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Gift Guide: Gifts under $50

Just because you're holding yourself to a holiday shopping budget doesn't mean you can't find fantastic gifts for the people in your life who deserve to be wowed. Here are perfect gift recommendations that will keep your spending below $50, but will be priceless to your friends and family.

Boothill Blades Fruit and Veggie Boards

Gifts under $50: Boothill Blades Fruit and Veggie Board ($35)

These 5- by 9-inch wooden cutting/serving boards, which slightly vary in size due to their one-of-a-kind hand-crafting, provide a look of natural style when used to present party bites, and they make a perfectly-sized platform for cutting lighter portions of veggies, fruits and more. Even better? Each board comes preseasoned with mineral oil and protective and restorative board butter, which makes it beautiful and ready to use as soon as your giftee unwraps it.

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Hoffmaster Woodworks folding wine table in action

Gifts under $50: Hoffmaster Woodworks Folding Wine Table ($49.50)

If that special someone happens to be a fan of wine and the outdoors, give them something that supports both. This convenient and portable wine table lets you create an instant wine picnic anywhere there's soft-enough soil for the staking, and it holds not only your bottle but two wine glasses. With your leftover money, you can even start them off with an affordable bottle of their favorite pinot!

Get the folding wine table here

Cangshan D Series 8-inch chef

Gifts under $50: Cangshan D Series 8-inch Chef's Knife ($29.95)

A proper chef's knife is among the most essential kitchen tools for serious home chefs. If you know someone who loves cooking but hasn't yet made the leap to above-average cutlery, get them started with this under-$30, German steel blade. With its elegant and functional design and durability, it's a great item for beginner and intermediate home chefs looking to go a cut above.

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Hudson & Lee cocktail gift set

Gifts under $50: Hudson & Lee Cocktail Gift Set ($49.99)

Got a mixology-minded friend or family member? Help them perfect their craft with this four-piece set, which comes in a clear, pre-wrapped gift box and includes a screw-on, copper-topped Mason jar cocktail shaker, honey simple syrup, and a few recipes to get started, including margarita-making instructions printed on a bar towel.

Get the cocktail gift set here

Victorinox cheese knife

Gifts under $50: Victorinox Lockable Red Cheese Knife ($44.99)

If a person loves cheese, sooner or later they're gonna need a good cheese knife. Be the friend they deserve and purchase this Swiss-Army-Knife-inspired pocket knife, which has a cheese blade whose cutouts ensure limited cheese-sticking, a serrated bread blade and a handy corkscrew, because cheese and wine go together like friends and holiday gifts.

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UncommonGreen 18th & 21st Amendment rocks glass set

Gifts under $50: UncommonGreen 18th & 21st Amendment rocks glass set ($28)

December 2017 marks 100 years since Congress approved the first resolution to establish a nationwide prohibition of alcohol sales. That makes this holiday season a perfect opportunity to gift this set of two 11-ounce cocktail glasses with printed constitutional amendments — one memorializing the passage of the 18th Amendment, which banned booze sales, and the other touting the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition. By purchasing this set of two rocks glasses, your special drinking buddy will always be ready to celebrate being legally free to consume his or her favorite adult beverages, and may even invite you over for a pour.

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Stoneware & Co. 14-ounce Mug

Gifts under $50: Stoneware & Co. 14-ounce Mug ($14)

The neutral tones of this cylindrical handmade mug make it ideal for both women and men, as long as they're fans of warm beverages. At only $14.99, you know it'll get used year-round, whether for holiday egg nog or anytime coffee.

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Mike Jordan is Southern Kitchen's former associate editor. He was also the host of our podcast, Sunday Supper. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Huntsville Times, American Way, Upscale, Time Out, NewsOne, Fatherly and Thrillist, where he served as the founding Atlanta editor. He lives in East Point, Ga., with his amazing wife and daughter, and loves writing, playing alto saxophone, cooking, craft beer, and cocktails. He is admittedly much better at these things than basketball, so never choose him for your pickup team.