When it comes to a place to live, all some people really need is four walls and a roof over their head to be content. For others? That’s just a start. A blank canvas to fill with great furniture, glassware, and art made by talented designers and artisans.
If either of these ends of the spectrum remind you of someone in your life, you may be considering giving them something for their homes. Maybe your goal is to help satiate your loved one’s desire to have the coolest apartment among your group of friends, or to nudge that buddy of yours along to start trying a little harder. Either way, we’re here to tell you that this mission doesn’t have to totally empty out your wallet. Take a scroll through our list of 15 gifts for the home under $50 and see for yourself.
DKNG Playing Cards
Having a deck of cards on hand is a must. Whether for playing solitaire, a game of poker with guests, or maybe a couple of drinking games as the evening grows later – they always come in handy. This pair from Art of Play were created specifically for design and creative studio DKNG and feature a playful reinterpretation of the bicycle rider back. All cards are designed in the U.S. and printed by the US Playing Card Company on trademarked thin stock.
Fleece Room Shoes
Nothing says ‘I’m home’ like putting on a comfortable pair of slippers. These ones from Uniqulo feature thick insulation and grippy rubber bottoms that’ll keep you from sliding around the floor like Tom Cruise in Risky Business.
Brita 6 Cup Water Pitchers
Having clean water is, as one prominent rapper would likely put it, a major key. This water pitcher from Britta is expert at providing exactly that. BPA free and featuring an electronic filter you can track more precisely when you are ready to change the filter, having one of these in your fridge will ensure that your friends and loved ones will be keeping it fresh.
If you’re going to put in all the effort to make your little corner of this world look good, why not take the extra step and make it smell nice as well? Measuring in at 11 inches long and 4 inches wide this antique wood trough holds two ash incense sticks and is wide enough to catch all of the ashes they generate.
Blue Lounge Posto Headphone Stand
For the neat-freak and audiophile, this headphone stand from bluelounge is the perfect pick. Featuring an aluminium body, a small but sturdy base, and a rubberized headrest – it’ll look good on your desk whether you have your headphones resting on them or not.
One of the easiest ways to liven up a room is to add some plants. While most people opt for the tried and true floor pots, a fun alternative is to go for hanging terrariums like this set of two. Measuring in at 5.5 high and 4.75 inches in diameter, they’re the perfect size for succulents or air plants.
Yeah, sure. You could just rely on your friend to water their plants with a plastic squirt bottle, but what is the fun in that? This little mister made from brass features an old school pump mechanism to squirt out water and sate all the plants around the house.
Whether you hang it up on the wall or fly it high on a flag pole – it never hurts to have the red white and blue up shown proudly at the house. Made right here in the U.S.A, this flag is resistant against UV rays, made from tough 200 denier nylon weave, and features four rows of lock stitching with reinforcements. These colors don’t run.
Norden Øresund 5.Oz. Ceramic Candle
An understated but handsome candle made in southern California. Light the wick on this soy wax candle set in stoneware and you’ll smell pine needles, citrus, and earthy tones. Candle has an approximately 20 hour burn.
Scout Leather Co Mini Valet Tray
This American made 4 by 4 inch valet tray from Scout Leather company is made from Horween chromexcel horse leather and features snap buttons in the corners. Not only is it striking, but it’ll surely help the disorganized person in your life keep better track of their pocket items when they come home.
2017 Japanese Daily Calendar
Calendars are a dime a dozen. Everyone has one, and no one seems to notice. This Japanese daily calendar, however, is anything but boring. Screen printed by hand in Japan specifically for the New York based Best Made Company, every tear-off page contains the date, as well as astronomical and astrological information. Perfect for the more globally minded or for fans of design and typography.
Mazama Pint Glass
A house isn’t a home without at least a few good glasses in which to pour your favorite beer. This one from Portland, Oregon based Mazama Wares features a white haze to it that sets it apart from the rest. If you end up ordering a set – don’t be surprised if they’re all slightly different. Each one is made from hand blown from soda lime glass, making it so they’re all just about the same size – 16.5 cm high, 8 cm in diameter – but have a natural variation.
Ping Pong Cocktail Trays
A fun set of trays for handing out while you have guests over. They’re designed to be held easily with one hand and keep foods from mixing with one another while you booze and schmooze with guests.
Grovemade Leather and Maple Keyboard Wrist Pad
If you spend a whole lot of time working on the computer everyday, you know how helpful it can be to have a little bit of a wrist pad to keep your hands from turning into an arthritic mess. This pad from Grovemade does more than just prevent hand pain. It’s made from hand sanded maple and features vegetable tanned leather
A great coffee table book that focuses on 60 different homes and works of architecture from the 20th and 21st century and how they interact with their surroundings. The hardback book measures in at 11 3/8 inches by 9 and 7/8, and boasts 260 illustrations on 280 pages. Perfect for the fan of architecture and well rendered architectural photography.