38 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts Under $50
The holidays are fast approaching and you still don't have a gift for everyone on your list. Maybe your mother-in-law just called to say that she—and her entire family—will be coming for the long weekend after all. Or perhaps a colleague gifted you a thoughtful present on the last day before the office closed for year. Or you just remembered that you were invited for a holiday gathering and forgot to pick something up. Do these sound like familiar situations? If you're like most people, you've been so busy prepping for visitors and decorating for the holidays that you haven't had a chance to hit the mall or search the internet for those last few items you need—or you've been totally caught off guard by someone's generosity. Don't fear: You can still look like a gift-giving pro without lots of time (or money) to devote towards a present.
To help you shop with confidence, we found 38 items that make great last-minute gifts. By that we mean they're thoughtful and personalized (and maybe even customizable!), but you can grab them in no time. Even better, they're all under $50, so springing for one unplanned present won't throw the budget for your holiday spending off too much.
From catch-alls and coffee pots to sweet treats and housewares, these gifts are so great no one will ever expect you chose them in the 11th hour. Click through and add some of these items to your shopping list, then get out there and spread the holiday cheer.
This pretty puzzle is surprisingly affordable, especially when you consider the fact that it's two-sided. That means double the challenge.
Gray Malin "The Snow" Two-Sided Puzzle, $25, graymalin.com
This Charleston-based candle company makes dozens of different scented candles, but we're particularly fond of this coconut, vanilla, and caramel blend.
Candlefish "No. 23" Candle, $22, candlefish.com
Everyone can all use a little R&R this time of year, and a set of bath necessities will ensure your nearest and dearest have exactly what they need to unwind. Plus, the packaging will look great set out on a vanity or by the edge of the tub.
Lavande Farm Gift Box, $48, lavandefarm.com
These mulberry silk scrunchies go seamlessly from cute daytime accessories to evening workhorses—they won't crease or crimp her styled hair as she sleeps.
Kitsch Silk Scrunchies in "Blush," $34, mykitsch.com
Help your family and friends entertain in style thanks to this set of reusable cheese markers. Pair it with a few wedges of your favorites for the perfect gift.
Martha Stewart Collection Cheese-Marker Set, $25, macys.com
Since each of these chipboard-covered notebooks is hand painted, they're one of kind, just like the recipient.
Mōglea "Trapeze" Painted Notebook, $23, moglea.com
The flowers engraved into these stemless wine glasses will last forever. We'll drink to that.
Love & Victory Hand Engraved Floral Stemless Wine Glasses, $44 for 2, loveandvictory.com
There's a lot going on between the holidays and the new year. Giving her something to corral her keys, loose change, and everyday jewelry will simplify her days—and pretty up her counter.
Heath Ceramics "Plaza" 4x6" Tray in "Wildflower," $25, heathceramics.com
You'll want to give everyone on your list this set of assorted cookies. The delicious flavors (we're partial to the molasses spice) and chewy textures are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Grey Ghost Bakery 3-Flavor Gift Box of Cookies, $39.99, greyghostbakery.com
Scratch Off Poster
It's time to Netflix and scratch off. This poster outlines 100 iconic films for you to watch. Once you've finished each film, simply scratch off the square under the title to reveal an illustration related to the movie. It's the ultimate cinematic bucket list.
Uncommon Goods "100 Movies" Scratch Off Poster, $15, uncommongoods.com
Spice Shaker Set
Set on a table or kitchen counter, these look like snow globes. But alas, they are filled with spices—making the trees inside appear to be covered in sand, snow, or leaves.
ModCloth Tasteful Terrain Shaker Set, $25, modcloth.com
These cozy linen slippers are perfect for men and women, so pick up a few extra pairs for last-minute gifting.
Muji Linen Twill Cushion Slippers, $24, muji.us
Foodies will appreciate this set of four assorted wildflower honeys, presented in cork-sealed glass vials. They'll appreciate it even more if you pair it with cheeses to drizzle them over.
Bee Raw Wildflower Honey Flight, $48, shopterrain.com
Modern Women Ornaments
Decorate the tree with iconic women in the form of hand-crafted wood ornaments. The adorable set features Jane Goodall, Rosie the Riveter, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart.
MoMA Design Store Modern Women Ornaments Set, $36 for four, store.moma.org
Let the locals lead your loved ones on their next adventure. This small travel book outlines go-to restaurants, a bartender-approved list of cocktails to try, a glossary of local architecture, and the perfect 24-hour itinerary for a stay in the Big Easy, but the copany offers plenty of other city guides, too.
Wildsam "New Orleans" Field Guide, $20, wildsam.com
A statement earring is a welcome addition to nearly any woman's jewelry box.
Baublebar "Faidra" Resin Drop Earrings in "Navy," $34, baublebar.com
Cut pizza at the pace of a rabbit—quite literally, thanks to this golden bunny-shaped utensil.
Anthrolopologie "Orell" Pizza Cutter, $28, anthropologie.com
Faux Fur Booties
No animals were harmed in the making of these delightfully luxurious faux booties. Your female loved ones will slip them on and never want to take off.
Restoration Hardware Luxe Faux Fur Booties, $34, restorationhardware.com
What's not to love about these candies? Unexpected flavors—like orange milk chocolate and chipotle dark chocolate—and colorful packaging makes these treats the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
Lolli & Pops Chocolate Tile Box, 24-Piece Set, $20, lolliandpops.com
A bottle of wine is a thoughtful gift, but a curated selection of vino is even better. You'll get bonus points if you set up a recurring subscription.
Martha Stewart Wine Co. Wine Gift Packs, starting at $40, marthastewartwine.com
Succulent Gift Box
Skip the bouquet of fresh flowers in favor of something long-lasting. These succulent boxes come packed and ready to display.
Lula's Garden Holiday Jewel Succulent Garden, $35, lulasgarden.com
Holiday Gift Basket
If your loved one can't make it to town for the holidays, send a taste of home their way in the form of a basket brimming with seasonal treats.
Stonewall Kitchen Home for the Holidays Gift Basket, $49.95, stonewallkitchen.com
Mini Candle Set
These four mini candles deliver seriously luxurious fragrance. Scents like Sweet Vanilla & Cinnamon, Vanilla & Fig, Espresso, and Whipped Cream & Pear will make any space feel so homey.
Illume Boulangerie Candle Gift Set, $38, anthropologie.com
When guests are constantly visiting over the holidays, having a few extra Champagne flutes isn't a bad thing. For an extra charge, these can also be personalized with a monogram or name.
Williams Sonoma Open Kitchen Champagne Flutes, $28 for 4, williams-sonoma.com
A bouquet is nice, but giving your recipient seeds to grow flowers on their own means they can enjoy tons of handmade arrangements throughout the year. This annual seed mix is great for green thumbs and planting novices, alike.
Floret Flowers Seed Collection Hardy Annual Mix, $25, floretflowers.com
For the ultimate last-minute gift, pack up with cocktail cookbook with a few necessary ingredients to help your friend make their own sips at home.
Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Apertivo Cocktail Cookbook, $13.29, amazon.com
Everyone loves their morning cup of coffee, but you can make your gift-getter's morning a little brighter with this copper French press.
Bodum Chambord Copper 8 Cup French Press, $49.95, surlatable.com
Perfect for storing jewelry, wedding keepsakes, or as an everyday catch-all for keys and mail, this stylish marble and brass box makes a great gift for just about anyone.
West Elm Brass Inlay Marble Box, $44, westelm.com
Personalized or not, this maple coffee scoop will make waking up so much easier.
American Heirloom Coffee Scoop, $24, aheirloom.com
Celebrate their hometown or a favorite city with one of these quirky illustrated totes.
West Elm Claudia Pearson City Tote Bag, $20, westelm.com
Say goodbye to bulky wine buckets. Perfectly chill room temperature vino in no time thanks to this handy tool, which also serves as an aerator during pouring.
Corkcicle Air, $24.95, corkcicle.com
This hand-turned muddler is the perfect gift for any cocktail aficionado. If you have the time, have it engraved for an extra special present.
American Heirloom Pitcher-Sized Engraved Cocktail Muddler, $38, aheirloom.com
Cozy Throw Blanket
Traditional tartans look great in any home. This reversible blanket gives your recipient twice the options in one incredibly cozy package.
Pottery Barn Whitaker Reversible Throw Blanket, $39, potterybarn.com
Tropical motifs will surely be welcomed in the winter, which means this pineapple trivet is the perfect holiday gift.
Dear Keaton Gold Pineapple Trivet, $16, dearkeaton.com
Help your loved one personalize their kitchen with a fresh herb garden. With a bamboo planter, custom compost, root food, and seeds, any recipient will be an at-home gardener in no time.
Gardenuity Inbox Herb Garden, $28, gardenuity.com
Everyone from professional chefs to a home cook will love having their very own personalized apron. This one comes in multiple colors with plenty of customization options.
Williams Sonoma Personalized Stripe Adult Apron, $29.95, williams-sonoma.com
Instead of gifting your guy one or two pairs of socks, gift him a subscription to a sock of the month club! They customize each package to complement his personal style.
Balitello Sock of the Month Club, starting at $12, balitello.com
Surprise your mom and MIL with some gourmet salts in their stockings this year to add a little kick to their already delicious cooking!
Farm to Fork Montauk Sea Salts, $10.99, farmtoforkchef.com