The 12 Best Gifts Under $50 to Buy in 2018

Don't spend a fortune on presents this year

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We all know it’s the thought that counts when it comes to giving gifts, but it’s also nice to give someone a gift they’re genuinely excited to receive (and will actually use). Finding the right gift, however, doesn’t have to mean shelling out a ton of cash. There are plenty of gifts out there that are thoughtful, useful, and budget-friendly.

No matter what they’re into, from cooking and traveling to fitness and music, there's something on this list for everyone. If you're ready to start shopping, here are some unique gift ideas that are all under $50.

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    For the Cook: Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden

    Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden
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    There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal made with fresh ingredients, and this indoor herb garden will put fresh spices right at their fingertips. Even if they don't have a green thumb, these vintage styled planters make it easy to grow organic basil, cilantro, sage and other herbs to spice up any dish.

    To use, simply plant the seeds in one of the jars and watch them grow. Watering is easy too, as you put water in the reservoir and the plants take the right amount of water as needed. When a recipe calls for herbs, simply snip what you need and savor the natural infusion of flavor. Bon Appetit!

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    For the Music Lover: AmazonBasics Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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    Music lovers will enjoy this portable, wireless Bluetooth speaker because it allows them to take their tunes on the road—no matter where they're headed. It works with any Bluetooth-enabled device and has a range of up to 33 feet. It’s small (6.3" x 1.5" x 2.6") and lightweight (0.5 pounds), so it’s perfect for the beach, picnics, or outdoor gatherings. You can also use this handy device to listen to your podcasts.

    If you're worried about battery life, this speaker comes with a rechargeable battery that will blast tunes for up to eight hours. Thousands of people have reviewed this speaker, and they say the sound quality is strong for such a small speaker. Plus, the price is perfect.

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    For the Person Always Losing Things: Tile Style - Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder

    Life is busy, and things get lost. Luckily, these tile finders can help cut out some of the chaos by helping you locate your keys, phone, or wallet. This pack comes with two waterproof tiles that can easily be placed on keys, phones, wallets, cameras, or whatever item you find yourself misplacing most frequently. If your lost item is within a 200-foot range, the tile will play a loud tune until you find it.

    Customers rave about this gadget, saying it’s lightweight, easy to use, and it saves them a ton of time when it comes to searching for misplaced items. It's recommended that you download the Tile app, as it will remember the last place and time that you had your item, which customers say is a very helpful feature.

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    For the Game Fanatic: Cards Against Humanity

    If you're looking for a gift for someone who loves to indulge in card games, Cards Against Humanity will be a surefire hit. It’s simple to play—each round a player will ask a question from one of the Black Cards, and everyone else will have to answer with one of the White Cards.

    The results are often twisted and hilarious, so you should know your audience for this one (read: it’s not for your pearl-clutching aunt). More than 32,000 people have reviewed the game, and the overwhelming majority rave about it. Their only warning: be prepared for your face and stomach to hurt from all the laughing that ensues.

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    For the Spa Lover: P.F. Candle Co. Double Wick Jar Candle

    For those that need a little extra relaxation in their life, this handcrafted soy candle will make an excellent gift. P.F. Candle Co. candles are made in Los Angeles using domestically grown soy wax and fine fragrance oils, so their scents are bright and aromatic. This 14-ounce candle comes in five different scents including sweet grapefruit, coconut grove, and patchouli sweetgrass. The scents are fragrant, but not too strong that they will cause headaches. Each candle has a burn time of 40-50 hours. 

    Reviewers rave about this candle, saying that it smells amazing and has a long burn time (each candle has a burn time of 40-50 hours). Reviewers also love the way this orange-tinted glass looks in their living room.

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    For the Guy Who Has Everything: Modern Motif Mens Socks

    While socks may be the cliche go-to gift everyone gets when the gift giver has no other ideas, these socks from Modern Motif are a fun and functional gift. Bright and colorful, they come in an array of patterns that will put a fun pep in his step that basic beige and black socks just can’t.

    Made of cotton, nylon, and spandex, these socks are both comfortable and breathable—perfect for wearing all year round. They fit shoe sizes 8 to 12, and they come in a gift box that's easy to wrap up. Customers love the funky patterns and note that they hold up well over time.

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    For the Artist: Secret Garden, An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book

    A little bit of inspiration, relaxation, and escapism can all be found in the pages of this adult coloring book by Johanna Basford. Her hand-drawn illustrations feature whimsical flowers, tiny forest creatures, and other fun surprises. This edition also features extra thick paper stock that markers and ink won’t bleed through. There are 96 pages total.

    A great activity for kids and adults alike, thousands of customers rave about this book, which has sold more than 11 million copies. Customers love the gorgeous, floral designs and love how the high-quality paper feels in their hands.

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    For the Wine Lover: Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump with Bottle Stoppers

    The wine lover in your life most likely has enough bottles, so gift them with the Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump and Bottle Stoppers instead. This handy set will ward off spoiled wine and keep their favorite bottle fresh for up to two weeks. The wine saver pump works by extracting air from an opened bottle, and the rubber stopper creates an airtight seal. This airtight seal prevents the oxidation process from altering the taste of the wine. Perfect for all wines except sparkling wines.

    Reviewers love that this set is durable and easy to use. Plus, most reviewers agree that their wine stayed fresh well longer than they expected.

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    For the Traveler: The New York Times, 36 Hours USA & Canada

    If you need a gift for an avid traveler, this beautiful book will fuel their passion for travel. The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada contains suggested itineraries for 36 hours in a variety of towns and cities across North America. It covers historic sites, restaurants, and hotels that are sure to excite and inspire.

    Reviewers say this book contains useful information and is a fun read regardless of if you ever travel to the destinations included or just dream of doing so. Other editions of the book covering Europe, Asia, Latin America and The Caribbean are available as well.

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    For the Entertainer: VonShef Square Slide Out Bamboo Cheese Board and 4 Piece Knife Set

    When it comes to entertaining friends and family, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful cheese plate. And this bamboo cheese board from VonShef will make it easy to serve up a delicious charcuterie platter, even if you're in a hurry!

    This board measures 13" x 13" x 2", which is large enough for cutting and serving. A drawer that’s equipped with four specialty knives (a stilton knife, cheddar knife, hard cheese knife and cheese fork) slides out from the bottom, and a ridge around the perimeter of the board is perfect for holding crackers, olives, and sliced meat. This set is perfect for the practiced party host.

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    For the Fitness Enthusiast: Fabric Resistance Bands Set

    If you're looking for a gift for the fitness enthusiast in your life, these multifunctional resistance bands are a great choice. They’re made of soft and durable polyester that won’t roll up during workouts or irritate your skin. Resistance bands are a great exercise tool to have because you can use them indoors or outdoors, and they can help strengthen multiple areas of your body (legs, glutes, shoulders, hips, and arms).

    Reviewers love the sleek design and durability of this product. The different sized bands hold up well over time and don’t stretch out. A few reviewers noted that the largest band in the set was too big for them, but overall they were happy with their purchase.

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    For the Commuter: S'well Stainless Steel Travel Mug

    Perfect for the person who is constantly on the go, this stainless steel mug allows you to take your beverage on the road with you. It's constructed of high-grade stainless steel (BPA and toxin free), so your beverage will never have an artificial taste. Also, the triple-walled stainless steel prevents condensation buildup on the outside.

    Reviewers love that this travel mug is easy to hold (thanks to the ergonomic grip), and it's easy to drink from even when moving. Another bonus? Ice can easily fit through the opening of the bottle.