Affordable Awe

The 14 Best Gifts Under $50

December 5, 2019 Buying Guides By

Spending more doesn’t always mean you’re getting more for your money. Luckily, these under-$50 gifts are affordable and will make whoever’s receiving it feel like a million bucks.

1. Twelve South AirFly

Price: $45

You paid good money for your Apple AirPods, so make sure you can use them on a plane even though there’s no Bluetooth.

2. Gather Around Cocktails: Drinks to Celebrate Usual and Unusual Holidays

Price: $14

All the how-to’s and tips you need to be the best amateur bartender around.

3. Malin + Goetz Essentials Travel Kit

Price: $30

Get all of Malin + Goetz’s most popular items in this TSA-approved travel kit.

4. Space Invaders Retro Arcade Game

Price: $25

Forego the Nintendo Switch and relive the ’80s with this miniature version of Space Invaders. For $25 you get unlimited play so don’t worry about scrounging for quarters.

5. Paper & Tea Daily Brewing Set

Price: $42

Help someone ween off their coffee habit with this minimalist tea set that comes with a canister of caffeinated black tea.

6. Sur La Table Waiter Signature Apron

Price: $50

Ditch the raggedy apron for a 100% cotton, machine washable apron from Sur La Table.

7. Everlane ReCashmere Carpenter Beanie

Price: $50

Made from recycled Italian yarn, the ReCashmere Carpenter Beanie duplicates the softness and appeal of 100% Grade-A cashmere and makes it more sustainable.

8. Billykirk No. 309 Valet Tray

Price: $27

The secret to gift-giving is getting gifts that someone will use every day so they think of you every time they use it. Over time, the tray will develop a patina that makes it unique to the user and his or her goods.

9. L.L.Bean Zip Hunter’s Tote Bag With Strap

Price: $45

This durable all-purpose tote will be your go-to bag for years to come. Don’t misplace it because the camo means you’ll never see it again.

10. J.Crew Card Case in Italian Leather

Price: $40

It’s Italian leather for under $50. ‘Nuff said.

11. Craighill Uniform Square Cuff in Brass

Price: $48

This timeless design is made for the man, or woman, who doesn’t think they’re the type of person who wears jewelry. Just refer to it as a “cuff” instead of a “bracelet” and everything will be fine.

12. Topo Designs Dopp Kit

Price: $29

Dopp kits are the unsung heroes of travel. They keep your gear organized and any potential messes are contained within the pouch.

13. Wonder Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Price: $34

One taste of this and you’ll realize this is what real olive oil tastes like. It’s made of 100% California-grown olives, and that’s the way it should be.

14. W&P Design Chili Lab Homemade Hot Sauce Kit

Price: $45

Making your own hot sauce immediately makes it superior to your regular ol’ Cholula or Tabasco. The kit provides ingredients for two flavors of hot sauce, and you can’t go wrong with either. Just don’t touch your eyes while you’re making your concoction.

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