When you're shopping for the best Christmas gifts for less than £50, it can be tempting to blow a modest £50 Christmas gift budget on novelties (or alcohol in a surpise-ruining, bottle-shaped bag), but it’s easy to be much more creative than that.
Sure, we’ve included a cocktail making kit for said booze, but other sub-£50 gifts include smart speakers from Amazon and Google, a set of stylish knife-sharpening stones for the kitchen counter, a Tile Slim tracker for finding a misplaced wallet, and a super-comfortable sleep mask from Tempur.
And, yes, there is also some wine. But at least it’s three bottles in a classy wooden box. No bottle-shaped bags here.
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Previously known as the Google Home Mini, the Nest Mini is a smart speaker with the Google Assistant baked in.
This means it can answer your spoken Google searches, play music, manage your calendar, reminders, alarms, timers and to-do lists, and of course control a huge range of smart home products, from lighting and locks to thermostats, fans, plug and more.
As well as acting on your command, the Google Assistant can help with the weather forecast, driving directions, news headlines and sports results – basically ask it anything you’d type into Google.
Available in chalk, charcoal, coral and sky blue, the Nest Mini makes for the perfect sub-£50 gift. And because adding more to a home brings extra functionality, you don’t even need to worry about the recipient already owning one.
This great-value gift gives the recipient a snapshot of Spanish red wine, and the chance to discover their new favourite tipple.
This beautifully presented box contains a Rioja from Finca Los Principes (you had me at Rijoa, frankly), a mature, well-bodied Gran Reserva and the Finca Manzanos Seleccion de la Familia Rioja, described as "spicy and extremely classy".
We think this is the perfect gift for someone who wants to get to know what the like and isn't sure where to start. There's no better time to experiment than Christmas, and there's no better gift for under £50 for a red wine lover.
If you’re buying for someone who prefers their smart home running on Alexa instead of the Google Assistant, then Amazon has the perfect alternative to the Nest Mini.
The latest Echo Dot smart speaker is available for pre-order now and ships from October 22, so you’ve plenty of time to get it wrapped up before the big day. With an all-new spherical design, the latest Dot has the same smart Alexa assistant as before, but with Amazon’s new AZ1 neural processor, which promises faster results when you ask it a question.
Offered in charcoal, white and blue, the new Echo Dot is priced at £49.99 – or you could pick up the third-generation Echo Dot for a bargain in Amazon’s Prime Day 48-hour shopping event, which kicks off on 13 October.
We’ve all seen honing rods and steels used to sharpen kitchen knives, so how about a set of sharpening stones instead? This set includes two stones to sharpen and polish your knives to perfection, and a stylish bamboo base to help look like a pro while you’re doing it.
The stones are to be submerged in water first, then kept wet during the sharpening process. No experience is required, as all your foodie friend needs to do is slide their knives across one stone and then the other to make them razor sharp, ready for their next Instagram cooking masterclass.
A silicon holder ensures the stones stay secured to the bamboo, while a non-slip rubber base makes sure the base sticks securely to the kitchen work surface.
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 Slim.
This Bluetooth tracker is the best gift under £50 for someone who is constantly misplacing their wallet.
Tile is the go-to company when it comes to Bluetooth possession trackers. Most are designed to hook onto a keyring or the zipper or a backpack, but this Slim model is credit card-sized, so fits perfectly in a wallet or purse.
Once set up, the Slim can be located using its Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, and the Tile app. From there, you can tap a button to ring the Slim’s alarm in a bid to find it, or mark it as lost. At this point, you’ll be notified when another Tiles user strays within Bluetooth range of the lost tracker, and shown its location. Genius.
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.
Here at T3 we made the bold claim that ab rollouts are the THE best exercise to work and strengthen your core, so if you're buying a gift for a fitness fanatic, why not buy them the best ab roller out there? And yes, it costs less than £50.
It's easy to get started with, thanks to the carbon steel spring mechanism, which aids roll in, yet adds resistance as you roll out. But you're not interested in the mechanics, you want to know why it's one of the best gifts for less than £50.
It may not look like much, but this piece of equipment is essential for anyone who wants to tone their stomach, and ultimately build a six pack.
If you're looking for a novelty gift, or a budget gift for coffee addict, then look no further than the Minipresso GR Portable Espresso Machine. At less than £25, it's one of the best gifts on the list for well under £50.
It's size (18cm x 15cm) and portability give this gift just the right amount of novelty, but it's practical and useful, so won't be forgotten about once the January blues kick in.
Despite its size, the Minipresso comes with everything needed to make an espresso: just add a scoop of your favourite fine-ground coffee and hot water. We rate the Minipresso at number four in our best espresso machine roundup because it makes genuinely good coffee, and it's our number one when it comes to finding a budget buy.
We bet you can think of plenty of people who can't start the day without their morning coffee, so why not make every morning like Christmas morning with this great gift for coffee lovers.
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.
Compatible with most iOS and Android devices, the iON Wireless Stand works by using a wireless insert that you put into your phone case, alleviating the need for a charging cable.
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).
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.
The soft outer material and adjustable Velcro straps mean it's incredibly comfortable to wear, and 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.
We think this is a perfect thoughtful budget gift if you want to spoil someone with some "me time" for less than £50.
The perfect gift for anyone who likes a tipple or two at Christmas, this stainless steel cocktail making set contains everything they’ll need to hone their mixology skills. There’s a large, 750ml shaker, so it’s easy to make several drinks at once, plus a long spoon, pestle, strainer, corkscrew, ice tongs, and the all-important jigger to keep those generous measures under control.
Despite being under £50, it’s a quality kit and, unlike most others, comes with a smart wooden stand to keep everything in its place.
Among a crowded market, Chilly's has managed to stand out as one of the best water bottles thanks to a distinctive stainless steel design and huge range of colour options. These leak-proof, BPA-free water bottles keep hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold drinks ice-cold for over 24 hours, thank to double-walled vacuum insulation.
There are four sizes to pick from, ranging from a small 260ml up to a rather large 1,800ml. We think the 750ml option is the sweet spot, and it's available in over 60 different colours and patterns.
Plain white, red or black? Or should you go for one with dogs on it? Or maybe a seahorse? It's not just a water bottle, it's a fashion statement. So pick your gift wisely.
Not only are these three plants and pots a beautiful addition to almost any room of any home, they also boast air-purifying capabilities, helping to remove toxins from the air.
This gift set from John Lewis includes a Sansevieria punk, a Ficus Benjamina and a Snakey Sansevieria, each potted in a stylish grey ceramic pot. These plants are ideal for bright or dimly-lit rooms, and only need watering every seven to 14 days, making them easy to maintain.
The three plants are between approximately 10cm and 35cm tall, and the pots have diameters of between 10cm and 12.5cm, so shouldn't take up too much space.
We admit Star Wars and casserole might be unusual bedfellows, but we're glad Le Creuset has thought outside the box with this one. What we have here is a mini casserole dish inspired by R2-D2. It measures just 13.7 x 13.4cm, and is 10cm tall, but there's nothing wrong with cooking up a casserole for one – or it works just as well for making gratins, soufflés, sponge cakes, chocolate mousse or a crumble.
It also works perfectly for dips, condiments and salsas when you're in more of a sharing mood. Made from dense stoneware, the dish is designed to heat your food evenly. It's safe in the oven, freezer and dishwasher, and doesn't absorb colours or flavours. BB-8 and C3-PO options also available.