Best gifts under $50

You don’t need to break the bank to play Santa Claus! This creative guide from the editors at Reviewed highlights thoughtful gifts under $50, with selections off the beaten path both practical and fun.

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$37

Harry & David Royal Riviera pears

You’re not just buying someone pears, you’re robbing them of their ability to enjoy normal pears forever. After you eat one of these, every single firm, mealy, garden-variety grocery store pear will crush you with disappointment.

 — Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$39

Amazon Prime

Not only is it a practical gift, but this three-month membership also sends a message to your sibling, cousin, friend, roommate, etc. that it might be time for them to spread their wings and stop coasting on your Amazon Prime account.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$30

Hummingbird Glass Straws

They look great, they’re durable, and they won’t change the flavor of what you’re drinking. They’re a thoughtful, practical gift for the person in your life who wants to save the Earth, one baby-step at a time.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$24

Zojirushi Travel Mug

We love how easy the Zojirushi mug is to use, and its temperature-retention abilities absolutely floored our tester, Sarah Zorn. It’s available in a ridiculous amount of colors —perfect for the person in your life who’s always on the move.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$12

Nidra Deep Rest eye mask

This mask is a total game-changer. Its adjustable velcro strap keeps the mask securely in place all night long, and the foam pads rest comfortably on your face without being intrusive. Give someone you love the gift of Zzzs for less than $15.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$30

Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Pan

We put them all to the test and compiled a list of the best cast iron pans you can buy right now. The winner? None other than industry-favorite Lodge. It doesn’t come with a lifetime warranty, but it’s a durable beast of a pan.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$45

Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-inch Chef’s Knife

It’s certainly not the sturdiest-feeling knife in the world, but the blade is tough as nails and sharp enough to handle just about anything.This is the perfect knife for both beginner cooks and folks looking to pad out their knife collection.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$20

Leuchtturm Hardcover Bullet Journal

I’m gonna be perfectly honest: I have no idea what the heck “bullet journal organization” is. I do know, however, that I can’t go more than two days without hearing about it.  The experts recommend picking up this Leuchtturm hardcover bullet journal.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$10

Tribe Smartphone Armband

This affordable armband from Tribe is designed to fit every phone, and it’s currently enjoying a 4.2-average user rating based on a ludicrous 16,500 reviews. We love its secure, water-resistant design and the amount of colors it’s available in.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$16

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

My colleague Sarah Kovac loved the InnoGear’s colorful, customizable LED glow, as well as the diffuser’s locking top cover, which made it easier to move the diffuser without spilling water. It’s also extremely affordable.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$20

MistoBox 1-Month Gift Subscription

You can browse our jittery, caffeine-addled findings in our roundup of the best coffee subscription services, but I’ll cut to the chase: We loved the efficiency of MistoBox’s website, its blazingly fast shipments, and the responsive customer support.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$24

Herschel Toiletries Bag

Herschel specializes in simple, fashionable bags, from backpacks to duffle bags. This swanky-looking toiletries bag will keep all of your friend or family member’s bathroom products in one easy-to-stash place.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$26

The Flavor Bible

You’re not gonna find any recipes in here at all. Instead, The Flavor Bible is a compendium of just about every ingredient you can imagine with lists of complementary flavors and why these pairings tend to work.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$40

Echo Dot

We love how affordable and versatile it is, especially for people who are looking to ease into in the smart speaker lifestyle for the first time. That’s what we named it the best affordable Alexa smart speaker.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$41

6-cup Chemex Pour-Over Coffee Maker

If your loved one considers themselves a coffee connoisseur, they’re in for a treat: Chemex makes a damn fine cup of coffee. It’s also one of the most aesthetically pleasing objects in my kitchen.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$50

Roku Streaming Stick+

The Streaming Stick+ supports 4K HDR functionality, and its speeds were close to those we experienced with the Roku Ultra. This makes it a fantastic choice for folks who already own a 4K TV but don’t have a reliable streaming device.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$50

Set of 6 Miko Wine Glasses

If you happen to be shopping for a wine connoisseur, giving the gift of glassware is one of the most practical things you can offer. This set is one of the best-rated of its type on Amazon, and for the cost, the bang-for-your-buck factor is stellar.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$41

Gerber MP600 Multitool

The MP600 offers needle nose and regular pliers, pinch cut wire cutters, both a serrated and a fine-edged knife, the all-important can- and bottle-opening tool, a cross point, a ruler, a wire crimper, and 3 different-sized flatheads.

—Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$36

Splendor

This delightful, easy-to-play tabletop game enchanted my friends and me for hours on end. The premise is simple: Collect raw gems, turn a profit, and become nobility. You can play with up to three, but the game is just as fun with only two.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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$44

JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

In this writer’s humble opinion, no company in the Bluetooth speaker game delivers quality products as consistently as JBL. Its compact size, sturdy clip, and water-resistant design make it a great gift for loved ones who spend time outdoors.

— Michael Desjardin, senior staff writer

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