Awesome Christmas Gifts Under $50

| December 4, 2012

amazing gifts under $50Still have things to buy for Christmas and running up against your budget? Remember — it’s the thought that counts, not how much you spend. There are a variety of things you can find for under $50, so get up off your duff and start looking. From your loved ones to in-laws to children, here are some gifts ideas for this holiday season that will not max out your credit cards. Look through DexKnows, find local retailers and start the hunt!

A taste of love

There are many ways to entice your girlfriend, but you might try appealing to her through her taste buds. Think about what she likes to eat. Does she have a favorite candy? How about truffles from Godiva? Sure, you’d do anything for her and want to give her the world. But make sure you find something she likes rather than just grab a restaurant gift certificate at random. What about making your own “gift certificate” so you can enjoy a special trip to that restaurant where you had your first date? You have to show you are interested in her and to show her you care.

The gift of music

There’s a good chance someone on your list has an iPod or another MP3 player. Consider a GSI Quality Mini Boom-Box. It’s weather resistant, so when spring comes you can take your favorite tunes outside. It’s available for $25 at

Or, if they are a computer lover, consider a JBL Duet Aluminum Two-Piece Speaker System available from for less than $40. Its technology is advertised to deliver extra bass and lower distortion so its audio performance is crisper.

If they don’t have one already, buy them an MP3 player so they have music on the go. Numerous players are advertised at and are available at local stores. An iPod isn’t the only choice. Find something more in your price range of Christmas gifts under $50 that still delivers fresh sounds upon demand.

Read about it

Consider getting a book for the history lover in your life. Find out if there’s a specific time period or event of special interest. See if you can find something that is not run-of-the-mill. There are tons of choices of great reading that make great holiday gifts for under $50. You can go “old school” and visit the local bookstore or buy a gift card that can be used for e-books.

Do you know a history lover that also loves to cook? There’s “Eating with Uncle Sam: Recipes and Historical Bites from the National Archives.” This book includes 150 presidential, celebrity and government administration recipes from the United States National Archives, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s turkey lasagna recipe.

Or hop on DexKnows and look for locally owned bookstores in your neighborhood. You’re sure to find something unique, whether it’s history, the arts or fiction.

Some holiday play

Want to make this holiday one to remember for your child? Get a toy that’s holiday themed. What about a Holiday Barbie? This Barbie collector doll is available for $31.99 from Many other toys and holiday collectors’ items can be found in your community. Check around specialty stores and toy stores for something unique.

Share your story

Preserve those special memories with a LoveBook, your own personalized love story. You can use one of hundreds of customizable pages or create your own using drawing and stamp tools. will print, bind and ship your one-of-a-kind book starting at $29.95.

Of course you can also make your own. Check out a local scrapbooking store and create a personal scrapbook. Whether buying for a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or family member, think about buying a photo collage frame or finding some other way to preserve those special times in your lives.

There are many more gifts out there under $50 this holiday season. Showing you care doesn’t have to mean going broke in the process. Find local retailers by looking through DexKnows.

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Central Ohio journalist with 15 years experience at daily newspapers. Freelance writer and amateur photographer. Storytellers are my heroes, poets my idols and photographers my looking glass.