The problem: You want to treat everyone you know to the finer things in life this holiday season (because, hey, they deserve it!), but your bank account may not be on the same page. The solution? This list of gifts that is guaranteed to make it look like you totally balled out this year without hurting your wallet. (Yup, it's that easy, folks, and don't worry, your secret's safe with us.) Shop ahead for the 85 best cheap gifts now to ensure they're delivered before Christmas.
The 85 Best Cheap Gifts Under $50 for Everyone on Your List
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For the Teen Who Lounges in Style
These trendy fleece slippers are so plush that you’d never guess they were under $25. As soon as your sister slips them on, she’ll fall in love with the way the cushy memory foam insole feels. Go ahead, get yourself a pair, too—you know you want to. P.S. Apply the coupon to score 15 percent off.
For the Cousin Who Loves Your Nordstrom Moonlight Eco PJs
If they're constantly trying to find a dupe for Nordstrom's most popular pajamas, then they'll adore this comfy satin set loved by the one and only Sofia Vergara. Its silky polyester material holds up in the wash well, while the elasticized waist works on every size (even your most petite cuz).
For the Boyfriend Who Goes Camping Every Year
When it comes to a winter wardrobe, there’s no such thing as too many flannels. So, you might as well help your partner beef up his collection. Legendary Whitetails’ cozy version is so popular that it earned over 52,000 five-star reviews. Many reviewers say it’s warm, soft and comfortable, but our favorite detail is the corduroy lining on the collar and cuffs for a sleek finish.
For Your Virtual Work Wife
This 100 percent organic cotton henley plays well with both loungewear and real clothes (AKA jeans), so she can wear it every day of the week if she wants to. Don’t be surprised if you see your work wife wearing it at almost every Zoom meeting after you send it to her—it’s that comfy.
For the Toddler Who Gives The Warmest Hugs
Just imagine how cute your cousin’s toddler will look all zipped up in this. Between the soft sherpa polyester material and cute bear ears, they’ll want to keep it on at all times. Luckily, it’s machine washable, so her parents can give it a quick clean during her afternoon nap.
For the Person Who Hates Wearing Face Masks
With a chic 100 percent mulberry silk outer layer, this definitely isn’t your typical face mask. Plus, it features adjustable ear straps and a nose wire so the wearer can customize the fit. And don’t worry about it being too thin—the 100 percent cotton lining adds an additional layer of protection.
For the Adventurous Dad
There's no need to break the bank when buying a high-quality beanie for your dad. He'll be impressed when he finds this North Face beanie under the tree to keep him warm for the season. Whether he's wearing it to hike, jog or trudge to and from his car in the snow, the rib knit material will keep his head and ears nice and toasty.
For Your Mother-in-Law That Keeps Losing Her Glasses
Bundle these with one of Reese Witherspoon’s latest book club picks and you have the ideal gift for your mother-in-law. It comes in three different sizes: 1.50x, 2.00x and 2.50x, and a variety of colors that'll fit her aesthetic. She’s always misplacing her readers, so this statement pair will surely come in handy.
For Your BFF with an Impressive Jewelry Collection
Upgrade her jewelry box with this gold-plated pendant. Made with stainless steel and copper, both the pendant and chain won't turn her skin green. (Some reviewers claim they even wear it in the shower without it tarnishing.) Plus, you can add an extra-sentimental element by getting one with your initial and gifting them as best friend necklaces.
For the Trendy Mom
Bring back some nostalgia with this ‘90s gem. Your mom appreciates the classics, so gift a shoulder bag that packs a statement (and can carry all the essentials, of course). It comes in different colors but you can't go wrong with an all-black crocodile pattern.
For the Little Sister That's Starting a Makeup Channel
At $23 a month, you can treat your little sis to two months of this subscription box without breaking your $50 budget. Each shipment contains a combo of full and travel-size beauty products that are hand-selected by Allure editors. And considering each box is worth over $100 (with brands like Milk Makeup, Rael and Laneige), you’ll essentially be gifting her $200 worth of makeup and skincare for just $46.
For the Best Friend Who Is Perfecting Her At-Home Blowout
Your bestie has been talking about getting a hair waver forever. Surprise her with this reasonably priced Bed Head pick. Over 37,000 five-star reviewers say it creates body, volume and loose beachy waves that rival the blowout she’s always requesting at Drybar.
For the Partner Who Deserves a Spa Day Too
Sure, using his hands to apply shaving cream works fine. But you know your partner likes to feel a little pampered, so why not get him a shaving brush that's smooth and plush on the skin? Now, he’ll be able to really lather up and enjoy the shaving process.
For the Mom Who Stays on TikTok
Considering it delivers a salon-worthy blowout at home, we’re not surprised this blow dryer brush has racked up over 262,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. Just hear this one Amazon reviewer out: "This thing is a game changer! It definitely reduced dry time by half at least. Probably much more. It also has a really nice design. I don’t have to worry about accidentally turning it off when I’m using it."
For the Outdoors Feen
Whether they're headed on a vacation soon or have been sticking to their daily run, you can help keep their skin protected with some solid SPF. This Supergoop! bundle features best sellers like Unseen sunscreen and Play Everyday lotion, so they're shielded from UVA/UVB rays from head to toe.
For the Haircare-Obsessed Friend
If your friend is looking to upgrade their haircare routine, look no further than this Briogeo kit. It includes an exfoliating shampoo, a cooling scalp mask, a scalp treatment and a dry shampoo—all of which feature ingredients like charcoal, tea tree and biotin for a healthier head of hair.
For the Aunt Who Binged Get Organized with The Home Edit
As any fan of The Container Store knows, getting organized can get expensive, fast. Thankfully, that’s not the case when it comes to this rotating makeup organizer. The sturdy acrylic design has enough room to house their entire makeup collection. It even has adjustable shelves and a convenient top tray to store smaller items. Just don't forget to apply the coupon to knock 8 percent off.
For the Niece Who Has a Serious Case of Bed Head
A 100 percent silk pillowcase will set you back at least $50, but this satin lookalike costs less than half of that. Reviewers say it's smooth and soft, working just as well as the luxe options out there. In other words, they’ll wake up without a frizzy strand of hair or face crease in sight.
For the Wannabe Manicurist
Forget a nail salon certificate. Gift your roommate all the tools they need to create any look. Olive and June's Mani System is packed with a cuticle serum, a polish remover, a clean-up brush, a nail buffer, a clipper, a nail file, a top coat, a signature poppy (a tool that helps them paint with their non-dominant hand) and more.
For the Face Mask Fanatic
If your bestie is a face-mask-a-day kind of gal, slip this set into her stocking and watch her face light up. With ten different masks included, this assortment addresses different skin concerns from hydrating and soothing irritated skin to brightening and plumping the complexion. All she needs is a glass of vino and she can snuggle up on the couch for a cozy night of R&R.
For the Self-Care Enthusiast
Helpful at eliminating puffiness and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this Gua Sha and jade roller combo makes a great gift for your self-care enthusiast friend. A wonderful addition to her skincare routine, both can help lift her skin, shape her jawline and massage and relax her face and neck muscles so she can wake up each morning feeling refreshed.
For the Grandma Who Always Smells Like Fresh Flowers
Grandma never leaves the house without a spritz of her favorite perfume. Now, add to her collection with a mini set of Versace's most popular fragrances Bright Crystal and Dylan Turqouise. The zesty mandarin and primofiore lemon smell feature wood and musk notes that she’ll definitely enjoy, as reviews attest.
For Your Sister in Law That's Always On The Pattern App
If your sister-in-law is super into astrology, get her one of these art prints to represent her sun, moon or rising sign. Snag one of the four sizes available and slip it into a snazzy frame so she can hang it up as soon as she gets home.
For the Lazy Plant Parent
Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned plant parent or a notorious plant killer, the philodendron is a great choice. This green is notorious for being low maintenance and forgiving, so they don't have to dote on them (or water them all that much). As long as it’s placed in a bright enough spot, this plant will quickly start growing vines, creating a pretty cascading effect. And thanks to Bloomscape, you can have it shipped straight to your recipient's door.
For the Roommate Who Loves the Bath & BodyWorks Semi-Annual Sale
Your cool roommate has probably seen this type of candle lighter on TikTok. Instead of relying on lighter fluid, the tool uses a special flameless technology that just requires battery power. Once it's out of charge, they can just stick the cord into their computer’s USB port to start er' up again. So easy.
For the Casual Wine Connoisseur
This stainless-steel bucket is a dream bar cart accessory because it’s basically a S’Well bottle for your wine. The triple-walled insulation works to keep everything from sauvignon blanc to cabernet chilled for up to 24 hours, so they’ll never have to sip lukewarm vino again.
For the Neighbor with a Pinterest-Inspired Home
Heading to a holiday party? Bring this recycled glass vase filled with festive flowers as a token of your appreciation and you’ll definitely win over the host. Because of the shape, it’s best for tall stems, so be sure to pick your bouquet accordingly.
For the Uncle Who Wishes He Were On a Beach Right Now
Photographer Gray Malin is known for his stunning beachscape photos, and this book is chock full of ‘em. Let your travel-loving uncle peruse through beaches from around the world. From Santa Monica to Barcelona, let your uncle browse through stunning photos of beaches from around the world at his leisure (and inspire his travel bucket list).
For New Homeowners
Housed in a fancy embossed glass jar, this Voluspa candle looks like it’d set you back quite a bit. But the standard size (which is 18 ounces) is priced fairly at $32 and offers 100 hours of burn time. The Baltic amber scent is warm and calming with notes of sandalwood, vanilla orchid and amber resin.
For the Friend Who Spends Way Too Much On Starbucks
We all have that one friend who’s never spotted without an iced coffee in hand—even when it’s freezing outside. We can’t say we understand it, but we’ll support the habit by giving her this cold brew (and ice tea) maker. All she has to do is drop a few scoops of coffee into the filter, pour water in until it reaches the top and press the lid down. Once it’s been left for a few minutes (or even overnight), she can pour herself a nice glass of her fave iced coffee. Oh, and the carafe can hold 34 ounces of coffee to last her all week (or the rest of the day).
For the Mom Trying Out A Juice Cleanse
This compact blender is like a Nutribullet—without the Nutribullet price tag. Just load your ingredients into the included tumbler and attach the blade top. Within a minute you’ll have a single-serve drink ready. Swap the blending top for the to-go lid and you’re all set. More than 2,000 five-star reviewers say it’s great quality for the price.
For the Brother in Law Who’s Amazing At Making Drinks
You can always count on your brother-in-law to make the best cocktails at family gatherings so why not surprise him with some tools to help him with his mixology game? This 8-piece set includes an 18-ounce shaker, strainer, double jigger, ice tongs, bottle opener, mixing spoon and a stand. It also comes with cocktail cards so he can make new and classic drinks.
For the Breakfast Lover
Big sis can't start her day without her morning bagel. Make breakfast time a little easier for her with this bagel guillotine that seamlessly slices her favorite brekky with ease. All she has to do is place her bagel into the holder and pull down the lever to get a perfectly halved bagel that she can lather with her favorite toppings (without slicing her fingers).
For the Baker
Your coworker's favorite pastime is hosting parties where she gets to show off her culinary skills. Add this rolling pin to her arsenal and she'll have no reason not to bake you cookies every time you visit. With a 10-inch barrel that's crafted from natural marble to help cool dough, they can roll without worrying about sticking and tearing.
For the Espresso Drinker
Wrap up these sleek mugs that she's sure to have on her Pinterest board. They're made with heat- and condensation-resistant, borosilicate glass—which is stronger and more durable than common glass—so they won't shatter when accidentally knocked over. The double thermo walls also keep her drink pipping hot while her hands stay cool.
For the At-Home Bartender
Think of this martini shaker as an all-in-one bar set. Vacuum-insulated and double-walled, it keeps drinks perfectly chilled without freezing their hands. And the shaker's lid is equipped with a built-in strainer and acts as a jigger with .5- and 1-ounce measurements, so all your mixologist friend needs to do is pour in their mixers and spirits and get to shaking up their favorite cocktail recipes.
For the Budding Plant Mom
Her plant babies are the most important things in her life (except you, of course) so help her keep them happy and hydrated with this sleek water can that doubles as pretty decor when she's not using it. The thin, elongated spout makes watering the soil much easier. Plus, the gold-brushed finish is resistant to scratches, scuffs and daily wear and tear.
For the Grandpa Who Always Falls Asleep On the Couch
Raise your hand if your grandpa is always falling asleep on the couch while watching TV. Now, you can upgrade his daily naps with a comfy blanket to keep him warm. The plush polyester throw is soft and cozy so he can snuggle up on the couch. Plus, you can score 30 percent off when you use coupon code FRIEND at checkout.
For the New Parent In Need Of Some 'Me Time'
Infused with 50 milligrams of full spectrum CBD, this bath soak is basically a cross between a bath bomb and bath salts. For the new parent who needs some TLC after putting the newborn to bed, they can drop about ¼ of the packet into the bath and watch the water turn into a pearlescent rainbow of colors. Once they climb in, the CBD will melt away all their tension and stress. (Well, most of it.)
For the Vinyasa-Loving Uncle
While some people are still practicing yoga at home, we’re guessing your uncle could use a yoga block to support some of his poses. With a couple of these, he’ll be one step closer to creating a makeshift yoga studio in his living room.
For the Partner Who's Ready to Spice Things Up
Shopping for a special someone? Consider getting them this best-selling three-speed and one pulsation mode vibrator from Smile Makers. Like all of the brand’s products, it was designed with the help of gynecologists and sexologists and with women in mind. Even better, it lasts up to four hours for a day of play.
For the Person Who Works Any Chance They Get
Ever since we saw Lucy Hale carrying one of these 18-ounce water bottles to the gym, we’ve desperately wanted to buy one for our gymaholic. The bottle’s exterior can be used as a foam roller thanks to the special grooves designed to release tension and treat soreness. They can use it to roll out their neck, legs or upper back while they're on the go.
For the Big Sis That's Obsessed with Her Gua Sha Tool
Big sis loves a good facial massage tool to start her skincare routine on a high note. She can run the cooling globes along her temples, jawline and neck to release any stress she might be feeling (ya know, when you're raiding her closet and not telling her you're borrowing yet another one of her jackets). It’s ideal for at-home facials that can be done without leaving the couch. The tool can be stored in the fridge when they’re not in use for an even more calming effect.
For Your Father-in-Law Who's Getting Into Meditation
Your father-in-law is always talking about how he wants to start meditating, but he can never stick with it for more than a few days. Give him a little motivation by putting this meditation cushion under the tree. It’ll give him a comfy place to sit, and seeing it in the corner of his room each morning will make him way more likely to open up the Headspace app.
For the New Runner
Any running newbie would enjoy an expandable pouch that looks pretty slim and minimal while they're logging their daily miles. It can actually stretch to hold a phone, keys and even a travel bottle of hand sanitizer with ease. So they’ll be able to zip the essentials in and hit the road without worrying about it slowing them down.
For the Aunt Who's Looking for Positive Vibes Only
Auntie prefers some calmness and all-around good energy in her life. She can choose between the Calm, Ground, Purify and Refresh scents of this smokeless incense. All four variations are crafted in Japan using essential oils and fine organic wood for a gentle fragrance that won’t overwhelm even the smallest spaces.
For the One Friend Who’s Into High-End Spas
Booking a spa appointment (especially at a popular high-end spot) can cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, your friend can turn their bathroom into a relaxing safe haven with these baby blue eucalyptus that can be draped right over the shower head. Not only does it look aesthetically pleasing, but the plant's aromas also provide therapeutic benefits (i.e., relieving stress, fighting allergies and relaxing your mind).
For the Cousin Who's Always Sending Goop Articles
In 2019, ear seeds were the wellness treatment to try and your cousin continues to use them as an acupressure tool to bring balance. This set holds 20 gold ear seeds, 20 Swarovski crystal ear seeds and a pair of gold tweezers to secure each seed in place. She can wear them for up to five days while they work to relax her body and reduce any stress.
57. JBL GO2 Speaker
For the Nephew Who Enjoys Shower Karaoke
JBL’s speakers are known for their great sound quality and long battery life. Smaller than your phone, this one is easy to throw in a bag and take on the go. It offers five hours of playtime when fully charged, and it’s even waterproof, so your nephew can use it for a shower jam sesh.
For the Late Night Runner
This one is a gift for your daughter and really, the whole family since it sounds like a blistering alarm and flashes a strobe light when activated. And it works for 40 continuous minutes, so you're safe in knowing this siren has their back on multiple close calls.
For the Dad Who Can't Find His Wallet (Again)
Whether he wants to attach it to his phone or slip it into his wallet, your dad can use this little gadget to help him find the everyday items he’s always misplacing. All he has to do is download the coordinating Tile app to see where it is on the map. As long as it's within the 250-foot Bluetooth range, he can also make the Tile start ringing ‘til he locates his wallet in between the couch cushions.
For the Niece Who Loses Her Airpods All. The. Time.
How many times has your niece complained about losing her Airpods in the abyss that is her tote bag? This cute little genuine leather case should help. She can clip it to her bag so she never has to go rifling for her headphones again.
For the Curious Dog Owner
The dog owner in your life wishes they could see exactly what their dog is doing when they’re not home. This smart camera can connect to their phone for a live stream of the living room (so they can watch little Max jumping all over the couch). It’s racked up over 52,000 five-star reviews which makes it an instant winner in our book.
For the Parents with No Cable Channels (But All the Streaming Services)
Mom and dad have been talking about getting rid of cable for years, but they never actually follow through. Set them up with this Roku streaming device that’s simple enough for first-time users. It’ll allow them to watch Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube TV and more. So yeah, they won’t miss their cable plan...or the monthly bill.
For the Teen Who's Always Jamming Out to Their Spotify Playlist
$30 for wireless headphones seems too good to be true (especially when they typically go for $100 or $200). These babies hold five hours of playtime and their charger holds 15 extra hours, ensuring they never unexpectedly die. They’re small, easy to use and stay in place while they exercise. According to reviewers, the sound quality is pretty good, but the touch controls can be overly sensitive at times.
For the Driver Who Relies On Their Phone for Directions
Convince your partner to stick this phone mount to their dashboard, and they'll never make you hold their phone or read them the Google Maps directions again. It’s a win-win for everyone. The stable mount adjusts to fit any smartphone—iPhone or Android—and can be swiveled around, extended and tilted to fit their preferences.
For the Hybrid Teacher
This diamond-style laptop sleeve is just the thing the teacher in your life needs to teach her 5th-grade class in person and on Zoom. The padded interior provides protection (fitting most 14-inch laptops) and slides easily into any bag. Once they start toting it to work, they'll wonder how they ever lived without it.
For the Teen Who Has Their Phone Attached to Their Hip
Everyone loves wireless chargers...until they realize they have to leave their phone sitting flat on them while they wait for their battery to get juiced up. This charger stand solves that problem by propping their phone up so they can actually see the screen or answer messages while it charges. P.S. It also doubles as a phone stand.
For the Mom Who Just Joined a Walking Club
Mom is on a fitness kick, and a smartwatch can keep her on track. While some smartwatches can be pretty expensive, this chic accessory carries all the features for half the price. She can track her calories, heart rate, steps and sleeping patterns. Aside from fitness, the moment she syncs the device to her phone, she can get cool features like controlling her music, call notifications, timer function and breathing exercises. And right now you can knock 10 percent off when you apply the coupon.
For the Grandpa That Has an Impressive Vinyl Collection
He loves the classics and is always retelling stories about his youth, so why not wrap up this vintage-style turntable and place it under the tree for him this Christmas? Equipped with Bluetooth compatibility and AUX input, he can play all of his favorite tunes and still feel like he's jamming in the '60s.
70. 3D Moon Lamp
For the Future Astronaut
Keep your kiddo's fear of the dark at bay with this 3D moon lamp that will keep their room dimly lit with a soothing glow. They'll also love that they can change the bulb's light to toggle between 15 different colors. Just be sure to apply the coupon to snag 10 percent off.
For the Kiddo Who Asks All the Questions
Whether the kiddo continues to ask "Why is the sky blue?," "Where are the dinosaurs?" or a simply likes adding "Why?" at the end of every sentence, a smart assistant may be able to answer (some) of their pressing questions. The whole family can benefit from a speaker that can provide them with answers, play music or set reminders from any part of the house by just saying "Hey Google." It can also read them a bedtime story or sing them to sleep.
Food and Drinks
For the Grandma with a Sweet Tooth
Who doesn’t like getting a fancy box of truffles for the holidays? Uh, no one we know. This 24-piece box contains dark chocolate cherry, white chocolate coffee, milk chocolate almond, dark chocolate raspberry, plain dark chocolate and plain milk chocolate varieties—all with a rich, creamy center.
For the NYC Food Blogger
Whether you’re sending these to a former NYC resident who misses Milk Bar, or a cookie fiend who’s always game to try something new, this 12-piece assortment of the bakery’s best-selling cookies is sure to please. “These were originally given to me as a gift. [I] liked them so much, I ordered them for someone special and they loved them, too,” writes one happy customer.
For the Ina Garten Stan
If you’re shopping for a foodie, you can’t go wrong with getting them an Ina Garten’s cookbook. It features 85 recipes for comfort food—perfect for the upcoming hibernation season.
For the Breakfast Lover
As the name suggests, this kit includes enough pancake mix for one batch, plus a jar of wild Maine blueberry jam, a small bottle of maple syrup, a bag of morning coffee and a whisk. Basically, this’ll be the most fought-over gift at the White Elephant party.
For the Niece Who Binged Emily in Paris
Your niece couldn't stop raving about the Netflix comedy-drama and is ready to book a first-class ticket to Paris, stat. Give her a piece of the City of Love with this elegant macaron gift (that she'll definitely post to Instagram stories).
For the Santa In Your Household
Forget milk and cookies, and surprise Santa with an extra-festive holiday-themed treat this year. Yes, we're talking about ten delicious cinnamon rolls baked into the shape of a Christmas tree. We know who's staying on the nice list.
For the Up-and-Coming Coffee Sommelier
We’re pretty sure every coffee lover’s dream is to have extra beans mysteriously appear on their doorstep just as they’re running low. Make that dream a reality by signing them up for this coffee subscription. Each month, they’ll receive a new and different bag of coffee from one of the U.S.’s top roasting companies.
For the BFF Who Bookmarks Charcuterie Boards on Instagram
Have a charcuterie board lover on your hands? This gift set from Hickory Farms offers a bottle of California Sauvignon Blanc, olive oil and rosemary crackers, sweet hot mustard, jack cheese and a cutting board.
For the Uncle Who Makes Delicious Homemade Cornbread
Whether he's frying, grilling or baking, this cast iron skillet can turn your uncle's delicious recipes into restaurant-style masterpieces. The 10-inch skillet has over 113,000 5-star reviews for how it cooks every meal with ease. This Amazon reviewer sums it up perfectly, "I love this pan. If you take care of it, it will take care of you."
For the Traveling Mama
Whether they're headed to grandma's house for the weekend or going on a family vacay, this stroller caddy is a game changer for traveling parents. It features adjustable straps to snap around the stroller, multiple pockets to store everything from diapers to toys and it's made with water-resistant material for any accidental spills.
For the Sleepy Traveler
The world traveler in your life will get plenty of mileage out of this nifty duo. The microfleece blanket will keep them warm when the cabin air is too cold, and if they need a pillow for longer flights, they can simply roll the blanket up into its carrying case to use it as a plush headrest.
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