2017 Christmas Gift Guide: Under $50

It's that time of year again! It might still be November, but it's definitely holiday time and if you haven't started thinking about what you want to give those on your list for Christmas, it might be time to start! Like in years past, I've put together a series of gift guides to hopefully take some of the stress away and help you find some great gifts to give your loved ones. The guides are separated into two parts- with gifts under $25 and gifts under $50. None of these guides are sponsored, and I've genuinely chosen these gifts on my own accord. Happy gift giving!

1. The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs - $40 - I can't write a gift guide this year and not mention The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs. This game is amazing. I've had some more time to play since I teamed up with my sister to write our first impressions and it continues to blow me away. There's just so much you can do with this game and anyone who enjoys The Sims needs to have this in there life. Hell, even if they don't - they need this game - trust me. It's 100% worth it!

2. Hello Kitty X Sugarfina Bento Box - $30 - I'm not typically one for sweet candies, but this create your own bento box from Sugarfina is just adorable. You get to select three different Hello Kitty themed candies, and it all comes together in a gorgeous box. It's quite the presentation and perfect for anyone on your list who is a fan of Hello Kitty!

3. Mickey and Minnie Mouse Holiday Fleece Throw - $35 - Blankets might seem like a lame gift, but for anyone on your list who is a Disney lover, this blanket will keep them cozy and warm all winter long. It's fleece, it's got a classic Buffalo plaid print, and of course - everyone's favorite mouse duo! It's also on sale right now for about $26 bucks so grab it while you can!

4. Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle - $27 - If you know anyone who doesn't have an electric kettle, they need this in their lives. It's an especially great gift option for anyone who is a big tea drinker. I'm in love with mine (which is this model), and I could never go back to life without an electric kettle. It makes tea time (or cocoa time) so quick!! They come in all sorts of designs/styles, but I really like this simple one that allows me to see the water while it boils. I don't know why, but I find it hella satisfying.

5. ColourPop You Had Me At Hello Palette - $18 - This palette is definitely under $50, as Colourpop cosmetics is a pretty affordable brand. Despite the low price, your recipient won't think these are some cheap shadows. ColorPop is generally known for offering some really great products at awesome prices. This 'You Had Me At Hello' palette is stunning and full of shadows that could be worn year round. The colors of this palette just give up a cozy vibe!

6. Tartan Hot Water and Eye Mask Set - $41 - As someone who often struggles with chronic pain, gifts like this can be life savers. It might seem like a boring gift to some, but when it can help soothe your aches, trust me - it's the best thing in the world. I've wanted a hot water bottle for ages and for some reason still don't have one. I love how versatile they are since you don't have to worry about cords and all that jazz. This one from M&S is not only function, but it's also adorable - perfect for winter, that time of the month, or any time you need a little soothing.

7. Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser - $20 - Chances are, you've heard of essential oil diffusers, or even have them in your home. They're great for helping to clean the air in a room, or to try and soothe someone who is sick, help you calm down if you're anxious, or even fall asleep. Depending on the oil(s) you use, they have so many different uses. This one is super cute, and currently on sale for only twenty bucks so it's worth picking up!

8. Kat Von D Alchemist Palette - $32 - I hemmed and hawed over whether or not I wanted to buy this when I first heard about it. I was really torn because I was drawn to the colors, but I wasn't sure I'd get much use out of it. I finally caved and I'm glad I did because it's one of my favorite palettes. It's a super versatile palette because you can apply the shadows to your naked lids, or layer them on top of other colors. I've used this plenty on naked lids for a super simple pop of color, but I've also really liked it layered over a black shadow. They're also great for a fun highlight. It might look like four vaguely off white shades, but trust me - there's a lot going for this little palette!


9. Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza - $30 - Last night on SNL they did a skit where they sang a song like a RnB boys band (it was very Boys II Men meets K-Ci & Jo Jo) titled #ComeBackBarack and oh lord did it ring true. I miss having a sane president and I also am a huge fan of Pete Souza. He is an incredible photographer and his work while covering the Obama presidency is astounding. I'm so happy that he decided to put together a book of some of his work over the past eight years. I love the idea of books as gifts, and would gift this in a heartbeat!


10. Washi Tape Set - $14 - If you've got someone on your list who is into crafting, journaling, or planners, this washi tape set would make a really great gift. There's plenty of washi tape out there in fun prints but I like how this set gives you a nice selection of solids - making them great for so much more since they add a pop of color in a more neutral way. It's also low enough price wise, that you could pick up a few other items as well. Stapleless stapler perhaps?


11. The King of Queens Complete Series - $35 - With Kevin Can Wait on, I've been thinking about The King of Queens a lot (and watching reruns on TV Land). I'm a huge fan of sitcoms and older ones are generally some of my favorites. You can get the entire series of The King of Queens for less than 40 bucks and if you've got a Sitcom junkie on your list, it'd make a great gift.

12. Kneipp Bath Time RX Set - $30 - I'm all about self care, and there's something about a bath this time of year that I find really enjoyable. I'm intrigued by this set because it offers so many remedies to suit whatever your needs might be. Need help calming down or falling asleep? Back pain? The size is great because it's enough to try out a ton of scents without being stuck with a huge bottle of something that might not be right for you.


13. HemingWeigh Accupressure Mat - $30 -  I bought one of these for myself after coming across the Pranamat online. The price of that one is a bit up there and for something I wasn't sure would work for me, I didn't want to shell out a ton of money. I found this one on Amazon and have used it a few times and so far I'm pretty happy with it. I definitely have to use it more to form a full review, but I've found it does help with the tightness I get in my back and it can be quite relaxing. This one also comes with a pillow which is nice too. The recipient of such a gift might find it odd at first, but I think that after trying it out a few times, they might be appreciative. :)

14. Caudalie Mini Mask Trio - $18 - You might not think to give skincare products as a gift, but I think they can make a great gift. In the winter, our skin can need all the help it can get thanks to the cold outside, and the heat inside. I've really enjoyed what I've tried in the past from Caudalie and this set has been on my radar. You get three masks to try allowing you to find the one that's just right for you!

15. Tokyo Treat Subscription Box - $35 - Subscription boxes are everywhere these days and you can easily find something for everyone. This box really caught my eye because it delivers you a monthly supply of Japanese snacks and drinks. For $35 a month, or less, you get 17 full size items including a drink. They offer pricing options that are even less too! For less than $50, you can gift someone a totally unique gift that you can be fairly sure they won't receive from anyone else! 


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