Sometimes the best things come in small packages! This holiday season, we rounded up all our favorite gifts under $50 that pack a big punch. From the nail polish our team is obsessed with to a beautiful tin of specialty tea, there's something on this list for everyone from $10-$50.
Illuminating Nail Concealer ($20): I've had a lot of favorite nail polishes over the years, but this may very well be the very best barely-there, glossy, hint-of-color we're always striving to find. It goes on beautifully (two coats goes on evenly without ever being streaky or gloppy) and it dries almost instantly. It should come as no surprise that at a recent photo shoot, 3/4 of the girls on our team were wearing this exact shade.
Santal Gray Perfume ($36): Santal Gray is a slightly lighter version of a classic santal scent; a beautiful wash of crisp, smooth sandalwood and violet. As always, Lake & Skye also has gorgeous packaging, which makes for a perfect gift.
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Pillow Talk Lipstick & Liner Set ($25): I've included some variation of this lip shade in our gift guides multiple times over the years since it's simply that good (which everyone agrees with on TikTok). I love that this miniature set includes both the lip liner, which is a game changer for making your lips look extra pouty and plump, as well as the creamy, signature lipstick.
Le Labo Santal Signature Detergent ($50): Some of the best gifts are things you wouldn't normally buy for yourself, as was the case with this detergent my mom got me for the holidays a couple of years back. I don't use it every time, but it's such an indulgent thing to pull out anytime I wash my intimates or want things like my robes to smell absolutely incredible.
Battenwear Travel Pouch ($49): When is a fanny pack not exactly a fanny pack? When you can wear it across your chest, I guess? Either way, this minimalist version comes from one of the cooler, outdoor-based design brands. Made in NY, this piece will last for years, will carry every essential you need for a day-to-day activity, and not make you look like you're chasing a trend.
Barbour Tartan Phone Card Pouch ($38): Apparently I'm really into bags/storage this season, but the design of this phone + card case is very appealing. Drop in your phone and couple of credit cards and simply slip it into your pocket. If you don't typically carry cash, this is a great wallet replacement.
Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz ($22-$35): One of the best gifts I've ever given was this cookbook to my best friend who started cooking her way through it during the winter and found so many good recipes. An aesthetically pleasing cookbook is almost always a safe bet for any friend who likes to cook or bake. Others I like are Gjelina, Cook This Book, and Pasta. Claire also has a followup to Dessert Person that was just released a week ago, What's For Dessert!
Maison Louis Marie No. 04 Bois de Balincourt Candle ($34): Candles are pretty much always a hit. The one scent that has passed the sniff test with every person I've forced to smell it is 'No. 04 Bois de Balincourt' from Maison Louis Marie, the #1 bestselling candle on our Shop for the last four years. It's a creamy sandalwood scent with notes of vetiver and amber, and a total crowd pleaser. If you're more into a chic black vessel, 'Cedar' from a new brand on the Shop, Studio Stockhome, is cozy and excellent.
Also! Holiday scents for our new candle brand, Lavune, launch exclusively on our Shop on December 1, and our smoky/woody scent 'Ember' is an absolute chef's kiss as a gift for anyone.
Lanolips 101 Ointment ($17): I'm pretty sure I've bought this for my sister for the holidays at least three times and she never gets sick of it. This "multipurpose superbalm" is non-sticky and super hydrating for lips, cuticles, eyebrows, you name it.
"With The Flow" Hair Claw ($38): One place I discovered recently and will now go forever for gift inspiration is Golden Rule in Excelsior, MN. I think a beautiful hair clip that doubles as art makes a lovely gift, and I'm buying this one either for my sister or myself. I also have a hair claw from MACHETE that I wear constantly ($17-$42).
Aesop Aromatique Hand Wash ($40): There comes a time every holiday season where you need a small gift for someone you don't know super well. One gift I feel like no one is ever mad at receiving is fancy hand soap. If they don't love the smell (though this one is excellent), it can go in a guest bathroom where it will look good and last forever! If Aesop isn't your vibe, the '11 11' soap from Lake & Skye is also really nice, or go for 'Thé Noir (Black Tea)' from Compagnie de Provence if you want to spend a little less.
Palais Des Thés Advent Calendar ($36): Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned tea lover or someone who is new to this beloved beverage, this advent calendar is the cutest gift idea. The limited-edition set includes a curated selection of Palais Des Thés bestselling blends and limited-edition teas, all in luxurious cotton tea bags. Behind each “door” of the calendar there is a surprise tea and an inspiring quote. A daily cup of tea for 24 days makes this the gift that keeps on giving.
L'Occitane Hand Cream Indulgences Set ($29): As someone who has chronically dry hands in the winter, this is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. This L’Occitane hand cream set comes with three limited-edition holiday hand creams (Golden Latte, Green Chestnut, and Shea Butter). The best part of receiving this set is that the tubes are compact and easy to bring with you everywhere, so I personally keep one tube in every bag.
I Dew Care Scoop Squad Wash-Off Face Mask Set ($28): I’m a sucker for skincare that smells like dessert, and when it comes to sweet-scented face masks, I Dew Care takes the cake. I bought the travel mini trio of three wash-off face masks for myself last year, and I have been obsessed with them ever since. Not only do these masks smell divine, they also made my skin feel baby soft and renewed. Each luscious scent has a different benefit: ‘Cake My Day’ is hydrating, ‘Matcha Mood’ is soothing, and ‘Berry Groove’ is brightening.
Crate and Barrel Marble Tray ($40): This tray has moved with me from apartment to apartment. It looks great in a bathroom on display or in an entryway to hold sunglasses/keys. I always get compliments on it, and have had multiple friends purchase it after seeing mine. I can confidently say most people I know would enjoy this gift.
Illuminating Nail Concealer ($20): I was recently turned onto this nail polish by both Emily and Kelly. As soon as I tried it, I knew this would be a staple for me. It has a light wash of color, dries instantly, and makes my nails look super shiny and healthy. I love it so much, I plan to buy one for each of my friends and also my mom.
Harney & Sons Paris Tea ($10): This tea is the perfect balance of black currant, vanilla, and caramel, ideal for sipping on cold winter mornings. The packaging is insanely beautiful, making it an impressive hostess gift or stocking stuffer at just $10.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ($16): I’m a fan of self improvement books, and this one is a top recommendation. When I’m stuck in a rut, in life or creatively, I turn to this book to be inspired. This book is great for both your creative friends, coworkers, or your recently retired dad looking to find a hobby.
Sezane Makeup Bag ($40): My mom recently went to France and brought me back a beautiful fabric makeup bag. I adore the way it looks sitting on my countertop, and if I received another one I wouldn’t be at all mad. Bonus: Throw a mini Evian face mist inside the bag to make the gift even sweeter.