Great gifts for under $50

Last Updated July 2020
By Meredith Gallo

Buying for everyone on your list can get expensive fast. If you shower everyone with top-of-the-line gifts, you’ll find yourself with a credit card bill you’d rather avoid come January.

But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp and get your loved ones trash, because there are plenty of high-quality options out there that your people will love. It’s always a good idea to have a few gift ideas under $50. From drones to cookbooks, we’ve got you covered with these top-notch holiday finds.

For the person who wants to stay cozy

$39.50 at Nordstrom

Who wouldn’t want to unwrap a warm blanket this Christmas? Nordstrom offers a collection of attractive blankets made of super-soft materials, like this throw that’s available in just about every color of the rainbow.

For the person who's always losing their keys

$34.99 at Amazon

We think this Tile Pro will make a great gift for anyone on your list who has a tendency to lose important items, like their keys, wallet, etc. A little over 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches, Tile is designed to fit into your wallet, clip onto your keychain, or adhere to your backpack or purse. Tile syncs with an app on your smartphone so that when you lose your keys you can simply use your smartphone to make the Tile ring, and visa versa.

For the person who loves to play with gadgets

There are some toys that bring out the kid in all of us. The UDI RC drone is one of those toys. Great for beginners, we think this model’s high capacity battery and multi-channel functions is a great bang for your buck. And it’s one of those presents that will provide a ton of fun in the afternoon after you open presents.

For the fabulous home chef

$17.99 at Amazon

If there’s someone on your list who loves Netflix's Queer Eye as much as we do, this book is a no brainer. Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski and Mindy Fox is full of delicious recipes, many of which pull from the series' cooking expert's Polish heritage. 

For the person who likes to pamper themselves

A gift of this new skincare trio by Herbivore Botanicals — makers of natural, non-toxic serum and creams — is an excellent way to tell the person you care about to treat themselves. The trio includes an Amethyst Exfoliating Body Polish, a Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish and Jasmine Body Oil, a $62 value. 

For the pet parent who loves the outdoors

An item you can buy to take your dog on more adventures, this travel water bottle is great on hikes and road trips. One of the most frustrating parts of trying to keep your dog hydrated is wasting water — this model ensures that isn’t necessary as you can release all of the unused water back into the bottle.

For the baseball fanatic

We found this book really hit it out of the park in the gift department. Whether you’re shopping for your favorite history buff, baseball connoisseur or bookworm this coffee table book is a wonderful choice. Ballpark is by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

For the craft beer enthusiast

$19.99 – $22.99 at Nordstrom

The Hopsulator BOTT’L Bottle Cooler is one of the most intense koozies we’ve ever seen. It’s triple-insulated to ensure your beer or hard seltzer stays cooler longer. 

For the at-home barista

The Chemex Classic Series pour-over coffeemaker is an excellent gift for the coffee connoisseur in your life. They’ll love the 8-cup capacity and signature look. Not only is this gift functional, it’s also a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. And, in our testing, we’ve found it makes an extraordinarily tasty cup of coffee.

For the aspiring sommelier

This monogrammable decanter is a wonderful gift for newlyweds, wine lovers, or your favorite host. The decanter, which holds 30 ounces of wine, has a sleek deco-inspired look that should complement most anyone’s home. 

For the young ice cream lover

We’re fans of teaching the next generation to make a mean sundae. This interactive playset gets little ones on their feet and learning. The Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart is designed to teach children counting and memory skills in a playful environment.