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Money Under 30 Gift Guide: Christmas Gifts Under $50 and Ideas for Every Budget

November is here, and that means the holiday season is, too. Are you looking for some gift ideas? We’ve got you covered, whether your budget is $5 or $500.

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Stuck for gift ideas this holiday season? Don’t worry; there’s plenty of time left, and we have some ideas for you, no matter what your budget.

Check out these holiday gift ideas, whether you want to spend less than $20 — find Christmas gifts under $50 — or really splurge.

Under $20

These gifts will make great stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts or could even be the main event.

Cute lace crew socks from Anthropologie, that look both cute and comfortable: $15.

ws mixersWomen’s EZ Touch gloves from Land’s End. These allow you to use your smartphone without removing your gloves! $14.

Cookie cutters from They have lots of fun and uncommon shapes, for under $10 (sometimes MUCH under).

Fruit keg tapping kit from Uncommon goods.  Turn a watermelon into a keg! $19.99

Specialty cocktail mixes from Williams Sonoma: $16.95.

For the writer in your life, a Moleskine notebook (available at Barnes and Noble): $12.95.

You might have to save this one for spring and summer, but this mini hamburger slider set from World Market looks so fun for grilling: $9.99.

Snag these quirky elephant salt shakers from Modcloth: $12.99.

snowflake ornament“Male-friendly” Archer air fresheners, with scents like “distillery” and “hunting lodge”: $14.

Gorgeous, sparkly Victorian glass snowflake ornament from Restoration Hardware: $15.

Stay hydrated with a Bobble water bottle: The easy change filter means great tasting water all the time. $9.99.

Organize your accessories with this Real Simple jewelry organizer, from Bed Bath and Beyond: $12.99.

It’s always safe to buy a sweet piece of jewelry, like this wrapped and tied bracelet from Urban Outfitters: $16.

Relax with this sampler pack of loose leaf tea, perfect for the office, from Argo Tea: $12.95.

Give the gift of delicious chocolate, like this Yuletide Favorites basket from Ghirardelli: $19.95.

Under $50

Take it up a notch with these slightly more expensive gifts that are still under $50.

shadow cast candle holderIt’s a classic — men’s flannel pajama pants from Land’s End: $39.

Get cozy with a shadow cast candle holder from Anthropologie: $48.

Brace for the cold months with this women’s textured cable-knit sweater from Old Navy: $30.

Pick from lots of different iPhone and iPod cases from Society6: $35.

A leather convertible crossbody purse from GAP is very versatile: $49.95.

Stock up on some fresh-scented hand soap and lotion from Williams Sonoma: $39.95.

Look your best with this Bumble and Bumble stylist editions kit from Sephora: $48.

This set of four mugs from World Market offers a lot of bang for your buck: $23.96.

Deck out your bedroom with these whale-printed pillow cases from Modcloth: $29.99.

reclaimed chalk boardDecorate with a reclaimed wood chalkboard from Urban Outfitters: $49.

Have a golfer in the family? They might like a golf ball personalizer from Restoration Hardware: $22.

Get your sparkle on with a metallic leather belt from GAP: $24.95.

Add an upscale touch to your liquor stash with this wine aerator from World Market: $29.99.

You’ll be on trend with a colorful Herschel backpack: $49.99.

A throwback gift for a rugged recipient … a Swiss Army Spartan pocket knife from Urban Outfitters: $42.

Make mornings special with a Cuisinart waffle maker from Bed Bath and Beyond: $29.99.

Modcloth has lots of other great gift ideas, like these mermaid bookends for $44.99.

Under $100

These gifts will break the bank, so make sure they’re for someone special!

rugGet cozy with a chenille braided throw from Restoration Hardware: $59.

Mix up your makeup with the master class palette from Smashbox, from Sephora: $59.

For the yoga enthusiast, try a yoga mat ($68) or Wunder Under pant ($82) from Lululemon.

Another classic — try a men’s stitched-edge belt from J.Crew: $68.

Add a rustic element to your home with an antler candle holder from Williams Sonoma: $99.95.

Kick back with a lavender relaxation gift set from World Market: $69.99.

Ditch the stained T-shirt for these luxurious buffalo check men’s pajamas from Brooks Brothers: $98.50.

Bundle up in a brushed scarf from J. Crew: $72.50.

Get something truly unique and adopt an olive tree in Italy and receive a bottle of olive oil quarterly from your tree! $77

More than $100 — splurge-worthy gifts

For the times you’re really going all out, look into gifts like these for “big spenders.”

Frye boots are pricey, but are top-quality and last for years and years. Try a style like these Melissa tall riding boots: $418.

poker setHave a stylish game night with a deluxe poker set from Restoration Hardware: $279.

They’re all the rage — a Keurig coffee maker: $149.99 at Kohl’s.

A staple for winter, the double-breasted pea coat, like this one from Madewell: $275.

A shaving kit from The Art of Shaving, available at Sephora: $120.

Make a music-lover happy with Beats by Dre headphones: $299.95.

This will be helpful for holiday baking — a KitchenAid mixer: $349.99.

A special luxury item — an Italian cashmere wrap from J. Crew: $275.

If you know someone who’s a cyclist, or would like to become one, surprise them with a trendy Republic Bike from Aristotle. You can even customize it! $399.

Madewell is a great place to find some beautiful bags, like this “Camden” tote: $218.

Throw a fun party with this Margaritaville Frozen Concoction maker, from Bed Bath and Beyond: $299.99.

Do you have a holiday gift idea we missed? Let us know what good finds you’ve snagged this season!

Published or updated on November 7, 2013

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  1. Eduardo says:

    Wow. That’s an excellent article as I was not sure what to get with my tight budget and now I know I can get my mum a metallic fold-over clutch for $49.95 since I know she is in love with clutches. Thanks for the tip.

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