14 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. 

Find more Christmas goodies on our dedicated page. And, take the legwork out of your Christmas shopping by checking out the Real Homes team's top 50 Christmas gifts for 2018: we want them (and so will you and your friends and family). 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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10. Give a luxurious bath mat for dreamy bath times

What bath time is complete without stepping onto a lovely, fluffy bath mat? We bet these gorgeous Bath Mats by Esprit will make a great addition to even the most luxurious of bathrooms. Available at Modern Rugs. Priced £39. 

Bath Mats by Esprit

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11. Champagne coupes for a chic celebration

There's a world of difference between giving them yet another set of basic wine glasses from your local supermarket and gifting a couple of really gorgeous, handmade champagne flutes or coupes. The Isla Fluted Champagne Coupes By Rowen and Wren are absolutely stunning and will fit right in a stylish Mid-century scheme. A set of two costs £34 at Not On The High Street.  

Isla Champagne coupes by Rowen and Wren

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12. An indoor watering can that is as pretty as a sculpture

Ok, this one costs the full £50, but just look at it: made from solid copper, shiny and so elegant. The Haws Indoor Copper Watering Can from Farrar and Tanner is as gorgeous as it is functional and durable. A perfect gift for a gardener, or just someone with a couple of indoor plants. 

Haws Indoor Copper Watering Can from Farrar and Tanner

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13. A versatile woven rug to brighten up any room

A rug is an excellent gift that your recipient will almost certainly find useful in one room or another. No need to choose an expensive one, in case they don't fancy it enough to make it the centrepiece of their living room. 

The White and Gold Woven Cotton Jacquard Rug from Maisons du Monde is 80 per cent cotton and comes in a mellow combination of soft pink and white that will cheer up whichever room they decide to put it in. 

White and Gold Woven Cotton Jacquard Rug from Maisons du Monde

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14. A chic desk lamp to update their decor

Lighting can really transform a room, and lots of side lights are always better than just spotlights or one pendant light. So, even if they've already got lamps, there's no reason not to give them more. 

We like Baldwin Task Lamp in Pewter from John Lewis; practical and chic, with a slightly industrial/Mid-century look. 

Baldwin task lamp in pewter

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