52 creative and affordable gifts for her that are all under $50

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Gift-giving isn't always easy, though it seems like it would be. Just buy them something that aligns with their interests, right? Eh, it's not always so simple. If she's interested in tech, there are a million options to choose from. Same goes for beauty products, kitchen gadgets, books, subscriptions, and so on.

So, then, whom to trust for recommendations? 

Considering that our jobs as product reviewers include discovering, testing out, and knowing where to shop for everything from new tech gadgets to skincare products to useful kitchen accessories, I'd say we're pretty good resources for all things gift-related.

Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your sister, mom, partner, or otherwise, we've put together a list of over 50 great gifts under $50 that we think she'll love, no matter the occasion. And in case you're shopping for a last-minute gift, most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time.

More gift ideas for her, all under $50:

This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Under Armour. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*

A Kindle case that looks like her favorite book

KleverCase Kindle Paperwhite Case, available at Amazon, $29.95

You'll find many classic book covers cleverly printed onto Kindle cases, along with one that looks like an unmarked leather-bound book. All she has to do is pop it on her e-reader.

An all-purpose tote with a detachable wristlet

Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote and Wristlet, available at Nordstrom, $49

Your first thought may be that a plain tote is sort of a boring gift — but hear us out! This one is reversible and features a detachable wristlet, which basically means you're getting three different bags for $50. It's a utilitarian gift with a fashion-friendly twist.

A workout tee for all seasons

Women's UA Tech Twist V-Neck, available at Under Armour, $18.99

This bestselling workout shirt from Under Armour will keep them moving, dry, and cool with four-way stretch construction and quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric. Its looser fit encourages comfort during workouts, and it comes in 20 colors. It's a solid, dependable choice for apparel, but if they're in the market for accessories or gear instead, check out Under Armour's gift guide.

*Sponsored by Under Armour

An exceptionally useful set of silicone container lids

Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids, available at Food52, $40

If she enjoys cooking, chances are she's probably spent a good amount of time battling with her Tupperware drawer to find the right container and lid for her leftovers. These silicone lids have saved me over and over again and I recommend them to everyone — all you have to do is pop one over a bowl or baking dish and you get an airtight seal for easy storage in the fridge.

A portable charger that also lights up the bottom of her bag

SOI Smart Handbag Light and Charger, available at Uncommon Goods, $35.95

No more frantically searching for gum or lip balm at the bottom of her giant tote bag — this little light can be attached to her keychain or even a zipper on her bag so she can easily see everything in its depths. It can also charge her phone.

A relaxing Himalayan salt lamp

Himalayan Glow Large Salt Lamp, available at Amazon, from $11.18

There's nothing quite as calming as the warm glow of a pink salt lamp. This sits on my list of all-time best gifts I've ever received — turning it on each night creates a relaxing vibe in my living room and helps me let go of the day's stress.

A clever attachment that holds her AirPods

Elago AirPods Wrist Fit Adapter, available at Amazon, $8.49

The frustrating thing about using AirPods is figuring out where to store them. This small attachment goes around any watch's wristband and features two grippy holes that hold each AirPod.

A subscription to Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime gift subscription, three months, $39

Amazon Prime opens up a whole new world of access, be it to fast two-day shipping or any of the other 25-plus perks you'll get with a membership. If you know she doesn't have one yet, this is a smart gift — but in the case she does, she'll get to use the $39 on anything she wants or needs from the site.

An Alexa-enabled smart plug

Alexa-Enabled Smart Plug, available at Amazon, $24.99

This voice-controlled smart plug allows her to control lights, chargers, and whatever else she wants through Alexa simply by plugging her devices into these outlets. She can also just use the Alexa app to turn the outlets on and off if she doesn't have an Echo or want to use her voice.

A highly coveted candle

Diptyque Baies Candle, available at Bloomingdales, $36

Diptyque candles are about as chic and beloved as they come among candle lovers. The Baies scent is the company's signature, with warming and sophisticated notes of rose and blackcurrant. This candle is best gifted to partners or very good friends. 

An inexpensive accessory for her phone

PopSockets, available at Amazon, from $9 

PopSocket Grips are an inexpensive but extremely useful gift she'll be happy to have. She can pop them on the back of her phone, Kindle, iPad, or any other device to create a comfortable grip that allows her to hold her device one-handed.

A monthly book subscription

Book of the Month, three months, starting at $49.99

Each month, this service curates five book choices — some of them early release — from which she'll choose her favorite. The service will send the book directly to her, and she can also skip a month if she's behind on her reading.

An adjustable rolling pin

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin, available at Amazon, from $15.99

Anyone who loves to bake will appreciate this adjustable rolling pin that allows for more precision in the thickness of dough. All she'll have to do is remove or add the different sized rings and let them guide her.

Really nice socks she's bound to want more of

Bombas Quarter Socks 4-pack, available at Bombas, $45.60

Bombas makes the best socks out there. Yes, they're pricey, but you don't know how worth it nice socks are until you try a pair yourself. There are no uncomfortable toe seam to give her blisters, and the special honeycomb stitching around the middle of the foot actually provides a bit of arch support.

A letter board she can leave notes or cute phrases on

Felt Like Sharing Felt Letter Board, available at Amazon, from $20.95

Sporting events, holidays, parties — there are a ton of occasions during which these come in handy, but she'll love being able to play around with it day to day at home with her favorite lyrics, phrases, or even messages to roommates. Choose from tons of felt colors (I'm partial to the light blue; it's the one I use at home!). 

A pretty place to keep her phone

Bedside Smartphone Vase, available at Uncommon Goods, $32

This bedside vase is a fun way to spruce up her night stand, whether with fresh or faux flowers. It also works beautifully in the kitchen if she likes to follow recipes using her phone.

A comfy tee that goes with everything

The Box Cut Pocket Tee, available at Everlane, $18

Skip the boring pajamas — get her something she'll want to wear every day. This cozy short-sleeve T-shirt from Everlane is as great for running errands as it is for wearing to work, depending on how she styles it. It also comes in a few other color options. 

Drop earrings to liven up any outfit

Mini Laniyah Drop Earrings, available at BaubleBar, $14

BaubleBar is beloved for its affordable, fun jewelry, and these fan-favorite drop earrings have the ability to elevate even the most basic jeans and T-shirt look.

The newest Amazon Echo Dot

Echo Dot (3rd Generation), available at Best Buy, $24.99

Give her home a smart tech upgrade with an Echo Dot. It's outfitted with Alexa, who can answer questions about the weather or traffic, play music, and even tell you the news. A newer version is currently available for $49.99, but the 3rd Generation comes with similar capabilities for a substantially lower price.

A wine saver for open bottles

Vacu Vin Wine Saver, available at Amazon, $11.89

Sometimes you just can't finish the bottle of wine. That's when the Vacu Vin comes in. It's a simple, small gadget that removes the oxygen from your open bottle and gives it an airtight seal to preserve the freshness and prevent oxidation.

A custom phone case with photos of you together

Custom Phone Case, available at Casetify, from $45-$55

Upload all your favorite photos together (or choose any other sort of theme) to create the ultimate personalized gift. You can choose pretty much any model of phone, and organize the photos in a ton of different layouts.

A cold brew maker

Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $15.99

Caffeine lovers who can't get enough of their favorite drink tend to spend a lot of money at coffee shops to get their fix. Make it easier for her to drink cold brew at home with this simple-to-use brewing pitcher. Read a full review here from one of our reporters who swears by this one.

A perfume subscription

Scentbird subscription, three months for $44

If she loves to switch up her scents, Scentbird is an affordable service that lets her choose a month's supply of perfume from thousands of well-known and new fragrances. With a three-month subscription, she can switch it up each month or stick to the ones she knows and loves.

A popular cookbook she's probably seen on Instagram

'Dessert Person' by Claire Saffitz, available at Target, $21

Whether she's new to the kitchen or it's her favorite room in the house, Claire Saffitz's new cookbook will guide her through tons of easy-to-make desserts.

The Insider Reviews team has also loved "Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family" by Priya Krishna, which is chock full of Indian-American and nontraditional recipes like Roti Pizza and Saag Feta.

A compact set of gardening accessories

Gardener's Tool Seat, available at Uncommon Goods, $40

Whether she has a plot at a community garden in the city or her very own vegetable garden in her backyard, this compact set of tools and a comfy stool are easy for her to carry around and store (plus they detach).

A trendy candle she's probably already got her eyes on

Otherland Candles available at Otherland, $36

Otherland's candles make one of the best gifts you can give for any occasion, if you ask us. They come beautifully packaged, and they feature scents that are complex and rich.

A flexible herb garden for the home

Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden, available at Uncommon Goods, $20

These mason jar planters can be set up in so many ways — from the window sill to the kitchen counter. They're great for anyone who loves cooking with fresh herbs, especially if they live in cold climates where their outdoor herb gardens don't grow for half the year.

A way for her to share and pass down memories and traditions

My Life Story So Far, available at Uncommon Goods, $30

This book is sort of like a guided journal for her to record her memories, accomplishments, and experiences. No matter her age, it's something she'll undoubtedly enjoy keeping track of and sharing with others.

A natural skincare kit

Herbivore Exfoliate + Glow Head to Toe Self Care Trio, available at Sephora, $42

If she's into natural beauty, chances are she already loves Herbivore's products. This skincare trio has all the essentials she'll need for exfoliation.

A tablet for easy entertainment

Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, available at Best Buy, $39.99

Great for traveling or lounging at home, the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet is an affordable way to stay connected to all her favorite apps, games, and streaming services on a larger screen than what her phone has to offer.

A plush, cozy throw

Bliss Plush Throw, available at Nordstrom, $39.50

There's nothing quite like wrapping yourself up in a warm, snuggly blanket on a cold night in. This plush throw comes in a ton of colors to match any decor.

A fashion-friendly belt bag

Herschel Belt Bag, available at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, from $28

Belt bags (aka fanny packs) are making a comeback, and we're not mad about it. They're convenient, practical, and a simple way to add a stylish pop to any outfit.

An excellent cookbook for entertainers

Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion, available at Amazon, $19.29

If having people over is more of a pleasure than a chore for her, she'll adore this cookbook full of clever recipe ideas for casual entertaining.

A smart way for her to stay organized while traveling

Travel Cord Roll, available at Uncommon Goods, $20

Frequent travelers need a way to keep all their cords and cables organized. This leather roll-up organizer has eight slots for cords and headphones plus a pouch where your charger base can fit.

A wireless and waterproof speaker

VicTsing Wireless Waterproof Speaker, available at Amazon, $32.98

A favorite of Amazon shoppers, this water-resistant, portable Bluetooth speaker works for everything from her daily shower concert to a trip to the beach.

A wintry candle in a reusable blown glass vessel

Lafco Feu de Bois candle, available at Bluemercury, $42

Lafco candles are some of the most intentionally designed and developed that you'll ever come across — from the hand-blown glass that makes up the reusable container, to the soy wax base that took the founder and his team years to perfect. Every scent Lafco makes is phenomenal, but the Feu de Bois (which smells warm and wintry like a burning fire) is a seasonal favorite. I highly recommend this one for in-laws and parents you'd like to impress.

A simple knitting kit for beginners

Braille Beanie Knitting Kit, available at We Are Knitters, $44

Whether she's new to knitting or a long-time pro, this crafty beanie kit has everything she needs — from the yarn, to the needles, and of course, the instructions.

A clever way to collect accomplishments and hopes

Birthstone Wishing Balls, available at Uncommon Goods, $32

These wishing balls come with a strip of paper for every week in the year on which she can write everything from her hopes and dreams to the things she's proud of accomplishing over the past seven days. You don't have to go for her birthstone — you could easily just choose her favorite color.

A comfy neck pillow for trains and planes

Trtl Neck Pillow, available at Amazon, $22.49

If she travels a lot (or has bad travel anxiety), the gift of comfort is one she'll undoubtedly appreciate. This is the one our team swears by — you can read a review here.

A guide full of inspiration for her future adventures

The Bucket List, available at Anthropologie and Amazon, from $28.99

This worldwide bucket list won't cure her wanderlust, but it'll definitely provide her inspiration and fodder for planning her travels.

A set of tinted lip balms

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment, available at Nordstrom, $24

If her beauty preferences tend to be more on the natural side, it's likely she loves a good tinted lip balm. Fresh makes some of the best — the color options are universally flattering and the easy, and the formula is smooth, hydrating, and buttery.

A dainty pair of hoops that are anything but average

Shooting Star Open Hoop Earrings, available at Maison Miru, $39

It seems like everyone on our team has a pair of these open hoops. Their horseshoe shape is just different enough to set them apart, while a tiny, twinkly cubic zirconia catches the light just enough to add a bit of sparkle.

A customizable box of candy for adults

Four-Piece Candy Bento Box, available at Sugarfina, $36

Satisfy her sweet tooth with a custom box of candy. Sugarfina's candies are distinctly "adult" — but she'll still feel like a kid when she digs into a box of rosé gummies.

An armband that holds her phone on runs or at the gym

Tribe Water-Resistant Arm Band, available at Amazon, $14.98

If she loves to run or spends a lot of time at the gym, this top-rated arm band will definitely be a lifesaver for her. Just make sure you know what model phone she carries as you may have to check different brands for different phone sizes. 

A makeup and skincare subscription

Birchbox three month gift subscription, $45

Birchbox is a skincare and makeup subscription that sends tons of beauty samples for her to test out and play around with. If she loves any of them, she can easily buy the full-sized version through the service. You can opt to give a longer subscription if you'd like. 

A picture frame for Instax Mini photos

Polaroid Cube Picture Frame, available at Urban Outfitters, $12

This cube picture frame is meant to hold photos from a Polaroid camera, but even if neither of you have one, it would still be a sweet gift to print out some photos of you together in the proper dimensions. 

A convenient yoga mat carrier

Manduka Go Play Yoga Mat Bag, available at Amazon, $29.08

If she's a fitness enthusiast who frequents local yoga classes, a carrying strap will make her life much easier (especially if she walks or takes the subway to her class).

A puzzle of her heroines

Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle, available at Uncommon Goods, $18

This puzzle features illustrations of both prominent and lesser-known women who have shaped and changed the course of history.

Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, but Uncommon Goods has provided a digital and printable card that can be given in the meantime.

A portable external battery

Anker PowerCore 10,000mAh External Battery, available at Amazon, $19.99

A good external battery is one of those practical gifts she probably needs but won't buy herself. Treat her to a good one that holds enough juice to charge her iPhone three times, or her Galaxy twice over.

Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A kit to make her favorite drink at home

Bubble Tea Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $38

If she's a bubble tea fiend, she'll be happy to know that it's actually not that hard to make at home. This kit provides everything she'll need, including a wide straw, boba pearls, and loose-leaf teas.

Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, but Uncommon Goods has provided a digital and printable card that can be given in the meantime.

A massager to melt away tension

Zyllion Shiatsu Massager, available at Amazon, $64.95

This shiatsu massager is, to date, one of the best things I've ever bought. It kneads away tension and stress in the back and shoulders, and can even be used on sore leg muscles after a workout. She'll be thanking you for years to come.

Editor's note: Though this gift was above $50 at its time of selection, Amazon prices can often fluctuate. 

A DIY mochi-making kit

DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $32

If she can't get enough of those ice cream-filled mochi balls from the grocery store, she may enjoy the challenge of making some herself. This kit provides everything she'll need to make matcha and chocolate flavored mochi — all she has to do is buy her favorite ice cream to fill it with.

Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, but Uncommon Goods has provided a digital and printable card that can be given in the meantime.

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