22 Smart Gifts For Every Adult in Your Life — All Under $50
As you narrow down your holiday shopping and cross everyone off your list, it can be difficult to find those perfect presents. Oftentimes, the hardest people to shop for are adults because you want to get them a gift that's cool, actually useful, and something they typically wouldn't think to buy for themselves. Finding those winners is easier said than done, so that's where we come in. No matter if the adult you're shopping for is a parent, relative, neighbor, teacher, friend, or someone different, there are so many gifts on the market to satisfy their grown taste.
Ahead, we curated a list of top picks we think they'll love. From herbs that will deliver to their doorstep to stainless steel tumblers and even some relaxing beauty gifts that they can use at night, your loved one will be grateful your present is something they can get good use out of (and most likely won't buy for themselves). The best part: they're all under $50, so you don't have to worry about overspending and breaking your budget. Keep reading to shop for the top gifts for adults.
— Additional reporting by Krista Jones
A Moisturizing Lip Balm: Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm
If you've caught a loved one complaining of dry lips, pick them up this Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm ($23) to make their lips feel better. The balm features shea and murumuru-seed butter to moisturize and condition the lips. It can even be used overnight as a moisturizing lip mask. After all, it's a POPSUGAR editor favorite for a reason. Read our review of the Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm for more.
A Water Bottle: Stanley Adventure Quencher Tumbler
Just like the rest of the internet, Peloton instructor, Kendall Toole, and Studio McGee designer and co-founder Shea McGee both are huge fans of the Stanley Adventure Quencher Tumbler ($59). It's a gift that every adult will enjoy using at the gym or on the go (and even fits in most cup holders). It keeps drinks hot for seven hours, cold for 11 hours, and iced for nearly two days!
A Cozy Find: Sioro Long Sleeve Silk Pajama Set
You can't go wrong with a pair of trendy, luxe PJs as a gift, and these Sioro Long Sleeve Silk Pajama Set ($33) are so soft and lightweight, you'll probably end up buying yourself a pair. The pajamas are delicate on the skin and won't cause friction or irritation. Plus, they come in a variety of colors.
For the Skin-Care Enthusiast: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($24) offers extra moisture and hydration for those with dry lips. It contains vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, and it's an Allure 2019 Best of Beauty winner. Give the gift of buttery-soft lips with this sleep mask, which is infused with murumuru seed and shea butter. Read our review of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask for more.
For Their Sleep Ritual: Glow Night Light
Most people don't know how much they're in need of a nightlight, and this Glow Night Light ($32, originally $35) is a great option. The light features a motion sensor that will turn on as needed. It's not too bright, either. The glow nightlight comes with two lights, so they can light up multiple rooms. Read our review of the Casper Glow Night Light for more.
A Stylish Organizer: Open Spaces Nesting Trays
Open Spaces has a number of stylish organizers that are perfect for any adult who's trying to get their home in order. The Open Spaces Nesting Trays ($48 for three) can be used so many ways, either in the kitchen or at an entryway table. They're a POPSUGAR editor's favorite, too. Read our detailed product review of the Open Spaces Nesting Trays here.
Stylish New Towels: Parachute Waffle Towels
These Parachute Waffle Towels ($29-$156) look so soft and cozy. They're perfect for the person who loves home decor and could use a bathroom refresh. Available in four different colors to best match their bathroom, these towels' lightweight and minimal design will make their next self-care day even better.
A Personalized Mug: Tiled Margot Monogram Mug
The adult in your life can elevate their morning brew routine with a more personalized touch provided by this Tiled Margot Monogram Mug ($10, originally $14). The mug is available to shop in just about every monogram style you could imagine. And the muted tile design is especially chic.
A Hydrating Hand Cream: Evolvetogether Havana and Monaco Hydrating Hand Cream Duo Set
Their hands will never feel dry again with this Evolvetogether Havana and Monaco Hydrating Hand Cream Duo Set ($48) on hand. The creams are created with a BCE vitamin complex that is hydrating and protects and restores the skin barrier. They absorb quickly without leaving behind any sticky residue, and their size is perfect to take on the go.
For Hot and Cold Drinks: Contigo Uptown Dual-Sip Stainless Steel Tumbler
Coffee and water sippers will highly appreciate this Contigo Uptown Dual-Sip Stainless Steel Tumbler ($16, originally $19). The tumbler features both a straw and a spout that are perfect for drinks cold and hot. It's spill proof and dishwasher safe. Plus, it's a POPSUGAR editor favorite for its unique design. Read our Contigo Uptown Dual-Sip Stainless Steel Tumbler review for more information.
A Luxury Hand Soap: Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash
If they have yet to experience the Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash ($40), it might just change their life. The formula includes finely milled pumice that gently exfoliates to leave their hands feeling super soft and smooth. Plus, its woody, earthy fragrance is a treat. It's an aesthetically pleasing hand soap that any adult will appreciate receiving.
Easy Slides: Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandals
These Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandals ($45) will always be a part of their wardrobe. These are elevated rubberized slides and water or beach shoes they'll want to wear all the time — especially come spring and summer. They come in a bunch of great colors, too. If you're anti-flip flops, pick these up.
For Their Lips: Thrive Causmetics Sheer Strength Hydrating Lip Tint
If they're always using chapstick, upgrade their balm with this Thrive Causmetics Sheer Strength Hydrating Lip Tint ($26). Not only is its formula incredibly hydrating, but it also comes in multiple tints to give their lips an added pop of color. Its moisture-lock complex will keep their lips hydrated for 24 hours, so they won't have to continuously reapply throughout the evening.
A Practical Gift: Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Cap Water Bottle
While it feels like everyone in the world already has a Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Cap Water Bottle ($45) of their own, the product is great to give, keep, or even sneak in as a stocking stuffer this holiday season, too. Hydro Flasks are super practical. Not only do they help you to stay hydrated, they also limit the use of plastic water bottles.
An Elegant Accent: Cork & Mill Marble Coasters For Drinks
This luxe Cork & Mill Marble Coasters For Drinks ($28) prevent rings and look so stylish. They make an elegant accent in the home and will protect their furniture's surfaces from damage and unwanted moisture. The coasters come in a set of six and are perfect for adults who have visitors often.
A Fun Candle: Homesick Candle
You can personalize any Homesick Candle ($30, originally $38) with a message on the back to let your loved one know how you really feel. Pick out the city they call home, and send it to them as a gift. Its fragrance is subtle, so it won't bother most people to light it.
A Gardening Gift: Modern Sprout Garden Jar Herb Kit
If they're an amateur gardener, this Modern Sprout Garden Jar Herb Kit ($48) is an awesome gift — they can grow herbs right from the kitchen. Complete with two vintage-inspired mason jars, plant food, activated carbon, a water reservoir, and more, this is a gift worth putting on display.
For Work: The Book Club Blue Light Grime in Banishment Glasses
Go easy on the eyes! If they (or really anyone working in front of a computer screen all day) need one thing this year, we'd argue that it's these blue-light glasses. We like the look of these The Book Club Blue Light Grime in Banishment Glasses ($40) in particular.
Cool Tech: Elago Charging Hub
We all know how essential a fully charged phone (or pair of AirPods) is to a blogger. They can charge their phone, watch, and AirPods all at once with this helpful Elago Charging Hub ($29). The minimal look will feel right at home on their nightstand.
A Cleanser: Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser
One of the best presents you can give to someone you love? A certificate to visit their local spa, of course. However, if that's a little bit out of your price range, the next best option is to gift them the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($25), which essentially nourishes the skin with something of an at-home spa experience. Don't take our word for it — just read this editor's Kiehl's Cleanser product review for further proof.
A Cute Mug: W&P Design Porter Mug
They can take their coffee on the go with this cute W&P Design Porter Mug ($24, originally $30). It comes in so many cute colors, but we love this fun terrazzo option. It is microwave and dishwasher safe and made of high-quality ceramic for easy sipping. The mug has a matte silicone sleeve that's super easy to grip.
A Bestselling Candle: Boy Smells Slow Burn Candle
This internet-loved Boy Smells Slow Burn Candle ($46) is truly one of the most popular candles around at the moment, making it a cool and trendy gift for any person in your life. It's also a favorite of POPSUGAR editors, as detailed in our best-scented-candles roundup. The candle was inspired by Kacey Musgraves's hit song — and the country musician even helped to create the scent, which features notes of incense, raspberry, and cedarwood.