50 Fabuless Gifts Under $50

Shopping doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are a few dozen thoughtful, affordable gifts to keep those on your list entertained, chic, organized, amused and beautiful.

Photos by Laura Petrilla

From sweet-smelling mango and green-apple soaps for less than $5, to a pair of Tory Burch flip-flops for only $45, holiday shopping can be a breeze without breaking the bank. Sometimes, not only do the best things come in small packages they also come with a small price-point. Check out these gifts for under $5 and more stylish and fun gift ideas under $15, $25, $35 and $50. Fabulous just got more fabuless.

Take a look at the online gallery at the bottom of the page to view all the great gifts listed here!


Mix It Up:
This dip mix in flavorful varieties including dill and spinach ($3.75/ea) by Mills is the perfect gift with “taste”. Available at Artistry.


Monkeying Around:
Wacky wind-up toy monkeys ($3.98)/ea) are the perfect stocking-stuffer. Available at Shadyside Variety Store.


The Write Stuff:
Handmade, wooden wiggle pens ($4.50/ea) in animal-friendly shapes such as a cat, giraffe and swordfish are noteworthy. Available at Artistry.


These rejuvenating vegetable soaps ($4.50/ea) in green-apple, mango, neem and rose scented fragrances are made with quality ingredients carefully crafted by traditional soapmakers in India. Available at Ten Thousand Villages.


For the Love of Chocolate:
Chocolove candy bars ($3.95/ea) come with a love poem tucked neatly inside the wrapping—sending a very sweet message to the one you love. Available at Chocolate Moose.


Tempting for Tweens:
Twilight, the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller by Stephanie Meyer ($10.99), is a good read for the young teenager on your list—it’s a vampire love story with bite. Available at Joseph Beth Booksellers.


The perfect office gift, Flip Shot Dartz ($13.95) by Zartz uses six flip-shot spring darts with two flip-off launch boards. Available at Shadyside Variety Store.


One Love:
Two hearts become one with these napkin holders ($15/ea). They can also be displayed as art. Available at Ten Thousand Villages.


Time for Fun:
These Tiny Tickers sports watches with a soccer face in blue ($12), crayons on red and a graphic, multicolored style band (both $13/ea), all by Toysmith, make telling time as easy as 1-2-3. Available at Joseph Beth Booksellers.


Sweet Treats:
Hot cocoa ($10), hazelnut praline biscuits ($8.50) and vanilla crème coffee select beans ($12.50) by Godiva are sure to become mouth-watering favorites. Available at Chocolate Moose.


Mama Mia:
This shimmery mesh maternity belt ($15) by Two’s Company can also be worn by a mommy-to-be as a scarf or a headband. Available at Becoming Mommy.


Bright Idea:
A candle set in moss-green ($13.50/set) by ArtFlorum makes a warm gesture. Available at Artistry.


Top This:
This white-and-silver star tree-topper ($8) shines bright. Available at Ten Thousand Villages.


A Real Page Turner:
Swing! ($12.95) A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder uses a multiphase animation process that inspires wonder and demonstrates that actions speak louder than words. Available at Shadyside Variety Store.


Man (& Woman’s) Best Friend:
This cat or dog cotton eye-pillow ($18/ea) is great for relieving stress. Warm either one in the microwave to be used as a heating pad, then place over your shoulder or leave one in the freezer to use as an ice pack and place over your eyes to relieve stress. Available at Ten Thousand Villages.


Basket Ball:
Have fun sharing these handwoven, 100 percent organic bamboo double-walled nesting baskets ($25/set of three) by Bambu. Available at Equita.


Fancy Footwork:
Kids love to have fun dancing around without their shoes. These cool socks for cool babies have gender-friendly variety packs for boys and girls ($25.95/set of six) by Jazzy Toes. Available at Becoming Mommy.


Bare Neccesity:
Lace thongs ($18) by Hanky Panky in a variety of playful hues are fun stocking stuffers for her. Available at Mia Boutique.


Put the ‘Art’ in Party:
Occasions ($20) by Kate Spade makes planning for the perfect occasion an expression of fun. Available at Joseph Beth Booksellers.


A Recipe for a Good Time:
This handpainted martini glass ($24.99) by Lolita makes good use of artistic expression, along with a tasty recipe for a Pittsburgh-tini on the bottom. Available at Macy’s.


Table of Content:
The Christmas Table, Recipes and Crafts to Create Your Own Holiday Tradition ($19.95) by Diane Morgan offers crafty ideas for setting a festive table display. Available to Joseph Beth Booksellers.


Nature Calls:
These animal-sound alarm clocks ($16/ea) by Streamline will get any sleepy head moo-ving. Available at Joseph Beth Booksellers.


Spread the News:
You can support fair-trade while gift-giving. This 4-ounce tin of 100 percent pure shea butter ($25/ea) is handcrafted in Togo, West Africa, packaged in Pittsburgh, and is produced in a woman’s cooperative under fair-trade guidlines. Available at Equita.


Spice, Spice Baby:
This Sugar and Spice recipe box ($34.99) by Keda Black has 16 individual recipe books inside using ingredients from hazelnut and coconut to lemon and mint. Available at Joseph Beth Booksellers.


Gold Rush:
Made of gold-filigree balls and glass beads, this triple-strung necklace ($34) sparkles. Available at Ten Thousand Villages.


The classic, grey cotton short-sleeve T ($34) by Neighbor Teaze answers the question: What neighborhood are you from? The design here reflects the Point Breeze neighborhood—with a little humor. Others include the North Side, Bloomfield, Squirrel Hill and ‘dahntahn’, to name a few. Available at neighborteaze.com.


Add Salt and Pepper to Taste:
Salt and pepper shakers in white cubes ($29) by Cake make a spicy little gift. Available at Perlora.


Luxx Be a Lady:
A silver compact ($29), a red-leather pill box ($21) and leather business-card case ($28) by Brighton are small luxuries. Available at Roberta Weissburg Leathers.


Hot and Steamy:
Used for rice or noodles, this green ceramic bowl ($28) with chopsticks by Flavour Design is a mealtime must-have. Available at Perlora.


One For All:
Grab onto this all-in-one wristlet ($32/ea) by Vera Bradley and never lose a cell phone, credit card or loose change again. Available at Littles Super Shoe Store.


Float Like a Butterfly:
These 100 percent organic cotton T’s ($32) by Loomstate with printed butterflies are sweatshop-free—an ethically chic way to “gift” back. Available at Equita.


Classic Cooking:
Give a great cookbook, such as this Jewish Holiday Cooking: A Food Lover’s Treasury of Classics and Improvisations by Jayne Cohen ($32.50). Available at Joseph Beth Booksellers.


High Five:
Long knit gloves ($34) by Steve Madden in houndstooth and cherry will get a thumb’s up. Available at Macy’s.


A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place:
Give this mini pouchette ($45/ea) by Longchamp in green pistachio, deep red or  deep purple—it can be used for makeup, toiletries or everthing and anything. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Bon Voyage:
Sapphire and emerald passport cases ($42/ea) by Tusk Ltd. with a boldly colored luggage tag ($25) bid a fancy farewell to the boring standards. Available at Roberta Weissburg Leathers.


Flip Out:
Fancy flip-flops ($45) by Tory Burch are all about fun in the sun for the winter traveler. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.


I Scream, You Scream:
Everyone screams for ice cream, especially if served in these multi-colored ice-cream bowls ($50/ea) by Adi Alessi with a stainless-steel spoon in the shape of a heart. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Band of Gold:
The blue and green speckled stones on this gold bracelet ($46/ea) by Susan Hanover Designs band together as a bunch or individually. Available at Carabella.


It’s in the Bag:
Get carried away with this spacious shoulder bag ($48) in hot pink. Available at Equita.


Lip Service:
This Lip Gloss Trio ($50) by Bobbi Brown (pink/glitter, sandy beige/shimmer, spun gold/shimmer) is worth a million kisses. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Keep cozy in this lime-green knit scarf ($48) by Echo Design. Available at Carabella.


Waist Not, Want Not:
A basic men’s leather reversible belt in black and brown ($45) by Calvin Klein makes for the perfect neccessity-accessory for him. Available at Macy’s.


Image Is Everything:
Capture someone’s favorite images in these hand-painted and handmade wooden frames (49.99/ea) by Bella Fiore with silk bow, stencil and Swarovski crystals. Available at Framework.


All the Buzz:
This bee-hive-shaped candle ($39.95) made from beeswax by Candle By The Hour has a burn life of 50 hours and even comes with bee accessories for added fun. Available at Artistry.


Inspire Peace:
Hanging from embossed leather, each serpentine-square stone tablet necklace ($50/ea) by Dillon Rogers is a gift of inspiration. Available at Mia Boutique.


These green paisley ankle wellies ($50) by Jeffrey Campbell are perfect for the gardener in your life or for adding splash to any rainy day. Available at Lucy.


Make a Statement...:
with everyday personalized stationery ($43.50/25 count) by Sarah Hawkins Designs in pink leopard and stitched floral design. Available at sarahhawkinsdesigns.com.


Eye Spy:
Uncover Laura Mercier’s Eye Colour Trio ($38) containing a highlight mid-tone and definer shade that glides on smoothly and evenly to provide rich pigment and shine. Available at Nordstrom.


Shoe In:
Black leather and canvas casual slip-ons ($45) by Keds with multicolored zipper make this pair an obvious winner. Available at Lucy.

The Stores

  • Artistry, 2613 Smallman St., Strip District; 412/765-2522
  • Becoming Mommy, 5833 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-9600, becomingmommy.com
  • Carabella, 328 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont; 412/828-2187
  • Chocolate Moose, 5523 Walnut St., Shadyside, 412/688-8800; 5830 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill, 412/422-2208
  • Equita, 3609 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/353-0109, shopequita.com
  • Framework, 5868 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-4940
  • Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2705 E. Carson St., SouthSide Works, South Side; 412/381-3600, josephbeth.com
  • Littles Super Shoe Store, 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/521-3530, littlesshoes.com
  • Lucy, 510 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont; 412/820-2410, lucyshoes.com
  • Macy’s, 400 Fifth Ave., downtown; 412/232-2000, macys.com
  • Neighbor Teaze, neighborteaze.com
  • Mia Boutique, 638 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont; 412/828-1600, miaboutique.com
  • Nordstrom, Ross Park Mall, 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, Ross Township; 412/548-4300, nordstrom.com
  • Perlora, 2220 E. Carson St., South Side; 412/431-2220, perlora.com
  • Roberta Weissburg Leathers, 5415 Walnut St., Shadyside, 412/681-8188; 527 S. 27th St., SouthSide Works, South Side, 412/488-8008, robertaweissburgleathers.com
  • Saks Fifth Avenue, 513 Smithfield St., downtown; 412/263-4800, s5a.com
  • Sarah Hawkins Designs, sarahhawkinsdesigns.com
  • Shadyside Variety Store, 5421 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/681-1716
  • Ten Thousand Villages, 5824 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-2160, pittsburgh.tenthousandvillages.com
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