36 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas for $50 or Less
Make your loved ones feel spoiled while sticking to your holiday budget.
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.
Spoil your favorite host or wine lover with a gift they'd never think to buy for themselves: an acrylic aerator. This sleek device allows their beverage to breathe and helps them catch the entire flavor profile. The aerator also comes with a no-drip stand, a travel pouch and a sediment filter, so it's a win all around.
Get them in the holiday spirit with a candle that mimics a cheerful Christmas tree lighting celebration. The natural soy wax blend candle includes incredible notes of red currants, sugar plums, wild ivy, blackberries, winter rose and sandalwood. It'll make their nights so much merrier.
The only thing better than a cozy throw blanket? A blanket scarf that she'll get twice as much use out of. This beautiful and buttery-soft accent is made from wool and will help keep her warm as a scarf or shawl. It's also available in 16 fabulous hues, like rich dark green and rosy red.
Consider this the perfect gift for the techie or traveler on your list. This handsome leather roll-up case features three pockets for charging cords, headphones, USB drives, memory cards and more, so your loved one can stay organized on the go. You can choose from eight different colors and even personalize the front with their initials.
Need a sweet little something for a neighbor, co-worker or teacher? Try a tin of gourmet peppermint bark. The cool flavor and crunch of the candy canes mingle with rich chocolate to create one decadent treat. Best of all? The peppermint bark arrives in a festive tin, so all you have to do is deliver the goods.
Teens are obsessed with this guided journal, and it's easy to see why. Each book features an edgy cover, plus writing prompts, questions and thought experiments like, "My Life in Trivia." By the end, they'll have an entire introspective snapshot of their life at this very moment.
Now here's a gift that everybody needs: Leslie Odom Jr.'s 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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If you really want to impress the foodie on your list, then treat them to this innovative cheese vault. The silicone box allows wedges to breathe and eliminates excess moisture, so the flavor lasts longer. Plus, you can write on the side of the vault for easy storage in the fridge.
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.
When in doubt, delight your mother, sister, daughter or best friend with a petite leather travel case for her jewelry. She'll love this embossed leather box and how its faux-suede interior gently cradles her accessories on the go. You can choose from six stylish hues and personalize the top with her name or initials.
Whether they're an experienced skier or a lover of après ski style, they'll get a kick out of this cheeky ceramic mug. The vintage-inspired ski boot is the perfect size for a hot toddy or hot chocolate, comes in two colors and can even be personalized with the recipient's initial.
Show the new parents on your list some love and surprise them with this thoughtful "Baby Arrival" gift set. The wooden crate contains everything they'll need for those first few weeks, including diapers, wipes, shampoo, body wash and hand sanitizer spray. Best of all? Everything is made with gentle, plant-based ingredients.
Everyone could use a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses. We love these stylish frames from Amazon because they filter out blue light and make looking at a screen so much more pleasing. The lightweight frames are also gentle on the ears and available in eight colors.
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.
Show the beauty guru on your list that you've been paying attention and treat them to this limited-edition makeup set. Inside the celestial box, they'll find a bottle of Dior's Maximizer 3D Lash Primer Serum and a small tube of their 24H Buildable Volume Mascara. Needless to say, they'll definitely look and feel their best for the annual holiday party.
What should you get your hard-working employees, you ask? Start with a box of artisan fruits and nuts. This mouthwatering mix ships straight from California and consists of hickory-smoked almonds, salted cashews, dried pears and dried apricots. It'll make a wonderful addition to their holiday table.
Honor Nana and Papa's favorite title with this personalized doormat for their front steps. The base is made from real coconut coir and features a slip-resistant vinyl back, so it won't budge underfoot. You can customize the design before adding it to your cart.
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.
If you're not sure what to get your sister or sister-in-law, a delicate initial necklace is a great place to start. This sparkling gold chain and studded letter will enhance any outfit and reflect her unique personality. Pro Tip: If she had a baby recently, you can always swap her initial for her newborn's.
Give your coffee lover the satisfaction of swirling their ice cubes and creamer together with these trendy drinking glasses. Each piece comes with a bamboo lid and a reusable straw, so the recipient can easily carry their beverage around the house. The gift set also includes two stainless steel cleaning brushes.
Sometimes a sentimental ornament goes a long way. Pay homage to their hometown, favorite city or a special trip you took together with this handcrafted and heartfelt ornament. Once the map is printed directly on the marble square, a red heart and geographic coordinates will mark the exact spot of your desired location.
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If they recently moved apartments or purchased their very first home, then they'll love this personalized address stamp. The self-inking piece is designed to fit in the palm of their hand and can stamp out thousands of crisp black impressions.
What's the most important step of any skincare routine? Sunscreen. Help your chronically busy bestie find their perfect match and feel a little more pampered this holiday season with this Supergoop! SPF Bestsellers Kit. In the sunny yellow pouch, they'll find three trial-sized (and totally paraben-free) bottles of Supergoop's Unseen Sunscreen, Glowscreen and PLAY Everyday Lotion.
If they basically live at the gym or they're starting a fitness routine, then they could probably use a new bag. We highly recommend this Canway duffel, which boasts a spacious main pocket, eight zippered side pockets and a separate compartment for tennis shoes. (So they can't track dirt or germs home.)
If we had to guess, the gardener in your life would love a new pouch for their tools. Go above and beyond with this heavy-duty canvas bag, which features reinforced interior and exterior pockets for sharp gadgets. They can wear it across the belt or over the shoulder.
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, this book can also conveniently double as her something blue.
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.
Encourage your favorite couple to enjoy a romantic night in or a date in the park with this portable picnic table. The sturdy bamboo tray features two legs that lock into place and various slots for wine, stemmed glasses, etc. The table even comes with a set of cheese knives, so all they need to worry about are the snacks and sips.
If her furbaby is her entire world, then present her with this stylish "Dog Mom" tote. The environmentally-friendly bag is perfect for transporting treats, toys, blankets, and more and has a comfortable fit thanks to its convenient shoulder straps.
Now, this is what we call a crowd-pleaser. Help your loved one celebrate the season (and all of the sweet treats it has to offer) by gifting them this special cookbook. Inside, they'll find over 100 recipes for holiday cookies, bars, meringues and more.