Who’s ready to shop? YOU! (Okay, us too!) We’re making it SUPER easy, as we’ve pulled together 40 — yes, 40 — GREAT gift ideas, each one for less than $50. Now you can affordably knock out the rest of your holiday list. Even better? These all support small brands and Southern stores so your heart will feel warm and fuzzy as well.
Without further ado, here’s our 2018 40 Under $50 Holiday Gift List. Enjoy!
40 Under $50 — Our 2018 Affordable Gifting List
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
The newly opened Goodwin boutique, in Nashville, is full of clothing, gifts and home goods that delight. We think these playful earrings will make a lovely addition to any earlobes and will be the talk of every holiday party. Find them at Goodwin for $35.
Snow day beanie
A cap with a fun, fuzzy ball on top? Yes, please! These adorable caps are all the rage this season, and at $15 each, you can score one for everyone in your girl tribe. One size fits all, these knit toppers are a fun gift she’ll remember forever! Available at Ivy & Leo’s in Charlotte or online here.
Gold hoops with leather tassels
These simple, leather tassels on gold hoops will add a playful flair to any outfit. Grab these for your best girlfriend or for yourself. Find them for $45 per pair from Tilton Street, a Memphis-based jewelry line.
We love a winter white — especially when paired with winter pastels. Bundle up in this scarf, which feels like a blanket. You’ll find it for $46 at Copper Penny (with locations throughout the south) or you can visit them online here.
Secrid card protector/minimal wallet
At the heart of Secrid’s cutting-edge collection, lies the wallet-meets-card protector. The sleek, minimalist design makes it possible to fan out all of the cards with one action, and the aluminum protects cards from bending and breaking. Find them for $44.95 each at Oak Hall, with locations in Nashville and Memphis.
From the gal who founded Paddywax candles comes this new initiative, INK+ALLOY, a line of modern bohemian accessories hand-made in Atlanta. We’re particularly fond of the brilliant collection of seed bead bracelets. Available in a variety of colors at an affordable $25, these bracelets bring an effortlessly chic vibe to any outfit. Find the complete collection here.
Holiday socks gift box
We can say with experience that these Johnston & Murphy sock gift boxes are serious Christmas favorites. Choose three to four pairs of printed socks, varying in price from $14 to $16, for a boxed set that is sure to please. The price of the box depends on the total price of the pairs you select. Have fun selecting from the whimsical designs! Available online or at Johnston & Murphy stores. Find the location nearest you here.
Simple and chic, this structured leather clutch is a versatile gift that is ready to hold all your essentials in style. Like all Nisolo products, this clutch is handmade in an ethical factory that this Tennessee-based company owns and operate in Peru. The almond coloring makes this clutch all the more elegant. Find it at Nisolo for $48.
Every gal can use an extra pouch to hold this and that. Bring a touch of fun to a girl’s pouch game with this fun selection from Pink Hanger. Additional options include “I chianti even,” “Gorgeous resting face” and “Tequila is my favorite color.” Find them for $28 each at Pink Hanger in Charlotte or online here.
Here’s a sentiment we can get behind! This adorable tee from Luxe Angel, based in Charlotte, is perfect for stating the obvious — “We’re a package deal.” Perfect for lounging around or wearing out on errands, this will quickly become your go-to top. Find it in-store or online here for $29.
No, that’s not a typo. We do, indeed, have a cashmere scarf on our “Under $50” list. This one, which typically clocks in at $50, is actually available at Alabama Outdoors for $25. (Yes, seriously!) Gift luxury in the most affordable way! To purchase, click here. To find other great items at Alabama Outdoors, visit alabamaoutdoors.com.
FOR THE HOME
Sea scallop bowl
Bring a touch of the ocean to someone’s home with this beautiful sea scallop bowl by Virginia-based retailer Lime & Leaf. Each bowl is hand-crafted, and its scallop-shaped design is hand-formed from porcelain and evokes the relaxed, whimsical vibe of a walk on the beach. Available in several colors, find this great gift for $30 here.
Seasonal mistletoe candles
Get your home ready for the festivities with sumptuous, aromatic candles — especially holiday-scented candles like this mistletoe candle from Falling Into Place. Handcrafted and poured by Memphian, Mary Claire White, each one is made with love. Find these seasonal candles, along with other scents, for $20 each at Falling Into Place in Memphis or online HERE.
Give the gift of organization with a wooden square valet tray. Felt lined, the trays are functional enough to keep him tidy, yet pleasing enough to keep your space stylish. Find the trays in four finishes at B.D. Jeffries, with locations in Atlanta and Charlotte (or online here), for $44.
If you’re spending the holidays away from your nearest and dearest, send a heartwarming sentiment and a beautiful home decor gift with a FAVOR candle, a brand based in Birmingham, Alabama. This particular hand-poured candle features the touching phrase, “True friends are always together in spirit.” Truth. Find it for $30 here.
Monogrammed memo square
Bring back the art of a handwritten note with this elegant memo square from the ever popular Charlotte-based store appropriately named Charlotte’s. Add a monogram for a perfectly personalized touch, and your recipient will be thrilled! The crystal holder, included in the cost, keeps the pages contained and organized. Find it in store or online here for $23.95.
For an understated, yet impactful gift, this minimalist ring holder by Atlanta-based maker Honeycomb Studio fits the bill. At an affordable $16 and 3 bold inches tall, this porcelain piece is covered in a coral glaze and finished with hand-applied gold leaf. Set it on a kitchen counter, by the bathroom sink or on a bedroom dresser. Find it online here.
Christmas tea towels
Louisville’s Two Chicks and Co. is a great place to go for festive and reasonably priced decorative tea towels. They have a vast selection making them great and easy hostess gifts. Find them for $14 each in-store or online.
Savannah wine glass
Got a friend with a passion for wine? Give the gift of good taste — in wine glasses — this season with these gorgeous Savannah wine glasses by Hudson | Grace. At $16 each, these elegant goblets are affordable, and they’re sturdy too, making them dishwasher safe! Find them at the Atlanta-based retailer or online here.
Gingerbread place setting
The kids’ table at your holiday party has never looked as cute as it will when you shop at Hester & Cook! Get this adorable gingerbread house placemat for $29, a corresponding gingerbread man table accent for $13 and festive recipe cards as a take-home gesture for $8. All of these paper products come in sets of 12. Shop Hester & Cook in Nashville or online here.
Furry friends kitchen towel
Drinking wine and petting your dog sounds like an ideal way to unwind. Make someone’s day by purchasing a towel that makes them think of their furry friend. Find them for $7.99 each at Hollywood Feed, with locations throughout the South or online.
For the kitchenista in your life, this black marble cheese board is the perfect gift. The small yet sturdy board measures 6-by-7-inches and has an intriguing shape. Plus, the beautiful brass spreader is included. At $25, it’s a steal! Find it from Southern lifestyle brand Dear Keaton here.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Conjure the smells of the season in this limited edition collection of lotion, soap and sugar scrub. Each of the items in the Mama Bath + Body O’Tannenbaum collection features a delightful blend of pure fir needle and rosemary essential oils that make skin super-soft and provide a perfect holiday scent! Made in Atlanta, find the soap for $9.50, the scrub for $16.50 and the lotion for $9.50 here.
When the entire staff of The Cosmetic Market is raving about a product, you know it is one to consider. These hand and nail creams are fan-favorites thanks to their ability to handle dry hands. Shea butter and natural oils promise long-lasting moisture and smooth hands. Toss one (or three) of these into stockings this season. They are $10 each at The Cosmetic Market, with locations in Nashville, Atlanta and Chattanooga.
BBC Travel + Starter Sets
Gift the guy in your life an all-over experience with Tame the Beast’s travel and starter set. The collection includes soap, lotion, beard oil, body wash, shave cream and more — all in approachable, easy to carry sizes. Get the set for $19 here or shop the complete collection of Tame the Beast products here. Tame the Beast is based in Nashville.
Give the gift of peace and warmth with this lavender vanilla oil perfume. With pure essential oils and golden Jojoba oil, it makes for a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Find it for $14.99 at Peace of the Earth in Louisville, or online here.
Farm 2 Face Candy Cane Lotion
This candy cane lotion comes complete with a red and white gingham bow making it presentation ready. We love its silky smooth texture with scents of vanilla and mint, all made on a farm in the middle of Georgia! Find it online at Farm 2 Face for $7.50.
Escape to Sugar Lip Set
The Escape to Sugar Lip Set includes four moisturizing lip balms in sheer or pink tints. These best-selling lip balms will protect, nourish and plump your lips! Coming in a cute case, this makes a great gift for beauty lovers. Find the set for $37 ($51 value) at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, with locations in Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte.
Brittle & Bark Set
Southern artisan chocolate brand Olive & Sinclair always has a sweet solution to the holiday gift-giving quandary. Prime example? Their Brittle & Bark Set. At an affordable $47, you’ll tempt the taste buds of your nearest and dearest with a box each of bourbon nib brittle, smoked nib brittle and peppermint bark. Grab the gift here.
Rendezvous gift bag
A Memphis classic, the Rendezvous gift bag gives a little taste of what the iconic restaurant has to offer, featuring a bottle of mild barbecue sauce, a bottle of hot barbecue sauce, a bottle of Rendezvous’ famous seasoning and a bag of barbecue popcorn, all inside a reusable Rendezvous tote bag. Find it for $15.95 at Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous in Memphis or available to ship online for $30 at hogsfly.com.
Magic unicorn sprinkles
First off, everything’s better with sprinkles. Second, unicorns are everything. So magic unicorn sprinkles by Atlanta’s own Beautiful Briny Sea must be the pinnacle of all that’s good in this world. Drop a scoop in your milkshakes, pancake mix, cookie batter, you name it. You’ll absolutely have a magical mood lift. Promise! Get a 24 oz. jar with scoop for $20 here.
FOR THE PETS
Is your pet a little party animal? Celebrate them with a fun collar tag that expresses their personality. Find this one and more like it for $8 at The Southern Barker in Louisville or online here.
Give your doggo a dapper holiday look with this Trish Hampton tartan plaid bowtie. The snap strap means it’s easy to connect to any collar, and the catcalls are a given! Find it for $20 from Southern retailer Dog & Co.
True South Puzzles
Personally, we love puzzles. Three SBers (the term we use for our StyleBlueprint team) are currently tackling three different True South puzzles, and we are all hooked. The Southern jigsaw puzzle company creates original puzzles that are nothing short of entertaining. These puzzles are also made in the U.S., and independent artists create the designs. Shop the puzzles, starting at $26.95, online.
Emperor: The Perfect Penguin
For the animal lover on your list, this gift is sure to garner plenty of “awwwwwwww”s! Emperor: The Perfect Penguin, published by ACC Art Books, is a new release by photographer Sue Flood, who documents these majestic penguins’ incredible — and lengthy — journey across the Antarctic tundra. Learn more about this delightful book here, and then pick up a copy at your local bookstore for $39.50.
The note jotter in your life will most definitely treasure this duo of small notebooks. Each one clocking in at 64 pages, these are perfect for carrying in a purse, keeping on a nightstand or having in your car for when those fleeting thoughts need to be captured. Find them at Oxford Exchange in Tampa, or online here, for $10.
In the Company of Women
New York Times bestseller In The Company Of Women offers inspiration and advice from female makers, artists and entrepreneurs. Give this fabulous read — and smart coffee table book — to the doers and dreamers on your list! Find this book for $35 at your local bookseller.
Few things make a gift feel more special than the personalized touch of adding a monogram. Now in SB Shop, you can order a set of monogrammed stationery made by WH Stationery, based in Spartanburg, South Carolina. With nine different monogram styles, four ink colors and four paper choices, you can select something special and individualized for each recipient on your list. Find the set of 12 personalized notecards in SB Shop for $28. Note: Orders must be placed by December 17 for delivery by Christmas.
Monogram sunglass straps
Giving a gift with a personalized touch is always special. Order these handmade leather Clayton & Crume sunglass straps from SB Shop for $32 with any monogram for a practical and sharp guys’ must-have! Note: All orders must be placed by December 17 for delivery in time for Christmas. Clayton & Crume is based in Louisville.
May your days be merry and bright — and all your holiday shopping be a breeze!
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