gloves can lend a helping hand. These have 10-finger functionality and provide warmth as well as easy device handling. This is a perfect stocking stuffer for under $20.