Holiday Shopping Guide: Ten Gifts Under $50

The pressure is on -- only 11 shopping days left until Christmas. Don't tell my mom, but I haven't even started yet. Actually, go ahead and tell her -- she won't be surprised.

I have been doing a lot of "window shopping" at the mall and online. (If you were at the Galleria on Saturday, I was the short blond who looked like she was going to murder someone.) If you are looking for a few last-minute presents, we've compiled a list of cool gifts, all with a price tag of less than $50.

There is a little something for everyone on this list, but it goes without saying that we're open to suggestion. If you've found something unbelievably cool for under $50, share it in the comments! Some of us still have a lot of shopping to do...

Season's greetings, and happy shopping!

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10. Riedel Vivant Wine Glasses, Set of Four from Target

The wine lover in your life will appreciate this set of four affordable wine glasses by the legendary Austrian company. Get a set of four white or red glasses for $34 (online price only).

9. Scent Bar Soy Candles from LuckyScent

$30 for a candle? These are worth it, trust. They are made of clean-burning soy and when burned properly, last forever. You'll never shop at Yankee Candle again. Scent Bar candles come in Green Grapefruit, Rhubarb Grass and Gourmand Wood.

8. Nap Time 8x10 Photo by J.M. Barkley

This is one of my favorite Etsy shops. Barkley has many affordable prints. Art is subjective, but his work is varied so you have a lot to choose from. Many of them have a beautiful, mystical quality -- you won't be able to keep your eyes off of them. This particular print is just $11.50.

7. Book recommendations

I am all for shopping local, but for the sake of reference I am going to link to Amazon, okay? So don't crucify me in comments. Both of my favorite books this year can be found at local, independent bookstores. First "Night Circus" by first-time author Erin Moriarty. It's mystical, magical and suspenseful, and appropriate for anyone as young as 13, in my opinion. Second, I read "Running the Books" twice, back to back. Avi Steinberg recalls his time as an "accidental prison librarian." Funny and absorbing, as well as well-written.

6. Skull Candy Fix Bud Earphones

$40 might seem steep for a set of earphones, but if you are shopping for a runner or gym rat, these Skull Candy buds are worth it. They sit snugly in the ear and deliver great sound quality.

5. Tori Burch Resin Logo Cuff

Okay, so this is a pretty specific gift that won't apply to everyone on your list, but this Tori Burch Resin Logo Cuff is really adorable. We know you have at least one fashionista who would appreciate sporting this great neutral cuff that can be worn in a variety of ways. ($45)

4. Williams-Sonoma Molcajete Mortar & Pestle

This hand-carved mortar & pestle is made out of a single piece of basalt. Make guacamole or hand-grind whole spices. Terrific foodie gift that looks great on the shelf. ($49.95)

3. For Her at Sephora

Sephora has come out with a lot of cool gift sets this season. For her we love this travel brush set -- the retractable lip brush plus the eyeshadow detail brush are worth the price of admission on their own. ($44)

2. For Him at Sephora

For guys, we are crazy about the Jack Black skincare line. (Ladies, the lemon lip balm is amazing -- you'd love it, too.) Try this Jack Black skincare quintet as a stocking stuffer for husband, dad or brother.

1. REI Double Shot Press Mug

For anyone who takes coffee seriously, the REI double shot press mug is a very cool gift. The French press mug also has under-cup storage for additional grounds and a commuter cap. Works for tea-drinkers, too!


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