gift guide $50 and under

Unique Food Gifts That Are $50 and Under

The best gifts that are also easy on your wallet.
By Hayley Sugg
October 30, 2020

If you've got a budget and an ever-growing list of holiday gift recipients, then we've got you covered. From tasty gift baskets to must-have kitchen gadgets, we've rounded up some of our favorite products that your friends and family will enjoy while never knowing they were budget-friendly too. For an excellent gift you can bank on them loving, check out our list of best food gifts for $50 and under.

Gifts $50 and Under for 2020

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Calphalon Classic Hard-anodized Nonstick Panini Pan with Press
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Press Onward

Sandwiches are fine, but once you've made a crunchy-on-the-outside and gooey-on the-inside panini, there's no going back. Recreate this tasty technique at home with Calphalon Nonstick Panini Pan. It has ridges for leaving toasty grill marks, which also works well for searing meats and veggies, and a press to ensure a perfectly melted panini. 

$50.00
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Stonewall Kitchen One Batch Breakfast Gift with jam, maple syrup, and a whisk
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Breakfast Bunch

Any brunch enthusiasts in your life will look forward to rolling out of bed to use this One Batch Breakfast Gift Set from Stonewall Kitchen. Each box includes pancake and waffle mix, wild Maine blueberry jam, New England maple syrup, coffee, and a balloon whisk for whipping up your breakfast.

$20.00
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Joseph Joseph Folio 4-piece Cutting Board Set on a white background
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Modern Mise En Place

The organized cook in your life won't be able to resist this Joseph Joseph Folio Cutting Board Set. Four modern colorful boards are all easily organized in a sleek stand. Your friend's or loved one's kitchen will have never looked more put together. 

$50.00
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Acid League Holiday Kit on a white background
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Creative Cultures

Featuring four varying flavors of vinegar, Acid League's Holiday Kit is a must-have for experimental foodies. Each vinegar is a "living" cultured ferment, packed with bold tastes — sometimes ranging from sweet to bitter to earthy — that are perfect for creating unique cocktails, salad dressings, sauces, and more. 

$48.00
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Grill Prep Trays on a black marble background
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Get Grilling

The grill master in your life will appreciate these helpful Grill Prep Trays from Williams Sonoma. Made of shatter-resistant melamine, the red tray can be used for raw meats. Then, switch them over to the black after a trip to the grill. Keep your kitchen safe and stylish without the confusion or illness concerns.

$20.00
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Sugarwish Candy 8-Pack in a blue box with a red ribbon
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Sweet Dreams

Give your loved ones a "kid in a candy store" feeling again with this 8-Pack Custom Candy Box from Sugarwish. Just pick your holiday message and select from 70 candy varieties, ranging from chocolate to gummies and vintage classics.

$50.00
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FinaMill Spice Grinder with two pods
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Spice It Up

If your giftee loves convenience at the touch of a button, then buy them this FinaMill electric spice grinder. With interchangeable pods to avoid cross contamination, you can easily grind up some black peppercorns, switch to coarse sea salt, then finish off the dish with a dusting of red pepper flakes. It's a must-have for any spice enthusiast.

$30.00
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Woman wearing an Apron Tool Kit
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Twill Tools

Keep your clothes clean and your tools handy with this Apron Tool Kit from Sur La Table. Made of a heavy tan twill, the large side pockets are perfect for neatly holding the included spatula and tongs.

$50.00
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Sur La Table
Oster Heat Soft Hand Mixer with a white background
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Forgetful Baker

Anyone who does last-minute baking or has a hard time remembering to leave the butter out will love this helpful Oster Heat Soft Hand Mixer. The tool has a gentle heating feature that warms up ingredients without melting them, easily making butter a texture comparable to sitting out at room temperature for 30 minutes. 

$50.00
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Target
Craft Cocktail Set in a box
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Terrific Trio

Made from a blend of sugar, spices, and fresh citrus, each blend in this Craft Syrup Set is ready to make premium cocktails at a moment's notice. Simply pair them with a splash of booze and some still or sparkling water, and you'll have happy hour in no time. 

$35.00
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W&P Design
Instant Brands Instant Pod Milk Frother on a white background
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Cafe Quality

For that friend who is never without a cup of coffee in their hand, Instant's Milk Frother will seriously change their at-home coffee game. With both hot and cold options, the appliance creates millions of bubbles in dairy or non-dairy milks for a cafe-quality experience.

$30.00
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Walmart
Staub Vintage Mortar and Pestle on a white background
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Going Old School

Skip the food processor or spice grinder and take the DIY route with this Staub Vintage Mortar and Pestle from Sur La Table. With its cast iron base and tip with a beechwood handle, not only will it get the job done when mixing pesto or crushing spices, it will also look great while doing it. 

$30.00
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Stonewall Kitchen Bacon Gift Set in a box
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Bacon Beyond Breakfast

Take bacon beyond the breakfast table with this super savory trio of products from Stonewall Kitchen. The Bacon Gift Set includes a boozy bacon barbecue sauce, maple bacon aioli, and maple bacon onion jam, all of which are perfect for slathering on sandwiches or serving over grilled meats.

$28.00
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Anthropologie Peggy Apron on a grey background
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Wear Your Veggies

For hostesses or anyone wanting to add some class to their kitchen, this Peggy Apron from Anthropologie is an excellent choice. Made from heavy-duty cotton it's easy to clean while keeping you looking stylish.

$32.00
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Enameled Cast Iron Cookware Fondue Set in red
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Get Cheesy

Whether it's for entertaining or just to switch up the dinner routine, this Classic Fondue Set from Cuisinart is sure to be a hit with any cheese lovers. Made from enameled cast iron, it will hold heat well while still being a cinch to clean. 

$50.00
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Nordic Ware Mini Scone Pan with scones
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Mouthwatering Minis

Is anything more adorable than miniaturized baked goods? We think not, and this Nordic Ware Mini Scone Pan is the perfect way to get started making tiny varieties of your favorite scone recipes

$40.00
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Williams Sonoma
candy cane brownies with box
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Peppermint Pep

The Candy Cane Crunch box from Fairytale Brownies includes a dozen delicious treats, perfect for anyone on your list with a sweet tooth. Get festive with peppermint, chocolate chip, cream cheese, or original flavors. Each treat is individually wrapped, so they're great for sharing. 

$36.00
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Dash Popcorn Machine next to a glass bowl of popcorn
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Get Poppin

For the Netflix aficionado amongst your friends, fresh popcorn is a must-have. Easily pop up a batch with the Dash Electric Popcorn Maker. It makes 16 cups at a time, plenty for sharing, and is available in three vivid colors to match your movie room decor.

$20.00
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Target
Pico plant grower with mint on a kitchen counter
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Green Thumb

For the cook in your life who can't get enough of fresh ingredients, the Pico will help them use their green thumb in the kitchen. This handy gadget is self-watering and provides light to all kinds of plants, meaning you can have a personal herb garden with little to no effort.

$34.00
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