There’s a certain art to
gift-giving. A present should feel both personal and practical — no one wants something that will only collect dust in the back of a closet — but it should also possess a certain extravagance; it should look like a splurge, even if it isn’t. While buying something nice tends to equate to spending lots of money, that doesn’t actually need to be the case. Take for instance these luxury gifts under $50.
If you’re constantly trying to one-up your own gift-giving abilities, it’s time to consider these small-but-mighty treasures. High in style but not in price, each of these little luxuries feel like a special treat. Plus, they’re
so much more personable than your average last-minute present. Shopping for your Virgo bestie? A new, chic wallet will help keep their essentials organized (exactly how they like them!). Is your friend always playing hostess? An Italian sampler kit, complete with pesto and truffle oil, is sure to impress (and will definitely be appreciated during their next cocktail hour).
Whether it’s a
jade roller or a body wash whose scent will last all day long, these 25 luxury gifts under $50 are just the right amount of fancy. Time to indulge the ones you love — and maybe yourself, too. Bustle Shop is Bustle’s shoppable guide to editor-approved buys in fashion, beauty, wellness, and lifestyle. We may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. For The Immaculately Accessorized
If accessories are their favorite part of any outfit, why not give them another to add to the collection? With an 18K gold vermeil or silver heart-shaped pendent, this necklace will quickly become a new favorite when it comes time to accessorizing outfits for Sunday brunch or date night.
For The Person Who Always Smells Expensive
Help turn their next shower or bath into a transformative experience with this sensual and spicy body wash. Every time they get a compliment for smelling of hints of ginger, fiery pink pepper, and patchouli, they’ll think of you — and who doesn’t want to be
that friend? For The Extra, Extra Chill
From Edie Parker Flower, a self-described line of “color collectibles for friends in high places,” comes probably the cutest lighter ever. Its mini size is ideal for on-the-go (it can fit in even the tiniest of clutches), but the coral and mint blocked colors make it a much-needed addition to a nightstand or coffee table.
For The Friend With Great Hair
This black and white gingham bow clips right into the hair so to easily elevate any outfit in seconds. (How especially cute would it be with an all-black ‘fit?) Plus, it’s versatile and can be worn on the side, in the back, or at the bottom of a ponytail.
For The Impossibly Organized
For the friend whose handbag is full of...
stuff (loose credit cards, random cash, year-old receipts), give the gift of getting organized. With space to store cards, bills, and a slim design that barely takes up any space, finding what they’re looking for has never been easier. And how chic is that faux pink leather and snap closure? For The Friend Who Loves Thrifting
Books are endless sources of inspiration.
Tales of Endearment by Natalie Joos is an encyclopedia for vintage lovers, filled with stories of old clothing finding new life; it’ll give them endless styling ideas, and maybe even help them see their wardrobe through a different lens. For The Fancy Type
There’s a reason candles are an ever-popular gift — they just make you feel
good. And candles don’t get much more luxe than the ones that hail from Diptyque. Their classic Santal scent is perfectly woodsy with notes of fragrant, freshly cut sandalwood and velvety tuberose. Just light this baby up and breath in the extravagance. For The One Who Needs Some ‘Me Time’
Dry brushes may not be magic wands, but they do offer some major benefits: boosting circulation, smoothing skin, and removing toxins from your body. This natural bristle brush can be used on dry or wet skin, which means they can develop a self-care ritual that works for them. Plus, Dr. Barbara Sturm counts names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss as clients, just in case you needed a case study to convince you to take better care of your skin.
For The One Who Never Misses A Trend
Y2K called and it wants it hat back. Bucket hats are once again trending, so your most fashionable friend needs one STAT. Featuring a tiny embroidered smiley face, this hat will add a casual flare to outfits and protect their face from the sun. Plus, it is definitely something style icon
Hailey Bieber would wear. For The Person Always Talking About Skin Care
Give the gift of great skin with this jade roller made to glide over the skin (face, neck, and under eyes) release tension and help absorb skin care products. It’s also said to boost circulation and enhance facial feature definition. Oh, and it feels like a mini facial massage. Score.
For The Minimalist Maven
Luxury doesn’t have to be icy diamonds or big baubles: It can also be understated and minimalist. Case in point, this sweet and simple necklace. Crafted from either 18K gold vermeil or silver, it’ll go with everything and anything and is destined to be their next signature piece. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic and nickel-free.
For The Friend Fit For A Different Era
If they were born in the wrong era, then gift them these round sunglasses reminiscent of famous singer Ozzy Osbourne. They can be worn to protect eyes from the sun, but also as a statement piece with their favorite old-school outfits. At under $50, it’s a major steal.
For The One Who Hosts The Most
Make the strain of always hosting the gang easier by gifting your favorite entertainer with this Italian sampler kit that includes black truffle oil, basil pesto, and sun-dried tomato pesto perfect for pastas and breads. They can kiss goodbye to making homemade sauce and hello to this convenient and delicious alternative.
For Everyone’s Favorite Bartender
If your friend is always mixing up cocktails for the crew, gift them this smart set. The handcrafted European linen napkins feature vibrant colors on the boarder, so it’s easy for guests to keep track of which cocktail belongs to who.
For The Person Who Needs To Take Some Deep Breaths
Stressed? Nothing a little luxury can’t cure. With the gift of a beautiful diffuser — and some soothing essential oils to go along with it — your on-edge bestie will be breathing easy in no time. This sleek diffuser features mood lights and can run for between 5-7 hours making it the perfect gift.
For The Jet-Setter
While you may not be able to upgrade them to first class, you can at least revamp their travel accessories. This luggage tag is crafted from 100 percent leather and available in four colors (black, navy, blush, and tan) that will help them easily spot their suitcase as it arrives at baggage claim.
For The Beauty Guru
There’s nothing a little lipstick can’t fix... Well, that might not be entirely true, but sometimes wearing a brightly colored lipstick can give you that boost of confidence you crave. With just one swipe, this creamy lipstick leaves behind a highly pigmented neon pink color and a matte finish.
For The Chicest Card Shark
Who knew a simple deck of cards could possibly be so glamorous? Designed by Jonathan Adler, this set of playing cards features deconstructed Versailles patterns, candy-colored hues, and a foil-stamped storage box. It’s all so pretty, you won’t even mind losing to them at their next poker night.
For The Stylish Sleeping Beauty
Does the recipient consider naps amongst their favorite little luxuries? Then gift them a little something to make their slumbers extra special like this silky scrunchie. It’ll protect their tresses from any damage or breakage that may occur from tossing and turning — and how darling is this light pink hue?
For The One Whose Cup Runneth Over
If tea is their drink of choice, treat them to this unique cup and saucer. Handcrafted from textured stoneware and complete with a glazed interior, it feels just so special and one-of-a-kind. To take the gift to the next level, throw in some new tea leaves or infusers for the ultimate tea set.
For Your Beach Bunny Bestie
If they immediately put on their “out of office” message and hit the beach come summer, this roomy blue and red beach bag will quickly become their most-used accessory. With an impressive weight limit of 44 lbs., this bag features a large interior pocket to stow away a towel, sunscreen, magazine, and any other beach essentials.
For The Person Who Loves To Sleep
Give them the gift of sweet dreams with this silky, snarky eye mask. It’s made from satin so it’ll be gentle on their skin and features an elastic band to keep it secure while they slumber. As a bonus, it’s machine washable.
For The Dreamer
If they believe in manifesting, then this journal will be a hit. They can fill the 100 blank pages of this with their innermost thoughts, goals, aspirations, and favorite mantras — the hardcover even features a new mantra they may likely adopt: “I Am Treasure.”
For The Dog Mom
A gift for both pup parent and fur baby, this durable and waterproof leash will be such a treat. It features vegetable-tanned leather, nearly indestructible biothane straps, and high-quality nickel hardware to keep their beloved pet secure on walks. It’s also available in four bright colors that are both stylish and easy to distinguish when they hang it up at the dog park.
For The One Whose Nails Are Never Not Done
We all have that one friend who’s nails are never without polish, and this pretty pink shade is just the thing to add to their collection. It’s vegan, non-toxic, and free from 10 potentially harmful chemicals often found in nail polish, including formaldehyde, toluene, and parabens. The formula also goes on smooth and quickly dries, so they can have a fresh manicure in minutes —
without a trip to the salon. Bustle Shop brings you the editor-approved buys we can’t get enough of and think you’ll adore, too. Best of all, you can shop all of the products above directly on this page without visiting multiple retailers. Simply click on an item to learn more, choose your size or favorite color (if applicable), and then hit “add to cart.” When you’re done, you can click over to your cart in the top right corner of your screen to purchase all your stellar selects at once. How easy is that? Questions about shipping, returns, or your order in general? Click here for more information. Explore more of Bustle Shop (and our fashion, beauty, and lifestyle must-haves) here.
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This article was originally published on
April 30, 2021