50 Gifts Under $50 from Local Shops

From handmade goods to stunning art, here's our budget-conscious guide to gift shopping locally.

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When it comes to choosing thoughtful gifts, big-box chains simply can’t compete with the bewitching baubles found in local shops. To help you find one-of-a-kind presents this season, we’ve scoured dozens of stores across the city. Sourced from local shops, boutiques, and Boston-based makers, our selections run the gamut so you can find the perfect present for everyone on your list. Here, find our budget-conscious guide to 50 gifts under $50. —With additional reporting by Sam Peters

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lekker home

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Steel Stand Clock, $50
Lekker Home, 1313 Washington St., Boston

Designed by Copenhagen-based Norm Architects, this powder-coated steel time teller makes a bold statement. Its sleek and simple design is available in light and dark grey.

Flock Boston

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Beaded Hand Bracelet, $50
Flock, 274 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA 02118

This dainty bracelet is an elegant accessory for both formal and casual ensembles. Flock notes the “subtle studs provide this hand bracelet with delicate texture.”


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Laser-Cut Necklace, $49

For lovers of all things Art Deco, this laser-cut necklace made of maple wood is the perfect gift. The handmade, Metropolis-esque pendant and its golden chain can be worn as a statement piece or layered with other necklaces.

Ogusky Ceramics

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Olive Oil Decanter, $48
Ogusky Ceramics

You didn’t realize you could store soy sauce in a nifty-looking vessel, did you? This handmade olive oil decanter can also store vinegar, soy sauce, and other stove-side essentials.

Craft and Caro

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Huntsman Swiss Army Knife, $48
Craft and Caro

Available in hardwood, black, and red, this classic Swiss army knife is what the outdoors-lover in your life has always wanted. It comes with 15 features and is never short of uses.

December Thieves

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Doll Head Cup and Saucer, $45
December Thieves, 88 Charles St., Boston

Enjoy a warm cup of tea from one of these whimsical doll head vessels. Made of porcelain, this one-of-a-kind kitchenware will set you apart from the rest of the caffeine addicts in the office.

wildhumm bianca bello

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Strawberry Fields Art Print, $42

Artist Bianca Bello quit pursuing her master’s degree in chemistry to make art full time. The former Bostonian now sells her light and airy pieces online and in stores.

Bobbles and Lace

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Envelope Clutch, $42
Bobbles and Lace, Multiple locations across Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Made of vegan leather, this dark grey envelope-style clutch is simple and chic. It has a detachable gold chain strap for hands-free carrying.

Boston General Store

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Chilote Wool Slippers, $42
Boston General Store, 305 Harvard St., Brookline

For your favorite ski bum, these toasty wool slippers are a much-needed comfort. Handmade in Patagonia, they conform to the wearer’s foot and come with a repair kit.

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