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Holiday gift guide 2022: The best gifts under $50 this Christmas and Hanukkah

Holiday gift guide 2022: The best gifts under $50

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Christmas is coming up quickly on the calendar. If inflation is high on your list of worries, getting started on your holiday shopping may be understandably daunting. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best budget-friendly gifts under $50 you can grab this year.

Whether you’re looking for holiday beauty gift sets, crowd-pleasing gift cards, super helpful travel products or just the best, most affordable toys to buy for the kids in your life this year, there’s something on this list for everyone. 

(Looking for more gifting recommendations? We’ve got you covered with guides on the best stocking stuffers to give this Christmas, the best headphones and earbuds under $100the hottest toys to gift this Christmas and Hanukkah and more.)

Here are our top picks for gifts under $50, all sure to make the 2022 holiday season special. 

Amazon gift card

Amazon.com Gift Card in a Premium Holiday Gift Box


No matter their age, gender or personality, an Amazon gift card makes a perfect gift this holiday season. That way, everyone can buy what they want. Choose the amount you want to put on this gift card.

Amazon gift card in a premium holiday gift box

Best tech gifts under $50 

Streaming sticks, waterproof speakers and more tech gifts that work on a budget. 

Blink Mini smart home security camera (2 pack)

Blink Mini smart home security camera

Blink Home Security via Amazon

Start or expand your smart home security setup with a two-pack of Blink Mini cameras. They’re on sale at Amazon for less than half price when you buy a bundle of two. (You’ll get an even better price per camera if you buy three.)

The Blink Mini smart home security camera features 1080p video recording (cloud-based saving optional), motion detection and two-way audio. Blink Mini works with Alexa, so you can monitor your cameras from your Amazon Echo Show ($35) via voice command.

Blink Mini smart home security camera (2 pack), $65

Comiso waterproof Bluetooth speaker

COMISO Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Comiso via Amazon

If you’re looking for an affordable speaker option with a super long playtime, the Comiso waterproof Bluetooth speaker is for you. It plays for 24 hours at full volume or up to 36 hours at two-thirds volume on a single charge. Plus, it comes in seven cheerful colors, from yellow to rose gold. You can pair two of these speakers for an enhanced stereo sound experience via a single device. 

This speaker is also IPX5 waterproof, which means it can resist a gentle splash but cannot be partially or fully submerged. 

Comiso waterproof Bluetooth speaker, $39

Apple AirTags

Apple AirTag

Apple via Amazon

Your friend or family member who is constantly losing their keys, wallet or Apple AirPods could really use some Apple AirTags this Christmas. These tiny trackers work by sending out a Bluetooth signal that can be anonymously detected by nearby devices. Then, even if your own phone isn’t handy, you (and only you) can locate these trackers on an Apple “Find My” map. 

If your iPhone is handy, then it can lead you straight to the AirTag via the phone’s “Precision Finding” feature (found on the Apple iPhone 11 and newer models).

Apple AirTags are water-resistant and designed to last for up to one year on a standard, replaceable battery. 

Apple AirTags (4 pack), $95 (reduced from $99)

You’ll get the best per-AirTag price when you buy a four pack. But if you only need one, single Apple AirTags are available at Amazon.

Apple AirTag, $28

Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen)

Echo Dot 5th Gen


The fifth-generation Amazon Echo Dot has a number of new-for-2022 features, including improved audio, a temperature sensor and Eero Wi-Fi built in (requires a compatible Eero network). Use this Amazon smart speaker to control your home via voice commands, make calls hands-free, play music, set an alarm and more. Choose from three colors.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen), $50

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Fire TV Stick 4K


The Amazon Fire TV Stick is compatible with Alexa and lets you watch all your favorite streamers (Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, etc.) in 4K resolution.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, $25 (reduced from $50)

JBL Clip 4 mini Bluetooth speaker


JBL via Amazon

This IPX7-rated waterproof speaker from JBL is the perfect option for anyone looking for music on-the-go, and you can get it at a discount on Amazon right now. 

The JBL Clip 4 is highly portable and small enough to take almost anywhere, plus it features a built-in clip so you can attach it to your bag, belt loop or even a tree branch. This budget-friendly speaker offers up to 10 hours of playtime on a single charge and is both waterproof and dust-proof.

The JBL Clip 4 comes in seven colors and prints and makes a perfect holiday gift — or stocking stuffer.

JBL Clip 4 mini Bluetooth speaker, $50 (reduced from $80)

Best home and kitchen gifts under $50

Level up someone’s living space this Hanukkah or Christmas with these great gift ideas under $50 for the home.

Keurig K-Express Essentials single-serve coffee maker



The Keurig K-Express Essentials coffee maker is a compact, single-serve coffee maker that makes a great addition to dorm rooms, home offices or cramped kitchens. The coffee maker features a 32 oz water reservoir, so you don’t need to refill the machine in between cups. It is one of the more affordable models in the Keurig coffee maker lineup — and you can get an even better deal now at Walmart.

Keurig K-Express Essentials single-serve coffee maker, $35 (reduced from $50)

Keurig K-Mini coffee maker


Keurig via Amazon

This mini coffee device is a great option for small spaces. 

The 5-inch-wide Keurig coffee maker lets you brew up to 12 ounces of coffee, hot chocolate, tea and more. It offers an energy-efficient feature that automatically turns the coffee maker off 90 seconds after you’ve brewed your cup. 

Keurig K-Mini coffee maker, $69 (reduced from $100)

Starbucks peppermint mocha K-Cup coffee pods (60 ct.)


Starbucks Store via Amazon

Add some holiday cheer to their morning cup of Joe with Starbucks peppermint mocha K-Cups. 

This six-pack of Keurig K-Cups includes 10 coffee pods per box, or 60 pods in total. 

Starbucks peppermint mocha K-Cup coffee pods (60 ct.), $42 (reduced from $56)

Gourmia 6 quart digital air fryer



This 6-quart air fryer has 12 one-touch cooking functions, including air fry, bake and dehydrate. It has a touchscreen, and a preheat option. The best part is that it’s currently only $38.

Gourmia 6 quart digital air fryer, $38 (reduced from $79) 

Best travel gifts under $50

A trendy new type of travel pillow, gift cards and more great and affordable gifts for travelers. 

Trtl travel pillow

Trtl travel pillow


This soft, machine-washable travel pillow wrap is designed to hold your head in a more comfortable ergonomic position while sleeping upright. This lightweight, easily packable pillow is available in four colors.

Trtl travel pillow, $50 (reduced from $60)

Stojo collapsible reusable coffee cup

Stojo collapsible reusable cup with straw


Stojo silicone coffee cups collapse, accordion-style, to fit anywhere — including a Christmas stocking. This environmentally friendly cup (with a reusable straw) makes a great gift for coffee lovers.

Stojo collapsible silicone travel cup with straw, 16 oz., $20

Starbucks gift card

Starbucks gift card (physical)


Want to give the gift of a yummy, festive Starbucks drink — or even grab one for yourself? Grab a Starbucks gift card on Amazon, available in $25 and $50 amounts.

Starbucks gift card (physical), $25 and up

Best toys under $50 to gift this year 

A pooping turtle, elaborate lego sets and more great toys under $50 to give this holiday season. 

Little Live Pets Gotta Go Turdle


Little Live Pets via Amazon

The Little Live Pets Gotta Go Turdle is a battery-powered toy that’s sure to be one of the hottest Christmas gifts of 2022. The 13.4-inch-tall turtle value pack comes with a bib and some Turdle food. You feed your Gotta Go Turdle, and then shortly after, the toy sings “Uh oh, gotta go!” You then place it on the included toilet, which it poops into. The so-called magic poop can be reclaimed from the water and turned back into Turdle food when dried.

The 4.3-star-rated Little Live Pets Gotta Go Turdle is wildly popular with Amazon reviewers, who say it’s great for potty training. Writes one: “Bought this for my 3 year old great grandson for his birthday and he loved it!”

“It’s very hilarious to know he has to go,” writes another verified Amazon buyer.

Little Live Pets Gotta Go Turdle value pack, $26 (reduced from $35)

Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo


Little Live Pets via Amazon

Is a pooping turtle not quite the right gift? Well, good news: Little Live Pets also makes a pink pooping flamingo named Sherbet.

Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo value pack, $33 (reduced from $35)

Lego Disney ‘Encanto’ the Madrigal house building kit

LEGO Disney Encanto The Madrigal House Building Kit


Build the Madrigal house from “Encanto” with 587 Lego pieces. It’s a three-level house that comes with a sticker sheet for decorating. It comes with two mini-doll figures and one micro-doll figure (of Abuela, Mirabel and Antonio), as well as capybara and butterfly figures.

Lego Disney “Encanto” the Madrigal house building kit, $40 (reduced from $50)

National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit

National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit

National Geographic via Amazon

The National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit is for the budding paleontologist on your list. 

The main feature of the kit is a slab (or brick) that once chipped away at, reveals what are billed as 15 real fossils. A chisel, brush and magnifying glass help complete the set. A 16-page fossil guide is also included.

The Mega Fossil Dig Kit is recommended for ages 8 and up. 

National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit, $21 (reduced from $25)

Slumberkins lynx self-expression collection

Slumberkins Lynx self-expression collection


Slumberkins are snuggly companions that come with helpful children’s books on topics including conflict-resolution, creativity, grief, change and more. Slumberkins come in many fun forms, such as a hammerhead shark, sloth, dragon, and the lynx (pictured above). They’re machine washable, feature soft fur (with no detachable plastic pieces) and are stuffed with hypoallergenic fiberfill. Lynx comes with a book on self-expression. 

Slumberkins lynx self-expression collection, $34 (reduced from $48)

Lego Star Wars Advent calendar



Fun for Star Wars fans of all ages, this Lego set includes minifigures, droid figures and mini builds inspired by the popular movie franchise. Ages 6 and up. 

Lego Star Wars, $36 (reduced from $45)

Squishmallows Platypus

Squishmallows Platypus


Add to your little one’s Squishmallows stuffed animal collection with this 14-inch rainbow platypus, named Brindall.

Squishmallows Platypus, $25

Pokemon Advent calendar



Pikachu, Eevee, Piplup, Growlithe and Torchi are just a few of the Pokémon characters they will unwrap with this fun holiday calendar. Ages 4 and up. 

Pokemon advent calendar, $50 (reduced from $60)

Best beauty gifts under $50 

Holiday makeup gift sets, beauty advent calendars and more budget-friendly beauty gifts. 

Too Faced Lip Injection Plumping Mobile: travel trio

Too Faced Lip Injection Plumping Mobile: travel trio

Too Faced

This festive holiday lip gloss set includes three travel-size plumping lip glosses, including a limited edition shade that’s scented to smell like rainbow sprinkles.

Too Faced Lip Injection Plumping Mobile: travel trio, $36

Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse holiday gift set


Fenty Beauty

This holiday gift set includes three full-sized tubes of Fenty Beauty’s popular Gloss Bombs. There is a fuchsia gloss, a warm-toned coral gloss and a pink volumizing gloss.

Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse holiday gift set, $38

Sephora Collection Wishing You Advent calendar 



Unwrap 24 beauty surprises, worth over $105 for just $45, with this Advent calendar from Sephora. It’s filled with everything from lipgloss and eyeshadow to face masks, all from the beauty superstore’s brand. 

Sephora Collection Wishing You Advent calendar, $45

Laneige lip sleeping mask

Laneige lip sleeping mask: $17


Treat someone to this moisturizing, antioxidant-rich, leave-on lip mask from Laneige. 

Laneige lip sleeping mask, $24

Rodial ‘Love Your Skin’ sheet mask kit

Rodial 'Love Your Skin' sheet mask kit


This $40 sheet mask kit (a $100 value) includes Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood jelly eye patches, Vit C Energizing sheet mask, Pink Diamond Instant Lift sheet mask and Snake Oxygenating and a Cleansing Bubble sheet mask. This kit makes a luxurious and easy-to-store present.

Rodial ‘Love Your Skin’ sheet mask kit, $40 ($100 value)

Revlon one-step volumizer hair dryer and hot air brush



The Revlon one-step hair dryer and hot-air brush, a CBS Essentials bestseller, can dry and style your hair in one step. It has rave reviews on Amazon, where it boasts a 4.6-star rating. Verified buyers say it’s an ideal budget choice for people with curly, straight and wavy hair.

Revlon one-step volumizer hair dryer and hot air brush, $37

MyKirei by KAO foaming hand soap dispenser

Yuzu hand soap


This Japanese Yuzu flower foaming hand soap is dispensed in the shape of the flower to add a touch of joy to every hand wash.

MyKirei by KAO foaming hand soap dispenser, $20

Best cozy gifts under $50 

Cozy candles, wearable blankets and more. 

Woodwick large hourglass scented candle

WoodWick large hourglass scented candle

Woodwick via Amazon

This wood-smoke-scented, crackling-wick candle evokes the feeling of sitting around a roaring fireplace. With a strong cedar fragrance and WoodWick’s patented wooden wick, which creates a fireside-like crackling sound, this candle offers the gift of coziness. Plus, it’s currently on sale.

WoodWick large hourglass scented candle, $28 (reduced from $31)

The Comfy original oversized microfiber and sherpa wearable blanket

Extra cozy housecoat for fall: The Comfy original oversized microfiber and sherpa wearable blanket


As seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” this bestselling, ultra plush wearable blanket is perfect for staying cozy around the house. The Comfy original, oversized, microfiber and sherpa, wearable blanket comes in plenty of fun patterns and colors, making it easy to personalize your present to the recipient. 

The Comfy original oversized microfiber and sherpa wearable blanket, $50 (reduced from $55) 

Best gifts for pets under $50

Great gifts for pets (and their owners) all under $50. 

Bark Super Chewer box

Barkbox subscription


Give the magical gift of a monthly dog toy and treat delivery with a subscription to the Super Chewer box from Bark. Starting at $29 per month, the Super Chewer box offers destruction-prone pups two extra tough toys, two full size bags of treats and two meaty chews for chomping. Super Chewer also offers fun and festive-themed collections, like the “Harry Potter” inspired box pictured above. Boxes are available in subscription form or as a one-off purchase, perfect for gifting.

Bark Super Chewer box, $29 and up

Smartish Snitch Airtag pet collar attachment

Smartish Snitch Airtag pet collar


Give the gift of peace of mind with the Snitch collar attachment from Smartish. This Apple AirTag holder fits up to 1.5-inch collars and creates a water-resistant seal around the tag to keep your pup and your tech safe. Apple AirTag ($29) not included.

Smartish Snitch Airtag pet collar (2 pc), $15

Apple AirTag, $28

Holiday gift guides

As always, check back to CBS Essentials for holiday gift guides for every special someone in your life. Check back for more throughout the season.

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