Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
You may be feeling overly generous this time of year—we all are. Our means expand as we stretch ourselves to find the ultimate gift that's good enough for our loved ones—the one that they'll remember years from now… A trip to Bermuda, maybe? A designer handbag? A professional camera? But the truth is, come January every year, we look at our credit card bill with bewilderment, realizing that maybe we didn't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a slightly too-extravagant gift.
The first step to fixing this recurring problem? Stop associating random dollar amounts with each gift on your list. A dollar figure should not dictate how much a person means to you. In fact, we found 17 under-$50 gifts that are ultra special, so the favorite people in your life will adore them. Bonus: You won't have to eat peanut butter sandwiches for the first month of the year while you pay off your credit card debt. So start shopping—you'll never guess these gifts are all under $50.
Give the gift of blissful sleep this holiday with an ultra-soft sateen pillow—and add a monogram for an extra-personal touch.
These essential oils have properties to keep your space feeling fresh—an ideal gift for the person in tune with the energy in her space.
The amateur chef with an affinity for Asian cuisine will adore this veritable encyclopedia of Chinese cooking.
For the friend who always knows about the latest restaurant opening and who follows the lives of chefs like others follow the Kardashians.
Your favorite techie will love this super-sleek iPhone dock. Also a great gift for the friend whose phone is always dead.
These Japanese stacking mugs are ideal for the minimalist at heart who needs to spare every inch they can in their small space.
Step your hostess gift game up a notch with this black lava salt—an original alternative to the classic bottle of wine.
Give your favorite cocktail enthusiast a chic place to set their latest creation.
For the person who loves to sleep in on Sundays and wake up refreshed and wrinkle-free, this eye mask is pure bliss.
If you know someone who loves staying at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, bring the château to them.
This room spray will refresh the senses, clear out any negativity, and help with focus—the ideal gift for someone who loves improving every aspect of their life.
Throw it in a stocking or give it as a hostess gift—Bellocq's organic Indian, Chinese, and Ceylon black tea is truly top-notch.
Whoever really loves oysters will appreciate this petite coffee table book dedicated entirely to our favorite aphrodisiac.
The most luxurious gift $50 will get you—this wonderfully fragrant bodywash is an essential to elevate everyday life.
You know the person who always wants to play a board game? They'll love this minimal deck of cards that's super sleek and fun.
In the dead of winter, your favorite beauty buff will appreciate this moisturizing kit, which includes a moisturizer, lip balm, and hand cream.