The best gifts for under £50 this Christmas

Fill your stockings with our pick of the coolest gadgets and accessories for less

Best gifts under £50

It's surprising how decent a gift you can buy with £50 in 2018. In fact, some of the tech world's biggest brands continue to prove that a smaller price tag doesn't mean smaller smarts.

Here we've compiled a selection of the best gifts you can buy for under £50 this Christmas, ranging from luxury eye masks and phone cases, right through to high-quality headphones and modern smart home tech.

We’ve also got budget friendly gifts for coffee lovers, Star Wars fans and those who have made losing their keys a daily occurrence. 

Best gifts under £50: Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini

Give them the smart home gift they didn't know they wanted

Reasons to buy
+Unbelievable value +Powered by Google Assistant+Use it to control your smart home+Or answer your questions via Google Search
Reasons to avoid
-Not good enough to be a standalone speaker 

This time last year the Google Home Mini was the new kid on the smart home block, and since then it has proved itself as more than a passing fad. Available in Chalk, Charcoal or Coral, this teeny gadget has ample tech to stuff a stocking.

If you're buying for someone who is intrigued by smart home technology but hasn't yet taken the plunge, then the Google Home Mini is the perfect gift. 

It's excellent value too; it has all the voice control functionality of the larger and more expensive Google Home, but for a fraction of the cost. The compromise is sound quality, but it's sufficient as a home assistant. 

Like the original Google Home, this miniature version is powered by Google Assistant and has all the answers to your questions (cheers, Google Search). Ask it to tell you the latest traffic, weather or sports news, for example, and Google Home Mini will read it out. 

Use it to boss around your other smart home tech, to personalise your schedule and reminders, or to fire-up your favourite films and music: “OK Google, play Home Alone on Netflix.”

Best gifts under £50: Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne

Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne

Give the classy gift of booze, this Christmas

Reasons to buy
+Extremely classy, extremely low hassle
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for children

• Buy for £31.99 (£10 off RRP)

Perhaps THE classic Christmas gift for those who like to give something the recipient will like, but which involves almost zero thought and effort, is posh booze. And booze gets no more high-tone than Champagne. 

From the Reims vinyard of Pommery, this Brut Royale is described thus: 'The colour is pale yellow with faint green highlights. This is lively, fresh and vivacious, fine, delicate and generous. Citrus fruit and white flower notes combine with small red fruits to offer elegance balanced with great finesse and complex finish.'

TL;DR? It's some Champagne, and at a more than reasonable price. 

Best gifts under £50: TOG ceramic honing rod

TOG ceramic honing rod

Something your cooking giftee probably doesn't already have…

Reasons to buy
+Keeps western and Oriental blades at their best+Unusual shock-proof carbon construction

• Buy for £40 direct from TOG

One of our favourite knife brands, TOG is always great for gifting. This year it has a new honing rod for your favourite blades (it's not specifically geared to TOG knives, though it will keep them nicely honed).

Ceramic is great for keeping your knives honed because it's tough, with ultra-hard (Mohs 8, if you're technical), sintered black ceramic effective even on very hard steel. Ceramic rods are also lighter and easier to handle than steel ones.

Where they can fall down (literally) is that they are quite fragile. However TOG has introduced a 'patented 3-part shock-absorber system' which takes care of 70% of impacts, reducing the risk of breakage if dropped. Do try not to drop it, though.

Also under £50 (okay, only in the smallest size), TOG has these stunning, hand-made chopping boards.

Best gifts under £50: TOG The Dragonfly chopping board

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Hand made from solid American black walnut, these must be the best chopping boards we've ever used. The feet on the base make them incredibly stable, and prevent the board from ever sitting in water and warping. The five stripes echo the copper layers in the blades of TOG knives and are made from British cherry. 

Best gifts under £50: iOttie iON Fast Charging Stand

iOttie iON Fast Charging Stand

A smart-looking stand that will charge your phone rapidly and wirelessly

Reasons to buy
+Fast, wireless charging+Charges Apple and Android phones +Available in ruby, ash or ivory fabric finishes 

Designed to blend seamlessly with the decor of any home, office, or home office, the iON Wireless Stand from iOttie looks far smarter than the sub £50 it costs. 

The stand is angled at a 65° tilt so that you can still easily view your phone while it's charging, meaning you don't miss notifications. It features two Qi coils that allow for both portrait and landscape wireless charging, and includes anti-slip material to provide extra traction on smooth surfaces such as a desk.

Another functionality feature is the easy to read white light that will display when the device is charging (or a red light when it's not charging or if the device is incompatible). 

Importantly, it fits iPhone devices (including the 8, 8 Plus and X) as well as the latest Samsung models, meaning you can be sure your up-to-date friend's phone will fit.

Best gifts under £50: Tile Style

Tile Style

A genius Bluetooth tracker for keys and phones

Reasons to buy
+Clip it to bags and clothing+Displays locations on a map+No charging required

Forgetful? Absent minded? Scatterbrained? If any of these words come to mind when you think about the person you're shopping for, you need to get them a Tile Style.

This Bluetooth tracker is the best gift under £50 for someone who is constantly losing their keys or phone. 

Designed to run for a year without replacement and without charging or batteries, the app-controlled Bluetooth Tile Style can be fixed to keys, bags and clothing, or slipped into wallets and purse. If you lose that item, fire up the Tile app and check the map for your item’s last-known location. 

This ultra-lightweight gadget syncs with your smartphone so that you can keep tabs on that too. Left your phone behind somewhere? Press your Tile Style twice and your phone will ring, even if it’s been previously set to silent. You can also track a stolen or misplaced phone via the Tile map. 

Best gifts under £50: JBL Clip 3

JBL Clip 3

A portable Bluetooth speaker to accompany you on every adventure

Reasons to buy
+Waterproof+Clips to clothes, belts and bags  

If the person you're buying for is a fan of the great outdoors but has all the hiking and camping kit they could ever need, the JBL Clip 3  might be just what they're missing. 

It's an ultra-portable, ultra-rugged and waterproof Bluetooth speaker that can clip onto clothes, belt loops and backpacks, making it the ultimate accessory for outdoor adventures. It may be small,  but the volume capability is surprisingly good for the size. 

Each charge will give you up to 10 hours playing time, so there's plenty of juice to get you through a barbecue or even a camping weekend away. 

Best gifts under £50: Ecoffee Cup

Ecoffee Cup

The environmentally friendly way to get morning coffee

Reasons to buy
+Reusable cup+Resealable 'no drip' lid +Dishwasher safe 
Reasons to avoid
-Cannot be microwaved 

Do more than simply give a gift this Christmas by gifting one of these beautifully designed yet practical Ecoffee cups. 

Made from bamboo fibre, these cups are reusable and so make a greener, more sustainable alternative to one of the non-recyclable single-use takeaway cups you see in use every single day. 

Ecoffee Cup is light and sturdy, and importantly has a resealable ‘drip proof’ lid. It's also dishwasher safe and, unlike some other reusable cups, doesn't taint the taste of your favourite latte. That's because bamboo is naturally sterile. 

There are loads of designs to choose from to suit whoever you are buying for, including an artsy William Morris range. We think this is a perfect Secret Santa present for the colleague you see coming in with a fresh Costa or Starbucks every morning.

Best gifts under £50: Tie Fighter Holder

Tie Fighter Holder

Help them to feel like an Imperial Pilot making hands free calls

Reasons to buy
+Works with most mobile phones+Mounts onto most car vents +Enables hands free calling 

If you're looking for a novelty gift, or a budget gift for a Star Wars fan who has it all, then look no further than the Tie Fighter phone holder.

Thanks to 90° rotation the Tie Fighter allows drivers to use their mobile phones for calls or as a satnav whilst on the move, completely hands free. It'll be just like flying a Tie Fighter. Well, almost. 

Best gifts under £50: Buckle & Seam Phone Sleeve

Buckle & Seam Phone Sleeve

The luxury choice for smart, smartphone protection

Reasons to buy
+Handmade+Fits all iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy S7 & S8

If you've bought that same friend or relative a phone case for two years on the trot and they're still not using it, perhaps they'd prefer to use their phone without a case, but still protect it when it's not in use?

This gorgeous phone sleeve from Buckle & Seam allows them to do just that.

It's slimline and minimalist design will suit any user, and there are size options to fit all iPhones as well as the Samsung S7 and S8. 

Handmade from premium leather, this is a luxury gift in spite of its low price tag. 

Best gifts under £50: Tempur Sleep Mask

Tempur Sleep Mask

The perfect gift for the frequent traveller

Reasons to buy
+Empty List

Tempur are well known for helping us get the best night's sleep on one of their mattresses, but they also offer other accessories to help you and your loved ones sleep.

If you're looking for the best gift under £50 for a frequent jet-setter, then we recommend the Tempur Sleep Eye Mask. 

Thanks to pressure-relieving Tempur® material, the sleep mask moulds perfectly to the shape of the wearer's face, meaning it delivers complete darkness and cushions the eyes while you sleep. 

The soft outer material and adjustable Velcro straps mean it's incredibly comfortable to wear

We think this is a perfect thoughtful budget gift if you're looking to spoil someone for less than £50. 

Best gifts under £50: SoundMAGIC E10C


The best in-ear headphones you can buy for under £50

Reasons to buy
+Durable+Excellent sound quality for the price 

No music-lover’s Christmas is complete without a fresh set of in-ears headphones, and  the E10Cs from SoundMAGIC prove it's not all about spending big when you're looking for big sound.  

In our opinion these are the best in-ear headphones you can buy for less than £50; we said so in our best in-ear headphones buying guide which you can read below. 

They may not win over the fussiest of audiophiles as they are a little heavy on the bass, these in-ear headphones offer excellent sound quality in a durable, aluminium shell. 

Best gift under £50: Vaya Tyffyn insulated lunchbox

Vaya Tyffyn Insulated Lunchbox

Reasons to buy
+Keeps food warm or cold for up to 5 hours+Compartments for separating your food+Leak-resistant

Perfect for the winter months when hot soups and re-heated leftovers make a more inviting lunch than salads or sandwiches, the Vaya Tyffyn is a BPA-free lunchbox that will keep food separated and insulated.

The 600ml lunchbox has two spill-proof containers that allow you to carry up to four dishes, and the 1000ml one has three containers that can accommodate up to six dishes. The partitions mean you can be sure the dishes won't mix and surprise you with a not so nice culinary surprise! 

It also features a convenient collapsible handle, heat-protective finger grip and a leak-proof lid so know you won't open your bag at lunchtime to find your lunch has spilt all over it. 

A lunchbox might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to Christmas gifting, but the choice of designs – from stylish graphite or chrome to fun dinosaurs   – make the Vaya lunchboxes a great gift as well as  something practical that will make a difference to someone's everyday.

Looking to splash out a little more? Why not have a read of our gift guides catering for the under £150 and under £250 budgets?