Gift Guide: Casual Gifts Under $50 - Clementine Daily

Gift Guide: Casual Gifts Under $50

This month's Guest Editor, Rita Mehta of The American Edit, shares her go-to gift guide for those we want to thank but don't know quite so intimately, including colleagues, mentors and other acquaintances.
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Hopefully you're nearing the end of your holiday shopping (though if you haven't started yet, we have one more guide coming for you!) and have found it to be a little less stressful this year...or at least have been able to feel better about your purchases by supporting socially motivated brands and businesses. We have learned that gifting is far more enjoyable when we focus on what we love and admire about the special people in our lives. However, this strategy has one pitfall: what do you give to those you don't know that well, but still care about and want to acknowledge?

As we head into the peak of the holiday season, you are probably finding yourself wanting to thank certain acquaintances for helping you in various ways, whether for hosting your family or for working with you in a professional capacity. The best and most valuable present might be a truly thoughtful thank you card — if you put the time into a well-written note, there's no need to add anything else. But, if you still want to include a little extra something, we've come up with some meaningful, substantial options that don't break the bank. 

These tried and true favorites that are all under $50. They're sourced from independent shops, but you should be able to find similar items at any of your local businesses. If you are feeling really motivated, we recommend keeping a few of these on hand at all times, so that you always have a last-minute present available when the need arises.

Image Credit: Idun

Image Credit: Idun

A gift for the party hostess that will stand out from all of the bottles of wine:

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Image Credit: MILLE

A gift for the hostess who is letting you stay in her home:

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Image Credit: Appointed

A gift for your mentor, trainer, acupuncturist, favorite shop-keeper...or someone else with whom you have a one-sided relationship and want to show your appreciation in a tangible manner:

Image Credit: Idun

Image Credit: Idun

A gift for a friend, family member or colleague who just had a new baby:

Image Credit: Polka Dot Club

Image Credit: Polka Dot Club

A gift for the new baby:

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A gift for your coworker:

p.s. Is your toughest-to-please giftee a new mom or a design junkie, or just someone who already has it all but deserves the best?