good secret santa gifts under $50
men’s shirt: Open Edit, candle: Studio Oh!, cast iron skillet: Lodge, scarf: Treasure & Bond, book: Little People, Big Dreams, headband: Tasha, water bottle: S’well

We always do a massive holiday gift guide, but this year we are starting a new annual tradition of launching two gift guides each holiday season. Our main holiday gift guide will cover all gifts over $50, and this post will cover all gift ideas under $50 for women, men, kids, colleagues — pretty much everyone on your list. We even have gift ideas for couples under $50, and some pretty good secret Santa gifts under $50 too. We designed this post for stocking stuffers, those on a budget, and folks that simply have too many people on their shopping lists to be splurging away. The least expensive item on our list starts at $10.

Are your purse strings feeling real tight? Read my blog post for tips on How To Save Money When Holiday Shopping.

One last thing I want to point out before letting you roam free through the gift ideas: We are launching our gift guides super early this holiday season and I am sure you have realized it is to help you avoid any supply shortage issues. Plus, the holiday sales are starting early this year. So, let’s get to it! This year, I want you to be the person who sits down in November to make a list of everything you want to get for your loved ones and get all your shopping done before December even starts. This will take a lot of the stress out of the festivities and ensure the best prices and that no one gets forgotten. Since shopping earlier may have you concerned about the return windows, I’ve indicated each store’s policy below.

BP Mock Neck Sweater

gifts for women under $50
BP $35

The BP Mock Neck Sweater is the softest, yummiest sweater I have ever owned. No itching or scratching. It is cropped so your giftee will want to pair it with high-waisted jeans and skirts. It also comes in a gorgeous burgundy and of course a black. This is one of the best gifts for women under $50 because it feels so luxurious.

Sizing Tip: It runs big so order a size down.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness

good secret santa gifts under $50
LifeStraw $39.98 (2-pack)

I think this LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness is one of the most useful and unique gift ideas. There is no one who can’t use this, which makes it one of the best gift ideas for couples under $50. As you can see, there are two straws!

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022

Open Edit Men’s Crewneck T-Shirt

holiday gift ideas for men
Open Edit $25

This tee is so insanely soft. And it is the BEST green color. It’s so hard to find green tees for men, let alone one this flattering for all skin tones. It runs a little long so it’s great for taller fellas.

Sizing Tip: Runs large, so order a size down.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Sierra Club Adopt a Wild Animal

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Sierra Club $49

The Sierra Club’s Adopt a Wild Animal is a wonderful gift for a child. The one-time payment you spend on this stuffed animal and book combo will help protect wild animals and the wild places they live. Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Madewell Knotted Covered Headband

gifts for women under $50
Madewell $22

I am so drawn to headbands right now and often people don’t think about getting one for themselves. Be the inspiration they need. Anyone with luscious or long hair could use one, and this Madewell Knotted Covered Headband is lovely.

Return Policy: Enjoy extended holiday returns and exchanges until January 10th for orders placed between October 23rd and December 10th.

trtl Pillow – Scientifically Proven Super Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow

holiday gifts for women under $50
trtl $39.99

I think this crazy neck pillow scarf is the epitome of a good secret Santa gift under $50. Gift this to someone who is making that cross country or global flight every year (or more).

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022

Montarbo Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Lotion

best holiday gifts under $50
Montarbo $33

Spoiler alert! This is what I am getting many of my friends and family. I sure did just buy 8 of the Montarbo Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Lotion. It is the only sunscreen that even people who hate sunscreen can wear. I also love that it is one of the few items on my list that isn’t from a major store or corporation.

Madewell Let’s Go Outside Graphic Softfade Cotton Tee

gifts for women under $50
Madewell $35

This Madewell Let’s Go Outside Graphic Softfade Cotton Tee is my favorite graphic tee right now. It’s soft, lightweight, and flattering. I even put it on a busty client and you know I rarely put a crewneck on a busty woman — that’s how fabulous this tee is.

Return Policy: Enjoy extended holiday returns and exchanges until January 10th for orders placed between October 23rd and December 10th.

Brümate Winesulator Wine Canteen

holiday gifts for women under $50
BrüMate $29.99

Since the pandemic started, I can’t even count how many “wine picnics” I’ve had outside, and in some cases when it wasn’t so legal to do so. This means you need this Brümate Winesulator Wine Canteen to cover up your nefarious activity. This insulated bottle is designed to keep 25 ounces of your favorite wine in its ideal temperature range for over 24 hours.

Return Policy: We provide free return labels on all domestic (USA) orders for unused items in their original packaging within 30 days.

Nordstrom Sleek Flat Hoop Earrings

gifts for women under $50
Nordstrom $25

I adore the shine and shape of these Nordstrom Sleek Flat Hoop Earrings. They look like $500 earrings, but happily take a spot on my list of best gifts under $50 for women. You’re welcome.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Free People Rori Leather Belt

gifts for women under $50
Free People $38

It is so hard to find a good off-white belt. This Free People Rori Leather Belt is a fantastic option for your most stylish loved one who has a hint of boho to them.

Return Policy: Purchases 10/1/2021-12/24/2021: Items may be returned by 1/31/2022 for a refund to your original form of payment. If received after this date, a Free People e-gift card will be issued.

Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living by Sandra Ann Harris

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Say Goodbye to Plastic $15

For those who follow me on Instagram, you know a dear friend of mine passed away recently and she was the most environmental human I have ever met. To honor her life, I have made it my mission to cut my plastic use in half. If you know someone who would like to join me on this journey, gift them this book: Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living by Sandra Ann Harris.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Treasure & Bond Plissé Scarf

best gifts for women under $50
Treasure & Bond $39

The Treasure & Bond Plissé Scarf is one of my favorite scarves ever made. The colors are versatile, and it’s so soft and lightweight. Everyone can use this. If they don’t know how to use it, tell them to read my blog post How To Wear A Shawl.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

S’well Elements Collection Blue Granite Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

holiday gift guide 2020
S’well $45

Here is another gorgeous option for drinking in public without anyone knowing. This stainless steel S’well bottle has a one-of-a-kind design mimicking granite mined in ancient quarries. Therma-S’well® Technology and triple-layered, vacuum-insulated construction retain the temperature of both cold and hot beverages, and a copper layer prevents condensation so the exterior, and your hands, remain dry. My editor said this is her all-time favorite water bottle — she can leave it in her car during Texas summers when the weather is over 100 degrees and the water inside still stays cold and refreshing all day long. A miracle bottle!

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Madewell Medium Hoop Earrings

good secret santa gifts under $50
Madewell $22

Madewell’s medium gold hoops are one of the best looking lightweight gold hoops ever made at this price.

Return Policy: Enjoy extended holiday returns and exchanges until January 10th for orders placed between October 23rd and December 10th.

Kindness Makes Us Strong – by Sophie Beer

holiday gift guide 2020
Kindness Makes Us Strong $9.07

Research has shown that the pursuit of “happiness” can actually lead to sadness. When our goal is raising our children to pursue “happiness,” they will most likely be self-centered, and not understand their role in a community that needs their support to thrive, and vice versa. I am no expert, but I think the pursuit of purpose and having a strong community are the keys to a truly fulfilling life. Prioritizing kindness to those around us is paramount for a strong community, and this book, Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer, is an excellent way to introduce your littlest ones to the importance of being kind. This book is sold at Target and Amazon.

Amazon Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Wax Apothecary Scotch Glass Candles, White Sage

good secret santa gifts under $50
Wax Apothecary $29.99

I have fallen in love with Idylwild and their little shops, especially Wax Apothecary.  I am bonkers for the smell and ambiance of these candles and have been gifting them to every precious human I know. I also think that candles can make for good secret Santa gifts — most people love them. Plus, this is such a great way to avoid supply shortages and shop local. I know I love to suggest gifts under $50 from major stores and corporations, but here is one of my two suggestions to “shop small.”

Return Policy: Our policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately, we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

PJ Salvage Lace Racerback Chemise

gifts for women under $50
PJ Salvage $50

This PJ Salvage Lace Racerback Chemise is insanely comfortable, yet sexy. Gift this to your girl who needs an upgrade to her pajamas.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size and stretches.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Humans by Brandon Stanton

good secret santa gifts under $50
Humans $13.97

The creator of Humans of New York has now gone global with his latest book: Humans. Brandon Stanton traveled to more than 40 countries to make this book full of captivating images and stories from around the world. It’s a fabulous and easy read for anyone.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Hue Wide Waistband Leggings

gifts for women under $50
Hue $36

These Hue leggings are incredibly comfortable and flattering. That friendly wide waistband prevents muffin tops and the quality fabric hides any skin dimples. You may in fact recognize them from my post on the best leggings. They’re available in an array of yummy and versatile colors at Nordstrom, ZapposBloomingdale’s, and Amazon.

Nordstrom Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Amica Gold Champagne Stopper

holiday gift guide 2020
Amica $19.99 (pack of 3)

I can’t own enough of these! These Amica Gold Champagne Stoppers come in a pack of three, but each one has its own chic little brown box, so you can give them all to one bubbly loving friend or to three separate friends. These also make for good Secret Santa gifts. As an extra touch, you can pair them with a bottle of bubbly.

Tip: After popping a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine and pouring your glass, put the stopper on the bottle immediately. If you use it properly, this stopper will keep your bubbles fresh for days. Seriously. If you put the stopper on after the bottle has been opened for hours it doesn’t really keep the freshness.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Baleaf 5″ High Rise Butt Lifting Pocketed Yoga & Workout Shorts

gifts for women under $50
Baleaf $22.99

These Baleaf 5″ High Rise Butt Lifting Pocketed Yoga & Workout Shorts are my absolute favorite running shorts. It’s hard to believe they’re under $50. The fit is fabulous, they’re super comfortable —  and look at those pockets. I love them so much I featured them in my post on my favorite workout clothes of all time. I’m sure any of the sporty women, and not so sporty women, in your life will love them too. They’re available at Baleaf and Amazon.

Return Policy: Customers have the right to apply for a return within 30 days of receiving their item(s).

SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe with Key and Combination Access

gifts for women under $50
Safego $44.95

This is lockbox is amazing for storing your cell phone and keys while you and your partner go jump in the ocean together with no one to watch your stuff. This is a fantastic gift idea for couples under $50 — if they love the beach of course.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Mott & Bow Fitted Crew Marcy

best gifts for women under $50
Mott & Bow $35

The Mott & Bow Fitted Crew Marcy is one of my favorite crew neck tees for women. It’s so incredibly soft and flattering.

Sizing Tip: Runs small, order one size up.

Return Policy: 30-day return policy on unworn/undamaged/unwashed items.

Studio Oh! Prosecco and Vanilla Candle

holiday gift guide 2020
Studio Oh! $19.99

This Studio Oh! Prosecco and Vanilla candle is the best candle of my life! It is a gorgeous, soy-based candle that smells incredible. This is one of my favorite gifts for women under $50.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – The Chapter Book Collection

holiday gift guide 2020
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls $25.49

I love stories for girls that involve real female figures to inspire them. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – The Chapter Book Collection is sold at Amazon and Target.

Amazon Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Tasha Satin Knot Headband

best gifts for women under $50
Tasha $20

You can see I am really into this headband thing. I just think it is such a unique and stylish gift.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

firiKer 2Pcs Folding Scissors

holiday gift guide 2020
firiKer $12.99

I adore portable utilitarian items to put in my purse or bathroom. These foldable scissors twist into the perfect size to cut a loose thread, a tag off clothing, or whatever else needs trimming. I feel like I always need scissors, but don’t want to bother with a full-size pair and the small ones usually look so un-chic. Am I the only one who loves these firiKer 2Pcs Folding Scissors?

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Homemade Travel Pouch

holiday gift guide 2020

Traveling is amazing if you have everything you need. If you don’t, travel is a nightmare. Create a travel pouch for your loved ones that will have them thinking of you with gratitude every time they leave town. Below are the key pieces to a travel pouch whether it’s for a man or woman!

  • Clear pouch: I like a clear pouch so it’s easy to find what you need.
  • Lotion: Planes are so drying! Apply this lotion when you feel yourself becoming brittle. I have linked to the travel size of my favorite lotion ever. 
  • Lip balm: This is the best lip balm of my entire life. I cannot recommend this enough. It’s hydrating, tasteless, luscious, and 100% non-addicting.
  • Nail clippers and a mini file: I am always breaking a nail during travel.
  • Snack: Since peanuts have left us, airplane snacks have been lacking to say the least. And now COVID has made it worse. Throw your loved one’s favorite snack into their homemade travel pouch. I personally love a granola bar, and they won’t expire for a year.
  • Hand Sanitizer Spray: I love Trader Joe’s blue hand sanitizer spray, but I have linked to another good one as well. Tell the receiver of your gift that once they finish the spray bottle, they can refill it with rubbing alcohol and three drops of lavender oil for an equally effective and pleasant hand sanitizer spray. You can use this custom sanitizer on cloth and hard surfaces as well.
  • Gum: Spry gum is the only gum I chew. It is sugar-free, Xylitol based, and great for your teeth.
  • Flossers: Plackers makes the best travel cases, which I refill after every trip with my big bag of flossers.

Bonus: Get them some travel headphones as well. If they have an iPhone, throw in a headphone jack adapter so they can plug into the plane as well as their iPhone.

Hanky Panky Organic Cotton Original Rise Thong w/ Lace

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Hanky Panky $20

These Hanky Panky Organic Cotton Original Rise Thongs w/ Lace are my favorite underwear ever. If the woman you are getting these for is extremely petite, get her the LOW RISE version. (See my full list of the most comfortable women’s thongs, here.)

Return Policy: If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase from Zappos, you can return your qualifying item(s) for a full refund within 365 days of purchase

Zint Collagen Powder Peptides

holiday gift guide 2020
Zint $42.95

I love how my skin is more luscious and my joints feel better when I drink Zint collagen every day. Everyone can benefit from this, so gift away the gift that keeps on giving. Oh, and J Lo recommends it. Enough said.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Fitflop Iqushion Super-Ergonomic Flip-Flops

gift ideas for women under $50
Fitflop $32

I have been wearing these Fitflop Iqushion Super-Ergonomic Flip-Flops every weekend. The blushy nude shade is the only color of this shoe I would consider. It turns an ergonomic flip-flop into an intentional style choice.

Sizing Tip: True to size.

Return Policy: Extended returns are available for orders placed from 29th October, these can be returned until 15th January.

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings – by Britney Winn Lee

holiday gift guide 2020
The Boy With Big, Big Feelings $13.49

Every boy and girl should know boys have feelings too. Enjoy reading The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee with your child. This book is available at Target and Amazon.

Amazon Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Dial Industries, Inc. Spring Loaded Boot Shapers

gifts for women under $50
Dial Industries $12.99

If I see one more person storing their boots improperly, I am going to frown deeply — and that’s saying something. Gift these Dial Industries, Inc. Spring Loaded Boot Shapers to that person who loves their tall boots.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Hot Handle Holder

 

 

gifts for women under $50
Lodge $29.99

My best friend gave me a cast-iron skillet last year for Christmas and I just thought it was the most wonderful gift. It is the least toxic way to cook a meal and, like me, sometimes someone needs a push to get started. Try this Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder. I cook my egg and spinach on one every morning. I dare say cast iron skillets are one of the best gift ideas for couples under $50.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Uniqlo Women Heattech Turtleneck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

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Uniqlo $19.90

The Uniqlo Women Heattech Turtleneck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt is one of my favorite turtlenecks and one of the best gifts for women under $50 on this holiday gift guide. Yes, it can be worn by itself, but it is actually best for layering. Tuck it into a high waisted skirt or wear under dresses, vests, and sweaters.

Tip: Runs small, but stretches — order a size up just in case.

Return Policy: Merchandise purchased on www.UNIQLO.com must be returned to our warehouse within 30 days of the ship date found on your packing slip.

The Airhook 2.0 – Airline & Vehicle Drink and Device Holder

good secret santa gifts under $50
Airhook $25.95

With travel starting back up, I am all about the travel gifts. And the last flight I took on Southwest was so annoying. Get this Airhook 2.0 – Airline & Vehicle Drink and Device Holder for anyone who uses an airplane.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Little People, Big Dreams Book Series

gifts for kids under $50
Little People, Big Dreams Book Series $15.99

I cannot get enough of the Little People, Big Dreams Book Series. This has been a regular on my gift guide for a few years now. They are stories about historical figures told in a brief and fun way. My favorites are the Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart books.

Tip: It really works for any age.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Heat Holders Women’s Thermal Stripe Socks

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Heat Holders $15.99

These Heat Holders Women’s Thermal Stripe Socks are the best socks. I live in these come cold weather — they almost feel like thin slippers.

Tip: They are also available in a gorgeous purple.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Wiggity Bang Games FURT Board Game

best holiday gifts under $50
Wiggity Bang Games $29.99

Wiggity Bang’s FURT Board Game is my all-time favorite board game, and I know your family doesn’t know about it. I highly recommend gifting this to someone in a big group so it can be opened up and played immediately. I promise, even people who hate board games will enjoy this game.

Fun Fact: Brought to you by a San Diego local crew.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

FineDine Store Superior Glass Meal-Prep Containers

holiday gift guide 2020
FineDine Store $17.99

Okay, here is the thing. Everyone needs glass tupperware, even people who already have glass tupperware they love. Why? Because you send people home with food and they don’t bring them back to you. Whenever I make this list I always think of myself, my clients, and the people we are all shopping for. I literally just gifted these FineDine Store Superior Glass Meal-Prep Containers to someone and they loved it!

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Flint Retractable Lint Roller, Refillable

gifts for women under $50
Flint $16.76

Gift this Flint Retractable Lint Roller, Refillable to anyone you know who owns a cat or dog. They can stick this in their bag and give their clothes a good roll before they need to look presentable.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

WoodLife Prints Personalized Photo On Wood

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WoodLife Prints $44.95

My editor told me about these WoodLife Prints Personalized Photos On Wood. She got it for a friend and was delighted with the results. We also love that they are based in San Diego.

Crummy Bunny Newborn Baby Mittens

gifts for women under $50
Crummy Bunny $17.99

Crummy Bunny is owned by my dear friend Au-co Mai, a fabulous woman known for her sharp wit and innovative mind. Au-Co’s no scratch Crummy Bunny Newborn Baby Mittens are extra roomy so tiny fingers can move, and so the mittens still fit as the newborn grows bigger. And they have a LIFETIME WARRANTY. Lose one of the mittens in the wash? She will replace it. Did a mitten become damaged? She will replace it. Just make sure you register your purchase on the Crummy Bunny website and follow the directions right after you receive your order so that you’re eligible for the warranty. 

Return Policy: This item can be returned in its original condition for a full refund or replacement within 90 days of receipt.

MagnetPal 3 Pack

good secret santa gifts under $50
MagnetPal $27.99

Of all my gift ideas under $50, MagnetPal 3 Pack may be the most unusual, but it has a use! It is lightweight and you can use it to hide your spare keys, hold thick paperwork on your fridge, and organize other tools on a metal surface. You can also use it as a stud finder. My only caution is: the magnet is freakishly strong. If you forget to place your spare keys with the magnet pal to your chosen metal spot, and instead throw it into a bowl of keys, all the key rings from other keys attach to it, and you have to take a moment to detach everything.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.