50 Best Gifts $50 and Under for 2019
Behold: the best holiday presents your 50 bucks can buy!
Giving the perfect holiday present is no easy feat—especially when your budget is tight. But thankfully, there's no need to clear out your bank account for the sake of great gifts: If you know where to look, you can make a big statement without the matching price tag.
From the ultimate kids' smartwatch to on-trend fragrances to the perfect at-home shiatsu massager, we've rounded up all the best gifts under $50, so you can get that perfect something for everyone on your shopping list without breaking the bank. And for more great gifts at rock-bottom prices, check out the 25 Best Gifts $25 and Under!
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These classic low top Chucks
Sitting squarely at the intersection of classic and hip is a pair of white Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers—and if you've got just $50 to spend on a gift, this is basically as good as it gets. They're iconic and they go with everything, meaning the only thing left in question is whether or not you know their shoe size.
This elegant brass swan ring holder
To the true Catbird kitten, the Brooklyn-based boutique can do no wrong. But if you find that their highly coveted jewelry would blow your budget this holiday season, this gorgeous brass swan ring dish is a perfect way to give a nod to their favorite shop without breaking the bank. And for some gorgeous pieces to put in that jewelry dish, check out these 20 Etsy Jewelry Items That Will Become Instant Heirlooms.
This fun instant camera
A perfect gift for kids and teenagers, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is a great little instant camera with a wallet-friendly price. Like a Polaroid, it produces instant photos with a retro-cool feel, and they'll love having photos that don't live on their phones, for once.
This classic Adidas backpack
This hip, gray everyday backpack would already feel like a steal at $50, but right now, you can get it for just $35. And while it's perfect as a book bag for your style-conscious teenager, it's also stylish enough for an adult to carry to work. And for more great gifts for the men in your life, check out these 25 Amazing Gifts For Men Under $50!
This kids' smartwatch
Looking for the ultimate smartwatch for kids? The Kurio Watch Glow comes pre-loaded with over 20 apps and games and is Bluetooth-connected so you can sync it with your own smartwatch or their friends' devices so they can play together. The little ones on your list are sure to love taking pictures, playing music, using the activity trackers, and trying out everything else this clever little gadget has to offer.
This personalized book stamp
For your favorite bibliophile, a personalized book stamp is a gift that speaks volumes. Customize this laser-engraved stamp with their name, and be sure to include a top quality ink pad; at just $39 for the stamp, you'll still come in under budget! And for more great custom gifts for your inner circle, check out these 20 Personalized Gifts That Will Blow Your Mom's Mind.
This convenient charging cord bracelet
With a phone charger that doubles as a bracelet, the recipient of this gift will never be stranded without a powered up phone again. Stylish, unisex, and understated in design, the faux leather braided band fits right in with any outfit.
This minimalist birth flower ring
Move over, birthstones—birth flowers offer a fresher take on the personalized jewelry concept. These simple signet style rings are plated in 18-karat gold, and look beautiful either stacked with other bands, or on their own. And for more budget-friendly presents, check out these 25 Amazing Amazon Holiday Gifts Under $50.
These Papa Bear slippers
Have a dad in your life who could use something comfy to wear around the house? Then scoop up these Papa Bear slippers, which are not only stylish, but nicely priced at just $15.
These useful wine chilling wands
Diluting a glass of under-chilled wine with an ice cube is a rookie move—and, more importantly, one that can ruin your drink. Save the budding wine enthusiast in your circle from making this particular faux pas by giving them a set of these fabulous wine chilling wands. Simply store them in the freezer and break them out whenever you have a bottle so enticing you can't wait to pop it open.
This personalized cheese board set
This personalized cheese board and stowed four-piece knife set makes a thoughtful present for any couple or family that takes their charcuterie game seriously. Choose from five handsome design schemes, any of which is sure to elevate their next dinner party spread.
This cozy tabletop fireplace
For anyone that lives for the time spent in their yard or on their deck, this tabletop fire pit is the perfect gift. Instantly up the coziness at any outdoor gathering with this charming birch and glass lantern that holds a real live flame. Simply assemble the DIY kit, enjoy the enchanting light, and roast some s'mores over the fire!
These shimmering raw stone earrings
A little edgy and undeniably elegant, these studs are sure to complement any style. Made with sparkling druzy quartz and filled with 14-karat gold, they'll also hold up beautifully over time.
This engraved baby bracelet
Commemorate baby's first holiday season with a keepsake they'll cherish forever. This sweet open cuff bracelet is gold filled, not gold plated, meaning it won't tarnish or flake, even in the hands of an infant. Personalize the inside by having their name or a short message engraved and you'll have an instant heirloom they're sure to love.
This Dreamworks Dragons Hatching Toothless toy
Hatchimals dominated Christmas last year—and this year, you can take the craze to a whole new level. Your child can hatch their very own baby Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, teach him to fly and roar, and play interactive games with him!
This practical monthly planner
The Big Monthly Planner from MochiThings is simple, beautifully designed, and most importantly, hugely useful. It's spacious enough to include all of your weekly engagements, and gives you the pleasure of organizing your plans IRL, instead of on your phone.
This multipurpose leather clutch
This stylish trifold leather clutch really does it all: it's got a space for a passport, keys, a pen, IDs, cash, bills or small papers, and more. A secure button closure keeps everything safely in place, making it the perfect gift for anyone that needs to keep organized on the go!
This awesome shiatsu massager
Give the gift of stress relief on demand with this deep-kneading back and neck massager. The materials are durable, breathable, and soft, but the heated, bidirectional massagers pack a strong punch and give a great deep tissue massage—all without a trip to the masseuse.
These tasty macarons
For your friend or colleague who enjoys the sweeter things in life, these pastel treats are confection perfection. 50 dollars buys you a tray of 25 bite-sized, melt-in-your-mouth macarons in decadent flavors like snickerdoodle, salted caramel, and red velvet. With overnight shipping directly to the recipient, they also make a perfect last-minute gift!
This understated sherpa fleece
2019's fall fashion week gave us all some big trends to consider. Chief among them was "Gorpcore," a fuss-free, practical look that eerily recalls your dad's ill-fitting camping gear from 1992. Cozy, comfortable pieces like this Everlane fleece are at the heart of the trend, and because Everlane lets you "choose what you pay" for select items, this one comes in perfectly under budget.
This cool Penfield hat
This hat hits all the right marks for a winter wardrobe: effortlessly cool and decidedly cozy. The flecked yarn adds a fun neon pop of color to an otherwise minimal and handsome design, which goes with just about any casual outfit.
This tasty DIY mochi ice cream kit
Sweet, soft, homemade mochi is the perfect (if unexpected) way to serve up ice cream. This DIY mochi making kit can help even the most culinarily impaired person in your life craft delicious matcha tea or cocoa flavored mochi—it's a fun activity and a special treat in one package!
This custom New York Times puzzle
Holiday presents are often at their most thoughtful when they commemorate a special milestone from the past year. Honor any special day by turning its front page story from the New York Times into a fun, 500-piece puzzle!
This lovable 50th Anniversary Elmo plush
If you can believe it, 2019 marks Sesame Street's 50th year on the air—and kids around the world are smarter, stronger, and kinder for it. Celebrate a show that's near and dear to so many of our hearts with with this adorable stuffed Elmo plush. The character is as iconic as ever, and because it's made by GUND, you know it's extra soft and endlessly huggable.
These insulated beer glasses
Snowfox has the perfect answer to your next yard party: stylishly designed stainless steel barware that is shatterproof, thin as fine crystal, and double-insulated for premium temperature regulation. Choose from a wide range of festive colors, or go classic with a simple silver look.
This high-performing gaming headset
On the hunt for the perfect gift for someone that loves gaming? The HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset is lightweight and features rotatable, pillowy-soft memory foam ear cups. Most importantly, you'd be hard pressed to find a crisper, clearer sound at this price point!
This gorgeous shell compact of solid perfume
Roots Rose Radish describes this intoxicating solid scent as made for "salt of the earth people," but once you see the gorgeous, gold-rimmed turbo shell compact it comes encased in, it'll be clear that it's also a great present for your most glamorous friend. She'll enjoy the fragrance's dawn-to-dusk staying power, which fades beautifully by day's end into "the leathery scent of skin that has been amongst blossoms."
This tasty white truffle hot sauce
If you haven't yet heard of the cult favorite hot sauce company Truff, brace yourself: you're about to see their name everywhere. Their White Truffle Limited Release Hot Sauce elevates just about any meal, with just the right amount of heat and a sophisticated balance of flavors. Get it while it's hot! Or you know, before it sells out—which could be soon, since Oprah just named it one of her Favorite Things for 2019!
This 100 percent silk pillowcase
If you know someone that's serious about their beauty sleep, this premium silk pillowcase is the gift for them! Its sumptuous 25 Pure Momme Mulberry Silk is more than just a dream to sleep on—it'll also keep their hair silky soft.
This unique glass photo print
Give a gift that honors your best moments together with a unique glass photo print from Fracture. The company prints your digital images directly onto durable glass and ships your artwork in an eco-friendly, ready-to-mount package. It's a perfectly thoughtful gift for that dear friend or beloved family member who you've shared some of your fondest memories with.
This durable daypack
For anyone that loves the outdoors, a durable hiking daypack makes a perfect holiday gift. This one from REI is frameless, breathable, and lightly padded, making it extra comfortable for everyday wear.
This fun lash kit from Sephora
Volumize, elongate, enhance, and curl! The possibilities are endless with Sephora's Lashstash collection of premium mascaras and false lashes. They'll love experimenting with their look, and you'll love the unbeatable value.
These whimsical socks
If you're looking for socks that will steal the show, your search begins and ends with Happy Socks. This is the perfect collection for kids of all ages, with a wildly creative range of designs, from the Rolling Stones logo to their "Big Five" set of safari animal prints.
This interactive monkey plush
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your little bundle of joy? Clappy the Animated Monkey is a sweet, snuggly plush that keeps baby engaged, entertained, and excited! Give his left foot a squeeze to play an interactive clapping game and the right to hear "If You're Happy and You Know It." His cheeks even glow a soft pink when he interacts with your child, helping to hold their attention as he teaches them to clap!
This personalized embosser
Personal embossers aren't exactly necessary items, but what great gifts are? For the hobbyist who loves to give DIY presents, the right embosser lends an air of professionalism to the presentation that honors their craft—whether that's baking, gardening, or something else. The best part? You're sure to keep on receiving delicious treats "From the kitchen of…" anyone you get this great gift for.
This adorable crew sweat set for babies
This crew sweatshirt set in vapour green is the essential athleisure wear you had no idea your toddler needed. The Trefoil logo on this matching set is a retro-cool callback to the '80s and its French terry material will keep your little one warm and snug even in chilly weather.
These magnetic building tiles
If you have a kid in elementary school and you don't yet own Magna-Tiles, they should be at the very top of your shopping list. These colorful magnetic tiles let little ones construct 3-D structures of all shapes and sizes, encouraging creativity, spatial reasoning, and problem solving—not to mention they're a blast to build with (and knock down)!
This clever cocktail shaker
Have someone on your list who loves to entertain? Then wow them this year with this gorgeous gold-tone cocktail shaker, which has recipes for classic cocktails engraved into it—all they have to do is twist the shaker's exterior to see the exact proportions for their favorite drink.
This all-in-one Sephora makeup kit
Sure, people tend to have particular beauty products they like to buy, but that's exactly what makes a kit like this so fun: it gives any recipient the chance to branch out and try something new, risk-free. This collection includes nine of Sephora's best-selling essentials, from mascara to lipstick to brow gels.
This gilded vase
You don't have to break the bank to get your stylish friend a gift they'll love for their home. Case in point: While it looks like a million bucks, this gold-toned vase will set you back just $48.
This intoxicating Gucci Bloom hair mist
For the girl who religiously wears Gucci Bloom (and there are many), or anyone else that loves trying new fragrances, you can't miss with this Gucci Bloom hair mist. She'll love the light touch of its tuberose and jasmine scent in her hair—perfect for a subtler scent on days when she might not otherwise wear perfume.
This pretty gel manicure set
This set of Deborah Lippmann nail polishes gives the perfect nude manicure in six elegant, muted shades. And thanks to its unique gel formula, it'll stand up to anything its wearer throws at it.
This classic colorblock anorak jacket
Equal parts practical and charming, this two-toned anorak pullover is a spectacular deal at under $50. A perfect lightweight outerwear option for a day on the trail, it makes a seamless transition to everyday city living, earning nearly unanimous five-star reviews from customers on their website.
This cool marble and wood bookend
With a handsome pattern of alternating marble and mango wood, this bookend is the perfect addition to any bookshelf. It also comes in a two-toned, all-marble option in white and gray for a sleeker, less rustic look.
This handy leather charger roll up
Losing charging cords—or having to untangle a huge knot of them—is undeniably frustrating. This holiday season, give the techie on your list this handsome roll-up leather carrying case—and personalize it with free monogramming—so they can store and transport those cables with ease.
This convenient lost item retrieval device
Make sure their most treasured items never go missing again by giving them the gift of Tile! This useful little "finder" tag is designed to be put on phones, keys, dog collars, purses, and more—and it has a 400-foot range for easy retrieval.
This cute floral apron
This sweet cotton apron is a watercolor dream, adorned with a beautiful bouquet of vibrant spring flowers. Perfect for bakers and chefs that like to dress for the occasion!
This hand-blown crystal wine decanter
An elegant tool for easy pouring that offers maximum surface area for aerating wine, this hand-blown decanter results in a noticeable difference in flavor after use. The fact that it's durable, easy to clean, and reasonably priced is just icing on the cake!
This delicious selection of craft beers
For a gift that they can really savor, head on over to Craft Beer Club for a curated selection of twelve exceptional beers from the country's best budding microbreweries, sent directly to their home. If your budget allows, you can make it a recurring monthly gift, but for just $42, a single shipment makes a perfect gesture for your favorite craft beer fan.
These versatile jogger pants
Cozy and stylish, these high-waisted jogger pants are perfect winter wear. Still sporty, but with a polished knit fabric and a tapered silhouette, they can be worn just about anywhere!