21 Parents-Approved Thank You Gifts Under $50 for Everyone in Your Village

If it takes a village to raise a child, you may need a whole lot of gifts come holiday time. This roundup can give you an assist, with 21 picks that are $50 or less.

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Just Haven’t Met You Yet Book, Ikat Indigo Shibori Terracotta Paddle Serving Board, and Bodum Caffettiera French Press. Parents Approved 2021 Seal.
Photo: Illustration by Francesca Spatola; Jeffrey Westbrook (1); Cameo Nouveau (1); MoMA (1)
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Home and Garden

parents approved seal

For the enthusiastic hosts in your life.

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Just Haven't Met You Yet

just haven't met you yet book
Jeffrey Westbrook

For the friend who loves curling up at home, pick up Just Haven't Met You Yet, by Sophie Cousens, a fun meld of drama and romance. When Laura's suitcase gets switched at the airport, she must track down who has it—a potential soulmate, probably? Available November 9.

Price at time of publication: $16

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Eleplanter Self-Watering Planter

moma elephant planter
Courtesy of Scott Henderson

Look closely: The elegant flume on the Eleplanter Self-Watering Planter is in the shape of a trunk. Plop in greenery to gift to a hostess.

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Celia White Vase

cb2 modern vase
Courtesy of CB2

This porcelain Celia White Vase, just under 6 inches tall, is easy to fill with evergreen branches for a teacher or a work wife.

Price at time of publication: $25

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Ikat Indigo Shibori Terracotta Paddle Serving Board

patterned serving boards
Courtesy of Cameo Nouveau

For a playdate parent who's always offering up cheese cubes, wrap a ribbon around this Ikat Indigo Shibori Terracotta Paddle Serving Board.

Price at time of publication: $48

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Bodum Caffettiera French Press

retro fresh press
Courtesy of MoMA

The Bodum Caffettiera French Press brings a retro vibe to any kitchen—and it brews 34 ounces of java to jump-start your giftee's day.

Price at time of publication: $25 for non-member

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Society 6 Serving Tray

society 6 serving tray
Jeffrey Westbrook

A Society 6 Serving Tray acts as a catchall for remotes, magazines, and Goldfish crumbs. Pick from dozens of designs to fit a friend's style.

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Sunrise Trinket Dish

trinket dish
Jeffrey Westbrook

For your preteen niece or favorite aunt, the pretty Sunrise Trinket Dish shows you've noted their great taste in jewelry and want them to have a place to set rings and things overnight.

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Kitchen and Cooking

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For your food-loving friends.

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Tea Drops Boba Bubble Deluxe Tea Kit

The Tea Drops Boba Bubble Tea Kit
Jeffrey Westbrook

Help satisfy a bubble-tea craving at home: The Tea Drops Boba Bubble Deluxe Tea Kit includes tea, creamers, and tapioca.

Price at time of publication: $50

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Que Insulated Bottle

Que bottles
Jeffrey Westbrook

Hot and cold stay cold in the steel Que Insulated Bottle, which has a leakproof bamboo twist top and a ceramic interior. Plus, 10 percent of profits go to the Rainforest Trust.

Price at time of publication: $33

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Levain Signature Cookie Assortment Gift Box

stacked cookies
Jeffrey Westbrook

New York City's favorite chunky cookies ship nationwide. Pick Levain's packs of dark-chocolate chocolate-chip, chocolate-chip walnut, dark-chocolate peanut butter, or oatmeal raisin. (You may need some too.)

Price at time of publication: $29 for 4-pack

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Oleamea Organic Private Select EVOO

Oleamea olive oil
Jeffrey Westbrook

A home chef can never have too much olive oil. This Oleamea Organic Private Select EVOO looks great on a countertop and tastes even better.

Price at time of publication: $26

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No Kid Hungry Tools for Change Silicone Spatulas

silicone spatulas
Jeffrey Westbrook

Designed by celebs like Bobby Flay and Hilary Duff, the No Kid Hungry Tools for Change Silicone Spatulas benefit the organization working to end childhood hunger.

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Compartes Chocolate Bars

chocolate bars
Jeffrey Westbrook

Delight dessert fiends with Compartes chocolate bars, which come in unconventional flavors (like Donuts & Coffee) and equally cool wrappers. Buy a batch and give out several.

Price at time of publication: $10

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Smoking Chunks Variety Pack

chopped wood
Jeffrey Westbrook

Amateur barbecue cooks can experiment with flavor using The Smoking Chunks Variety Pack, which includes pecan, cherry, oak, and hickory pieces that fit any grill or smoker.

Price at time of publication: $49 for standard box

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parents approved seal

For the peeps with a colorful streak.

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Sunshine Tienda's Hand-Painted Earrings

stripped earrings
Courtesy of Sunshine Tienda

Striped, solid, animal-print: Sunshine Tienda's hand-painted earrings have a fun '80s-yet-still-modern vibe and are made from all-natural materials.

Price at time of publication: $54 for Navidad Double Tile

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Motivational Mug

Ted Lasso mug
Courtesy of Etsy

Move over, "Best Dad Ever." There's a new motivational mug in town for holding hot brown water. (The Ted Lasso–obsessed pal in your life will know what this means.)

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Rareform Mini Blake Tote

recycled tote bags
Jeffrey Westbrook

The vinyl billboard you once saw on the side of a highway has been recycled into the durable, wipeable, hold-all Rareform Mini Blake Tote. Each design is different, so your friend will never twin with another mom at school pickup.

Price at time of publication: $40

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John Derian Painter's Palette

john derian paints
Jeffrey Westbrook

The John Derian Painter's Palette 1,000-Piece Puzzle looks like a piece of art, even when halfway done on a coffee table.

Price at time of publication: $20

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Are You Kidding Socks

are you kidding sock
Jeffrey Westbrook

Founded by 7- and 9-year-old brothers, Are You Kidding Socks come in loads of upbeat prints and raise funds for charitable organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Autism Speaks. This cookies-and-milk pair benefits Cookies for Kids' Cancer.

Price at time of publication: $12

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Burn It Up Beanie Easy Crochet Kit

crochet kit
Jeffrey Westbrook

Suitable for needlework newbies, the Burn It Up Beanie Easy Crochet Kit comes with everything to whip up a new winter hat, including a step-by-step pattern to learn basic stitches. The project is simple and satisfying (and pairs nicely with wine and Hulu after the kids head to bed).

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Baggu's Puffy Laptop Sleeve

Baggu laptop sleeve
Jeffrey Westbrook

When schlepping from home to office and back again, friends can protect their computer in Baggu's Puffy Laptop Sleeve. Made from recycled nylon and polyfill, it's like a cozy little sleeping bag for their device.

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