The Best Gifts Under $50 for Every Occassion: Birthdays, Secret Santa, White Elephant

There are plenty of things that can stress you out at your job, from annual reviews to major projects. But your Secret Santa or White Elephant exchange at the holiday party shouldn’t be one of them. It can be tough finding a holiday gift for someone you know — and much tougher when you don’t know who the recipient is. White Elephant exchanges require you to find something that everyone will love. Or, maybe you don’t know your Secret Santa co-worker that well. This is where the best gifts under $50 come in.

A $50 gift is the sweet spot. It’s not too much to break the bank, but it’s not so little that the recipient won’t appreciate the effort. It sits in a middle ground but that middle ground is fraught with choices. Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the internet and found plenty of perfect gifts that cost less than $50.

Whether it be a gift for men, a gift for women or a gift for anybody in between, we’ve got it here. From cocktails kits for the home bartender to tech gadgets like Amazon’s Echo Dot and a handsome-looking messenger bag, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts under $50 that are sure to win you a smile and some admiration at your upcoming holiday event. Check out our favorites of the season below.


1. All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen)


Upgrade your friend’s or family member’s home with Alexa, the virtual voice-controlled assistant. The Echo Dot connects to all your home gadgets, allowing you to control everything with your voice, call Ubers or Lyfts, order food, and much more. There are now many of Alexa-enabled devices, such as smart light bulbs, TVs, doorbells and more, making an Echo device a staple in any modern home.

Alexa Echo Dot Amazon, best gifts under $50

Buy: Amazon Echo Dot $44.99


2. NYT 36 Hours. World. 150 Cities from Abu Dhabi to Zurich


Adding a new stamp to your passport felt like an impossible dream for most of 2020. Globetrotting is still tough these days, leaving many people hankering for a real vacation. To help people escape their living rooms, gift this book of the popular New York Times “36 Hours” column spotlighting 125 destinations in Europe. Each has a carefully curated itinerary with hundreds of color photographs for a beautiful mental getaway. The destinations and experiences are as varied as exploring flamenco in Seville to KBG spies in Estonia to the Renaissance in Florence to surfing in Biarritz.

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Buy: NYT 36 Hours. World. 150 Cities from Abu Dhabi to Zurich $26.80


3. Harry’s Truman Set


The perfect set for someone who likes to stay well-groomed, this shave set comes with the brand’s Truman handle, three German-engineered blade cartridges with lubricated strips, foaming shave gel, and a travel cover. Anyone who enjoys keeping a freshly shaved face is sure to love this set. You can even set them up with automatic blade refills if you’re feeling generous.

Harry's Truman Set, best gifts under $50

Buy: Harry's Truman Set $15.00


4. Pure Daily Care Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set 


This aromatherapy diffuser and essential oil set is a great gifting item under $50 for just about anyone. It helps keep your home smelling fresh, calm, and relaxed, offering all-around zen that’s sure to add warmth to any home. The full set comes with a 400ml ultrasonic diffuser, 10 essential oils including lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, orange, peppermint, lemongrass, jasmine, nutmeg, clove, and spearmint, and power cable, and a manual.

Pure Daily Care Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set , best gifts under $50

Buy: Pure Daily Care Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set $39.95


5. Brussel’s Live Chinese Elm Outdoor Bonsai Tree


Everyone has that friend or co-worker that is just a little too dedicated to their plants — and looking to expand their green family. Brussel’s Live Chinese Elm Outdoor Bonsai Tree is the best gift under $50 for them! A great addition to any desk or windowsill, it will bring pretty greenery to their space. It comes with everything needed for their new plant to thrive, including a Chinese Elm, decorative pot, soil and care instructions.

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6. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Faux Audrey Ficus Tree


This 39-inch ficus tree will add major ambiance to any room. It features lush, green leaves and comes potted in a black planter that works well in any space. Guests will never be able to tell it’s fake — and you won’t be able to kill it.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Ficus Tree, best gifts under $50

Buy: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Ficus Tree $44.99


7. Kasa Smart Light Switch, 3-Pack


If you’re gifting someone who enjoys the convenience of smart products, these light switches are a great choice. They are easy to install and can help instantly upgrade any room, giving total control of lighting through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Install this pack of three and control your home lighting remotely from any location via app.

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Buy: Kasa Smart Light Switches $34.99


8. Eudic Video Doorbell Camera


Made with video, intercom, photo capabilities, motion detection, and night vision, this doorbell adds major convenience to life. This waterproof HD camera doorbell sends alerts when motion is detected or as visitors press the doorbell. It’s easy to install and features a battery that lasts up to two months before needing a recahrge.

Eudic Video Doorbell Camera


Buy: Eudic Video Doorbell Camera $48.99


9. Galison Gray Malin 2-Sided Jigsaw Puzzle


If 2020 had an unofficial hobby, puzzles might take the prize. This puzzle deserves to be proudly displayed once it’s all put together, making this one of the best gifts under $50. The double-sided puzzle features not one but two of Gray Malin’s aerial seaside photographs, shot from a doorless helicopter, with scenery that feels like a mini-vacation. Measuring 24 x 18 inches when finished, the puzzle has 500 pieces, delivering just the right level of challenge. One side has a matte finish while the other is glossy, so you don’t have to worry about that throwing off your puzzle game.

Galison Gray Malin 2-Sided Jigsaw Puzzle

Buy: Galison Gray Malin 2-Sided Jigsaw Puzzle $20.17


10. Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn 1.26 Gallon Tin with Caramel


When you don’t know your Secret Santa all that well, you usually can’t go wrong with food. A giant tin of delicious gourmet popcorn is a super snack! The duo by Popcornopolis features both caramel popcorn, giving it the perfect balance of salty and sweet — and one of the best gifts under $50. The colorful 1.26-gallon gift tin can stay in their kitchen long after the popcorn has been gobbled up, as it’s great for storing other snacks.

Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn 1.26 Gallon Tin with Caramel

Buy: Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn 1.26 Gallon Tin with Caramel $39.99


11. DASH Safe Slice Mandoline for Vegetables


Well, maybe not the deli guy. And come to think of it, maybe not for meats either. If you have a pal that loves spending time in the kitchen but hates slicing veggies, this inexpensive yet high-quality mandoline was made for them. Fingers never touch the blades so your giftee won’t have any kitchen-related accidents with this baby. Use it with carrots, onions, potatoes, peppers — even cheeses.

DASH Safe Slice Mandoline for Vegetables

Buy: DASH Safe Slice Mandoline for Vegetables $42.50


12. Foot Peel Mask


It’s been all the rage on TikTok for the past couple of months and for good reason. This foot peeling mask naturally exfoliates the dead skin on your feet by quite literally removing a layer just a few days after use. It completely repairs cracked heels and calluses to keep your tootsies feeling baby smooth. Your giftee will absolutely be confused if not shocked upon opening, but once they give it a shot, boy, will they be thankful.

Foot Peel Mask

Buy: Foot Peel Mask $21.95


13. Adidas Adilette Slides


One of the hottest shoes of the past couple of years isn’t technically a shoe at all. These Adidas Slides have become a fashion statement as well as a lounge-wear classic, and make a great gift for college students, athleisure-lovers or just anyone who likes to be comfortable around the house. While slides, in general, have become a trend, these three-stripe Adidas are definitely the ones to get.

best gifts under $50 - Adidas Slides Three Stripe

Buy: Adidas Adilette Slides $45.00


14. Genuine Fred OH, SNAP! Mousetrap Cutting/Serving Board


Looking for laughs at your Secret Santa party? This funny cheese board and cutter is shaped like a mousetrap to give guests a good laugh. It’ll be quite the conversation starter at any party, no matter what kind of cheese and charcuterie it is serving. Allow guests to use the trap/slicer to cut a enjoy slices of cheese at their discretion.

Genuine Fred OH, SNAP! Mousetrap Cutting/Serving Board

Buy: Genuine Fred OH, SNAP! Mousetrap Cutting/Serving Board $14.95


15. RP Minis Bob Ross by the Numbers


There are two things we could all use a little more of, Bob Ross and relaxing “me” time. Put those together and you have one of the best gifts under $50. This mini paint by number Bob Ross art set will have you painting happy little trees in no time. The set comes with three pre-printed canvases with numbered sections, including two landscapes and one of Bob’s face, each measuring about 3-1/8 x 2-3/4 inches. There are also seven paint pots, a mini paintbrush, a mini easel to display the finishes masterpieces, full-color fold-out sheets with instructions and a 32-page book on Bob Ross that has painting tips.

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16. Shaped 3D Skull Flexible Silicone Ice Cube Mold Tray


Add attitude to any drink — even water — with a super cool skull-shaped ice cube. Each silicone ice cube tray makes four giant 3D skull ice cubes, measuring 2 x 2.36 inches. They’re slow-melting, meaning they’ll keep drinks cooler for longer and won’t dilute the flavor, which is key for fine spirits. You can even get creative in the kitchen and use the ice molds to make chocolate, Jell-O, candles, soap and other fun stuff. For the avid whiskey drinker, this is one of the best gifts for him or her.

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17. Red Bay Motherland 3-Pack Gift Collection


Step up their coffee game in a big way with this trio of gourmet beans by Red Bay, an artisanal small-batch coffee maker based in Oakland, California. The limited-edition gift box comes with three 12-ounce packs of their best-sellers: Coltrane, Motherland and King’s Prize. Each is freshly roasted, maximizing its flavor. The beans are sourced from across the globe via direct trade, ensuring not only their quality but the quality of life for the people who farm them. When it comes to coffee addicts, it’s hard to find a better gift for her or him than high-quality beans.

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18. Godiva Chocolatier Signature Truffles Assorted Chocolate Gift Box


Certainly not your average box of chocolates, these are almost too pretty to eat! Each set includes an assortment of gourmet milk, white, and dark chocolate truffles infused with Belgian fillings. As the final touch, they come in an elegant chocolate box, wrapped with a gold ribbon

Godiva Chocolatier Signature Truffles Assorted Chocolate Gift Box

[Buy: Godiva Chocolatier Signature Truffles Assorted Chocolate Gift Box $29.95


19. DWK “Booty of the Vine” Skull Pirate Bottle Holder


We have a hunch there’s a lot of crossover between people who love a good drink and people who love pirates. Make the swashbucklers in your life smile with this pirate bottle holder, which works with a bottle of wine, rum or any poison of their choice. Delightfully original and unique, it’s one of the best gifts under $50 and will make everyone at the White Elephant gift swap smile. The stand is made from quality poly-resin and measures 13 inches long, so it’s a great size for making a statement on a home bar.

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Buy: DWK “Booty of the Vine” Skull Pirate Bottle Holder $60.01


20. Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker


Know someone who is always hogging the aux cord? If so, gift them this shockingly affordable Bluetooth speaker from Anker. Known mostly for making affordable (yet durable) chargers, Anker took their tech expertise to the speaker market and whipped up a real winner. Waterproof with 24 hours’ worth of playtime, this inexpensive gift is sure to go over well with the music-lover in your life.

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21. ThinkFun Escape the Room Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat


Everyone could always use more fun and games and that’s especially true this holiday season. Spice up game night with the Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat. If you can’t make it to a real escape room, this is the next best thing. All the players have to work together to find clues and solve 19 mental and physical puzzles before time runs out. Anywhere from three to eight people can play at a time, making this an excellent group activity for the holidays.

ThinkFun Escape the Room Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat

Buy: ThinkFun Escape the Room Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat $21.13


22. YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler


Fact: Most people love their coffee. And if they don’t, that often means they’re tea drinkers, and this mug works just as well for them. The double-wall insulation keeps the temperature just right, whether it’s hot or cold. The YETI Rambler is one of the toughest camp tumblers available, but you don’t have to take it into the woods to appreciate its powers. It’s just as handy on a Saturday morning on the couch or during your daily commute. But if you do venture into the great outdoors with it, you’ll appreciate that the no-sweat design prevents damp or cold fingers. The Duracoat color means it won’t scratch, peel or fade. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe.

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23. Douni Sleep Sound Machine


The Douni Sleep Sound Machine is surely one of the best gifts under $50 because a good night’s rest is truly priceless. The white noise machine has every function needed for peaceful slumber, including 24 soothing sounds in three categories: seven fan sounds, seven white noises and 10 classic nature sounds, including ocean waves, forest, thunder, brook, crickets and campfire. Its simple yet chic design helps it fit in with the decor of any room. It has a timer with 30, 60 or 90-minute sleep options, as well as a memory function to recall your last settings of the timer, sound and volume level when you next turn it on. Those who aren’t sleeping solo will appreciate the earphone jack to avoid disturbing their partner.

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24. Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens – A Dodgeball Card Game


Throw Throw Burrito is the very first dodgeball card game! And it’s as ridiculous and fun as it sounds. Between two to six players try to collect matching sets of cards faster than their opponents, all while throwing squishy burritos and avoiding getting hit by them. You earn points when collecting cards but lose them when hit by a burrito. In case you’re wondering, the burritos are soft and made from foam, so you can still play with your grandma.

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25. Leef Organics Skin Balance CBD Body Oil in Orange Blossom


Who doesn’t get a little tense around the holidays? Essentially stress relief in a bottle, this soothing CBD Body Oil by Leef Organics is one of the best gifts under $50 for exactly that reason. Infused with 150 milligrams of top-notch CBD, this skin superfood body oil restores, nourishes and rebalances the skin and body, working to do everything from delivering antioxidants to relieving pain. The herbal oil blend has a delightful orange blossom scent to satisfy all the senses.

Leef Organics Skin Balance CBD Body Oil in Orange Blossom

Buy: Leef Organics Skin Balance CBD Body Oil in Orange Blossom $50.00


26. UA Sportsmask


Well, it’s been a hell of a year. Although we’re finally seeing some of the first vaccines being given throughout the country, mask-wearing is far from over. We recently named the UA Sportsmask our favorite face mask of the year in our 2020 SPY Man Awards because of the high-quality performance it has during vigorous activities. Yes, it keeps you safe from the virus, but it also has the ability to keep itself fresh and dry no matter how intense your giftee’s workouts are.

UA Sportsmask

Buy: UA Sportsmask $30.00


27. Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit


Be your own bartender with this at-home alcohol infusion kit that turns anyone into a mixologist. Though the cocktails will look complicated, making them is easy. All you have to do is choose your mix of dehydrated fruits and spices, add your spirit of choice, let it marinate for a week and then enjoy your infused beverage that is ready to be sipped. For example, for the Navel Gazer, add whiskey or bourbon to dehydrated orange, cinnamon and clove and you have a seriously impressive cocktail on your bar cart.

Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit Buy: Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit $25.00

28. Make Your Own Fortune Cookies Kit


The best part of a fortune cookie isn’t the cookie — it’s what’s inside. And with this Make Your Own Fortune Cookies Kit, you can create both. The kit comes with all you need to make 40 (four batches of 10) homemade fortune cookies, including instructions that anyone can follow and all the prep tools. Sixty prewritten messages are included, as well as an edible ink pen to customize the cookies and messages. You can even personalize the cookies by opting for the OG classic or using the included cocoa powder for a chocolaty twist.

Make Your Own Fortune Cookies Kit

Buy: Make Your Own Fortune Cookies Kit $31.95


29. SENSO Bluetooth Headphones


Wireless headphones are a solid gift idea for anyone. Most people could either upgrade to Bluetooth or use an extra pair as a backup for their AirPods or other wireless headphones. This pair by SENSO comes highly rated on Amazon with over 30,000 reviews because they’re durable, reasonably priced and offer great sound quality. They’re especially good if your giftee needs a pair of headphones for working out or running, as they’re inexpensive and sweatproof.

Headphones bluetooth workout

Buy: SENSO Bluetooth Headphones $24.96


30. Glencairn Whiskey Glasses


A set of elegant whiskey glasses always makes a great gift. These award-winning Glencairn glasses allow all types of whiskey drinkers from newbies to aficionados to appreciate a good bottle, and they cost just $23. At such a low price, they also make a thoughtful additional gift for him if you’re looking for a great gift of that special guy in your life.

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Buy: Glencairn Whiskey Glasses $28.79


31. Roku Express


Roku is one of the most inexpensive streaming devices on the market right now, but it’s also one of the best. You can get all the services a serial-streamer could wish for, including Netflix, HBO, Hulu, ESPN and so on, but the device itself only costs $25. If you know anyone who still doesn’t have a streaming device (*gasp*), or someone that, maybe, just got a second TV, this is a gift they’ll use on a daily basis.

Roku Streaming Stick Netflix

Buy: Roku Express $24.99


32. iFox Bluetooth Shower Speaker


We all know someone that turns into Celine Dion once they get in the shower. Do them a favor by upgrading their favorite music studio with this Bluetooth shower speaker. It’s fully waterproof (not just water-resistant, like many speakers) and features a heavy-duty suction cup that sticks to the wall of the shower. Plus, it has a microphone that allows you to answer calls in the shower.

Waterproof Speaker for Shower, best gifts under $50

Buy: iFox Bluetooth Shower Speaker $32.99


33. Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker


People don’t realize how much they want a fondue pot until they have one, which is why they’re a great gift. Cuisinart’s electric fondue maker upgrades any party or gathering, comes fully prepared with eight fondue forks and a fork rack to keep things organized. We like it as a gift because a serious chef will appreciate it (you need a fondue pot for fondue), but it can also be used by someone who’s not very adept in the kitchen.

Fondue Pot Cuisinart, best gifts under $50

Buy: Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker $64.55


34. Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Variety Box


What’s the tea, sis? The tea is that this variety box from Taylors of Harrogate is just $12 right now and is the perfect gift for any tea lovers in your life. Have them branch out of their herbal go-to’s and experience flavors they don’t typically buy themselves. Included are eight different flavors in total, with six bags of each flavor. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Buy: Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Variety Box $9.00


35. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet


Amazon’s Fire 7 tablet is somewhat under-appreciated because it offers most of the same useful features as a bigger tablet, but costs a fraction of the price. It features a sharp IPS display, Alexa functionality, decent storage, and a super durable, lightweight build. Needless to say, everybody would be excited to unwrap one of these this year.

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Buy: Amazon Fire 7 Tablet $49.99


36. emissary Laptop Messenger Bag


If you know any stylish college students, office workers or travelers, upgrade their daily carry with this messenger bag. Well, you know, if they’re even commuting anywhere right now. It showcases a timeless, vintage-inspired look with waxed canvas and leather accents, but features a modern layout for a laptop, gadgets and other everyday essentials. The price tag is just about $50, but it looks (and feels) much more expensive.

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37. Fred and Friends Oven Mitts Bear


Rawr! Oops, sorry, did we scare you? We were just trying to show off these bear oven mitts. Like, come on, ain’t these the coolest? Gift these to anybody that loves spending time kneading dough and sprinkling brown sugar in the kitchen. These will fit just about anyone’s hands and protect them no matter how hot the old oven gets.

Fred and Friends Oven Mitts Bear, best gifts under $50

Buy: Fred and Friends Oven Mitts Bear $20.07


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