There’s something really satisfying about giving someone a gift you know they’ll have forever. But as we all know, quality products tend to require a little investment. Fortunately, this list of best gifts under $50 contains a wide range of buy-once items that won’t break the bank.

These gifts are practical, beautifully-made and ready to go the distance. From stainless steel lunchboxes to woven Turkish towels, we think there’s something for everyone.

1. A hardwood spatula set.

Earlywood Flat Saute Set

High quality and versatile, this wooden flat saute set can be used for flipping pancakes, cooking eggs, sautéing vegetables or even scraping the bottom of a cast iron pan. Made from the most stunning, durable hardwoods, this will be a set of lifetime guaranteed kitchen utensils you'll be reaching for day in and day out.

2. A stainless Steel lunchbox set.

Dalcini Stainless Steel Lunchbox

Practical and versatile, this 2 piece lunch box set represent the beauty of simple designs done well. Dalcini's range of food storage containers are made from durable stainless steel, with a seamless construction that provides an anti-bacterial base. Perfect for storing leftovers, picnics or for packed lunches to be used throughout the years.

3. A deep dish pizza/pie baker.

Sassafras pizza baker

Made from all-natural, unglazed stoneware, this ceramic dish pulls moisture from your dough, producing light, flaky and crisp crusts. Loved by bakers and cooks worldwide, Sassafras bakeware replicates ancient techniques to create perfectly textured bakes time after time.

4. A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button.

A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button
Do you want to give someone practical, accessible advice about buying for life? Our founder, Tara Button, literally wrote the book on it. It’s full of useful exercises and insider advice on how to make more mindful, fulfilling shopping choices. Help someone change the way they shop, for good.


5. A minimalist card holder wallet.

Flowfold Minimalist Card Wallet

Give someone the gift of Flowfold, wallets and bags that combine functionality, sustainability and sleek design with the strongest performance fabrics in the world. This wallet may be slim in design, but it certainly packs a punch in the durability arena, thanks to its robust Ballistic nylon webbing. 

6. A woven Turkish towel.

Minnie & Moon towels

Have you ever heard of a peshtemal? Traditionally, they’re cotton towels for use in Turkish hammam baths. These towels are super-versatile - you can use yours as a blanket, a sarong, a throw, a tablecloth or a shawl. They’re highly absorbent, but dry fast. Our Minnie and Moon peshtemals are woven in Turkey from 100% OEKO-TEX certified cotton. At a generous 6 x 3 foot size, you’ll be surprised how little room they take up in your suitcase.

7. A grab-and-go toiletry bag.

Duluth Pack Grab and Go

The Grab-N-Go can be used as a makeup bag, a travel toiletry bag or even as a backpack organizer, made from Duluth’s durable 15-oz canvas construction. With a lifetime guarantee that covers craftsmanship and hardware, you’ll be certain that these handy bags will be passed down to the next generation.

8. A set of copper iced tea cups.

Sertodo Copper Ice Tea Cups
The perfect gift for those who love entertaining. Beautiful, unbreakable and made from pure recycled copper, these tall cups fit perfectly in the hand - ideal for water, cocktails or iced tea on a hot day. 

9. A classic Moka pot.

Tognana Moka pot

Moka pots are a truly underrated way to make concentrated coffee rich in flavour, topped with that all-important crema. This Tognana model is made from sturdy die-cast aluminium and will keep your coffee warm. Plus, it has an anti-scald seal, soft touch handle and an 3 year guarantee exclusive to Buy Me Once customers.

10. A sturdy laptop case.

Flowfold Ally laptop case

This laptop case by Flowfold carries a lifetime warranty and is handmade in Maine. Durable, lightweight and water-repellant, each one is made of sleek performance materials - many of which are recycled. A practical gift for commuters and digital nomads.

November 03, 2021 — Jana Pleyto