26 Great Holiday Gifts Under $50

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Shopping for the holidays on a budget? Check out these 26 products picked out by our editors. 

Thule Subterra PowerShuttle Organizer ($25)

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(Courtesy Thule)

Like a Dopp kit for your tech, the PowerShuttle is one of our gear editors’ favorite travel accessories. The book-size organizer keeps your headphones, charging cords, and extra batteries arranged and accessible.

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Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Water Bottle ($40)

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(Courtesy Hydro Flask)

Chances are you don’t drink enough water during the day, and that’s a problem. The solution? This water bottle, which will keep 32 ounces of water—half the recommended daily intake—cold for at least 12 hours.

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Buff Original ($20)

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(Courtesy Buff)

The Buff is one of the most versatile pieces of gear you can throw in your pack. It’s made from soft polyester microfibers, and you can use it as a neck warmer, twist the ends together to make a hat, or even wear it as a bandana.

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Black Diamond Spot Headlamp ($40)

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(Courtesy Black Diamond)

Need a lamp you can wear with confidence while canyoneering, kayaking, or rafting? The Spot holds a 200-hour battery and a 200-lumen bulb in its waterproof housing. Plus, the brightness adjusts with a simple touch of a finger to the side, and the on-off lock protects against battery drain.

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Clif Bar Nut Butter Filled Bars ($15 for 12)

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(Courtesy Clif Bar)

For the athlete in your life, skip the candy canes and fill their stockings with these instead. For a very official ranking of the best flavors, click here.

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Hydro Flask Coffee Flask ($25)

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(Courtesy Hydro Flask)

Outside editors are big fans of both Hydro Flask and coffee. This stainless-steel flask marries the two and will keep your beverage hot for up to six hours.

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter ($17)

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(Courtesy LifeStraw)

Cheap, efficient, and easy to use, this filter barely takes up any room in your pack and removes 99.9 percent of protozoa and bacteria from water.

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‘Out There: The Wildest Stories from Outside Magazine’ ($18)

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(Courtesy Falcon Guides)

Outside’s most recent book, Out There is a collection of the 32 most riveting stories that have graced the pages of our magazine for the past 40 years.

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Anker PowerCore 20100 Battery ($50)

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(Courtesy Anker)

Small but mighty, the PowerCore 20100 has enough juice to fully charge a MacBook, an iPhone, and an iPad Air 2 on a single charge. It even has three USB ports so it can charge all three devices simultaneously.

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‘Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance,’ by Alex Hutchinson ($19)

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(Courtesy William Morrow)

Whether you plan on conquering a 5K, an Ironman, or something in between in 2019, Endure is essential reading. Written by Outside contributor Alex Hutchinson, it blends cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling to prove that the key to succeeding at endurance events is training your mind.

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Coleman Compact Folding Table ($40)

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(Courtesy Coleman)

You know what stinks? Arriving at a campsite expecting there to be a picnic table only to find there isn’t one. Make sure that never happens to you again by investing in this folding table, which has enough room to hold a camp stove or seat four people for dinner.

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The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner ($14)

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(Courtesy The Ringer)

One of our editors bought a Ringer a few months ago and has been raving about it ever since. Made of metal rings similar to chain mail, it makes quick work of gunk on cast-iron pans.

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Trtl Pillow ($30)

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(Courtesy Trtl)

Our travel editors have been preaching the good word of the Trtl pillow for years. A unique take on the classic donut-shaped neck pillow, the Trtl is far more comfortable because you can adjust it to support your neck in any position.

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National Parks of the USA Playing Cards ($14)

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(Courtesy Anderson Design Group)

If you’re still using Bicycle playing cards, it’s time to step up your game. This deck of standard-size cards features beautiful retro poster designs of all 54 national parks. 

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Klean Kanteen Steel Straws ($10)

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(Courtesy Klean Kanteen)

We should all stop using disposable straws, but reusable metal straws can grate on your teeth. Klean Kanteen’s version has removable silicon ends, which are comfortable enough suck on.

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‘Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth,’ by Annette McGivney ($20)

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(Courtesy AUX Media)

In 2006, the 34-year-old Japanese hiker Tomomi Hanamure was murdered—stabbed 29 times—near the popular tourist destination of Havasu Falls, Arizona, by a member of the Havasupai Tribe. McGivney breaks down the case and dives deep into lives of both the victim and her killer.

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REI Co-op Camp X Chair ($20)

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(Courtesy REI Co-op)

This travel-friendly chair raises the bar for comfort with exclusive X-Web technology, which evenly distributes your weight to make your campfire or backyard lounge sessions so much more enjoyable.

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Big Agnes MtnGlo Light Accessory Kit ($16)

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(Courtesy Big Agnes)

With a string of festive lights, everything becomes a party. The MtnGlo light accessory kit uses durable LED lights to illuminate the interior of your tent or campsite.

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Darn Tough Men’s Micro Crew Cushion Hiking Socks ($25)

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(Courtesy Darn Tough)

Everyone hates getting socks as a gift, but Darn Tough’s are the exception. Tested on Vermont’s Long Trail, the Micro Crew Cushion socks provide miles of comfort and durability.

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Zippo Rechargeable Electric Hand Warmer ($28)

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(Courtesy Zippo)

Featuring a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to six hours on the lowest setting, this electric hand warmer charges via USB and heats up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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REI Co-Op REI Lifetime Membership ($20)

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(Courtesy REI Co-op)

A lifetime membership gets you a 10 percent dividend on anything you purchase at REI, access to in-store REI Garage Sales (where gently used gear is marked up to 50 percent off), and discounted prices on REI Adventure trips.

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REI Co-op Multi Towel Lite (from $10)

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(Courtesy REI Co-op)

A logical choice for hikers and travelers who like to pack light, the soft and absorbent REI Co-op Multi Towel Lite has an extra-low profile, allowing you to save precious grams in your pack.

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Lenny and Larry Cookies ($23)

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(Courtesy Lenny and Larry)

These delicious cookies are packed with ten grams of protein per serving. Choose from flavors like double chocolate and snickerdoodle.

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Ursa Major Face Wash ($28)

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(Courtesy Ursa Major)

Formulated with 36 naturally derived ingredients including soothing aloe, brightening sugarcane, and moisturizing rice seed, this concentrated foaming-gel cleanser delivers a thorough and invigorating cleanse without stripping your skin of moisture or messing with its pH balance.

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Corkcicle Ice Whiskey Wedge ($18)

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(Courtesy Corkcicle)

The perfect gift for whiskey lovers and design enthusiasts, simply freeze water in these wedge-shaped silicone forms, which will then sit artfully inside your glass.

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Revere Post Workout Recovery Shake Mix ($20 for eight)

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(Courtesy Revere)

Revere makes supplements for athletes of all types: try its two post-workout formulas (for cardio or strength recovery) to refuel for your next session. You’ll forget you’re drinking a protein shake with flavors like vanilla chai and dark chocolate.

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