50 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for Him Under $50
Finding the right gifts for the men in your life can be challenge, but it doesn't need to be an exercise in tedium. Our guide features 50 inexpensive ideas, from grooming products to kitchen gadgets to fitness equipment, as well as novel suggestions sure to match the interests of just about anyone. Best of all, each is under $50.
Price: $20 | Buy it from Sur la Table
Help a bacon lover truly appreciate pork in all its glory. Sur la Table's DIY kit comes with a curing bag, the cure, maple sugar, a thermometer, and directions. All you need to add is 5 pounds of pork belly, currently selling for about $5 a pound at a local butcher. The bacon can be made in an oven or a smoker and the entire family can reap the benefits.
Price: $30 | Buy them on Amazon
Hunters, hikers, campers, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds need a second set of eyes. Backed by the Bushnell brand, these lightweight Falcon series binoculars feature high-definition clarity and come with a case. They're rugged and built for outdoor wear and tear.
Price: $18 | Buy it on Amazon
Just point and shoot for instant temperature readings. Check the grill to see if it's ready for steaks; check the pool to see if it's as warm as the kids say; or check the engine block to see if it's safe to pull that radiator cap. A digital meat thermometer completes the package for a backyard barbecue.
Price: $50 | Buy it from Omaha Steaks
Give the gift of a fancy dinner courtesy of Omaha Steaks. The Warm Welcome Collection sampler includes two top sirloins, four Omaha Steaks burgers, four gourmet jumbo franks, a pound of Omaha Steakhouse fries, and four caramel apple tartlets. Meat eaters salivate at this combo, which ships for free in the U.S. The food is frozen and packed in a cooler with dry ice.
Price: $17 | Buy them on Amazon
Beer enthusiasts will love these super-strong magnetic strips. Designed to suspend beverage bottles from the ceiling of a refrigerator, they help conserve precious fridge space by holding up a six-pack of brews, leaving plenty of room for snacks.
Price: $5 or $25 | Buy it from Olio & Olive
Bacon now enhances nearly every type of food, from cupcakes to beer. Cooks often use pancetta, pork belly, or the standard smoked variety, but guanciale -- cured meat from the jowl of a pig -- would make a singular Christmas gift for a pork-loving foodie. Popular in central Italy but less known in the U.S., guanciale is leaner and boasts a more pronounced flavor than bacon. Olio&Olive sells 4 ounces for $5 or 2 pounds for $25.
Price: $23 | Buy it on Amazon
Even pen-and-paper holdouts can go high-tech with the Rocketbook Everlast, which can easily send 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.
Price: $24 | Buy it from Carved
Designed and handmade in Indiana, Carved Traveler cases are distinctive and practical. Rubber bumpers protect from bumps, scrapes, and drops. The cases come in a range of styles and sizes to fit a wide range of iPhones as well as popular Android models.
Price: $40 | Buy it from Sengled
He'll marvel at the gift of wireless music packaged in an energy-efficient bulb that plugs into any standard lamp or light socket. Dual JBL speakers provide crisp, clear sound, and LED efficiency means the bulb should last up to 17 years.
Price: $23 | Buy them on Amazon
For active men who love to hike and bike, Ododos Interchangeable Sunglasses feature five pairs of shatterproof lenses designed for different activities. For example, one enhances color contrast to improve the wearer's vision of the trail ahead. The lightweight frames are designed to be strong yet flexible.
Price: $13 | Buy them on Amazon
Unleash the barbecue beast within and give the gift of meat claws for preparing pulled pork. Strong enough to shred other kinds of slow-cooked, grilled, or smoked meat, the claws also can be used to pick up food and carve large pieces of meat without slippage. More than 2,500 reviewers award the claws an exceptional 4.7 stars.
Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
Great for that someone whose phone is always dying, this gadget charges a phone anywhere, extending its battery life. This particular model is compatible with the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and iPad. It has a standard USB port for charging e-readers and other devices, as well.
Price: $50 | Buy it from ThinkGeek
For some next-level procrastination, he'll love to arrange (and rearrange) this desk lamp when he should be working. This Tetris lamp has seven colorful blocks that can be stacked any which way. The LEDs light up when touching other pieces.
Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
Is a special someone looking longingly at your toddler's hopper ball? Get them their own. The 29-inch Waliki Toys Hopper Ball is specially made for grown-ups, with a sturdy handle. Made from PVC-free rubber, it includes a double-action pump for quick inflation and comes in several colors. Nab the plush version to make a dream of riding a horse or a unicorn come true.
Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
Everything a binge-watcher needs for a successful night on the sofa can be stashed in a handy organizer that sits right over the arm of most couches. It holds the remote, a cellphone, reading glasses, and much more in six pockets. There's even a snack tray for food and drinks.
Price: $45 | Buy it at Stormy Kromer
Iconic as it is warm, the Original Stormy Kromer Hat is handmade in Michigan. Lined with cotton flannel, it comes in more than a dozen colors and six sizes to ensure a snug fit. An integrated ear band can be adjusted up or down depending on how chilly it is.