We’re firmly in the camp that gasp-inducing gifts don’t always have to be expensive. Sure, it’s nice to treat family and friends to an extravagant indulgence, but money really can’t buy happiness. That’s why we’ve rounded up 30 inexpensive gift ideas for… well, everyone in your life that barely hit $50.
If the recipient of your gift just moved into a new place, they’ll love a useful gift like dinnerware from Gap Home’s new collection. Bonus points for getting a purposely mismatched set to add to their eclectic collection.
2. Bokksu e-Gift Card, $50
An e-gift card to Bokksu means they can buy a subscription box or choose from delicious Japanese snacks à la carte.
These have been one of our go-to gifts for friends and loved ones for years—especially vegans. Selfishly, once they unwrap the package, we know they’ll happily share a bar with us. Or will they?
4. Otherland Rattan Candle, $36
Not only does every candle smell like a dream, but they come with a set of matches in a beautiful box—almost like a second gift that costs you nothing.
5. Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper, $7.99
For your friend who loves to cook but hates the prep, this handy corn stripper can help save so much time.
6. Tiled Margot Monogram Mug, $8
If they’ve had their eye on Anthro’s super-popular monogram mug, it’s currently on sale so it’s the perfect inexpensive gift. You might want to buy a few for future gifts—and for yourself, too.
8. Cavallini & Co. Herbarium Puzzle, $25
If they’ve picked up a major love of puzzles during quarantine, they’ll appreciate a new addition to their collection.
Indulge them in a huge piece of strip steak from grass- and carrot-fed cows. It’s something they’ll never buy themselves, making it an extra-special treat.
10. Grandin Road White Quince Stem, Set of Three, $39.50
For your friend who can’t keep their plant babies alive, this faux statement branch is striking and safe from black thumbs.
11. Propagation Bud Vase, $20
Or if they’re total plant parents, they’ll love a little propagation station to grow their collection.
12. Hoya Heart Plant, $14
If your plant-loving friends plan on traveling more (because, who isn’t), a cute little succulent that doesn’t require much maintenance or regular watering will be music to their ears.
13. Five Two Silicone Straws, $25
Silicone straws are easy to wash and carry, making them a cinch to integrate into your eco-conscious friend’s routine.
14. Winc Wine Membership, $29.95
Help them figure out their fave red, white, or rosé with a wine subscription from Winc. You’ll get $20 off your first order, making it super affordable to grab four bottles of top-rated vino.
15. mDesign Natural Marble Wine Bottle Chiller, $26.99
And grab a wine chiller while you’re at it, too—this way, you can help yourself to a glass right after they pop open a bottle. Win-win!
16. Calpak Compakt Tote Bag, $35
For the overpacker, this foldable compact tote can hold anything that doesn’t make it into their suitcase.
For the hostess who has guests that don’t drink alcohol, this alcohol-free gin is a thoughtful—and delicious—gift.
Packed with radiance-boosting watermelon, moisture-packed hyaluronic acid, and exfoliating AHAs, your skincare-loving friends will love this overnight mask that epitomizes beauty sleep.
19. Crayola Colossal Creativity Tub, 90 Pieces, $19.97
If your friend has little ones, they’ll love this overloaded package of arts and craft supplies. Everything can be stashed in the bucket for easy clean-up, too.
20. Kate Aspen Trinket Dish, $6.62
You can never have too many catch-all trays, and this one is particularly sweet. It’s also super affordable, which means you can grab a few and make it your signature gift during wedding season.
21. Gap Home Reversible Comforter Set, $44.98+
Gap Home has really comfy bedding at reasonable prices, like this reversible comforter set. It’s the perfect look—and price—for a dorm, first apartment, or even guest room. Choose between a handful of neutral colors and the bed will basically make itself.
22. Grandin Road Game Tile Art, $19
If you’re looking for a cute housewarming gift that isn’t a houseplant or a bottle of wine, this cute Scrabble-inspired tile art is a thoughtful piece of decor—especially if they love board games.
23. Branston Pickle, $21.55
For Home52’s editorial lead Arati Menon, who lived in England growing up, a jar of Branston brings back so many delicious memories. This is great for the traveler who hasn’t been able to go anywhere these past two years or the expat who gets a bit homesick—a bottle of the popular condiment will take them on a culinary adventure.
24. Goldbelly E-Giftcard, $25+
Banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery, deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s—no matter what they’re craving, Goldbelly will have it.
Help them decorate their new space with some gorgeous artwork, like this travel-inspired print with major jungle vibes.
I have a bottle of this spray with me at all times and three in my fridge as back up. It’s super hydrating and refreshing—two words that any skincare-loving friend wants to hear.
27. Capri Blue Diffuser Oil, $14
Our brand partnerships editor Erin can’t get enough of Anthro’s signature scent. If you’ve got a friend who feels the same, they’ll absolutely love this bottle of Capri Blue oil diffuser. It’s the same exact scent used in the stores and the perfect blend of tropical and citrus fruits with fresh pine and cedar.
Cancelled the annual winery trip? Bring the winery to them with this gorgeous tasting flight from Seattle’s top vineyards.
29. Mouth Poppy Popcorn Trio, $39
If they love snacking on popcorn, they’ll inhale this sweet and salty trio before they even finish unwrapping it.
30. Brightland 100% Extra Virgin Heirloom Olive Oil, $38–$40
Foodies and home cooks alike will love a bottle of fancy olive oil—the perfect finishing touch to any dish and tabletop.
We updated this post in July 2021 with more inexpensive gift ideas.
What’s your go-to gift? Drop some inspo in the comments!
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