The Best Christmas Gift Ideas Under $50

By Alice Rich
14th Dec 2023

An assortment of gifts under $50

The festive season can wreak havoc on your finances; you want to be a gift-giving legend but you also need to be able to put food on the table come January. So what on earth do you buy your co-worker, your Uncle Dave or your Tinder date without breaking the bank?

Fear not, we're here to save the day. To help you tick off your Christmas shopping list and leave you with money in your account, we’ve put together a Christmas gift guide with a bunch of options for a fiddy dollar note, or less. 

  1. Dial up the Christmas vibes with this 60g triple-scented Dancing Sugar Plums Soy Candle in a festive box illustrated by artist Michelle Pereira from Glasshouse Fragrances. | $24.95 

  2. Trust Dyson to come up with the most advanced hair clips on the market. Two types of ergonomically designed styling clips get the perfect hold without headaches. | $49.95

  3. Let’s be real, ‘nice’ was always overrated. Get naughty this Christmas with this vegan, no-nasty Juicee lube by local brand, Girls Get Off. | $22.95 Someone presses the product out of a box.

  4. Foodies will froth MasterChef NZ winner Sam Lowe’s Modern Chinese cookbook. Just be sure to let them know you’ll be expecting a dinner invite. | $41.93

  5. Give the gift of self-care with Sephora’s limited edition The Future Is Yours Mini Skincare Duo, which includes a vitamin C+E super glow serum and a gua sha—it’s the perfect stocking stuffer. | $40

  6. Let's face it, this time of year is hectic. Give the gift of a night off the tools with Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box which includes a large Favourites Pizza, a large Classic Pizza, Fries and a large cookie or eight wings. | $30 pick up  Pizza Hut's triple threat gift box.

  7. For the young and young at heart, this gorgeous Wandering Potion Kit includes Crystals from the Coromandel, petals from divine gardens in Clevedon, handcrafted wands, sparkle, colour and fizz. | $49.50

  8. On to healthy skin (and oceans) a tube of Skinnies Conquer will set beach babes up for the summer with a water-free formulation that goes a lot further than regular sunscreen without creating a grease monkey situation. | $45.59

  9. Nobody likes walking into work wearing their breakfast (we’ve all been there) and with the CrunchCup in your paw, you can scoff that cereal with reckless abandon, fear-free. | $34.08

    A hand holds a reusable plastic cup filled with milk and brightly coloured cereal.

  10. A classic Kiwi gift idea is a heck-load of Whittaker's chocolate. You can grab at least seven blocks for a fiddy. | $6.29 each

  11. Make Christmas come early by treating somebody to a Candlelight concert with all their favourite Christmas songs. | $33

  12. LSKD does a pretty damn fine cross-body bag series perfect for keeping your stuff on hand at festivals, adventures and basically every other time you leave the house. | $43.40

    A male model wears an olive fade cross body bag by LSKD, one of the best Christmas gifts under $50.

  13. Conversation-sparker One Of Them by Shaneel Lal is essential reading this summer. Gift it, stat. | $30.84

  14. Fill their home with the scent of freshly baked gingerbread cookies with this cute soy candle disguised as a hanging ornament. | $20.95

  15. Sustainably-minded foodies will adore this limited edition Spiced Orange Syrup by Six Barrel Soda which is made using leftover orange rinds donated by Moore Wilson’s. $1 from every bottle sold goes to Everybody Eats, an excellent community initiative which puts in the mahi to reduce food poverty and food waste. | $19.50

    A bottle of limited edition Spiced Orange Soda sits on a table with orange rind, leaves and cinnamon sticks.

  16. Made right here in Aotearoa Christmas wouldn’t be completed without a warm spicy festive season candle by Sybs. | $30

  17. Self-care with a sustainable twist, The Body Shop’s hemp hand protector, is a hydrating hand cream made with hemp oil from France. Swish. | $34

  18. A fair-trade organic canvas tote for the love of plant-based cake? Uh, yes. | $30

    A white tote bag with the word ‘neat’ in capital letters, a line drawing of a dog with a heart nose, a cake on a chequered table, and a large plant.

  19. Those interested in doing relationships better, especially non-traditional ones, will dig Polysecure by Jessica Fern which delves into attachment, trauma and consensual non-monogamy. | $29.16

  20. If pared-back jewellery is the go, they'll love these Dotty Love Studs from the affordable local brand, Sophie. | $42

  21. Ethical underwear that’s actually nice is hard to find. Treat a bum you love to a pair of the good stuff by Nisa and support women from refugee and migrant backgrounds while you’re at it. | $37-39Three people wearing Nisa underwear lie next to each other on a bed, face down.

  22. The T2 everyday matcha whisk, made from ethically sourced bamboo makes smooth, frothy matcha every single time. Perfect for every matcha fiend. | $40 

  23. Give the gift of illustration with a voucher from one of these incredible local tattoo studios. | Varies.

  24. Scrub Daddy looking a little worse for wear? There’s no time like the… present (sorry not sorry). | $36.91

  25. If your best mate wakes up and goes straight for the coffee, this whimsical bubble glass cup by local brand, Thea, could go down a treat. | $18 A green ice cold matcha in a wavy cup.

  26. Nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ more than a 2kg pail of their fave boujee peanut butter. Or, if that’s too extra, consider this delightful All-day Breakfast Club linen tea towel. | $45

  27. Christmas commercialism got you down? Consider donating to The Basement Theatre instead and revel in the warm fuzzies of knowing you contributed to the continuation of the arts in Aotearoa. | Whatever you can spare.

  28. Gorgeous stuffing stuffer Twice as Lippy from Ashley&Co includes their original Lip Punch and Tint Me Lip Punch Red Radish with 100% natural pigment. | $25.

  29. Forget sweaty towels stinking up your gym kit, LSKD's lightweight towel looks good and dries quickly. | $20

Now the stocking fillers are sorted, check out the best Christmas gift ideas at every price point.

Main image credit: Wandering Woodland | Sophie | Six Barrel Soda | Shaneel Lal

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