13 Clever Gift Ideas Under $50

Gift Guide

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Gift giving doesn’t have to break the bank. For good deals you won’t need to wait for, these are just a few of the many affordable options out there for a savvy shopper.

Perk up a friend’s porch or patio with this cheery array of small potted succulents, the perfect choice for a housewarming gift. Easy to tend to and a fun way to liven up indoor spaces with some cheery greenery, they also make affordable party favors or office gifts.

Anyone with something to celebrate, from newlyweds to recent retirees, can enjoy this clean-lined and modern set of champagne flutes. They are also the perfect hostess gift for friends who throw those must-attend end of year parties.

Recent grads, young adults on their own for the first time, or even parents tired of their same old family recipes will all appreciate this new and updated version of classic cookbook Joy of Cooking. An essential item for any home cook, it offers new ideas and practical solutions to everything from family dinner to large holiday crowd entertaining.

A beautiful piece of art can make a house a home, and gives an anchoring point for choosing color palette and decor. Etsy features a variety of beautiful works by artists, and choosing something representative of home, travels, or future goals is a great way to give a gift that shows how much you care.

Useful for daily tasks, this stylish folding pocket knife makes a great gift for anyone from groomsmen to dads. With careful treatment it will last a lifetime, and can be handed down to the next generation, along with memories of its use for apple picking, summer picnics, and more family traditions.

There are few things more indulgent than a fresh-baked pastry for breakfast, and Williams-Sonoma’s array of delicious breakfast goodies offers something for everyone. Say “Congrats” for new jobs and other fresh starts with this package of 12 yummy sticky buns.

Travelers and transplants facing chilly winters need quality gloves, and picking up a pair that is both stylish and comfortable will ensure they get tons of use. These leather gloves come in a range of color choices, so every fashion sense can be easily accommodated.

The winter season can be a drag, so give the gift of caffeine to your favorite coffee or hot chocolate drinker this year. This also works particularly well as a group gift for teachers, postal carriers, office-mates, and anyone else who helps keep you cheery and supported.

Nothing can blow through a budget like a new baby- and the temptation to go overboard on gift-giving is very real. Luckily great deals are out there, like this 7 piece outfit set from Primary. Full of gender neutral color choices, with no slogans or cartoon characters, these can last through several siblings with ease.

Older kids and adults that love LEGO and tinkering will be thrilled by this in-depth build of some famous parts of the NYC skyline. At nearly 600 pieces it’s good for hours of entertainment, and afterwards makes a fun display piece for a mantle.

The middle grades are incredibly tough to buy for, as kids start developing strong opinions and specific interests, it can be hard to keep up with which books, movies and video games they have. When you find something you know they’ll enjoy, picking up a full set ensures they aren’t left on a cliffhanger.

Gone are the days of childhood, when a gift of clothes was supremely disappointing; now there are few gifts as personal and considerate as clothes that match our favorite style or come in our favorite colors.  He can go caroling in style, attend a tailgate, and more with this clean, minimalist sweater that’s perfect standalone or layered under a heavier coat.

Commuters and the work from home set can both enjoy this insulated coffee mug on chilly mornings, and students trying to force themselves to attend early classes can bring along the caffeine they need. Available in a range of colors and size options, Klean Kanteen also makes stainless steel reusable water bottles for both kids and adults.


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