14 Cheap Gifts That Look Expensive

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The problem: You want to treat everyone you know to the finer things in life this holiday season (because hey, they deserve it!) while keeping your bank balance intact. The fix? This fabulous, festive roundup of gift ideas that only look like you balled out this year. Here, 14 cheap gifts that look expensive—but will only set you back $50 or less.

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For Your Little One: Winnie-the-pooh Library

It’s a classic for a reason. Introduce your baby to his new best friends: Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Eeyore and everyone’s favorite honey-loving bear, of course.


For Your S.o.: A Chic Toiletry Case

A not-so-gentle reminder to keep his stuff organized, and it’s just the right size to hold his essentials: razor, deodorant, nail clippers, comb. (Because the less space his stuff takes up, the more room there is for all your things.)


For Your Mil: A Luxury Soap Set

You can’t go wrong with one of Oprah’s favorite things. Especially when this six-piece collection (lemon verbena, cherry almond, coconut milk, shea, wild fig and gardenia) comes in such a beautifully festive tin.


For Your Bestie: A Stylish Sweater

This slouchy pullover with a high neck will keep her feeling warm (and looking cool) all winter long. Available in classic black or on-trend mustard.


For Your Work Wife: A Plush Throw

Because your office is freezing and her desk chair needs some love. With more than 1,200 five-star reviews—nearly all raving about its coziness—it’s a safe bet she’ll love it too.


For Your Boss: A Tasteful Ornament

Arguably one of the trickiest people to buy for—play it safe with something chic. Glass and embroidery is an unexpected and eye-catching pairing that feels a little more thoughtful than your typical bauble.

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For Your Kids’ Teacher: A Festive Plant

Perk up a drab desk with a Zygocactus, aka the “Christmas cactus.” Bonus? It’s super easy to look after.

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For Your Niece: A Play Tent

This upgrade on the homemade fort is guaranteed to score you favorite auntie points—especially if you read her a bedtime story in there. (And her parents will appreciate getting their couch cushions back.)


For Your Nephew: A Personalized Art Set

Encourage your budding Picasso with this comprehensive set that comes with 80 pieces and a wooden case. Make it totally unique by including his name, two lines of text, an image or custom artwork.

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For Your Sister: A Fragrant Candle

Who doesn’t love a festive votive? Particularly one that smells of spiced cider and would look right at home on her coffee table.


For Your Brother: A Smart Sweater

Think beyond the standard socks or tie and opt for something he can get more mileage out of. This comfy sweater can be worn on its own or dressed up when layered over a crisp white shirt.


For Your Mom: Champagne Glasses

A classy lady deserves a classy gift (and the saucer shape is a refreshing twist on the classic flute!). Bonus points if you add a bottle of bubbles.


For Your Dad: Cozy Scuffs

If there aren’t shearling slippers, is it even Christmas? This style features a slip-free rubber sole so he can wear them to get the paper, make everyone breakfast and then take out the trash.


For Your Dog: A Fetching Bandanna

Because he’s been such a good boy this year. (And you also want to take a holiday photo for the ’Gram.)

$12 at Amazon

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