Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves: We are approaching peak gifting season. Some of us have been waiting all year for this moment, listening to the small hints and clues dropped by our friends and family for the presents they want the most, eager to surprise and get it just right. And some of us... well, let's just say some of us are less organized.
Whatever camp you fall into—whether you have a closet full of already-wrapped gifts ready to go, or are just starting to realize that it's not summer anymore—the reality is that there are people we left off our initial gift lists, or people who have stumped us in identifying the ideal present, or people we just met who we'd like to celebrate with a token of holiday affection. For all these circumstances (and more: Think friendly postal worker, regular barista, favorite colleague, next-door neighbor), we've put together a handy guide to the gifts in our Shop that are all under $50 each. There's something for everyone, without breaking your budget.
For the Top Chef
No home cook is going to say no to a new sauté pan. Or a new ceramic baking dish. Or new potholders. Or a new set of nestable prep bowls. Or...
For the Pro (and Not So Pro) Baker
Whether they're making their own croissants on a Wednesday morning or have just made their first loaf of soda bread, these presents will upgrade their oven game in no time.
For the Perpetual Potluck-er
You know who we're talking about: that friend who always shows up to every party with the perfect snacks or salads or desserts. It's a habit we're not mad about... and in fact, would like to encourage with these gifts.
Felted Knife Roll
Table in a Bag
For the Early Riser
If they're up early, they might as well get the benefit of a delicious homemade breakfast. (That's why people wake up early, right? For the waffles.)
For the Mixologist
Raise a glass to the cocktail connoisseur in your life with these spirited gifts.
For the Coffee-Lover
At home or on the go, the true coffee lover will not compromise their beverage of choice. These two gifts won't either.
For the Tea Drinker
Tea time can happen in the quiet of an afternoon or the crowded bustle of a subway car. Either way, we've got just the thing.
For the Commuter
Whether they travel by train, plane, or automobile, help them get there fully caffeinated, fed, or buzzed.
Carry-On Cocktail Kit (Set of 2)
Airtight Storage Container Set
For the DIY-er
Help them take "homemade" to the next level with these clever kits.
The Homemade Gin Kit
For the Gardener
From the gardener with a serious green thumb to the plant-challenged, these gifts will get them growing.
For the Beer Enthusiast
We recommend you give these gifts to your favorite beer enthusiast, and then start singing, "Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of beer, you take one down, pass it around, ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall! Ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall..." Everyone loves that gag, we swear.
For the Cookbook Junkie
Some people collect Precious Moments figurines, others collect cookbooks. (Can you guess which camp the Food52 staff falls into?) No disrespect to porcelain novelties, but we're pretty into these bookish gifts... if that's not bragging.
For the Snacker
Sometimes the best gift is a snack. Because who doesn't like a snack? And sometimes the best gift is a tool for better snacking. Because, as we've already asked: Who doesn't like a snack?
Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet
For Someone You Really Don't Know That Well
We've all got someone (or someones) in our life who we don't know that well but we still want to put down on our holiday list. These are the perfect gifts for all those people.