November 28, 2007

2007 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts $50 and under

It's finally up! The 2nd to last gift guide: great gifts for $50 and under. Today just happens to be the day that design*sponge is also posting her fabulous $50 and under guide so if these gifts don't make it on your shopping list, Grace's amazingly detailed post will surely inspire you. If you're new to The Finer Things, you can browse some of my other gift guides here. They are chock full of great gift ideas for men, women, hostesses, baby and children.

For this guide I wanted to include gifts that would be practical for both men and women. I was inspired by my annual challenge to purchase gifts for people that I don't know terribly well.

I think a vase is usually a safe and practical gift so why give something green? This recycled tranSglass vase has beautiful lines and the eco-friendly aspect makes it truly thoughtful. I thought the Vera Wang Jotter would make a lovely gift for a co-worker. It is also available with a lovely espresso border for the gentleman on your list. This is an elegant gift to keep on hand in case of a holiday gift emergency. This bamboo wine arc is affordable enough to include a bottle of wine with your gift. I suggest the 2006 Belle Vallee Pinot Gris - it is a delicious and affordable wine (and one of the few I can remember the name of sans my wine label booklet).

The PSA Essentials personalized stamp and stationery sets make the perfect gift. There is a reason they have been featured in magazines like Real Simple, Parents and Reader's Digest as well as on The View, CBS Early Morning with Colin Cowie and Movie and a Makeover. These stamps are hot and, paired with this stationery set of 10 cards, they make a great holiday gift. You can, of course, purchase the stamp solo or select a personalized collegiate stamp for the sports enthusiast you know. I'm obsessed with Seattle based three by three. Their products make my life easier (and more organized). These woodnetics photo frame are perfect for those must-display holiday photos.

I would like to sing the praises of the geniuses at Gazin Create who have come up with a stylish solution to the dangling tea tag - the Tea Code mug. Add some mighty leaf teas and you have quite the warm and relaxing gift for under $50! This Muscle Mender gift set is another relaxing gift for the stressed shopper. I am in love with this Perch basket bowl. How lovely would it be on a table filled with scented pine cones, fruits or cookies.

The Oprah approved Plastica Bento Box is a great gift for both children and parents who bring their own meals. If you know someone who is going to art school it also makes a handy (and more attractive) supply case. Just looking at this Organic Knit Throw makes my eyes droop a bit. My Grandmother is the most difficult to shop for person that I know so I'm glad that, for the first time in years, my gift to her won't be an evening out on the town. Finally, these bird hand towels add charm to any kitchen.