35 Food, Bev, and Entertaining Gifts for Under $50

You can do better than a Starbucks gift card. You can. We are speaking directly to you, person googling “cheap gift ideas.” A budget-friendly holiday gift doesn’t have to mean a peppermint bath bomb or a scented candle (which, we would argue, is an extremely personal gift you should only present to someone with whom you share olfactory intimacy). This holiday season, give your loved one the gift of not having to drop off that chenille scarf at the nearest Goodwill. We will help you! Below you’ll find unique gift ideas for the food lovers on your shopping list, none of which are over 50 bucks. Several are even under $20. There’s an elegant and minimalist olive oil carafe, psychedelic coasters, and pretty-yet-practical wine bottle stoppers that make for excellent stocking stuffers. Behold, our under-$50 gift guide.

A few favorites…

Resin Coasters

Iconic Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce has works in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Pompidou Center, the Met, and—soon—the living room of your Uncle Marcos. These hand-poured resin coasters, which Pesce designed in the ’90s and come in an array of color options, look like melted Jolly Ranchers.

Table-Mates by Gaetano Pesce for Fish Design

Made In Coffee Mugs

These red-rimmed coffee mugs have a classic diner look, but they also manage to feel modern. Get them for the recent college grad, or someone on your list who’s setting up their first home.

Made In Red-Rim Coffee Mugs

Cookie Shot Mold

Forget tequila shots. These molds will allow the baker on your list to DIY Dominique Ansel’s famous cookie shots. Let’s hope they immediately bust into this gift and let you reap the benefits of your gift-giving in the form of a warm cookie slicked with chocolate and filled with milk.

Binchotan Anti-Odor Dishcloths

The problem with dishcloths, especially if you live in a humid climate, is that they stink up the whole kitchen after a week’s use. Not so with this kitchen towel, which is made of cotton and rayon infused with binchotan, a type of charcoal that has antibacterial and odor absorbing properties.

Nawrap Binchotan Dishcloth

The Stanley Cup

Is this the year’s trendiest gift? Quite possibly. Your Very Online friends have likely already been influenced to purchase this cup (or are drawing a hard line and opting out of this trend cycle), but we think it’d make a great gift for your mom. Tell her she has the internet’s favorite hydration vessel. She’ll love it, especially in a bright, fun color or in the pastel tones preferred by beautiful influencers.

Stanley Quencher Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler

Dash Waffle Maker

Speaking of kitchen gadgets that made the rounds on TikTok, this Dash waffle maker churns out cute mini waffles and understandably had a viral moment. If you’re skeptical whether a waffle maker this inexpensive ($13!) could actually work, that makes sense. We’ve tested it, and while it doesn’t live up to the GOAT All-Clad waffle maker, it makes very serviceable mini waffles that go down easy and look adorable. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer.

Seed + Mill Artisanal Halva Trio

You really haven’t lived until you’ve had the halva from New York-based purveyor Seed and Mill. It’s flaky. It melts in your mouth. It’s crunchy. It’s everything. Every flavor is delicious, and this sampler pack will allow your loved one to try a variety: salty dark chocolate, pistachio, and chocolate coconut.

Seed + Mill Artisanal Halva Trio

Caudalie Lotion

People who love to cook do more dishes—there’s just no way around that. Give the person who’s perpetually on washing-up duty the gift of a luxurious skincare gift to soothe their hands after rigorous scrubbing.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream

Le Creuset Mini Cocotte

Sure, you’re on a budget this holiday season and can’t give a full Le Creuset Dutch oven. But what about a delightfully charming mini version? This tiny Le Creuset is perfect for your friend who frequently cooks for one—with it, a solo baked egg dish on a weeknight suddenly feels extra special.

Le Creuset Mini Round Cocotte


Full of warm spices like clove and ginger, this ruby-hued liqueur is a spin on sorrel, a Caribbean hibiscus drink with roots in West Africa. Founder Jackie Summers, who grew up steeped in the culinary traditions of his Bajan grandparents, is the first Black person to hold a distilling license post-prohibition, and this low-proof (15% ABV) labor of love has been years in the making. We think it’s a perfect component for a wintry punch.

Double Walled Decorative Mesh Bowl

A fruit bowl, but make it glamorous.

Nifty Solutions Bronze Decorative Mesh Bowl

Daphnis and Chloe Wild Thyme Flowers

Bring spark to your spice rack with these Greek thyme buds that taste like a flowery oregano. Try them in marinades, crushed over olive oil-drizzled feta, or make your own herbal tea.

Daphnis and Chloe Wild Thyme Flowers

Cedar Fish Trivet

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Pura Macha

Salsa machas are oil-based condiments that combine chiles with, often, nuts or seeds. You can count on these three varieties from Masienda (we also love its masa) to add heat, depth, and texture to everything from eggs to tamales. The guajillo, cranberry, and hazelnut variety will liven up even the blandest holiday bird, while the revelatory arbol, nori, and sesame blend pulls inspiration from Japan.

Rabbit Bottle Stoppers

You could give the gift of a bottle of wine, or you could give the better gift of a bottle of wine plus these silicone bottle stoppers. They have an airtight seal to keep bottle contents fresh, and they come in a variety of colors—proving that gifts under $50 can be both utilitarian and nice-looking, too.

Rabbit Rabbit Bottle Stoppers, Set of 2

Photo by Ted Cavanaugh

Nordic Ware Jubilee Bundt Pan

A great cake never goes out of fashion, but that doesn’t mean the classic Bundt pan couldn’t use a makeover. This geometric pattern is one part disco ball and one part Deco, and all those nooks provide plenty of pockets for glaze to pool.

Nordic Ware Jubilee Bundt Pan

Beeswax Food Wraps

For the sustainably minded cook, these reusable food wraps made with cotton and beeswax can replace plastic wrap—and they’re pretty enough to gift to the family member who loves their coffee pods and single-use water bottles without it feeling like a pointed comment.

Designworks Collective Geo Beeswax Wrap

Acid League Vinegar Kit

We’re hard pressed to single out one of these four vinegars as the best of the gift set, but we will say that the spicy, vegetal Garden Heat variety punches up a Bloody Mary. If that’s not holiday self-care, we’re not sure what is.

Emile Henry Butter Pot

That friend of yours who stores their butter in the dairy drawer in the fridge has no idea that they can have softened, spreadable Kerrygold on demand. Give the gift of buttery bliss with this clay pot. It’s simple, it’s pretty, it’s life changing.

Popcorn Bowl with Kernel Sifter

This popcorn bowl comes with a genius attachment to sift out any un-popped kernels for your movie-night snack. But, its elegant shape makes it appealing as a serving vessel for salads and sides, too.

Popcorn Bowl with Kernel Sifter

Iris Hantverk Dough Scraper

Iris Hantverk employs visually impaired craftsmen in Sweden and Estonia to make its traditional brushes and other housewares. ​​A dough scraper is an essential tool for bakers, and this one, made of birch and stainless steel, comes with a hole in the handle for easy storage on a pegboard or hook.

Iris Hantverk Birch and Stainless-Steel Dough Scraper

Fly by Jing Salsero Spoon

Fly by Jing’s salsero spoon, features a baseball-size marble sphere that serves as the handle for a wooden spoon. Pop the spoon in the jar and the orb acts like a lid for your chili crisp (or other shelf-stable condiment). Buy just the spoon or, for nine dollars more, a set that comes with a jar of Fly by Jing for your little sister who never got that rock tumbler she always wanted.

Fly by Jing Salsero Spoon

Junto Oil Bottle

You can’t very well keep that three-liter tin of Frantoia on your counter. Instead, decant your olive oil into this handsome terracotta bottle, which is ribbed for your aesthetic pleasure.

Peanut Butter for Dogs

Who needs Netflix when you can watch your dog trying to figure out how to get frozen peanut butter out of the kong? But grocery store varieties are loaded with sugar, salt, and additives that your pooch doesn’t need. Big Spoon’s Coconut Chia Wag Butter contains just three high-quality ingredients—peanuts, chia seeds, and coconut—that are full of healthy proteins and fatty acids without the filler.

Hasami Porcelain Plate

These minimalist Japanese ceramics will make it look like you have your life together. $50 will net you three matte black plates in different sizes that can be nested together as a set or used separately. Dishwasher safe.

Dreidel Jewel Pops

Dreidel dreidel dreidel, I made you out of clay sugar and strawberry flavoring. Even if you lose all your gelt at the Hanukkah party, these wearable lollipops ensure you’ll still go home with candy.

Dee Best Dreidel Jewel Ring Pop

Mẹ’s Way Chili Sauce

This list contains not one but three different chili oils hailing from various countries, so for extra credit consider throwing them all in a tote with a dozen eggs. Mẹ’s Way differs from the others in its use of fish sauce, which lends a deep umami note to the hot peppers and fried garlic. It’s available in 8- and 16-oz jars. Get the 16.

Bolé Road Tea Towel

These gorgeous striped kitchen towels, which come in warm sunset tones or shades of blue, are woven in Ethiopia from 100% cotton. You can never have too many.

Photo by Alex Lau

La Gritona Reposado Tequila

This reposado is distilled by a team of women using 9 to 10-year-old agaves from the highlands of Jalisco. After resting in wood for 8 months, it’s decanted into these eye-catching bottles, which will upgrade the lucky giftee’s home bar in more ways than one.

La Gritona Reposado Tequila

Fishwife Smoked Tinned Fish

A fancy car with a big bow on the hood? Sure, if you like that kind of thing. High-qual tinned fish? Now that’s a thoughtful gift. Fishwife’s beautifully packaged smoked salmon, trout, and tuna are the ultimate luxe-yet-cheap Christmas gift and are delicious in pastas, on toast with soft scrambled eggs, or eaten straight out of the tin with a squeeze of lemon. Buy them individually, or opt for the bestseller three-pack.

Askinosie Chocolate Covered Malt Balls

For the Whoppers and Maltesers enthusiasts out there, these artisan malt balls are coated in single-origin dark chocolate made with cacao from Tanzania.

Askinosie Chocolate Covered Malt Balls

A Mushroom Throw Blanket

For your foraging foodie friend (say that five times fast), opt for a cozy mushroom-themed throw blanket.

Vintage Mushrooms Woven Blanket

Bluetooth Speaker

This rechargeable waterproof speaker has a surprisingly long battery life and offers a lot of bang for its buck in terms of sound quality to size to price ratio. The perfect gift for your friend who’s always packing a picnic on the weekends, and needs some portable music (or for the friend who cooks in eerie silence in their home kitchen).

DEAL: JBL Go 3 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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This piece was originally published in 2018 and updated in 2022 and 2023.

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