10 Gifts We Love at Nordstrom Under $50

published Oct 28, 2021
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The chance to spoil your favorite people around the holidays is so fun — but seeing your bank account slowly deplete over the course of November and December is decidedly not. Between friends and family members, plus all the extra people you want to treat to a little something nice (including teachers, service workers, and coworkers), keeping a strict gift-giving budget usually becomes a top priority. 

Luckily, scoring stylish and thoughtful gifts under $50 is totally doable, thanks in large part to stores like Nordstrom. The high-end retailer has cornered the market on great gifting, offering up a slew of chic items across all departments that make for truly epic presents (think: delicious-smelling candles, accessories meant for self-care, and bespoke pantry staples). Need a little inspiration for your nice list this year? Check out some of our favorite under $50 gifts below, and be prepared to win the accolade of “Best Gifter” this holiday season — Santa is no match for you (and Nordstrom).

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Nothing says “luxury” like a high-end candle, and Diptyque is well-regarded as the best of the best. This Baies scent — featuring fruity and fresh notes of roses and blackcurrant — is universally loved and among their most popular, making it a near-guarantee that your recipient will also be a fan.

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Know a skincare fan who jumps at the chance to try out new products? Snag them this Kiehl’s set, which features full-sized bottles of two of the brand’s most effective products. Both the deep cleansing foaming face wash and alcohol-free toner incorporate calendula into their formulation, which is known to soothe and refresh tired winter skin. The duo also comes packaged in a cute decorative box, so all you need to do is tie on a festive ribbon before placing this gift under the tree.

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Something about a handmade ceramic gift always feels so thoughtful and unique — like you went right to the thrower’s wheel and picked out a vessel just for them (even if you really snagged it at Nordstrom). This hand-pinched ceramic cup has that bespoke vibe, thanks in part to the speckled white glaze and free-form shape. Your recipient could use this cute pick for small succulents, kitchen spices, colored pencils, and more.

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The perennial hostess on your list will appreciate this next pick: a fine room and linen spray from the folks at P.F. Candle Co. Scented with notes of amber and moss, this spritz is a great way to quickly refresh a room or upholstery ahead of company arriving without having to do a whole deep clean.

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This elegant nightlight-meets-diffuser is a great entry-level gadget to gift your pal who has been wanting to incorporate essential oils into their daily routine. At just $30, you can even pair it with the relaxing oil blend of your choice (lavender is a great option) and a sleep journal to help promote lots of R&R during the busy holiday season.

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Whether tea is their thing or they prefer a jolt only java can provide, your pal will love this stylish-yet-simple mug from Hawkins New York. Made from stoneware in Portugal and available in blush or cream, it’s dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe (up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit), so your loved one can pour a favorite sip (hot toddy anyone?) or even make a mug cake in it.

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A few luxe candles are a great gift to have on hand throughout the holiday season in case you’re caught off guard with a present exchange you weren’t anticipating. This selection from Voluspa comes in a gorgeous vessel, which can be reused as storage once the candle wax has burned clean. Pick up a few to wrap as last-minute hostess gifts or office White Elephant treats.

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Okay, so bath towels may not be the sexiest gift out there — but they sure are practical. Especially when they’re as pretty and thoughtfully made as this Nordstrom-exclusive style. Crafted from organic Turkish cotton, these plush picks feature soft ribbing for extra absorbency, plus a selection of six chic shades to choose from.

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Thinking of gifting the above diffuser? Why not pair it with one of Campo’s signature essential oil blends, which center around various mental and emotional characteristics your recipient may want to channel. The “Focus” blend promotes clarity and, well, focus with a mix of sandalwood, cardamom, and vetiver, while “Energy” combines notes of neroli, bergamot, and sandalwood for an uplifting and energizing scent (there’s also combinations for relaxation and love, too).

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Your favorite Anglophile will be absolutely chuffed over this classic tea set from storied brand Vahdam. It features three of their most unique loose-leaf blends (Sweet Himalayan Detox Green Tea, Saffron Masala Chai, and Earl Grey Masala Chai), which will be a treat to pull out during their next afternoon cuppa.