The holiday season puts a strain on both your calendar and your wallet. Shopping for gifts is joyful, yes, but also completely stress-inducing, especially if your to-buy-for list is a mile long. But the good news is that thoughtful gifts need not break the bank. Whether you’re trying not to surpass a strict Secret Santa price maximum or are simply feeling too broke to spend more, there are tons of amazing gifts for under $50 to be found at some of your favorite retailers this holiday season.
Mongolian Cashmere Crew
It’s pretty nuts that you can get quality cashmere for $50, but Quince figured it out. This soft sweater will impress anyone it’s gifted to and you don’t even need to tell them how much you spent. Just keep it a secret between you and me.
Glow & Grow Scented Candle
If you have a friend that goes through candles like it’s their job, this is the perfect thing. Once the candle (which comes in Basil, Daisy, and Aloe scents) has burned down, you can reuse the container as a pot with the included grow kit to grow the plant that inspired the scent.
Carafé The Coffee Pour-Over Set
The act of making pour-over coffee is meditative. This set not only allows you to see as the coffee brews, but you also get two double-walled, borosilicate glasses that will keep your hands from feeling the heat too much.
Five Two Ultimate Apron
From over 32,000 pieces of feedback from customers, the Ultimate Apron was born. It has multiple pockets for all your things, extra long ties for a secure fit, and built-in pot holders at the bottom edge.
Birkenstock Arizona Essentials
While it may seem out of season to gift a pair of sandals, these Birks are unique. Their lightweight construction and waterproof EVA construction make them the perfect shoe to throw on around the house with a pair of socks, to shuffle down the aisle of the grocery store, and to (eventually) hit a beach or two.
Ostrich Mini Travel Pillow
Frequent travelers will get a lot of use out of this funny-looking, portable pillow. Viscose and elastomer coat a soft microbead filling for flexible, comfortable rest on the go. The intricate design allows the user to slip a hand inside the pillow for maximum comfort.
Anker 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug
If you have a smartphone obsessive on your to-gift list, they will love this highly-rated charger that makes the most of every outlet. With a foldable plug and impressive charging speed thanks to PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology, it’s great for travel. Anker lightning cables are also available, though not a necessity since the charger is compatible with most similarly shaped cables.
quip Electric Toothbrush
Give a gift that makes great teeth a no-brainer. Maybe an electric toothbrush is not the most exciting thing to open, but it sure is life-changing. The quip buzzes every 30 seconds to ensure each quadrant of your mouth gets equal attention, and that you’re brushing for two full minutes. The best part? A subscription service that sends you a new head and battery every three months.
Corkcicle Triple-Insulated Stemless Glass
Though shaped like a wine glass, this portable, insulated stainless steel cup is great for any beverage. From coffee to water to (okay, sure) wine, Corkcicle promises to keep hot and cold drinks at the appropriate temperature for hours. It comes in a ton of fun colors and has a snug, spill-proof lid.
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