50 Under $50 Gifts for Homeowners

The holidays are here—almost! For many folks, this time of year requires making a little extra room in the shopping budget for gift buying. Whether you confine your gift giving to the immediate family, or include co-workers, neighbors, and the mailman in your holiday cheer, it can be a challenge to find the perfect gift. That's why we've done some of the work for you. Take a look to find some of our top holiday gift ideas for homeowners—and anyone on your list!

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  1. Credit Card Companion By Tool Logic

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    If that special someone on your list loves compact convenience, it's hard to beat a micro-tool that slides into a wallet like a credit card. That's where this slim, feature-packed little multi-tool comes in handy. The two-inch serrated removable blade, bottle and can opener, magnifying lens, compass, ruler, toothpick, and tweezers make this tool a modern marvel—and a perfect stocking stuffer. Available on Amazon; $23.50.


    Related: 20 Surprisingly Handy Stocking Stuffers Under $20

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  2. Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Viewer

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    Gamer types will love looking into the future, with Google Cardboard. When paired with a smartphone and one of several free virtual reality apps, these 3D virtual reality glasses will open his eyes to an exciting new world of gaming, and bring out anyone's inner child. Available on Amazon; $6.99.


    Related: 15 New Gadgets Everyone Wants for Christmas

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  3. Kensington SoleSaver Adjustable Footrest

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    At the end of a long day at work, it's easier to pop an aspirin or throw on a heating pad than to figure out why you're dealing with muscle aches and pain in the first place. A bad desk chair could be to blame; they're notorious for encouraging poor posture and lower back pain. If you have a friend complaining of back pain, gift them the Kensington's SoleSaver Adjustable Footrest. This little add-on could do wonders to improve circulation and reduce pressure on the spine. You can adjust the height and angle of the footrest for optimum comfort, while the non-slip design keeps feet comfortably stable throughout the day. Available at Amazon; $16.


    Related: Skip the Line: 10 Amazon Buys for Everyone on Your Gift List

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  4. Smartphone Tool Case

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    Are your favorite DIYer's pockets are always packed to the seams with God knows what? Help them save a bit of precious space. This clever two-in-one pairs the protection of a simple smartphone case with the straightforward utility of a multi-tool. On the back, two hinged compartments open to reveal tweezers, scissors, and a suite of several other ultra-compact everyday essentials. Available at Restoration Hardware; $14. 


    Related: 9 Handy Holiday Gifts for the DIYer on Your List

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  5. Grow Cocktails

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    Don't let its size fool you... Though its small enough to stuff in a stocking, this herb garden kit is the gift that gives all year long. The biodegrable carton includes all one lucky recipient needs to grow flavorful cocktail mix-ins from scratch: six seed packets (thyme, lavender, Thai basil, mint, lemon balm, and blue borage), soil, and plant stakes—and its container can actually start the seedlings! Available at Uncommon Goods; $12.


    Related: 10 Plants to Grow for a Pest-Proof Yard

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  6. Zippo Hand Warmer

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    For the person who is constantly shivering, a thoughtful set of Zippo hand warmers will do more than warm his or her heart. Fill each palm-sized chrome canister with lighter fluid and slide it into a pocket to stay toasty for up to 12 hours. Virtually odorless, the Zippo will work its magic unnoticed on sleigh rides or ice-scapades. Available at Amazon; $13.35 each.

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  7. Digital Measuring Cup

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    Here's a tool to cut down on kitchen clutter. With a digital measuring cup like this one, who needs both a kitchen scale and space-stealing measuring cups? This digital measuring cup converts cups to ounces, thereby eliminating guesswork, and giving you back the countertop space you'd otherwise lose to a scale. Available on Amazon; $26.12.

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  8. Lawn Bowling

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    Bowling has the reputation of being an indoor sport, one requiring a lot of machinery and equipment. But this sort of family fun doesn't need to require a trip to the bowling alley. This wooden lawn bowling set from Hey! Play! allows for easy game play on a freshly cut lawn when snow subsides, and the lightweight pieces make it perfect for kids and teens. Available on Amazon; $27.99.


    Related: 9 Outdoor DIYs You Can Do for a Dollar

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  9. Wine Bottle LED Light

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    Patio lights and tiki torches can't hold a candle to these brilliant LED lights that turn any glass bottle—whether a decorative accent from HomeGoods or simply an empty wine bottle—into a stylish lamp. Just charge the bottle-topper LED for an hour, plug it back into its cork base, twist to turn it on, then put it on your bottle to impart a magical glow.  The light plugs into any USB port for charging, stays lit for up to three hours, and can be used indoors or out. It's perfect for a friend who loves throwing parties! Available on Amazon; $11.64.

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  10. Corkcicle Air

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    When your friend or family member needs a glass of wine ASAP, they don't need to worry about waiting for the bottle to chill inside their fridge door. If you gift them the Corkcicle Air, they simply need to uncork, pour a half-cup out, and replace the stopper with a chilled Corkcicle Air. This addition will chill and keep whites cool for up to an hour, and bring warm reds to room temperature in 15 minutes. That sort of instant gratification is well worth stocking at least a few for future gifts. Available on Amazon; $35.

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  11. GreenLighting Solar Phone Charger

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    In today's ever-connected world, few things are worse than being stuck with a battery-drained device, and without a single outlet to plug in. Sure, being stuck with a powered-down phone is annoying, but it can also become a big liability if emergencies or car troubles arise. Save your friends from device-related danger when you get them the GreenLighting Solar Phone Charger this holiday season. The gadget harnesses the power of the sun to give phones a 40% boost in battery life—plenty of power for giftees to give you a quick thank-you call, then continue on their way. Available on Amazon; $44.99. 

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  12. Donut Warming Mug

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    Why beat around the bush? Sometimes all anyone wants is a relaxing Sunday morning spent reading the paper, coffee and donut in hand. Give the homebody on your list the gift of leisure with this tongue-in-cheek donut warming coffee mug. The sneaky built-in donut shelf keeps pastries and coffee piping hot, while also making the treat easy to transport in a car cupholder. Available at Uncommon Goods; $14.95.

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  13. Needlepoint Kit

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    If you've got a crafter in your life, consider picking up a little something that highlights her favorite hobby. This cross-stitch kit comes with everything she needs: instructions, designs, embroidery threads, a needle, fabric, and a wooden hoop. The bright and cheerful adage is sure to make her smile—especially when she remembers who gave it to her! Available on Etsy; starting at $19.

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  14. MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband

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    Any serious DIYer will appreciate the gift of the MagnoGrip. Made of breathable nylon, this ingenious wearable adjusts to fit any wrist and will hold nails, screws, and even scissors and small tools. On work sites, it's as valuable as a third hand. Plus, it's the perfect size—and price—to give as a stocking stuffer. Available on Amazon; $9.71.

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  15. SwissTech Utili-Key

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    This handy little helper wins major points for creativity. The pocket-sized gizmo fits three kinds of screwdrivers, both straight and serrated cutting edges, and a bottle opener into a key-shaped package. Give the gift of preparedness when you drop the "utili-key" into someone's stocking this season. Available on Amazon; $7.50.

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  16. DYMO Label Maker

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    The best way to ensure that every room stays organized is through the magic of the label maker. A must-have for any type-A personalities, this handy machine allows you to label virtually anything, making basement storage boxes full of holiday decorations, containers of pantry staples, and even files of paperwork so much easier to identify, put to use, and swiftly return. Available on Amazon; $29.

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  17. DC4All's Wireless Qi Charger

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    Power up, and cut out cord clutter with DC4All's Wireless Qi Charger. To use, simply set the charger in a convenient location and drop your phone on the dock. A high amp output cuts down on charging time, and the pad's smart cooling technology keeps your tech from overheating. Plus, the sleek acrylic casing and gold edges will make this the one charger they'll actually be excited to use. Available on Amazon; $19.99. 

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  18. Notepad Set

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    If your old-fashioned loved one hasn’t quite gotten around to the age of digital to-do lists and calendars, or if they just prefer the pretty paper method instead, then they'll love this personalized notepad set. The perfect gift for the person on-the-go, they can keep one size conveniently on the counter and the other in their carry-all bag. Available on Etsy; $12.

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  19. Talk Dock iPhone Dock

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    Give your friend a nostalgic trip through time with this new age gadget in an old-school look. Not only will the Talk Dock charge a cellphone, but the receiver on the rotary-style device can be used as an ear and mouthpiece—just like a regular phone from “the good ol' days.” Anyone on your list who has an appreciation of whimsy and a sense of humor will have a laugh with this creative gift. Available at Uncommon Goods; $36.


    Related: More Than Meets the iPhone: 9 Add-Ons to Transform Your Mobile Device

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  20. A Glass that's Always Half Full

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    This Christmas, present your loved one with the gift of optimism. This 7-ounce double-walled glass with cheeky reminders is just the ticket: It will surely make anyone smile, if not remind them to start every day with a glass that's half full. Bonus points to you if you pair with a refreshing supply of freshly squeezed lemonade or an iced tea. Available on Amazon; $13.49.

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  21. Silverback 12 Function Multi-Tool and Wallet

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    Any home improvers knows: Having the right tool on hand is everything. But if you're the type who likes to get up and go, hauling a bulky multi-tool isn't all that appealing. That's where the Silverback comes in. Slim enough to slide into a wallet, this tiny tool comes equipped with a wrench, bottle opener, nail file, flat head screwdriver, ruler, box opener, and mini pry-bar. And, because it costs less than a tenner, you can afford to buy one for you and the handyman on your list. Available at The Home Depot; $9.99.

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  22. Self-Watering Window Shelf Planter

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    Houseplants bring life and warmth into any home, but in a small space they can eat up prime real estate on counters, tabletops, and windowsills. For the gardener who has no room to grow indoors during the off-season, this self-watering window shelf and planter is a pleasant surprise. It attaches to any window with the help of two strong suction cups so that homeowners can regain shelf space, plus the automatic watering system takes the guesswork out of plant care for no-fail greenery at home! Available on Amazon; $19.99.


    Related: Buy or DIY: 7 Hanging Planters for the Great Indoors

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  23. Microwave Popcorn Popper

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    If the film buff in your life already has every title on Blu-Ray, consider fueling their hobby another way with a lifetime of movie snacks. This glass popper combines the quality of stovetop popcorn with the convenience of the microwave and then some, thanks to a lid that both measures kernels and melts butter. (Plus, the red silicone shell nods to a time when we could afford to see every blockbuster in theaters.) Don't forget to include a handmade ticket or two for a screening of your friend's favorite movie a la Netflix—its 7-cup capacity means there will be plenty to share. Available from Uncommon Goods; $14.99.

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  24. A Brighter Address

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    Make any homeowner happy this holiday with curb appeal that literally shines by day and by night thanks to a set of solar-powered light-up house numbers. The LED light and plaque can be mounted directly to a home's siding or staked in the yard to add a dose of charm. Available on Amazon; $28.77.


    Related: 8 New Ideas for DIY Outdoor Lighting

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  25. Stanley Flask

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    As classic as it is useful, this stainless steel Stanley flask can accompany any outdoorsman on his next expedition filled with 8 ounces of a favorite liquor. Our bets are that he'll drink to his favorite gift giver—you. Available on Amazon; $15.62.

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  26. Irwin Utility Knife

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    Not all household must-have gadgets come with bells and whistles. Simple, practical, yet powerful, the Irwin folding utility knife is an essential in any homeowners' toolbox. The slim tool can make nearly any home improvement project easier—from drywall repair and roofing to grouting and caulking.  Available at Amazon; $9.40.

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  27. Birdscapes Clear Window Bird Feeder

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    Perfect for the family bird-watcher, this window-mounted feeder will make it crystal clear that your chirpy neighbors can stay for dinner. The one-cup capacity feeder features a wide back compartment that leaves ample room for the birds to swoop in and out with ease. Available at Amazon; $9.97.

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  28. Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller

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    There’s nothing worse than asking for a “cold one” on a hot day, only to receive a lukewarm beer instead. Help your friends (and their beers) chill out by gifting them the Chillsner chiller, which you freeze and stick directly into standard beer bottles. Bottoms up!  Available at Amazon; $20.

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  29. Silver Leaf Pocket Knife Necklace

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    When exploring the great outdoors, wearing conventional jewelry doesn’t cut it like this necklace-and-knife-in-one. Behind the elegant, silver-toned leaf pendant is a working pocket knife for plant maintenance or everyday emergencies—great to gift for the stylish adventurer on your list. Available at Etsy; $30.

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  30. Leather Luggage Tag

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    Whether he needs to travel for work or gets to do so for pleasure, your wayfaring friend would appreciate a one-of-a-kind luggage tag. Made of leather, with the wrinkles and scars to give it character and prove its authenticity, the tag can be emblazoned with name and address, virtually any design or logo, or even an insude joke—really, whatever you think your loved one would get a kick out of! Available at Etsy; $14.

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  31. Fiskars Fast-Prep Kitchen Shears

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    People on your gift list can cut more than vegetables, meats, and herbs when making this year's holiday meal. They can slice prep time in half with a trusty pair of Fiskars Fast-prep Kitchen Shears. This tool can replace the need for knife and cutting board, and even offer better precision than that combination. After using, stick the shears in the dishwasher for an easy cleanup. Available on Amazon; $8. 

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  32. Myron Mixon's 3-in-1 Pitmaster BBQ Grill Tool

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    "Be prepared"—the motto of every good Boy Scout as well as of celebrated pitmasters like three-time World BBQ Champion Myron Mixon. This stainless steel 3-in-1 grill tool flips meats, slices finished fillets, and even cracks open a cold one. What more could a grill master need? Available on Amazon; $27.

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  33. Full-Spectrum Desk Lamp

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    A lamp equipped with a full-spectrum bulb provides naturally balanced, glare-free light that reduces eye strain while increasing contrast. The latter not only makes it easier to read, but also renders colors with greater brightness and clarity. To be sure, full-spectrum lighting isn't going to alleviate allergies or cure a cough, but many attest that there's a psychological uplift—be it a boost in mood or motivation—to be gained from a type of light that so closely mimics natural daylight. It's well worth considering a specially designed fixture like the Full Spectrum Desk Lamp for a friend or family member this season. Available at Amazon; $47.78.

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  34. Keychain Micro-Light

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    For the friend who's always on the go, this powerful flashlight will light the way. Reportedly used by astronauts, this Laughing Rabbit LED light makes one of the cheapest out-of-this-world gifts on the market. Bonus: Its replaceable lithium battery is good for 12 to 14 hours of use. Available on Amazon; $11.30. 

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  35. Portable Table

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    If you're looking for the perfect host and hostess gift this year, wrap up this portable bamboo table. The personal-sized picnic table boasts a flat surface for snacks and a wine glass holder at either end—and easily stakes into the sand or dirt for a rendezvous in the backyard, park, or beach. Who can resist a good picnic? Available at UncommonGoods; $22.


    Related: Buy or DIY: 8 Instant Seating Ideas for a Full House

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  36. Digital Sliding T-Bevel

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    This nifty gadget fits into tight spaces or wraps around cut pieces of wood to tell you the exact angle. Then it remembers that angle so you can take it back to your shop and make the right cut. The digital tool can effortlessly accompany a woodworker through an entire project since it stores multiple readings, and can calculate the reverse angle when it's time to join two pieces of wood together. Available on Amazon; $34.99. 

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  37. Instant Badminton

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    Loved by kids and adults alike, badminton promises fun for all—that is, after you can get past the painstaking setup. That's the genius of the "instant" badminton set from Zume. It takes not minutes, but seconds to erect the net and get started. An added bonus for households in which things tend to go missing: Because the base of the net doubles as a carrying case, it's easy to store and keep everything together for the next time you play. Available at Amazon; $39.97.


    Related: 9 DIY Ideas for a Summery Backyard

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  38. Cutting Board and Knife Sharpener

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    Dull knives make chopping a serious chore. Not only do they cost time, but they're actually more dangerous in the kitchen. Consider gifting a home chef this ceramic sharpener and cutting board this holiday season. Unlike thin plastic cutting boards, this board has non-slip edges for better grip on any countertop, and it's dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. Available on Amazon; $20.

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  39. Cast Iron Tool Bottle Openers

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    Pop open a cap for the toolsmith in your life with these cast-iron bottle openers that mimic the look of wrenches and hammers. The hand-wrought design brings the toolbox out of the shed and into the kitchen with artisanal yet durable flair. Available at Uncommon Goods; $19.

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  40. Bonjour Butane Culinary Torch

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    This year, give your dessert-loving friend a kitchen that can keep up with their refined tastes, starting with the gift of a culinary torch. This essential tool can caramelize the sugar crust on a crème brûlée, brown the peaks of a meringue pie, or toast the top of a classic French onion soup. Not only is it fun and easy to operate, but the BonJour Butane Culinary Torch also serves up restaurant quality desserts and dishes from the comfort of the home. Available on Amazon; $23.75.

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  41. Coffee/Tea Brewer

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    There’s no better way to start the morning than with the newspaper and a mug of something warm and delicious. But when you're running late, there's not nearly enough time to enjoy this simple pleasure. Now you can help your friend brew their favorite breakfast beverage on the go by gifting them this combination thermos and coffee/tea maker. Available in a variety of bright, cheerful colors and the ability to keep liquids warm for several hours, you’ll never have to sacrifice your morning jump-start again. Available on Amazon; $18.45.

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  42. Novelty Table Lamp

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    Perfect for the creative in your life, this novelty lamp puts personality on display in a way that most electronics could never do. The Viv + Rae Splatter Lamp is a charmingly irreverent choice for a modern home—be it in the home office or the teen's room—and its six color options mean it will match your decor, even as it stands out. Available at Wayfair; $35.99.


    Related: 7 Totally Unique Table Lamps for a Modern Home

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  43. Tupperware Vent 'N Serve Set

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    Whether you purchase your Tupperware containers exclusively at a party or shop their online store, keep an eye out for the popular brand's limited lifetime warranty. Found both old favorites as well as their new and improved collections like the Vent 'N Serve containers seen here, this guarantee can can save someone on your holiday list from headaches over chips, cracks, breaks, and more for as long as they own the them. Simply store leftovers, reheat, wash, and repeat! Available at Tupperware.com; starting at $20 for a 2-piece small set.

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  44. Stanley Measuring Tape

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    A must for any homeowner, the tape measure proves itself indispensable again and again, whether you're doing some rough construction or rearranging furniture. The quality models, like those from Stanley, are likely to last a lifetime, which means your gift recipient will get years of use out of this stocking stuffer. Available on Amazon; $13.97.


    Related:  The 10 Commandments of Buying the Right Tools

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  45. Spa Basket

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    You probably know at least one hardworking person who never seems to have time to take a break. Give them the gift of relaxation with this customizable mini spa. Made from all-natural ingredients, and no harmful chemicals—and assembled in a charming basket, bucket, or bag of your choice—this inexpensive solution is a surefire way to show them you care. Available on Etsy; starting at $10.

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  46. Husky Bucket Jockey

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    Where convenience and organization meet, there lies the Husky Bucket Jockey. Designed for the DIY junkie on your list, the storage bucket's deep pockets provide space for almost any tool a handyman might need for household fixes and routine projects, while the interior of the bucket can be used to store bigger essentials like paint or potting soil. Available at The Home Depot; $7.97

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  47. Solar Power Computer Keyboard

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    Even the office jockey deserves something in their stocking this season! If your hardworking friend is lucky enough to have a corner office with big windows and a view, the incoming sunlight can power this sleek, wireless computer accessory from Logitech. No windows? No problem! The advanced design of this Mac-compatible keyboard can operate on light from overhead electrical lighting. The gadget-lover on your list will love the eco-friendly battery, which can last for months on a single charge. Available on Amazon; $38.99.


    Related: Under $50: 10 Must-Haves for an Organized Desk

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  48. Breakfast's On

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    A kitchen that's short on square footage has no room for a collection of "unitasker" appliances. Even essentials like coffee makers and toaster ovens eat up precious counter space in tight quarters. But why squeeze all those gadgets into one kitchen, when there's a single appliance that does it all? The MaxiMatic Cuisine Multifunction Breakfast Station boasts a griddle, toaster oven, and coffee pot that can cook up breakfast magic, all while fitting snugly into the tiniest galley kitchen, as well as man caves, or college dorm rooms. Available on Amazon; $31.

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  49. Sugru

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    You'll find Sugru at the intersection of childlike fun and grown up practicality. The colorful substance starts out as a 3D glue you can mold into virtually any shape and stick wherever you want it. The product bonds to ceramic, glass, metal, wood and a range of other common household surfaces. Once cured, Sugru becomes a flexible silicone rubber, which stays fixed in place even while remaining soft to the touch. Basically, it’s Play-Doh for DIYers—and a great gift idea to boot. Available at The Home Depot; $11.98 for multicolor 3-pack.

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  50. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

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    For more than 120 years, Lodge has created some of the best cast iron cookware in America. Their heavy duty skillets can truly last a lifetime, which makes them the ideal gift for home chefs of all ages as well as recent grads just establishing kitchens of on their own. Available at Target; $18.49. 


    Related: 12 Household Favorites Born in the USA

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