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Last-Minute Gift Ideas Under $50



    There's just two weeks until Christmas, and for some that means panic is setting in. But these gifts will be appreciated and you won't break the bank. (Published Monday, Dec. 13, 2010)

    With just two more weeks until Christmas, some shoppers may be in full panic mode, but these gift ideas are sure to please and won't break the bank:

    For the beauty addict:

    Eye Wish Palette Smashbox Cosmetics
    A gorgeous gold keepsake box holds everything you’ll need for limitless eye looks, from a lid primer to start every application perfectly, to a mini booklet with easy instructions for creating 10 festive looks. 
    $45 from, Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenney, Ulta, Nordstrom,, and select Macy’s.

    Lancome Holiday Color Design Palette for Eyes and Cheeks
    Get your most glamorous look for the holidays with a sultry mix of six sparkling eye shadows and an opulent blush. For stunning eyes and cheeks, indulge in a limited-edition compact adorned with holiday inspired jewels. Set includes Color Design Eye Shadow in Beige Beauty, Golden Splendor, Sunset, Copper Blitz, Amber, Chocolate Splendid and Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Bronze Escapade.  It's just the thing for beauty mavens this holiday. 
    $39.50 from all Lancôme counters and on Lancô 

    Lancôme's Juicy Tubes Holiday Gift Set
    Get glossed and glamorous with six sumptuous shades of Lancôme’s award-winning Lip Gloss. Perfect for gift-giving, this set comes in two different color palettes to match every skin tone (Shimmering Neutrals or Sparkling Pinks). These also make great stocking stuffers! 
    $29.50 from Lancôme counters and on Lancô

    For the fashionista:

    Liteweights Collection Tote, Wristlet and Hobo Bag (Available in Green, Blue, and Gold)
    Avon's collection of fashionably functional accessories is perfect for the fashionista on your list. These trendy metallic bags are an affordable gift that everyone will love. 
    Tote: $19.99 Wristlet: $14.99 Hobo Bag: $19.99 from or 1-800-FOR-AVON

    For the host/hostess:

    Burt's Bees Lip Balm Tin Ornament
    Deck the halls with iconic Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Tin Ornaments packed with natural care for lips. Burt’s Bees fans can stock up on their favorite lip balms and get a keepsake reusable and recyclable tin that doubles as a cool/vintage looking ornament for the tree! Choose from the ‘Classic’ pack filled with four Beeswax Lip Balms or the ‘Mixed’ pack with a variety of your favorite balms. 
    $9.99 from drugstores nationwide
    Thymes Frasier Fir Collection (Candles, Potpourri and More)
    Fir Potpourri has the aromatic snap of Fir needles, cedarwood and sandalwood (It smells like fall!) And you can choose of gorgeous collection of Candles, Candle holders, Potpourris and more.
    $30 from

    For the little ones:
    Girl’s Butterfly Fleece Blanket/ Boy’s Skull Fleece Blanket
    The ultra-soft polyester fleece blanket is a must-have for gift giving this holiday season. Girls won’t be able to resist the fun butterfly print and the cozy feel.  For the boy, he’ll love keeping warm with the skull screen print emblazoned blanket. 
    $24.50 (butterfly); $19.50 (skull) from

    For the Spa Lover
    Dr. Brandt Best Skin Ever Holiday Kit
    What do you get for the woman who has everything? The perfect complexion. This holiday season, help her unwrap her most incredible skin with Dr. Brandt Skincare products.  Celebs flock to him for his coveted skincare expertise, and now everyone can experience the benefits with a selection of his bestselling skincare solutions. A limited-edition set features a full-size version of Dr. Brandt’s cult favorite pore refining cleanser as well as deluxe samples of must-haves formulated to control oil, mattify shine and address signs of aging. It's everything you would get from a facial in one best-skin-ever gift box.
    $45 from Sephora and
    For Teens:
    Holiday Scent Secret Wonderland (with your choice of wrapping included)
    This magical new fragrance blends bright, succulent berry notes with creamy notes of white amber and sandalwood to transport the woman who wears it to a world of wonder.  What’s great about buying your loved one’s favorite fragrances at Bath & Body Works is there are different ways you can gift them.  The mini ritual set includes a mini shower gel, body lotion fragrance mist in your loved one’s favorite scent.  
    $10 - $30 from Bath & Body works