With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to get ahead on your shopping list. You’ve got your family — the kiddos, your brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandmas and grandpas, and aunts and uncles — not to mention best friends. And it would be nice to give co-workers and neighbors something, too! Wait a minute! What are you? A Rockefeller? Well, we’ve scoured the boutiques of Birmingham in search of the most awesome and budget-savvy gifts, and we’ve found some real gems! It is possible to give everyone a token of holiday cheer without breaking the bank. Check out these 50 gifts under $50!
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Treasures from the Sea pearl jewelry
Missing the sandy shoreline as winter settles in? Grab your own little promise of the beach with these pearl necklaces and bracelets made by Tricia McLemore of Treasures from the Sea jewelry from Apalachicola, FL. Tricia’s jewelry incorporates pearls, turquoise, leather and silver to create a natural seaside look that echoes the wild beauty of the shoreline. Find her jewelry, ranging in price from $14 to $28, at Architectural Heritage.
Veond infinity scarves
These super-soft infinity scarves come in a variety of patterns and materials and are the perfect accessory, adding style and comfort to your winter wardrobe. See one in your friend’s favorite color? It will make the perfect Christmas gift, and they’ll think of you every time they walk out the door feeling warm, comfy AND stylish! Find them at Stella Blu for $38.
Kids’ winter hats
Keep the kiddos’ noggins warm and comfy with these plush winter hats. These adorable toppers come in a variety of colors and threads. Find them at Snap Girls for $35.
Want an elegant, casual-cool jean that has that comfortable, worn-in feel? These trendy jeans are your answer. Choose from an ombre pile of jeans in many different styles, ranging from $25 to $50, at Lilla, a designer consignment boutique.
Provide a little reminder of hope and inspiration to a dear friend with these sterling silver cuff bracelets by Kitsch. With inscriptions like “Love” and “Inspire,” your loved one can wear positive messages of hope on a beautiful bangle. Find them at The Pants Store for $29.99.
Embrace your Southern roots with this fun hat. After all, “y’all” is the foundation of our undeniably charming Southern vernacular. Perfect for your die-hard, through-and-through Southern friends, so they can add a bit of “twang” to their wardrobe, as well as their accents! Find it at Shoefly Boutique for $29.
P.J. Salvage flannel pajama pants
These colorful pajama pants feature playful designs in soft flannel fabric that is also extremely durable. These will become your couch-surfing, go-to pants for days when you just want to curl up with a bowl of hot popcorn and binge-watch Netflix. Find these at Mia Moda Boutique for $49 per pair.
Locally made nativity
This handhewn, clay nativity illustrates the humble origins of the nativity story. It’s a lovely, understated accent piece for a sideboard table or a bathroom counter this holiday season! Find them, prewrapped to give as gifts, at A Little Something for $24.
Mark milestones, memories and meaningful phrases with these hand-painted, blown glass ornaments. From an important life event to your favorite quotation, these large ornaments add meaning to the season. Find them at Smith’s Variety for $19.99.
Miniature Christmas tree
Make sure every room has a Christmas tree, no matter how small! This little burst of greenery fills the room with the spirit of the season — and the familiar fragrance of fir needles. Find these mini Christmas trees, $13, and birch container, $7, at Leaf & Petal.
Impressions by Misty paintings
Give a friend the gift of Christmas-themed art this holiday season. These highly textured, small paintings by local artist Misty Bevis, of Impressions by Misty, feature pure snow-white hues accented with celebratory metallic gold accents. Find these at Mulberry Heights Antiques for $48.
Blown glass animal ornaments
Add a touch of pastoral charm to your tree with these animal ornaments made of blown glass in Poland. From birds, bees, squirrels and chipmunks to hedgehogs, foxes, cows and pigs, these gorgeous ornaments are packaged and ready to be given as a lovely gift. Find them, ranging in price from $8 to $25, at The Village Poodle.
Your home’s decor will begin to look a lot like Christmas with this pillow! This accent will add a refreshing breath of rustic charm and holiday cheer to any room. Find it for $32.99 at Stray Cats.
Indonesian decorative camel
This camel ornament, handmade in Indonesia, adds a boho-chic element of cool to any tree. It also serves as a colorful accent on a children’s bookshelf. Whether it’s used for the holidays or year-round, this intriguing handmade piece is an attention grabber! Find it for $20 at Paige Albright Orientals.
This two-dimensional nativity scene in celebratory gold is the perfect gift. Add a few sprigs of fresh greenery and snippets of holly to this Christmas vignette for the perfect little bit of holiday decor. Find it for $12 at Leaf & Petal.
Art as ornaments
Alabama artist Bonnie Fuchs creates these ornament-size miniature paintings as Christmas tree decor, but they have the same elegance as her larger works. This is the perfect gift for the modern art lover in your life. Find it for $25 at Defining Home.
UGG chenille socks
Once you slip these dreamboats on, you’ll never want to remove the cozy chenille socks by UGG. The lucky recipient of this plush gift will think of you thankfully every time she wears them. Find this item for $29.50 at The Lingerie Shoppe.
These sustainable, organic cotton zkano socks, with low-impact dyes, are made in Fort Payne, next to its sister sock company Little River Sock Mill. Featuring bold patterns and colors, zkano socks are meant to fit the active lifestyle with comfort and style. Find these, ranging in price from $14 to $16, at Theadora Abbeyluxe.
Shelby Mason Bootights
These “bootights” have a built-in performance ankle sock with extra cushioning and strategic venilation, ensuring that your tootsies remain comfortable and protected while your tights-and-boots look is kickin’ it in style! Find them for $28 at Marella.
Real men wear bright socks. These socks in bold colors and funky patterns are all the rage these days and we’re embracing this fresh, fun look with gusto! No black socks for dad this year! Find these Robert Graham socks, $27.50 a pair, and St. Croix socks, $35.50, at Remon’s men’s clothier.
A Time to Cook: Dishes from My Southern Sideboard
This gorgeous book features James Farmer’s reimagined classic Southern recipes into a collection that evokes nostalgia for down-home cooking and traditional charm. Its beautiful photography makes it a lovely addition to any coffee table, as well. Find it for $35 at The Blue Willow.
Eddie Ross’ Modern Mix
This hot book is flying off shelves right now. It includes exceptionally beautiful photographs for the coffee table collection, but also contains useful information for the creative spirit looking to refresh her home decor! Find it for $45 at Table Matters.
From food truck recipes and handheld pies to meatless Texan dishes, British cupcakes and Alabama barbecue, Lamb’s Ears has a diverse assortment of high-quality cookbooks. Find a cookbook that aligns with the flavors that you and your loved ones crave for a winning holiday gift! Find these cookbooks, ranging in price from $20 to $50, at Lamb’s Ears.
Low Country Luxe candle
This Moonshine perfumed soy candle by Low Country Luxe captures the botanical scents of the low country, mixed with smooth undertones of cognac brandy. With its 45-plus hours of burn time, it is the gift that keeps on giving! Find it at Defining Home for $35.
Millefiori laundry detergent and softener
This high-end laundry detergent and softener by Millefiori infuses your textiles with the luxurious aromas of French fields of lavender and rose or the exotic spices and ocean winds of Indonesia. Find them at Town and Country Clothes for $24 per bottle.
Botaniko custom perfumes
Deborah Stone’s most recent contribution to Stone Hollow Farmstead’s offerings comes in the form of Botaniko, her new line of customized blends of cosmeceuticals, homeopathic herbs and essential oils. Visit Botaniko‘s new flagship boutique in downtown Birmingham, where you can create your own perfume in 25 minutes for $30.
Lotion and soap sets
These Pre de Provence lotion and soap gift sets have the refreshing aromatic scents of verbena and lavender and make for the perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift. Find them at Snoozy’s Kids for $29.99.
The shop keeper at The Blue Willow says she cannot keep this Glamorous Wash on the shelves, adding that her customers are crazy for the wonderful smell. We even witnessed a customer come into the store and grab an armful of these products. Once you go Glamorous Wash, you may get hooked! You’ve been warned. Find this 907-gram bottle of Diva scented Glamorous Wash for $29.50 at The Blue Willow.
At Home Furnishings partnered with Ella B. Candles to create these custom-made, hand-poured, pure soy candles. Each fragrance is personalized to local Birmingham neighborhoods. Find them for $28 at At Home Furnishings.
Christmas canine towels
These adorable Christmas-themed dog towels are the perfect holiday touch for the canine lover’s kitchen. Or give them to the dog lovers in your life as the perfect holiday gift. Find them at The Cook Store for $10.
Holiday cocktail napkins
For an elegant accent at your holiday soiree, offer your guests a cocktail with these seasonal cocktail napkins. Or bring them to your next holiday party as an unexpected, yet appreciated, hostess gift that can be used for seasons to come! Find them at B. Bayer & Co. Monogramming & Gifts for $26 a bundle.
Custom holiday cups
For the more casual holiday gathering — or tacky Christmas sweater party — grab a sleeve of these holiday-themed Styrofoam cups from Please Reply, or create your own fun cup design, customized to match your party’s theme! Find a predesigned sleeve of eight cups for $8, or create your own customized cups — $48 (plus tax) for 50 16-ounce cups and $49.20 (plus tax) for 50 20-ounce cups — at Please Reply.
Holiday hand towels
These hand towels each have a simple holiday design for an understated and elegant dash of holiday cheer. In different colors, sizes and designs, these hand towels range in price from $17 to $20 and can be found at Beverly Ruff Antiques and Linens.
Oli.O balsamic vinegars
These artisanal balsamic vinegars are infused with ingredients such as figs, cinnamon, pear, Vermont maple and apple, to create unique and complex flavor profiles. The high-quality vinegars will elevate your culinary creations this holiday season. Find them for $12.99 (6.8-ounce bottle) and $16.99 (12.7-ounce bottle) at Oli.O.
These ingenious bottles keep liquids hot or cold for more than 24 hours, and their sleek design will keep you stylish as you carry your water or tea wherever you go! Find the teak bottle, $45, and the colorful shimmer-finished bottles, $32 each, at Bromberg’s.
Crestline Bagel bling
For the die-hard Crestline Bagel Co. fan, grab this Crestline bagel swag! This retro-style baseball cap with adjustable strap will fit any bagel-head, and the logo-imprinted mug, which comes with Crestline Bagel Co.’s custom house blend, will keep those bagel lovers fueled and ready to come back for more! Find this hat, $18.99, and mug with coffee, $9, at none other than Crestline Bagel Co.
Blingsting pepper spray
This is the perfect gift to keep the uber-girly ladies in your life protected and safe. Clip this bedazzled pepper spray to your bag or keychain so that you are armed with sparkles that have sting! Find these at Monkee’s of Mountain Brook for $22 each.
Earthborn Pottery mug
This Earthborn Pottery mug, created by master potter Tena Payne, has a unique shape, where the thumb fits nicely on the circle around the rim. Tena created the design for SpringHouse at Lake Martin, and she likes to use hers for mixing homemade dressing. Find them at Earthborn Pottery in Leeds for $32, or find your nearest Earthborn Pottery retailer.
Pappy & Co. bourbon balls
The handmade, chocolate-and-bourbon indulgence topped with a pecan is made with Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year bourbon. Cap off the perfect dinner party with a spiked confection. Find Pappy & Co.’s bourbon balls in a box of four, $17, and a box of 12, $34, at The Dande Lion.
From grocery lists to to-do lists and the name of your sorority or favorite team to even your favorite saying or inside joke, these custom notepads are a great way to give a loved one something that is meaningful or funny to them. These come in two sizes, at $11 and $16, and can be found and customized at The Scribbler.
Colored pencils and markers
These colored pencils and markers will bring out the kid in anyone. From glitter gel pens and scented pencils to watercolor gel crayons and double-sided pencils, these fun-filled art tools are sure to delight the youngsters or simply brighten up your office space! Find these colorful collections, ranging in price from $9 to $12, at Swoop.
Small glass vases
These 3.5 x 4.25-inch vases are perfect for mantel and sideboard displays. Add some simple flowers to these glass vases for a fresh and modern look, or give them as a gift that is sure to be treasured. Find them for $10 each at Stock & Trade Design Co.
Kershaw pocket knife
This high-quality knife with a nonreflective black oxide blade, secure-grip coyote-brown handle and blade lock feature is perfect for the expert knife owner, as well as the beginner with blades. Find this durable and diverse pocket tool at Mark’s Outdoor Sports for $34.99.
Stanley shot glass set
When the dudes go camping, they’ll need to take some shots, just to keep the hair on their chests. Make sure they impress their camping buddies with this stainless steel flask and shot glass set. Find this set for $35 at Alabama Outdoors.
Smathers & Branson iPhone case
Adorn your smartphone with your team’s logo or other cool designs in needlepoint with Smathers & Branson’s preppy-chic iPhone cases. From dollar bill replicas and houndstooth to skull and crossbones and fishing flies, they have a wide array of options befitting a good old boy of any stripe! Find these at Remon’s for $45.
The Siege LED Lantern
This rugged LED light lantern features a 12-day run time, multiple hanging apparatus and hooks, dim and bright functions and a red SOS light. Made for camping, this lantern is also handy when the power goes out and for taking the kids’ living room fort to the next level! Find it at Mark’s Outdoor Sports for $46.99.
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
These clay bracelets are handmade by people in Haiti, and some feature a simple charm with the message Water or Love, emblematic of Simbi’s mission to not only keep Haitians employed, but also to bring clean drinking water to Haiti through filtration systems, thus saving lives of a region hard hit by an earthquake and a cholera epidemic, on top of its already crumbling infrastructure. Find these Simbi bracelets for $26 each at A Little Something.
Thistle Farms lotion and soap
At Thistle Farms, Love Heals is a slogan that can be seen on many of their products, from bath and body items and home goods to apparel, teas and coffees, books and essential oils. Thistle Farms is a sanctuary for healing for women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution, which employs graduates of its program. This popular lavender soap, $10, and lotion, $14, both 8.5-ounce bottles, can be found at Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery.
Eco-friendly wool dryer balls
Wool dryer balls are an eco-friendly way to dry laundry faster, soften fabric and save a little dough!These wool dryer balls are felted from 100 percent wool from Stoney Mountain Farm, so that the environmentally conscious farmers know that this wool meets their high standards for quality wool, void of chemicals and dyes. Even the packaging on this clever dryer helper is all natural and gives back to Mother Earth! Find these at The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead for $25 a bag.
Good Works bracelets
Twenty-five percent of net profits for these Good Works bracelets provides meals to the homeless, helps support underprivileged children and medical research and awareness of children’s health issues. Each bracelet is made with real leather and features positive affirmations and Scripture. These leather, wraparound bracelets with stone studs, $29, can be found at Mia Moda Boutique.
Enjoy your holidays and happy shopping!