Posted on: October 18, 2021 Posted by: Ariel Tattum Comments: 0

Here at Clever we like to plan ahead. And in preparation for a holiday season to remember, we’ve rounded up the best gifts under $50 for all the friends and family members on your list. Since we don’t think this year’s shopping should cost an arm and a leg, we scoured the internet for 23 original gift ideas—including art prints, decor, and tech accessories—for keeping spirits high when budgets are low. Each item in this gift guide is under $50 (some are under $30, and even under $15), hopefully making budget-friendly shopping a little bit easier. Our opinion? The best gifts are thoughtful gifts, so please enjoy these mindfully designed presents they’ll love no matter what your budget is.

Best Gifts Under $15

Mini Portable Charger Power Bank

Keep their phone at 100% thanks to this sunny portable charger. Its slim, lightweight design holds over a full battery charge—plus it’s available in other fun shades like pastel blue and mint green. This is a great gift for that friend who’s constantly asking to borrow your iPhone charger. 

Dimension Red Pepper Mini Bicycle Bell

For the avid cycler in your life, this punny bike bell should add some zest to their daily commute or leisurely rides.

Bornn Coral Colorblocked Mug

Bring a little holiday cheer to their morning routine with a happy hue and retro silhouette. Whether they’re a coffee lover, a tea fiend, or just a big fan of H2O, it’s a perfect gift for anyone who loves a well-made mug.

With over 50(!) designs and patterns, it’s easy to pick up a nice Baggu tote that’ll fit any person’s taste. We like this funky (but still neutral) distorted checkerboard for quick trips to the grocery store or a nice afternoon at the flea market. Rough Draft Mini Notebook

Here’s a cheerful mini notebook that’ll be perfect for journaling on the fly or jotting down their grocery shopping and to-do lists.

Surprise your favorite bibliophile with a happy pair of wood bookends that’ll be perfect for showcasing their favorite reads.

Counter-Print Architectural Logos Book

And if you need something to stick between those bookends, we recommend picking up this unique booklet filled with architectural logos and global design elements.

Best Gifts Under $30

Vintage-Inspired Food Ornaments

You know exactly who in your life needs a butter ornament this year. And if your crowd leans more vegan, these Cody Foster-designed cuties are also available in avocado or pickle forms. 

Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker

You don’t have to invest hundreds of dollars in a new coffee maker for a cup of Joe that’ll delight their palette. If they can’t get enough high quality caffeine, this portable Aeropress will accompany them in hotel rooms or on road trips for a steady dose of smooth coffee.

On that note, you can tuck this collapsible Stojo in your bag to enjoy drinks anywhere any time. Each 16 oz. cup comes with a convenient matching straw (pair with a cold brew maker for a super splurge gift), built-in heat sleeve, and it is available in 25 charming colorways. Stojo’s reusable water bottle also makes a great stocking stuffer for someone looking to stay cool.

Ordinary Habit Warp On The Go Puzzle by Annu Kilpeläinen

Already seen the in-flight movie? Make sure your loved ones stay entertained with this bright travel puzzle packed in an easy-to-store canvas pouch for game night on the go.

Material The (mini) reBoard

For the person you know that’s always fighting for more counter space, a mini cutting board that can take all sorts of slicing and dicing is always a great choice. Rise and Shine Vase

This cheeky OJ carton vase should supply more than your daily dose of vitamin C.

Rituals + Ceremony Art Incense Holder

If you plan on gifting them their favorite incense, a beautiful holder is only the logical complement. These designs from Rituals + Ceremony are handmade and come in different abstract patterns that will elevate any tabletop and encourage a moment or two of self-care.

Divers Art Print By Janet Hill Studio

Add a whimsical touch to their bathroom decor with this happy divers bathroom print by Canadian artist Janet Hill.

Best Gifts Under $50

Dusen Dusen Everybody Tissue Box Cover

Everybody sneezes, but not everybody has a kaleidoscopic tissue box cover that makes doing so a little more fun.

Cantaloupe & Prawns Art Print by Maggie Cowles

We think Maggie Cowles’s delightful art prints make perfect holiday gifts for anyone on your list. Though there’s plenty to choose from, we’d opt for this delectable-looking tablescape. 

We love these sustainably made cork planters from U.K. brand Mind the Cork. And if your loved one is more into organization than starting an indoor garden, they double as desk accessories. 

Golde Make Your Matcha Kit

Known for its superfood beauty and wellness products, Golde’s Make Your Matcha kit comes with everything they’ll need to make their own tasty matcha creations at home. Goodbye never-ending lines at the café! 

Even certified plant killers should be able to keep these low-maintenance greens in bloom. Just keep them in a sunny spot and make sure they get a small watering every two weeks (plus they’re pet-friendly too).

The Nest Mini is much more than your average bluetooth speaker. In addition to playing their favorite music and podcasts, the small-but-mighty Mini can set timers, turn on the lights, and answer questions like ‘what’s the weather today?’ And Google Assistant can help them get organized around the house—including controlling their other smart home gadgets like lightbulbs or thermostats. This is gift-giving at it’s best. 

Organic Turkish Waffle Robe

A robe may seem like one of the more traditional Christmas gifts out there, but this lightweight waffle robe—from Clever’s favorite bedding brand Quince—is made of organic cotton, and it has more spa vibes than LL Bean fleece. You can pair it with Quince’s matching organic waffle slippers and a set of nice sheet face masks for a great gift set that’ll cost you less than $75 total. 

Urban Outfitters Mushroom Tufted Throw Pillow

And last but not least, bring one of the year’s hottest design trends into the holiday season with this fungus-inspired cushion that’ll seamlessly match the rest of their cottagecore aesthetic.

Not seeing what you’re looking for? Don’t miss the rest of Clever’s holiday gift guides for everyone on your list, from dog lovers to foodies to DIY obsessives and more. 

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