December 8, 2013
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Gifts Galore

Time flies when you’re having fun – and especially when your calendar is chock full of cookie exchanges, office holiday parties, and neighborhood potlucks.  Even last minute shoppers want to give a gift that shows thought and creativity. If you still have a long list of loved ones to shop for, or if you need to return the favor to someone who surprised you with a gift, check out this list of unique and fabulous finds for $50 or less. All are available online and can arrive on a snow-covered welcome mat in just two days. So sit back, sip some eggnog, and do your last-minute holiday shopping from the comfort of your couch.

Softest Throw ($49)
Baby, it’s cold outside!  Keep your loved ones warm with the gift of a West Elm’s Softest Throw this holiday season.  Available in vibrant solids, dip-dyed ombre, or contrasting stripes, these throws are a perfect warming layer for a sofa or bed.  Make it personal with an added monogram for $7.

Personalized Putters ($49.95)
For the golfer who already has everything golf-related, Red Envelope offers an elegant set of monogrammed golf club toppers. Available in bronze, black, silver, or gold tones, each link can be engraved with the golfer’s full name, phone number, and a single-letter monogram. And, since they’re incredibly lightweight, they won’t impact the swing. This gift is sure to be a hole in one!

My Life Story – So far ($28)
Encourage a dear friend or family member to create a lasting family keepsake that will be treasured for years to come. This sewn, clothbound journal is organized in nine sections, each containing thought-provoking prompts to capture the memories of first dates, lifelong friendships, meaningful stories, and lessons learned along the way. There’s even a section dedicated to future goals. This gift will be treasured by the giver, by the receiver, and by generations of loved ones.

Fly Fishing at Home ($39)
Practice fly casting anywhere including the comfort of your own living room with this practice fly rod. Practicaster perfectly imitates the cast and allows you to develop and improve the exact motion used in a real cast. You can immediately see results and understand the correct motion for perfect timing and loop formation. Two-piece rod in Helios olive with burgundy wraps, cork grip, and green line with orange fly for easy visibility. 47″ overall length and comes in its own storage tube. Carry it anywhere, practice anywhere, and see immediate improvement.

Light the Way ($49.95)
Not all who wander are lost. But hikers, walkers, and explorers who are still on the trail after the sun has set will appreciate the gift of a Princeton Tec Vizz headlamp. This model packs versatility into a compact, durable unit that you’ll take on every adventure, from backpacking trips to international travel. has a bright beam that reaches a distance of 90 meters, with an average run time of 110 hours. A headlamp is the perfect tool to light the way while leaving the hands free to hold a map and walking stick.

Cookbook Holder ($29.95)
The chef on your gift list will be able to cook with abandon thanks to the Chef’s Center White & Silver Cookbook Holder. This handy device holds cookbooks open and pages flat, while the clear splashguard protects pages from splashes, splatters, and sticky fingers. Your favorite chef will find this tool to be as essential as extra virgin olive oil.

Sea Salt Sampler (from $24.95)
Treat your favorite seasoned epicure to the artisan infused sea salts of the Fusion Flavored Salt Sampler. Each flavor in this Fusion set begins with an all natural sea salt base, and then is infused with another natural ingredient (such as Black Truffle, Vintage Merlot, and Espresso Brava) to create a completely one-of-a-kind taste unlike anything else!  Or, choose from four other collections of artisan infused sea salts, with tastes ranging from the robust to the exotic. Each sampler set comes with five different salts (approximately .5 to .8 ounces each) in mini glass jars with hand-milled cork tops, 3 stainless salt spoons, and 3 salt serving bowls for sampling & display.

Moon in My Room ($29.95)
Aspiring astronauts will be over the moon for the authentically sculpted, internally lit, Moon in My Room. The built-in light sensor (which can be set to show any of the 12 main phases of the moon) illuminates the moon when it gets dark, and automatically shuts off after a set amount of time. Sweet dreams are sure to follow.

Bananagrams ($14.95)
The fun never ends with Bananagrams, a deliciously fast-paced game of creating crosswords. This award-winning game is a cross between Boggle and Scrabble. But since it requires no pencil, paper, or bulky board, Bananagrams is perfectly portable fun.

Garden Groomers ($34.99)
Most master gardeners love to play in the dirt, but some prefer to avoid calluses, blisters, and grungy fingernails while doing so. This year, give your favorite gardener a pair of gloves that are truly the cream of the crop. Bionic ReliefGrip Gardening Gloves, which were designed by an orthopedic hand specialist, have patented pads that help even the surface of the hand for a more comfortable, secure grip. The pads and the silicone finger tips provide increased durability in areas prone to wear and tear.  All gloves are available in styles for men or women.

Wine & Cheese Tote ($37.95)
The wine lovers on your list will have the perfect way to tote their favorite bottles of wine on a weekend getaway or to meet their friends for a pre-concert picnic. The Hudson Wine & Cheese Tote fits two bottles of wine and includes a cutting board, cheese knife, four unbreakable “glasses,” and premium corkscrew – everything you need for a wine and cheese gathering on the go.  Cheers!

Mini Model Cars (from $38)
Pass on your passion for performance vehicles to your grandchildren with award-winning Automoblox wooden cars, fusing modern design with old world values. The C9-R sports car, for example, has deck and chin spoilers, rear diffusers, side skirts and other high performance styling cues. Plus, Automoblox parts are meant to mix and match, so budding car enthusiasts can build unique models or add some extra horsepower to their current cars.

If you have a favorite gift under $50 to recommend, feel free to leave a comment below!