9 best Christmas gift ideas under £50

Impress loved and friends with gifts that cost less than £50 – but look like a million quid

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Lots of Christmas shopping to do on a tight budget? Have no fear: Christmas needn't break the bank with our pick of the best gifts under £50. From the classics – think lovely mugs and cashmere socks – to more unusual options, we've got festive shopping covered. 

1. Pick a crafty kit 

The perfect gift for someone who is good with their hands and likes quirky, boho home decor (thinking teens upwards), the Lottie Lou DIY Macrame Kit from the Wool Couture Company is a beautiful wall hanging and fun activity in one, for just £28. 

Lottie Lou DIY Macrame Kit

(Image: © Lottie Lou)

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2. Give the old glasses gift an eco-friendly twist

Giving a set of glasses – a bit predictable? What if they're eco-friendly glasses, made from recycled glass? Much more interesting. We like the recycled glass range from John Lewis, from £5 per glass.

recycled blue glass glasses and jug by John Lewis

(Image: © John Lewis)

3. Give the gift of relaxation with a bath oil set

There's nothing like a relaxing aromatherapy bath, especially in winter. Nothing beats a fragrant oil from Aromatherapy Associates, and you can let them choose their favourite scent with their Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection, £40.

Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection by Aromatherapy Associates

(Image: © Aromatherapy Associates)

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4. Pick luxurious cashmere socks

Cashmere socks are a time-tested gift option; unlike a cashmere jumper, they won't cost the earth, but will still impress your recipient. Our favourite are the Supreme Cashmere Socks from Soak & Sleep, £28. 

Soak&Sleep - Supreme cashmere socks in mauve, £25

(Image: © Soak & Sleep)

5. Don't give up on the good old mug gift option

There's nothing wrong with gifting a mug – it just has to be that extra bit more special than what they already have. Pick one that has an interesting pattern and a quality finish, and they will love it. 

Our pick is the prettily patterned Insect Mandala Coffee Mug from the Curious Department, £20. 

The Curious Department - Insect Mandala coffee mug, £20

(Image: © The Curious Deparrment)

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6. Pick a personalised take on travel accessories

Personalised gifting is right on trend, and it does make a classic gift, such as a passport cover, that little bit more special.

We like these colourful Personalised Leather Passport Covers from Etsy

Personalized Leather Passport Cover from Etsy

(Image: © Etsy)

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7. Beautiful stationery is chic and affordable

Luxurious stationery is the perfect gift for anyone who works from home and takes frequent notes. The look and feel of a notebook or writing paper really does make a difference. 

Mix and match different items from Chase and Wonder, with prices from £15. 

Chase and Wonder stationery

(Image: © Chase And Wonder)

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8. Pick a hand pampering gift set

Of all beauty gifts, a handcare set is the safest – and the most gender-neutral. After all, everyone wants beautiful, soft hands, so indulge them. 

We love the Art Deco Gift Set by The Handmade Soap Company – it looks amazing, and has everything anyone needs to treat their hands. 

The Handmade Soap Company We're For Hands giftset

(Image: © The Handmade Soap Company)

9. Make magazine storage a joy with a chic rack

Now that they've subscribed to Real Homes magazine, they'll need to keep all those copies somewhere...But seriously, magazines can be difficult to store, since not all bookcases accommodate the magazine size. Give them a stylish magazine rack that will look like a trendy accessory.

We love the playful Ecru Fabric Magazine Rack from Maisons du Monde. The only potential downside is that your cat might think it's their new bed. 

Maisons du Monde magazine rack

(Image: © Maisons du Monde)

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