50 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for Her Under $50
Finding just the right gifts for the women in your life can be a challenge, but it's not impossible. Our guide to gifts for her features 50 ideas, including beauty products, gadgets for entertaining, fun ways to stay healthy, and more -- all under $50.
An enclosed garden may be just the right gift for women with a green thumb. Terrarium kits start at about $10 on sites such as Etsy and World Market and can always be personalized with unique finds -- a special moss from the garden center or a few trinkets from a flea market, for example. Some kits come with a container; otherwise buy a Mason jar at the dollar store or a decorative glass vessel costing $10 to $20 at a craft store. Once complete, one of these miniature wonders can brighten her day at work or her favorite room at home.
This is a useful holiday gift that adds a brilliant pop of flavor to gourmet and everyday dishes. Small-batch artisan salts from Chef Salt start at $10 each, or $25 for a gift box of any two jars, plus recipe cards for the chosen salts. Volcanic and sea salts are blended with herbs and spices to create varieties such as Bamboo Curry and Holy Mole.
For anyone who fears the challenge of boiling up a perfect pot of rice, one of Cheapism's top picks is a stylish stainless steel rice cooker from Aroma ($33 on Amazon). It makes up to 20 cups of cooked rice (10 cups uncooked) and features programmable digital controls for different types of grains, with a 15-hour delay timer. It also steams vegetables and meats while the rice cooks down below and doubles as a slow cooker. The inner pot has a nonstick surface, and the parts are dishwasher-safe.
Photo gifts are a good way to give a unique gift without forking over too much hard-earned dough. Use photos to create a one-of-a-kind wall calendar (from about $20 at Walgreens), with each month highlighting a special memory. Many stores also have kiosks for uploading, ordering, and printing favorite shots that can be given as gifts in matted frames.