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. (Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.)
SOLAR SYSTEMS BATH BOMB SET
Price: $48 | Buy it at UncommonGoods
Here's one bath product that won't fizzle as an offbeat 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.
Price: $29.63 | Buy it on Amazon
Even pen-and-paper holdouts can go high-tech with the Rocketbook Everlast, which has pages that can be erased with a moist cloth and written on over and over again using a special kind of marker, pen or highlighter. Easily send your notes or sketches to a number of productivity apps including Dropbox, Slack, and Evernote to share them or keep them for posterity.
LUSH SEANIK SHAMPOO BAR
Price: $11.95 | Buy it at Lush
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.
SHARPIE ART PENS
Price: $30 | Buy it at Amazon
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 pages.
DESK SUCCULENT KIT
Price: $39 | Buy it at Eastern Leaf
An enclosed garden may be just the right gift for women with a green thumb: One of these miniature wonders can brighten her day at work or her favorite room at home. This kit from Eastern Leaf comes complete with three succulents, moss, and rocks, so it's ready to flourish from the get-go.
TILE STYLE TRACKER
Price: $35 | Buy it at Amazon
Is she always tearing up the house in search of her keys, purse or other important items? Tile Style's Bluetooth trackers have a range of 200 feet -- double other Tiles -- and they're waterproof. Use the Tile app to ring any lost item with a tracker. Can't find her phone? Pressing a button on any Tile forces it to ring, even when it's on silent.
BADGER SLEEP BALM
Price: $9.17 | Buy it at Amazon
An ideal stocking stuffer for insomniacs, Badger Sleep Balm is a blend of essential oils including bergamot, balsam and lavender that help speed you off to dreamland naturally. It's made in New Hampshire, certified organic and cruelty-free, too.
ELLO HAMMERTIME TRAVEL MUG
Price: $18 | Buy it at Target
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.
OLD BOOKS SOY CANDLE
Price: $18 | Buy it at Frostbeard Studio
Elevate the often-expected gift of a candle by gifting 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.
CORKCICLE STEMLESS WINE GLASS
Price: $24.95 | Buy it at Amazon
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 your vino -- even that perfectly chilled white -- at exactly the right temperature for hours. A spill-resistant lid and a non-slip silicone bottom mean you can enjoy your drink just about anywhere.
ISOTONER STRETCH LEATHER GLOVE WITH SMARTOUCH TECHNOLOGY
Price: $33 | Buy it at JCPenney
Integrated technology that lets the wearer use their phone, tablet, or any other touch-screen device without issue take these Isotoners a step beyond basic gloves. Fully lined with a leather exterior, these midweight gloves should keep her hands warm in all but the most brutal, teeth-chattering weather.
Price: Starting at $25 | Buy it at Kiva
With more than 1.3 million participants, microlender Kiva enables donors around the globe to lend money to others for projects such as growing a business, attending school, and adopting clean-energy systems. The smallest loan is $25 and, when repaid, the funds can be loaned out to someone else as a gift that keeps on giving. Sending a Kiva card to someone on your list lets them choose the recipient of the money.
LORANN OILS SOAP MAKING KIT
Price: $26.55 | Buy it on Amazon
Here's a creative gift idea if she's crafty. This soap-making kit includes everything she needs to make about a dozen bars of soap: glycerin soap base, three liquid colors, cocoa butter, two fragrances, and two molds with four shapes each.
TRAVEL CORD ROLL
Price: $20 | Buy it at UncommonGoods
Give her a stylish and tangle-free way to get her electronics from points A to B with this travel cord roll, made from vegan leather. It can hold up to eight charging cords and two plugs, or it can be repurposed for use with other small items like hair accessories.
SOI SENSOR BAG LIGHT
Price: $29.95 | Buy it at The Grommet
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.
CITY TOTE BAGS
Price: $20 | Buy it at West Elm
She can show her civic pride with 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.
RIFLE PAPER CO. 2018 APPOINTMENT CALENDAR
Price: $26 | Buy it at Rifle Paper Co.
An American-made gift, this double-spiral 2018 wall calendar makes an elegant gift for the pen-and-paper holdout on your list. The 12-by-16-inch pages offer plenty of space for her appointments and notes, while the full-color, seasonally inspired borders radiate whimsy and cheer.
MESSY NEST NECKLACE
Price: Starting at $42 | Buy it at The Grommet
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.
CAPRESSO PERSONAL COFFEE MAKER
Price: $38.80 | Buy it on Amazon
One of Cheapism's best small appliances, this 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.
AMAZON ECHO DOT
Price: $50 | Buy it on Amazon
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. Seven built-in microphones can listen for commands even in noisy rooms.
Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
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 109 letters, numbers, and symbols, and can be hung on the wall with included hardware.
FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 7S INSTANT CAMERA
Price: Starting at $49 | Buy it at Walmart
If she misses her old Polaroid, she'll love breaking out the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S at her next party -- it even includes a bonus 10-pack of film. Features include automatic light adjustment and flash, a collapsible lens for easy carrying, and colorful cases.
HAMILTON BEACH DUAL BREAKFAST SANDWICH MAKER
Price: $39.49 | Buy it on Amazon
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 sandwiches at a time in just five minutes using her own fresh ingredients. The removable nonstick parts can also be cleaned in the dishwasher.
JOSEPH JOSEPH NEST 9 NESTING BOWLS
Price: $39.50 | Buy it on Amazon
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.
NODPOD WEIGHTED SLEEP MASK
Price: $25 | Buy it on Amazon
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.
TATCHA SKIN MIST
Price: $20 | Buy it at Tatcha
Give girls 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.
Price: Starting at $45 | Buy it at Audible
Audible offers more than 180,000 audiobooks for download, including many new best-sellers narrated by the authors themselves, at a price of $45 for three months. Membership includes credit for one book each month, valuable discounts, and members-only sale opportunities for more audiobook purchases.
UMBRA TRIGEM HANGING JEWELRY ORGANIZER
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
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.
SUNBEAM FLEECE HEATED THROW
Price: $35 | Buy it on Amazon
Help her banish cold toes and high heat bills this winter with this fleece heated throw. It has three heat settings that let users find that toasty-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.
CLASSIC KEY NECKLACE
Price: $42 | Buy it at The Giving Keys
A repurposed key is an eye-catching pendant when hung from a matching chain. 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.
Price: $12 | Buy it on Amazon
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 us on par with an ambulance siren, and the included batteries last up to five years.
AQUIS ORIGINAL HAIR TURBAN
Price: $21 | Buy it on Amazon
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.
WHAT DO YOU MEME?
Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
If she's already a master of "Cards Against Humanity," this is the next runaway party hit for grown-ups -- especially if she's Internet-savvy. Play by pairing the caption cards with photos from some of the web's most-familiar memes, and the judge decides who has the most hilarious twosome.
Price: Starting at $30 | Buy it at Birchbox
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 $30 for three months.
ANKER SOUNDCORE NANO BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Price: $21 | Buy it on Amazon
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.
Price: Starting at $14.95 | Buy it at Promise Me Chocolate
The perfect gift for the chocoholic jewelry lover, 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.
FRENCH BULL YOGA MAT
Price: $30 | Buy it at Target
It doesn't get more vibrant and energetic than French Bull's yoga mats, which are 5 millimeters thick and textured to keep her hands from slipping during downward dog. Made from PVC, they're free of six phthalates, and the generous 72-inch length gives her extra space to practice.
AMAZON FIRE 7
Price: $50 | Buy it on Amazon
A $50 tablet that allows her easy access to books, games, favorite shows, the weather, and more, the Amazon Fire 7 has a full-color display, dual-band Wi-Fi, and up to eight hours of battery life. It's also engineered to be more durable than much pricier Apple iPads, so she won't need to treat it with kid gloves.
Price: $33 | Buy it at UncommonGoods
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.
MOSSIMO STRIPED NYLON WEEKENDER BAG
Price: $35 | Buy it at Target
This eye-catching striped weekender will stand out in a sea of boring black luggage. It has one exterior pocket and three interior pockets to keep her organized, as well as double handles and an adjustable cross-body strap with a splash of neon.
TINY STONEWARE BOTTLES
Price: $30 | Buy it at West Elm
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.
VISCONTI SPECTRUM 35 MULTI-COLORED WALLET
Price: $50 | Buy it on Amazon
A rainbow of colors will brighten her day every time she opens this soft leather wallet from Visconti. Available in black or red, 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.
JUNK FOOD MONOPOLY MUGS
Price: $20 | Buy it at Target
Remind her of all those vicious family Monopoly battles with this set of mugs, each featuring title deeds from the classic game. The enamel and stainless-steel mugs are dishwasher safe and perfect for her morning coffee or tea.
Price: $10 | Buy it on Amazon
If she's always dropping her smartphone or tablet, the PopSocket might be the perfect stocking stuffer. These collapsible grips stick to the back of each device, making them easier to hold. They can also act as stands for easy media viewing, and can be repositioned wherever she needs them.
HAIR TIE BRACELET
Price: $10 | Buy it at UncommonGoods
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.
CLOCKY ALARM CLOCK ON WHEELS
Price: $40 | Buy it on Amazon
She won't oversleep again with Clocky, a battery-operated alarm clock on wheels that can run away from her 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.
HIKU SHOPPING BUTTON
Price: $44 | Buy it on Amazon
She'll never forget the milk again with Hiku, a little gadget that lives in her kitchen. She can press a button and tell it what she needs for her next grocery run -- it will keep a running list and send it to her phone. Hiku can also scan barcodes and add items automatically, and it integrates with Walmart and Peapod online shopping services.
WORLD SCRATCH MAP
Price: Starting at $26 | Buy it at UncommonGoods
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.
Price: $33.83 | Buy it on Amazon
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 the creation of all kinds of new patterns, and there's even a die-cast wheel that commemorates the toy's 50th anniversary.
LAGU SAND REPELLANT BLANKET
Price: $36 | Buy it at The Grommet
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.