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A kind and thoughtful gift doesn't necessarily need to be expensive. With Amazon's wide array of knick knacks, handy gadgets, and useful home goods, that perfect present you're looking for may only be two days of Prime shipping away — and for a low price.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best gifts under $50 for every recipient and occasion. From cute waffle makers to portable karaoke microphones, you're sure to find the right gift or inspiration for your loved one's special occasion (hint: Valentine's Day is fast approaching). 

Check out 63 cool gifts under $50 on Amazon:

DIY manicures with professional results

A nail kit including 4 purple nail sets, a drier, and other nail tools

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Beetles Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit, $19.99

Gel polish typically lasts longer than traditional nail polish and dries instantly under UV lighting, but it requires some additional gear to use. This kit includes everything you need to do your own nails at home.

An all-in one hot dog toaster

A red hot dog toaster with hot dogs inside

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Nostalgia Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster, $24.99

Whether your recipient is a hot dog lover, or just a fan of unique and useful kitchen appliances, this toaster is sure to please. It prepares your hot dogs and buns in one simple step, and it's designed with a fun, retro aesthetic.

Really durable fetch balls for their furry friend

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Chew King Fetch Balls, $16.11

Whether you have a dog, or need to give someone with a dog a gift that will last, these balls are worth checking out. They're lightweight, bouncy, and durable enough to stand a big dog's chew. They make a great gift for the dog-parent or fetch-loving pup in your life.

Ear protection for concert-goers

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Mumba Concert Earplugs, $19.95

Live music events can be pretty damaging to your hearing — any regular concert goer can attest to that. These earplugs protect the wearer from damaging volumes without dampening the music. They even come with a handy case that you can keep on a keychain. 

A fancy charcuterie board set

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Cheese Board and Knife Set, $39.99

This elegant cheese board compliments extravagant get-togethers at home with a refined serving experience. It's not difficult to create a charcuterie masterpiece on this board set that includes a slide out drawer with four knives as well as a serving tray and tools. 

An electric s'mores maker to use indoors

Electric tabletop s'mores maker

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Indoor Electric S'mores Maker, $29.99

This electric tabletop s'mores maker is game-changing as it lets you roasts s'mores indoors and all year long. It comes with two roasting forks and compartments trays to hold the s'mores ingredients for the perfect toasted treat.

A portable touchscreen vanity mirror

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Touchscreen Vanity Mirror, $22.99

This touchscreen vanity mirror enhances any facial ritual from glam, skincare routines, to shaving. It makes your face clearly visible with its 33 radiant LED lights and works up to 250 minutes on a full charge. The portable device offers comfortable viewing angles at 30 or 100 degrees at adjustable brightness levels. 

A digital camera that instantly prints your memories

Kodak Digital Instant Print Camera

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Kodak undefined Digital Instant Print Camera, $49.99

Instead of waiting on photos, this digital camera instantly prints those precious memories. Each moment is captured on 2 x 3" photos that are in full-color and durable, where they are tear and water-resistant. This convenient device can also save the photos to a MicroSD Card. 

A pan that makes ice cream in minutes

Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker; best Amazon gifts under $50

Amazon

Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker, $39.98

For a simple and quick way to make ice cream, you'll want to surprise them with this ice cream maker. There's no electricity, buttons, or tech involved, making it a great gift for anyone, even those with children. It's basically a quick-freeze shallow metal bowl that freezes your ice cream batter in a matter of minutes. You can read more about why we love this product, in our guide to the best ice cream makers. 

A cocktail shaker for the one who likes to get creative in the kitchen

Brumate cocktail shaker; best gift from Amazon under $50

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BrüMate Shaker, $34.99

With summertime upon us, there's no better gift than a cocktail shaker for the one who loves to create new drinks. This one in particular is even named the best cobbler option in our guide to the best cocktail shakers. We love this shaker because it doubles as a drinking vessel, is triple-insulated, has a built-in strainer, and comes in a bunch of colors. 

An all-in-one wallet for the jetsetter

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Zoppen Travel Passport Wallet, $14.99

With more people getting vaccinated and travel restrictions lifting, this wallet will help them prep for their next trip. It holds passports, boarding passes, credit cards, and every other essential in one slim design.

A jade roller for the beauty enthusiast

Roller Anti Aging Jade roller Therapy under $25

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Ginger Chi Jade Roller, $23.99

They can pamper themselves on the regular with this jade roller from Ginger Chi. It's made from 100% certified Xiuyan jade along with silver nickel. The double-sided roller helps to reduce puffiness and increase elasticity, with a larger end for all over your face and a smaller end for tighter areas. A travel pouch and a tester of the brand's Regenerating Serum also come with the jade roller, making it perfect for novices and travelers alike. This product has even earned a spot as best for beginners in our guide to the best jade rollers.

A coffee table that's more than just decor

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"Humans" by Brandon Stanton, $17.50

A coffee table book is a great housewarming gift. But this hardcover book does more than just look pretty. It's an expansion of Brandon Stanton's "Humans of New York" photography project. Page after page follows Stanton's travels across the world, documenting portraits and short, but impactful stories of the people he's encountered. 

A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaoke

Rose Gold Wireless Karaoke Microphone

Amazon

Wireless Karaoke Microphone, $19.99

It's a gift for everyone to enjoy, whether or not you can carry a tune. You can connect your phone and play music through the microphone's speakers, and turn the volume up and down depending on your comfort. It's the perfect thing to shake up a night in or to break the ice at a gathering.

A wooden caddy tray for the world's most luxurious bath

Amazon gifts under $50 bathtub tray

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Royal Craft Luxury Bathtub Caddy, from $38.67

Few things are as luxurious as a long bath filled with plenty of activities and treats. This one is waterproof, slip-resistant, and designed to accommodate one or two bathers at once. 

Homemade breakfast made with a heart-shaped waffle maker

Amazon gifts under $50 Dash

Amazon

Dash Mini Waffle Maker Machine, $17.99

Get up early, and make your friend, significant other, or family member heart-shaped mini waffles for breakfast. The Dash Mini Maker is compact enough to keep for special occasions without cramping your kitchen, too.  

A powerful wireless charger for their desk

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Anker Wireless Charger, $49.90

Get them a wireless charger that lets them charge their phone without having to plug it in or take off their phone case first. 

A durable, inexpensive Fire tablet

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Fire 7 Tablet, $49.99

Amazon's Fire tablets are a relatively great deal for a tablet if you're not looking for anything super high-performance driven or luxe. For the average user, they're a good fit. It's Alexa-enabled, so you can ask for quick access to music and entertainment or messages and calling, and it has up to seven hours of battery life. 

You can shop the latest versions for a bit more money here.

A small toiletry bag for the avid traveler

Herschel Chapter Toiletry Kit; toiletry bag for travel; best Amazon gift under $50

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Herschel Chapter Toiletry Kit, from $29.94

If they're getting back into traveling, you can't go wrong with gifting them a toiletry bag. They can ditch the plastic bags or pouches that aren't even waterproof. This toiletry kit has a waterproof main compartment, an internal mesh storage sleeve, and a leather accent on the zipper. Plus, it's small enough to fit into their backpack, work bag, or carry-on. 

A milk frother so they can make their favorite coffee or hot chocolate drinks from home

Amazon under $50 Powerlix

Amazon

PowerLix Milk Frother, $15.95

A milk frother is an unexpectedly convenient tool to have around the house, and it can make an otherwise normal cup of coffee or hot chocolate closer to what you'd buy at the cafe. With it, they can make lattes, cappuccinos, and frothy coffees every morning for less.

A delicious gift basket of caramel, chocolate, and crunchy gourmet treats

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Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket, $37

For less than $40, you can gift gourmet chocolates and caramels pre-wrapped in a keepsake basket. The set includes seasonal favorites like caramel corn, chocolate pretzels, and peanut brittle. 

A highly rated pump with universal wine stoppers to keep open bottles fresh for longer

Amazon under $50 wine saver

Amazon

The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with Two Vacuum Stoppers, $13.95

This hyper-popular pump and universal wine stopper set keeps open bottles of wine from prolonged exposure to the air, which is what causes the breakdown of its character and taste. This version makes a "click" sound when the user has managed to create an airtight seal.

A cast-iron skillet for home chefs

Amazon gifts under $50 Lodge

Amazon

Lodge 10.25-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet, from $17.90

This 10.25-inch cast-iron skillet is one that became minorly famous online. Lodge has been making cast iron cookware since 1896, so they've learned a thing or two about what makes a great kitchen tool. 

A charging case that protects and charges wireless devices on the go

Amazon under $50 Mophie

Amazon

Mophie Wireless Power Capsule External Battery Charger, $21.17

This compact, portable case charges wearables like the Fitbit Flex, Beats by Dre, and JBL Wireless Earbuds on the go. The 1,4000 mAh rechargeable battery translates to about 60 hours of audio playback in wireless earbuds. 

A portable cooler bag for spring and summer excursions

Lifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag

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Lifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag, $36.99

Look no further than this convenient, hefty, and compact cooler bag. They can travel in style to spring and summer picnics, camping trips, and beach days. The padded handle and removable shoulder strap make it comfortable to carry, while its ability to collapse makes it easy to store. It's also large with a 24 liter capacity, meaning they can fit all of their essentials in one insulated bag.

A hair turban that will cut drying time in half

Amazon gifts under $50 Aquis

Amazon

Aquis Original Microfiber Hair Turban, from $20.49

Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers.

The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that's composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state. It also prevents hygral fatigue — the stretching and swelling of wet hair that makes it vulnerable to frizz and damage — by cutting the hair's drying time by 50%.

A compilation of the love letters of great men

Amazon gifts under $50 LLOGM

Amazon

"Love Letters of Great Men", $13.95

If you find yourself at a loss for words, let the love letters of great men do the talking for you. This volume includes love letters written by Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, James Joyce, John Keats, Dylan Thomas, and more. 

Another noteworthy book

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"On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel" by Ocean Vuong, $9.67

Ocean Vuong is an American poet, and "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" is his much-anticipated debut novel. Published in 2019, it's a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read that delves into family history, addiction, violence, trauma, compassion, and tenderness. If they're a bookworm looking for the next bittersweet American classic, you may want to start here. Looking for other options? Amazon has a list of 2020 bestsellers, and a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. 

A watercolor set that's great for beginners

 Norberg Linden Watercolor Paint Set Under $25

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Norberg Linden Watercolor Paint Set, $11.99

Everything they need lives in this watercolor starter kit: a 36-color palette, a 12-page watercolor pad, and six brushes of various sizes. Not only does this set contain all of the essentials for a newcomer, but it's also portable. The pad measures in at 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches, and the watercolors themselves come in a lightweight, covered pan. Family and friends of all ages can enjoy painting with this kit.

Anker Nano 20W USB C Charger under $25

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Anker Nano 20W USB-C Charger, $18.99

This year's iPhones don't come with a charging adapter in the box, so if you know someone who is getting a new phone, they'll definitely need one of these. The Anker Nano charges three times faster than the typical Apple charger and is physically the same size.

A notebook that they can fill with their favorite travel memories

Amazon gifts under $50 travel journal

Amazon

Maleden Spiral Bound Traveler Notebook, $14.37

If they're always recounting memories from their favorite trip, a travel journal is an excellent place for them to put all of these stories to paper. This particular model comes with binder rings, so they can easily include tickets, photos, and other mementos.

A photo book from one of the most renowned wildlife photographers

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"Polar Obsession" by Paul Nicklen, $50

Paul Nicklen is an acclaimed Canadian photographer, film-maker, and marine biologist known for his work in the Arctic. He's a frequent contributor to National Geographic and has won the BBC Wildlife Photographer award of the year as well as the prestigious World Press Photo award for photojournalism, and this coffee table book is a beautiful homage to polar landscapes. 

A stylish bucket hat for any season

A stylish bucket hat for any season

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The Hat Depot 300N Unisex Bucket Hat, from $10.99

They'll appreciate this bucket hat that's both trendy and protective. It comes in just about any pattern and color — neons, tie-dyes, camos, and neutrals are just a few of the options. This hat is made of 100% cotton and includes eyelets for a more breathable feel. Plus, the nearly 2.25-inch brim will keep their skin and eyes protected from the sun.

A bestselling book

Amazon gifts under $50 Crawdads

Amazon

"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens, $12.40

A bestseller and one of the most talked-about books, "Where the Crawdads Sing" is an ode to the natural world and a heartbreaking coming-of-age story. It's set in a coastal town in North Carolina and follows a possible murder and the local suspect, the misunderstood Kya Clark, who's been known simply as "Marsh Girl" for years.

A tough, wind-resistant umbrella they can rely upon

Amazon gifts under $50 umbrella

Amazon

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella, $24.95

Hear me out. It may seem boring, but everybody needs an umbrella, and this is way better than whatever version they bought the last time they veered into a CVS while it was raining. We think it's the best umbrella you can buy thanks to how well it resists wind and how long it lasts, and they'll find themselves thankful for it often. 

An Atlas Obscura calendar full of daily photos and tidbits about the world's strangest and coolest places or festivals

Atlas Obscura calendar filled with images and notes of world's strangest and coolest places

Amazon

Atlas Obscura Page-A-Day 2021 Calendar, $15.99

The Atlas Obscura calendar is a fun, novel way to infuse each day with an anchor of appreciation and wonder for the world. There are hundreds of photos that celebrate the world's strangest and coolest places, festivals, and foods. Travelers and life-long learners are particularly good candidates for this one.

Highly rated in-ear earbuds

Amazon gifts under $50 Panasonic

Amazon

Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones, from $9.91

Whether for everyday use, the gym, as a backup, or just for travel when Bluetooth headphones won't connect to the in-flight entertainment, there are ample uses for really solid in-ear buds with a stereo plug. This pair has an extended cord and three sets of ear pads for the perfect fit.

The gift of light

LED Ring Light

Amazon

AIXPI LED Ring Light, $21.99

Give the gift of light with Insider Reviews' best budget ring light. This simple, easy-to-use light has everything that phone videographers need to get started. It includes a tripod setup that's easy to move and adjust to your angles. You can also toggle between its three different light settings — white, warm yellow, and warm white — to find your perfect glow. 

A journal for maximizing productivity and organization

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Productivity Planner, $22.99

For the high achiever in your life, this productivity journal can help further motivate them to be their best self. This journal's undated, daily layout provides priority templates to get them headed in the right direction to accomplish their many goals. It also includes extra space for them to jot down their ideas, future tasks, and inspirations.

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