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

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.

Lulu Guinness Kooky Cat Stripe Phone Case
$40 (30 percent off) at Luisa Via Roma

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

Fjällräven High Coast 18 Backpack
$43 (28 percent off) at Zappos

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

Steve Madden Faux Fur Sleeveless Vest
$50 (65 percent off) at Saks Off 5th Avenue

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

Little Marc Jacobs Cherry Tee
$50 (19 percent off) at Zappos

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

Common Projects Mono Cardholder
$50 (20 percent off) at Need Supply

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

Calphalon Roaster Pan with Rack
$50 at Bed Bath & Beyond

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

Nike Joggers
$49 (25 percent off) at Nordstrom

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

Isabel Marant Gold Casablanca necklace
$48 (49 percent off) at Ssense

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

DVF Pom Pom Charm
$41 (40 percent off) at Orchard Mile

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

Georg Jensen Shaker
$32 (58 percent off) at Saks Fifth Avenue

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

Kenneth Cole Ankle Boots
$39 (61 percent off) at Spring

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

Maison Kitsuné Mount Fuji Tote
$41 (18 percent off) at Ssense

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

Rebecca Minkoff Wrap Ring
$45 (33 percent off) at Revolve

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

J.O.A. Rib Knit Sweater
$46 (33 percent off) at Nordstrom

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

Sort of Coal Liquid Soap
$33 (13 percent off) at Need Supply

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

Levi’s 501 Jeans
$40 (38 percent off) at Spring

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

Michael Michael Kors Cotton-Blend Sweater
$44 (55 percent off) at Michael Kors

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

Stelen Box Top
$45 (33 percent off) at Need Supply

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 Original Superstar Sneakers
$56 (30 percent off) at Luisa Via Roma

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

Riedel Set of 2 Vinum XL Wine Glasses
$55 (20 percent off) at Barneys Warehouse

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

Adidas by Stella McCartney Mesh Panel Leggings
$51 (40 percent off) at Avenue 32

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)