The Best Gifts Under $50 in 2021

These gifts are practical and won’t blow your budget.

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This pack of two small bottles of mix is ideal for friends or family who love to dirty martinis.
For those who love baking pies and cookies, consider this embossed rolling pin.
If a loved one just moved into a new home, consider getting them this beautiful kettle.
Easy to use and ensures that the least amount of dirt and water stay on your produce.
This iron can have up to three letters to spell out someone’s name or just their initials.
A nice gift for coffee lovers, especially those who enjoy a French press or pour-over coffee in the morning.
Each apron is handmade in California, and it’s easy to care for so you know it’ll last a lifetime.
This unique chiller can be used with multiple types of glasses, as long as they have a stem.
Parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that kids can help in the kitchen, but also that cuts can be avoided.
One of the best new cookbooks out now also doubles as an entertaining guide for having friends and family over.

It seems to always be the gift-giving season with so many holidays and birthdays to celebrate every year. If you have someone in your family who loves all things kitchen and food, a great gift is out there if you’re willing to put in a little effort to look around. Start by thinking of a theme or category, then figure out a gift from there. This process will make the gift-buying process so much easier. 

If you’re looking for the perfect gift under $50 that will actually get used or one that your loved one will show off every time someone comes over, then take a look at some of our tried and true favorites, plus a few suggestions from Food Network star and HUNGRY platform chef, Tregaye Fraser.

Here, our list of the best gifts under $50.

Best for the Home Bar: Dirty Sue Martini Mix Two Pack

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What We Love: Great if you don’t always have olives in the fridge, slender bottles are easy to fit onto a packed bar cart

What We Don’t Love: No actual olives in the mix so you’ll still need some for a perfect martini

The Dirty Sue Martini Mix is ideal for friends or family who love to dirty martinis. These small, 12.7-ounce bottles have high-quality olive brine inside, so even if there’s not a jar of olives in the fridge, there’s always some at the bar cart. The only other question someone might have: Do you take your cocktails shaken or stirred?

Best under $25: Pastrymade Vintage Embossing Rolling Pin

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What We Love: Pretty enough to display, each baked good will have a unique design

What We Don’t Love: May be tricky to clean if dough gets stuck in grooves 

For those who love baking pies and cookies, consider this embossed rolling pin by Poland-based Pastrymade. Each of the squares on the pin, made from beechwood, has a different design, so someone can choose to have one large design or several smaller ones. To keep the design as crisp and clean as possible, chill the dough before baking. 

Best for a New Home: Black+Decker 1.7-Liter Electric Kettle - White

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What We Love: Can hold a lot of water, doesn’t take up much counter space, can be used for multiple things

What We Don’t Love: Plastic lid may get brittle over time and with lots of use

If a loved one just moved into a new home, consider getting them this beautiful Black+Decker Electric Kettle. The honeycomb-patterned small appliance holds 1.7 liters of water, which is plenty for a few cups of tea or a French press coffee pot. Plus, it has a removable anti-scale filter. This electric kettle has a really pretty yet subtle pattern that would match most kitchens. 

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Best for Veggie Lovers: Oxo Good Grips Little Salad and Herb Spinner

Oxo Good Grips Little Salad and Herb Spinner

What We Love: Non-slip pump and base, brake stops the spinner immediately 

What We Don’t Love: There are a few parts to keep track of, might be hard to store if you don’t have ample cabinet space 

After items like lettuce, herbs, kale, and anything else you want really dry have been washed, give them a whirl—with a press of a knob—in this salad and herb spinner by OXO Good Grips. The spinner, which hsa a 3-quart capacity, is easy to use and ensures that the least amount of dirt and water stay on your produce so they stay fresh in the fridge for longer. Plus, it functions as a colander.

Best for Grill Masters: Sloan Brands Personalized Three-Letter Miniature Steak Branding Iron

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What We Love: Unique gift that someone likely doesn’t have, easy to use as long as the end gets hot enough

What We Don’t Love: Finish might come off if not cleaned properly

Personalized gifts are a fun idea for the person who has everything, and when that person is a grill master, a fun idea is a steak-branding iron, like this customizable one by Sloan Brands. This iron can have up to three letters to spell out someone’s name or just their initials. The branded letters are 1.25 inches tall and all three letters are about 2.5 inches wide. Your grill master will be walking around the kitchen or outside, branding everything from steaks to grilled chicken with this gift. 

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Best for Coffee Lovers: Capresso Cool Grind Pro Blade Coffee Grinder

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What We Love: Easy to clean, cord is stored in base, compact

What We Don’t Love: Grind button is small and might be hard to control

Coffee grinders are a nice gift for coffee lovers, especially those who enjoy a French press or pour-over coffee in the morning. This coffee grinder has a stainless steel blade and pulsing action to get a custom grind, from coarse to medium, for however someone enjoys their coffee. Plus, it has a clear lid and can accomodate enough grounds for about 15 cups of coffee.

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Best Design: BlueCut Line Apron

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What We Love: Multiple pockets, easy to clean and maintain

What We Don’t Love: Brass hardware can weather and lose its luster

“There is no point in having a beautiful kitchen tool that doesn’t work. Practical is always better,” says Tregaye Fraser. Luckily, this well-designed apron is both of those things: a kitchen must-have and a practical gift to give. The BlueCut line apron has multiple pockets (including two lap pockets and a two-slot pen/thermometer pocket) to put just about anything someone might need to make a recipe, as well as 40-inch long waist ties so it will fit almost everyone. Each BlueCut Apron is handmade in California, and it’s easy to care for so you know it’ll last a lifetime. 

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Best for Wine Lovers: VoChill Personal Wine Glass Chiller

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What We Love: Keeps wine chilled for a long time, cradle detaches from the base and doesn’t take up a lot of room in the freezer

What We Don’t Love: Does not work with stemless or extra-wide glasses, not dishwasher-safe

Every wine lover needs a personal wine glass chiller like this one from VoChill. The elevated chiller rests a wine glass inside a frozen cradle to keep it just the right temperature for over an hour (and for more than 45 minutes in the hot, shaded outdoors). VoChill Personal can be used with multiple types of glasses, as long as they have a stem. The chiller comes in multiple colors: blush, quartz, sand, and stone.

Related: The Best Wine Fridges

Best for Kids: Little Kitchen Helper Knife Set

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What We Love: Each utensil has a safety guard, built for child-sized hands, easy to maintain each blade's sharpness without getting too sharp to handle safely 

What We Don’t Love: Eventually kids will need to graduate to larger tools that may not have the safety measures built in

“For children, a junior chef knife kit is awesome,” says Food Network's Tregaye Fraser. “Kids can build their skills and confidence in the kitchen. The parent has peace of mind knowing that the utensils are relatively safe and not too sharp for the child,” she adds.

Which is where the Little Kitchen Helper Knife Set comes in. When kids are ready to make the jump from helping stir batters to actually using sharp kitchen tools like knives and peelers, get them this kit, which comes with a rounded-tip chef’s knife, a y-shaped vegetable peeler, and a finger guard. Parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief knowing that kids can definitely help in the kitchen, but also that cuts can be avoided. 

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Best Cookbook : Everyday Entertaining: 110+ Recipes for Going All Out When You're Staying in

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What We Love: Easy-to-follow recipes with ingredients that are readily available; bright, beautiful pictures 

What We Don’t Love: Might be hard to find room for this book if you have a large collection

One of the best new cookbooks on the shelves also doubles as an entertaining guide for having friends and family over. The Everyday Entertaining cookbook has more than 110 recipes, including a scrumptious green chile queso and refreshing blood orange margaritas. You’ll find recipes for everything from appetizers to dessert to brunch staples. The book is great for friends who love entertaining or those looking to add something fun to their cookbook shelf. 

Best under $10: 100 Pieces Parchment Paper Baking Sheets 8 x12 Inches

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What We Love: Fits on most baking trays, can be cut to fit into a toaster oven or air fryer

What We Don’t Love: Not super thick so oil might sometimes seep through 

If there’s someone on your list who absolutely loves cooking but hates scrubbing pans afterward, pre-cut parchment paper sheets are a great gift under $10. These sheets keep everything from cookies to vegetables from sticking to a baking tray and make cleanup super easy since there’s no scrubbing and scraping off bits of food. 

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Best Advent Calendar: Bonne Maman 2021 Limited Edition Advent Calendar

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What We Love: Gorgeous packaging, fruit spreads are high-quality and perfectly portioned

What We Don’t Love: The advent calendar is heavy for the first few days before opening each door

Advent calendars are a great gift, especially if you plan on meeting up with friends and family early in the holiday season. One option that people always patiently wait for each year is the Bonne Maman advent calendar. The beautiful 24-day gift is filled with 24 fruit jams, jellies, and honey (in 1-ounce jars), which can be used on everything from morning toast to evening desserts. These spreads are made with simple ingredients (and no high fructose corn syrup), and consist of festive flavors including cherry with hibiscus flower, peach with jasmine, and wild blueberry with lemon balm.

FAQs

What are good gifts to get a home cook? 

“When you’re thinking about buying a kitchen gift for a loved one, you should think about what it is that the person likes to cook, but most importantly, their level of skill in the kitchen,” says Fraser. She also mentions that anything that helps someone cut down prep time and get to the table faster is ideal, like a food processor or salad spinner. 

Why Trust Simply Recipes?

Megan duBois is a kitchen and lifestyle expert for Simply Recipes. Throughout her career she has tested an endless amount of products, from TikTok-famous gadgets to chef-approved knife sets. To choose the best products for this article, she consulted product reviews, interviewed an expert, and considered each products’ design, functionality, and price to make wise choices for the consumer.

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