12 Days of Gifts Under $50 That Will Make You Smile
Warning: the following gift ideas may make you smile! (And—full disclosure—that was kind of the idea.) Because we know whoever you're shopping for this holiday season definitely deserves some cheer. So, without further delay, go ahead and check out this collection of fun presents under $50 we've wrangled to help you gift (and get):
1. Seedlip Spice 94 Alternative Egg Nog Set
Send cocktail lovers this surprising kit complete with a bottle of Seedlip Spice 94, Just Date syrup, Burlap & Barrel nutmeg, a spice grater and a recipe card. They'll just need to add their milk of choice and some coconut cream.
2. Big Macs & Burgundy. Wine Pairings for the Real World
This colorful coffee table book is sure to delight any food and drink lover with amazingly practical wine pairings from wine pro Vanessa Price (of Grub Street). Think: everything from what to drink with popcorn and veggie burgers to General Tso's Chicken. Yum.
3. Red Clay Hot Pepper Jelly
If you're looking for a fun stocking stuffer, look no further than this limited-edition Hot Pepper Jelly by Red Clay. It pairs well with roasted pork loin, grilled salmon, country ham biscuits, a fresh batch of gougères and, of course, the usual cream cheese or goat cheese spread with crackers at your holiday gathering.
4. The Cookie Tray by Souper Cubes
Our obsession with this brand of freezable containers continues—now in cookie form. We love these purple, sprinkle-decorated trays and are already planning which cookie batches to bake ahead and freeze for last-minute holiday treats.
5. Ramen Christmas Tree Ornament
A glass tree ornament is always a welcome holiday gift and one that can be enjoyed for years to come. We are loving Target's plethora of fun food ornaments this year. A favorite? This mini bowl of delicious-looking ramen, complete with teeny chopsticks. But there is also an equally charming glass avocado, taco, iced coffee, croissant, pineapple and more. We love these food-themed ornaments for sweet stocking stuffers or secret Santa gifts!
6. Star Wars Millennium Falcon Waffle Maker
Breakfast will never be the same for Star Wars fans young and old once they own this waffle maker! Your favorite jedi can serve up mini Millennium Falcon waffles—complete with intricate wells for capturing butter and melted syrup. (You can also use it to make hash browns, oversized cookies and more!)
7. Jars Tourron Aqua Mug
The little peek of aqua inside this mug is enough to brighten anyone's morning as they drain their cup of coffee or tea. (We've always found there's something about sipping from beautiful mugs that's just super satisfying.) Choose from black, aqua, navy or gray (or mix and match a set of four for a wabi-sabi vibe.)
8. Fred Float Tea Unicorn Tea Infuser
We're still not sick of unicorns here and especially not unicorns in pool toy shapes! This tea infuser (which cleans easily in the top rack of a dishwasher) has a stainless steel bottom you can fill with your favorite loose leaf tea. Then let it float on a mug of hot water. Adorable.
9. Boska Cheese Baker
This three-piece set includes a Boska ceramic cheese baker, an 8-ounce wheel of brie and a delicious fig spread to top it all off with. Just slide this baby into the oven with your cheese inside and minutes later, your solid round will be an enviable, ooey-gooey pool for dipping. Bonus: The ceramic baker is a reusable gift (just refill it with your favorite creamy cheese like brie or camembert).
10. Whirley Pop Gift Set
The Whirley Pop makes popcorn-making for holiday movie nights extra fun. This original hand-crank popper has been a family favorite since 1980 and makes double the amount of popcorn as a microwave bag in the same time! This gift set includes the popper and two bags of non-GMO Kernels from Wabash Valley Farms in Indiana, the inventors of the Whirley Pop.
11. North Pole Stripe Apron
12. Mason Bee House
From our favorite gardening supply store (based in our very own Vermont) comes this whimsical natural bamboo bee house for the green thumb in your life. It attracts peaceful, non-stinging Mason bees to your garden. Incredible pollinators, each Mason bee visits as many as 1,000 blooms a day! (A gift for the planet, too!)