9 Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas Under $50

Hi there, my darlings! This week, despite my best intentions, I was inexplicably struck with a case of the lazies combined with a severe case of the sleepies. Being a total night owl, who thrives when the sun goes down, can you believe it if I told you I kept falling asleep before midnight? And that was after I had slept most of the day and napped a good bit too. I can't explain it! But the consequence of such a Rip Van Winkle syndrome was that I managed to miss all my posting windows, which are hard enough to stick to with the time difference! But I managed to rouse my butt today and here's hoping there's a few of you who are last-minute shoppers, much like yours truly, and are still in search of the perfect gift! And hey, even if you're not, I'm hoping these gift ideas will give you inspiration to treat YOURSELF! So, here's a round-up for 9 holiday gift ideas, all for under $50!


1. RITUALS Hammam Secret Candle ($35)

A vitalising scented candle that burns for 50 hours.

Combines the scent of refreshing Eucalyptus with Rosemary that gives a sensationally revitalising fragrance experience.

Burn this candle in your livingroom, bedroom or bathroom to create a special atmosphere.

Good candles can be an expensive affair but this one is worth the price tag. Not only does the refreshing scent uplift your living space but it's pretty large and will last you a good bit of time. When discussing candles and wax, the most important thing I've learned is throw--that is, how well the scent permeates the average room and this one does a great job of that! Perfect for a hostess gift or for your own home, if you're looking to spruce things up in the New Year!

2. RITUALS Vanilla Orchid Fragrance Sticks ($35)

A natural and stylish way to fragrance your home.

Lasts for approximately three months.

Ideal for use in every area of the home: from living room to bathroom, kitchen and toilet.

Combines the aromatic scents of Myrrh and soothing Vanilla.

Want to walk into a beautifully scented home but too nervous to leave candles burning or a wax melter on? Having lived alone for much of my adult life, I can feel your pain! These fragrance sticks are the perfect solution! Incredibly long-lasting, this will scent the room of your choice with a lovely fragrance. Another perfect hostess gift!


3. PUR COSMETICS Joystick Exfoliating Deep Pore Cleanser ($26.00)

Get a smoother, brighter and healthier-looking complexion this winter with this exfoliating deep-pore cleansing stick. This all-in-one cleanser, exfoliator and toner foams on contact to instantly draw out dirt, oil and impurities with charcoal and Moroccan Lava Clay. In a cute and convenient travel size, pop this stick into your loved ones stockings and bring them some joy!

If you haven't tried this yet, you're really missing out! This stuff is amazing! Not only does it exfoliate, cleanse and tone on contact, but the travel-friendly packaging makes it a travel bag essential. Perfect for those jetsetting girlfriends who care about their skin!

4. FROWNIES Aromatherapy Body Lotion ($25.00)

100% PURE steam distilled, organic,therapeutic grade essential oils, organic aloe blended with silky lipids,make up daily rich full body lotion. You will quickly become committed to the sweet floral fragrance of the essential oils and the soft, silky feel of your skin. 

This lovely lotion became the first casualty of my move. While I was packing, I managed to put this on with stuff to ship to me rather than in my suitcase, even before I managed to take a picture! Which is a shame since I had been using this de-stress after the worst of the packing and was really looking forward to using it here too. Anyways, if you love florals and are looking for a moisturizing body lotion that soothes the senses too, give this one a whirl!


5. PUR COSMETICS The Perfect Matte kit ($34.00)

Your lipstick shouldn’t hurt your lips, so skip the drying lip formulas. The Perfect Matte Collection includes four of our blogger-favorite velvet matte liquid lipsticks and a nourishing lip oil. These Matte Liquid Lipsticks do not flake or dry lips and provides a long-lasting true matte finish. Soft, kissable lips and bold colour – we call that The Perfect Matte.

If you're like me (and the mothership) and matte lippies are your jam, then you definitely need this kit! Super affordable, this kit contains four super pigmented, incredibly wearable shades that glide on velvety smooth and feel absolutely amazing on!

Shown below, from left to right, Addiction, Oh Bae, Agave Lip Oil, Obsessed and Key Red. Me being me, my faves are Addiction and Key Red!

6. MALLY BEAUTY Season of Sparkle Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra 5-Piece Collection ($29.25)

All of your holiday eye shadow looks in one place! This five-piece collection of Shadow Stick Extras features wearable, buildable shades. Refreshingly easy to apply, they will take your makeup from day to evening holiday party in a flash.

Shadow Stick Extras are the queen of multi-tasking and stay looking gorgois from the minute you put them on until you decide to take them off! You have 45 seconds of play time and then after that, your eyeshadow is going to be smudge-proof, transfer-proof and crease-proof! Go for a light, sheer wash of color, or layer for more intensity. You can even use them as a beautiful smudgy eyeliner for a smoldering, smoky eye, so it’s super easy to go from day to night!

Also available at Ulta and QVC in five shades: Bliss, Brownstone, Mahogany, Moonlight and Timeless Taupe

Can you even beat that price?! 5 gorgeous, wearable, blendable shades that look fabulous whether you use them as eyeshadows or line your waterline with them. I love how soft yet pigmented these shades are and they truly do not budge once you let them dry! If you're a makeup lover, this needs to be in your stash!

Shown below, from left to right, Bliss, Moonlight, Timeless Taupe, Mahogany and Brownstone. I really couldn't pick a fave and believe me, I tried!

7. MALLY BEAUTY H3 Lip Gloss Trio ($18.75)

Hydration, hydration, hydration. It’s key, especially when it comes to your lips! Designed to give lips a perfectly smooth finish, this high-shine hydrator packs a triple punch of moisture. The ultra-glossy formula feels feather-light on lips and adds an extra dose of shine leaving lips looking perfect every time. Try each color on its own, or layer on your favorite hues to create your own signature shade.

These weightless, hydrating lip glosses will give lips a moisturized, smooth, long lasting patent finish! Created to hydrate and treat lips every time you apply, these must-have glosses are the perfect finishing touch to your look!

Trio includes:
H3 Lip Gloss in Shimmering Nude, Orchid Berry, Pink Daisy

I have to admit I don't reach for glosses very much anymore, preferring my mattes. But if you love your glosses, these feel so good! They are light yet pigmented and not overly sticky. Layer one over your fave matte for added dimension and shine!

Shown below, clockwise from top left, Orchid Berry, Perfect Nude, Tea Rose. Orchid Berry definitely stole my heart!

8. REAL TECHNIQUES Bold Metals™ Collection: Spotlight Essentials Set ($40.00)

Create a fresh, beautiful look with the help of our Spotlight Essentials. We’ve combined three uniquely cut brushes to help you draw attention to your eyes and cheeks. Each brush has multiuse bristles designed to work with cream, powder, and liquid makeup.
  • 300 tapered blush: specially-designed tip highlights and sculpts across cheeks for seamless finish
  • 102 triangle concealer: flat edge highlights the tops of cheekbones and angled edges contour around eyes, nose and chin to mask imperfections
  • 203 tapered shadow: densely packed and precision cut for blending shadow into the crease and eyelid for a seamless finish
  • exclusive brush roll: store your brushes in this brush roll that doubles as a clutch

Unless you're a professional makeup artist, a couple of good brushes is all you need, especially when on the go or traveling! This handy little trio of super soft yet sturdy brushes should meet your needs quite well. Plus the metallic handles and lovely brush roll means that you can stay uber chic even while you're getting ready!



This last one on the list is a bonus--a 3-in-1, if you will! I had the opportunity to try out 3 separate styling tools from Gold N Hot--the Ceramic Flat Iron, the Spring Curling Iron and the Gold Barrel Hair Dryer. Read on to hear my thoughts on each!

a. GOLD N HOT 24K Gold Spring Curling Iron ($20.99 on clearance)

Gold ’N Hot 24K Gold Spring Curling Iron distributes even, high heat and has an easy glide to a deep and silky shine creating long lasting curls. The golden barrel provides superior heat conductivity with a gold clamp that easily holds hair in place and with an release lever for easy styling. This spring curling iron also features a cool tip for two-handed styling.

Curling irons and hot air brushes are what I reach for most often so I was happy to add another new one to my stash. I loved the barrel of this baby and the protective tip--when I wanted big, bouncy curls, this iron really did a lovely job!

b. Gold ‘N Hot Professional 1875 Watt Ionic Ultra-Lightweight Dryer with Tourmaline ($39.99)

This ultra-light dryer outputs tens-of-thousands of negative ions to dry hair faster with less damage resulting in healthy, shiny, beautiful hair. Tourmaline conditioning emits negative ions heat to reduce static frizz and seal in moisture. With 2 Speeds and 6 heat settings, you can achieve any hair style.

This is a pretty good hair dryer, for the price. Nothing too fancy, it will get the job done quickly and efficiently. Great for everyday use!

c. GOLD N HOT 1″ Professional Ceramic Straightening Iron ($39.99) 

This iron’s ceramic floating plates are made to eliminate gaps between plates and create the ultimate polished look. With a quick 60-second heat-up and easy access controls, your styling time is cut down. Ceramic plates distribute heat evenly for fast styling and seal in moisture leaving your hair shiny, silky-soft, frizz-free.

I don't often use straighteners, preferring to smooth and add waves to my hair. But every once in awhile, I do straighten my hair and I really liked this one. Lightweight and easy to use, it left my hair straight and frizz-free but not totally flat. It's a shame it wasn't dual-compatible so I gifted it, along with the dryer and curling iron, to a friend.

So there you have it, my darlings! I hope this little list helped you if you're still shopping for that perfect gift! Tell me in the comments section below if you decide on one of these!

Here's wishing you and your family a very Happy Holidays!

****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****


  1. Nice gift picks! Both of those Mally sets are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. The Mally eye crayon set is a steal. I paid $20 for one of them so that price is amazing. There are some great picks here.

  3. Great ideas! I haven't tried Mally, but the products look pretty great.

  4. Those Mally sets look great. Especially those shadow sticks, I hear raves about them.


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