22 Gifts for $50 or Less in 2022
I was going to do a writeup of 22 gifts for $25 or less in 2022, but, you know. Inflation. Still, I'd say about half of those I've included here will cash you out of your shopping cart for under the $25 mark, and none of them will make you seem cheap to your recipient.
Note: All 22 gifts for $50 or less are priced as they were at printing on November 25, 2022. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
Terra Fab Mini Tabletop Fire Pit
The look of nature, the touch of engineering. These mini tabletop fire pits are made of Terra Fab, a material that replicates wood appearances and textures, but performs more like glass wool...or whatever else you can think of that's fireproof, water- and weather-resistant, and anti-corrosion. The mini fire pit's flame also comes from ethanol or gel fuel, so you can burn it smoke- and odor-free, whether on your back patio or on top of your dining room table.
Aged & Ore Bottle Flight Boozy Travel Set
TSA-approved! Well...maybe not their contents. But Aged & Ore's Bottle Flight, does pass muster in terms of the 3-ounce capacity of each container included in the boozy travel set.
Inside the Bottle Flight's zippered EVA carry case you'll find 4 silicone-wrapped glass bottles for filling with your favorite spirits, and an Aged & Ore glass marker for noting which FAA-disapproved substance is in each. The bottles have wide mouths for easy filling...and easy shooting in the airplane bathroom, if that's how you roll.
Car Window Breaker Bracelet
A Car Window Breaker Bracelet. That's a bracelet with a glass breaker charm for busting open car windows. What a great emergency rescue tool for drivers to always have on hand / wrist!
And conversely, what a great break-in tool for car thieves and looters to always have on hand / wrist!
Remember, Car Window Breaker Bracelet, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers
Right-brainers, step right up. Left-brainers, Grids & Guides hasn't left you out either. The Notebook for Visual Thinkers from Princeton Architectural Press contains 144 pages of "varied and unusual graph paper" intended to better connect and engage you with your writing, sketches, and calculations.
Notebook grids are a mix of black and blue ink, with designs including the classic Cartesian 1/8" and Compound 1/16" grids, plus more unusual Circle, Diamond, and Point Patterned grids. Guides for visual thinkers, printed in red ink, include how-tos on knot tying, a roundup of logic expressions, and usage of the Fibonacci sequence and golden ratio.
Tic Tac Gun
The Tic Tac Gun takes aim at anyone who's eaten the garlic & cheese bread, or drank a whole pot of coffee this morning, and pelts 'em with fresh breath.
Possibly breaking a tooth in the process.
Hey, you can't have fun and fight halitosis risk-free, kids!
7 Deadly Sins Playing Cards Box Set
The 7 Deadly Sins Playing Cards Box Set includes a deck for every sin, each with original artwork featuring the "grotesque visages" of Lust, Greed, Wrath, Sloth, Envy, Gluttony, and Pride. The sinful cards are inspired by the "Inferno" portion of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy.
Japanese Linen Slippers
"Japanese Linen Slippers" could mean anything from square-toed sandals with a thong strap to shoes shaped like squished-flat cats and covered in fish scales and Shiba Inu fur. These particular Japanese Linen Slippers sway more towards the former, the cool and minimalist, rather than the flashy and eccentric. So, great news if you need a gift for Mom or Dad, kind of a letdown if you collect weird Japanese products.
Fish Bowl Glasses
We're just two lost souls / Swimming in a fish bowl / Year after year... no. Scratch that. Too depressing. How about: We're just two buzzed souls / Drinking from a fish bowl / Ringin' in the New Year? Yeah, much better, I like it. BubbleWally, makers of this set of fish bowl drinking glasses, probably do too. And Pinky Floyd? Wellllll....
The BubbleWally fish bowl glasses are plastic, but reusable, domes with flat bottoms, so you can drink up, but still set them down when you need both hands to eat some wings or do the Ski Mask The Slump God dance at your holiday parties. The glasses also come with lids and straws to preclude accidents in the event you decide not to put them down before doing the above.
Uncle Bekah's Inappropriate Trucker Hats (NSFW)
Cover up your bad hair, and score yourself some evil glares with Uncle Bekah's Inappropriate Trucker Hats. Mama may have told you if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all, but Uncle Bekah believes if you don't have anything nice to say, "Put it on a hat."
Micro Smoke Machine
Where there's smoke, there's fire, but where there's juuust a little bit of smoke, hopefully there's a Micro Smoke Machine. Creator Wayne Berendhuysen of Wayne's Workshop calls his terrific handheld gadget the Costronica Pocket Smoke. Powered by 3 x AAA batteries, it can pump out the foggy ambience for all your wee cosplay, costume, photography, and Little Engine That Could endeavors.
Dango Permanent Marker
Make your Sharpies look as sharp as they write with the Dango Permanent Marker, a new hard shell for your inky implements from Dango Products' Pen and Capsule collection. CNC machined from 6061 aerospace grade aluminum and stainless steel, the Dango Permanent Marker adds a "robust and substantial grip," tethering points for clipping and dangling, a box cutter, and a slick industrial aesthetic to the humble Sharpie.
Thumb Saver Trigger Point Massage Tool
Uuuhhh, now where does that plastic thumb go again? Up my a...bductors? OK, I'm down, Thumb Saver trigger point massage tool. I've always had tight hips. Actually, could you go in a little? Just more towards that center area right...dammit! I knew I'd end up with a thumb up my ass!
The Thumb Saver was created for deep tissue massages, as a tool both to help fix the massagee's body, and to prevent destroying that of the massager. It is made of durable ABS material that's hard enough to apply a range of pressures to knotted muscles with minimal effort, thereby saving your thumbs and related joints from the wear and tear manual massage therapists eventually experience.
Nautical Brass 100-Year Calendar Compass
At our wedding, my wife, She-Ra: Princess of Power, told me we'd be together 'til we're 102, so while most of you out there might not need the 100-year calendar that tops this Nautical Brass 100-Year Calendar Compass, this dude is placing his order as we speak.
The compass is 2" in diameter, and fully functional for navigation or just, like, spinning and screwing around purposes. Engraved on the inside the 100-year calendar cover is the Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken," which is kind of cheesy, but therefore makes the solid brass calendar / compass combo an excellent gift for Dad.
TopKnife Laguiole Folding Steak Knife
You just never know when you're going to need a fancy French steak knife to cut a porterhouse or a ribeye on the fly. In my life, anyway, I can hardly walk down the street without neighbors and shopkeepers thrusting delectable cuts of meat my way. But I'm always in a suit, and also in a great rush, late getting somewhere very important. And they never give me silverware to eat the steak with, and I can't possibly use my hands because it will drip all over my suit, and....
Oh wait, that's not my real life. It's a strange recurring dream I have.
Massage Bubble Slides
I like the sound of Massage Bubble Slides. But, come on, these are clearly Epcot Center Clogs. And the brown versions of the EVA foam footwear are Ballpark Peanut Sandals. And the pink ones? Lychee Slippers.
Massage Bubble Slides, however, is probably the most descriptive name for the shoes' intent, which is to cradle your feet in cloudlike comfort, reducing pressure, and providing a gentle massage via their bubbled-up footbeds as you walk. The slides have an anti-slip bottom under their 1.3" thick soles, so they're suitable for wear at the gym, spa, or pool, as well as daily wear indoors and out.
Microwave Rice Cooker Mug
This microwaveable Rice Cooker Mug is a terrific idea for people who want just a single serving of rice, and don't want to spend the time cooking it on the stovetop. Or buy an electric rice cooker. Or use pre-cooked frozen rice. Or just order a takeout box from the Chinese place up the street. Lot of options for rice acquisition these days.
SpeedyJig Plus Paracord Bracelet & Monkey Fist Kit
The SpeedyJig Plus comes with everything you need to start your prepper arts & crafts project, including paracord, balls, and a lacing needle, along with the adjustable jig itself. You can set the jig to weave paracord bracelet lengths between 4" and 13", and monkey fists up to 2.5" in diameter.
NEIKO 4-In-1 Folding Utility Knife
The NEIKO 4-In-1 Folding Utility Knife reminds me that even though multi-tools aren't all the rage like they were circa 2015 when Leatherman debuted their Tread, they can still be solid pieces of EDC with, as their name suggests, a multitude of functional uses. And in the case of NEIKO's utility knife, a nice, yet inexpensive gift for a man.
Wallet-Sized Phone Tripod
The perfect Instagram post or TikTok video is just a wallet-sized phone tripod away. This ultra-thin, 0.4-ounce phone stand and positioner is a piece of pocket EDC for snapshot snappers and footage fiends of all kinds.
Feejays Adult Footie Sweatpants
Guess who just added some Feejays Adult Footie Sweatpants to his Amazon cart. That's right. This dude. Feejays are sweatpants with built-in fleece-lined socks. The first of many reasons this is awesome is that they're the pants and feet hugger part only, not a onesie, so you don't have to take all your clothes off every time you need to take a leak or make a poo.
Then there is the special lemon twist Feejays adds to their adult footie sweatpants, which is the option to remove your feet from the footie part via a "lycra escape hatch" if they get too hot, or you want to wear your Feejays out of the house with normal socks and shoes. I'll probably just shove mine footies and all inside my Teva Ember Mocs, but to each dude and lady his or her own.
HipShotDot - LED Gaming Sight
Know what your TV needs? A suction cup. Not sold? How about a suction cup housing an on-screen LED red dot sight attachment for gaming guns? The HipShotDot attaches via USB to video game consoles (or an external USB power supply), and then aligns with FPS in-game sights to improve players' aim, firing speed, and hit accuracy.
Compatible with all gaming consoles and PCs, HipShotDot literally enables players to shoot from the hip with precision. It also frees up slots for other in-game attachments/perks, increasing the number of possible maneuvers and kill combos. Prime HipShotDot battlegrounds include Call of Duty, Halo, Battlefield, and Gears of War, but the accessory will function with any FPS game.
Magnum Mini Bo-Kri Throwing Knife
Professional knife thrower (how do I get that job?) John Bailey has designed this Mini Bo-Kri for Boker. Its overall length is 10-3/4", overall composition is 420J2 stainless steel, and overall aesthetic pretty much the best a knife can get when it comes to ratio of curviness to pointiness. The weapon world's equivalent of a busty blonde in stilettos.