Have no fear, you don’t need to spend a fortune on your friends and family to find the perfect gift this holiday season. We’ve put together a list of 50 gifts, each for less than $50, from our favorite stores found right here in Nashville. Not only will everyone love these gifts, but your wallet will certainly thank you as well. Use this list as your go-to holiday gift guide when shopping for loved ones this season (or find a few things for Santa to bring you!). Happy shopping!
50 Under $50: Your 2018 Guide to Affordable Holiday Shopping in Nashville
FOR THE HOME
This beautiful nativity scene is the perfect holiday work of art for any home. We adore the small size, color and thoughtful detailing. Marketplace Interiors offers works in multiple sizes, but this little one immediately caught our eye. Find this piece, and more, at Marketplace Interiors for $48.
Make someone’s house even happier by gifting them this set of “Happy House” flour sack napkins. These everyday dinner napkins can be used for holiday entertaining and for continual use year-round. The napkins are available in sets of four for $38 and can be found at Home Inspired.
A new arrival to our favorite French market, Little Gourmand, these soaps are designed to look like macarons. The scents include tea leaves, ginger and white tea, sweet violets, powder puff, roses and leaves, and fruit delights. The set of 12 soaps, which includes a teapot soap dish, is available at Little Gourmand for $46.99.
These candles, which are filled with liquid, offer a new way to bring real candlelight into your home. The candles are refillable and everlasting — and look like wax candles, without the mess. Brilliant, huh?! Multiple shapes and sizes are available starting at $35 at AshBlue. You, and to whomever you gift these candles, will be blown away by how realistic they look.
Charlotte-based artist Anne Neilson is well-known for her Angel Series. Fine art notecards showcase her eye-catching work and make the perfect place to write a thoughtful note to loved ones. Find a box of 24 notecards in a keepsake box at Margi’s Chair & Chair Alike for $42.
These beautiful frames are the perfect way to showcase memories. Fill the white marble, gold-edged frames with photographs of loved ones for a truly memorable gift. The frames are available in three sizes (shown below) starting at $26 at Providence Interiors.
Add a simplistic touch to the walls of any home with this oblong wall art by Nashville artist Daron Frazier from The Collected Nest! Head to the shop located inside GasLamp Too to purchase this size for $46, and also check out varying sizes in his collection, including a 3-by-3-inch and 6-by-6-inch, beginning at $26.
Personalized dish towels
A personalized dish towel is the perfect hostess gift — especially if paired with a bottle of wine. Customize a classic white dish towel at The Paper Place for $22. The turn-around time is two weeks, so be sure to order soon!
This season, Habit has put together two gift baskets for easy gifting. One features an Eberjey sleep mask, socks and slippers. The second includes Sweet Grace laundry detergent, bar soap and hand cream that all have a wonderful, light aroma. The gift baskets are available at Habit for $48 each.
Whether someone is new to the neighborhood, moving away or feels a little homesick this Christmas season, these Ella B. candles from Boutique Bella are the perfect gifts! Give the scents of home when you choose from eight different neighborhoods, including Sylvan Park, 12South, Brentwood and more, for $26 each.
Each holiday season, small works of art are placed on the shelves at K. McCarthy. This year, we have our eye on this winter scene with snow-capped evergreens. Find this stunning work for $50 at K. McCarthy.
FOR THE FASHIONISTA
Simple and chic, this structured leather clutch is a versatile gift that is ready to hold all the essentials in style. Like all Nisolo products, this clutch is handmade in an ethical factory they own and operate in Peru. The almond coloring makes this clutch all the more elegant. Find it at Nisolo for $48. Nisolo also has a robust online presence if you need to order from your phone/laptop.
The newly opened Goodwin in the Buchanan Arts District 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.
With a shoulder strap and wristlet, this Vignette leather bag truly does it all. Choose from a variety of colors to match with any ensemble, and you’re guaranteed the perfect carrier for all your essentials. Snag one for anyone on your list for $38 each.
Guitar string bracelets
Tell a friend or family member, “Someone from Nashville is thinking of you” this Christmas with one of these bracelets made of guitar strings available at Copper Penny. Find them in silver and gold and varying in price from $16 to $48. These simple bracelets provide an elegant touch that any gal would love.
Sequin ball earrings
Kick off your holiday party-going with these fabulous sequin ball earrings from e.Allen Boutique. Rest assured that these lightweight statement pieces will pair perfectly with just about all of your holiday outfits and plans. For $34, this pair of earrings will have you purchasing in bulk for everyone on your list and ensuring you also snag some for yourself!
Pom pom hats
We don’t have to wait until late December to know that Nashville can see some harsh winter temperatures. Gift one of these pom pom hats from Elle Gray for $32, and even the coldest days can look chic!
Private label bracelets
New year, same Christmas wish list item. SVM Boutique‘s private label bracelets make great stocking stuffers, teacher gifts or post-gift wrapping treats for yourself. These beaded accessories are handmade in Nashville, with a new selection of winter styles making our choices even harder. Shop at the store’s Brentwood and Nashville locations to get this local favorite find for $26.
FOR THE ONE WHO NEEDS PAMPERING
Farmhouse Fresh gift basket
No need to stress over curating a gift to pamper when you shop this Farmhouse Fresh® gift basket from Sanctuary South. Choose from Lavender Harvest or Apple Harvest, and bundle the freshest fall scents of dreamy hydrating lotion, soap and a bath fizzer all packaged and ready for $30.
We love holiday party hopping, but we don’t love the way that the heavy products and constant heat can damage our hair during this season. Thankfully, Shine Salon is coming through with a remedy from davines® to cure all kinds of hair care needs. Choose from six different specifically targeted uses, and The Circle Chronicles will make for the happiest gifting story! We’re visualizing the perfect stocking stuffer for just $9.50 each.
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.
Soap and hand cream
This Fruits & Passion Cucina set of cleansing hand soap and regenerating hand cream will be a lifesaver for anyone who is clocking serious time in the kitchen this holiday season. Snag this dynamic duo in a countertop holder for $30 from Maxi B. Home and give magical relief for that busy hostess you know!
R+Co shampoos & conditioners
With bottles like these, we’re thinking that cosmetic gifting is better looking than ever. These glam shampoos and conditioners from R+Co are now available at Harper & Olive for prices varying from $24 to $30. Allow someone to indulge a little in their haircare with treatments for improved moisture, texture or even a touch of “big and bouncy” volume.
Apropos Day Spa presents its special body butter filled with vitamins and anti-oxidants that will deeply hydrate, soothe and nourish your skin. This Christmas, give someone a well-deserved luxury pampering with any one of these body butters, for $17 each, that also pair perfectly with the spa’s cuticle creams, bath fizzes and more. The only hard decision is which scent to choose!
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.
We’re not sure that we know any woman who couldn’t use a little compartmentalizing when it comes to travel — especially during the holidays. These playful and practical travel bags from Stacey Rhodes Boutique will help organize all of the jet-setting essentials and provide a real smile under the tree. The bags come in two sizes and vary in price from $16 to $24.
FOR THE HUSBAND, SON, BROTHER OR BEAU
These goodr® running sunglasses from Fleet Feet will be the perfect gift to get ahead of those New Year’s resolutions. These super lightweight shades are polarized to protect from the harshest rays, built to grip your face while you move and even come in a variety of fun colors. With prices varying $25 to $35, these well-priced sunnies will make a unique gift for any runners out there. Don’t worry gals, they also come in styles for women!
These faux leather stitched lighters from Epergne are just the thing for guys … that they didn’t even know they needed. Pick one for any and all the men in your life, priced at $40 each, and you’ve got the gift that will be hard to beat. Choose from a variety of striking handle colors for a lighter that is anything but boring.
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!
We’ve always seized any possible opportunity to find a great graphic tee, and these vintage Elvis tees from POSH are no exception. Guys (and girls — they are unisex!) will love this comfortable cotton shirt, available at the store’s Hillsboro location for $35.
FOR THE KIDDOS
Plaid Rabbit specializes in unique gifts for children and babies, but this magic wand particularly caught our eye. For only $28, it will turn your tree lights on and off at the click of a button! Kids immediately fall in love with the wand, and parents love it just as much. We aren’t the only ones who love this gift, so hurry to purchase one before everyone else does!
Rubber duck soaps
These precious rubber duck soaps from Corzine & Co. are just the stocking stuffers that little kiddos will love! Choose from a police officer, cheerleader, sailor, unicorn and more, all for $7 each, and you’ll have the biggest hit this Christmas.
These wooden toy cars from Arcade are giving us all kinds of nostalgia this Christmas. Little kiddos will have a blast putting these festive guys on the track for a head-to-head race. Head to the Hillsboro Village store to buy one for $39!
True South puzzles
Personally, we love puzzles. Three SBers are currently tackling three different True South puzzles, and we are hooked. The local jigsaw puzzle company creates original puzzles that are nothing short of entertaining. The puzzles are also made in the United States, and independent artists create the designs. Shop the puzzles, starting at $26.95, online or locally.
Christmas cookie box
Cookie decorating with your clan has never been so easy (or adorable). Order your box from Hey Sugar!, which includes cookies of varying holiday shapes, piping bags of icing, sprinkles and sugar shakers, googly eyes and red candies. Choose from two sizes of boxes, priced at $25 and $50, to start making festive memories with the entire family!
FOR THE ENTERTAINER
Ridley’s Games Room games will keep the entire family entertained over the holidays. You can choose from a handful of games, such as pop music quiz, travel quiz, food and drink quiz and, a personal favorite, Ding It. The fast-paced question game is tougher than it sounds. You are given 10 questions and must answer each, without a different answer and without saying “yes” or “no.” This game deserves a place under your tree. Find it at White’s Mercantile for $18.
Christie Cookie combo
The only thing that goes together better than milk and cookies is hot chocolate and cookies! Gift this sweet combo with the help of Christie Cookie Co. The Deck the Halls cookie tin, $27.99, includes 12 cookies, an assortment of chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut and oatmeal raisin. Paired with the hot chocolate mix, $15, this is a winning gift. Find the combo at Christie Cookie Co.
These artisan salts will be just the unexpected gift for any cooking aficionados you know! Purchase at The Kitchen Nashville for $17.95 each and walk away with quality salts that will allow your recipient to taste all the finest dishes. Explore the selection of different flavors of the gourmet seasoning, and you will be rethinking all your salting.
In the midst of a season when the home sees more foot traffic than ever, a great welcome mat is absolutely essential. This $42 “you have arrived” mat from OAK Nashville is the perfect gift for the person you know who is always opening his or her door. Best of luck with wrapping!
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 place mat 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.
Before you hit your holiday party, head to Green Hills Corkdorks to pick up a bottle of the CVNE Rioja Reserva 2010. This excellent hostess gift is a certifiably outstanding Wine Spectator pick for $34.99!
FOR THE FRIEND WHO HAS IT ALL
During a visit to Longevity Boutique’s new Germantown location, we spotted these fun and funky water bottles by bkr. The glass water bottle has a silicone sleeve with spikes, for the gal with personality. bkr is a champion for clean water and promises a product that is vegan, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, food safe, formulated without gluten and made responsibly. Find these bottles at Longevity for $40.
Barefoot Dreams® scarves
There’s no gesture quite like the gift of a Barefoot Dreams® scarf to tell someone you love them this Christmas. This seriously crowd-pleasing scarf will be everyone’s new favorite seasonal accessory. Choose from pewter, graphite, sand and cocoa (or just snag one in every color) for $46 each from Sew What? Gifts.
King’s Home is a ministry out of Alabama that provides refuge for women fleeing domestic abuse. Give someone a tree accessory that not only looks good but also supports an important cause when you purchase any one of these handmade ornaments from Raine for $14 to $16 each.
Though we’re certain that these sparkling tumblers from Apple & Oak are perfect year-round, we’ve got our eyes fixed on them as the perfect gift for that New Year’s hostess. Purchase the set of two plastic cups for $28 to seriously dazzle someone’s bar!
Book lovers, this book is for you! The pages are filled with colorful and fun illustrations that showcase bookstores around the world, must-read books and workspaces of famous authors. Book lovers will spend days exploring all this book has to offer. Find it at The Bookshop (formerly Her Bookshop) for $24.95.
Even those people who may typically be averse to investing in thought-provoking games will love this United Eats of America puzzle from Hey Rooster. Buy it for $18 from the store’s location on 21st Avenue, and hopefully, they will let you track down Washington’s missing salmon.
SB Shop presents you the hostess gift that will be a big hit indeed. For $30, give some Music City love with a set of 12 assorted HiFi cookies. This particular “The Hits” assortment features four flavors inspired by classic childhood treats (think your Cosmic Brownies and Cocoa Krispies) as they take on the namesake of famed musicians like David Bowie and Biggie Smalls. Note: All orders must be placed by December 19 for delivery in time for Christmas.
These Lettermade fine linen cocktail napkins are the sweetest festive touches to a holiday gathering. Purchase a set of four Nutcracker napkins for $48 at SB Shop, and you will never look at cocktail accessories quite the same. Also, check out the other available styles such as the golden retriever, the champagne bottle, Oprah and more for the perfect year-round gift! Note: All orders must be placed by December 19 for delivery in time for 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 19 for delivery in time for Christmas.
Happy holidays and happy shopping!