Whether it’s a cherished loved one, your important boss or your best friend, sometimes spending a little more money on those you love (or work hard for) pays off in a big way. We’ve got something for everyone with this list of inexpensive gift ideas. As a bonus, they all cost less than $50!
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- Best beauty gifts under $50
- Best home gifts under $50
- Best tech gifts under $50
- Best fashion gifts under $50
- Best general gifts under $50
Best beauty gifts under $50
We've raved about Peach and Lily before, so this jam-packed set had to make our list. Their website explains that glass skin is "skin that's so healthy that pores look super smooth and skin looks luminous and clarified," and this kit provides all the things you need to achieve just that.
I don’t know about you, but I cannot sleep peacefully at night without a sleep mask. Even with blackout shades, I am always seeing light while living in the city, constantly finding it to be disturbing to my Zzzs. This silky soft eye mask from Brooklinen is ideal for the city-dweller in your life who desperately needs more sleep, stat.
When it comes to makeup and skin care, it’s hard not to fall in love with all things miniature. This trio from Nudrstix features their Magnetic Luminous Eye Colors in Burnish, Nudity and Smoke and is perfect for traveling or throwing in your purse if you’re trying to create a quick day-to-night eye look.
If they're the type who typically goes for a more natural look, this Glossier makeup set is the perfect gift. It includes three of the brand's bestselling makeup products — Boy Brow, Cloud Paint and the Lash Stick — which come together for a fresh-faced look.
For the guy who needs a little extra help in the skin care department, gift this four-piece set from Jack Black. It’s the perfect starter kit for any dude that's clueless about how to care for their skin.
This facial cupping kit from Province Apothecary is ideal for the all-natural skin care fanatic who needs a little bit of lift and elasticity to their complexion.
Best home gifts under $50
For the person who loves entertaining at home, gift them this stunning white marble and mango wood serving board. Pick out their initial to add a sophisticated yet thoughtful touch.
Send them a gift basket to use with their new serving board. Harry & David always has the best of the best when it comes to gift baskets, but you can't go wrong with a classic. This set comes with their famous pears, sharp white cheddar cheese and mixed nuts and crackers, all presented beautifully in a wooden crate.
The baseball fan in your life is going to love these ballpark pint glasses. It displays a map and logo of their favorite team and comes with two glasses per order.
First, it's a candle, then it's a plant! This candle comes in three different scents to choose from, and once the candle has burned all the way through, it also includes seeds to start growing a plant.
This wine decanter is sure to add elegance to any tablescape. It comes with the circular wooden stopper pictured, and they have a similarly styled whiskey decanter, too.
Everyone is looking for ways to relieve stress and boost relaxation this year, and a weighted blanket could help in both regards. This one from Amazon has more than 27,000 five-star ratings and features tons of small pockets to ensure the glass beads are evenly distributed across your body.
Every home chef needs a good apron, and this one checks all the boxes. Not only does it look great (and come in a variety of color options), but it has three pockets to hold all your essentials. Plus, it comes with a handy conversion chart so you won't have to do the mental math of figuring out how many tablespoons are in a cup.
For the partner who is always complaining about being too hot in bed, these cooling pillowcases feature advanced materials and are engineered to provide the best recovery-focused sleep. They’re soft, comfy and come in four colors.
Forget the puppy, why not give a living thing that requires little care? This succulent box is a perfectly cute addition to any plant lady’s current collection.
Having a good kitchen knife set is, well, life-changing. If not life-changing, definitely game-changing when it comes to properly prepping and cooking for meals. Gift this set to the aspiring Julia Child chef in your family or friend group.
Everyone’s been doing a lot of cooking these past few years, and with lots of cooking comes lots of used dishes. This set of mixing bowls is great for any baker in your life who could use some more baking materials.
Keep it sustainable, but make it fun. These reusable paper towels are perfect for soaking up spills or wiping down appliances and countertops. The best part? They're also washable!
Best tech gifts under $50
This spill-resistant, fully programmable gaming keyboard has over 15,000 five-star ratings on Amazon. It's safe to say you won't have any regrets gifting this to the gamer or techy you know.
Amazon's Echo Dot smart speaker with Alexa has a whopping 431,000+ five-star ratings. You read that right. It's Amazon's most popular smart speaker for a reason: It's got voice control, song streaming, smart home capabilities and so much more.
Waterproof, portable and a name brand speaker for under $40? Consider us sold. This JBL speaker is the right size to stash in a beach bag, a dry bag or to tote along for long days spent outside. With over 21,000 five-star ratings, reviewers are "amazed" by this speaker, because the sound is "sharp and clear." Just because it's miniature doesn't mean you need to skimp on sound!
Amazon's version of the Ring video doorbell, this Alexa-enabled doorbell allows you to keep an eye on your front step or outdoor space at all times. Work Blink from the Alexa app on your phone and answer your front door no matter where you are. This gift provides ease to users, especially those who travel often. "It did the job and we felt better knowing while on the other side of the world we could monitor our home," one reviewer said.
Ideal for the couple who just moved into their first apartment, the college student in your life who needs streaming services in their dorm or the movie obsessive who is always asking to come over and use your TV, this gift is perfect for anyone who needs to stay up-to-date on their reality TV shows or binge '90s movies.
Best fashion gifts under $50
"Schitt’s Creek" has won a million awards and for good reason — the show is hilarious and has so many funny one-liners. Gift this tee to any fanatic of the Rose family.
For the fitness guru, gift them these 5" shorts from Gymshark that come in a dozen different colors and patterns, from a light grey camouflage to pepper red. Reviewers love these shorts because they are "super lightweight" and "amazing quality."
For the outdoor lover, gift them this T-shirt so they can proudly display their love for the National Parks. With a vintage feel, Pacsun sells additional designs including Yellowstone National Park, Redwood and with themes like "The Great Outdoors", among others.
A basic, tried-and-true classic crew neck to throw over any outfit on chillier days. Carhartt has made a name for themselves in the past with blue collar workers, reinventing themselves to become a lifestyle brand with options for everyday wear. "Love the fit and softness of this sweatshirt," one reviewer said. "I wear them on weekends for comfort and it is durable enough for working construction."
This Lululemon tee is lightweight and cropped, perfect for pairing with your favorite pair of leggings or biker shorts. "This top is so underrated," one reviewer said, with another one adding that this tee "complements the body," which is what we all want and deserve from a workout top.
Available in 11 colors, gift the jacket that will match their wardrobe perfectly. A midweight option that is ample for those days when you need something more than a rain jacket but not quite cold enough for a puffer coat.
Oh! My! Gawd! A gift for the "Friends"-obsessed person in your life, now they can proudly wear their status in the Rachel Green fan club thanks to this tee.
An affordable and more convenient substitute to their traditional sandals, these Chaco slides will become your new go-to when running errands, at the lake or to take on vacation. With 31 colors to choose from, one reviewer with feet issues loves them. "These Chillos Slides are so comfortable," they said. "As a plantar sufferer, these feel great and help tremendously. Better than what I used before that eventually caused other painful issues.
An affordable option for an everyday sneaker, these Adidas Cloud sneakers are "excellent quality," "comfortable" and "stylish," according to reviewers. In addition to being on sale, these shoes run true to size, so no need to worry about sizing up or down.
Best general gifts under $50
The foodie in your life is going to love this interactive gift. From the comfort of their own home, they can enjoy a 90-minute Zoom class where an instructor teaches you how to make homemade pasta and marinara sauce.
Yet another thoughtful gift that won't break the bank, these personalized storybooks are a great unique gift. Personalization and storylines are available for a wide range of ages, from babies to adults, and the site allows you to add names, customize lines inside the book, choose a cover and write a dedication.
For the friend who never stops cursing, this journal is a fun way to dive deep into things that are bothering you, without the usual woo-woo, up-in-the-clouds tone you’ll find in most guided journals.
For the outdoorsman in your crew, you just can’t go wrong with a solid Hydro Flask. This pick comes with a water bottle cap and will keep liquids hot or cold for hours on end.
For the nerdy friend who still isn’t over that final episode of the "Game of Throne" series, it might be time for them to dig into the original GOT books.
Gift the muggle in your life a subtle way to show their appreciation for Harry Potter with these earrings from Alex and Ani. These dainty, 14-carat gold studs are a unique way to keep the wizarding world close.
This 40-liter duffel bag can be used as a carry-on and when not in use, can be packed into the included packing cube. One reviewer said it best when they described it as: "No-frills, durable, and spacious," adding "I intended to use this for short air travel trips to stow overhead, but now I use it for camping, beach trips, weekend stays and anything else."
With a spare electrical charging cube, sticky notes, pen, microfiber towel for cleaning surfaces and more essentials for working from home, the coffeeshop or on the train, this kit has it all.
For the plant lover who can't seem to keep them alive, gift them this Lego set that they won't have to water!
A petite, palm-size option for festivals, traveling or other times when you don't feel like carrying a full-size purse, this option from Coach includes three pockets on the inside for cards, IDs and cash. "It holds everything I need and then some," said one reviewer.