No matter how you celebrate this year, the holidays will continue to feature the annual standbys: good food, awkward conversations with relatives … and our annual holiday gift guide. More than ever, it is important to shop local. Nashville businesses make things simple with online ordering, curbside pickup and safe in-person shopping. From a handwritten note that says ‘I love you’ to a one-of-a-kind ornament, there are plenty of ways to spread holiday cheer — and these 50 ways are all under $50.
50 Under $50: Your Ultimate Nashville Holiday Gift Guide
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
Because we want to cover our mouths and stay stylish, bandanas have become a wardrobe staple. Made by Otis James for Noelle, this bandana belongs under the tree this year. Find it (and so many more gifts) for $45 at Keep Shop in the Noelle or online.
‘Tis the season to bundle up! Scarves remain a go-to gift that never disappoints. Buy this scarf and check your cousin, mother, sister or friend off your shopping list. Snag the style for $48 at e.Allen, or visit their online store to shop.
Skiers, hikers, bikers and runners have fallen head over heels for Darn Tough socks. Made in Vermont, the socks are comfortable and durable for every kind of activity. Any hiker would be delighted to find these in their holiday stocking. Snag a pair for $22 at Fleet Feet.
Hats are the accessory that fashion girls can never really get enough of. Help them better their collection with this Havana Nights hat from SVM Boutique. A timeless style with a classic leather band ensures they’ll wear it with just about everything. Find it online and in-store for $42.
When hunting for stocking stuffers for the men in our lives, we always turn to the sock selection at Johnston & Murphy. Any sock-wearing Nashvillian can appreciate these guitar socks. Find these for $16.
Guys and gals will recognize the style and practicality of this knit cap. Made in the U.S. and proudly boasting the logo of imogene + willie, it’s a gift any Nashvillian will look forward to wearing during the colder months. Find it online or in their 12 South store for $36.
Here’s hoping we can travel freely again in 2021. This luggage tag is both functional and fashionable. Made with high-quality goatskin leather, the bold pink color will help your recipient easily identify their bag. Find it online or in-store at Epergne for $35.
Each year, we look forward to overindulging on Olive & Sinclair’s peppermint bark. Dark chocolate and buttermilk white chocolate are layered and topped with hand-pulled, all-natural peppermint candies. Yum! A container is $19.99 in-store and online.
Cozy up with a cup of rich, chocolatey goodness. In addition to the expected cocoa powder and sugar, Bang Candy Company’s cocoa mix includes a dash of cardamom to give the sweet drink a touch of spice. Shop Bang Candy’s hot chocolate mix ($15) and homemade marshmallows (starting at $6) at their Marathon Village store, online or through Batch.
Those who prefer tea to hot cocoa and coffee will enjoy this fragrant, spicy chai tea with a kick of cinnamon. Plus, the tea bags are non-toxic and biodegradable. Pair this gift with a bouquet of flowers from Amelia’s Flowers. Their blooms and gifts, including the tea ($15.99), are available online and in their storefront at L&L Marketplace.
Goo Goo Clusters
Give a classic taste of Music City this holiday season with Goo Goo Clusters. The beautiful snowflake tin includes six original, six pecan and six peanut butter Clusters. Yum! Find the set for $48 at SB Shop.
Entertainers will welcome a beautiful new way to elevate their tablescapes with these blush candlestick holders. Buy one or purchase multiples and pick out candlesticks in a cool color to go with them. Ranging from $45-$55, find them in multiple sizes at FLWR Shop in Belle Meade or online.
Wine tags make a smart stocking stuffer that will always come in handy. Grab an extra set and keep them on hand for your next wine night. A pack of eight includes two of each saying: Liquid Therapy For ____, Property Of ____, Keep Full For ______, and If Found, Refill & Return To ____. Find these at AshBlue or online for $10.
This Bethlehem star ornament from Houston-based artist Barbara Biel will shine brightly on any tree. Gift the handmade ornament to someone who will enjoy its beauty each holiday season. Duke’s General Store, located inside White Bridge Auto Wash, is a goldmine of gifts, so be prepared to shop while you await a clean car!
Give the gift of kitsch and nostalgia with this poster from Hatch Show Print’s vintage series. At one time promoting — and today commemorating — Elvis’s weekend line-up in Jacksonville, FL, way back in 1955, this poster is a stellar gift idea for the music purist on your gift list. It is available online for $25.
Shopping just got more stylish with this market bag. Ideal for errands or a trip to the farmers’ market, the bag can carry everything from produce to products. Find it at Sage Refill Market for $10, and stock up on beauty and kitchen goods during your visit. These make great stocking stuffers for adult kids!
Give this as a stand-alone gift, or tie it to a bigger present as a gift tag. The handmade ornament symbolizes peace and promise. Support Handmade Studio TN and buy this gift for $24 from their online store.
Setting the table, using nice napkins, and opening a good bottle of wine are all ways to make dinner in feel as special as dinner out. These playful placemats from Hester & Cook might be the special touch all of our tables need this season! Find them for $29 in stores and online.
Give the gift of focus! The holiday season is full of distractions, but this candle gives a good reminder to slow down and focus on what is important. Ranging from $14-$25 depending on size, this all-natural candle, with clary sage, lavender and chamomile, is available at The Clarity Shop.
XPayne’s works reference past and contemporary influences and feature colorful depictions of culture. The “Temptations Forever” print immediately made us smile, and we think it would make a groovy gift. Buy it framed for $26 (originally $51.99) on Society6.
A local graphic design studio known for paper goods and invitations, Tenn Hens created a handful of home goods featuring their hand-drawn designs. The Holly Jolly Nutcracker cups are colorful, shatterproof, and dishwasher safe — all for $20 on their site.
We think a candle snuffer would look nice on a mantle next to a new candle. Stuff it in a stocking, or gift it with a Paddywax candle. Either way, it’s a simple gift they aren’t likely to get from anyone else. Find it at Paddywax for $15.
Wine is our go-to hostess gift, but we are keeping a few of these gold corkscrews on hand to give, as well. The gold-plated, double-hinged-arm corkscrew is a small-but-mighty holiday present. Find it at the Living With Landyn Store for $24.
Love & Lion takes temporary tattoos to a new level, and these glow-in-the-dark tattoos are out of this world. We have already ordered a few sheets to use as stocking stuffers. Before you check out, explore the other styles. Each sheet comes with seven temporary tattoos for $5.
Le Petit Chef set
If you have a budding chef in your life, gift them this starter set from Le Petit Chef. The set includes a finger guard, a kitchen knife and a peeler — all safe for young’ns. Find this gift at Coutelier for $50.
Snack time just got a lot more fun! Give these to your favorite little person who has a thing for dinosaurs. Each one in the set of four features a different creature ensuring excitement with every sip. Swing by to shop and pick up the glass pack for $36, or shop online.
Tooth Fairy kit
When little ones lose their teeth, the Tooth Fairy will arrive shortly thereafter. Fuel the anticipation of this special visitor with this Tooth Fairy kit, which comes with a well-dressed mouse wearing a backpack ready to store lost teeth along with a matchbox and a metal heart-shaped tooth box. Find this mouse for $32 at Epergne and online.
Pacifier and mini clip
This gift is as much for the little one as it is their adult. January Moon sells beautiful pacifiers (who knew that was a thing), and the accompanying pacifier clip keeps it from hitting the ground. Buy both for $34 total at January Moon.
Little Legends Alphabet
Introduce your little ones to legends like Stevie Wonder, Malala Yousafzai, Louis Braille and Anne Frank with this book. What an excellent way to learn a little bit of history and the ABCs. The Little Legends and Country Legends books are available at White’s Mercantile for $24.95.
Put kids in charge of their own packing, and make it easy with this cosmetic bag that has enough space to hold a growing collection of bath and beauty products. Find this for $40 (and more tween-appropriate gifts) at Perfectly Plaid and online.
The Life of Dolly Parton
Who doesn’t love Dolly? This book celebrates her remarkable life and music career. She tells her life story while highlighting 175 of her songs and sharing previously unpublished images from her personal and business archives. Snag this treasure for $50 at Parnassus Books.
The Immigrant Cookbook
In addition to their leather goods collection, Nisolo introduced The Ethical Marketplace to showcase products from like-minded brands. In addition to fashion accessories, home goods, and kitchenware, you will find The Immigrant Cookbook, which celebrates the “many ethnic groups that have contributed to America’s vibrant food culture.” Beautiful photos and recipes by renowned chefs from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe fill this book’s pages. Find it for $35.
Many of us have discovered our green thumbs this year, and those who garden will take advantage of the 100 garden-focused recipes in this book. Additionally, explore how top chefs utilize ingredients from their garden. The must-have book is available for $40 at the Happily Grey store and online.
Hopefully, 2021 will allow more opportunities for travel and celebrations with loved ones. Your giftee can plan ahead with this datebook by Julia Rothman. As they keep track of their obligations, they can thumb through the pages of illustrated information, how-tos, and advice designed for fans of nature and art. Discover the book at The Bookshop for $19.99.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Give the gift of softer skin with these artisan bath salts. Available in three blends, the salts help moisturize and heal (coconut), reduce inflammation and improve circulation (mud), and detoxify (salt). The salts are available in two sizes for $10-$30 at Gilchrist & Gilchrist.
Your body may be noticing fewer massages this year. Help alleviate stress and tension with these massage balls that enhance joint movement, relieve pain, increase circulation and calm the nervous system. They are almost as good as the real thing. The trio is available for $28 at Longevity Boutique and online.
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Alba 1913’s galenic daily formula moisturizes and nourishes hands while building a protective shield against environmental stressors. We could all use a daily squeeze of this stuff! Stock up on this hand cream for $18 at The Cosmetic Market (also available online).
Many sleepers have had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep this year. Give the gift of a good night’s rest with a silky soft eye mask from H. Audrey. The $38 eye mask is 100% silk and gentle on the skin. Who’s ready for bed?
The impact that lash tinting can have on the eyes’ appearance is indisputable. This holiday season, gift someone beautiful, enhanced eyelashes with a lash tinting session from Wax Pot Studio. The simple session yields impactful results that last long after the holidays. Get a lash tinting for $30.
Little Seed Farm’s elasticity serum is a favorite for all skincare needs! Gift a skincare routine that will brighten and detox skin, and pair the serum with a rose quartz facial roller for a gift that keeps on giving. Shop the gift set for $39.99 (reg. $49.99) online.
Perfect for the busy college student in your life, this zipper-top pouch easily fits makeup, accessories and toiletries. Customize it with your recipient’s sorority letters and fill it with her favorite products for an extra personal touch. Find it for $39 at SB Shop.
Nutritive luxury gift set
Give the gift of stunning locks this holiday season with this luxury gift set, which includes a night hair serum and hair oil, both of which work to nourish dry hair. The result is stronger, shinier, softer hair. Find the set for $49.50 at Style House Salon.
KNC Beauty masks deliver hydration and glow. This three-pack of bio-cellulose face masks hydrates, brightens and soothes. The Big Drip is enriched with naturally hydrating extracts, the Big Glo is full of naturally restorative, moisture-boosting extracts, and the Big Chill calms and soothes to reduce redness and irritation. Grab all three for $28 at Lemon Laine.
Hydrating hair masque
Innersense’s mask is packed with moisturizing shea butter and monoi oil, and it conditions and restores hair without weighing it down. Product junkies will appreciate its natural, non-toxic ingredients and how well it works. We discovered the product at Pure Sweat Sauna Studio. Treat yourself to a sweat, and grab a tube of this for $30 on the way out.
Simple gold jewelry is great for the gal who has it all. This skinny paperclip bracelet can be worn alone or layered with other pieces. It is one of the only pieces available for $50 at Moda Nashville, so don’t let this one slip through your fingers!
These are the perfect-sized hoops for everyday wear. Judith Bright’s mini hoops come in gold, sterling silver or rose gold for $33. Plus, you can add a stone accent piece for a pop of color for an extra $20. Snag a pair of these from one of Judith Bright’s Nashville-area locations or shop online.
Dainty ring stacks work as everyday jewelry or paired with bigger pieces for a special occasion look. Give this petite stacking ring by Christina Kober to a lucky someone on your list. It is available for $48 at Consider the Wldflwrs and online.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on stylish accessories. This pearl and coin combination necklace makes a statement, and at $45, it’s totally affordable. Shop the piece at The French Shoppe or online.
A contemporary alternative to the classic hoop style, these earrings are a holiday must-have. Choose from sterling silver or gold, and grab an extra pair for your jewelry box. Find them in Clemmie Jewelry’s Etsy shop for $40-$45.
Jewelry wearers need a place to store their bracelets and rings. These handmade concrete holders are stylish enough to keep on display. They are sold as a set and come in black, white, black and white, grey and white, or marble for $36. Shop online.
Here’s to supporting local and affordable gift ideas. Happy holidays!
*Update: an item was inadvertently left on here that was over $50 as our first item. Our apologies. This has now been removed.
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