There’s a certain art to gift-giving. A present should feel both personal and practical — no one wants something that will only collect dust in the back of a closet — but it should also possess a certain extravagance; it should look like a splurge, even if it isn’t. While buying something nice tends to equate to spending lots of money, that doesn’t actually need to be the case.
If you’re constantly trying to one-up your own gift-giving abilities, it’s time to consider these small-but-mighty
luxury gifts under $50. High in style but not in price, each of these little luxuries feel like a special treat. Whether it’s super-soft sheer socks from a designer they’re obsessed with (but may never buy themselves) or a body wash whose scent will last all day long (who doesn’t want to smell like hints of pink pepper and rose petals?), these 10 under-$50 gifts are just the right amount of fancy. Time to indulge the ones you love — and maybe yourself, too. We only include products that have been independently selected by Bustle's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. For The Immaculately Accessorized
Socks are like the gateway to designer goods; you’ll never forget your first pair. This color-blocked option from Dries van Noten is sleek and multi-functional: Crafted from a lightweight fabric, they can be worn loose at the ankle or, as the brand’s runway show suggests, pulled tight to just below the knee.
For The Person Who Always Smells Expensive
Rose of No Man's Land Body Wash
Help turn their shower into a transformative experience. Byredo’s Rose of No Man's Land scent is a tribute to selflessness and compassion (its moniker comes from the nickname given to nurses who saved thousands of lives during WWI). Every time they get a compliment for smelling of hints of pink pepper, Turkish rose, and white amber, they’ll think of you — and who doesn’t want to be
that friend? For The Extra, Extra Chill
For a Good Time Mini Lighter
From Edie Parker Flower, a self-described line of “color collectibles for friends in high places,” comes probably the cutest lighter ever. Its mini size is ideal for on-the-go (it can fit in even the tiniest of clutches), but the coral and mint blocked colors make it a much-needed addition to a nightstand or coffee table. Once it’s in their possession, we guarantee they’ll reach for it daily.
For The Friend With Great Hair
So many don’t know the power of a good hairbrush until they’ve actually tried one. Mason Pearson has earned itself a cult following, and rightfully so; the brand’s combs are handmade in Switzerland to the highest standards. This one has teeth that move easily through thick, textured, or tangled hair without causing damage, so it’s less of a ‘want,’ and more of a ‘definitely need.’
For The Friend Who Loves Thrifting
Tales of Endearment by Natalie Joos
Books are endless sources of inspiration.
Tales of Endearment by Natalie Joos is an encyclopedia for vintage lovers, filled with stories of old clothing finding new life; it’ll give them endless styling ideas, and maybe even help them see their wardrobe through a different lens. If you have a little extra cash to burn, throw in a gift card to TheRealReal for a fully conscious, style-minded bundle. For The Impossibly Organized
New Card Case
If there’s one thing Marc Jacobs knows, it’s accessories — and this streamlined card holder is no exception. For the friend whose handbag is full of...
stuff (loose credit cards, random cash, year-old receipts), give the gift of getting organized. With multiple slots and a durable leather, finding what they’re looking for has never been easier. For The Fancy Type
There’s a reason candles are an ever-popular gift — they just make you feel
good. An artsy take on Diptyque’s classic Figuier scent, this special Dancing Ovals edition features a trippy, optical illusion pattern that makes a statement on any surface or shelf. It’s so pretty, they almost might not want to light it (key word being almost). For The One Who Needs Some ‘Me Time’
The Body Brush
DR BARBARA STURM
Dry brushes may not be magic wands, but they do offer some major benefits: boosting circulation, smoothing skin, and removing toxins from your body. This natural bristle brush can be used on dry or wet skin, which means they can develop a self-care ritual that works for them. Plus, Dr. Barbara Sturm counts names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss as clients, just in case you needed a case study to convince you to take better care of your skin.
For The One Who Never Misses A Trend
Small in size but big in style, these chunky gold hoops are likely the one piece of jewelry their wardrobe is missing. The complex, detailed design makes them ideal for fun nights out — or even dressing up jeans and a white T-shirt for afternoon errands.
For The Person Always Talking About Skin Care
The Hand Treatment
Only one word comes to mind when you see the name Augustinus Bader:
expensive. Developed by over 30 years of research, innovation, and clinical studies, their products feel amazing, and actually work (hence the typically high price tag). For something they’re probably not expecting, but will 100% be excited about, The Hand Treatment will nourish and hydrate dry, chapped, and overwashed skin, and is one of the more affordable items in the lineup. And really, after the winter (OK, year) we’ve all had, who doesn’t want the gift of softer hands?