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- Affordable gifts can be just as thoughtful and useful as expensive gifts.
- We rounded up 56 gifts on Amazon for under $50 that anyone would love to receive.
- From an ice cream maker to a foot massager, there’s a gift for everyone in this guide.
- For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides.
Your friends and family may not want an expensive gift, and it’s a myth that a higher price tag means a present is more meaningful. It doesn’t take more than $50 to bolster your mother’s watercolor hobby or improve your brother’s morning routine with a new coffee thermos.
Finding a perfect gift also doesn’t necessarily need to require an hour of your time in the trenches of Amazon search results. Below, we’ve rounded up 56 of the best finds on Amazon – with all the perks of easy, fast shipping and saved payment information.
Check out all 56 cool gifts under $50 on Amazon:
For a simple and quick way to make ice cream, you’ll want to surprise them with this ice cream maker. There’s no electricity, buttons, or tech involved, making it a great gift for anyone, even those with children. It’s basically a quick-freeze shallow metal bowl that freezes your ice cream batter in a matter of minutes. You can read more about why we love this product, in our guide to the best ice cream makers.
A pocket projector for the movie enthusiast
Projectors used to be clunky and old school, but this mini projector makes viewing easy and compact. They can slip it into their pocket and even travel with it, minus any hassle. They’ll be sure to enjoy many movie nights with this gift.
A small toiletry bag for the avid traveler
If they’re getting back into traveling, you can’t go wrong with gifting them a toiletry bag. They can ditch the plastic bags or pouches that aren’t even waterproof. This toiletry kit has a waterproof main compartment, an internal mesh storage sleeve, and a leather accent on the zipper. Plus, it’s small enough to fit into their backpack, work bag, or carry-on.
A cocktail shaker for the one who likes to get creative in the kitchen
With summertime upon us, there’s no better gift than a cocktail shaker for the one who loves to create new drinks. This one in particular is even named the best cobbler option in our guide to the best cocktail shakers. We love this shaker because it doubles as a drinking vessel, is triple-insulated, has a built-in strainer, and comes in a bunch of colors.
A foot massager to ease stress and pain
After long days on their feet, they’ll appreciate this foot massager gift. We name this one the best budget option in our guide to the best foot massagers for a reason. It can be used on all parts of the foot and parts of the body, is relatively compact, and is easy to store. Their feet will thank you for the endless massages that come with this gift.
An all-in-one wallet for the jetsetter
With more people getting vaccinated and travel restrictions lifting, this wallet will help them prep for their next trip. It holds passports, boarding passes, credit cards, and every other essential in one slim design.
A relaxing weighted blanket
Gift a peaceful night’s sleep with this calming blanket that comes in 40 colors and 15 various sizes and weights. Its seven-layer system includes tiny beads that deliver a contoured but comfortable fit to your body.
Fluffy slippers that feel and look like a cloud
A watercolor set that’s great for beginners
Everything they need lives in this watercolor starter kit: a 36-color palette, a 12-page watercolor pad, and six brushes of various sizes. Not only does this set contain all of the essentials for a newcomer, but it’s also portable. The pad measures in at 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches, and the watercolors themselves come in a lightweight, covered pan. Family and friends of all ages can enjoy painting with this kit.
A journal for maximizing productivity and organization
For the high achiever in your life, this productivity journal can help further motivate them to be their best self. This journal’s undated, daily layout provides priority templates to get them headed in the right direction to accomplish their many goals. It also includes extra space for them to jot down their ideas, future tasks, and inspirations.
A jade roller for the beauty enthusiast
They can pamper themselves on the regular with this jade roller from Ginger Chi. It’s made from 100% certified Xiuyan jade along with silver nickel. The double-sided roller helps to reduce puffiness and increase elasticity, with a larger end for all over your face and a smaller end for tighter areas. A travel pouch and a tester of the brand’s Regenerating Serum also come with the jade roller, making it perfect for novices and travelers alike. This product has even earned a spot as best for beginners in our guide to the best jade rollers.
A portable cooler bag for spring and summer excursions
Look no further than this convenient, hefty, and compact cooler bag. They can travel in style to spring and summer picnics, camping trips, and beach days. The padded handle and removable shoulder strap make it comfortable to carry, while its ability to collapse makes it easy to store. It’s also large with a 24 liter capacity, meaning they can fit all of their essentials in one insulated bag.
A stylish bucket hat for any season
They’ll appreciate this bucket hat that’s both trendy and protective. It comes in just about any pattern and color — neons, tie-dyes, camos, and neutrals are just a few of the options. This hat is made of 100% cotton and includes eyelets for a more breathable feel. Plus, the nearly 2.25-inch brim will keep their skin and eyes protected from the sun.
A coffee table that’s more than just decor
A coffee table book is a great housewarming gift. But this hardcover book does more than just look pretty. It’s an expansion of Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” photography project. Page after page follows Stanton’s travels across the world, documenting portraits and short, but impactful stories of the people he’s encountered.
The gift of light
Give the gift of light with Insider Reviews’ best budget ring light. This simple, easy-to-use light has everything that phone videographers need to get started. It includes a tripod setup that’s easy to move and adjust to your angles. You can also toggle between its three different light settings — white, warm yellow, and warm white — to find your perfect glow.
An ambient moon lamp
Earning the title as Insider Reviews’ best multi-color moon lamp, this light basks the room in 16 different soothing hues. Its wooden stand props up the 3D moon and, thanks to its sleep timer, you can fall asleep to its glow without needing to worry about leaving it on all night.
A portable picnic blanket
The Oniva Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote is a huge blanket that fits six people easily. Our Insider Reviews team loved it so much they named it the best picnic blanket overall. Its soft fleece interior has water-resistant backing that folds up quite compact.
A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaoke
It’s a gift for everyone to enjoy, whether or not you can carry a tune. You can connect your phone and play music through the microphone’s speakers, and turn the volume up and down depending on your comfort. It’s the perfect thing to shake up a night in or to break the ice at a holiday gathering.
A vintage puzzle that doubles as cute home decor
All the puzzle lovers in your life will be beyond grateful for this gift. From house plants to constellations, Cavallini Papers & Co. puzzles are both challenging and aesthetically pleasing. Once they’re done, they can frame it and hang it up as wall decor.
A smart home camera at a fraction of the cost
With 3,000+ five star reviews, the Wyze v3 Camera is a popular and inexpensive smart home option that rivals expensive models. It’s Alexa- and Google Assistant-enabled and lets you view anywhere on your mobile device.
A media streamer that can turn a basic TV into a smart one
Essentially, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is your standard media streaming stick and can convert a basic TV into a smart one that can stream Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more. It’s Alexa-enabled, too, so you can control it by voice.
Homemade breakfast made with a heart-shaped waffle maker
Get up early, and make your friend, significant other, or family member heart-shaped mini waffles for breakfast. The Dash Mini Maker is compact enough to keep for special occasions without cramping your kitchen, too.
A wooden caddy tray for the world’s most luxurious bath
Few things are as luxurious as a long bath filled with plenty of activities and treats. This one is waterproof, slip-resistant, and designed to accommodate one or two bathers at once.
A compilation of the love letters of great men
If you find yourself at a loss for words, let the love letters of great men do the talking for you. This volume includes love letters written by Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, James Joyce, John Keats, Dylan Thomas, and more.
A calendar for dog lovers
If they’re a dog person (and even if they’re not), they’ll appreciate waking up each day to a new pup photo with an exciting backstory. The calendar follows the same format as WeRateDogs’ popular Twitter account, and don’t worry, every dog receives a rating of at least 11/10.
A vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle that people swear by
Hydro Flask is a cult favorite for its water bottles, and these vacuum insulated stainless steel mugs work just as well. They’ll keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to twenty-four hours.
This year’s iPhones won’t come with a charging adaptor in the box, so if you’re getting someone a new phone during the holidays, they’ll definitely need one of these. The Anker Nano charges three times faster than the typical Apple charger and is physically the same size.
An unfussy cookbook meant for hosting one person or many
“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” is a New York Times bestseller and a James Beard Award winner for a reason. This book offers a great explanation of exactly why food tastes so good, breaking it down into four main elements.
A powerful wireless charger for their desk
Get them a wireless charger that lets them charge their phone without having to plug it in or take off their phone case first.
A durable, inexpensive Fire tablet
Amazon’s Fire tablets are a relatively great deal for a tablet if you’re not looking for anything super high-performance driven or luxe. For the average user, they’re a good fit. It’s Alexa-enabled, so you can ask for quick access to music and entertainment or messages and calling, and it has up to seven hours of battery life.
You can shop the latest versions for a bit more money here.
A portable laptop desk
As more and more people find themselves working from home, a laptop desk is essential for comfort, convenience, and efficiency. This model is height-adjustable, so it can easily double as a breakfast tray or writing station.
A notebook that they can fill with their favorite travel memories
If they’re always recounting memories from their favorite trip, a travel journal is an excellent place for them to put all of these stories to paper. This particular model comes with binder rings, so they can easily include tickets, photos, and other mementos.
A candle that pays homage to their favorite place on Earth
Gift them a candle customized to smell like their beloved hometown, college town, or favorite getaway.
A bestselling book
A bestseller and one of the most talked-about books, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is an ode to the natural world and a heartbreaking coming-of-age story. It’s set in a coastal town in North Carolina and follows a possible murder and the local suspect, the misunderstood Kya Clark, who’s been known simply as “Marsh Girl” for years.
A tough, wind-resistant umbrella they can rely upon
Hear me out. It may seem boring, but everybody needs an umbrella, and this is way better than whatever version they bought the last time they veered into a CVS while it was raining. We think it’s the best umbrella you can buy thanks to how well it resists wind and how long it lasts, and they’ll find themselves thankful for it often.
A portable and waterproof speaker
This wireless Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, durable, and easily portable. It has 24 hours of playtime and maintains sound quality even at high volumes.
Another noteworthy book
Ocean Vuong is an American poet, and “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is his much-anticipated debut novel. Published in 2019, it’s a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read that delves into family history, addiction, violence, trauma, compassion, and tenderness. If they’re a bookworm looking for the next bittersweet American classic, you may want to start here. Looking for other options? Amazon has a list of 2020 bestsellers, and a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime.
A cast-iron skillet with almost 10,000 five-star reviews
This 10.25-inch cast-iron skillet is one that became minorly famous online and garnered over 98,000 Amazon reviews. Lodge has been making cast iron cookware since 1896, so they’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a great kitchen tool.
An electric bottle opener
This slim device cuts foil and uncorks wine bottles seamlessly, then stows easily out of sight. It has to be charged, but it’ll open 30 bottles per charge.
Highly rated in-ear earbuds
Whether for everyday use, the gym, as a backup, or just for travel when Bluetooth headphones won’t connect to the in-flight entertainment, there are ample uses for really solid in-ear buds with a stereo plug. This pair has an extended cord and three sets of ear pads for the perfect fit.
A famous hot sauce made from peppers grown in over 30 community gardens in the Bronx
This all-natural, tangy hot sauce is best known for its part in the popular Youtube series “Hot Ones.” It’s made from peppers grown in community gardens across the US.
Anthony Bourdain’s bestselling culinary and travel memoir
This is Anthony Bourdain’s New York Times bestselling chronicle of traveling the world in search of the globe’s greatest culinary adventures. From California to Cambodia, Bourdain spent much of his adult life searching for the perfect meal.
A cold brew coffee maker
This cold brew maker is as inexpensive as it is convenient, and it can even save hundreds of dollars per year. It easily fits into most refrigerator doors, is simple to use, and makes a good amount of cold brew at once. If they need more than one quart, there’s also a two-quart option under $40.
The cult-favorite clay mask that took over the internet
The Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products of the internet that’s driven from the obscure depths of Amazon to beauty vlogs, Youtube testimonials with over 4 million views, and even the Sephora beauty blog. It’s been called “the world’s most powerful facial,” and it’s also under $10. It can be mixed with water, but it works best with a little bit of apple cider vinegar.
A universal USB wall charger that fits four devices
Double the outlet space with this four-port USB wall charger. Its advanced charging capacity also means their tech will charge faster than average.
An Atlas Obscura calendar full of daily photos and tidbits about the world’s strangest and coolest places or festivals
The Atlas Obscura calendar is a fun, novel way to infuse each day with an anchor of appreciation and wonder for the world. There are hundreds of photos that celebrate the world’s strangest and coolest places, festivals, and foods. Travelers and life-long learners are particularly good candidates for this one.
A milk frother so they can make their favorite coffee or hot chocolate drinks from home
A milk frother is an unexpectedly convenient tool to have around the house, and it can make an otherwise normal cup of coffee or hot chocolate closer to what you’d buy at the cafe. With it, they can make lattes, cappuccinos, and frothy coffees every morning for less.
The best travel pillow we’ve found
We know it sounds gimmicky, but these travel pillows from Trtl really do make a difference, which is why we’ve voted them the best travel pillows you can buy. There’s a slightly more expensive version that’s even better, too.
A delicious gift basket of caramel, chocolate, and crunchy gourmet treats
For less than $40, you can gift gourmet chocolates and caramels pre-wrapped in a keepsake basket. The set includes seasonal favorites like caramel corn, chocolate pretzels, and peanut brittle.
A hair turban that will cut drying time in half
Aquis’ cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers.
The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that’s composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state. It also prevents hygral fatigue — the stretching and swelling of wet hair that makes it vulnerable to frizz and damage — by cutting the hair’s drying time by 50%.
A charging case that protects and charges wireless devices on the go
This compact, portable case charges wearables like the Fitbit Flex, Beats by Dre, and JBL Wireless Earbuds on the go. The 1,4000 mAh rechargeable battery translates to about 60 hours of audio playback in wireless earbuds.
Alexa-enabled smart plugs
These plugs turn your devices into smart tech. They help your giftee control their lights and appliances from a free app on their phone, or by voice using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.
A hilarious card game
This hilarious popular card game brings together the funniest memes of the Internet with over 350 caption cards for funny combinations.
A highly rated pump with universal wine stoppers to keep open bottles fresh for longer
This hyper-popular pump and universal wine stopper set keeps open bottles of wine from prolonged exposure to the air, which is what causes the breakdown of its character and taste. This version makes a “click” sound when the user has managed to create an airtight seal and has almost 6,000 five-star reviews.
A photo book from one of the most renowned wildlife photographers
Paul Nicklen is an acclaimed Canadian photographer, film-maker, and marine biologist known for his work in the Arctic. He’s a frequent contributor to National Geographic and has won the BBC Wildlife Photographer award of the year as well as the prestigious World Press Photo award for photojournalism, and this coffee table book is a beautiful homage to polar landscapes.
A powerful external battery
It’s not groundbreaking to give your partner a portable charger, but they’ll find themselves grateful for it repeatedly. It’s perfect for traveling and commuting, when it’s safe to again, and acts as insurance for long days away from home. It reportedly charges iPhones twice as fast as the original iPhone charger.