35 Best Gifts Under $50 for the Holidays

Gift season is in full swing, so to help you find the best gifts for everyone on your list, we’ve put together a list of our favorite gifts under $50. From cute stuffed animals and scented candles to coffee subscriptions and kitchen essentials, here’s our favorite gift ideas, all under $50.

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T-fal Dishwasher Safe Cookware Frying Pan

We named this pan the best non-stick pan of 2021, thanks to its depth and even cooking performance. The home cook in your life will love its versatility and reliability, and it won’t cost you hundreds of dollars like other premium pans.

Lego isn’t just for kids anymore. This really beautiful bouquet of Lego flowers can be an excellent project for your loved one, and they are truly flowers that never die. Check out this Lego bonsai tree and orchid kit.

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It may seem like a boring gift, but trust us, this smart garage door opener is a real game changer. You never have to worry about accidentally leaving the garage open as this opener gives you control via an app on your phone. We named it the best smart garage opener of the year.

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Our pick of the best water bottle makes a great gift, not only because it can keep water ice cold all day long, but also because it comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors.

Viktor Jurgen neck massage cushion

The ultimate stress reliever, this massage pillow warms up and helps you get rid of those pesky knots in your neck.

This scented candle from Homesick contains notes of fresh air, spruce, vanilla, frosted mint and other festive scents.

Smoko Mushroom Mochi Plush Toy

If you just want something cute, you can’t beat this mushroom cuddly toy from Smoko. It’s the perfect size to curl up in and looks great on the bed and couch.

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Lodge Chef Collection 12-inch skillet

Hamilton Beach double breakfast sandwich maker

This all-in-one sandwich maker gives them the extra time they need in the morning while making a delicious breakfast.

Nest New York Holiday Reed Diffuser

Nothing beats the scent of a good Christmas candle, and this one from Nest New York has an enticing blend of pomegranate, tangerine, and more.

A great practical gift, Swedish dishcloths are one of our favorite eco-friendly kitchen towels as they take the place of paper towels. You can even toss these guys in the dishwasher or washing machine once they start smelling bad.

Nordstrom Bliss plush bedspread

You can never have too many blankets, and this one is loved by Nordstrom buyers for how incredibly soft and durable it is. It is also available in a range of neutral colors to match any interior style.

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Frontgate Resort Cotton Bath Towel

Upgrade their shower experience with our pick for the best plush bath towel, the Frontgate Resort Cotton Towel. It’s super thick, it’s super soft and it feels like you’re being hugged by a cloud the next time you step out of the shower.

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Overall, the Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffee Pot scored highest in our best Cold Brew Maker test. This sleek, sophisticated and streamlined carafe produces 1 liter of rich, robust brew in just eight hours. It was one of the easiest to put together, it made an exemplary brew in about the shortest time and it looked great. Plus, it dialed in as the second most affordable of our inventory.

Food and drink gifts under $50

Make your own Hot Sauce Kit

For those who want a little extra spice in their lives, check out this hot sauce kit that includes everything you need to experiment with different flavors and intensities while making your next favorite hot sauce.

Give the coffee lover in your life the gift of single-origin beans from around the world. Atlas Coffee Club sends a box of beans from a different country every month, along with an information card and brewing instructions. Read our full review here.

Lead Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Sauce Amazon

From pizza to cookies to cheese and even ice cream, this is what they reach for when they’re ever looking for a touch of spice in their food – and a little sweetness.

Limited Edition Godiva Holiday Truffles

You can never go wrong with a box of chocolates during the holidays. This limited edition box from Godiva contains 12 pieces of decadent, delicious truffles.

West Coast-Style IPA Beer Brewing Ki

If you’ve got a beer lover in your life, they’ll love this IPA brew kit, which lets them make their own drink from scratch.

For the person who can never get enough spice, this gourmet hot sauce has a complex yet delicious blend of truffle, red chile pepper, and agave nectar. It even made Oprah’s list of favorite things again this year. And now readers of CNN Underscored can get 10% off with code CNN10.

If you know someone who is always losing their stuff (or is passionate about not losing their luggage), the Apple AirTag is a perfect gift. It’s an accurate tracker that attaches to just about anything, meaning you can find all those little things you always misplace. Read our full opinion here and why we think this is the perfect travel accessory.

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Give them the best sleep of their lives with our pick for the best sleep mask of the year. It has a genius nose wire, so it blocks all – and we mean all – light. The mask is gentle on the eyes and comfortable on the head, and it never moved at night, regardless of our sleeping position.

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If they’ve got a bunch of travel planned this year, gift them our pick for the best travel pillow of 2022. The Cabeau was firm enough to support our heads and necks, soft enough to fall asleep to, and perfectly portable so you could compress it down to half its size.

One of our favorite travel backpacks, this one is divided into three compartments and not only accommodates a 15-inch laptop, but also has plenty of key design details you’ll need. Think top handle, hang closures, a USB port and adjustable straps, not to mention a ton of pockets to store all your stuff. With a 4.8-star rating, the backpack’s highlight is a padded mesh back that keeps you as cool as possible, no matter how many times your flight is delayed. Did we mention it’s now under $30? Done and done.

AeroPress Go portable travel coffee press

The AeroPress Go is a fantastic coffee maker for people who want to make coffee quickly and easily in the morning. It’s also great for outdoor enthusiasts who still need caffeine even if they wake up in the middle of the woods.

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Any TikTok enthusiast will appreciate this ring light, which is our pick for the best ring light.

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For singing in the shower or taking tunes with you on the go, this portable speaker will definitely come in handy. In fact, we think it’s the best portable travel speaker out there.

Bombas Performance Women's Running Ankle Socks 3 Pack

Who says socks are a bad gift? You can always use a good pair, and these high-quality options from Bombas have extra padding to keep your feet comfortable.

A fantastic everyday bag for all genders, it can hold an amazing amount of stuff. We also like the fun color options.

A first necklace like this feels personal enough to make a great gift, and simple enough to be an everyday staple. No wonder it’s one of Nordstrom’s top-rated pieces.

Herschel Supply Co.  Hank RFID bifold wallet

Wallets are always a safe gift for the man in your life, and this one from Herschel Supply Co. is a great option, with RFID technology to keep all its cards safe.

Get this necklace that can spell their name in sterling silver, 18k gold or rose gold.

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Revlon One-Step Blow Dryer

Instead of frying her hair, let them dry, smooth and volumize in one easy step with Revlon’s ionic (and iconic!) technology, which we voted the best affordable hair dryer of the year. It has three heat settings, an ergonomic design, and several cute color options, such as mint and pink.

Don’t you think their shower deserves to feel like a spa? We tried the Goshi towel and it completely changed our shower experience, with an exfoliating tissue that removes dead skin and leaves us feeling silky smooth.

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Billie Smooth Operator Gift Set

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