50 Cheap Gift Ideas Under $50, Because Everyone Loves A Bargain

Every year when we go to look for holiday gift ideas that are cheap but still cute, it seems like we're bombarded by expensive gift guides. And while I'm still drooling over the $150 holiday bread loaf I saw in my mom's copy of The Oprah Magazine, that's just plain crazy for anyone on a budget. OK, so holiday shopping would be much simpler if you could just get everyone an iPad or a ticket to an exclusive destination spa, but most of us don't have that kind of money lying around (and if you do, please, be my friend just in time for the holiday season).

And yet, there's no reason to get all panicky and refuse to spend a penny on yourself as soon as December 1 comes around. That's right, you can totally have your wine and buy some for your friends too (we're way beyond cake this year).

Thanks to these 50 adorable but inexpensive gift ideas, you will actually be smiling as you shop — we promise. With prices ranging from $5 to $50, there's something on this list for every budget, and every person. And heck, with prices like this, you might actually end up being the kind of person who gets a gift for her boss, her neighbor, and her neighbor's cute but sassy 11-year-old.

Have yourself a merry little credit card statement.

by Nathalie O'Neill

Birchbox Subscription

The perfect gift that keeps on giving, Birchbox delivers a personalized box of beauty products to makeup mavens’ doorstep once a month.

Women’s 3-Month Gift Subscription, $30, Birch Box

Shaving Kit

Dear scratchy-faced boyfriend, if you’re reading this, you know what you’re getting for Christmas.

The Truman Set, $20, Bloomingales

Pen Set

You’re better than unicorns.” Yup, sounds about right.

Sweet Talk Pen Set, $14, Amazon

Hello Darling Stationery Set

A darling stationery set for when you have something sweet to say.

Hello Darling Stationery Set, $30, Amazon


The perfect update for any pantry.

Christmas Chutney, $8, Amazon

Beer Kit

A life hack for feeling like you’re good in the kitchen.

Beer Making Mix: Everyday IPA, $40, Amazon

The Portlandia Cookbook

For everyone who needs to know what their chicken’s name was.

The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local, $15, Amazon

Nail Polish

Hello, glitter! Without a doubt, a must-have for any successful New Year’s Eve celebration.

Gold Glitter Nail Polish, $10, Amazon

Message in a Bottle

With personalized messages (you can even add a name!), these are so perfect for any faraway lovers in need of a romantic holiday SOS.

Tiny Message In A Bottle, $14, Amazon

Sugar Scrub

For those of us who can’t spend a day at the spa, this is the next best thing.

Sugar Reef Sugar Scrub, $35, Amazon


Because we all have a woman in our life who can’t seem to get enough scarves, and this one from Zara actually feels like cashmere.

Blanket Scarf, $37, Amazon

Espresso Cups

Because the only thing better than color in the morning is coffee.

Espresso Set, $20, Amazon


Pom-poms are appropriate at any age, no matter what anyone has told you.

Honeycomb Pom-Pom Hat, $40, Amazon


A gift idea that hits all the right notes.

Gold headphones, $17, Amazon

Designer iPhone Case

There’s no one on your list who couldn’t use a new iPhone case. These ought to do the trick.

Designer iPhone Cases, $23, Amazon

Animal Map

This rad animal map is a great gift for anyone aged 6 and up (I may or may not just have ordered one for my own apartment).

Animal Map of the World, $22, Amazon

Sushi Socks

Socks that fold into sushi — what will they come up with next?

Sushi Socks, $19, Amazon

Action Figure

Amazing. A girl’s toy that actually kicks butt.

GoldieBlox Zipline Action Figure, $20, Amazon

Trinket Tray

How chic is this porcelain tray? Really wishing I had bought one of these before losing my favorite earrings…

Rosanna ‘Voici La France’ Porcelain Tray, $29, Amazon


I’m having an UGG boots flashback in the best way possible — heaven for your feet, but only ever really meant to be slippers.

Slipper Booties, $30, Amazon

Natural Soda

A refreshing fancy spritzer that will help anyone make a mean gin or vodka cocktail.

Elderflower & Rose Presse, $26, Amazon


One-of-a-kind coasters for the one-of-a-kind hostess.

Handmade Felt Coasters, $16, Amazon

Tea Towels

Delicate watercolor tea towels: possibly the safest gift for that great-aunt you don’t know so well.

Tea Towel Set, $23, Amazon

Mini Tree

Pizza Cutter

For the ironic Brooklynite in all of us.

Fixie Pizza Cutter, $14, Amazon

iPhone Dock

The perfect balance of old school and Apple.

Alarm Dock for iPhone 5, $38, Amazon

Desk Calendar

The classy way to never miss an appointment.

Desk Calendar , $16, Amazon

FKA Twigs CD

Maybe this’ll get your little sister to give T. Swift a break.

Click Here To Buy

Sriracha Salt

Dreams really do come true!

Sriracha Salt , $9, Amazon

Katniss Barbie

Because your niece deserves a Barbie that actually kicks butt.

Barbie Collector Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen Doll, $35, Amazon

Bottle Stopper

Crystal-level fanciness for less than $15? Hello, perfect hostess gift.

Bottle Stopper, $14, Amazon

Whiskey Wedge

Like a little glacier for your liquor.

The Whiskey Wedge, $31, Amazon

Initial Blocks

A great idea for when you want something that feels more personal.

Initial Blocks, $6, Amazon

The Goldfinch

For all the silly people who haven’t read this beautiful book yet.

Click Here To Buy

Beyoncé Calendar

A reminder to be fierce every single day of the year.

Official 2016 Calendar, $25, Amazon


Just because you’re covered in flour doesn’t mean you can’t look glamorous.

Butterfly Field Apron, $32, Anthropologie


Pretend you’re flying first class with this beautiful journal.

Bon Voyage Smyth Sewn Journal, $15, Riflepaperco


These bracelets, made by artisans in Laos from Vietnam War era bombs, plane parts, and other aluminum scraps, are pretty and powerful.

Arrow Bangle , $50, Article22

Gold and Champagne Marshmallows

I can’t even wrap my head around how incredibly fancy and delicious this seems.

24K Gold & Champagne Marshmallows, $24, Sugarfina

Classic Tee

Give the gift of lightweight Supima cotton from an ethical company, all for much less than a name-brand tee.

The Cotton V, $15, Everlane

Faux Fur Clutch

People might stare when you start petting your purse on the subway, but it’s definitely worth it.

Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony Faux Fur Life Clutch, $50, Aldo


The easiest way to feed those wanderlust cravings all day long.

On The Map Leather Watch, $24, Urbanoutfitters

Goat Milk Soap

It’s like these natural soap bars are straight from another century, somewhere in the French countryside.

Pure Goat Milk Soap Gift Set, $34, Beekman1802

Tea Set

Because not everyone loves coffee.

The Holiday Collection, $19, Davidstea

Tea Lights

Goodbye, pricey candlesticks; hello, adorable scalloped tea lights!

Scallop Tea Lights, $19, Spadecor

Brie Baker Set

Murray’s Cheese describes this baker set as “The Briedazzler,” which pretty much sums up all my feelings on cheese-related gifts.

Murray’s Brie Baker Set, $35, Murraycheese

Sneaker Print

All the greatest sneakers in history, illustrated, from Chuck Taylors to the Air Yeezy.

A Visual Compendium of Sneakers, $35, Popchartlab


Every girl needs a little bling.

Aquamarine Nugget Gold Necklace, $45, Etsy

Cute T-Shirt

Oyster Subscription

With more than half a million titles, the “Netflix of Books” will be a Christmas miracle for any book lover.

3-month subscription, $29, Oysterbooks