Cool Holiday Gifts for 2021 – 50 Under $50.00


Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving! Ours in New York was lovely as Mary’s a fantastic cook! My specialty is whipped cream and making a roux; therefore, I got a chance to make those things. Cooking in Mary’s kitchen is an absolute dream. And THAT range!

Just opening the oven door was heavenly.


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Above is Mary’s beautiful dining room, just before we all sat down for our Thanksgiving dinner. There was another table behind me! Yes, I helped with the window treatments and lighting back in 2015.


Well, now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s a good time to focus on Christmas and some great holiday gifts for 2021.


Last year, I wrote a similar post on December 9, which was a little late. You might enjoy having a look to see how far we haven’t come. 🙁

However, since this is the time when there are a ton of outrageous sales, it makes sense to take advantage of the sale prices. In addition, with some deliveries taking longer than usual, I think it’s better to begin early.


But, this time, I will focus on holiday gifts for 2021 that are under $50.


50 Cool Holiday Gifts for 2021 - fifty Under $50.00

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Melissa helped me put this grouping together. (You’ll be able to see these items, and the rest, in the widget coming up soon.) And, I added a bunch of new items today. Our goal is to include some unusual but super-nice things you may not have thought of.

The items are all in a widget, lower down on the page. If you click on any image, it will take you to the vendor who sells it.

Since it’s Black Friday/Cyber/Giving week, many of these items are also on sale!


In addition, I want to direct you to some of my favorite sources for cool but less costly gifts.


Anthropologie. I guess everyone knows Anthro by now, and their candles are sublime. And, they have lots of other fantastic items, as well.

Mark & Graham is a wonderful source for holiday gifts for men and women, too.

Verishop – This is a new source for me. And, in truth, some items are well over $50.00. However, the company is comprised mainly of smaller boutique vendors. And, you can source your gifts according to cause. For example, you can specify that when searching if you need a vegan, cruelty-free, philanthropic, organic, responsible, etc. There are 10s of thousands of items.

They carry clothing for men, women, and children (25% off right now!), beauty, health, homewares, electronics, and toys. This is a direct link to the homewares section where you can get 15% off with code: HOLIDAY 21.


And, please check out their beauty and health products at Verishop. There are some unique items there.


Nordys. Nordstrom carries holiday gifts for 2021 at all price points, and they’re reliable, and returns are easy. Oh, and they’re having a massive sale for Cyber Monday – November 30.

Etsy – Well, I just updated the Etsy guide with over 200 fantastic vendors. There are lots of amazing vintage and new artisan items that are well under 50. If you need some help in that regard, please consider purchasing the far more extensive guide. It’s only $39.00, and it also makes a great gift! There will be more about that in a bit.


Okay, below are the 50 under $ 50.00-holiday gifts for 2021



I hope you found some of that helpful.


I also love the idea of printables as inexpensive gifts, so if necessary, one can always whip up a quick holiday gift digitally.


Here are some excellent ideas for printable items.

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Okay, please visit the  HOLIDAY SHOP, where there are dozens of other ideas for your holiday gifts for 2021, as well as holiday decor.


In the Holiday shop, you will find holiday gifts for men, women, foodies, gardeners, teens and tweens, budget gifts, expensive gifts, and everything in between.


Also, please be sure to check out the HOT SALES.  As you must know by now, unless you just landed from another galaxy, haha, this is a big week for all kinds of savings for everything. In the Hot Sales, I’ve included many of my favorite items as well as favorite sources.




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13 Responses

  1. Thank you Laurel, I’m always interested in adding to my list of items that I could give as gifts to my clients.

  2. What Carolyn said! But I’m in the UK .. I love reading your blog and it always brightens my day. You can send me any info you like, I feel fortunate to read them all! I sometimes use a company called MyUS to ship things fairly cheaply from the US, if that is of interest to anyone.

  3. Hi Laurel! I really enjoy your blog and it has explained so many of the things that bother me about rooms/homes I walk into, including my own. I am one of the ones who has opted out of the Hot Sales and I thought that you should know why. I live in Canada, Southern Ontario to be exact, so within driving distance of you. Your hot sales are directed toward your American customers which is understandable. Many of the companies featured do not ship to Canada, or if they do, the cost is exhorbitant. To make matters worse, the Canadian dollar is valued at about 75% of the USD, putting the price of the goods out of reach despite the sale, To save myself the aggravation of finding this out time and time again, I opted out of the hot sales, but LOVE and continue to read your lovely blog. Happy Holidays!!

    1. Hi Carolyn,

      No problem whatsoever. And, I’m writing this to you and others that received the separate email from me early Sunday morning.

      I’ve received several similar emails from Canadians and fully understand. In fact, most who’ve opted out of the Hot Sales, are not Americans. A few readers had no idea what I was even talking about because they don’t recall opting out. And, of course, they never receive the hot sales.

      Although, a lot of the items in the post are small and some are coming from Europe. They usually ship DSL or FedEx and the charges are reasonable, I think.

      Nobody hates unwanted email more than I do. And, as you can imagine, I get a TON and dozens every week from folks who claim to read my blog, but based on their automated words, clearly don’t. There’s nothing worse than a spammer who’s also a flagrant LIAR.

      Aargh! I can’t even block them, because they’re sending the email through my domain to add a third layer of insult. I’m not sure how they do that, but somehow, they have the means. If I were to block them, I’d also be blocking ALL email coming from my website. So, for those spammer-cretins, I take their email address and create a filter that automatically sends their email to trash so that I don’t have to see it.

      Thanks so much for your kindness and continued support!



  4. Laurel,
    I too am older (74) and have a small house and a ton of well organized stuff that I use. Between many family gifts, inheritances, and a lifetime of collecting, I usually can’t think of anything I need. However, I am happy to see what you put on offer and may actually buy something if I see something my family members would love. Please don’t leave me off your posts; I enjoy them all so much. I would comment more often if, on the iPad, the page did not unexpectedly reload while I’m In the middle of writing, or worse, just about to post something that disappears! I have to get on the computer to both see your posts properly and comment on them.

  5. Hi Laurel, Like a few others, I am a senior and live on a very low income. I am an artist however, and love reading and imagining what my house could look like if I ever won the lottery. But I don’t play the lottery so that’s not going to happen. Anyway, I really appreciate reading about how you work through to solve the issues of your clients and value your blog as I do have an eye for beautiful things. Thank you.

  6. Sorry my comment doesn’t make sense. I see that a couple lines were deleted. I said I was a crafter, retiree and downsizing. But crafter and downsizing doesn’t work for me.

  7. Laurel, Thank you for sending this blog. Even though I don’t open all of them right away, I am truly interested in everything you do. Sometimes it takes me a while to get through all my emails. I love looking at all the beautiful rooms you have on your blog. It gives me ideas of what to do to my rooms. And crafter and downsizing really doesn’t work together because I am always finding things to add to my stash of craft supplies. You just never know when you might need something when designing a new craft.

  8. Hi Laurel
    Lovely items and thank u.
    I don’t understand opting out as I haven’t done that, however, I haven’t purchased anything.
    I enjoy reading ur blog just financially can’t purchase but the items give great ideas to me.
    My very best to you.

  9. Haha! Love Jim’s comment! Laurel, thanks for all your efforts in putting together this information. Like Elizabeth K, I appreciate the links to digital art. So fun that you got to spend Thanksgiving in Mary’s gorgeous home. I also want to say that it’s great to hear about your life in Boston and to hear how much you enjoy living there :]

  10. Hi Laurel— I wouldn’t go quite as far as Jim from Parnassus…. :). but I do always appreciate the leads to digital art downloads, even more than soaps and coasters, and hope you keep them coming.

  11. Hello Laurel, I have to admit it, when I look at classical paintings now, I am disappointed if it is not your face that is smiling out at me.

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