Gifts

35 Of The Best Christmas Gifts Under $50

By Alice Rich
24th Nov 2021

A person wraps a gift which we think might be a book...

The festive season can cause havoc to your bank account. 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 Tinderdate without breaking the budget?

Well, fear not as we're here to save the day. To help you tick off your Christmas shopping list and leave you with money in the bank, we’ve put together a Christmas gift guide that gives you change from a fiddy dollar note. 

  1. This pink oyster mushroom farm will take your uncle’s pizza game to the next level. |$40 

  2. A perfect little desk buddy, this cute terracotta statue of a person stretching will remind office workers to take a well-deserved break. | $32.99 

  3. This ‘Sage’ vegan leather journal, personalised with your loved one’s initials, will make an exquisite gift. And with 111 journal prompts to get them started they’ll be well on their way to processing this year and beginning the next more mindfully. | $46

  4. Make someone’s transition back into un-lockdowned life a little bit better with this 2-in-1 pure vanilla hand sanitiser and moisturiser by former top model Caroline Lorinet. | From $12.50

  5. You can’t go wrong with this vegan choc chunk cookie pack and delicious almond and spiced cookie nut butter from The Midnight Baker. | $30The cover of a book shows a woman in a colourful bath surrounded by snakes.

  6. For a Christmas gift that goes beyond the festive hype, empower with Poukahangatus Poetry, a collection about beauty, activism, power and popular culture. | $27.12 

  7. Help your pal get one up on the wind with this sweet little doorstop in velvet mustard. Never again will a slamming door ruin a reel. Aspiring influencer: 1, the wind: O. | $39.90 

  8. Spun with recycled ripstop nylon, this seriously baggy big baggu bag can carry all the things. | $31

  9. For adventurers who enjoy the comforts of home, this three-piece Tea Infuser and Flask by Better Tea Co is the perfect Christmas gift idea. | $49.99

  10. Have a whale-y good time doing your admin with this cute whale stapler from Papier Tigre—one for you, and one for your work bestie, perhaps?| $29.90A man digs into the Everkind organis face and beard balm.

  11. If you know a bearded human who likes a hint of earthy wildness, be sure to grab them an Everkind organic face and beard balm. | $31.99 

  12. Aspiring plant parents are gonna love this kokodama kit, and it might even spark a new side hustle. | $25 

  13. Aunty Susan will be the envy of her book club when she whips up marvellous creations from the Pana Organic Pana Chocolate Recipe Book. | $42.99

  14. A Decade of Disruption’ is a beautiful collection of love letters, script excerpts, doodles, memories and stories celebrating ten years of Basement Theatre. It’s a solid buy for creatives. | $35 (if you get in quick!)

  15. This cute lopsided teal mug is worthy of even the most exquisite of teas. Handmade in Japan, it's safe for the microwave and dishwasher, and is the perfect accompaniment to a good book. | $23

  16. Speaking of good books, Finding Fuck Yes is a biography that explores sexuality in an authentic way. It’s a must-read for book lovers. | $31.38A collection of cookie dough that you can eat straight from the box or bake into cookies.

  17. Four pints of NZ-made Cookie Dough Collective Jumble Joy—likened to ‘joy on steroids’—is great for a friend, or great to get you through the midnight madness of gift-wrapping on Christmas Eve. | $45 

  18. The plant-lover in your life will love wrapping themselves in monstera with this stunning turkish towel. | $39.99 

  19. If someone you know has had a pretty rough year (and, let’s be honest—who hasn’t?) this therapeutic rose quartz crystal duo, for facial massage and heart chakra support, could be the perfect gift to help them unwind. | $49.95

  20. For all of the sushi with none of the pesky plastic packaging, ‘The Sushi’ is a stainless steel bento box, complete with steel chopsticks and a cute container for soy sauce is the way to go. For the sushi fiend at your work. | $39.95A Printworks dawn puzzle on a table.

  21. Puzzlers will get a kick out of all 500 pieces of this Printworks dawn puzzle. Plus, it makes one striking wall hanging when complete. | $49

  22. French pink and red clays, zinc, liquorice root powder and sandalwood powder come together in this aromatic pink clay face mask by āma. A must for any beauty enthusiast's skincare routine. | $26

  23. Got a tiny fry to buy for? A pack of Pene Hinu crayons will encourage them to express their creativity, while teaching them colours in Te Reo Māori. Pair with a couple of inspiring watercolour prints by Kupu Rau and you've got one heck of a cool Christmas gift. | $30.50

  24. We love splashing around in the waves, but are less keen on damaged hair. Salty Susan Surf Spray conditions hair and protects it from damage plus $1 from every purchase goes to Sustainable Coastlines—a perfect Christmas gift idea for your surf-loving cousin. | $25

  25. This tiny bowl, handcrafted in Japan, is the perfect resting point for a smudge stick, precious ring or delightful dipping sauce (just not all three at once). | $9.90Stabler & Steel's Black Sauce magic sits amongst herbs in front of a window.

  26. Speaking of sauce, Stabler & Steel’s ‘Black’ Sauce Magic is NZ-made and will bring the savoury, sweet, punchy notes to any dish. Plus, it’s vegan and gluten-free. Score. | $13.50

  27. Chocolate-lovers won’t be able to get enough of these peanut butter filled chocolate bells by Forty Thieves. Free of palm oil and plastic packaging, these bells are vegan, protein-packed and handmade in Matakana from Fairtrade, organic chocolate. YUM. | $14.99

  28. For your Type-A friend who loves a good highlighter, and perhaps has a creative side hustle, this super soothing 2022 diary from Frankie is just the thing. | $44.90The marigold Karangahape Tee from Crushes.

  29. Decolonisation’s going to take more than a tee, but this rad marigold ‘Karangahape’ tee embroidered using certified ethical and socially responsible thread, is a great place to start. | $40

  30. Sustainable beauty is here to stay and Ethique is one of the absolute best. Pick up this wonderlicious bundle and, while you’re at it, nab an organic hemp and sisal soap saver bag to make the good times last. | $45

  31. Named after Julia Roberts, the Julia wallet by Velvet Heartbeat is ethically made from 100% vegan apple leather and you know what they say about the doctor… In these pandemic times, this is a must for your style-conscious sister. | $40

  32. Gone are the days where socks sucked as a Christmas gift. These taco socks are sure to spark joy while incepting the wearer into a Mexican meal. | $27.50The Huski Beer cooler being used for bottles and cans of beer.

  33. Save the beer drinkers in your life from the abomination of warm beer with the sleek, award-winning stainless steel beer cooler 2.0 by Huski. | $44.99

  34. With restaurants soon to fully re-open, a Take Me Out restaurant voucher will set any foodie’s heart a-flutter. | $50

  35. It’s a classic Christmas gift for a reason. Viva la Ecoya Mini Candle or any of these exceptional scents from Glasshouse. | $25/$34.24

Now the stocking fillers are sorted, check out our Christmas gift guide for the ultimate gift inspiration.

Image credit: Loren Cutler, Tayi Tibble, Everkind, Cookie Dough Collective, Printworks, Stabler & Steel, Crushes, Huski. 

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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