Best Gifts Under $50

The perfect present for everyone on your list, from just $25.

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Mix Mad Men-worthy cocktails in a penguin shaker based on a vintage design that's too cute to hide in a cabinet.

Available at pier1.com, $25


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Knit-Picking

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Talk about Claus and effect—a red trapper hat, especially one lined with snuggly shearling, makes anyone merry.

Available at jcrew.com, $45


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Flower Power

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Safeguard an iPhone, support pediatric patient programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Available at childrensart.org, $40


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Pulp Fiction

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Time for the traditional mantel clock to go mod, in molded paper pulp (aka cardboard).

Available conranusa.com, $29


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Bowled Over

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What to put in this perfectly proportioned small bucket bowl made of organically grown bamboo? Rice, pasta, anything you like.

Available at corebamboo.com, $27.50


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Ears to You

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Walking in wintry wind is tolerable with a fleecy ear cover that holds an MP3 player.

Available at runphones.com, $49.95


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Hello, Cupcake!

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A sweet upgrade from Sunbeam, for she who is ready to venture beyond her Easy-Bake Oven.

Available at target.com, $49.99


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Gut-Wrenching

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Some assembly required? No prob. The Ready-Wrench boasts 16 common socket sizes.

Available at amazon.com, $32


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Round About

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What a kick—this indestructible soccer ball never deflates. When you buy one, another is sent to a child in need.

Available at oneworldfutbol.com, $40


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Hitting the Bottle

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Four of Benefit's best-selling fragrances in miniature, so the recipient can sample to her heart's content.

Available at benefitcosmetics.com, $36


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Wheeling and Dealing

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This year's collectible Hess truck ups the ante sky-high with a jet plane onboard.

Available at Hess stores, $26


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Just in Time

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A Swatch screams flashback to moms who happily sported them in the '80s, and they're just as hip now.

Available at swatch.com, $49.99


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Transport Vehicle

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The coolest way e-v-e-r to carry a hot casserole to a tailgate party or a friend's house. Fits any typical 9-x-13-inch dish.

Available at vonny.com, $45


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Just Desserts

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All profits from these irresistible oversize cookies fund lifesaving research through the charity Cookies for Kids' Cancer. In seven varieties.

Available at cookiesforkidscancer.org, $30/dozen


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Strike a Pose

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No more rushing to the gym or yoga studio—this cushy, nonslip 6-x-2-foot mat has 28 moves printed right on it. Namaste.

Available at trainermat.com, $30 with DVD


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Reach Out and Touch

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How to text without frigid fingers? Wear Isotoner Smartouch gloves.

Available at isotoner.com, $40


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Ice, Ice Baby

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Yum—a half-pint of soft-serve ice cream or frozen yogurt is about 10 minutes away.

Available at hamiltonbeach.com, $30


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Touchdown

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The helmet-shaped ProToast imprints an NFL logo onto bread. Make that eggs, bacon, and a side of Steelers.

Available at hsn.com, $33


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Face Forward

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Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland packs the season's hottest shades into one mighty kit: 15 shadows, bronzer, blush, and gloss, plus three application cards.

Available at sephora.com, $49


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Speakeasy

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Turn everything from a picture frame to a lamp shade into a speaker. Amazing!

Available at origaudio.com, $49.99 (type in coupon code FAMILY at checkout for $15 off)


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Board of Ed

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Members of a collective called the Art Dump joined forces with Girl Skateboards for this sweet ride. Half of proceeds from the Anthony Pappalardo (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition go to the Global Fund.

Available at girlskateboards.com, $49


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Tie One On

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Think of it as the new pashmina, reinterpreted in earthy bamboo. A comfy 28 by 70 inches in black, espresso, gray, ivory, and red.

Available at naturallyknotty.com, $40


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Here Comes the Sun

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An Acu-Rite wireless weather station short-circuits the a.m. denim-jacket-or-down-coat debate with the current temp and forecast.

Available at lowes.com, $40


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Star Quality

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Give these fruity foaming bath bulbs as a set, or divvy up the Holiday Star for stocking stuffers and keep one for yourself.

Available at fruits-passion.com, $25


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Going Nuts

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Roasted walnut oil for the pantry will make any foodie happy.

Available at globalgardensonline.com, $25


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Kiss and Makeup

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Sonia Kashuk's pro-quality brushes cover every possible need, and come in a glimmery silver clutch that's glam enough for a girls' night out.

Available at target.com, $25


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Write of Way

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Okay, it's not an iPad, more like a high-tech Etch A Sketch—but the Boogie Board is $460 cheaper than an Apple tablet. This 8.8-x-5.6-inch LCD is ripe for doodling, drawing, jotting lists, and more with a stylus, and erases at the touch of a button.

Available at brookstone.com, $40


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Round About

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Two words: totally addictive. Superstrong BB-size magnet BuckyBalls are moldable to infinity and beyond. Perfect for a tweenager or even an adult who wants a little distraction.

Available at uncommongoods.com, $30


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Christmas in 3-D!

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Continuing our fascination with all things multidimensional is this fresh, fun take on an old-school holiday classic. A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book brings Charles Dickens's tale to life with six truly wow-worthy 3-D pop-up spreads.

Available at amazon.com, $30


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Chain of Command

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For a mom or grandmother whose kids are always close to her heart, consider a simple, stunning handmade necklace. The artist offers numerous designs that incorporate names, initials, or monograms.

Available at shopalloyjewelry.com, from $36


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What a Doll!

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Anyone who knows a young girl is likely familiar with the Disney Princess phenomenon. The next step? These beautifully sculpted 18-inch dolls, part of the new Princess & Me product line expected to be h-u-g-e this year and beyond. Matching clothes and accessories are available so both doll and owner can live like royalty.

Originally published in the December 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings, and styles are subject to change.

Available at toysrus.com, $49.99