Gift Inspiration: Our Top Picks for Under €50

I ventured out to do some Christmas shopping yesterday only to be greeted with a stampede of eager shoppers walking around town laden with bags. I just couldn't deal with it. So, I went home and back to the drawing board to try and focus my shopping needs to what I really wanted to get.

There are lots of gift ideas from fashion to beauty to homewares under €50 for your nearest and dearest. Now, there is a lot of repetition too. You will generally find you can decide on a gift and have five different brands to choose from. So to help you, I've picked out my top gifts under €50.

Desk Calendar, €23.50, Debenhams; Letter holder, €22.50, Debenhams; Cloon Keen Candle, €46, available at Brown Thomas; Fortnam & Mason Tea Strainer, €46, Brown Thomas Desk Calendar, €23.50, Debenhams / Letter holder, €22.50, Debenhams / Cloon Keen Candle, €46, available at Brown Thomas / Fortnam & Mason Tea Strainer, €46, Brown Thomas

Let's start with home. I love getting things that I would otherwise never buy and there are some beautiful trinkets for your home (or office) available in department stores. Debenhams have a lovely range of desk tidies, letter holders and some creative calendars like the wooden one above which I think would look nice on a hall table. Luxury items don't need to break the bank; Irish candles Cloon Keen smell divine and are under €50.

Moving onto gifts for the face, body and bath. It is nice to get something special in your Christmas stocking that isn't pyjamas or the regular and safe bottle of perfume. Try a limited edition piece that will only be available in the run up to Christmas. Or a very unique item, such as the Christian Louboutin nail colours; the packaging makes enough of an impact let alone the product itself.


Christian Louboutin nail colour, €46; Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay palette, €46; Jo Malone set, €28 Christian Louboutin nail colour, €46 /Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay palette, €46 / Jo Malone set, €28

The same applies to fashion really. Whether it be a nice pair of leather gloves, or some lingerie (well I mean this is really a present for yourself from your other half), these are always the gifts I keep for special occasions.

Bra, €35, Blubella at Brown Thomas; Matching briefs, €18; Gloves, €33, River Island Bra, €35, Blubella at Brown Thomas / Matching Briefs, €18 / Gloves, €33, River Island

It's refreshing to know that you can get some lovely gifts under €50 whether you have to buy for the whole family or just your Secret Santa.

Does anything above make it to your gift list? Or have you something you are hoping to find on Christmas morning?

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