21 Gifts Under $50 That Your Friends Will Actually Want

By Phoebe Youl
8th Dec 2021

A collage of two images, the background is pink clouds, and the front is a bottle of body oil.

There’s nothing worse than getting the call up to a last-minute Christmas party or rocking up to work only to realise it’s the office secret Santa, and you’re entirely sans gift or—even worse—sans any gift ideas. 

To avoid this gift-giving induced panic and ensure you’re not secretly the person everyone hopes to avoid in the Kris Kringle ballot, we’ve scoured the internet and pulled together a list of gift ideas, coming in at under $50, that your friends (and co-workers) will actually be happy to receive. 

From astrology-themed keychains to Margarita mixes, keep reading below for 20 great gifts that won’t break the bank.

What's Your Sign Keychain

Price: $10.88

Let your friends show off their star sign with this cute, vintage-inspired keychain. Shop here

Rubi Terry Bianca Bucket Hat

Price: $14.99 $7.49

This soft on-trend terry bucket hat is the perfect summer stocking filler. Shop here.  

Flowerbed Launch Party Collection Drop 001

Price: $15

Get the ultimate fun and festive DIY nails with this cute stick-on set. Shop here

Rubi Ripple Candle

Price: $16.99

We think this boldly coloured candle is almost too cute to burn. Shop here

Urban List "Penne For Your Thoughts" Pasta Tote

Price: $25

Yes, we did drop some cute merch just in time for Christmas. From totes to tees and face masks too, each piece is about celebrating the good life in your city—like cacio e pepe, natural wine, and garlic bread. Shop this tote here, or peep the full collection of merch here

Typo Drinking Tower

Price: $24.99

Get the Christmas party started with the nostalgic drinking game. Shop here.  

Maison Balzac The Glass Pebble

Price: $29

This glass pebble is the perfect accessory for incense-loving friends. Shop here

Non 3 Toasted Cinnamon & Yuzu

Price: $29.95

Redefine wine with this chic, alcohol-free drop from Non. Shop here

Happy Human Cleaning Bundle

Price: $59.90 $49.90

For the eco-conscious clean freak in your life,  Happy Human's antibacterial formulations are effective with no nasties with 100% recyclable or compostable packaging. Shop here

Round House Prawn Plate By Daimon Downey

Price: $29

We are so obsessed with In The Roundhouse and their divine dinner plates and fancy napkins and place mates—and we reckon the lucky recipient of this gift will be too. Shop here

Kodak Flash Single Use Camera With 27 Exposure Film

Price: $29.95

This single-use film camera will be perfect for capturing Christmas memories. Shop here


Beautiful World, Where Are You

Price: $29.99

This new best-seller from Sally Rooney is sure to be enjoyed by all. Shop here


Orbit Key Key Organiser Active

Price: $32.90

Transform messy keys into a beautiful and silent stack. Shop here

The Sex Ed You Never Had

Price: $32.99

Help out your friends (and possibly family) with this enlightening and informative read. Shop here

Preserving the Italian Way

Price: $33.25

Learn how to preserve your own food, reduce food waste and help keep cultural traditions alive. Shop here

Mr Consistent Margarita Mix

Price: $35

This Margarita mixer is the perfect balance of sweet and tart - simply add your go-to tequila, shake, and serve. Shop here

Burly Beard Oil

Price: $35

Gift the super-soft beard of their dreams with this hydrating and softening oil. Shop here

Applewood Limoncello

Price: $35

This delicious drop was made for drinking after dinner. Shop here

Salt By Hendrix Body Oil

Price: $39.95

Use this nutrient-rich oil on the body, bath, or hair to boost hydration and rejuvenation. Shop here


Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash

Price: $40

Upgrade their bathroom experience with this gently exfoliating hand wash. Shop here

Where They Purr

Price: $43.25

Explore the inspirational homes of twenty-eight cats and their creative interiors. Shop here

For even more great gift ideas, head over here

Image credit: Eberhard Grossgasteiger and Salt by Hendrix

Editor's note: Urban List editors independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. Urban List has affiliate partnerships, so we get revenue from your purchase.

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