The Best Gifts Under $50
If there was ever a year to avoid procrastinating on gift buying, this is it. With shipping delays and limited inventories, you really need to finish up your holiday shopping, well, right now. But don’t panic: You still have a good selection of goods to choose from so you won’t need to resort to buying an itchy turtleneck for anyone in desperation (“It was all they had!”). You might also find inspiration for your own wish list along the way (multi-tasking at its finest).
Another incentive to fill your cart now: You’ll score the best deals as stores mark down items to encourage everyone to shop before the final rush. Because between family, friends, neighbors, teachers and other special people in your life, there are a lot of gifts to give but not an endless amount of money to spend in the process.
Ahead, we’ve hunted down the 13 best gifts under $50 that overdeliver in terms of quality and style. There’s something for everybody here, from the perfect toiletry bag for on-the-go travelers to the buzzy new cookbook that belongs in every foodie’s kitchen to the genius self-watering pot for plant parents. Here’s what to shop now to ensure delivery before the holiday.
For Anyone On The Go
This toiletry bag is made from water-resistant neoprene (the same material as wetsuits) and comes with a removable mesh zip-top pouch (so you can grab just the essentials and put it in a gym bag or purse). This cleverly designed, unisex pick is available in five shades—all of which are currently in stock but won’t last for long.
For Outdoorsy Folks
This water-resistant blanket comes in handy for any outdoor excursion—be it spontaneous picnics, long days at the beach or camping weekends. The 60-inch square blanket rolls up and can be stored in this handy carrier for easy transport on the go.
For Fashionable Types
A more unique take on the typical monogram necklace, this delicate chain features a single initial letter positioned askew and off to the side, rather than front and center, for an overall result that’s subtle and very chic.
For Plant Lovers
Even the best-intentioned plant parent can under (or over) water from time to time. This unique pot-and-reservoir system solves that issue: Just pour in water and the pot gradually releases the right amount of moisture to maintain the ideal water level.
For The Brunch Crowd
Based in the woods of northern Vermont, Runamok has earned a following for its one-of-a-kind, organic maple syrups, which turn ordinary pancakes and waffles into something extraordinary. The husband and wife founders behind the family-run brand make a variety of syrups, but the Sugarmaker’s Cut captures the peak flavor of the Vermont sugaring season.
For Anyone Who Entertains
This cheese board is made from solid white or grey marble with a natural acacia wood inlay and leather cord. It’s an elegant serving base for cheeses, charcuteries and appetizers, and can be engraved with a monogram for a personalized touch.
For Fragrance Snobs
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Chanel No.5, the French maison released a limited-edition shower gel infused with the cult-favorite scent, which smells like a floral bouquet of rose and jasmine offset with crisp notes of lemon, mandarin and orange. Consider it a chic way to wear your fragrance this season.
For Home Chefs
Big on creative flavors but not on overly complicated steps, chef and food influencer Molly Baz is known for her super approachable-yet-elevated recipes—like Niçoise “sando” (a.k.a. sandwich) with smashed eggs and black olive mayo—that will inspire you to break out of a food rut and maybe even give up takeout entirely.
For Pet Lovers
The way to any pet lover’s heart is by pampering their pouches and kitties. This highly rated, cozy pet bed is the perfect spot for dogs and cats to curl up. Lined with a soft (machine-washable) sherpa, the bed dips down in front for easy entry and comes in a variety of modern prints that put a stylish spin on snuggle time.
For Wellness Fans
This highly rated ultrasonic essence diffuser has more than 40,000 reviews on Amazon and disperses all-natural essential oils into the air to create a relaxing atmosphere. It comes with 10 essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, orange, peppermint, lemongrass, jasmine, nutmeg, clove, and spearmint) and has seven ambient light modes, four timer settings and a convenient auto shutoff feature.
For Party Hosts
Part of a collaboration between ethical design shop Goodee and Siafu Home, this pair of salad serving spoons is carved from organic olive wood and has sophisticated striped handles that are engraved using a traditional wax technique to provide a secure grip. Each set is made by Kenyan artisans with responsibly sourced materials and rooted in sustainability.
For Whimsical Socks Wearers
The opposite of boring socks, Sweden-based Happy Socks is known for its vibrant patterns and tongue-in-cheek designs. The bestselling “Healthy Lifestyle” set includes four unisex pairs inspired by everything from juicing to working out, and offers a witty take on wellness while also upping your sock game.
For Cozy Homebodies
This insanely popular plush blanket throw has racked up thousands of reviews and feels as soft as velvet. It’s machine-washable and comes in an array of classic and on-trend colors, making it the foolproof gift to cuddle up with this season.