20 No-Fail Gifts You Can Score for Less Than $50

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Peruse your favorite brands' gift selection, and you'll notice that every time your budget goes up, like from $25 to $50, the number of digital pages you have to sift through more than doubles, too. 

Of course, this can get daunting. More pages of results mean more possible gifts your loved one will adore. It means more choices, more deliberations, more going back-and-forth weighing different options. But it's better than having almost no options to pick through at all. The worst-case scenario is having no decision to make because there's only one gift your loved one may like that fits within your budget. 

Get ready because worthwhile finds are abundant. 

Adamjk OK Tarot Card Deck
ADAMJK OK Tarot Card Deck $30

These minimalist Tarot cards are so pretty that your loved one doesn’t even have to like Tarot to be into them. Each card is a little work of art in its own right, making this set as fit for wall decor as it is for introspection.

Round Mirrored Tray
Terrain Round Mirrored Tray $38

Catch-all trays are always a good idea—especially when they’re as striking as this mirror-lined option. Perfect for holding jewelry, toiletries, or just about anything your loved one needs a place for, this tray is sure to add order and aesthetic appeal in equal measure.

Spitfire Girl Ritual Candle $35

Add a little cozy warmth to your loved one's home this holiday season by gifting them one (or more) of these stunning celestial candles. Each candle has a different promise, and this one's is to manifest abundance, attract good fortune, and increase prosperity—an exciting proposition, and an assuredly fragrant one, too.

ring holder
Urban Outfitters Pyramid Display Ring Holder $18

This stunning ring holder is a steal at $18, and it’s an excellent way for your loved one to display their favorite pieces. If you or they have ever lamented that their beautiful statement jewelry can’t serve as home decor, rest assured knowing that thanks to this little display box, it finally can.

Travel Set
Kai Travel Set $49

Spa-worthy products like may seem too obvious to serve as worthy holiday gifts, but if you have any friends who love to travel but would rather not use hotel-provided bath products, this is truly the perfect gift. It includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, fine linen wash, and perfume oil. We may even snag one for ourselves!

Clouded Agate Coasters
West Elm Clouded Agate Coasters, Set of 4 $40

Beautiful coasters are always a “treat yourself” item. Since they’re not immediately necessary, many of us put off buying them. And we certainly talk ourselves out of spending small fortunes on them. These aspects make stunning, out-of-the-box coasters, like these, absolutely perfect for gift-giving. 

hanging frames
Anthropologie Viteri Hanging Frame $28

It's our belief that everyone could use another picture frame—especially versatile, hanging frames like these ones. In addition to coming in three shades (silver, copper, and bronze), these open-concept frames act as a blank canvas for standalone photos or collages of memorabilia. 

CB2 Regal Monkeys Enamel Serving Tray $50

This ornate tray looks like the kind of thing you’d find in a palace or museum, making it a perfect choice for your favorite maximalist-leaning loved one. It’s sure to make a statement in any room, whether it’s used as a tray or displayed as art.

Andrej Urem Milk Candle $35

This unique candle is one of the coolest we've seen. It's made of soy wax and can burn for up to 60 hours before it starts to lose its unique form.

Day Designer 12-Month Mini Planner
Anthropologie Day Designer 12-Month Mini Planner $49

Believe it or not, not everyone keeps track of their day-to-day on their cellphones. Some of your friends and family members may like to keep it old-fashioned and record their appointments, meetings, and social outings in a beautiful book. This one is small enough to throw in a purse, too.

floor mat
Ban.do X Yield Floor Mat $40

Adorable home décor items that help you focus on an emotional theme—like calm, gratitude, growth, joy, or positivity? That's Ban.do for you! This has to be the cutest floor mat we've ever seen. Even if your loved one's bathroom or kitchen isn't super colorful, this mat has enough hues in it to go with just about anything.

Tall Amber Vase
Urban Outfitters Tall Amber Vase $49

Sophisticated and cool, this moody-hued vase would look fabulous with or without flowers. Like coasters, vases aren't something people typically splurge on for themselves, making them the perfect gift for your plant-obsessed friend.

Hamilton: The Revolution By Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter
Barnes & Noble Hamilton: The Revolution By Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter $41

We all know someone obsessed with Hamilton, right? This book, the brainchild of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and cultural critic and theater artist Jeremy McCarter, is the perfect gift. It delves into the inspiration behind the play.

Assam Tea Press
Bodum Assam Tea Press $40

Eye-catching items like this stunning teapot still have a place in any modern kitchen. It may even convert your coffee-addicted friend to give tea.

A great supplemental gift is a box or two of tea. We suggest going for two very different options, like a robust black tea and a calming matcha green tea.

playing cards
Jonathan Adler Versailles Playing Cards Set $35

Give the gift of living like Marie Antoinette this year. This beautiful set from interior and furniture designer Jonathan Adler includes two decorative decks that are sure to make any boring evening with nothing to do a lot more fun.

Ban.do Have the Best Time Towel $38 $29

Too many of us rely on old towels we bought in college to get us through our most idyllic vacations and getaways. Bless your beach-loving friend with this excessively photogenic option so that they never resort to that well-worn towel again.

West Elm Square Birch Tray - Yellow $45

Bring your S.O. the gift of breakfast in bed and let them keep the tray the meal arrives on. This graphic item is perfect for serving food, holding plants, or organizing otherwise scattered items. And it’s sure to offer a welcome pop of color to any home.

crystal set
Species by the Thousands Optimisim Crystal Gift Set $32

For anyone who's interested in the power of healing crystals, this starter pack, complete with four carefully curated crystals, is a great present. It comes complete citrine (eliminates bad energy), pyrite (for luck), rose quarts (promotes self-love), rutilated quartz (shifts stagnant energy), and sunstone (brings positive energy). Plus, the pack includes a spray to cleanse the stones before use.

cocktail kit
Modern Sprout Kraft Seed Starter Kits $20

Each of these bottles conceals a miniature garden: seeds, plant food, and the pot needed to contain them. (And once the plants have sprouted, your loved one can store them in the glass the kit came in!) This starter kit comes with all three of these jars, so your loved one will have the opportunity to grow their own mint, lemon balm, and cinnamon basil—all from their windowsill.

Wooden tray
Mark & Graham Striped Wooden Catch-All Tray $49 $37

Everything feels a little more special when it's customized. This Mark & Graham catch-all tray is so simple and chic but looks amazing on a nightstand or vanity—especially with your loved one's initials stamped onto it.

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