The 30 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for $50 or Less

Make your loved ones feel spoiled while sticking to your holiday budget.

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September 29, 2022

With family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, teachers and more to shop for, you pretty much have to set a budget if you want to get something for everyone. (And survive the holidays with at least some money left in your bank account; there's no shame in that.)

So, we did what we do best and scoured the internet for thoughtful gifts that will cost you anywhere from $10 to $50. You can pick out a present for everyone you love and maybe even treat yourself to something you didn't know you needed. (There's no shame in that, either, FYI.)

Keep scrolling to shop our top picks for budget-friendly gifts $50 or under that don't skimp on sentimentalism.

Delight your mother, sister or any other special lady on your list with this delicate monogram necklace. The sparkling gold chain and subtle asymmetrical initial will enhance any outfit and reflect her unique personality. (Pro Tip: If she had a baby recently, swap the initial for her newborn's.)

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Get them into the holiday spirit with a candle that mimics a fresh spruce, holly berry and eucalyptus garland draped over the mantel. The natural soy wax blend candle includes incredible notes of Fraser fir, holly berry, eucalyptus, mistletoe, sugar, sprue and cedar.

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These cozy open-toe slippers have a rubber sole, are made with memory foam and come in a number of beautiful colors. If there's someone on your list that likes to make a fashion statement even when relaxing at home (or even running a quick errand!) these are absolutely perfect.

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Perfect for people who run, ski or travel frequently, this cozy beanie will keep their heads warm and allow them to listen to music or a podcast at the same time. And though the button panel looks like an ordinary logo, it can actually be used to pause or rewind at a moment's notice.

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If they're a foodie or a big fan of New York City, then they'll love this hilarious heart puzzle. The pieces are covered in New York's most iconic offerings (think pizza, pretzels and hot dogs), so every inch will speak to their senses. And to top it all off? A portion of their new gift will support hospitality workers in need.

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For the wine lover in your life, this wine chiller stick is sure to please. It filters, pours and keeps wine cold with its innovative design. It's made with food-grade stainless steel and fits all standard-sized wine bottles.

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$45 (Set of 5)

When they're ready to travel again, this five-piece set of packing cubes will make all the difference. Each pouch is slightly bigger than the last, so they can fit exactly what they'll need for their trip, with zipper closures to lock everything in place. And yep! The cubes work for hardshell suitcases, duffel bags, backpacks and more.

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This cozy fur throw would make a great gift — even if you end up keeping it for yourself. It'll add a luxurious touch to any couch and will make a snow day that much cozier.

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These blue-light-blocking glasses can make looking at a screen all day much more gentle on the eyes, meaning they're perfect for any tech lover or the person in your life who is always on their computer. They're stylish, too.

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Now here's a gift that everybody needs: Leslie Odom Jr.'s new Christmas album. Packed with classics like "Last Christmas" and "O Holy Night," this vinyl album will keep their spirits bright while they decorate the house or host their annual holiday gathering. (And did we mention that you'll earn major brownie points with Hamilton fans?)

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Pay homage to their hometown, favorite city or a trip you took together with a cool neighborhood print. They'll love the graphic design and how it allows that special location to stand out. Each one is available in six punchy color combinations.

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$30 (Pack of 5)

Need a sweet little something for a neighbor, co-worker or teacher? Try these hot chocolate stirrers from Neiman Marcus. After untying the bag, all they have to do is steam milk, add a block of couverture chocolate and sit back and relax with a cup of gourmet hot cocoa.

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If you really want to spoil your favorite host, gift them something they'd never think to buy for themselves: an electric corkscrew. This sleek little Rabbit Compact will make a thoughtful addition to their bar cart and remove corks in seconds without shedding.

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$39.99 $32.99
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If they basically live at the gym or they're starting a new fitness routine, they could probably use a new bag. We recommend this CANWAY duffel, which has a spacious main compartment, eight zippered pockets and an easy-open slot for their tennis shoes. They'll never leave home without it.

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Everyone could use a little more R&R, right? Give your chronically busy bestie an excuse to soak in the tub with this beautifully packaged bottle of luxury bath salts. The skin-soothing formula is fortified with both milk powder and colloidal oatmeal and features calming notes of vanilla and vetiver to help them unwind before bed.

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If they're all about the aesthetic (or enjoy dance parties in the kitchen), then they'll get a kick out of this retro-style speaker. Though equipped with a tuner antenna and volume knob, this baby is completely wireless, Bluetooth-compatible and even boasts FM radio. Plus, it illuminates like an old-fashioned jukebox when in use.

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Now here's a gift that your favorite chef will appreciate. Protect their cookbooks from splatters or spills with this innovative beechwood stand. The acrylic panel is designed to hold down pages without blocking their view and stops messes from spreading. Plus, the stand folds up and out of the way when they're done using it.

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The only thing better than a cozy throw blanket? A blanket scarf from which she'll get twice as much use. Crafted from buttery pashmina and finished with a fringe trim, this tartan accessory will keep her warm on chilly nights out as a scarf, shawl or blanket. It's available in 16 winter-appropriate hues and would work well for bulk gifting, too.

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Perfect for someone who just moved into their own place, this compact coffee maker can brew up to 14 ounces of their favorite bean and drip it directly into their travel mug for effortless mornings. The appliance also has a built-in grinder, so your loved one can use either whole beans or pre-ground coffee.

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It's no secret that camera film can be expensive. If they love capturing moments with their Instax Mini, but not buying more film, surprise them with this value pack. Each box contains four cartridges in four fun colors — Classic White, Rainbow, Pink Lemonade and Monochrome — so they can add some color to their albums.

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Add a special touch to their bedside table (in more ways than one) with a smartphone dock and planter all-in-one. The glazed stand is designed to hold a four-inch faux plant, while a groove along the bottom cradles their phone. It'll free up space on their nightstand and make their bedroom feel so much more peaceful.

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From $35.75

Take your Secret Santa or White Elephant exchange to the next level with this clever cheese vault. The colorful silicone box basically allows wedges to breathe and eliminates excess moisture, so the flavor lasts longer. You can even write on the side of the box for easy storing and locating in the fridge.

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The design-lover on your list needs this graphic calendar for their office. They'll love starting the new year with such a bold, blank slate and being able to rip off the pages.

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Streamline your guy's morning routine with this modular shower caddy. In addition to a fog-resistant and shatterproof mirror, he'll receive a sleek base unit with slots for his razor, toothbrush, toothpaste and shower gel. The unit's easy to install and will keep his grooming essentials all in one place.

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We all know at least one bride planning a wedding in 2023. Help her keep track of every detail and check important items off her to-do list with this sweet wedding planner that says, "Love is in the air." Thanks to its robin's egg hue, the book can also conveniently double as her something blue.

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Challenge your favorite road trip warrior to visit every state by gifting them a custom photo map of the U.S.A. As they explore new territories and make new memories, they can print out photos and gradually fill in the continent.

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If we had to guess, the gardener in your life would love a mister for their indoor plants. This polished brass vessel will easily get the job done and provide a gentle shower for humidity-loving orchids and ferns. And when not in use? It'll add vintage style to a bookshelf or side table, too.

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Never underestimate the power of a heartfelt ornament. If your loved one's been feeling a little homesick or has a special place they've been aching to revisit, send them this hand-stamped city ornament. You can customize the location with a heart or star and trust that they'll hang it on their tree immediately.

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Treat your favorite couple to a romantic night-in or a picnic in the park with this packable table. The sturdy bamboo table sets up easily, with legs that lock into place, and it features five slots for a standard bottle and four glasses. The table even comes with a set of cheese knives, so all they need to worry about are the eats and sips.

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Now, this is what we call a crowd-pleaser. Help your loved one get in the holiday spirit (and add a festive touch to their kitchen or bar cart) with a copy of Very Merry Cocktails. Inside, they'll find over 50 recipes for every occasion, from an elegant New Year's Eve soireé to a cheeky Christmas in July party. It's perfect for the person who already has everything.

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