2016 Gift Guide: Under $50

When you’re out shopping for gifts, it’s easy to get carried away wanting to buy the best of the best for your family and loved ones but it’s also just as easy to feel defeated once you add up all the costs on your “To Gift” list. Fortunately, modern design is accessible at all price points (I should know, I find a lot of them on @designmilkeveryday!). If you’re on a budget like I am, check out my round up of gifts that are under $50. I promise they’re not all $49.99.


Pizza Cutter Riviera by Doiy \\\ $19
This Pizza Cutter is a quirky cool gift for the pizza lover in your life with its bike design in colors inspired by the French Riviera.


Custom Keytags by Various Projects \\\ $20
Make the ubiquitous key tag not as ubiquitous by creating custom ones based on the person you’re gifting! Warning: it’s slightly addictive. I just created these six and want to buy them all!


Untitled 4 Print by Jaime Derringer \\\ $44
Scout’s honor: Jaime didn’t put me up to adding this to my list. Ever since I saw this living room designed by Emily Henderson, I’ve been trying to figure out where I want to add this print in my own home.


Golden Ratio Temporary Tattoo by Josh Smith for Tattly \\\ $5 (for a set of 2)
I love and have gifted Tattly’s temporary tattoos before. They make great stocking stuffers and they’re a fun gift to receive. I especially love this for its simplicity and perfect proportions. ;)


Torrent Tumblr or Large Vase by btwceramics \\\ $44
Beautiful ceramics are, at least for me, one of those gifts that I would hesitate to buy for myself (“I don’t neeeeeed it…”) but wouldn’t think twice for gifting to someone. If you know someone like me, these tumblers/vases would be a pleasant present!


Makers Playing Cards by Art of Play \\ $15
If you’re like me and you have friends who are obsessed with board games, add this playing cards set to their arsenal of fun.


Crest Bottle Opener 4 (far right) by Fort Standard \\\ $48
While a bottle of wine is always a good gift for the hostess with the mostest, adding a bottle opener would be the cherry grape on top.


Brass Pencil by Restoration Hardware \\\ (on sale!) $17
Crafted in Tokyo, this writing instrument will make the average pencil look like a vintage heirloom, especially after the brass develops a patina over time.


Best Tee by Covert Subvert \\\ $29
This tee with its motivational message would be a great gift for the go-getter in your life.


Drink Rocks by Areaware \\\ $35
What are holidays if they don’t include some spirits? These Drink Rocks look cool while keeping your drinks cool and, most importantly, undiluted.


Cards by Punkpost \\\ starts at $6 (but your first card is free!)
And finally, if you’re really on a budget this year, don’t forget. Cards go a really long way. Send one using Punkpost, an app-based card-sending service that we’ve raved about before. The company sends cool, hand-written cards with extras like photos and confetti so that you can remind your favorite people just how awesome they are.

As the Lifestyle editor, Vy Yang is obsessed with discovering ways to live well + with intention through design. She's probably sharing what she finds over on Instagram stories. You can also find her at