It's that time of year — when you're tasked with finding something that will put a massive smile on your SO's face. And who doesn't enjoy seeing their boo's face light up when they open the gift they so thoughtfully picked out? The internet is a goldmine of great ideas, but admittedly, it can get a little overwhelming scrolling through the hundreds of portable speakers or grooming kits on Amazon. Don't fret, though: I've rounded up an array of gifts under $50 to buy your partner for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa that are sure to be a hit.
The first step to finding the right gift is simply thinking about what makes them happy. Have they been listening to a lot of new music lately? Do they end every workday with a craft beer? Did they drop a not-so-subtle hint about
needing to focus on self-care? Whatever the case may be, if you can find a present that speaks to their current priorities, you're on the fast track to blowing your partner away.
looking for a gift that's more practical or just plain fun, here are a handful of ideas that they'll definitely want to brag about on their Insta Story.
these two truffle-based sauces are used in Michelin-star kitchens, it's safe to say that they're the perfect gift for the bougie foodie in your life. Your boo is bound to be drizzling this black truffle ranch and Sriracha all over just about everything — from french fries and wings to salads and eggs. Plus, you'll be supporting a Black- and woman-owned small business.
For The Healthy Home Chef
Reviewers love this air fryer for its compact size. It’s also easy to use and clean, making it a great gift for your partner (even if they’re not a huge cook).
What better time to give your hair some much-needed TLC than while hibernating for winter? If your SO's been complaining that their strands get dry during the colder months, this organic, superfood-inspired set of hair masks may just provide the perf solution.
For The One With Their Head In The Clouds
This amazing little device will allow your SO to transform their boring old bedroom into a celestial wonderland. Using lasers, the BlissLights Sky Lite projects a dreamy blue nebula cloud speckled with drifting green stars onto walls and ceilings, so your recipient can use it to create an otherwordly environment in any room. Pro tip: use it on your next date night in to enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars.
For A Bona Fide Wine Lover
Switch up their go-to drink with this fizzy Pinot Noir, a festive choice for the holiday season. With aromatics of citrus blossom and fresh pomegranate, and a subtle blackberry finish, it's just the kind of thing your SO will want to sip on while cozying up by a fireplace to binge another Netflix series with you. If you're lucky, maybe they'll share a can. Oh — and if your partner is more apt to drink white or rosé, Bev has you covered there, too.
With this kit, your SO can whip up the perfect matcha right at home using the bamboo whisk and adding their go-to milk for an instant iced or hot latte. One reviewer claims: "This stuff is so amazingly smooth and rich — not bitter or grassy or too earthy... legitimately I have dreams about this matcha." Besides, you'll also be supporting a Black- and woman-owned business by buying this kit.
Things just taste better when you make them yourself, no? This kit contains all the ingredients and equipment your partner needs to brew tasty IPAs, including 100% malt extract, specialty grains, high-quality yeast, and Summit and Cascade hops sourced from Washington state's Yakima Valley. Best of all, while the ingredients will only brew 1 gallon or 10 12-oz. bottles, the equipment included can be reused many times.
For The Sweet Tooth With Dietary Restrictions
Whether your partner is gluten-sensitive, lactose-intolerant, or has a peanut or tree-nut allergy, these delectable cookies (made by a Black-owned bakery) are safe to enjoy. They're even free of soy, GMOs, and artificial preservatives and flavors.
Since it's tough to choose from all of their tantalizing flavors, send them this sampler pack to try them all: Crunchy Chocolate Chip, Carrot Cake, Double Chocolate Chip, Gingersnap, Birthday Cake, Soft-Baked Cookie Butter, Triple Chocolate, and soft-baked Chocolate Chip.
Beard maintenance is no joke, but this kit can help your SO to keep their facial hair soft and healthy. The hand-crafted grooming products include a beard shampoo, beard balm, and beard oil all made from naturally hydrating ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, and avocado oil. Oh, and did I mention the fresh, woodsy scent? Their stubble will be looking supple in no time.
Give your partner the gift of flawless skin this holiday season with this innovative facial brush for next-level cleansing, which was designed by a Black-owned company. The benefits to this tool are basically endless — using sonic pulsations, it removes dirt, oil, and impurities; massages and stimulates the skin for a healthy glow; and improves the absorption and penetration of any skincare products. Also, it's water-resistant and comes with a luxe velvet carrying bag, so they can use it in the shower or take it on the go.
This multi-tasking bottle serves as both a brewer (for cold brew, pour-over, and
tea) as well as a travel mug. So, whatever cold or hot beverage your boo is craving in the morning, they can streamline their routine and take their bev to go. Thanks to a thoughtfully designed lid and double-walled insulation, it's spill-proof and will stay hot or cold for hours.
Your SO doesn't actually need to have a phenomenal singing voice to enjoy
this machine, which turns any car ride into a fun karaoke extravaganza. Whether you're using it at home to spice up date night or taking vids on a road trip to upload to TikTok, the possibilities are endless here. All you need is a Bluetooth connection and access to an empty FM radio station to start belting out your favorite jams together.
For The Amateur Photographer
Want to help your SO
take their Instagram pics to the next level? Amazon's best-selling phone camera lens kit should do the trick. Whether your sweetie is snapping selfies, capturing vacation memories, or taking portraits of their pets, these high-quality lenses can minimize reflections and lens flare, as well as capture more details with precision focus. Not to mention, the LED light clips included can be used to illuminate any subject with warm, natural-looking continuous light for more flattering shots.
For Your Favorite Bartender
Whether your partner prefers cocktails or mocktails, this book can be a great option to add new recipes to your repertoire — 70 new recipes, to be exact. This book is a detailed (but not overwhelming) guide for anyone who wants to start diving into mixology. Plus, it’ll complement your bar cart aesthetic.
The holidays can be stressful, so who couldn’t use a little pampering? This kit has everything you need to embrace self-care and relaxation. Plus, there’s nothing cuter than a matching face mask selfie.
No matter what your budget is, at the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts. By prioritizing your partner’s interests when picking out a gift for them, you can show you care without breaking the bank.
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