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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. Whether they’re a plant person, amateur chef or beauty junkie, 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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Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Best beauty gifts under $50
If you couldn't tell by this product's punny name, these are press-on nails, but with a twist! These salon-quality nails are all completely reusable and non-toxic. The kit comes with everything you need to give yourself endless manicures: 24 press-on nails, a dual-sided buffer and file, a cuticle stick and non-toxic glue.
Opposites attract in this luxurious mini parfum duo from Yves Saint Laurent. Libre provides scents of lavender, orange blossom and musk, while Black Opium boasts notes of coffee, white flowers and vanilla.
Personalized gifts always look more expensive than they actually are. Get the traveler in your life this engraved leather toiletry bag. It's handmade and on Etsy's Pick list.
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.
This gift set is great for the guy who's down to try anything. It showcases five high-end fragrances from Versace for a fraction of the price.
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 NUDESTIX 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 skincare 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.
If you have a beauty lover in your life who is also eco-conscious, Ethique's zero-waste shower sampler is a solid gift. The four-piece set includes solid shampoo and conditioner bars, a facial cleanser and a moisturizing butter block.
Simple yet oh so classic, this lipstick from Chanel will delight any gift-receiver who can’t get enough of Chanel — I mean, really, who can?
This facial cupping kit from Province Apothecary is ideal for the all-natural skin-care junkie 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 fanatic 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 15,000 5-star reviews 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.
We could all use some help easing anxiety and promoting relaxation. The products in this kit from Vitruvi are made with essential oils sourced from all over the world and can be used in an oil diffuser.
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 quarantine 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.
Blend smoothies, soups or anything else in this 700-watt blender from Ninja. It's easy to use and even easier to clean.
Everyone’s been doing a lot of quarantine cooking this past year, 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 general gifts under $50
The pet-lover 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 led by an art teacher based in Connecticut. They'll get shipped all the painting supplies they need ahead of time.
This spill-resistant, fully programmable gaming keyboard has over 11,600 5-star reviews on Amazon. It's safe to say you won't have any regrets gifting this to the gamer or techy you know.
This custom puzzle is sure to wow history lovers. Get any day of the New York Times front page printed into a puzzle. Ideas include their birthday, an anniversary or a memorable milestone.
Amazon's Echo Dot smart speaker with Alexa has a whopping 286,000 5-star reviews. 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.
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.
If you know someone who hates to carry around a large purse, gift them this cute cardholder wallet from Kate Spade. The material protects against scratches, and the wallet itself is small enough to bring with you anywhere.
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.
These antimicrobial airplane tray table sleeves are perfect for the germ-conscious traveler and come in a handy carrying case that tethers to any carry-on. The fabric is made of fiber created out of plastic bottles, so they are eco-friendly, and the sleeves are treated with a technology that inhibits bacteria from growing on the fabric surface. Choose from 10 different collections.
"Schitt’s Creek" won a million Emmy awards last year, and for good reason — the show is hilarious and has so many funny one-liners. Gift this tee to the "Schitt’s Creek" fanatic in your life.
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. Especially before the spin-off series, which is expected to air in 2022.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
- Love luxury on a budget? These chic gifts are under $100
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- Give your wallet a break: Here are thoughtful gifts under $10