The Best Gifts For Everyone On Your List—All Under $50
If there ever was a year to not procrastinate on gift buying, this is it. With ongoing shipping delays and limited inventories, you really need to get a jump on the holiday shopping, well, right now. But don’t panic: Start before the rush and you might actually enjoy the process—you’ll have the best selection of goods to choose from and not have to resort to buying an itchy turtleneck for anyone in desperation (“It was all they had!”). You might also find inspiration for your own wish list along the way (multi-tasking at its finest).
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Another incentive to fill your cart early: You’ll score the best deals as stores mark down items to encourage everyone to shop early. Ahead, we’ve hunted down the best 10 gifts that ring up at $50 or less, but overdeliver in terms of quality and style. There’s something for everybody here: from the perfect toiletry bag for on-the-go travelers to the buzzy new cookbook that belongs in every foodie’s kitchen to the genius self-watering pot for plant parents. Here’s what to grab now while you can.
For The Chocolate Addict
This Knack gift box channels cozy nights spent in a log cabin—or, on the couch watching Netflix. The assortment includes Mexican chocolate cookies and rich double-chocolate cocoa, which you can whip up in the Buffalo plaid-check coffee mug and garnish with the artisanal reindeer marshmallows.
For The Veteran Traveler And Anyone On The Go
Not every toiletry bag is made from water-resistant neoprene (the same material as wetsuits) or comes with a removable mesh zip-top pouch (so you can grab just the essentials and put it in a gym bag or purse). This cleverly designed, unisex pick is available in five shades—all of which are currently in stock but won’t last for long.
For The Home Chef
Big on creative flavors but not on overly complicated steps, chef and food influencer Molly Baz is known for her super approachable-yet-elevated recipes—like Niçoise “sando” (a.k.a. sandwich) with smashed eggs and black olive mayo—that will inspire you to break out of a food rut and maybe even give up takeout entirely.
For The Well Manicured
The must-have beauty gift this year is, hands-down, Hermès stunningly beautiful Les Mains Hermès nail polishes, which come in color-blocked bottles designed by Pierre Hardy. The collection includes a classic orange to match the signature shade of the boxes (it’s already sold out) and this classic 64 Rouge Casaque holiday red.
For The Pet Lover
The way to any pet lover’s heart is through their furry friends. This highly-rated, cozy pet bed is the perfect spot for dogs and cats to curl up. Lined with a soft (machine-washable) sherpa, the bed dips down in front for easy entry and comes in a variety of modern prints that put a stylish spin on snuggle time.
For The Plant Lover
Even the best-intentioned plant parent can under (or over) water from time to time. This unique pot-and-reservoir system solves that issue: Just pour in water and the pot gradually releases the right amount of moisture to maintain the ideal H2O level.
For The Doughnut Connoisseur
People are fanatical about Federal Donuts for good reason—the James Beard Award-winning chefs behind this Philly hot spot have mastered the art of making donuts that are cake-y yet flaky. This freshly-baked gift box includes a mix of Fancy, Classic and Hot Sugar concoctions in flavors like French Toast, Cereal Glaze and Cookies and Cream.
For Fashionable Types
A more unique take on the typical monogram necklace, this delicate one features a single initial letter positioned askew and off to the side, rather than front and center, for an overall result that’s subtle and very chic.
For The Cozy Homebody
These loveable, top-rated slipper “scuffs” are peak cozy-core with their sweater-like exterior, fleece lining, easy-to-slip-on design and durable sole that allow it to be worn inside and out. The bestselling slipper also comes in a men’s version as well.
For Outdoorsy Folks
This water-resistant blanket has racked up more than 5,000 reviews and comes in handy for any outdoor excursion—be it spontaneous picnics, long days at the beach, camping weekends, you name it. The 60-inch square blanket rolls up and can be stored in this handy carrier for easy transport on the go.
For The Party Host
Part of a collaboration between ethical design shop Goodee and Siafu Home, this pair of salad serving spoons is carved from organic olive wood and has sophisticated striped handles that are engraved using a traditional wax technique to provide a secure grip. Each set is made by Kenyan artisans with responsibly-sourced materials and rooted in sustainability.