Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas Under $50

Affordable surcees for everyone on your list


A colorful topper by Mer Sea fits the bill for a brisk winter walk, a firepit gathering, or a lazy day reading the paper in your pajamas. $29;


The folks at Stone Hollow Farmstead in Alabama are master canners, and one of their most beautiful, giftable edibles for Southern foodies can be found in their range of vinegars, including this fennel and bay leaf recipe that looks as stunning on the shelf as it tastes on the plate. $22;


These handwoven placemats by Minna will elevate even your weekend pancakes (and the woven fiber is mercifully low maintenance—no ironing!). $30 each;


A solid walnut muddler by Blanc Creatives—the ideal tool for whipping up shrubs and juleps—will easily slip into a stocking. $45;


A hard-working multi-tool is one of those gifts that keeps giving year after year. We’re fans of this design by Barebones Living, which includes six tools for everything from sawing to opening bottles. $45;


How’s this for a compelling ornament idea: a tiny ceramic tulipiere by the Enchanted Home. $15;


The beautifully curated, natural scents of the in-house incense collection at Richmond, Virginia’s Na Nin boutique make for a uniquely festive way to prep for a party or set the tone for a relaxing weekend. The surprisingly light combination of oud and tobacco particularly beguiles. $30;


Forget all those jokes about the banality of this kitchen essential. This version, by the artisans at KD Weave in Houston, is the softest, loveliest take on the item we’ve seen. If you’re picky about what’s in your pantry, add this. $28;


The G&G editors dreamed up this Southern trivia game, available at Fieldshop—great for a little post-holiday-supper competition. $50;


Leave it to Atlanta’s Ann Mashburn to make the ubiquitous eighties scrunchie cool and elegant just by sewing them up with her favorite Liberty cotton florals. $25;


For all the natural and clean beauty lovers on your list, try this salve rich in nourishing, antibacterial perilla seed oil by Good Juju Herbal, available by the case. Beyond the holidays, consider this for your future hostess gifts, too. $10;

Placecard Holders

These tiny Chefanie arboreal treasures remind us of Virginia’s Bunny Mellon and her love of all things topiary, and they’ll lend panache to the table all year long. $36 for four;

Pecan Bark

Pass a plate of this confection from Nashville’s Colts Chocolate Co. after supper for a  decidedly decadent combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans. $23;


Use these steel reproductions of old-school bushel baskets from Garrett Wade as coolers, planters, or to keep firewood and the stuff of life organized indoors. $50;

Taper Candles

Many wonderful entrepreneurial businesses were born out of the pandemic, including the marbled candle company Violet Rose. Formed by two sisters, the brightly hued creations lend a shot of life to mantels and tabletops. $28 for two;

Card Holder

This case for stashing cards from Orvis is simple, streamlined, and will only get better with age thanks to the bison leather construction. $49;


Send a delicious breakfast in the form of sweet potato and cardamom scones shipped fresh from Atlanta’s Seven Sisters bakery. They fall somewhere between a sweet potato biscuit and a cookie and taste heavenly toasted. $29 for six;

Bath Soak

The barely there jasmine essential oils in this Himalayan sea salt soak by Palermo Body will be the ultimate antidote to a stressful day. $32;


If you have to take notes for work, do it in a eye-catching notebook by Antoinette Poisson, crafted from reproductions of eighteenth-century paper from Paris. $45;


This stainless steel flask by Viski gets polished to a dark graphite finish that’s equal parts handsome and modern. $40;

Makeup Bags

Travel in both stylish and organized fashion with these colorful makeup bags by Printworks in green and navy. $28;


Speckled yarn and a faux-fur lining render these sock-like slippers live-in-them comfortable all season long. $30;

Travel Shuffleboard

Roll this travel shuffleboard set from REI out into the backyard, the living room, or the beach for instant entertainment. $40;

Eyeglass Case

Store your glasses with the kind of flair found in this silk design, hand-embroidered in Morrocco by Spirited Cloth. $50;


Big enough for a posy, small enough for a single bloom. In other words, this pretty piece by Biased Editions in England is sized just right. $50;

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