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24 Best Holiday Gifts Under $50

It's never too early to start shopping for the holiday season. These gifts under $50 are budget-friendly and sure to delight everyone on your wish list.

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Finding the perfect holiday gift is an art—especially when you’re working with a price limit. That’s why we scoured the internet for the best gifts under $50. Whether it’s a quirky gift for your brother or a Secret Santa gift for your coworker, our picks won’t leave your wallet in a Christmas slump.

And don’t worry—we won’t judge if you pick out a few of these for yourself too!

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For Zen Moments: Mini Candle Set

This mini candle set is both adorable and smells wonderful. Different “discovery” sets give you a choice of scents—from fairy tale forests to Arizona monsoons—for the person in your life who needs a little me time. And, considering you get four mini candles, this is one of the best value gifts under $50. Looking for something more seasonal? Check out our best Christmas candles.

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For the Pet Parent: Custom Pet Cookie Cutters

Just as cute as you’d expect, these custom cookie cutters are designed based off pictures of a dog or cat. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a few dog-shaped cookies as a thanks. Prepare to add-to-cart (again) with these additional gift ideas for pet lovers.

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For the Sister Who DIYs: Mulled Wine Kit

Treat your sibling to a taste of the season…that she can create herself. This mulled wine kit includes everything she needs (besides the wine), including mulling spices, a nutmeg grater and step-by-step instructions. These are our other favorite gifts for sisters.

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For Breakfast in Bed: Mini Waffle Maker

Ideal for college students or friends on the move, this portable mini waffle maker ensures all their breakfast (and late-night) cravings are answered. The small appliance isn’t just limited to waffles—cookies, anyone?—and the nonstick surface is a breeze to clean. It’s a great winter gift for chilly mornings.

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For Under $15: Stainless Steel Straws

Treat your loved one to an eco-friendly gift. These stainless steel straws come in a variety of colors and, thanks to the included scrubbing brushes, are easy to clean. The various straw shapes cater to sipping at the office, home or school. Check out other gifts for teens.

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For the Party Planner: Pinot Noir

A holiday dinner demands a bold glass of red wine. The Meiomi Pinot Noir is a personal favorite. It’s full-bodied, jammy and delicious, making it a safe gift for someone who loves to host events. Pro tip: recommend they chill it before serving.

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For Stocking Stuffers: Alter Eco Chocolate Bar

Let’s be honest: One of the best parts about the holidays is the copious amounts of chocolate. These Alter Eco Salted Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Bars (yes, they’re as delicious as they sound) make a no-fail stocking stuffer or St. Nick gift.

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For the Hot Sauce Devotee: Hot Sauce Collection

If they put hot sauce on, well, everything, the Melinda’s hot sauce collection adds variety to their spice repertoire. Plenty of the flavors pack a punch, like Fire Roasted Garlic & Habanero and Ghost Pepper Wing Sauce, but others function as condiments. Pro tip: The Black Truffle flavor is a winner.

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For the Busy Home Chef: Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Cookbook

The follow-up to Tieghan Gerard’s first cookbook, Half Baked Harvest Super Simple is all about taking delicious dishes (lobster tacos or hazelnut brownies, anyone?) and making them easy to whip up. Believe it or not, the recipes are feasible for busy weekdays, as well as dazzling a dinner crowd. Here are some of our other favorite cookbooks to gift.

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For the One Who Always Has a Cup of Coffee: Coffee Mug Warmer

Gone are the days of lukewarm coffee. With three heat settings, this coffee mug warmer keeps their latte at the optimal temperature, so they never have to reheat in the microwave. Grab one for your friend who nurses their coffee throughout the day, and then take a look at some of our other favorite Etsy gifts.

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For the Wine Drinker: Wine Saver Pump

Good wine should never go to waste. This wine vacuum pump keeps vino tasting new up to 10 days after opening the bottle. Can you say “game-changer?” Trust us: This is a must-have for anyone who ends the night with a glass of red, white or rosé.

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For the Coffee Lover: Stovetop Espresso Maker

Fancy espresso maker, who? The Moka stovetop espresso maker is the OG at-home espresso maker. It’s the way coffee is prepared in Italy, so the coffee lover in your life will be able to enjoy it in an authentic way. It’s sure to get a lot of use in their kitchen.

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For the Hostess with the Mostest: Charcuterie Board

Memorable nights include cheese, and the best ones feature fromage on a stunning charcuterie board. This serving board, which is made from bacteria-resistant acacia, doubles as a cutting board and is ready to be the centerpiece of the next get-together.

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For the Dad Who’s Always Grilling: Personalized BBQ Tools

The best gift for Dad? A grill spatula made just for him, personalized with his name or a short message. Grill forks and sets are also available to get him prepared for many afternoons flipping burgers and hot dogs.

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For Grandpa: Salt Sampler

In ancient times, salt was revered—and we see why. A quality salt is a key ingredient in the kitchen, and this salt sampler will upgrade grandpa’s go-to meals without any extra effort. We also love these other gifts for grandpa.

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For Grandma: Customized Cutting Board

This is a heartwarming gift for grandma that’ll bring a smile to her face each time she cooks. Personalize these wood cutting boards with a note, family recipe, favorite memory or even a handwritten message.

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For the One on the Go: Yeti Tumbler

From ice-cold water to freshly brewed coffee, the Yeti tumbler (an editor favorite!) keeps drinks at the desired temperature and can handle a few drops and spills. There’s no doubt that it’s a must-have gift for friends who spend long days at the office or long weekends in the woods.

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For Under $20: Two-Tier Fruit Basket

This two-tier fruit basket keeps countertops cleaner and kitchens looking nicer, especially if the available space is on the smaller side. It can also be used for bread, snacks and veggies that don’t require refrigeration. Take a peek at our other under $20 picks.

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For the Foodie: Infused Olive Oils

There’s nothing an infused olive oil can’t do. We love ours drizzled over avocado toast or a salad, but there’s plenty of room to get creative. Gift food lovers with this set of infused olive oils that includes Blood Orange and White Truffle flavors, among others.

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For the Young Chef: Cooking Kit for Kids

For your friends with kids or your own little one, this kit lets kiddos put their culinary skills to work with two cooking kits inspired by France and Greece. Each features three traditional recipes (food not included), and teaches them how to cook new cuisine while learning about different cultures. That’s just the start of fun kid cooking kit options.

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For the Cool Mom: Shatterproof Wine Glasses

What makes wine nights with the girls even better? Glasses that can take an accidental tumble, like the portable Govino wine glasses. They’re elegant, can be taken on picnics and are a winning gift for mom. Take the surprise to the next level by pairing it with a wine club subscription.

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For the One Who Likes Big Flavors: World Traveler Spice Collection

This spice collection features 12 seasonings that let you explore flavors from different countries without leaving your kitchen. Got a friend who loves to cook? Or who’s struck by wanderlust? Treat them! The spices include Portuguese Piri Piri and Moroccan Ras El Hanout.

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For the Tea Drinker: Tea Sample Box

Pukka is one of our favorite teas for its vibrant, creative flavors. This sample box includes classic selections for your favorite tea drinker. They can get their day started with Supreme Matcha Green, refresh with Ginger & Manuka Honey and wind down with Night Time.

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For the One with Fancy Tastes: Artisanal Chocolate Box

Behold: chocolate so pretty it almost doesn’t seem like you should eat it. Keyword being almost. This gourmet chocolate assortment features some of the most high-ranked chocolate in the world. Flavors include caramel with Hawaiian sea salt, elderflower jam with milk chocolate ganache and strawberry and lemon thyme white chocolate ganache. This box is one of the most giftable Christmas chocolates. Anyone else drooling right now?

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Kim Bussing
Kim Bussing is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She has written for publications including Reader’s Digest, Modern Farmer, Clean Plates and Vice, among others, and she is working on her first novel. She is always on the hunt for the perfect gluten-free cinnamon roll.