100 Gifts That Are $50 or Under (and Look Way More Expensive Than They Actually Are)

a variety of gifts under $50


Contrary to what conventional wisdom might tell you, gifts don’t have to be expensive to look expensive. In fact, some of the most sophisticated (and useful) products come with under-$50 price tags. But the line between cherished valuable and donation pile is, however, fine. So, to sort the treasures from the junk, we deep-dived into our favorite retailers’ offerings to uncover hidden gems. Here, discover the best fashion, beauty, home, work, and travel gifts that match any recipient’s desire for elegance—without emptying your wallet in the process. Happy gifting!

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Agate Coaster

These coasters will give their apartment an instant upgrade.

Mini Rice Cooker

Don’t you dare underestimate the value of perfectly cooked rice.

Bluetooth Shower Speaker
iFox Creations

Now 40% off

Give this to the person who loves a good shower concert. Nothing beats those acoustics.

Rectangular Vanity Makeup Mirror

Perfect for the friend or colleague who is constantly going on after-work dates.


Now 15% off

Carhartt is worn by mechanics and freelance photographers in Brooklyn alike. Now, ironically, hip dogs can get in on the action, too.

Kiss my lips
KNC Beauty

These Insta-famous masks are worth their weight in selfies.

OK Tarot: The Simple Deck for Everyone
Adam J. Kurtz

A great way to pass the time and learn something in the process.

Aztec Secret
Indian Healing Clay

Over 18,000 Amazon reviewers rate this clay mask at 4.5 stars.

We’re Not Really Strangers

Consider this the sweet, introspective alternative to Cards Against Humanity.

Faux Leather Jewelry Box

Here’s a jewelry box that’s almost as pretty as their actual jewelry collection.

Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses
Brett Cramer

Tossing one back never looked so good.

Tie-Dye Cotton Socks

Now 13% off

Make socks and sandals more fun by gifting these tie-dyed pairs.

28-Piece Hair Clip Set

Do they almost always misplace hair accessories? Then they will no doubt rejoice over this mega set.

12-Pc. Storage Set

The most practical gifts are sometimes the sexiest. (Also, these colors are cute, no?)

20-Piece Tea Set

Gift a tea set for the resident Bridgerton fan (or Anglophile).

Bennett Tennis Bracelet

A real diamond tennis bracelet may be beyond your budget, but this is the next best thing.

Urban Outfitters Tiger Bath Mat
Urban Outfitters

Their bathroom is about to get wild⁠—literally.

Caffettiera French Press

Get this for your work wife (who always catches your side-eyes in the middle of Zoom meetings).

Texture Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Project 62

Fact: There’s no such thing as too many throw blankets.

Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray

Give them peace of mind and an hour or two alone in the tub.

Mini Fridge

Now 22% off

Store your favorite serums, cleansers, and creams (or an extra can of Diet Coke) at your office with this extremely mini fridge.

Concrete Hands Catchall

This catchall tray will be used daily, guaranteed.

Personalized Toiletry Bag

This suave leather bag has more than enough room to hold even your mom’s overflowing lipstick collection.

Balance My Stress Blend
Peak and Valley

Made of medicinal mushrooms, phytonutrient-dense herbs, and adaptogenic plants, this stress-reducing blend could replace their morning coffee.

Raw Stone Earring Set
Free People

Why gift one pair of earrings when you can give three?

Smart Coffee Warmer

Now 15% off

This intuitive mug warmer reacts when you place a mug on its surface, keeping your coffee toasty for hours.

Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet in Taupe/Ivory at Nordstrom
Street Level

A sturdy, reversible tote for less than $50? Say no more.

Knot Shaped Candle
Yui Brooklyn

Oddly-shaped candles are the new Diptyque. You heard it here first.

Clean Greens Face Mask

This anti-pollution mask is perfect for city dwellers.

Silk Night Sleeping Cap with Ribbons

If your giftee constantly complains about frizzy hair, this cap will change their life.

Kit-Cat Clock

This gift is especially sweet for someone who grew up with this retro clock in their childhood home.

Pearl Initial Pendant

At $5 a letter, you can potentially spell out their entire name for under $50. A steal!

24 oz. Water Bottle
Hydro Flask

Hydro Flasks are a no-brainer gift. Because we all need to hydrate.

Zodiac Embroidered Journal
Urban Outfitters

Whether they’re a Pisces scribbling away their emotions or a Capricorn creating a to-do list, this journal is the perfect choice.

Me Mismatched Earrings
Statement by Nadia

Make your gift all about them.

Glass Propagation Vase Bulbs with Wood Stand

If the pandemic transformed you into a plant parent, keep your colony going with this propagation stand, which looks rustic enough to function as window décor.

Premium Fleece Blanket with Sleeves

Yes, we stand by our argument that blankets are chic—especially when they’re this luxurious.

Silk Sleep Mask

Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t use a sleep mask. Give them a top-of-the-line style by Slip, instead.

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America
Henry Holt & Company

Buy this for everyone on your gift list and you won’t regret it.

Picnic & Outdoor Blanket

Now 18% off

Looking to get outdoors more often? Make it easier with a stylish picnic blanket.

Tabletop Glass Fireplace

The easiest way to warm up a dining room.

Programmable Slow Cooker

Everyone should have this easy-to-use slow cooker in their kitchen.

Geode Resin Wine or Champagne Butler Caddy

This unique wine caddy means a bottle of Cabernet and a polished glass are never too far away.

Big Effing Clip
Emi Jay X Revolve

Pull back those locks with a cute oversized claw clip that’s strong enough to hold it all together.

Birth Month Flower Paint-by-Number Kit
Lauren Sadler

This step-by-step kit will help them make a treasured work of art, even if they’re clumsy with a paintbrush.

Matte Lipstick

Applying this Gucci lipstick is an instant confidence booster.

Lardon Chelsea Boot

A good Chelsea boot like this one is sturdy enough to stand up to winter winds but chic enough to pair well with skirts.

Outdoor Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Now 33% off

Perfect for snow days, beach days, and every day in between.

Grecian Bust Pot

Do they need a pot for their philodendron? These Grecian bust planters are eye-catching but classic enough to jive with the rest of your interiors.

The Plush Lounge Sock
Cozy Earth

These cozy lounge socks are durable but ultra-soft—and they’ve got Oprah’s stamp of approval.

Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender
Mueller Austria

Let them blend, whisk, and froth to their heart’s delight, all with one simple tool.

Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

Their whole household will thank them for the delicious meals that come from this ultra-affordable cast iron skillet.

The Super Puff™ Mitten
Super World

Keep those fingers frostbite-free with a pair of snug but colorful mittens.

Nail Polish Organizer

Now 11% off

This kit holds 40 bottles in place with room for brushes and tools.

Match Cloche

Much more elegant than a fluid lighter, your matches will need a place to go when not lighting candles. Show them off in this sophisticated cloche.

Ceramic Diffuser

If you’re candle-averse or prefer essential oils, this diffuser makes every day feel like spa day.

Selfie Ring Light with 50” Extendable Tripod Stand

Have they turned into a TikTok addict? They can film their next viral video using this ring light and tripod kit.

Flora Taper Candle Holder

Elevate their dinner party aesthetic with these playful candle sticks.

My Life In Chapters: 10 Year Journal
Jordan and Prash Gor

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of daily life. Take a moment to reflect with this guided journal.

Sport Gym Duffle Travel Bag

We can’t promise a cute marble duffle bag will make anyone go to the gym more often, but it certainly can’t hurt.

Sleeveless High-Neck Bodysuit

A wardrobe must-have, this sleeveless bodysuit will serve you throughout every season.

Philodendron Heartleaf

Spruce up an ailing office space—or your own living room—with a hearty philodendron. Why not?

UV Daily Moisturizer with SPF Tinted Face Sunscreen

One of our favorite face sunscreens, this tinted pick from EltaMD is feather-light but powerful enough to keep UV rays at bay.

Classic Figaro Chain Necklace

Available in silver and gold, this timeless chain necklace adds charm to any ensemble.

Bistro Tile Frame

Treasure favorite memories with these Art Deco-inspired frames.

PATTERN Leave-In Conditioner

Keep their curls super-smooth with this leave-in conditioner boasting rave reviews.

Scalp & Body Scrub

This luxurious body scrub is the ultimate excuse for them to indulge in a hot bath after (or, uh, during) a long day.

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Fenty Beauty

You’ll never go wrong by stocking up on this silky, full-coverage foundation.

Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

They will master the cat-eye once and for all with one of our favorite waterproof liners.

Etched Stackable Rings

If you like it, you should multiple rings on it. It’s Bey’s world; we’re just living in it.

Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay

Special occasions call for silver and gold—on your eyelids as well as everywhere else.

Love For Sale Palette
Haus Laboratories

Now 50% off

Leave it to Lady Gaga to deliver the goods. This delectable palette can be mixed and matched to create virtually any color story.

Wave Hoop Earrings

An abstract pair of earrings adds a zany boost to any ’fit.

Fern Pendant Necklace
Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott’s simple styles are timeless and perfect for everyday wear.

Fae Mini Top Handle Bag

Celebrity-loved brand JW Pei makes this mini bag that is oh-so on-trend.

Main Character Energy Snake Chain
8 Other Reasons

Remind them that yes, they are the main character. At first glance, you’d never know this versatile chain is etched with writing, which makes it great for layering with other necklaces.

Modern Multicolored Abstract Garden Plants, Unframed Art Prints

It’s always a good time to help someone start their own art collection.

Lip Sleeping Mask

Pucker up, buttercup. This moisturizing mask will remedy chapped lips in a snap.

Corduroy Bucket Hat

’Tis the season to finally give in and invest in a bucket hat.

Amazonian Clay 16-Hour Full Coverage Foundation Custom Value Set

This kit includes all you need for a full face beat.

Fine-Waled Corduroy Shirt

The perfect layering piece doesn’t exi—

The Softest Ribbed Long Sleeve Mock Neck

Considering the mileage your gift recipient will get out of this essential layering piece, it’s well worth the price tag.

Mini Pavé Huggie Pair

Delicate huggie earrings can stand alone or pair with other stud sets for a clean or eclectic look, respectively.

Green Clay and Eucalyptus Vegan Scented Candle

A cozy and fresh scented candle that’s also vegan and cruelty-free. Win, win, win, win.

Tipsy Bottle Opener

Make opening a bottle of beer look chic.

Concrete Planter Succulent Arrangement

Even the most negligent plant owner can raise a succulent.

2-Pack Dual USB Portable Charger

Who among us couldn’t use an extra portable charger?

Honey Ring

This bee-emblazoned ring is as sweet as honey.

The Boba Kit (Matcha + Amber Rock Sugar)

Encourage their boba obsession with this DIY set, complete with matcha powder and amber rock sugar.

14K Yellow Gold Colored Lightweight Chunky Open Hoops

If you don’t already have a well-worn pair of chunky gold hoops, it’s never too late to hop on the bandwagon.

12-Pack Variety Floral Sage Bundles

Soul-soothing sage will make their home feel totally cleansed.

Burrito Baby Tortilla Blanket
Uncommon Goods

Are you kidding? New parents will freak over how adorable this burrito swaddle is.

Leather Airpod Case

Store those pesky Airpods in a case that doubles as a wristlet.

Mini Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Trio
Bobbi Brown

No need for expensive palettes or new brushes—just spread on one of these gorgeous cream shadows for a look that pops.

Pillow Talk On The Go Set
Charlotte Tilbury

Stash this beloved kit in your bag for easy makeup touch-ups.

Cropped Mock Neck Sweater
& Other Stories

You’ll never regret gifting a soft mock neck. There’s no outfit it can’t work with.

Mini Candle Gift Set
NEST New York

Home will smell like the holidays long after the presents are unwrapped.

Stoneware Mini Round Cocotte
Le Creuset

Think of all the tiny pies, puddings, quiches, and stews to be made. Yum.

One-Pound Weighted Bangle Set

Get a little extra effort out of your workout with this (unexpectedly stylish) weighted bangle set.

8 Other Reasons

Sure, you could top off your curls with a dad hat, but a beret is just so much more fun.

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