60 Gifts That Cost $50 or Less But Look Expensive

These picks from Aesop, Uncommon James, Bombas, and more may look expensive—but they’re not.

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There’s absolutely no need to shell out the big bucks when it comes to gift giving. Sure, there may be times and situations when you want to really go all out for a luxury gift, but if you’re looking to keep your shopping in check and not max out your credit card, you’re in luck. One tip to consider: Think about pairing something with a smaller less expensive gift to make it feel more substantial. So, add a plant to a flower pot, or a mini compact mirror to a lipstick. It’s an easy way to make the gift all the more special, while still staying within budget. Another handy tip is to purchase sets. Sets that contain multiple items can be a great one-off gift, but can also be split up and repurposed as individual (cost-effective) gifts for more than one person .

No matter whom you’re buying for, there’s no shortage of amazing, affordable gifts to be found. To further prove our point, we've tested, reviewed, and ranked the best gifts out there—all of which cost $50 or less—with choices for the fragrance lover, the foodie, the homebody, the tech enthusiast, the skincare aficionado, and so much more. 

Uoma by Sharon C It’s Complicated Lip Tint + Cheek Stain + Oil = Gloss



 Forget less than $50—this rings in at less than $10, not to mention it's a major multitasker, giving you even more bang for your buck. The oil-in-water formula imparts a gorgeous wash of sheer, hydrating color, whether you use it on your lids, lips, or cheeks (or all three). It’s also super easy to blend in with your fingers, and never feels in the least bit sticky, one of our favorite features.

Price at time of publish: $7

Byrdie Editor Olivia Hancock

Olivia Hancock / Design by Tiana Crispino

Grown Alchemist Hand Cream Vanilla Orange Peel



A hand cream is one of those things that pretty much everyone uses and could benefit from, which is why gifting a nicer, more special version is always a good call. This one fits the bill, packed with camellia seed and grapeseed oils to combat even the driest of skin (so much that it only took a dime-sized amount to leave our hands soft and smooth for the whole day), in a chic tube and with a luxe scent. When we tested over 30 hand creams in our lab, this one topped the list, snagging the number one spot.

Price at time of publish: $26

Grown Alchemist Hand Cream Vanilla Orange Peel

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Haus Labs Atomic Shake Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Haus Labs Atomic Shake Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Haus Labs

As a general rule of thumb, long-lasting lipsticks tend to have a matte finish, making this all the more unique. It not only touts impressive staying power but also has a high-shine, Latex-like texture and feels weightless and super comfortable to boot. Plus, it’s guaranteed to elicit tons of compliments—at least, that’s what happens anytime we wear it. 

Price at time of publish: $26

Byrdie editor Olivia Hancock wearing Haus Labs Atomic Shake Lip Lacquer

Olivia Hancock / Design by Tiana Crispino

Tula Radiant Skin Serum Tint



Packed with brightening ingredients (and your daily dose of SPF), this tinted serum is a one-stop shop for all your AM skincare needs. Per the tinted part, it comes in an impressive array of 30 shades, all of which deliver a dewy, glowy finish. In our experience, one layer perfectly evens out your complexion (but still lets your skin shine through), though it’s also very buildable without looking cakey.

Price at time of publish: $40

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Aimee Simeon

Revlon One-Step Volumizer

Amazon Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush


There are plenty of (much) more expensive hot air brushes to be found, but this super affordable version constantly and consistently pulls in rave reviews. A great choice for any blowout queen, it imparts tons of volume, bounce, and smoothness.

Price at time of publish: $32

Kristin Ess Evil Eye Clip



How cute would this hair accessory be as a stocking stuffer? The gold and crystal-encrusted clip with an evil eye design make it the perfect option for anyone who wants to add a little sparkle to their usual style.

Price at time of publish: $8

Owen’s Craft Mixers Espresso Martini Mix



Espresso martinis are delicious yet time-consuming to make. A much easier alternative? Pop open one of these cans of mix (made with real coffee and dairy-free ingredients), mix with vodka or tequila, and you’re good to go.

Price at time of publish: $84 for 24

Bombchel OG Goddess Hoops



With an extra-large, 3.5-inch size and unique cloth covering, these are anything but your basic hoop earrings. Available in blue, brown, red, and pink colors, there’s an option to fit everyone’s style preferences.

Price at time of publish: $28

Ezvalo Music Bedside Lamp



Part nightlight, part wireless speaker, part phone charger, this is a must for any bedside table. It doesn’t hurt that it looks super stylish, too.

Price at time of publish: $40

A24films 99 Movie Crosswords



Perfect for any movie buff and/or crossword lover, this book was edited by a crossword puzzle constructor and film editor. Inside, you’ll find puzzles based on all kinds of different movie genres at a variety of difficulty levels.

Price at time of publish: $34

Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30


Sunscreen certainly falls under the "practical gifts" category, and this is an awesome pick for anyone with melanated skin. It delivers that oh-so-important protection against UVA and UVB rays but won’t leave any unwanted residue or a white cast.

Price at time of publish: $16

Shinery Radiance Wash



Cleaning your rings has never been easier. Just leave them on and then wash your hands; this dual-purpose formula will both cleanse your skin and leave your jewelry looking supremely sparkly.

Price at time of publish: $28

These pH-balanced cleansing wipes are effective yet super gentle. So much so that they can be used on the face, body, or even more intimate areas. 

Price at time of publish: $20

Burga Golden Taupe iPhone Case



Taylor Swift was recently seen with this phone case, which is just as fashionable as it is functional. The surface is scratch-resistant, and it has beveled edges and a silicone interior for shock absorption; the marbled design is gorgeous and totally unique. 

Price at time of publish: $45

Bombas Gripper Slippers

Bombas Gripper Slippers


You can't go wrong with a good pair of slippers. These feel just as comfy as your favorite pair of fluffy socks, but have the added benefit of grips on the outside so that you never have to stress about slipping. They come in seven fun colors and four different sizes. Price at time of publish: $45

JINSoon Effortless Nail Buffer & Shiner



Another choice stocking stuffer, this mani must-have has two different sides. Use the buffing one to shape uneven tips and the shiny side to buff nails to a high-shine, topcoat-esque finish.

Price at time of publish: $8

Glider Gloves Touchscreen Gloves



Gloves are always a practical gift, especially when it’s these. The knit design is warm and comfy, and they’re made with a microfiber copper yarn that lets you text and use your phone just as efficiently as you would with your bare hands. 

Price at time of publish: $20

The Hair Edit Large Gold French Hair Pin


The Hair Edit

Here’s a great dupe for a designer version of this chignon pin (that costs nearly eight times as much). A modern style and gold hue make it perfect for pulling hair into a sophisticated bun or half-up style.

Price at time of publish: $13

Kokada Hat Trick Bundle



You’ll never believe that these delicious spreads are totally free of refined sugar. Instead, they’re all coconut-based, relying on organic and natural ingredients only. This comes in all three flavors: original, brownie, and cinnamon toast. Dip or drizzle on fruit, toast, ice cream…the options are endless.

Price at time of publish: $48

Raas Black & Gold Clutch



We can’t get over how expensive this clutch looks. With a black exterior, gold tassel, and optional gold chain strap, it’s sure to fool even the most devoted designer handbag lover.

Price at time of publish: $45

Chilewich Kite Gemstone Coasters



An adorable hostess gift, these are made with multi-colored yarn and boast a fun, geometric design. They can also be used indoors or outdoors.

Price at time of publish: $35 for 4

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash


Let’s face it, few people are likely to spend $40 on a hand soap for themselves, which is part of what makes this such a great gift. The formula is effective but gentle, the scent luxurious and high-end, and the bottle super sophisticated. Follow our lead and keep the bottle and refill it with the cheap stuff, since the packaging itself  is so pretty.

Price at time of publish: $41

Shoutable Billboard

Looking for a totally unique gift unlike they’ve ever seen before? This brand lets you create a custom message for anyone on your gifting list. It's then displayed on one of over 1600 digital billboards across 42 U.S. cities.

Price at time of publish: $45

Jennifer Fisher Universal Salt


Jennifer Fisher

Jewelry designer and foodie Jennifer Fisher created this universal seasoning. A mix of salt, pepper, dill weed, dried cilantro, red chili pepper flakes, and lemon zest, it’s delicious sprinkled on eggs, meat, veggies, and more.

Price at time of publish: $12

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, Open-Top

L.L. Bean

Super sturdy, super roomy, and super practical, this classic tote bag is a surefire crowd-pleaser. Even more so, since you can personalize it with a monogram; we suggest thinking beyond just initials and using your recipient’s favorite nickname or a cute saying. We love that it feels heavy duty  but not too stiff, and how versatile it is for hauling around everything from groceries to essentials for an overnight.

Price at time of publish: $40 (+$8 for monogramming)

Emilie Heathe Lip Atelier in The New Vamp


Emilie Heathe

Hailey Bieber is a fan of this aptly-named lippie, which is in fact dark and vampy. Still, the plum hue is nice and buildable, so you can easily amp up or tone down the level of drama.

Price at time of publish: $42

LBE Designs Round Two-4 Inch Planter


LBE Designs

Anyone with a green thumb will appreciate this stoneware planter. The design is minimalistic and streamlined, it comes with a built-in saucer, and there are nine neutral colors to choose from. And at this price, you can easily afford to pop a plant into it, too.

Price at time of publish: $37

Cuisinart Vacuum Sealer Cordless Wine Opener

Cuisinart Vacuum Sealer Cordless Wine Opener


No more struggling to open wine bottles. This electric, rechargeable corkscrew quickly and efficiently pops open any bottle, and can open up to 80 corks on one charge.

Price at time of publish: $40

First Aid Beauty Fab Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask



Lizzo told her TikTok followers that she relies on this skin-saving mask to soothe itch and irritation (and hey, if it’s good enough for Lizzo, it’s good enough for us). Credit a mix of calming ingredients such as calendula and arnica flower that make this leave-on so delightful.

Price at time of publish: $22

Kusshi On-the-Go Pouch Set



For lipsticks, chargers, keys, or credit cards, these pouches are the perfect catch-all. The set comes with two, in two different sizes, both made of a machine-washable neoprene.

Price at time of publish: $39 for 2

Modern Gents The Cora Earrings


Modern Gents

A cool twist on a classic gold huggie, these have a geometric shape and shimmering, diamond-like stones. Not to mention that the price can’t be beat.

Price at time of publish: $50

Humanrace Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator



Founder Pharrell created this line to make products universally accessible to those with visual impairments; all of the packaging has braille labels, and each product has a unique shape. All of the skincare and body care options are outstanding, but we’re partial to this exfoliant. It combines chemical exfoliators (glycolic acid and other AHAs) along with rice particles for physical buffing to leave skin super smooth and glowing. 

Price at time of publish: $42

Stanley Quencher H2.0

Stanley Quencher 40oz


There’s good reason why you’ve seen pretty much every influencer touting these all over social media. We didn’t want to like it as much as we do—but we do. The straw makes it easy to drink out of, and they fit in your car’s cup holders, too. They really are a foolproof present, holding a ton of water (or your fave bev) and keeping it hot or cold for hours on end.

Price at time of publish: $45

Crate & Barrel Monogrammed Serving Board

Crate & Barrel Monogrammed Serving Board

Crate & Barrel

Anything monogrammed is always a nice gift. A serving board is a great gift. Combine the two and you’ve got a real winner. This is made of a unique pairing of mango wood and marble, with a monogrammed initial in a brass inlay that adds a beautiful and special touch.

Price at time of publish: $50

Chamberlain Gentle Hummingbird Chai


Chamberlain Coffee

This vegan blend is made with oat milk, vanilla, and warming spices, making for a delicious chai that you can whip up in seconds. Also nice: It can be had either hot or iced.

Price at time of publish: $14

Lys Beauty Aim High Multi-Use Liquid Highlighter



A winner of our 2022 Byrdie Eco Beauty Awards, this acts as makeup (per the highlighter part) but is also infused with tons of good-for-your-skin ingredients that help give your complexion that coveted lit-from-within glow. It’s cruelty-free, too, and comes in sustainable packaging.

Price at time of publish: $19

Blossom & Stone Zodiac Crystal Candle


Blossom and Stone

A perfect gift for any astrology and/or crystal lover on your list, there are a dozen crystals housed inside each of these hand-poured soy wax candles. They’re specially chosen to fit the needs of each astrological sign, think aquamarine for healing and strength for Pieces or moonstone for reflection and growth for Cancer.

Price at time of publish: $36

RVL Wellness Co. Puzzle


RVL Wellness

This Black- and female-owned brand creates puzzles as a way to help promote self-care and mindfulness. Their gorgeous, handmade puzzles come in a variety of sizes and feature the work of Black female artists.

Price at time of publish: $15-$35

Moxy All Skin Face Cleanser


Bath and Body

This line recently launched under the Bath & Body Works umbrella and is full of skincare and haircare staples, all at super affordable prices. This gel cleanser is a must-try, fragrance-free and dermatologist-tested, with pineapple extracts for a touch of exfoliation.

Price at time of publish: $11

Goodee Ekobo Rectangle Bento Box



Anyone who takes their lunch on the go will appreciate this updated take on an adult lunch box. There’s a removable divider, the top doubles as a tray, and it’s made from natural and recycled materials.

Price at time of publish: $28

V Smiley Preserves Bestsellers Trio


V Smiley

Whether spread on toast or added to a cheese board, this trio of jams makes for a great gift for any foodie. It comes in three unique flavors—raspberry redcurrant geranium, cherry rosehip hibiscus, and lavender blackberry rhubarb—and is available in two different sizes.

Price at time of publish: $22-$44

Nécessaire The Body Serum

Nécessaire The Body Serum


This body serum is unlike any lotion you’ve ever used. To be fair, that’s probably because it’s a gel serum, one that absorbs lightning-fast while still delivering tons of non-sticky hydration. It feels light yet luxurious at the same time and is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, a boon for those with sensitive skin. Not to mention that it absorbs so fast that we can even apply it right before putting on leggings. 

Price at time of publish: $45

SprinkledWithPink Travel Monogram Jewelry Case



This travel jewelry case is perfect for packing earrings, rings, and necklaces. It can also be personalized with any set of initials, in a wide array of different colors.

Price at time of publish: $20

Yeti Crossroads Packing Cubes



These heavy-duty packing cubes make a perfect gift for any frequent traveler. Available in three sizes, they’re great for organizing anything and everything and have an expansion zipper that over-packers will appreciate.

Price at time of publish: $25-$35

Uncommon James Everyday Bracelet

Uncommon James Bracelet

Uncommon James

Simple yet stylish, this bracelet with beaded detailing is perfect for everyday wear.  And the dainty chain looks beautiful on its own or stacked and layered with other bracelets.

Price at time of publish: $48

Bardot Leopard Print Travel Yoga Mat


Wolf and Badger

Not only is this yoga mat foldable and great for travel, it also has a special technology that gives it an excellent grip. The top has a microfiber surface that wicks away moisture (great for hot yoga fans), and the base is made from 100%, biodegradable rubber.

Price at time of publish: $38

Bole Road Textiles Pouches


bole road textiles

Hand-woven in Ethiopia from 100 percent cotton, these are great for storing anything. Plus, the vibrant colors and prints make them easy to spot inside a crowded purse or drawer.

Price at time of publish: $48

The Comfortable Kitchen



Food blogger Alex Snodgrass’s second book is filled with delicious, easy recipes that any foodie or wannabe chef will appreciate. Her food is approachable, inviting, and fun. We’ve been cooking our way through this cookbook and have yet to find a recipe that isn’t a 10 out of 10.

Price at time of publish: $18

We (obviously) love giving candles as gifts, but for the candle lover who has them all, this chic set of matches in a glass cloche is a fun twist. Available in two colors, as well as a clear version, this is pretty enough to be displayed, yet still totally practical.

Price at time of publish: $34

Leatherman Rev Multi-Tool



A smart smaller gift or stocking stuffer, this is a junk drawer must-have. With 14 tools inside, there’s an option for any and every situation where something needs to be loosened, tightened, or snipped. 

Price at time of publish: $50

7AM Enfant Warmmuffs



Any momma is sure to appreciate this stroller accessory, a must-have for cold weather. They’re practical (keeping your hands toasty and attaching to any stroller handle so that they never get lost), cozy, and super stylish, thanks to a shiny black material. 

Price at time of publish: $48

Me-est Me Journal

Me-est Me Journal

Me-est Me

Created by a LGBTQ+ woman-owned brand, this journal is more like a self-guided workbook. It’s filled with four different categories of writing prompts, meant to help inspire you to reconnect with yourself.  A perfect gift for anyone who’s all about self-improvement.

Price at time of publish: $48

Memento Mori Signet Ring

Memento Mori Signet Ring

Memento Mori

An edgy take on a traditionally more preppy style, we love that this brass-plated ring features an unexpected design in the form of an embossed skull. Try it on your pinky or index finger.

Price at time of publish: $45

Tarte Maracuja Juicy Shift

Tarte Maracuja Juicy Shift


This plumping gloss-balm hybrid is the lip version of a mood ring; the pH-powered formula adjusts to the perfect shade for you based on your body chemistry. It now comes in nine new pastel colors—oh, and works equally as well on cheeks as it does on lips.

Price at time of publish: $24

DIBS Status Stick Face and Body Highlighter

Dibs status stick


This oversized highlighter can, quite literally, be used from head-to-toe. The perfectly shimmery formula glides on smoothly wherever you want a little extra shimmer and sheen, and comes in three flattering colors.

Price at time of publish: $36

Tea Forté Frank Lloyd Wright Presentation Box

Tea Forté Frank Lloyd Wright Presentation Box

Tea Forté

Great for tea lovers and architecture aficionados alike, this set features four different kinds of new tea blends inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. The gorgeous, giftable packaging is an homage to him, too.

Price at time of publish: $38

Ostrichpillow Heated Neck Wrap

Ostrichpillow Heated Neck Wrap


Listen, it may look a little infomercial-y, but try it and you’ll instantly be sold. It delivers just the right amount of soothing warmth and pressure to your neck and shoulders, the perfect little moment of TLC at the end of the long day. 

Price at time of publish: $45

Printique Fabric Photo Book 6X6

Printique Fabric Photo Book 6X6


Meaningful photos always make a great gift. You could frame just one, sure, or up the ante by compiling a variation of sentimental pics into this fabric-bound photo book. Bonus points for the fact that it comes in a variety of themes and styles that can help you create the perfect layout.

Price at time of publish: $49 for a 20 page album

Lucy’s Market Rialto Tulip Glasses

Lucy’s Market Rialto Tulip Glasses

Lucy’s Market

Available in a wide array (14, to be exact) of gorgeous, vibrant hues, this colored glassware feels fun and feminine. And the tulip shape is great for iced coffee, an ice cream sundae, or a glass of crisp white wine.

Price at time of publish: $32

Made in Italy Wood and Leather Travel Chess Set

Wood and Leather Travel Chess Set

Home Goods

This can absolutely be used to *actually* play chess; the travel-friendly design features a magnetic board and pieces. But the combo of wood, metal, and leather on the Italian-made set also makes it a beautiful piece of home decor, be it on a shelf or a coffee table.

Price at time of publish: $50

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Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s written countless gift guides across a wide array of topics and categories, and is Byrdie’s top gift guide writer. (She also prides herself on being an excellent gift-giver.)

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