Gift Guide: Fabulous finds for $50 or less

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Gift giving can be tricky or a cinch depending on who you’re buying for. The kids will give you, or send Santa, a detailed list of everything they want. Chances are your husband just wants a new TV or Blu-ray player that he’ll probably buy himself. And your best friend probably likes many of the same things you do, so you buy her what you would want … and maybe buy it for yourself too.

But for everyone else on your list—like your mother, sister or favorite co-worker, or those who are simply tough to buy for—here are a few ideas that are fun, unique and affordable to get your Christmas shopping started or wrapped up. 

 

Lollia Relax Bubble Bath 

$34, Statements

A blend of lavender, honey and white orchids with undertones of Indian amber with a touch of Tahitian vanilla, this bubble bath will result in relaxing. But what makes this gift special is the presentation—an elegant wine bottle with a flower corsage, satin sash and cut glass crystal.


 

Monogram wine stoppers 

$13, Holy-Field Winery

While there are plenty of wine stoppers out there, most prevent you from placing a chilled bottle back in the fridge, but not these flat-topped silver monogrammed wine stoppers, which are a great gift for women or men. 

 

Capri Blue Aloha or Volcano tin candles 

$12, Anthropologie

If you’ve ever been to Anthropologie, then you know it is the best-smelling store on the planet. Aloha brings to life orchids, jasmine and gardenia, entwined with white blossoms, while Volcano highlights tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, and exotic mountain greens. You can share the store’s signature scents in small, travel friendly tin holders, or the candles are available in large blue glass votives for $28 each.


 

Tammy’s Closet jewelry stands 

$30, Zoom

For girls and women of all ages, displaying your jewelry on a funky and stylish mannequin stand that reflects your personality is simply fun. 

 

Sock Monkey babies

$10, The Learning Tree

The perfect stocking stuffer for all ages, these baby sock monkeys will bring back childhood memories. 

MoshiMoshi POP Phone

$40, Zoom

This rubberized retro handset combines style with functionality, uniting the comfort and safety of a handset telephone with the convenience of a mobile phone. Compatible with all 3.5mm jack smart and mobile phones and computers, it features noise-reducing technology and eliminates up to 99 percent of the radiation absorbed compared to direct use of mobile phones.

 

Lucky Amethyst crystal candy jar

$20, Victorian Trading Co.

This 7-inch violet-colored crystal candy jar will bring good fortune, or so the Victorians believed. Before wrapping, be sure to fill it with her favorite treat. 

 

McSteven’s School Colors collegiate hot chocolate 

$9, The Better Cheddar

For the sports fans on your list, the hot chocolate in these cans turns into a fun school color — blue for the University of Kansas, purple for Kansas State University and gold yellow for the University of Missouri, for example — when hot water is added.


 

Initial mugs 

$7, Target

And you can pair that hot chocolate with a monogrammed porcelain mug. Similar mugs are available at various locations, but these are the most affordable I’ve found. 

 

Spoon Full of Sugar silver-plated teaspoons 

$21, Francesca’s Collections

These vintage-inspired teaspoons are useable but are also worth displaying. The etched design on the handles come in cupcakes, butterflies and flowers.

 
 

OPI “Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It” nail lacquer 

$8.50, Beauty Brands

After soaking your piggies in a hot bath, painting them in this gorgeous red glitter polish will make you smile. From OPI’s 2011 Holiday Collection–inspired by the new Muppets movie–also includes such clever titles as “Fresh Frog of Belaire” and “Warm & Fozzie.”

Lolita acrylic painted wine glasses 

set of two $19, Hallmark

Many stores carry the glass version for $24 each, but for the price of one you can get a set of two 16-ounce plastic Lolita glasses (that won’t break easily) with a themed cocktail recipe on the bottom. For Christmas, look for the “Holiday Baubles” set.

Portable Studio watercolor postcard kit 

$20, Paper Source

For the artistic folks on your list, this kit includes 10 postcards, four paint tubes, two brushes, mixing palate and instructional booklet so they can create their own, one-of-a-kind correspondence.

Mistral soap three packs 

$18, Annabelles Fine Linens

Richly fragrant, these creamy French triple-milled soaps will fill the bathroom or kitchen with holiday scents of winter pine, winter berry and winter spice. Or for a gift that works year-round, the set also is available in verbena, lavender and melon pear. 

 

Sephora Favorites deluxe fragrance or cologne sampler set 

$50, Sephora

For less than the price of a single bottle of cologne or perfume, you can buy a set that comes with 12 deluxe samples of designer fragrances or colognes and a voucher that can be redeemed for a full-size bottle of whichever scent the recipient chooses. The men’s set comes with two Jack Black skincare samples and the women’s set comes with an atomizer.

 

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