30 Inexpensive Gifts That Say ‘I’m Thinking of You’

We’re firmly in the camp that gasp-inducing gifts don’t always have to be expensive. Sure, it’s nice to treat family and friends to an extravagant indulgence, but money really can’t buy happiness. That’s why we’ve rounded up 30 inexpensive gift ideas f…

We’re firmly in the camp that gasp-inducing gifts don’t always have to be expensive. Sure, it’s nice to treat family and friends to an extravagant indulgence, but money really can’t buy happiness. That’s why we’ve rounded up 30 inexpensive gift ideas for... well, everyone in your life that barely hit $50.

From Otherland’s beautifully packaged candles to Anthro’s bistro-inspired monogram mug you’ve seen all over Instagram, these 30 gifts prove that it’s really the thought that matters most.

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14 Father’s Day Gifts Our Dads Use More Than Dad Jokes

Father’s Day is coming up, which means you’ll need to find a thoughtful yet practical gift that isn’t another tie or punny mug. He’ll appreciate them just the same, but we all know that there are gifts he’ll love and then there are gifts he’ll love-lov…

Father’s Day is coming up, which means you’ll need to find a thoughtful yet practical gift that isn’t another tie or punny mug. He’ll appreciate them just the same, but we all know that there are gifts he’ll love and then there are gifts he’ll love-love.

So, how do you find that perfect present? By checking out the favorite gifts we’ve given our own father figures who never stop calling to tell us about it. From practical noise-cancelling headphones and tool kits to thoughtful donations and music memberships, these 14 gifts are sure to be used more often than his favorite dad jokes (thankfully).

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20 Under-$25 Gifts That’re Totally Priceless

Believe it or not, a big budget is not the only path to a great gift. Sometimes, the very best presents are inexpensive—about the thought and not the price tag. Even if it costs under $25.

Your self-care enthusiast of a sister will appreciate a set of…

Believe it or not, a big budget is not the only path to a great gift. Sometimes, the very best presents are inexpensive—about the thought and not the price tag. Even if it costs under $25.

Your self-care enthusiast of a sister will appreciate a set of eye masks that recreate spa vibes in the home, while your wine-loving bestie will graciously accept a cute bottle tote for all her on-the-go drinking needs. As long as you get personal, the meaning and usefulness of a gift transcends its cost. For your inspiration, we gathered 20 incredibly thoughtful gifts under $25 that are sure to delight and surprise.

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15 Best Gifts for Your Favorite Bookworms

I could describe myself in many ways—mother, sister, hiker, baker, writer, and so on—but reader has remained a longstanding identity, ever since I pieced together my first words as a toddler. My family jokes about my inability to be without a book, and…

I could describe myself in many ways—mother, sister, hiker, baker, writer, and so on—but reader has remained a longstanding identity, ever since I pieced together my first words as a toddler. My family jokes about my inability to be without a book, and they’re not wrong. And because of this, I don’t think there’s any gift as powerful and transportive as a great book—since it opens your world in ways nothing else can.

As someone who considers sitting in a bookstore one of life’s great pleasures (and would happily sit reading over watching a movie any day), I’ve gotten my share of great book-related gifts over the years. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the book lover or avid reader in your life, you’re in the right place. These are my 15 recommendations of gifts—either books or book-adjacent—that would both surprise and delight any reader.

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4 Adult Easter Baskets to Treat a Loved One (Or Yourself) This Year

You’re probably wondering, are adult easter baskets even a thing? I’m here to tell you that they absolutely are—or can be—because it’s 2021 and the sky’s the limit. If you’re in the mood to send some gifts, why not throw together a nice little basket o…

You’re probably wondering, are adult easter baskets even a thing? I’m here to tell you that they absolutely are—or can be—because it’s 2021 and the sky’s the limit. If you’re in the mood to send some gifts, why not throw together a nice little basket of treats for your friend, sibling, or significant other who has fond memories of Easter egg hunts? This can do double-duty in overriding their less-than-fond memories of some terrifying person in a bunny costume, too.

As with all gift baskets, the best adult Easter basket ideas revolve loosely around some kind of theme. Fancy candy (I mean, it is Easter, after all), lots of nostalgia, delicate home accessories, and a coterie of condiments are all decidedly adult, but no less exciting to open than the baskets you received as a child.

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15 Nifty Valentine’s Day Gifts for Those You Love (Yes, Including Yourself)

If you ask us, it’s never a bad time to shower your loved ones with all sorts of warm and fuzzy, heartfelt affirmations. Enveloping someone in a big ol’ hug, volunteering to take out the trash when a Polar Vertex is afoot, relinquishing the last of the…

If you ask us, it's never a bad time to shower your loved ones with all sorts of warm and fuzzy, heartfelt affirmations. Enveloping someone in a big ol' hug, volunteering to take out the trash when a Polar Vertex is afoot, relinquishing the last of the Trader Joe's roasted Gorgonzola-flavored crackers (true love right there)—there are all sorts of ways to show you care.

This Valentine's Day, say ‘I love you!’ in whatever way works for you. And let these neat gifts (all things that we'd happily—and lovingly—give ourselves!) be the icing on the cake.

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33 Genius Edible Holiday Gifts (with Semi-Handy Wrapping Tips)

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.
Things the best edible holiday gifts will always do: w…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

Things the best edible holiday gifts will always do: warm hearts, fill bellies, fuel holiday travel, get shared, spark conversation, inspire your loved ones to start making their own granola (or hot sauce or challah or macaroons), and disappear, leaving only happy memories.

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Our Resident Baking BFF’s Go-To Tools for Better Pies, Cakes, Cookies—You Name It

In Bake it Up a Notch, or Resident Baking BFF, Erin McDowell—and her trusty sidekick, Brimley, our Resident Pie Pup—shows us everything we’ll ever need to know to make our baking faster, easier, and better than ever. From equipment recommendations to i…

In Bake it Up a Notch, or Resident Baking BFF, Erin McDowell—and her trusty sidekick, Brimley, our Resident Pie Pup—shows us everything we'll ever need to know to make our baking faster, easier, and better than ever. From equipment recommendations to in-depth technique tutorials to fixes for every mishap imaginable, Erin's here to save the day (and save our cakes).


If you know someone who loves to bake, they are likely spending more time in the kitchen than ever before. This list is made up of tools I turn to time and time again, that have withstood the test of time and beyond frequent use in my home kitchen—plus a few sources of inspiration for year-round baking. Any baker would be thrilled to unwrap one of these goodies! Wishing everyone happy holidays and happy baking!

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Bold & Bright Home Décor Picks From Our Resident Design Wiz

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Food52’s Resident Design Wiz), Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances wi…

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Food52's Resident Design Wiz), Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic.


A keyword when considering my apartment this past year has definitely been "comfort": how to enhance it, how to create more of it in different corners, and how to be really intentional with purchases that contribute toward that. I wanted to hit that sweet spot of design where things were functional (meaning I would engage with them daily), beautiful, and multi-purpose, but also purchases that were mindful of more delicate budgets this year.

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Our Resident Minimalist’s Faves for a Happy Kitchen & Home

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. And this week, columnist Emma Laperruque is showing us her go-to tools that help those recipes come to life.

Long before I was an …

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. And this week, columnist Emma Laperruque is showing us her go-to tools that help those recipes come to life.


Long before I was an editor at Food52, I was a reader—and a shopper. In particular, I remember one holiday (or was it an anniversary?), not long after my husband and I started dating, when we both surprised each other with gifts from The Shop. He got me a pizza stone that our future cat would shatter—don’t ask—and I got him a tiffin that he no longer uses now that we both work remotely.

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