We all want the same thing from our gifts: to make someone else happy.
Sometimes, though, it’s a tricky balance between making our families and friends happy and maxing out the credit card.
We found 50 gifts that are bound to please anyone on your list — and you never have to show them the price tag.
In fact, you’d be amazed at what $US50 can buy.
Or find the right section for you:
Cable TV is quickly becoming a thing of the past, but there's still something to be said for watching your favourite shows on a bigger screen than your phone or laptop.
Google's Chromecast plugs straight into your TV and allows you to stream sites including Netflix, HBO Go, and YouTube right from your computer or phone to the big screen.
Plus, until the end of 2014, a new Chromecast comes with two free months' subscription to Hulu Plus.
Anyone from your first-grade niece to your 80-year-old grandfather can join in on Bananagrams, the Scrabble-esque word game.
It comes in a silly, easily portable pouch and doesn't require a board, so you can simply push plates aside at the dinner table and start playing.
Whether for home or the office, this 7' brass desk calendar is just as decorative as it is practical.
Aside from evoking appropriately Mad Men vibes, it will keep you from checking the date -- and getting distracted -- on your phone.
It's disturbing to think how simple it is for thieves to walk off with our credit and debit card information without them ever leaving our wallets.
They use tools called RFID scanners, which anyone can pick up on Ebay, that scan credit cards through purses, wallets. and store them without the card's owner ever realising it.
Unless your credit card is equipped with an encrypted EMV chip (they can't be scanned by these tools), then a specialty wallet made to block RFID scanners is an excellent idea.
Americans waste billions of dollars on unused gift cards every year, and it's about time we stopped the cycle.
Tango Cards are great because they're entirely digital. Once gifted, the user can use the 'card' at any participating partners, redeem for cash, or donate the balance to charity.
Tango's partners include Amazon, Nike, REI, Gap, Pottery Barn, Fandango, iTunes, Groupon, Rixty, Target, Home Depot, Zappos, SpaFinder, and Starbucks.
If the now-classic Snuggie taught us anything, it's that those of us living in cold climates value warmth over just about anything else.
Get warm down to your toes with these unisex fleece slipper socks.
$US50 would barely put a dent in the cost of college degrees today, but it's a start.
Anyone in the country can open a state-sponsored college savings account, called a '529 plan,' in another's name -- from your niece or nephew to your best friend's kid. There's no limit to how many plans you can open or who can contribute to them.
Here's a great guide to getting started with a 529 plan.
Also, the College Savings Plans Network (CSPN) is an excellent resource.
We're already huge fans of Evernote, an app that lets users sync all of their notes, web clips, files, and images across their devices.
Now Evernote has teamed up with Moleskine to create the Evernote Smart Notebook. It's designed to work with any iPad or iPhone to instantly save written notes digitally by snapping a photo.
The hardbound notebook comes in ruled or squared page designs, and pocket-size ($US24.94) or large ($US29.95).
Price: $US24.94 - $US29.95
Available in ten different colours, this lightweight throw can go from the couch to the car to ice-skating and back.
Toss it on the end of the bed, build a fort for the younger (or younger at heart) family members, and keep it close on movie night.
Here's the perfect gift for road warriors in your family: a guaranteed way to breeze through airport security.
CLEAR is an identity verification service that lets members present a special ID card at airports to bypass security. You can give a six-month membership as a gift (about $US13/month). There's no charge for children flying with you or anyone under the age of 18.
The service is only available in a handful of major airports, but we're told it's continuing to expand.
As a means of preserving drastically reduced forest land in Scotland, Highland Titles came up with a pretty brilliant idea: Let consumers purchase their own plots of land.
Plots start at $US49.99 and go up depending on size. But every purchase comes with the coolest perk of all: The legal title of 'Lord' or 'Lady' in the country.
Sales help fund woodland rescue, maintenance, and new land acquisition to save it from development.
Price: $US49 and up
The modern traveller hits the road with a tangle of chargers.
Eliminate the clutter and free up some space with the utility charge tool, which provides a MicroUSB plug, Mini USB plug, and iPhone plug
In four bright colours, it will be easy to find in any bag.
It can be hard (and expensive) to get to the gym. Instead, make a gym for yourself at home with a few basic tools.
FitKit is a completely portable at-home gym kit. For less than $US35, the basic kit includes an exercise band, a resistance tube, a jump rope and a stability attachment. But you can customise your kit online.
Any marathoner is bound to be proud of their last race.
Keep those warm fuzzies coming by sending a picture or colour copy of their last bib in to Gone for a Run, which will reproduce it on a stone coaster for the perfect conversation starter.
The eKo SuperLite Travel mat is excellent for anyone who's constantly zipping back and forth for work.
It clocks in at two pounds and is super thin, so it will fit in a bag with your sneakers.
Don't let your favourite cyclist get lost on the way to the gym (or miss one of your texts).
This adjustable mobile phone bike mount allows for different phones at different angles, to make it easier for riders to keep their eyes on the road.
Popcorn is a cheap, easy, and extremely fun snack to have on hand for a party, a dinner, impromptu guests, or a quiet Netflix night at home.
With this bright red stovetop popper, you'll always have snacks popping in the background.
It doesn't take a mathematical genius to figure out how wildly overpriced restaurant cocktails have become.
Mixing drinks at home is a cinch with the right cocktail mixer. We love this one from Epicureanist, which mixes and dispenses drinks with a touch of a button, and marks exact measurements for perfect pours.
If your favourite host hasn't already put guests on the spot with Cards Against Humanity, they're long overdue for a set.
This boundary-testing game bills itself as 'a party game for terrible people,' and if you're so inclined, you can actually make your own set for free through the game's website.
Everyone loves cheese, and a simple slate cheese board can branch out from dairy to serve just about any appetizer.
It comes with a piece of chalk to label your brie and convince guests of your latent artistic genius.
This Bluetooth speaker streams music from an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry to keep up a steady stream of festive tunes.
Plus, it's less than 3' square, so you can hide it anywhere from the bookshelf to the centrepiece of your holiday table for mysteriously convenient ambiance.
The Corkcicle is great because it does away with the need for leaky tubs of ice at holiday parties.
It looks like a regular cork stopper, but when inserted in bottles, the frozen icicle-shaped wand keeps wine chilled for hours.
In case you don't want to break out Cards Against Humanity with relatives you see once a year, here's a game that's perfect for everyone to play during the holidays.
Catchphrase is part charades, part hot potato and way more fun than both.
A good cup of coffee can get even the most comfortable guest out of bed (and revive the most gracious host).
The Bodum Brazil gift set includes an 8-cup glass press as well as two lightweight coffee cups for caffeine addicts on the go.
Kick back and enjoy photos like it's 1989. Image 3-D is making customisable View-Masters online.
Each set costs $US24.95 and comes with a reel of your photos, a viewer (in red, black, blue or white), and a gift box.
Boomf prints your Instagram, Facebook, or uploaded images on 1.5-inch square marshmallows.
Get creative by printing holiday themed pictures, patterns, or even letters to spell out a message on the nine treats included in the box.
Yes, it's silly -- but they definitely won't gather dust.
iPhone cameras get better with each upgrade, but it's human error that's sometimes impossible to correct.
The GripTight GorillaPod Stand is a great tool for anyone with shaky hands who wants to take a clearer, cleaner photo with their phone.
Its adjustable grip holds any phone, while flexible legs hold your phone steady on nearly any surface or wrap around available anchors like tree branches or poles.
There are endless phone case options, but the only way to get one unique to you is to create your own. And how better to do that than with your favourite shots from Instagram?
Put together a grid like the one in the picture, or print fewer, bigger photos in different patterns.
These Pinhole Press photo books are particularly appropriate gifts for new parents, grandparents, or high school or college grads.
Use the 65 pages to share photos of favourite family memories, awesome vacation snapshots, or major accomplishments.
This plastic wine 'glass' is meant for campers, so you know it's indestructible enough to bring just about anywhere, whether to a tailgate, a backyard barbecue, or a bonfire on a snowy night.
There's no guarantee it will snow for the holidays -- unless you make that snow yourself.
Bring real winter to coworker with snow in a can, which turns into a tiny snowdrift when you add water. A miniature shovel is included.
Whether scribbling phone messages, taking notes during a meeting, or plowing through a to-do list, everyone needs a notebook.
With your coworker's initial on the front, it will always find its way back. Available in colours including red, black, white, blue, and pink.
Classic peppermint canes are nice, but honestly: Does anyone actually eat those?
Provide treats for the braver palate with these wasabi candy canes, which come in a pack of six for sharing -- or daring.
Oxfam America facilitates charitable donations that give money to all kinds of worthy causes: education, equality, clean water, and environmental preservation, to name a few.
If your recipient would rather make an impact than unwrap a gift, start their own little patch of woodland.
A portion of the proceeds from the beautiful bags, backpacks, and iPad cases created by Stone and Cloth goes to The Knock Foundation, a nonprofit near Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania that helps fund scholarships and community development projects.
Aside from fitting phones, wallets, and sunglasses, the money from this utility case (which also comes in red, as well as grey stripes) helps provide money for scholarships.
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