14 Gifts Under $50 That Are Both Attractive and Useful

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14 Gifts Under $50 That Are Both Attractive and Useful

Check out our suggestions for general-purpose gifts in an affordable price range. These are useful things that everyone wants, but might not buy for themselves. Little luxuries for under $50!

We’ve rounded up products that are both attractive and useful to appeal to a large swath of your gift list. Whether you choose trendy wine glasses, a gorgeous candle, pretty cheese knives, or quality headphones, these are items that will be appreciated. And even better, they can be obtained via the internet for less than $50. Happy holiday shopping!

Copper Wine Glasses

Trendy copper makes for gorgeous wine glasses. This set of 4 17 oz. glasses is also stemless and sturdy — perfect for the hostess on your holiday list.

The interior of the glass is durable stainless steel, and the exterior is plated with copper, which keeps beverages chilled longer than standard glass. A copper wine glass set makes a shiny, festive holiday gift!

Trendy Tabletop Planter

It seems like everyone is looking for trendy, mid-century-inspired planters, making this gift option a good bet. 

Popular indoor plants such as fiddle figs and succulents make perfect tenants for these attractive West Elm planters. A ceramic bowl sits on tapered, solid walnut legs for a clean look. Lovely tabletop decor! Price varies by size, the $29 small option has a 3.75” diam. planter, while the large is 7.1” diam.

Cold Weather Tea Set

Hot herbal teas comfort and soothe colds during the chilly winter months, making this set a thoughtful holiday gift. 

The Cold Weather Comfort tea gift set from Uncommon Goods includes 4 herbal tea varieties; Quiet Cough, Peaceful Spirit, Throat Soothe, and Cold Comfort. The herbal teas are made in Washington state by master tea maker Scout Urling. 6 tea bags come in each variety tin, giving your recipient 24 relaxing, healing cups.

Best Gift For the Person Who Wishes They Had an Electronic Valet

Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart-home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more.

 It can hear you from across the room with seven far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music. Use Echo to tell your computer to play your favorite tunes, order a pizza, call Uber, whatever your heart desires.

Trendy Water Bottle
Jody Kivort

A completely useful gift, S’well bottles are functional beverage containers, and they’re also really cool looking. Thanks to triple-walled insulated stainless steel, drinks will stay cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. 

That’s a long time! Available in 9, 17, or 25 oz. sizes, there’s a wide range of styles, from a bedazzled breast cancer awareness pink, to the iridescent Milky Way, to the natural Teakwood. S’well bottles are BPA-free. 

This is the perfect water bottle to bring just about anywhere, but it’s a great gift for a gym-bound buddy.

Colorful Cheese Knives

This colorful set of 3 stainless steel knives will impress any party host or cheese aficionado. These stainless steel knives are made in France — Laguiole is known for their quality kitchen products.

(They also have a set of steak knives in the rainbow color scheme.) This 3 piece cheese set is dishwasher safe, a major bonus. One knife each is included in red, blue, and green. You may be tempted to keep these, so you should probably order 2 sets!

Cozy Scarf
Ivan Cheung

Target’s new line A New Day has some cute scarves, like this cozy, multicolor number. 

The mid-weigh acrylic fabric is wide enough to provide substantial warmth, but light enough to toss over a jacket. Pink, navy, orange, olive, and yellow stripes provide a pop of color to any winter wardrobe, and make for a fun, casual gift.

Marble Wine Cooler

This marble wine cooler can actually double as a vase when it’s not chilling an adult beverage — score! 

Turned wood is an on-trend accent to the marble, which will keep white wine or rose nice and chilled cool for hours. This makes a classy, useful gift its recipient can use over and over again. Maybe pair it with a bottle for an extra special themed present.

Cordless Headphones

A great, affordable pair of wireless headphones will surely be appreciated by any music lover. 

Skullcandy headphones feature comfy ear pillows and great quality audio. You can even take calls thanks to a built-in TapTech mic and Bluetooth technology. And the best part? They’re wireless! Available in 9 colors, the Skullcandy Uproar set comes with a 1-year warranty and has a 10-hour battery life.

Waffle Maker

Who doesn’t love waffles? Make 4 Belgian waffles in 10 minutes with this delightful kitchen appliance. The ceramic non-stick coating ensures that batter doesn’t get stuck, plus it allows the 1” thick waffles to cook faster than standard waffle makers.

 The 1000 watt heating system features browning control so you can cook to your taste, and the handle folds for easy storage. Trendy copper detailing makes this a perfect gift for your favorite brunch hostess. The waffle maker comes with a 2 year limited warranty.

Quality Travel Mug

Contigo travel containers seriously keep your beverage hot (specifically up to 6 hours) — a perfect gift for the caffeinated commuter! 

This 20 oz. stainless steel insulated travel mug is a best-seller on Amazon for good reason. It features a leak-proof lid, handy handle, and it fits in most car cup holders. The double-wall, vacuum-insulated stainless steel is the secret to its stay-hot capability. And if you’re a lefty, don’t worry, the lid can switch sides. Contigo travel mugs come with a lifetime warranty. Available in pink or gunmetal gray.

Gorgeous Candle

Scented candles are crowd-pleasers, and this Anthropologie beauty is no exception. The soy-blended Volcano candle from Capri Blue features an iridescent jar and 85 hours of burn time. 

The fresh scent includes “lightly exotic mountain greens,” citrus, and tropical fruit notes. Once the candle burns through, the 4” wide and 5” tall jar can be used for trinkets or other household objects. Capri Blue candles are made in Mississippi.

Festive Cognac

A consumable, celebratory item like an upscale liquor is generally a good bet (unless your giftee doesn’t drink), especially as a host or hostess gift.

Courvoisier V.S.O.P. cognac is a cozy winter choice — a light taste and floral and fruity aromas make this one a favorite. Make sparkling cognac cocktails by mixing with champagne and a sugar cube. Pairs well with desserts — perfect for holiday parties!

Pretty Shopping Bags

Durable, breathable bags with a purpose, Junes makes reusable and practical gifts. Give your recipient help with groceries (or anything else) and do good at the same time. 

Junes is an El Paso-based company that produces these eco-friendly bags with a women’s coop in Ciudad Juarez. Women in the poverty-stricken region are paid fair wages and regular income for their craftsmanship. The bags range in price from $14.00 - $64.00. The popular Mesh bag comes in 5 on-trend colors.

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