It’s the holiday season, the time for finding the right budget gifts that won’t break the bank.
For a lot of people, Christmas time or the holiday season is one of the most exciting and joyous time of the year.
Everything feels happier and cozier, tinsel glitters on the tree, lights sparkle on neighborhood homes…
…but underneath all that wrapping paper and peppermint mochas is the stress of figuring out meaningful presents for your friends and family that don’t break the bank.
Here is my own list of seven fun under $50 budget gifts, which I picked mainly for women, that won’t empty anyone’s bank account this holiday season.
1- Budget Gifts: Sushi Chef- Sushi Making Kit, $35
Date night in can be fun, right? For anyone who loves sushi, they would have a great time learning how to prepare it themselves!
This kit comes with tools, instructions, and even some of the ingredients you’ll need to create your Japanese-style sushi rolls.
This includes a bamboo nori rolling mat, a rice paddle, step-by-step instructions and recipes, and ingredients like sushi and rice vinegars, short-grain rice, nori seaweed sheets, soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger (fresh fish and veggies not included!).
This kit provides enough ingredients to prepare about 125 pieces of sushi.
Have you ever heard of a rotating soap holder?
Me neither, until I found this great UK shop called Labour & Wait. According to them, soap holders were common in the old days in France in places like schools and factories.
A soap holder would make an interesting addition to a bathroom or kitchen area at home and provides that the soap is always nearby!
Plus they smell fresh and citrusy, which are sure to provide an extra boost with each use.
3- Maps, Anthropologie, $35
Maps have become pretty trendy as of late.
Some people are decorating with maps as wallpaper which are even popping up as design elements in stationary, curtains, and pop art.
This book has 52 illustrated maps, and is perfect for any friend or loved one who loves not only the aesthetics of cartography but the history behind it- including historical facts, indigenous history, and beautiful illustrations.
At just $35 it’s a great value for a book jam packed with information and would be a great conversation starter!
We all have that one friend who is constantly on their phone- whether they’re instagramming, mobile blogging, checking product reviews or shopping, skyping with their grandma, or tweeting every random thought.
Or maybe that reminds you a little more of yourself.
Either way, using your smartphone so much can seriously drain the battery life.
And you’re not always near a charger or want to be stuck to an outlet.
The Photojojo solar charger is a seriously cool product that solves that problem.
It works with any phone or even a tablet (it’s literally been tested on over 40 models!) – just use your own USB charging cable to connect it.
It’ll boost your battery without interrupting your plans – how much more perfect could it get?
5- Guitar Pick Punch, Urban Outfitters, $25
For friends who are into music, this can be a fun way to pay homage to their passion without breaking the bank.
Anyone who plays guitar will tell you they are always losing their picks.
And with this punch, they can personalize it based on their favorite colors, logos, or keepsakes.
Use old gift cards or credit cards to punch out totally unique new picks.
Bonus: they’ll be without one again!
I don’t know any girl who doesn’t love a good makeup kit.
This fun eyeshadow palette has over 150 colors and shades to choose from, with a mix of neutrals to tropical blues, citrusy yellows and oranges, and earthy greens.
Plus the pattern is captivating, too; it’s just as pretty on it’s own as it’ll make you.
Comes with an eyeshadow applicator and can be applied either wet or dry depending on your style.
This would make a great gift for a girlfriend or acquaintance who is always playing around with her look!
Okay, so this one isn’t so personal…
But it’s something that can work for anyone whoever shops online.
Plus, it was on the wishlist of Farrah Abraham, the former teen mom!
Buy your friend this eGift card (which face value can go up to $2000 and starts from $25) and let them decide if they want to stock up on necessities or treat themselves.
It’s their choice!
The beauty of this eGift card that it can reach your friend instantly.
You can also choose the traditional printed card as well.
A gift card may not feel very thoughtful. But having the freedom to purchase whatever they want is sure to be appreciated!
Click here to buy the card you see fit for a long lasting friendship.