The Best $50ish Gifts (That Used to Be a Lot More Expensive)

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Fifty dollars is just about the perfect amount to be spending on a gift — not too pricey, but more than you can spend on a novelty present too (see our $100ish gift selections here). But the best kind of $50 gift? The ones that used to cost a lot more — like a chef’s knife that was nearly double that amount, or a faux-fur vest that was three times as much. To help you find those last-minute gifts, we scoped out the best $50 online deals right now that used to cost a lot more.

An adorably striped iPhone case with feline personality from British designer Lulu Guinness.
Original Price: $58

A simple and handsome Fjällräven backpack with the signature fox insignia.
Original Price: $60

How fun and kicky is this multi-paneled faux-fur vest? For those polar vortex days.
Original Price: $144

Get them sassy while they’re young — a funky bird (with a bouffant?) holding cherries on a pale pink shirt by Marc Jacobs.
Original Price: $62

An off-white leather card holder from culty sneaker brand Common Projects is luxury at a non-luxury price.
Original Price: $63

It’s not a sexy gift, but for a certain type of cook, this will be a very welcome roasting pan from Calphalon.
Original Price: $60

Why should men have all the premium jogger fun? A great pair of Nike tapered sweatpants for lounging, running errands, or, yes, jogging.
Original Price: $65

A sparkly but subtle gold necklace from the epitome of French girl chic Isabel Marant.
Original Price: $95

A plush and textural purse accessory with a colorful but not wild palette.
Original Price: $68

A sleek and sculptural salt or pepper shaker (maybe get two and write on the bottom) from fancy pants brand Georg Jensen.
Original Price: $75

Simple grey ankle boots are our favorite way to add some height — and just as versatile as basic black.
Original Price: $99

Graphic little Mt. Fuji tote bag by effortlessly cool Maison Kitsuné. A fashiony little replacement for that bookstore tote.
Original Price: $50

It’s like four rings for the price of one — this Rebecca Minkoff stunner mimics a very on-trend stack of rings.
Original Price: $68

Because she’ll always need a high-quality ribbed sweater with a mock-turtleneck.
Original Price: $69

We’ve extolled the cleaning virtues of charcoal before — now they can enjoy it in the form of hand soap. (It does come with a pump, even if you can’t see it in the photo!)
Original Price: $38

The original boyfriend jean (our fashion director found an elevated version here) — ever so slightly slouchy, generous through the thigh and leg, and perfect for cuffing.
Original Price: $65

This Michael Michael Kors sweater blends cotton and angora rabbit hair for extra downy goodness.
Original Price: $98

Looks simple from the front, but this boxy top has button closures all the way down its back (click to see).
Original Price: $68

Adidas Superstar sneakers in a not-often-seen shade of perky blue.
Original Price: $80

Leaded crystal wine glasses from the famed (read: expensive) Austrian glassware brand Riedel.
Original Price: $69

These Adidas by Stella McCartney leggings feature a cute peekaboo mesh panel on the side of the legs.
Original Price: $85

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The Best $50ish Gifts (That Used to Be a Lot More Expensive)