Holiday Gifts Under $50

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The holiday season is here again. Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday you were wracking your brain for a budget-friendly gift for that special someone? Whether you’re buying for your Mom, Uncle, or BFF, I found over 20 gifts to help you make quick work of your holiday shopping this year.  

Almost Tea Box ($33 per box. Subscription also available)

Nothing beats a soothing cup of tea on a chilly day, and these teas are like nothing you’ve ever tried. These 6 “never-before-seen” tea blends taste as good as the yummiest dessert, satisfying even the sweetest of sweet tooths. Each tea bag contains 30 percent more tea for a super flavorful cup, and the box contains 5 sachets each of caffeinated and non-caffeinated teas in scrumptious flavors, like Cinnamon Toast Munch and Double Chocolate Chunk.


atōst American Apéritif Gift Box Sample Pack ($50)

A fun gift for a cocktail or wine lover, this set of American aperitifs is packed with delicious and unique flavors that showcase local ingredients. The blends, named Bloom, Citrus, Earth, and Woods, contain less alcohol than common distilled spirits, and the flavors are complex, yet totally approachable. The stylish bottles and gift box are ready for gifting!


The Community Spirit Cocktail Book VAP ($27.99)

A fun gift for the cocktail enthusiast, this boxed duo of a cool Community Cocktail Book that highlights unique recipes from eight star bartenders and a 750ML bottle of Community Spirit Vodka will instill a little fun into their cocktail game.  


not just co. Pantry Staple Mixed-Pack ($35)

The ideal gift for someone with very little time on their hands, this Mixed-Pack has 4 healthy staples that will allow them to throw a delicious meal together in no time. The kit includes 10-veggie pasta sauce, nut-free tomato pesto, lemon miso salad dressing, and coconut sugar caramel.


REAL Cookies Holiday “Dip and Sprinkle” Cookie Decorating Kit ($34.00)   

And if baking is simply out of the question – and especially if your recipient has food sensitivities – this kit contains everything you need to make festive, 100% plant-based sprinkled cookies dipped in chocolate, including 12 award-winning gluten- grain-, and dairy-free pre-baked cookies, organic vegan semi-sweet baking chips (for melting and dipping) and holiday sprinkles, all in a colorful, winter-themed box with a QR code for decorating tips and recipes. 


Sorel Liqueur ($38.49)

I had the pleasure of experiencing this delicious liqueur hand-served by the founder, Jackie Summers, who is the first African American in the US to hold a distiller’s license. Summers explained that “Sorrel” is a term for hibiscus flowers, which are known to have a variety of health benefits, including improving circulation and respiratory health. For generations, Sorrel has been blended with a variety of spices, sweeteners, and sometimes booze, via family recipes that have been passed down through generations. Jackie grew up with Sorrel as a kid and his adult version is a delicious blend of African hibiscus, Brazilian clove, nutmeg and Nigerian Ginger.

This shelf-stable liqueur can be sipped warm, on ice, or blended with other spirits. It’s warmth makes it a perfect holiday drink to sip before or after dinner.  


Wolferman’s Bakery® Christmas Morning Gift Box ($49.99)

Make breakfast on Christmas morning a breeze with this gift box. The box includes 3 varieties of super-thick (and super delicious) English Muffins, a jar each of Strawberry Preserves and Triple Berry preserves, and two 2oz bags of Tiffin blend ground coffee, all packed in a festive box. 



Anne Cate Skyline Emergency Kit ($25) 

We’ve all had those moments when we wished we had a band-aid, pain relief medicine, stain remover wipe, or a spare earring back! These portable emergency kits come with 20 essentials nestled in an adorable vegan leather pouch featuring your recipients’ favorite city. There is also a men’s version!


Knog Frog Bike Light Set ($47.50)

This set of two powerful bike lights is a great gift for the cyclist on your list. The lights come with a versatile silicone strap that allows the lights to be mounted on a bike, but they can also be easily attached to a backpack, helmet and more. Safety first!



Athena Club Smooth Skin Trio ($31)

For your favorite grooming addict, this box contains three full sizes of Athena’s gender-neutral best-sellers; Cloud Shave Foam, Dewy Body Lotion, and Creamy Body Wash. The packaging is simple and chic and the products smell and feel great. 



BeautyBio Lights Out Mask On Set ($25)

Who doesn’t need a little R&R at the end of a long day? This kit of a silky eye mask and 5 sets of collagen-infused, depuffing eye gels is the perfect duo to help your recipient (or you?) unwind at the end of the day.  


Good Juju Holiday Bundle ($49.99, value $60.97)

For the lover of all things natural, this brand of plastic-free home & body care products is offering a gift set with your choice of award-winning shampoo & conditioner bars and a handmade maple wood dish. Solid shampoos and conditioners are a great way to be kind to the environment, with each set saving 6 plastic bottles from entering the waste stream. Even the gift box is zero-waste!   


Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Medium Gift Set ($45.50, value $57.50)

This gift pack is exquisitely wrapped and comes with generous sizes of Ritual of Ayurveda body scrub, body cream, foaming shower gel, and a candle.  The soothing and calming products are based in Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil and smell divine. This set is an incredible value and looks like it costs at least twice as much.


Sunday Scaries Holiday Scaries CBD Spice Drops ($34)

These are stressful times, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a CBD product in my roundup! Sunday Scaries, known for their high quality and tasty CBD products, introduces the limited-release Holiday Scaries, which are cinnamon and spearmint CBD spice gummies infused with a proprietary blend of Vitamin B12, L-Theanine, and 10mg of broad-spectrum CBD. Pop one or two to scare the stress away.


Unhidden Beauty Custom Makeup Palettes ($28 and up)  

These custom eye shadow palettes are available in 8, 12, or 20 wells, with a vast rainbow of matte and glittery colors to choose from.  You can even customize the cover from several pre-made designs or you can upload your own photo or design. If you’d prefer a ready to wear palette for the beauty junkie on your list, there are dozens of pretty pre-made palettes to choose from. 


Veil Cosmetics Pro On The Go Brush Sets ($39.95)

This set of five celebrity makeup artist-designed travel makeup brushes has full-sized brush heads with travel-sized handles for pro-worthy application on-th-go. Brushes are Leaping Bunny-certified and suitable for both dry and wet application. 



Ferry Morse Kitchen Herb Kit with 7” Self-Watering Planter ($19.99)

This kit is an easy way for your favorite foodie to grow their herb of choice. The kit comes with 4 different herbs to choose from – basil, peppermint, lavender, and dill – soil, nutrients, and a self-watering receptacle, making it practically goof-proof!


The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition Keepsake Book ($49.99 at This fun game is for your favorite couple! It features 50 scratch-off adventures, that encourage memory-making and disconnecting from devices, in a keepsake book. There’s also space provided for documenting the experiences and a sticky strip to affix a photo for each. Also available in editions for friends, family, or dinner dates.


Full Herizon Lightweight Passionate Earrings ($18.99)

These beautiful earrings add a splash of color to any outfit.  They are available in a variety of colors and are deceivingly lightweight (and affordable). They are a great addition to an earring collection and can be worn with both dressy and casual attire. 


JIGGY Puzzle ($40+)

These artist-designed puzzles come in a variety of designs. Once completed, they can  be disassembled or glued to serve as home decor! Each JIGGY puzzle comes in a reusable glass jar and includes a tube of puzzle glue, a straight-edge tool to spread the glue, and a print of the art to follow along. 


Kendi Lux Candles ($35)

You can’t go wrong with a gorgeous candle! These candles are available in a variety of scents with cheeky names like My First Time, Honey I’m Home, and Fresh Kiss, in chic black or white packaging to match any decor. The brand also offers room sprays, body fragrances, and candle accessories, like wick trimmers and snuffers.


Skeem Mulberry Match Cloche ($36)

A perfect gift for a candle lover or anyone with a fireplace, Skeem has updated their classic cloche in your choice of four gorgeous jewel tones. The cloches are handblown glass and hold 120 wooden matches with a strike-on-bottle flint.


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