We assembled the best gifts and stocking stuffers under $50 for all those friends and family who could use a thoughtful little gift. But for your loved ones who really deserve something nice this holiday season—whether that’s your BFF who will never spend money on herself or your roommate who always makes dinner for the house—we’ve got you covered. Read on to see our top picks for gifts under $100 (and a few splurges). You’ll find gift ideas for foodies and non-foodies alike, including a very cool bar cart, a statement fruit bowl, and a play kitchen for the trendsetting toddler who is impossible to shop for. We promise, your holiday shopping is about to get easier.
For your friend who is sad that CSA season is over
Josephine Heilpern, the ceramist behind BA editor fave, turned us on to ’s candles—one part produce and one part NSFW. Bochner learned the art of mold making while training as a sculptor in Berlin, and after casting a candle mold from a greenmarket romanesco, she knew she had found her muse. Now she scours the produce aisle for textural fruits and vegetables, like bitter melon, sugar apple, and bumpy decorative gourds, to make these whimsical candles that will delight any farmers market regular. The only thing Heilpern laments: “I can’t bring myself to burn these—they’re too beautiful.”
For the Kondo convert
Handcrafted by master artisans in northern Ghana, these Pakurigo wave baskets are woven from durable vetiver grass. Their undulating, organic forms—each basket is unique—remind us of mollusk shells, or maybe pattypan squash run amok. We can’t think of a better holiday gift for the compulsive organizer in your life, who will find the 12-inch basket the perfect size for stashing away winter scarves (only the ones that bring her joy!) or showcasing a clementine haul.
For the golden child of the family
It’s no secret that here at BA, we’re advocates for high-quality metal measuring cups, and believe they’re an indispensable addition to any kitchen. But presenting your little sister with practical $12 cooking utensils doesn’t exactly scream “festive!” The holidays call for excess and frippery and GOLD, so get her these gilded ones instead. This best-selling heavyweight set includes gold-plated stainless steel cups and spoons, engraved with American and metric measurement markings. They’re both durable and gorgeous, and she’ll be glad to find any excuse to use them.
For the host with the best playlist for every occasion
Lots of gadgets can make your time in the kitchen easier, but how many can make it more joyful? Meet the best tech gift for cooking enthusiasts: This portable, wireless Bluetooth speaker from Sonos checks all the boxes that make it our ultimate kitchen accessory—and the perfect gift dinner party hosts. First, it’s equipped with a Trueplay feature that can automatically tune itself to provide optimal sound quality for any-sized room. Second, it boasts spectacular durability that’s built to withstand a few splashes of water (or lime juice, oat milk, and pancake batter). And lastly, it’s lightweight and has a 10-hour battery life, so your fave host can keep up the tunes (and vibes) all the way through prepping, cooking, and serving the entire meal.
For your cool, wellness-obsessed aunt who is serious about hydration
She once told you her secret to having great skin was drinking two liters of water per day—and you assume she keeps a tall glass at her bedside. Consider thisa sophisticated upgrade that’ll look just as good on the nightstand as it will on the dining room table. It features a decanter and tumbler, both made of mouth-blown borosilicate glass. You can find this set in a variety of colors, including green and amber.
For the roommate who’s known (and loved) for making extravagant weeknight dinners
The lingering smell of last night’s pasta with 20 cloves of garlic is no match for Diptyque’s Gingembre room spray, which instantly banishes unwanted scents with a few small pumps. Unlike other air fresheners that fill the room with cloying, artificial notes of vanilla or sugar, this high-end spray actually smells fresh—like just-sliced ginger root. Plus, the formulation is fabric-safe, so you can spritz some on the couch and throw pillows. The bottle is so chic, it deserves to be left out on the coffee table instead of stored away in a cabinet.
For the designer-jeans fiend
Ulrich “Ubi” Simpson designed for brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Pepe Jeans for 25 years, but he hadn’t spent much time in the kitchen until the birth of his daughter. It was then that he saw a need for durable, protective aprons, oven mitts, and pot holders, andwas born. His pieces are crafted from hard-wearing denim that gets better with age. The classic apron comes in four different washes with cross-back adjustable straps and all the pockets your Re/Done-loving brother could need.
For your compost-loving sister with no outdoor space
Your sister ended her worm bin composting experiment when they escaped from under the kitchen sink, and now that she’s saving her food scraps to drop off at the local greenmarket, she doesn’t have enough room for Quorn patties in her freezer. The Vitamix FoodCycler offers another solution. This countertop appliance, which is about the size of a breadmaker, dehydrates and grinds food scraps down into nutrient-rich dust. When combined with potting soil, it also keeps houseplants happy and healthy.
For the minimalist
Ceramist Lalese Stamps was feeling stuck. “I was making the same pieces over and over—pieces that people really wanted to buy—but I wasn’t challenging myself,” she recalls. To break out of her rut, Stamps set a goal of making a different mug every day for. She chose sleek black clay for the project and fashioned a different handle for each. One resembles the rings of Saturn, another a tiny steering wheel, and a third sports spikes worthy of Bowser Koopa. Fun yet modern, they’re like the little black dress of coffee mugs.
For your compost-loving sister with no outdoor space
Your sister ended her worm bin composting experiment when they escaped from under the kitchen sink, and now that she’s saving her food scraps to drop off at the local greenmarket, she doesn’t have any room for her Quorn patties in her freezer. The Vitamix FoodCycler offers another solution. This countertop appliance, which is about the size of a breadmaker, dehydrates and grinds food scraps down into nutrient-rich dust. Combined with potting soil, it’ll keep your sister’s houseplants happy and healthy.
For the mid century-modern aficionado
Pastry chef Ayako Kurokawa, owner of the tiny Brooklyn bakery, swears by this set of stainless-steel bowls from Japanese mid century industrial designer Sori Yanagi. “They’re both beautiful and practical—stackable and easy to hold,” Kurokawa explains. Yanagi, whose furniture appears in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre, was guided by the philosophy, “True design lies in a realm counter to trends.” These simple, durable bowls are the antithesis of trendy, and for Kurokawa, no others will do; she brought her own personal set to Burrow as soon as she signed the lease.
green pink thumb
We’ve already told you about our love for growing indoor citrus, and we’re doubling down with this variegated pink lemon tree. With painterly green stripes on the rind and blush pink flesh inside, pink lemons are a serious contender for Most Beautiful Citrus (we love you anyway, ugli fruit). If you’re giving this to someone who doesn’t live in a warm, sunny climate, the tree can still thrive indoors with the right amount of sunlight and humidity.
For your mother-in-law who loves a statement piece
We love marble—who doesn’t love marble?—but we don’t always love the price. A great alternative is onyx, a type of quartz that, according to the ancient Greeks, formed from the fingernail clippings of the goddess Venus. We’ll take a hard pass on that origin story, but this gorgeous centerpiece, hand-carved by artisans in Pakistan using stone mined in Peshawar and Quetta, will please even the hardest-to-please in-law.
For the ambitious toddler
Frankly, this kitchen makes us feel attacked. The subway tile. The brass hardware. The Pantone Color of the Year cabinets. We want this for our kitchen. Are we being actively mocked, mocked by children who are still in diapers? This play kitchen comes with a lidded pot, saucepan, spatula, cutting board, and wireless telephone, so your kid can order takeout on the nights they don’t feel like cooking.
For your older sister who’s all about form and function
Is it a necklace or a trivet? Crafted from solid brass, this set of trivets comes in three different sizes to accommodate your tiniest pot and largest casserole dish. The organic lines call to mind puddles of water, clouds, or various types of potatoes, but whatever your Rorschach test results, your discerning sis will think they’re beautiful enough to leave on any table 24/7.
For your nephew who just moved into a 300-square-foot studio apartment
BA contributor Elyse Inamine uses this mod rolling shelf as a bar cart, but we think it would make a great addition to your nephew’s 300-square-foot apartment with no closets. It’s endlessly adaptable, so he can use it in the kitchen to store boxed macaroni and protein powder, as a nightstand by his bed, or in the bathroom for grooming products and toilet paper. (Who are we kidding, he never has toilet paper.) Even if he doesn’t know how chic this cart is, he’ll thank you.
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- Sustainable Gifts for the Extra-Green Cook in Your Life
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