Holiday gift guide: everything under $50

February 6, 2021

For the accessory bandit

Herschel Toques + Hip Packs

Photo by Herschel

Price: $20 and up

Toque up. We all know Canadian winters are a force to be reckoned with. Stay warm all season long with Herschel’s lineup of colourful knit toques. Whether you’re slapping pucks on the outdoor rink or shovelling snow off your driveway, you can keep your head in the game with a Canadian staple. 

While you’re at it, find a hip pack for that person in your life that just always seems to have their hands full. Simply sling it around your shoulder or wear it the traditional way to make carrying day-to-day essentials easier.

U.N. Luggage Corkcicle Drinkware and Card Protector Wallet

Photo by U.N. Luggage

Price: $30 and up

For the nomad or the person that’s always on the go, U.N. Luggage has them covered. Gift them a tumbler, canteen, mug, or any drinkware made by Corkcicle to suit their hot and cold beverage needs. The non-slip bottoms make them the perfect travel accessory to grab and go.

Whether it’s a quick trip to the mountains or a stop at the grocery store, your person will also appreciate having everything in one place. Gift them the Card Protector Wallet too. It’s a sleek wallet without all the bells and whistles made for the true minimalist. With coffee in hand and cards in their pocket, they’re all set to take on the world.

The Plaid Giraffe Unique Stocking Stuffers

Photo by The Plaid Giraffe


Price: $6–$36

Close out 2020 with a mish-mash of unique gifts. Besides chocolate and the usual lip balms and candles that make their way into your stockings, The Plaid Giraffe recommends mixing it up. They’ve come out with special stocking stuffers including a Reusable Dish Scrubbie, Poo Pourri toilet spray, a wine hook, and this year’s most unforgettable gift — the 2020 Toilet Paper Ornament.

These one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers are great for secret Santa and are sure to bring a good laugh to those who appreciate the little things. The Plaid Giraffe also carries traditional gifts like scrunchies, headbands, and bar soaps. Shop their stocking stuffers while they last.

For the coffee lover

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Gift Bundle

Photo by Phil & Sebastian

Price: $41.50

Coffee connoisseurs know that the start of a good day depends on a fresh roast. Calgary-based Phil & Sebastian comes through with their Coffee + Toque gift bundle to keep anyone warm this season. 

What’s better than a smooth, chocolatey roast and cozy headwear? The coffee fanatic in your life can get snug this winter with this power pair. And if they’re big on the bean, chances are they’ll appreciate the vessel it comes in, too. Show your people you care with Phil & Sebastian’s Enamel Mugs, Porcelain Cups, or online gift cards.

For the self-care enthusiast

Portia-Ella Stocking Stuffers and Gift Sets

Photo by Portia-Ella

Price: $5–$50

Up your gift game with locally-made products that feel good and smell even better. Portia-Ella, a Winnipeg-based ethical skincare brand, takes the cake for their broad selection of gift ideas. Shop the latest vegan-friendly and sustainability-focused stocking stuffers, all under $30. Round up lip balms, masks, and soaps for the people in your life who deserve a little more TLC.

If you’re looking for something more substantial, go with their curated gift sets, like the Men’s Skincare Gift Set ($30) or the Skin Care Starter Kit ($30). Portia-Ella has no shortage of self-care goodies for those looking to maximize their gift-giving.

SOAK Bath Co. Bath Bomb Gift Box

Photo by SOAK Bath Co.

Price: $20

What do you get the person that already has everything? You can’t go wrong with the self-care route. Any excuse to pamper yourself is good enough for us, and SOAK Bath Co. comes in hot this holiday season with their artisanal luxury bath and body products. 

This all-natural, handcrafted brand based in Niverville, Manitoba offers the joy we could all use a little more of. Their Mini Bath Bomb Gift Box features four popular scents: Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Lavender, and Oatmeal, Milk & Honey. This makes the perfect gift for your mom, grandma, BFF, and it’s even a hit with the kids.

This box is as beautifully packaged as they get, making the gift-giving experience as easy as possible. SOAK also offers a range of curated gift sets from $20–75, so you can take your pick.

For working from home

EPH Apparel Ties

Photo by EPH Apparel

Price: $30–$50

Look as sharp as ever on your video calls. EPH Apparel makes your work from home uniform even stronger with their endless selection of premium ties. There’s a tie fit for every mood and day of the week that calls on the style fiends and fashion-forward men in your life.

Dress up any casual outfit. Add flair to your usual button-down and show up to your meetings ready to wow in more ways than one. Plus, these ties make a great finish to any outfit, especially for making an appearance at online Christmas parties or holiday virtual drinks.

PlantX Indoor Plants & Plant-based Meal Kits

Photo by PlantX

Price: $5–$56

Since we’re all WFH, help your colleagues, friends, and family spruce up their desk or home office to create a productive sanctuary. No one does this better than PlantX, who covers all your plant dreams and then some.

More than just a pretty sight, plants have been proven to produce cleaner air and keep you motivated to get things done. They’re also known to boost creativity and reduce stress. With plants of all shapes and sizes, PlantX makes any workspace come alive. 

To go the extra mile, browse their plant-based menu and surprise your loved ones with a meal sent directly to their doors. Plus, stock up on goodies such as vitamins, skincare essentials, and gift baskets.

For the sweet tooth

Saturday Sweets Holiday Gift Box and Sweet Bags

Photo by Saturday Sweets

Price: $4–$32

What would the holidays be without something sweet? Treat the sweet tooths in your life with Saturday Sweets, Canada’s first all-vegan and gluten-free online candy store. Based in Calgary, Alberta, this family-run business is inspired by the Scandinavian tradition, Lördagsgodis, where Swedish children visit local stores to buy a bag of pick n’ mix candy on Saturdays.

Personalize your holiday candy bags as stocking stuffers with all your friends and family’s favourites. From Fizzy Cola Bottles to salted caramel fudge, you might even find the sweet treat you’ve been craving from your childhood.

If you have trouble choosing, shop their Holiday Sweet Bags or go with their Holiday Gift Box, 700g of assorted gluten-free Pick N’ Mix to really pack a punch. 

For the little ones

Coco Bean Tummy Time Pillows

Photo by Coco Bean

Price: $35

Have a little one in your life? Coco Bean’s stylish baby mats and accessories make a welcome addition to any new mom’s home. Handmade with love and care in Cochrane, Alberta, they sell luxury baby playmats that are modern, stylish, and don’t clash with your decor like how many colourful activity mats often do.

Coco Bean’s Tummy Time Pillows are built for ultimate comfort and provide extra support to encourage a longer and more active tummy time. These curved pillows make a great gift for new and expecting mothers.

Support local businesses by shopping online

Finish this year on a high note with gifts that matter. Support your local businesses by checking off all your holiday shopping online this holiday season, and without breaking the bank with these affordable gifts under $50.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a last-minute gift, a stocking stuffer, or an add-on, you’re guaranteed to find something special you won’t find anywhere else when you shop local. Loved this gift guide? Check out our previous Neo Holiday Gift Guide for more unique gift ideas from our favourite Canadian stores. And take your pick from the Local Holiday Gifts section when you open the Neo app.

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