The Ultimate Under $50 Gift Guide For Women

The holiday season is upon us, mamas! With just a few weeks until Christmas, I’m both excited and a little overwhelmed. This season can be crazy! So I’ve created this gift guide to provide some inspiration to help you find just the right gift for the important ladies in your life.

Everything you see here is UNDER $50 and all but a few items are available on Amazon Prime! Can I get an amen for free two-day shipping?! So here’s your ultimate holiday gift guide for her…

*I will receive a small commission when you purchase items using the links below. This comes at no extra cost to you and I only recommend items I would actually purchase myself.

Gifts for The Reader

Sweeter Still's 2018 Under $50 Holiday Gift Guide for Her

1 | Personal Library Kit – a fun little set for the reader who really likes to keep track of her books.

2 | Library Card Socks – these cute socks will bring back memories of a time before electronic checkout.

3 | Card Catalog Notecard Set – this set of 30 notecards looks like replicas of card catalog inserts from the Library of Congress. Just perfect for the friend who loves to send handwritten notes.

4 | Electric Tea Kettle – I don’t even like tea, and I would still be excited to receive this adorable kettle! It comes in a variety of fun patterns.

5 | Bicycle Bookends – every bookworm needs a way to keep her stash of books in order and these fun bookends add a decorative touch to any shelf.

6 | Reader’s Journal – Sometimes my brain is too full of mama stuff to remember all the books I’ve read. A simple journal is the perfect place to track the books you read and maybe even a brief summary.

7 | Bookish Candle – Wizardy Buttery Drink, Oxford Library, Bah Humbug, and more scents are found in the Frostbeard Etsy shop sure to delight any candle-loving bookworm.

8 | Book Bath Caddy – perfect for a relaxing soak in the tub with a good book. Don’t worry… it has a place to put your wine glass too 😉

9 | Beautiful Books – many readers don’t just love the stories, they appreciate the books themselves. Gift a special reader with a couple volumes from a beautifully-designed set.

10 | Cable knit Throw Blanket – who doesn’t need a cozy blanket to snuggle under while enjoying a winter evening?! I love that this one is lined with super soft sherpa to make it extra comfy.

Gifts for the COOK

Sweeter Still's 2018 Under $50 Holiday Gift Guide for Her

1 | Copper Measuring Spoons – these pretty spoons would make a lovely addition to any cook’s kitchen.

2 | Hand Blender – with both blade and whisk attachments, this handy tool (no pun intended) would make it a snap to blend up culinary creations.

3 | Salt & Pepper Grinders – electric grinders make seasoning a dish that much easier.

4 | Le Creuset Baking Dish – what chef doesn’t appreciate the quality of Le Creuset? For under $50 this square baking dish is sure to be a hit.

5 | French Press Coffee Maker – do you have a self-described coffee snob in your life? Treat her to this lovely French press so she can be her own barista.

6 | Marble Rolling Pin – not only nice looking, this marble pin is naturally non-stick, making it a great gift for a buddy who loves to bake.

7 | Pot with Strainer Lid – the built-in strainer in this pot’s lid makes cooking pasta a breeze. Plus the locking handles ensure your noodles don’t end up in the sink.

8 | Ceramic Mixing Bowls – this set of sturdy, ceramic bowls in classic white would work in any kitchen for prepping meals or serving.

9 | Cravings: Hungry for More cookbook – my love for Chrissy Teigen is mostly related to Comments by Celebs, but this cookbook is chock full of mouth watering recipes sure to please.

10 | Ipad/Cookbook Stand – this stand adapts to hold either a tablet or a cookbook for easy display in the kitchen. Its best feature are the arms that hold the pages in place (or keep your tablet from tipping).

Gifts for The Traveler

Sweeter Still's 2018 Under $50 Holiday Gift Guide for Her

1 | Blanket Scarf – a cozy scarf that doubles as a blanket during travel makes it an efficient yet chic item to pack.

2 | Stainless Steel Water Bottle – I love the marble design of this sturdy, reusable water bottle.

3 | Cozy Socks – perfect for a long plane ride or a chilly destination, these cozy socks will keep your tootsies toasty.

4 | Pacifica Hand Lotion – Indian Coconut Nectar is my favorite scent of this super hydrating lotion that’s perfect for parched skin after a day sitting in the dry air of a plane.

5 | Jewelry Organizer – there’s nothing like packing some fun jewelry only to open your suitcase and find a tangled mess. Save your fave traveler the hassle with this cute leather organizer.

6 | Eye Mask – this cute mask will help the frequent traveler catch some z’s on long flights.

7 | Travel Charger – not glamorous, but extremely useful, this travel charger will power up your phone or tablet on the go. My husband powers this up before camping so he can charge his phone if needed.

8 | Luggage Tags – these tags are a fun addition to any suitcase. Multiple options available.

9 | Carry-On Tote – this sturdy canvas tote is perfect for taking on the plane. It actually has a sleeve on the back that slides over the handle of a suitcase for easy transport.

10 | Ipad Case – a simple protective case keeps tablets safe during travel.

Gifts for the Outdoorsy Gal

Sweeter Still's 2018 Under $50 Holiday Gift Guide for Her

1 | Happy Camper Shirt – a little more stylish than your basic tee for your fave camping enthusiast.

2 | Pom Pom Hat – with a super soft  fleece lining, the outdoorsy girl will stay toasty even in cold temps.

3 | 40 oz Thermos – keeps liquids hot or cold for 24 hours so whether it’s coffee time or cocktail hour, campers are covered.

4 | Swiss Army Knife – if you’re going to get one of these handy little tools, be sure to get the one with the corkscrew obvi 😉

5 | Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook – give your adventurous buddy a giggle with over-the-top survival situations like “How to Jump from a Moving Car.” Also includes more relatable tips like “How to Escape from a Mountain Lion.”

6 | Enamelware Mug – these darling enamelware mugs are just right for coffee by the campfire.

7 | Camping Kettle – keep away the chill with this lightweight outdoor cooking kettle.

8 | Quilted Puffer Vest – this lightweight puffer vest is perfect for layering with its fitted profile.

9 | Picnic Basket – not every trip outdoors involves climbing mountains. Gift a nature lover this adorable picnic set for a relaxing afternoon in the fresh air.

10 | Woodsy Candle – this Maine Woods scent would be ideal for the nature lover who feels cooped up.

11 | Knit Gloves – not only will these cute gloves keep hands warm on a hike, but the touchscreen-friendly fingers make it easy to snap a photo at the summit.

I hope this gift guide is helpful! I know I’ll be purchasing at least a few of these items myself. Happy shopping, friends!

Looking for more holiday tips? Read how I started using our Elf on the Shelf to share the true meaning of Christmas with our littles. Or learn how to host a holiday meal without the stress!

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10 Days of Advent: Days Nine & Ten

Merry Christmas! You can check out all the previous Advent activities here. The holiday season has been a lot of fun for our family. We have some great activities planned with friends and family for the days leading up to Christmas.

Go Caroling

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” You may not be a fan of Buddy the Elf, but you can’t beat singing carols to bring out the Christmas spirit. One of our wonderful neighbors planned a progressive dinner to celebrate the season in the neighborhood. We went to the homes of five different families and caroled a little in between. One of the neighbor dads is in a band and helped lead all our little merry-makers in song. The kids absolutely loved it and the neighbors enjoyed hearing our joyful little singers.

Bring the message of Advent home this holiday season. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as a family.

Read the original Christmas story

Amidst all the excitement over presents and Santa, we don’t want to forget the reason we’re celebrating. By reading the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth, it brings the focus back to the miracle of Christmas. We’ve spent the past month immersed in festivity. Now it’s important to remember that Jesus is the true gift. When we go back to the original story, we rekindle the joy of knowing that there’s more to this season than drinking hot chocolate and admiring twinkle lights. Take time to remember why we celebrate at all and what a wonderful gift that is for us.

Bring the message of Advent home this holiday season. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as a family.

I hope you had a truly magical Advent season!

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10 Days of Advent: Day Eight

It’s day eight of my ten days of Advent series and Christmas is practically here! If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, you can check them out here. As the countdown winds down, family is starting to arrive and there’s less to check off of your to-do list (hopefully.) Take the opportunity to spend extra time with visitors and have some fun with a family game night.

More and more, pop culture is making games out to be something that require a screen. While those can certainly be fun, to me, it doesn’t compare to an old-school game played with a group. Scattegories, Catch Phrase and plain old Charades are a blast with a good group. Not only is it fun, but it’s a great way to keep guests entertained. There are plenty of options that can be played when multiple age groups are involved. Hedbanz is one of our personal favorites to play when our youngest is included.

Bring the message of Advent home this holiday season. Celebrate Christmas as a family with a fun family game night.

Enjoy some time together with a few fun games and some delicious treats! It’s a great way to celebrate the coming of Christmas and the gift of family and friends.

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10 Days of Advent: Day Six

It’s day six of our 10 Days of Advent series! I caught a nasty cold and have been less than productive the past two days. Today’s post will be short and sweet. One of the best parts of the holiday season is all the fun things we get to do as a family. We try to mix in plenty of festivity without feeling like we’re just busy all the time.

Relax with your family with a favorite Christmas movie

Sometimes it’s really nice to slow down and relax as a family. Instead of being out with all the crowds, take a night to appreciate being at home. Warm up some hot chocolate, curl up on the couch, and watch one your favorite family Christmas movies. If you need some suggestions, check out this post for some of our faves. Don’t worry about all the stuff you’ve yet to do. Snuggle with your little ones and enjoy some downtime.

Bring the message of Advent home this holiday season. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as a family.

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10 Days of Advent: Day Five

The days are going by quickly now (obviously too quickly since I’m posting so late!) I don’t know about your house, but the anticipation seems to be growing by the hour. You can go back to day one to read about why I’m sharing ten days of Advent ideas, as well as catch up on any days you missed. It’s all about focusing on the reason for the season and spending time together with our loved ones during the holidays.

Bring the message of Advent home this holiday season. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as a family.

While most of us are enjoying the holidays with our family members, there are countless others giving up their day. Fire fighters, police officers, nurses & doctors, and EMTs are all working on the holidays to make sure the rest of us are safe. This season, let’s take time to say thank you.

Thank a civil servant

It takes hardly any time to drop off some cookies or brownies at your local fire or police station, but what a nice way to show our appreciation to those who help to keep us safe each day. If your budget is extra tight this Christmas, a handmade card is an equally nice way to say thanks. You could bring some holiday treats to your local ER, or even just send a note of gratitude to someone you know will be giving up their holiday.

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