The Best Last Minute Gifts Under $50
Running out time to buy a gift for a loved one? Here are the best gifts you can get for anyone while you’re on a budget.
by : Heather Taylor-Singh- Dec 14th, 2021
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The countdown to Christmas has begun. If you celebrate, in ten days, we’ll be opening up all of our presents, celebrating with our loved ones and eating good food. If you’re still looking for a gift for a loved one, don’t panic. While it can be a little trickier to keep your holiday shopping at an affordable price point and look nice, it’s not impossible. We’ve found 15 gifts under $50 that seem way more expensive than they are, and are guaranteed to put a smile on someone’s face. Bonus: They’re all shipping from Canada!
Cook This Book by Molly Baz
If you’re buying for someone who’s obsessed with good food but lacks the skills and confidence necessary to make it at home, food editor and recipe developer Molly Baz’s Cook This Book will teach them absolutely everything about how to become a more efficient cook in the kitchen.
Faux-Fur Lined Quilted Slippers, Miiyu
These quilted, ultra-plush and comfortable slippers from Miiyu can be worn indoors for lounging or outdoors during a quick trip to the grocery store.
Face Mask, Reformation
Unfortunately, we’re still in a pandemic, and we still have to wear a mask. It’s probably time to replace the grimy ones they’ve had since the beginning in March 2020, so why not upgrade to something cute? This yellow and red floral one from Reformation is chic (and on sale!)
Price: $8 (was $14)
Set of 3 Standard Baggu: Floating Dot, Baggu
This set of Baggu bags is perfect for any person on the go. Coming in a delightful reusable pouch, the set contains three unique polka dot prints, which they can even use for gifting other presents!
Max Vegan Card Holder, Matt & Nat
Keep them organized with the card holder from Matt & Nat. Not only is it made of vegan leather, but its super slim shape can fit into any pocket or purse with no issues. Add to cart!
Solar Power Vinyl - Lorde
If they have a record player, consider getting them singer Lorde’s third album Solar Power on vinyl. For someone who’s dreaming of summer, while we’re in the dead of winter and feeling stressed—this album is perfect to capture the nostalgia for warm weather and relaxation.
Holiday Bundle, Blume
Superfood brand Blume came out with a blend of powders for the holidays to keep them feeling good throughout the season. Mint Cocoa Blend and Gingerbread Blend are the ideal sweet treat to add to any warm or cold beverage. With your purchase, Blume includes a free holiday recipe e-book to give them ideas.
Price: $45 (was $50)
Say It Do It: Truth or Dare Card Game
This handmade card game is perfect for the conscious gamer. Get to know yourself and others on a deeper, more intimate level with a mix of thoughtful yet playful questions and challenges. They can even play it with you!
Seeing Stars: Harness the Power of the Zodiac By Stella Andromeda
Who are you going to fall in love with? What job should you be doing? What are the toxic traits of my zodiac sign? In today’s society, many are looking to the stars to find answers. In these customized guides, astrologer Stella Andromeda tells you all you need to know about your life from the lens of your zodiac sign.
Rosé Eye Gels- 5 Treatments, Patchology
Say cheers in the morning (or night) with these bubbly Rosé eye gels from Patchology. They’re formulated with antioxidants like strawberry extract to protect from environmental stressors and hyaluronic acid for intense hydration. Pro tip: Tell them to keep the gels chilling in the fridge for a nice cooling facial treat.
Large Jelly Claw Clip, Chunks
Claw clips are the one hair accessory that is always having a moment—and we especially love this large multi-coloured one from ethical retailer Chunks.
Relax Gift Set, Lush
We’ve all had quite the year, so why not treat your loved one to the gift of relaxation with this gift set from Lush, featuring their most calming products: A French Kiss bubble bar, Twilight bath bomb, Sleepy shower gel and Dream Cream body lotion—all featuring scents of vanilla and lavender.
Warm & Toasty Tea, Firebelly Tea
Who doesn’t want to feel warm and toasty after the intensity of the holidays? These roasted green tea bags from Firebelly Tea (started by David Segal, co-founder of DAVIDsTEA, and Shopify president Harley Finkelstein) are made with flavours of toasted rice, matcha and cinnamon, which is full of antioxidants and lowers inflammation. It’s like a big, warm hug for your body.
Big Lil Starter Kit, Starface
You will be a skincare hero to anyone suffering from acne-prone skin when you gift them the Big Lil Starter Kit from Starface. The set includes a cleanser (Space Wash), moisturizer (Moisture on Mars) and their infamous star shaped pimple patches.
Sugar Plum Socks, Okie Dokie
While socks can be a boring gift to give this season, finding socks that are in cool colours or fun patterns, make this present a lil’ less mundane. The Sugar Plum socks from Toronto-based shop Okie Dokie are a striped sparkly dream. They also come in a green version called Twilight Pine.
Nalgene Sustain Bottle, Outdoor Voices
Stay hydrated and keep those liquid levels up, with this Nalgene water bottle collaboration with athletic brand Outdoor Voices. It holds 32 ounces of water and is sure to keep you energized and happy (see: smiley face) all day.
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