Christmas gift guide: Gifts under $50
1 Desk calendar
The ideal gift to have on hand for a colleague is an always-needed desk calendar. But don’t just give a plain, boring black and white version. Calendar pages filled with stunning imagery will inspire and let your co-worker get in some much-needed dreamtime with each new month. EyePoetryPhotography on Etsy, $24.69.
Stick to your shopping budget with these 10 Christmas gifts under $10.
2 Personalized pillow
Nothing is better than giving a gift that has a personal touch. If you don’t have the time to whip up a batch of your friend’s fave cookies, squares or brownies, getting them a personalized throw pillow that they can use all year long is another great option. Think beyond just names on the pillow and add words they love, a song or book title, or a simple heart. Etsy, $41.11.
3 A little greenery
Many of us have a gardener (or would-be gardener) on our Christmas shopping list. And the ultimate traditional holiday gift to give is one that keeps giving, weeks after they receive it – paperwhite bulbs that will sprout and bloom into a fresh scented flower. Pretty and elegant. Crate and Barrel, Set of 10 paperwhite bulbs, $37.73.
4 Monogrammed candle
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Nothing beats a personalized gift. What hostess wouldn’t love a signature candle to add some ambiance to her home during the holidays? This three-inch cube candle in creamy white fits any decor, and the added bonus of it being unscented means you don’t need to worry about allergies or sensitivities. Bonus: The monogram on this holiday candle is included in the price. Pottery Barn, $38.30.
5 Leather iPhone case
Men can be tough to buy for, but nothing could be easier (and more manly), than this rustic leather iPhone case. This rich cognac coloured case, which also has a faux suede interior, will keep his iPhone protected and safe for years to come. The size also makes it ideal for a last-minute stocking stuffer too. Pottery Barn, $25.09.
6 The ultimate fleece throw
This Christmas, give the gift of Canadiana. The Hudson’s Bay Company’s fleece throw, boasting the company’s iconic multi-coloured stripes is a wonderful, cozy gift for anyone on your list! The Bay, $40.
7 Wood picture frame
Everyone loves a great picture frame, and everyone loves displaying their favourite images in their home (family, pets, vacations … the list goes on). This elegant wood frame with nickel-plated corners adds a slight rustic edge to any decor. Williams-Sonoma, $49.
8 A funky bowl
For the adventurous, fun-loving, eccentric person on your list, spruce up their kitchen or dining room with this sassy red bowl. It adds a punch of colour, festiveness and practicality (you can see all the fruits and veggies you put into it). Ikea, $29.99.
9 Champagne flutes
With so many reasons to celebrate over the holidays, a set of whimsical champagne flutes will be an ideal gift for anyone on your list. It’s an even better gift if you plan on welcoming the New Year with them. These flutes come in sparkly silver or gold. Indigo, Gold Set of 4, $36.50.
10 Book holders
Owls are everywhere at the moment, from home decor to the fashion runways. These stylish bookends are a delightful mix of retro and modern and will house must-reads for the New Year and conjure up memories of classic woodsy tales. Indigo, $39.99.