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15 gifts under $50 for anyone who loves to eat, drink and be merry

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'Tis the season to eat.

We've pulled together a selection of gifts under $50, and even a few under $10, that will tempt gourmands, home-cooks and aspiring bartenders this holiday season. They could also make much-appreciated hostess gifts for when you stop by parties and holiday feasts or stay with friends and family as you travel.

T-rex bottle opener

Source: Suck UK

Suck UK Dinosaur Bottle Opener
Price: $28.90

Corkscrews are basic compared to this cast-iron Tyrannosaurus Rex that bites off bottle caps.

Cocktail kit

Source: TheCocktailCountess.com

Spirdust 6-color bundle with martini shaker
Price: $35.99

Cocktails not only have to taste good, they need to look stunning. Up your game with this shimmering food dye that transforms cocktails into colorful creations and also adds some sparkle.

Hot toddy kit

Source: UncommonGoods

Hot Toddy Kit
Price: $38

There's nothing better than a warm drink to ease the winter chill. This gift set contains two blends of hot toddy mix: lemon ginger and orange clove. Whiskey, sadly, not included.

Popcorn maker & seasonings

Source: Pampered Chef 

Popcorn Gift Set
Price: $45

You don't need to go to the movie theater for good popcorn. This Pampered Chef set has everything you need, including a microwave popcorn maker and seasonings like ranch and french toast.

Faux coal

Source: UncommonGoods

You've Been Naughty Popcorn Coal
Price: $10

A fun treat for anyone with a sense of humor about themselves: The burlap sack contains black popcorn kernels that look like coal.

Wine wand

Source: The Grommet 

The Wand by PureWine
Price: $19.99

Histamines and sulfite preservatives in wine can cause a range of unpleasant side effects in some people, including headaches and flushed skin. Swirl Purewine's wand around in the glass to remove these components without changing the taste.

Foodie dice

Source: Foodie Dice 

Seasonal Dinner Foodie Dice
Price: $24

Make dinner a game by rolling the dice to determine the protein, seasonal vegetable, herb, grain and cooking method.

Hand-crafted chocolate

Source: See's Candies 

See's Candies Holiday Wreath Box
Price: $24.50

Started in 1921 in California, See's has almost a century of experience and now creates over 100 varieties of chocolates and candies.

Grating plate

Source: The Grommet 

Handmade Ceramic Grating Plate
Price: $25

This ceramic grater makes preparing ingredients like garlic, ginger, nutmeg and hard cheeses a snap. The dish is handcrafted and pretty, yet still dishwasher safe.

Chili-infused honey

Source: Bushwick Kitchen 

Bees Knees Spicy Honey
Price: $13.99

Brooklyn-based Bushwick Kitchen has crafted a honey that works as a condiment on a fresh biscuit and as an ingredient that will amp up a recipe like spicy honey ginger wings.

Portable coffee press

Source: Palmpress

Reusable Personal Coffee Press
Price: $39

An easy, on-the-go solution for those who want coffee-shop quality without the price tag.

Fruit preserves

Source: Bonne Maman

Bonne Maman Intense Apricot Fruit Spread
Price: $3.99

Perfect for those holiday jam cookies or festive cheese platters, these preserves pack all the punch without all the sugar. Also available in strawberry and blueberry.

Savory almonds

Source: Blue Diamond 

Blue Diamond Rosemary & Sea Salt Gourmet Almonds
Price: $4.49

Gourmet gifts don't have to be expensive. Blue Diamond has created a line of almonds that will wow as a holiday party snack or a stocking stuffer.

Nut dish

Source: UncommonGoods

Pistachio Pedestal
Price: $48

This elegant wooden serving dish has space for both the nuts and the discarded shells.

Whiskey-infused toothpicks

Source: Daneson

Daneson Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set
Price: $18

Instead of ordering an after-dinner drink, savor a toothpick packed with the essence of Single Malt and Bourbon.

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Disclosure: These items have been handpicked by our editorial team. CNBC has affiliate relationships with some retailers so, in some cases, if you purchase an item from one of our gift guides, we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchase. This holiday season, the proceeds will be donated to the Council for Economic Education, which supports economic and financial education.