Holiday shopping can be overwhelming, not to mention expensive. So to save you time, stress and a few bucks, we’ve pulled together a fantastic list of gifts for under $5o, all found locally! Whether you need a sweet something to give to your in-laws, a cool gadget for your favorite teacher or a thoughtful gift for a hostess, there are so many great, affordable items to be had this season. Take a look at what we’ve discovered at some of your favorite boutiques and local businesses!
BEAUTY & BATH
No-Shave November has come to an end, and the fellas who are going back to beardless will welcome this gift. The natural, bamboo-infused shaving products make for a useful gift set and will leave the guys’ faces feeling fresh and conditioned. The set includes shave cream, cool after-shave and some Beardition swag. $36 at Beardition. Beardition products are also found at local retailers including White’s Mercantile, OAK Nashville, Batch, Cheekwood’s gift shop and many more!
Nashville cosmetic case
This specifically designed LOLO cosmetic (or for anything really …) bag in collaboration with Corzine & Co. is sure to bring a smile … and lots of use! Just $35 and highly durable! You will only find this at Corzine & Co. and it measures 8 x 5 x 3 inches.
For the gal on your list who knows makeup is no joke, this is the perfect gift. The canvas pouch features a cheeky quip that is likely masking a bit of truth. Find it Finnleys Good Findings for $30.
Lip gloss set
What girl doesn’t love a great lip gloss? With this Bobbi Brown gift set, you can enjoy three versatile colors that will last you all year long! Available at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics for $49
Nail polish set
We love it when Essie releases a new nail polish color for the holiday season. This winter, try one of these four festive shades, which can be purchased as a set for $17 at The Cosmetic Market.
Delicates wash care
Washing unmentionables can be a delicate process. Beloved Intimates carries The Laundress line from New York that makes washing your favorite lacy pieces a breeze. This would be a great gift for a sister or girlfriend, as once they experience this wonder product, there is no going back! Available for $6 to $20
Hoodie Tennessee T-shirt
Layer this up or have it go solo on our warmer winter days, but one thing’s for sure, at $42 you’re among the best gift givers out there with this score! This gem is made locally by Little Bits Nashville and found in Sylvan Park at The Willow Tree!
Instead of a T-shirt that says Nashville, how about one that throws in our nickname, the one we had before we were Music City USA: Athens of the South! It’s smart and local and sure to be loved! Local company HoodShop makes these for $25 out of the softest material around!
Tennessee pride baseball shirt
Not only is this shirt from DCXV super cute on the front, it has the number “16” on the back, for the 16th state to join the union, and it says Tennessee across the back. Unisex sizes to appeal to all! $30 from DCXV
Willie Christmas sweatshirt
Project 615 makes this fun sweatshirt, and we know there are plenty of cool guys and gals that can pull it off. Embrace your inner Willie and this Americana mixed with Christmas gray sweatshirt for $44.95, and know that your purchase has philanthropic ripples in our community. Buy Project 615 items online or at Pieces Boutique, Native + Nomad, OAK Nashville, Music City Marketplace and more.
Bee Peaceful (and cute!)
In a season that brings so much fun but at a frantic pace, many of us would love a reminder to “bee peaceful.” Bee Attitudes also makes a more on-theme shirt that says “bee jolly” that’s pretty darn cute, too! This hoodie tee is $48.
This festive tee from Snap Girls is the perfect Christmas gift for any little tike in your family. Spread some holiday cheer with this jolly Santa. Available for $48
Faux shearling vest
Lizard Thicket Boutique has super cute things in stock for winter, but this faux shearling vest will get you through the season of endless holiday parties! Available for $36.50
These scarves are thin enough to wear all day, but still keep the chill off your neck when you go outside. Find all these plaid options at Pieces Boutique for just $20 each and your friend will have a gift she really loves!
JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES
Give one — or give many — of these fashionable and fun bracelets. While they are snazzy enough to stand on their own, we think they look best when stacked and layered. Gals of any age would be glad to receive one of these bracelets as a holiday gift. Pick out your favorite one for $32 at e. Allen Boutique, located in the Gulch.
Geometric stud earrings
Earrings have a way of adding instant polish to even your most casual outfits. A geometric pair like these from Boutique Bella would look just as good running around town in leggings and tennis shoes as they would with a new dress worn out on the town. Available for $48
Judith Bright jewelry is known for its use of semiprecious gemstones that can be paired with everyday wear or a special occasion getup. The pieces range in price and size and the Uno rings are small with a small pricetag. The gemstones are wrapped on a hammered band that is lovely enough to be worn alone, or stacked with others. $48 at Judith Bright
Tassel necklaces have been huge this fall season and the trend does not seem to be going away. For the stocking of that niece, sister, daughter, aunt or mother who doesn’t have one (or maybe just as a treat for yourself!), SOCA has tassel necklaces aplenty. Available for $28.50.
We are seeing mismatched earrings appear more and more in our favorite boutiques and Habit is no exception. You can buy gorjana earrings to showcase the letters of your name, a friend’s, or even StyleBlueprint! Available at Habit for $18 per letter
Barbour coats are a classic staple in the wardrobes of many Southern men and women. And what is a Barbour coat without a plaid scarf to finish the style? Cumberland Transit has the Original Tartan Barbour scarves for $50.
Keep your hands cozy during the winter season with these pretty knit mittens from Emmaline. They are not only functional, but also fashionable! Available for $48
Christie Cookie gift tin
Give anyone on your list the gift of sweet cookies with a note of team spirit. The Christie Cookie tins are emblazoned with team logos and come filled with chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. These cookies are handcrafted with the highest quality ingredients and love. $34.20 at Christie Cookie Company
Wine bottle toppers
A bottle of wine makes for perfect gifting (and check out this great list from Harvest Wine Market of wine under $15) but adding one of these adorable wine toppers makes the bottle all the more festive! Just $15 each at Harpeth Gallery — check out their new location on White Bridge Road next to Jersey Mike’s!
Our friends at Gus Mayer and Dessert Designs have teamed up to make your Christmas season delicious and easy. Dessert Designs has wrapped its fabulous toffee in festive colors for Gus Mayer this holiday season. You can pick up a tin for $22 at Gus Mayer’s new store (in the old Chico’s location).
Save the holiday’s best recipes with these adorable tin boxes from The Paper Place. It’s an easy way to keep all of your favorites in one place. Available for $35
You know the friend you have that really wants some healthy juices to counteract all the sugar, fats and dairy found everywhere this time of year, right? Tell her you understand with a gift box from Juice Nashville! You can even have it delivered. $40
12 Days of Christmas … Tennessee towels
This towel changes the familiar lyrics to say “A Partridge in a Magnolia Tree, Two Grand Ole Opry Singers, Three Lightning Bugs, Four Fathers of Rock, Five Golden Guitars, Six Beale Street Players, Seven Smoky Mountains, Eight Graceland Gawkers, Nine Dollys Dancing, Ten Antebellum Homes Sleeping, Eleven Titans Tackling, Twelve Civil War Reenactments.” Found at Fabu for $12
These succulents are beautifully displayed in antique cachepots at Gilchrist Gilchrist. Each one is unique, with the smaller ones priced at $35 and the larger at $45. Who wouldn’t enjoy the ease of a succulent, especially when potted as prettily as these are!
Woodland Spruce candle
Made by local company Southern Firefly, these Woodland candles smell like the season! For $37 each, pick some up from Merridian Home Furnishings (remember they are now located on Sidco Drive!).
Leaving your plastic lighter out is a bit of a decorating fail. Just sayin’ …. As many of us only have ugly lighters or matches, a gift of a elegant lighter will surely be welcomed! Choose from many options at Epergne for $34.
We all have friends who love to decorate with deer antlers. There are a ton to choose from at GasLamp Antiques, Booth 150, from $42 to $45. Add a plaid bow, and you’ve just made someone very happy!
Speaking of deer antlers … how about these festive ice scoops?!
With holiday cocktails cheering up large gatherings, ice is something that we go through a lot of during the holidays. Your friends do, too, and this ice scoop makes for a great gift that they will be grateful for each year when the season rolls back around. Because it’s not necessarily Christmas or Thanksgiving, it has a longer life span in the ice bucket than just a few weeks! Found at T.W.O for Home for $19
Citrus soy candle
Give a gift that gives back. The Rescued Wine soy candles, made with all natural materials and placed inside recycled glass, send a portion of their proceeds to local animal shelters. Available at Winston Dog for $29
Introduction to Entrepreneurship starter kit
Looking to kick-start a business of your own? The Skillery’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship Starter Kit is here to help. With the workbook and tools they use in the one-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshops, you can take DIY approach to learning business basics. Their method is approachable, effective and road-tested by entrepreneurs (inlcuding Mary Mooney of Mary Mooney Designs). For a limited time, the kit is available for $49 online and shipping and gift wrapping is free.
Nashville rocks glasses
Help anyone on your list elevate their bar with these etched rock glasses. Everyone loves to show a little Nashville pride while imbibing in their favorite whiskey, bourbon or scotch. Each glass is sold individually at White’s Mercantile, in 12South, for $25. Grab a pair and gift these to a Nashville – and fine spirits — lover.
Coloring books for adults
Studies have shown that coloring provides a calming effect, so give the gift of relaxation with a grown-up coloring book. Choose from several options at Hot Pink in Brentwood. We loved this seasonally appropriate option for $15.99.
For a fun twist on list making, try using a chalkboard pencil ($14 for a pack of 8) on a chalkboard notepad ($11) and add some whimsy to a common chore! Sure to bring a smile to whoever receives this gift! Plus, it’s ageless … a 5-year-old or an adult will both find this gift useful and fun! Found at Hester & Cook
We spotted these adorable little ceramic dishes at Raine. They’re perfect for the bathroom counter to hold your rings, or to place on a side table, where they’ll, quite simply, look cute! Choose from letters or a variety of objects, like this whimsical bunny. $6 each
‘Tis the season for an extra slab of butter on your plate. Set your holiday table with these cute and clever butter dishes from Tin Cottage. Available for $18 each
Flexible linked vases
These linked vases would be a great addition to any table. Filled with a sprig of holly at Christmas or the first daffodils that brighten a yard in the spring, this Flex Vase from Color would be a gift for which friends would thank you season after season. Available for $32
These small plates from AshBlue would make a fantastic gift. Etched and glazed with care, these plates are the perfect size to add the finishing touch to any desk or coffee table. Available for $30 in various colors
Anne Neilson note cards
Talented Charlotte, NC, artist Anne Neilson has transformed her popular images of angels into lovely note cards that would make a great gift for anyone on your list this holiday season. The package of 24 cards is available at Margi’s Chair and Chair Alike for $42.
S’well water bottles
S’well water bottles have taken Nashville by storm. We are seeing them everywhere in all colors and sizes! K. McCarthy has some fabulous metallic shades that we love — and your friends will, too! The best feature? This size is large enough to hold a regular-size bottle of wine! Available for $48
Let the neighborhood know your little one is coming with a Nutcase bicycle bell. In funky colors and styles, these bells put the finishing touch on bikes under the tree or in the garage this Christmas. Available at Pedal Chic for $15
Rainbow block set
Wish the littlest ones in your family a Merry Christmas with an adorable block set from Arcade. Friendly for little hands learning shapes, sizes and colors, this wooden block set will be a treasure for many years (and babies) to come. Available for $44
National parks book
Anderson Design Group has done it again with their creative illustrations of national parks around the country. This book would make a fantastic gift for any outdoorsman — or outdoorswoman — on your list! Available at the Anderson Design Group Studio Store for $49.95
Coffee table book
Lily Clayton Hansen was one of the featured authors at this year’s Southern Festival of Books. Her amazing book, Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations, shares stories from local creatives. Find it now at Absolution for $29.95.
Nothing says “I thought of you” more than a personalized item, and cups are sure to be used! Order a pack of 50 Styrofoam or stadium cups for $50 from Ink Nashville. Order 12-ounce or 16-ounce sizes. (If you choose more than one ink color, the price is higher.) Pretty fun, huh?!