RIGHT GIFT, RIGHT PRICE
As the gift-giving rush begins, chances are you've got a ton of people to shop for, but barely enough time and money to get it all done. Whether you need ideas for kids, coworkers, a spouse, or someone else, we're here to help you save on your holiday shopping with this roundup of crowd-pleasing presents, all for $50 and under.
Prices and availability are subject to change.
ZOJIRUSHI STAINLESS STEEL TRAVEL MUG
Est. Price: $29 | Buy it from Amazon
Keep their coffee piping hot — and we mean piping — with this 20-ounce Zojirushi travel mug. Devotees say temperature retention is the main reason they'll never go back to cheaper travel mugs. It also has a convenient flip-top lid with a safety lock that keeps it from spilling after it's tossed in a bag.
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ALURATEK DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME
Est. Price: $49 | Buy it from Walmart
With 512MB of internal memory plus the ability to accept external memory cards, this digital photo frame is a versatile and budget-friendly way to show off favorite family photos.
Est. Price: $35 | Buy it from Amazon
Tired of tearing up your house in search of your keys, purse, or other important items? Slap a Tile Pro on them. These Bluetooth trackers have a range of up to 300 feet — more than any other Tile — and they're waterproof. Use the Tile app to ring any lost item with a tracker. Lost your phone? Pressing a button on any Tile forces it to ring, even when it's on silent.
CINEMARK MOVIE TICKETS
Est. Price: Two tickets for $17 | Buy them from Sam's Club
Need an easy gift for a movie lover? Pick up a pair of Cinemark tickets on the cheap from Sam's Club and pay an average of $8.50 a ticket — a nice deal considering adult general admission tickets are typically $12 or more. They're good nationwide.
CROCK-POT CASSEROLE CROCK SLOW COOKER
Est. Price: $36 | Buy it from Target
This casserole-shaped slow cooker is the perfect companion for potlucks and other holiday gatherings. The locking lid and cord wrap make it super portable, while the removable stoneware insert is oven-safe and dishwasher-safe.
HEATED AROMATHERAPY NECK AND SHOULDER WRAP
Est. Price: $40 | Buy it from Sharper Image
They'll feel stress melt away when they drape this heated wrap around their shoulders. Zap it in the microwave for cozy comfort, and enjoy the added benefit of aromatherapy from the blend of lavender, spearmint, cinnamon, rosemary, and more inside.
OZOBOT BIT CODING ROBOT
Est. Price: $40 | Buy it on Amazon
Here's a cutting-edge way to nourish a child's early STEM skills: Ozobot, the bit-coding robot. Children older than 6 can have fun while gaining valuable foundational skills, customizing their bot with character stickers and coding with a marker before taking on included activity challenges and advancing to edit programs online.
LANDS' END CANVAS TOTE BAG
Est. Price: Starting at $28 | Buy it from Lands' End
This simple canvas Lands' End bag has long been a best-seller, having earned a reputation as a true workhorse. Tested to hold up to 500 pounds, it's also able to stand upright and has a water-resistant base that makes it especially great for toting beach or pool supplies. Consider personalizing it with a monogram for gifting.
OMAHA STEAKS WARM WELCOME COLLECTION
Est. Price: $50 | Buy it from Omaha Steaks
Who can resist a decadent dinner in the comfort of their own home? This sampler includes two top sirloins, four burgers, four gourmet jumbo franks, a pound of steak fries, and four caramel apple tartlets. It ships for free in the U.S. packed in a cooler with dry ice.
Est. Price: $30 | Buy them from Uncommon Goods
A thoughtful gift for that recently transplanted friend, these hand-poured soy wax candles are made to smell just like home. For instance, a Colorado candle smells like spruce and cedar, while a Florida candle has notes of citrus and bergamot.
JETSON SATURN LIGHT-UP SCOOTER
Est. Price: $50 | Buy it from Costco
A ton of colorful LED lights on the stem, deck, and wheels of this three-wheeled scooter give it endless kid appeal. The adjustable handlebar, wide deck, and wide front wheels make it safe and easy to use, too.
PHILIPS NORELCO ONEBLADE
Est. Price: $30 | Buy it from Walmart
Men with any kind of facial hair can get a comfortable shave or a neat trim with the cordless Philips Norelco OneBlade, specially designed to protect the skin even under longer, coarser hair.
LIFELINE AAA ROAD KIT
Est. Price: $33 | Buy it from Amazon
Give the gift of emergency preparedness this winter. This AAA-branded kit contains the basics needed if something goes wrong during cold-weather road trips, including jumper cables, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, and more.
Est. Price: $40 | Buy it from Walmart
The newest Hatchimals toy goes for the ultimate cute factor with HatchiBabies — they never grow up. Accessories including a rattle, hairbrush, and bottle come inside the egg so kids are ready to take care of their new addition.
STORMY KROMER ORIGINAL CAP
Est. Price: $45 | Buy it from Stormy Kromer
An icon of the north woods, American-made Stormy Kromer caps come in so many sizes that they're indistinguishable from custom-made. Owners rave about how warm and practical they are, and they love the built-in ear band that can be tugged down for added warmth.
Est. Price: $32 | Buy it from 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.
'STAR WARS' R2-D2 CERAMIC TEAPOT
Est. Price: $35 | Buy it from ThinkGeek
This 36-ounce teapot is definitely the geeky kitchen accessory you're looking for. Your favorite "Star Wars" fan will be thrilled to keep it out on the stove.
LASER X TWO-PLAYER MICROBLASTER SET
Est. Price: $25 | Buy it from Target
Need a gift to get the kids off their iPads? This Laser X set might do the trick. It includes two blasters, receiver arm bands and batteries — everything players need to get started. Blasters have a range of up to 100 feet, and the set is compatible with other Laser X products for team play.
GOOGLE HOME MINI
Est. Price: $30 | Buy it from Best Buy
Ask your Google Home Mini anything: What's the weather? What's playing at the local theater? What are the news headlines? It can also control compatible smart-home devices.
HANNA ANDERSSON KIDS' LONG JOHN PAJAMAS
Est. Price: $29 | Buy it from Hanna Andersson
Hanna Andersson PJs have a cult following even among parents who are loathe to spend big on other kids' clothing. The organic cotton is soft enough for kids who seem to agonize over every seam, they come in a ton of colors and patterns, and they hold up to wash after wash without pilling or unraveling.
Est. Price: $20 | Buy it from Bed Bath & Beyond
There's nothing more annoying than settling onto the couch with a drink, then realizing there's no convenient place to put it. The weighted Couch Coaster solves that problem by easily draping over sofa arms to give your drink the perfect resting spot.
ORIGINAL BACON KIT
Est. Price: $28 | Buy it from The Original Kits Company
Help a bacon lover truly appreciate pork in all its glory. This 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. The bacon can be made in an oven or a smoker, and the entire family can reap the benefits.
EDDIE BAUER FAIRISLE REVERSIBLE THROW
Est. Price: $21 | Buy it from Amazon
Who can't use another cozy blanket to snuggle under during colder months? This thick, soft 50-by-70-inch throw has a microfleece side and a Sherpa side to choose from, and the traditional design is perfect for anyone who loves a little rustic chic décor.
MINI MAGLITE PRO
Est. Price: $16 | Buy it from Amazon
One of the most well-known flashlight manufacturers, Maglite makes its entire product line in the U.S. The 226-lumen Mini Maglite Pro, crafted from diamond-knurled aluminum, is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who needs a reliable flashlight to stash in a kitchen drawer or glovebox.
FARBERWARE DIGITAL OIL-LESS FRYER
Est. Price: $39 | Buy it from Walmart
This air fryer can help make everyone's favorite indulgences a little healthier. It has eight preprogrammed options to make cooking a snap, and the food basket is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
SKULLCANDY UPROAR WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Est. Price: $31| Buy them from Best Buy
Ditch the wires with these Bluetooth-compatible headphones with comfy synthetic leather ear pillows. They include an onboard microphone and remote and get up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.
FISHER-PRICE THINK & LEARN ROCKTOPUS
Est. Price: $43 | Buy it from Walmart
This interactive toy is geared toward teaching preschoolers critical thinking. They can mix and remix 15 instruments and use three play modes to compose their own tunes, solve math problems, and rock out.
L.L.BEAN PERSONAL ORGANIZER TOILETRY BAG
Est. Price: $30 | Buy it from L.L.Bean
Any traveler who wants to stay better organized will appreciate this best-selling toiletry organizer. Made with water-resistant fabric, it has a built in hook, plenty of convenient pockets, and a removable mirror and shower caddy.
LITERARY INFINITY SCARF
Est. Price: $48 | Buy it from UncommonGoods
This unconventional gift for your favorite booklover will let them wrap themselves in the silkscreened text of classic novels. Choose from "Pride and Prejudice," "Jane Eyre," "Alice in Wonderland," or "Sense and Sensibility."
GUMMY BEAR LIGHT
Est. Price: $28 | Buy it from UncommonGoods
A whimsical choice as a nightlight for a child's room or a home accent for anyone with a celebrated sweet tooth, this gummy bear lights up with a squeeze and comes in five colors.
AMAZON FIRE 7 TABLET
Est. Price: $50 | Buy it from Amazon
This inexpensive Fire tablet features a 7-inch display and built-in Alexa voice controls for quick access to music, e-books, and the Internet. You'll get up to eight hours of battery life and 8GB onboard storage, expandable to 265GB with a microSD card.
HARRY POTTER TRAINING WAND
Est. Price: $25 | Buy it from Amazon
Calling all wizards in training: This wand includes five modes of play and 11 different spells to master. It recognizes movement to tell whether they're being performed correctly.
DARN TOUGH HIKER MICRO CREW CUSHION SOCKS
Est. Price: $22 | Buy them from Amazon
Socks as a gift? They won't sneer if they're these Vermont-made wool-blend socks, ready for anything you throw at them. All Darn Tough socks are also guaranteed for life.
Est. Price: $50 | Buy it from Dick's Sporting Goods
The stainless-steel Leatherman Wingman is hailed as one of the best multi-tools out there, and the splurge is worthwhile since it's useful in so many situations beyond hiking. There are 14 tools, including pliers, wire cutters, a knife, a bottle and can opener, a file, a screwdriver, and more.
YARD GAMES KUBB SET
Est. Price: $40 | Buy it from Amazon
A favorite lawn game in Sweden, Kubb is simple, sturdy, and suitable for all ages. Players toss wooden rods — underhanded throws only — to topple their opponents' blocks. But don't topple the king block until you've cleared the others, or you'll lose.
UNCLE GOOSE CLASSIC ABC BLOCKS
Est. Price: $40 | Buy them at Uncle Goose
Perfect for the little one or parent-to-be on your list, these alphabet blocks feature child-safe ink and are crafted in Michigan. Looking for something more offbeat? Uncle Goose makes blocks featuring planets, the periodic table, constellations, and several foreign languages.
HEYDAY PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Est. Price: $30 | Buy it from Target
Rock out wherever you are with this compact little speaker, which provides up to six hours of music on a single charge. It can play music from your phone via Bluetooth, or use the auxiliary input for non-Bluetooth devices.
BUILD-ON BRICK MUG
Est. Price: $13 | Buy it from Amazon
The perfect inexpensive gift for the grown-up Lego fan, this BPA-free plastic mug is the ultimate canvas for tinkering — and a much-needed vessel for caffeine — during that never-ending morning meeting.
AMAZONBASICS DUTCH OVEN
Est. Price: $38 | Buy it from Amazon
This enameled cast iron 6-quart Dutch oven is a dead ringer for Le Creuset, but at a fraction of the price. Pleased reviewers say it cleans up easily and makes one-pot meals a snap.
ORIGINS OUR BEST OF THE BEST SET
Est. Price: $45 | Buy it from Sephora
Pamper that special someone's skin with seven Origins products, including a cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, blemish gel treatment, and two face masks.
MY LIFE STORY SO FAR
Est. Price: $30 | Buy it from UncommonGoods
A thoughtful gift for parents or grandparents who love to reminisce, this clothbound journal includes nine sections of prompts that help the recipient capture their memories for posterity.
LEAPFROG WATER AND COUNT VEGGIE GARDEN
Est. Price: $25 | Buy it from Target
Little gardeners can learn about sizes, counting, and colors as they dig and plant with this interactive toy. It includes 100 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases.
AIR HOGS SUPERNOVA FLYING ORB
Est. Price: $30 | Buy it from Walmart
This new twist on drones is all about ease of use, making it great for younger tech lovers. Just toss it into the air to launch it, then control it with your hands.
THINKFUN GRAVITY MAZE
Est. Price: $30 | Buy it from Amazon
This isn't just another marble run — it's a logic game where kids have to figure out how to build a path for their marble to get to a certain target. It comes with 60 challenges suitable for beginners on up to experts.
TARGUS STRATA LAPTOP SLEEVE
Est. Price: $29 | Buy it from Best Buy
Anyone who likes to travel light will love this stylish, slender laptop sleeve. It fits up to a 15.6-inch display and has a convenient shoulder strap in case you don't want to carry a bigger bag.
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LASKO MYHEAT PERSONAL CERAMIC HEATER
Est. Price: $20 | Buy it from Amazon
Perfect for anyone who works in a frigid office, this little ceramic heater directs all of its warmth to you instead of the surrounding room. It's only 6 inches tall, making it inconspicuous on a desk.