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- If you're looking for an affordable gift for her, here's a list of 72 options under $50.
- Whether for the holidays, a birthday, or just because, she'll love any of these thoughtful picks.
- Looking for more inspiration? Check out our full list of gift guides for all kinds of ideas.
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. The same goes for beauty products, kitchen gadgets, books, subscriptions, and so on. It also depends on who you're shopping for, whether it be your sister, mom, partner, or friend.
To make it easier, we've put together a list of 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.
Here are 72 gift ideas for her, all under $50:
A customizable photo book
Get a little sentimental by commemorating their life highlights with this custom photo book. You can choose from 10 colors and fill up to 30 pages with photos, cool layouts, and special messages.
A starter kit from a popular makeup brand
If she's always asking for makeup recommendations, this set from Glossier is bound to please. It comes with three brand favorites: Ultralip, a sheer lip tint; Lidstar, a cream shadow; and Cloud Paint, a liquid blush. Plus, the cult classic Cloud Paint doubles as a dewy cheek tint and vibrant eyeshadow.
An elegant bottle holder
This elegant marble-wood bottle holder keeps her favorite wine cool for hours on end. When she isn't staging it next to a charcuterie board, the holder is just a bouquet away from doubling as a vase.
A set of our tried-and-true SPF favorites
Every skincare fan knows SPF is a basic necessity and this Supergoop! set offers head-to-toe protection from UV rays. True to its name, the cult-favorite Unseen Sunscreen applies without a white cast that won't mess up her makeup. If you're unsure of her skin type and tone, you can't go wrong with the best overall pick in our sunscreen guide, Supergoop's PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50.
A trio of succulents for the aspiring plant mom
For the aspiring plant mom, there's nothing better than to start with tiny succulents. Marked by the brand as best for beginners, she can enjoy fresh houseplants delivered straight to her doorstep. This assortment can include either three succulents or six succulents, with both options under $50.
A picnic blanket for the spring and summer
With the sun coming out, there's no better way to lay out or see friends than with a picnic. This blanket is fit for the occasion with its soft flannel top and waterproof bottom, plus straps to keep it compact and loops to hold it down on windier days. We've even ranked this one as the best for comfort in our guide to the best picnic blankets.
A personalized ring
A ring is one of the ultimate gifts for her because it can signify so many things. You can get a letter of the alphabet engraved in this ring, and at no additional cost. The personal touch will make this a gift she'll keep for years and years to come.
A cozy throw blanket to keep her warm
This blanket has been a fan favorite for a while, which is why L.L.Bean carries this new and improved version. The brand has made the blanket even softer with 100% polyester that's been brushed on both sides for an even more deluxe feel. It's so soft she'll want to be wrapped in it at all times, which is why we've also included it in our guide to the best throw blankets.
A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity
When trying to think of a thoughtful gift for her, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from. Whether it's for her birthday or the holidays, there's something for everyone on Cameo, with prices as low as $1. You can get her favorite contestant from "The Bachelor," Jay Jackson from "Parks and Recreation," or Chris Gorham from "Ugly Betty," each for under $50.
A letter subscription service for the history buff
Once a month for six months, this mail subscription service will send detailed replicas of historical documents, like Albert Einstein's correspondence with FDR. A team of archivists digs up fascinating historical documents and graphic designers replicate them — handwriting, signatures, and all.
A toiletry bag for smart organization
Help her gear up for summer with Dagne Dover's latest launch. Made with the brand's signature neoprene material, the Skye zip pouch stores her essentials safely and stylishly and features multiple organizational pockets inside.
A puzzle that commemorates a special date
Celebrate her special day — birthday, anniversary, or milestone — with this puzzle, an interactive memento. Enter any date since 1851 and find the New York Times front page printed from that exact date.
An interactive cooking class
With Sur La Table's virtual cooking classes, she can follow along to expert chefs live from the comfort of her own kitchen. These hands-on 90- to 120-minute classes cover everything from seasonal dishes to cocktails and desserts.
The at-home blowout tool
This all-in-one hairdryer from Revlon garnered a large following online and won the hearts of the Insider Reviews team. It rivals luxury hair tools at a fraction of the price. It's a gamechanger for cutting down on time and heat damage to your hair, without sacrificing your look.
A workout tee for all seasons
This bestselling workout shirt from Under Armour will keep them moving with four-way stretch construction and quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric. Its looser fit encourages comfort during workouts, and it comes in 15 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.
The ultimate diffuser set
Help her find her inner zen with this essential oil bundle which includes, well, the essentials. The diffuser has seven ambient light modes and 10 oils that are perfect for creating an at-home spa vibe.
A wearable sherpa blanket
As seen on Shark Tank, this wearable blanket lets you take comfort wherever you go. The plush, fluffy lining will keep her warm and cozy while lounging, camping, and more. Choose from 17 fun colors and opt for the original hoodie style or the quarter zip. Its large, oversized design is one size fits all.
A DIY birth month flower kit
For a twist on the traditional bouquet of flowers, give her this flower kit that's an easy and fun project. She'll appreciate the personal touch of choosing her birth month flower, whether it be a sunflower, daisy, or marigold.
A box of chocolate bars from Madagascar
The chocolate connoisseur in your life will savor this gift box of four dark chocolate bars from Madagascar. She can indulge in flavors like Salted Almond, 80% Dark, Toasted Coconut, and Sea Salt, but you can also opt out of specific flavors to fit her taste preferences.
A reusable tote bag for trips to the market
Nothing compares to strolling through a farmer's market with a sturdy tote instead of numerous plastic bags. This tote is both a convenient and eco-friendly choice for the avid shopper. Not to mention, it's handmade and supports artisan women in rural Bangladeshi communities.
A painting kit for beginners
If she's artistic — or strives to be — she'll appreciate this painting kit that anyone can follow with ease. Creating her work of art will take up to three hours, but she'll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece.
A Kindle case that looks like her favorite book
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
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.
An exceptionally useful set of silicone container lids
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
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
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
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 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
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 wants to use her voice.
A highly coveted candle
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
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
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
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 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 seams 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
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
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
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.
The newest Amazon Echo Dot
If she loves to blast music, talk on the phone, and have control over the home, this Alexa-powered speaker could be just what she needs. The most recent iteration of Amazon's signature smart speaker has a new spherical shape that adds a modern feel to any room.
A wine saver for open bottles
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 cold brew maker
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.
A perfume subscription
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
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. Check out our guide to the best cookbooks here.
A trendy candle she's probably already got her eyes on
An Otherland candle makes for 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
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
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 body scrub
Pamper her with this coconut and rose infused body scrub that gently exfoliates. It'll leave her skin feeling soft and moisturized – not to mention she'll smell of coconut and roses wherever she goes. You can read more about this product in our guide to the best body scrubs.
A tablet for easy entertainment
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 fashion-friendly belt bag
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" by Shelly Westerhausen, available at Amazon, $15.40
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
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 simple knitting kit for beginners
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
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
If she travels a lot (or has bad travel anxiety), the gift of comfort is one she'll undoubtedly appreciate.
A guide full of inspiration for her future adventures
"The Bucket List" by Kath Stathers, available at Anthropologie and Amazon, from $21.11
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