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Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gifts Under $50
It’s that time of year when we’re on the lookout for something special for loved ones. Fingers flying over the keyboard on the digital hunt. Or if we’re feeling particularly brave and determined, embracing the crowd crush in person. But however you go about it, a key factor in the holiday gift hunt is not leaving it until the last minute. And to make it even easier, we’ve done the hard work for you. Plus you don’t need to spend big to get a quality, thoughtful gift that the lucky recipient will appreciate. Unwrap our holiday gift guide below, featuring top picks for gifts under $50…
A gift you pretty much can’t go wrong with? The Fisher Space Pen Bullet Space Pen ticks the box. Compact to carry and comfortable to use by placing the cap on the end to extend the length, it’s a pen that works well in the office, scribbling grocery lists, jotting down great ideas, and more. Incredibly versatile, it writes at any angle including upside down, in temperature extremes, and even underwater. All for a very wallet-friendly price too. And with plenty of colorway options, you can find one that’s just right for the intended receiver.
Carabiners are great for connecting items to other gear, but they’re limited in their angle of use. Not the Heroclip, however. This clever combination of a carabiner and 360-degree swivel hook allows you to hang items on table edges, hooks, tree branches and more. Or simply use it as a carabiner to secure items to your bag or other locations. The uses are wonderfully diverse, while the price tag remains very reasonable.
The Goal Zero Flip 20 is a savvy gift for the tech lover who wants charging power on the go that won’t weigh them down. The 5,200mAh powerbank offers around two recharges for most phones and includes a battery level indicator. Additionally it charges via a USB power source or a compatible solar panel. For convenience it features an inbuilt flip-out USB charging tip and comes with a micro-USB cable.
With cold weather setting in, a toasty hat is always welcome. Everyone’s Favorite Beanie is an appealing choice with a soft and cosy acrylic construction and a design that can be worn rolled up or pulled down for more coverage. It’s reversible too and weighs just 2.6 oz (75 g), handy for stashing in a coat pocket or bag.
Whether you want to keep a hot beverage warm or a cool drink cold, MiiR’s Slate Insulated 23 oz Bottle does both in durable style. The double-wall stainless steel bottle is designed to keep drinks warm for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours. And for added practicality, the design also features a powder-coated matte finish to prevent sweating.
Paracord is one of the most useful additions to a survival kit. But it’s only helpful if you have it on you when the need arises. The Wazoo Survival Gear Survival Pod combines a key ring and type III commercial 550 paracord, letting you easily secure it to a bag. It’s also flat knotted for a low carry profile if you want to slip it in your pocket.
If you’re hunting for a functional gift for the pocket minimalist, check out the Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet. Its tough and slim design is made in the USA with welded seams and a textured reinforced polymer material for long-lasting durability and grip. The wallet features a windowed ID pocket, a central pocket for folded bills, and two card slots. The wallet holds three to seven cards and is compact enough to carry in a front pant pocket.
The rugged yet sleek YETI Rambler combines useful design features in a durable and attractive tumbler. Made with tough kitchen-grade stainless steel, the tumbler offers double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps cool drinks cold or hot drinks warm. The tumbler is also dishwasher safe and has a sweat-free design for further convenience.
The Leatherman Micra is ideal for that special someone who always likes to be prepared for a variety of DIY or day-to-day needs. The Micra packs 10 tools into a form that’s compact enough to carry on a keychain. The stainless steel multi-tool weighs just 1.8 oz (51 g) and includes tools such as screwdrivers, scissors, tweezers, a ruler and nail file amongst its versatile offerings.
Loose keys jangle annoyingly and can scratch other items in your pocket or bag. The Orbitkey 2.0 canvas keychain solves both problems in minimalist, functional style. It fits two to seven keys, storing them securely in place until needed and keeping their sharp teeth away from other items. All in a durable and lightweight design made with water-resistant canvas and leather.
Tough yet lightweight, the Snow Peak Single Wall 450 Mug is a smart gift pick for the camping enthusiast or someone who simply appreciates quality, eye-catching mugs to sip their warming winter beverages from. The titanium mug is made in Japan and includes collapsible handles for space-saving storage at home or more compact portability when venturing into the wild.
For the organizers and the notebook scribblers who love all-in-one portability, the BOND Travel Gear Field Journal is sure to please. The Field Journal combines a durable nylon zippered case with an A5 hardcover notebook. Interior pockets in the case are handy for neatly storing items such as a Kindle, passport, cards and other small essentials on the go.
If you’re looking for a gift with an interesting talking point to it, consider The Captain Bifold. It’s made in the USA and features an exterior made from decommissioned fire hose and a 1000D Cordura interior. Due to the nature of the fire hose, each wallet is unique. The Captain fits 12 to 15 cards in three card slots, along with flat bills. The wallet also provides a clear ID window and is designed to be carried in a back pocket.
The Bellroy Key Cover is a slim and elegant solution for keeping keys tidy, clink-free, and away from the rest of your pocket or bag contents. Crafted with environmentally certified leather, the Key Cover features a convenient magnetic closure and a loop for a car key. It holds two to four keys which can be swiveled out for use when needed.
The Mystery Ranch Hip Monkey is a solid go-to option for carrying smaller loads. The 8L bag can be carried around the waist or across the back or chest depending on your needs and preferences. It’s built with tough 500D CORDURA® fabric and works well for carrying EDC, outdoor trail essentials, carry-on items and a variety of other setups.
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