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    50 Unique Gifts You Can Get For Under $50

    The secret to acing your holiday gift-giving is letting your freak flag fly.

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    1. A set of stackable Greek column glasses to let them know they've been a pillar in your life.

    Glasses stacked to form Greek column
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    2. "Resident Dog," a perfect coffee-table book documenting very good dogs and the homes they live in — perfect for anyone getting hit with a bad case of cabin fever.

    "Resident Dog" book cover
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Nicole has done a lovely job once again with capturing these incredible homes and the dogs. This book is the perfect gift, every page has great eye candy. Who doesn't love dogs and architecture?" —Robert T. Coscarelli

    Get it from Amazon for $32.54.

    3. A pair of Merrell Hydro Mocs so they can get in on 2020's hottest water shoe trend.

    Merrell's Hydro Moc Water Shoe
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are awesome!! Very, very comfortable, with good arch support. They slip on easily and comfortably and walking is easy wet or dry." —holz

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95+ (available in men's sizes 7-15 and in eight colors)

    4. A clock with a face they simply can't be mad at, even when it's time to get out of bed for work.

    A black square face clock
    Wallpaper Store

    Get it from Wallpaper Store for $41.

    5. A Moog synth vinyl record from the '70s designed to help houseplants grow — give it to your friend with a green thumb and, at the very least, watch your friendship grow.

    the vinyl record
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $28.98.

    6. A multi-purpose tissue box organizer that'll make a perfect addition to their at-home desk set up.

    Multifunction tissue box
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this little tissue organizer. Makes my nightstand so much more organized, everything in one place at a hand's reach." —Rob

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    7. Or, stick with single-function minimalism: a house-shaped tissue box to make them feel extremely ~blessed~.

    Minimalist tissue box cover shaped like a house
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I first spotted this at a swanky modern hotel room with all-white decor. I love how it hides an unsightly branded tissue box — it practically vanishes! It looks so cute with the tissue-y 'billow' of smoke, and is functional too. Every modern minimalist's dream." —nycgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $5.

    8. A corkscrew named Alessandro M. Corkscrew that'll liven up their bottle-opening experience.

    Corkscrew shaped like a man
    Alessi

    Promising review: "Wow!! Opening a wine bottle is this easy? Just turning the head pulls out the cork entirely from the bottle. Highly recommended!!" —Bike lover

    Get it from Amazon for $40.58+ (available in red and blue).

    9. An iron candle holder if you'd describe their interior aesthetic as "mid-century monastery" or "medieval chic."

    Model lighting double-armed candle arrangement
    Fredericks and Mae

    Get it from Fredericks and Mae for $50 (available in "single arm" or "double arm").

    10. A sage-scented styling cream they'll agree is one of the best smelling hair products out there — subtle and earthy and fresh!

    the tube of cream
    Malin and Goetz

    Get it from Malin and Goetz for $8+ (available in 1oz or 4oz).

    11. A set of "roller coasters," the adult version of everyone's favorite childhood game in which you navigate steel balls through a maze — this version will have them navigating condensation drips from their beer.

    MoMA Design Store

    Get it from MoMA Design Store for $24 (for a set of four).

    12. A portable BBQ "suitcase" for the friend who's always in the mood for a 'dog.

    Red portable BBQ suitcase
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This grill was awesome! Easy set up, compact, and sturdy. Cooked my steak perfectly, without burning it outside and leaving it raw inside. That had been my biggest worry with this. Easily big enough surface for a nice-sized steak or a couple of burgers." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $47.51+ (available in red and silver).

    13. A three-tiered hanging basket to kick their boho living room (or kitchen — it's great as a fruit basket, too!) up a notch.

    Three-tiered hanging basket filled with plants in living room
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Was worried how much weight it could hold but it’s large and strong enough for heavier fruits like bananas and apples. The top basket is smaller and will not be as easy to reach so planning to find a cute plant to hang up. My apartment is compact so it’s a perfect storage addition in the corner of my kitchen. Just hanging it up makes it look more put together and gives it that home sweet home feel. I’ve seen other similar tiered fruit bowls upwards of $80+ and have paid $$$ for rattan bamboo baskets so this is a great deal for the quality. The weaving is simply a beautiful braided design." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    14. A desktop wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man they'll probably be able to learn a dance move or two from.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I'd have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness." —Robert Wurstner

    Get it from Amazon for $10.86.

    15. A vintage Apple monitor stand they can slip their phone into to relive simpler times on the World Wide Web.

    Vintage apple monitor stand
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the cutest iPhone stand I've ever seen. It's perfect for a vintage Apple fan. It is fun and functional!" —A. Mangione

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98 (available in black and white).

    16. A suede measuring tape that'll give your handiest friend a chance to flex harder than they ever have around the house.

    Orange-suede measuring tape
    SHW

    Get it from SHW for $36.

    17. A weave-print face mask with built-in filter pockets so they can dress for these very different times.

    Model wearing a graphic face mask
    Dusen Dusen

    Type Of Fit: Elastic Ear Loops

    Pocket For Filter: Yes

    Fabric Type: 100% Cotton

    Shipping Time: Immediately

    Get it from Dusen Dusen for $20 (available in green/white and khaki/white).

    Just remember — masks are not a substitute for social distancing! You should still maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance between you and other people when possible, and continue washing your hands and avoiding touching your face. Stay safe!

    You can find more options in BuzzFeed's roundup of places to buy nonmedical face masks online, and check out BuzzFeed's guide to the CDC's new face covering recommendations for more deets.

    18. The revised and expanded 2020 Design Book packed with 500 of the most "innovative, influential, and enduring" products from the last five centuries — to give your design-minded friend some fine coffee-table reading.

    Design Book open to Egg Chair and Chambord Coffee Press
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    19. A 2021 calendar craft kit so they can turn the year into an impressive stationary garden.

    Flowers calendar craft kit with blue flower
    Wallpaper Store

    Get it from Wallpaper Store for $31.

    20. A Japanese "Welcome" soap that'll certainly make for a great conversation starter in the shower...if that's a thing that exists!

    Black fish soap
    The Grommet

    Get it from The Grommet for $39 (available in white/lily scent or black/brown sugar scent).

    21. The Nordic Baking Book for dipping their toes into the art of minimalist home baking with chef Magnus Nilsson as their guide.

    The Nordic Baking Book upright
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Fantastic book, filled with information, explanation and technique. Author created a well thought out and superb book that covers the gamete of Scandinavian baking. Having spent time in Norway, it was a pleasure to discover recipes from my time there, especially regional ones." —Gypz

    Get it from Amazon for $31.78.

    22. A "meta-puzzle" — that's a puzzle with an image of a person assembling a puzzle on it — to give your jigsaw champion friend their greatest challenge yet.

    Piecework Puzzles
    Piecework Puzzles

    Get it from Piecework Puzzles for $36.

    23. A rechargeable electric lighter – it requires no flame, making it also windproof and a whole lot easier to use outside.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Looks cool...but most importantly, it works. It's absolutely windproof. And the charge it lets out is (or looks like) plasma...an awesome purplish zap. It's easy to charge. This would be a great survival device — you could start a lot fires on one charge. The only thing I had to get used to was not having a flame. If you're using this for cigarettes, you have to push the cigarette into the arch and move it around a little bit. After you get over that curve, it's amazing." —Ronald E. Mahler

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in six colors).

    24. A pair of aerating wineglasses that'll win over even the most snobbish wine drinker in your life.

    Aerating wine glasses with red wine in them
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We tested them by comparing the wine before and after using the glass and there WAS a difference in the quality of the taste. Most items are mostly hype but this one seems to be real. Besides, it's cute to watch it flow." —KHofferMD

    Get a pair from Amazon for $50.

    25. The Noma Guide to Fermentation, which you can be certain make for a rotten gift.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The Noma Guide to Fermentation doesn't just teach you 'how' to ferment, it teaches you 'why.' And the biggest why is that the ferments in this book will make your food delicious. The book starts with very easy projects like lacto-fermentation (typical recipe: fruit, salt, jar, time) on through the complexities of making shoyu, the world's most popular fermented flavor. Yes, you can make your own soy sauce! More than that, this guide gives you the foundation (the 'whys') that you can use as a jumping point to go beyond the recipes in the book to #fermentallthethings. Thank you, Rene and David, for sharing your knowledge." —AimsInBrooklyn

    Get it from Amazon for $26.63.

    26. A box of sushi socks that'll score you full points in presentation.

    Sushi socks in a box
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was a big hit. I bought them as a present for a friend. They're hilarious and were the center of attention at dinner. The packaging and presentation were my motivation for buying and I was very pleased." —Patrick

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99 (for two pairs; available in men's sizes 36-40 and 41-46 [9.5-13]).

    27. A pistachio pedestal so your snack-happy friend has a place to store their discarded shells while they eat.

    Pistachio pedestal with used shells separated
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "We enjoyed using this so much that we bought another for our grandson who thinks it is a special experience at Nan's house. He is 4 and loves pistachios! I may buy a third one soon!" —KKMG

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48.

    28. A multi-tool that'll give them a poke to take care of their household chores.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Surprisingly good quality. The tools are sharp and sturdy. The scissors are the best quality I've seen on these multitools." —#1Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.50.

    29. An unglazed terra-cotta candle holder for a striking, minimalist centerpiece.

    Unglazed terracotta candle holder
    Food52

    Get it from Food52 for $38 (available in black, terracotta, peach, and white).

    30. A sheep toilet paper holder that'll also hold their guest's attention, probably.

    Sheep toilet paper holder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "After using the bathroom, my husband sought me out to inform me that he loves this product. He was so delighted, and I was surprised at his reaction to the toilet paper holder. We used to stack our TP on top of the toilet tank. This is easy to put together, and stands on floor. It holds lots of TP, and best of all, it is cute." —Murphy

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    31. A knitting bag so they can take full advantage of their lulls during lockdown.

    Model holding travel knitting bag
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I travel a great deal for work, and am always looking for a way to carry my knitting with me. This bag is an excellent solution — I no longer have to run after my yarn ball on airplanes or trains! I also appreciate that I can button it up when I'm ready to put my project back in my purse." —DrK

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35 or find something similar on Amazon for $35.

    32. A "tic-tac-trivet" — that's a tic-tac-toe board that doubles as a trivet, if you're stumped — so they can protect their beautiful tables from getting stained with cup rings while gaming.

    Tic-tac-trivet board
    MoMA Design Store

    Get it from MoMA Design Store for $40.

    33. Or, a set of colorful flex coasters to instantly liven up any table.

    Colorful flex coasters in use
    Coming Soon

    Get them from Coming Soon for $40 (for four).

    34. An LED dog leash that is sure to make any pup owner light up.

    LED dog leash
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We have the green one and it is so excellent! Our Labradoodle is the coolest dog at the dog park and all the owners constantly comment on the leash and collar of the same color! Just charge up on the USB and press the button to indicate which level of 'flash' you want and voila! You got yourself a very trendy but safety-inducing dog leash. To address how visible this leash can be seen — we saw another dog with the leash/collar and color from at least a half mile away, it was a bright yellow. So yeah, the visibility is great with this leash/collar." —Raquel Gaitan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 4- or 6-feet and in six colors).

    35. A travel pillow for the person in your life who you'd rather not talk to when they get less than eight hours of sleep.

    Travel pillow on model
    TRTL

    Promising review: "Do you have a few hours? Because I need to tell you about this neck pillow thing my wife just got me. Imagine your neck is swimming in a bowl full of noodles, unable to grasp any support through the turbulence on your flight from LAX to, say, PIT. Then, imagine, just as your neck is about to drown in the limp pasta, a hand reaches down from the heavens and baby Jesus himself wraps your supple, tired neck, barely keeping its cricoid above the surface of the linguini soak, in a velvety, form-fitting embrace. Sure, other necks in the pot are just fine...floating casually next to you, but your neck, your poor poor neck, is writing goodbye letters to its loved ones — clavicles, humeri, and the like — as it can't imagine keeping up this pace for much longer. But then, the sweet Jesus baby appears and wraps it up in what might as well be the brazier of the mighty Athena...and all troubles are forgotten.

    This is how I felt when I first strapped on Trtl Neck Pillow. My weary neck works all night, sleeps all day — and knowing that Trtl has its back on red-eye flights makes all the difference. My neck has said 'sayonara' to floundering with fettuccini and 'hello' to raging with the rigatoni." —Traveled

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in four colors, as well as junior sizes or packs of two).

    36. A frosted-glass salt and pepper shaker they'll probably want to leave out like it's a sculptural object (it is!).

    Salt and pepper shaker in frosted glass
    Wallpaper Store

    Get it from Wallpaper Store for $36.

    37. Beats Flex Earphones, because in this age of true wireless listening, a really solid par with a wire *does* feel pretty unique.

    Yellow Beats Flex Earphones used by model
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are a game-changer. They come with multiple earpieces, so I tried them all on and selected the best fit. They don’t fall out of my ears or chafe. I could forget they were in, if it weren’t for the music." —katyroadpink

    Get it from Amazon for $49.88 (available in black and yellow).

    38. A set of multi-color balancing blocks that'll serve as equal parts therapeutic activity and eye candy.

    Multi-colored balancing blocks
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Cool and I love the rustic look to the paint. I use these as fidgets in my therapy office." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $37.36.

    39. Grateful Dead-inspired bath salts for when you can't just get them a box of rain.

    Beary Good bath Salt packaging
    Individual Medley

    Get it from Individual Medley for $5 (available in three colors).

    40. A 16" puffy laptop sleeve so they can match their son (laptop) when they dress for the next winter storm.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $28 (available in black and pink).

    41. A Roxanne Assoulin terrazzo enamel bracelet for a neutral-toned piece that'll round out their ensemble.

    Neutral-toned Roxanne Assoulin terrazzo enamel bracelet worn on model
    Moda Operandi

    Get it from Moda Operandi for $22.

    42. A set of sculptural pillar candles for an exceptional dinner table centerpiece (they probably won't even want to burn).

    Sculptural pillar candles lined up
    Food52

    Get it from Food52 for $48 (for a set of three; available in six colors).

    43. A cement planter that'll really give them a hand with the Instagram-ability of their plant setup.

    Cement planter shaped like cupped hand
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am really happy with my purchase. The seller protected my planter in every possible way. She put one box inside the other and all protected with bubble wrap. The planter is beautiful. You can see all the details and I can't wait to have a real little plant in it." —A. Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $17.85.

    44. A reusable tote to put a sophisticated and eco-friendly spin on the bodega classic.

    Reusable baggy with smiley face "have a nice day" on it
    Cooper Hewitt

    Get it from Cooper Hewitt for $36.

    45. A cap that says "art house garbage," because it's time to tell your loved one how you really feel about their Criterion Channel queue.

    Hat that reads "art house garbage"
    Movies Brand

    Get it from Movies Brand for $25.99.

    46. A travel bowl for the pup owner in your life who is always on the go.

    Travel dog bowl with key chain attachment
    Max Bone

    Promising review: "This travel bowl is perfect for walks, road trips, etc. It has a clip so it easily attaches to the leash or dog bag, which makes it super convenient! The perfect way to keep my pup hydrated when we’re out and about!" —Monica E.

    Get it from Max Bone for $25 (available in two colors).

    47. A beautiful tortoiseshell cup that may just inspire them to rip off all their cabinet doors and do open shelving.

    Leopard swirl and blue drinking vessel
    SHW

    Get it from SHW for $44.

    48. A pair of Tracksmith gloves, the rare, highly-functional and stylish running glove they'll be happy to have on hand (literally) during chilly mornings.

    Tracksmith

    Get them from Tracksmith for $32 (available in sizes S/M and L/XL and in four colors).

    49. An hourglass cocktail glass they can use for a shot or to measure spirits — the time is now!

    Colorful hourglass cocktail glasses lined up
    Coming Soon

    Get it from Coming Soon for $28 (available in four colors).

    50. And a Baby Yoda Chia Pet you really can't miss with if they're a Mandalorian head.

    Baby Yoda Chia Pet next to seed packet
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $26.

    Some reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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