Frugal Claus – Gifts Under $50 For Everyone On Your List

Gifts under $50 for everyone on your list

By Andrea Pyros

Want to give a great gift but not break the bank? We’ve got you covered with a variety of affordable ideas. Read on, and share your own gift ideas, too.

Wear Marc Jacobs courtesy of his Rollerball Trio ($38) at Sephora. The collectible tin holds the gorgeous Daisy, Lola and Daisy Eau So Fresh perfume roll-ons.

Friends who appreciate unique presents—or just like to sip a chilly drink without having iced-up fingers—will be impressed by the Curva Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glasses and Tumblers ($29.95) at Amazon. These handmade glasses come in a set of four and are dishwasher-, microwave- and freezer-safe.

We once witnessed a mass stampede when an office mate brought in Votivo candles as presents for her team. They smell amazing, so the madness was understandable. Our favorite is Red Currant ($40), which is featured in gorgeous, handblown glass and burns for 50 to 60 hours.

Give golfers the ProActive Sports Trunk It Golf Gear Organizer ($34.91). The case, available on Amazon, is designed to carry all the putting essentials in one tidy, durable package that is perfect to stash in the trunk of a car.

How about the MoMA Store’s reusable Paper Bag Tote ($14.95)? It’s designed to look like a paper bag and is perfect for your farmers’ market–loving pal. (Get MoMA Store coupons.)

Chefs who wouldn’t dream of making dinner without fresh herbs on hand will enjoy Herb Saver Pods ($29.95 for three). Available at The Spoon Sisters, these storage devices keep parsley, basil and other herbs fresh for up to three weeks. (Get The Spoon Sisters coupons.)

There’s just something unexpected and whimsical about the LEIF Dish Detergent Bottle Vase ($26). Made from trash found in the streets of Holland, these porcelain bottles will look neat on display. (Get LEIF coupons.)

Beauty addicts will thrill to the Snap You’re Fab Lip Gloss Set from Sephora. This great deal ($30 a $96 value) contains two full-size and four travel-size limited- edition shimmering lip glosses from Smashbox. (Get Sephora coupons.)

Cozy, classic and very guy-like: the J.Crew Donegal Wool Scarf ($48). (Get J.Crew coupons.)

Smartphones and tablets, be darned. We’ll never get sick of an old-fashioned hanging calendar, particularly when it’s as cool as The Gashlycrumb Tinies Edward Gorey Calendar ($13.99) at Paper Source. (Get Paper Source coupons.)

All our designer friends went a bit mad when they saw this Perch Spot Bowl ($32). It kind of resembles a cracked-open ceramic egg with a colored inside. The bowl is available in four lovely hues and can hold food, plants or various knickknacks.

Everything about Roz Chast’s exclusive In Crowd collection for Fishs Eddy cracks us up. She even designed an old-school Celery Dish ($14.95).

Just because your hostess is on kitchen duty doesn’t mean she wants to look frumpy. A Hen House Linens Cocktail Apron ($25) allows her to unleash her inner foxy lady.

Serve up tea for two (or more) with the lovely Harney & Sons Chai Tea Gift ($36). It comes with a tin of Indian Spice loose tea, a box of sugar cubes, a tea scoop, a tea filter and a chai tea recipe.

Gadgety types should have a high-quality case to protect their most-beloved device: their phone. OtterBox’s iPhone 4/4S Commuter Series Case ($29.71) has a silicone mid-layer and polycarbonate shell that will protect iPhones from bumps, scratches and shocks. (Get OtterBox coupons.)  Note from Denise – I l.o.v.e my Otterbox case and this is a great price!

Keep a kitchen running smoothly with Grand Openings 3-in-1 (on sale for $13.49) from Black & Decker. This handy tool functions as a can opener, knife sharpener and bottle opener all in one sleek-looking package.


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  1. LOVE all these gift ideas!! Thanks for sharing them — I’ll be checking into several of them!

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