Editor's Picks: 10 Cheap but Cool Finds Under $50

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By Luke Hopping / Published by Dwell
Our guide to great deals on stocking stuffers, holiday party handouts, and small gifts is here. Find more affordable present ideas in our Editor's Best 2015 special issue, on newsstands now.

Check back from now through the end of the month as Dwell editors clue you to their favorite year end gift and product picks. 

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Cup Set by Yield, $42 at yielddesign.co

Fastened together with a handmade leather strap, this set of two stainless steel cups is a smart, reusable choice for picnics and dining alfresco.

 
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Dalfred bar stool by IKEA, $40 at ikea.com

Why not outfit a kitchen island or studio benchtop with a fleet of these height-adjustable four-leggers? The price is right.

 

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Link by Misfit, $17 at store.misfit.com

This low-cost fitness tracker, which doubles as a "smart button" that can toggle between music, photos, and favorite apps, is a great way to monitor exercise without splurging on a designer wearable.

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Pivo Solid Brass Bottle Opener by Luke Smith-Wightman for Kaufmann Mercantile, $39 at kaufmann-mercantile.com

Composed of a single piece of solid brass, this hefty utensil by British lighting designer Luke Smith-Wightman develops a unique patina over time.

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Paper Placements by Good Thing, $25 at workof.com

For casual hosts and hostesses, gift a 10-pack of graphic placemats, made in the USA from 100% recycled paper.

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Brushbot Kit by Maker Shed, $20 at makershed.com

Learn the joys of electronics while wiring and racing these adorable toothbrush "robots," which scoot around the floor on nylon bristles using a tiny pager motor and coin cell battery.

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SOTO Sake by SOTO, $40 at boweryandvine.com

A gluten-free sake brand from Japan makes a splash Stateside with this bottle designed by New York artist Joe Doucet.

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Ribbon Bookend by Book/Shop, from $16 at shopbookshop.com

Inspired by ribbon bookmarks, these American-made, powder-coated bookends organize and accent literary collections.

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4-in-1 Travel Adapter by Flight 001, $25 at flight001.com

From jet setters to backpackers, the one thing every traveler needs in the age of smartphone GPS is a handy adapter for charging. These four color-coded plugs provide juice in more than 150 countries.

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11+ World Desk Clock designed by Yeongkyu Yoo for Leibal, $49 at store.dwell.com

This cylindrical desk clock is inscribed with names of different international cities, telling the time in each. All 24 time zones can be displayed, thanks to a distinctive rolling mechanism.

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