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The 13 Best Holiday Gifts $50 and Under

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Whether you're shopping on a budget or looking for gifts for the person in your life who's halfway between acquaintance and friend, this list of great presents for small prices should do the trick. Fun and silly, thoughtful and serious, useful and frivolous, this group of gifts is filled with old favorites and new delights. Fair warning: You may end up buying two of whatever you pick.

1. Anker Power Bank; $22

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Need a little extra boost? Tired of looking down at the Low Power Mode warning? This incredibly light on-the-go charger is a tiny powerhouse that will keep your phone at 100 percent and keep you from scrambling to find a wall outlet at the airport. It also comes with its own travel pouch and an 18-month warranty, but the cable is sold separately. It's a solid one-for-me-one-for-them gift.

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2. FYC Wool Socks; from $16

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For the friend in your life with feet, consider these thick, stylish socks that evoke a vintage design while keeping toes toasty (and sweat-free). They're made of a blend of cotton, wool, and polyester, so you get the best of all worlds: comfortable, warm, and breathable. Plus, they're versatile enough to go with pajamas, your hiking gear, or Zoom-ready business casual.

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3. Zulay Kitchen Stovetop Espresso Maker; $14

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This sturdy, classic brewer is perfect for the person in your life who is interested in upping their cup game. It's simple and sleek, but it also comes with a pressure valve (couldn't we all use one?) to boost caffeine extraction, and the design allows for espresso, crema, foam emulsions, and more. Best of all, clean up is easy, so you don't have to worry about grimy boiled bean build-up.

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4. Meriwool Beanie; $21

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Need a great gift that everyone can appreciate? No sweat! Meriwool's wool beanie comes in nine different colors and will look great on anyone hoping for something soft to hug their cranium. Made with 100 percent all-natural superfine 18.5-micron Merino wool, it's not a head-scratcher, and the material is naturally moisture-wicking.

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5. Bob Ross Coloring Book; $9

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No one is going to judge you for using paintbrushes on this coloring book. Or crayons, markers, pencils, or your fingers. The beauty of this official coloring book celebrating the art of American icon Bob Ross is that it gives you a rough image to project your own designs on. It's far from paint-by-numbers, and it'll be a welcomed gift for anyone in your life who needs to destress with a little creativity.

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6. Jim from The Office Funko; $12

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Six days since our last nonsense seems ambitious, but fans of the hit workplace comedy will appreciate having an adorable version of Jim Halpert to sardonically stare at them from behind their keyboard. Naturally, there's also figures of Michael, Pam, Dwight, and the whole Office gang in case you've got someone with a growing collection on your list. Plus, there's always the rabbit hole of Funkos that should satisfy fans of everything from Anime to Zombie flicks.

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7. The Godfather Family Album; $22

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It's almost criminal that this book is so inexpensive. This 512-page hardcover gem showcases Steve Shapiro's iconic on-set photography of the immortalized mob film. Striking, unique images of Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, and the rest of the cast of The Godfather sit alongside the sharp film writing of historian Paul Duncan, making this a definitive tome that belongs on every fan's coffee table.

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8. Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office by Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman ; $21

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Office-related wormholes happen to the best of us. This Christmas, treat your giftee to the best type of wormhole possible: An oral history of the whole series, as experienced by the folks who helped make it possible. Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with the cast and creators, this tome is one present that definitely won’t kickstart a Yankee Swap anytime soon—unless it involves other Dunder Mifflin fans trying to get their hands on it.

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9. British Chocolate Bar Selection; $20

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Give someone the ability to travel to Britain from the comfort of wherever they can unwrap a wrapper. Crunchie, Bounty, and Fry's Peppermint Cream are just a few of the offerings in this Global Treats pack that can remind someone of home or share a piece of the UK with your favorite anglophile. Don't worry—no fun size here. They're all full size and delicious.

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10. Klean Kanteen Classic Stainless Steel Water Bottle; From $27

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For those who relish the crisp taste of a good sip of water, having a fully insulated bottle around at all times can be a must. As a B-Corp, Klean Kanteen bottles are made from environmentally friendly, BPA-free materials and ideal for the eco-conscious person on your list. According to the brand, each bottle can also keep cold drinks cool for up to 50 hours, so it’s great for hikes, road trips, and other assorted adventures.

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11. Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos by Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa; From $20

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Your giftee might not be able to take that Soprano-themed food tour happening in New Jersey, but this oral history of the seminal HBO series could be the next best thing. Penned by the creators of the Talking Sopranos podcast, this book features behind-the-scenes deetz that only the cast and crew could provide and spans the entirety of the show, from the original concept pitch to the divisive cut-to-black ending.

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12. Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Pro Toothbrush; From $5

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If you’re looking for budget-friendly stocking stuffers to offset all the sweets in store for this holiday season, Arm & Hammer’s Spinbrush line is a terrific option. This toothbrush is battery-operated and features a dual-action brush head with an oscillating spinner, which makes up to 3900 sweeps per minute. Designed to help make those pearly whites even whiter, this brush will do all the heavy scrubbing for your giftee so they don’t have to.

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13. Mental Floss: The Curious Reader Journal for Book Lovers by Erin McCarthy and the Mental Floss team; From $20

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Sometimes the most meaningful part of reading a book isn’t the plotline; it’s all the colorful history swirling behind its creation. Help your loved one do a deep dive into the finer points of their favorite hardcover with The Curious Reader Journal for Book Lovers, which is full of trivia, quotes, prompts, and other fun factoids sure to make a bookworm’s heart swell with delight.

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