Illustration by Richard Parry

Great gifts don’t always require you to splurge

Even though many of us are better off in some ways than we were in 2020, we’re still in the midst of a pandemic. And for a good number of people, that means this holiday season will, like last year, be about celebrating on a budget.

Luckily, there are still plenty of great gifts you can pick up before the holidays are over if you have a little spending cash in your wallet. Our budget-conscious gift guide features a variety of ideas that cost under $50, all of which are either thoughtful, entertaining, or incredibly useful.

Below, you’ll find personalized art prints illustrating what the Solar System looked like the day your loved one was born — or the minute you met your partner. Other suggestions, like Rocketbook’s reusable smart notebook, can help a friend or family member declutter their life and remain environmentally conscious while doing so. We even have a few literary staples on the list, as well as a smart garage door opener and a Bluetooth tracker that allows Apple users to keep better tabs on their belongings while on the move. Holiday travel is still a thing, after all.


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