Do you have a price point in mind but aren't quite sure what to buy that special someone this holiday season? Consumer Reports put together a series of gift guides that are grouped by price. Here, we focus on some of the top-rated products of 2016 for under $50.
Cuisinart CastLite Non-Stick 10" CIL22-26R
This 10-inch pan turns out evenly browned pancakes, and fried eggs slide out like silk when done, without any scraping or sticking. The handle stays cool to the touch, too, so with all hassles removed, the only thing left is to eat and enjoy.
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Cuisinart Power Advantage HM-50
In our lab tests, this nicely priced hand mixer outperformed models costing twice as much. It’ll turn whipping cream into fluffy peaks in seconds. Stiff cookie dough, which undoes many bargain mixers, proved no problem. You won’t get much in the way of add-ons, but its wire beaters do just fine.
Hermetically sealed hotel rooms can have notoriously dry air. This petite, packable humidifier is small enough to stash in your suitcase and sit on your night stand, quietly adding much-needed water vapor to the air. It mists in any direction you want, and because the tank is an inverted water bottle, all you have to take along is the base.
Oregon Scientific Wireless BBQ/Oven AW131
No more need for a host to linger near the grill or oven with one eye on the meat—this leave-in digital thermometer frees the cook for higher-level tasks such as enjoying some eggnog. All he has to do is select meat type and doneness, insert the probe, and wait for the portable receiver to prompt him.
Scosche SportClip 3
These isolating ear-insert headphones are great for anyone heading out into winter weather. They’re compatible with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and a variety of other mobile devices. And in addition to being splashproof, they offer very good sound at a surprisingly affordable price.
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