Last-minute gifts under $50 the whole family will love

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Happy sisters opening Christmas presents while sitting in living room at home
Save yourself some time and cash and opt for gifts that everyone in your quarantine crew can enjoy. (Photo: Getty)

If your holiday to-do list is already too long, it can feel overwhelming to pick out the perfect individual gift for mom, dad, kids, grandparents, friends, neighbors ... the list goes on. This year, save yourself some time and cash and opt for gifts that everyone in your quarantine crew can enjoy. That might mean a board game, a cozy blanket, a distracting game or a food item that can be shared equally.

The gifts below are designed for families to return to again and again — with the exception of a truly oversized batch of holiday cookies that’ll surely be eaten in no time. Read on for a list of affordable, crowd-pleasing gifts under $50.

‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies, but chances are, the cook in your family is in need of a break. Skip the flour all over the counter and the impossible-to-clean edible glitter and outsource the baking to Cheryl. This 24-piece basket includes 12 different cookie varieties like buttercream frosted gingerbread cookies, Snickerdoodles, salty caramel cookies and more holiday favorites.

Before you snuggle under the covers, prep for movie night with popcorn. A healthier alternative to microwave popcorn, an air popper is just as easy to use and doesn’t require any oil or butter to pop.

The fun of movie night doesn’t have to stop when the credits roll. Movie scratch-off posters are a fun way of keeping track of all the films you’ve watched, and a helpful way to curate your must-watch list without any endless scrolling. This version focuses on kids’ films like Madagascar and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, but you can also find versions for horror, rom-coms and just about any other genre.

Get active with a game of rope toss. The tower here is adjustable, which means it can grow or shrink to  meet the needs of throwing arms of all ages. Comes with eight colorful plastic ring ropes.

Whether for the family holiday card or game night, matching pajamas have a way of bringing the whole crew together. These cozy long-sleeve PJs come in women’s, men’s, kid and toddler sizes.

2020 has been the year of soft fabrics, and it just doesn’t get cozier than these fluffy blankets. The set comes with two, so you split them between the bedroom and living room or leave both on the couch for the ultimate family cuddle fest.

If you had to cancel a family vacation this year or have been dreaming about the trip you’ll take in 2021,  chances are, there’s a Homesick Candle for you. The brand has created custom scents for every single American state, plus special editions like Mexico, New York City, San Diego and even Grandma’s Kitchen. Find the place your family misses the most, then enjoy this creative way to enjoy it even from home.

Are you a movie fan? “A is for Auteur: A Lil’ Cinephile Book” is a great and clever way to introduce the power of the cinema to your children. This beautifully illustrated and design picture book features over 200 movies from great directors like Paul Thomas Anderson to Fred Zinnemann. It’s ideal for cinephiles and budding cinephiles of all ages!

For the kid who’s just learning how to write or the one with a perpetual crayon in-hand, custom stationary is the sweetest way to make even a doodle seem special. These notecards come with simple monograms, dancing unicorns, racing fire engines and more, all of which can be personalized with a name or phrase. Once the masterpiece is created, slip it into an envelope and send off to cousins.

What says “family gift” more than a tricked-out toilet? This bestselling bidet shoots warm or cool water in multiple speeds, and will provide some spa-like luxury to your daily business.

Gift the fashionable woman in your life this super chic silk scarf by Glossier. The dusty mauve shade complements different complexions and can easily add the finishing touch to any ensemble — even your WFH loungewear.

There are a lot of beauty gift sets out there, which makes it pretty hard when shopping for the skincare lover on your holiday list. Cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson, the founder and CEO of BeautyStat, takes the guesswork out with this Mini Universal Essentials Kit. Small in size, but big on beauty benefits, this three-piece set features a lightweight facial gel, moisturizer and essence formulated with brightening and hydrating ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and squalene oil.

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