35 Affordable Employee Christmas Gifts Under $50

September 13, 2021

Better than a fruitcake and way more professional than mistletoe, see our gift list!

Our list of top Christmas gifts for employees under $50 includes name-brand apparel, items to stock their bar, cool tech, yummy snacks, and more! Because let’s face it, your hard-working employees deserve to be recognized for their commitment and service to your company. 

Tips for scoring the best Christmas gifts under $50:

  • Don’t skimp on the quality!
  • Choose sustainable gifts over cheap, novelty items.
  • Make it personal with customization!
  • Include a card with a personal message.

35 Great Christmas Gifts Under $50

1.  A cool hip pack

Who couldn’t use a little extra, hands-free storage? For a hip bag that’s stylish and functional look no further than the Waist Contrast Bag below which includes an external zippered pocket and is perfect for customizing. 

Waist Contrast Bag,  starting at $26 

2. An anything but basic tee

Thanks to the lightweight fabric, 100% combed cotton (don’t worry, it’s preshrunk!) in long or short sleeve styles for him and her, you can give a quality tee they’ll love to wear year-round.   

Ascolour Tees, starting at $26 - $44

3.  A taste of the good life

Ok, it’s not exactly a stunning vacation on a yacht, but it is probably one of the most decadent bars around. Loaded with cake, sprinkles, marshmallows, pretzels, and rainbow sprinkles—it’s a true masterpiece from Compartés.

The Everything Chocolate Bar $9.95

4. An anything-goes beanie

With 13 colors to choose from and a style fit for embroidering, this fisherman-style, cuffed beanie features a one size fits all design for one of the best corporate gifts under 50

Ascolour Beanie starting at $28 

5. A universal hoodie 

Why universal? Because everyone loves a great hoodie, and this one delivers on quality and price. Plus, with a front pouch pocket, jersey-lined hood, and soft-poly cotton blend, it’s designed for a comfortable fit and lasting style.

Unisex Santa Cruz Hoodie starting at $26 

6. A perfect charge

Poolside? Check. Mountains? Check. Off the grid? Check. No matter where your employees go, this dust and waterproof rechargeable powerbank can power up their personal devices, lights, and more for one of the best technology gifts under $50.

Adventure H2O Mini Waterproof Rechargeable Power Bank $39.99

7. A toast for a job well done

The Craft Cocktail kits include everything but the liquor so your employees can toast however they please. Plus, each kit contains ingredients for two drinks so they won’t have to toast alone.

Craft Cocktail Kit Hot Toddy  starting at $12 each

8. An ohhh-so-good gift

Nothing beats a great massage to help us conquer holiday stress, but this soothing neck massager delivers deep muscle relaxation where we need it most making it one of the electronic Christmas gifts under $50 they won’t soon forget. 

Wireless Neck Massager starting at $50

9. A reminder that adventure awaits!

There’s something to be said for being able to just pack up and go. So this insulated vest is just the thing to tempt their wanderlust. Plus with water repellant coating staying warm and comfortable just got easier. 

Packable Puffy Vest starting at $49.98

10. A camper cup that’s legendary 

Stanley calls this 12-oz camper mug legendary, thanks to its double-wall vacuum insulation and secure press-fit lid for drip-free sipping no matter where you are. 

Stanley Mug starting at $15

11. Something to delight their inner child!

Described as a “healthier alternative” to traditional candy, these gummy bears feature California-grown fruit and all-natural, NON-GMO ingredients to delight their adulting side. And, for their inner child, a great-tasting anytime snack!

California Gummy Bears $6.95

12. Soul-soothing greatness

This award-winning gourmet hot cocoa mix now comes in three delish flavors. No wonder Travel + Leisure and USA Today voted it the best hot chocolate in the US!

Gourmet Premium Cocoa Mix starting at $29.90

13. A pint-sized celebration 

Just kidding, but this Areaware Confetti mug does hold 12 oz. of their favorite brew. Designed for comfort and mega-minimalistic style, its no-handle, space-saving design also makes it perfect for stacking!

Areaware confetti cups starting at $22 

14. Casual, sporty comfort

These all-star tees are a home run thanks to their poly-cotton blend fabrication. Plus their sporty raglan style makes them an easy, affordable win. 

Alternative Apparel ¾ sleeve shirts for him and her starting at $13.50-$15.50

15. The perfect meal packer upper

As Stojo says, “expand your life, collapse your footprint.” Aside from being a major meal-helper that keeps foods hot or cold, your recipient will love that it’s the world's safest silicone (think even stricter standards than the FDA’s) and has no chemicals or glues.

Stojo 24 oz. box $16

16. Packable Utensil set

When it comes to eating on the go, things can get a little trashy with one-and-done plastic bags and utensils. But thanks to this Porter compact utensil set, you can upgrade your meal experience with food-grade, lightweight stainless steel that can be used on repeat.

W&P Porter Utensil set starting at $15

17. An outstanding write-up!

When it’s time to take notes, your employees will love having stylish quality notepads from Field Notes. Made in the USA, these durable, quality notebooks come in an assortment of styles featuring graph or ruled pages. For a more personal touch, customize it with your company’s logo. 

Field Notes set starting at $12.95

18. Great tech gifts under $50

Your hardworking employees will appreciate these sleek tech cables from Native Union that will help keep them power up so they stay connected.

Native Union Cable Belt and Key Cable starting at $29.99 - 34.99

19. Cool designer gifts under 50 

Designed by Ben Medansky, these unique coasters are every bit as fun as they are functional. Plus, your employees will love having stylish coasters on display as opposed to unsightly water rings on their tables. 

Areaware coasters $45

20. Innovative, award-winning sound!

While that might already sound like we’ve blown our technology gifts under $50 budget, thanks to Lexon and their affordable speaker you can. In fact you’ll get high-quality sound and a floating (yes, as in unsinkable!) speaker that you can control with your smartphone. Check out their reddot award.

Lexon Mino X Floating Bluetooth Speaker $39.90

21. A headset with mega game!

The ultimate headset for gamers! JBL’s Quantum 100 Wired Over-Ear Gaming Headset with a detachable microphone is said to “makes every scene epic with realistic soundscape for a competitive advantage.” Perfect for helping your employees get their game on outside of work.

JBL Headset $39.95 

22. A little holiday R&R 

While you may not be able to score them a day at the spa, you can bring the spa to them with this Coastal Christmas bath bomb. And, starting at under $10, you’ll agree, it really is the bomb.

Coastal Christmas Bath Bomb $7

23. Trendy, comfy joggers.

Whether it’s the Alternate joggers for her or Champion for him, they’ll love cozy fit, pockets, drawstring waist, and on trend cuffed ankles for weekends, getaways, and all day lounging.    

Alternate Fleece joggers- her starting at 38.46

Champion Joggers- him starting at $47.76

24. The perfect on the go cup

From smoothies to beer, this pint size cup also features a top and straw for the perfect drink where ever your travels take you. Best of all, it’s available in a rainbow of hues for your perfectly branded gift.

Stojo cup $20 

25. An Inception-ally good puzzle

Seriously, Areaware’s puzzle inside a puzzle is just as cool to give as it is to put together. Best of all it’s another one of our designer gifts under $50. Get to know KangHee Kim.  

Areaware Puzzle in a Puzzle starting at $25

26. A tasty new book

A superb cocktail book with fresh ideas! Help your employees get ready to toast the new year with a yummy new read.     

Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails book by Host $25

27. Coconut milk candle 

For the best Christmas gifts under $50 you can’t leave out a magnificent candle. Perfect for spreading cheer and a decadent scent, you can't go wrong with candles like these from Old Whaling Company that feature a lead-free wick and pretty glass tumbler.

Olive & Soy Wax Candle starting at $18 

28. An Epic Traveling Companion

If you’re looking for a high quality women’s or mens christmas gifts under $50, this gift delivers! Best of all, when you gift Miir your gift keeps giving thanks to their trackable Give Code that allows your employees to see the story and impact behind your purchase.

Miir 23 oz bottle $39.95 

29. A holiday-themed decoration

Minimal is in and this tiny home kit offers a mini-sized gingerbread house that’s perfect for displaying and even hanging on your tree. 

Gingerbread tiny home kit starting at $18

30. An all-around reusable bag

Another sustainable gift that’s perfect for running errands or stashing in your desk or car for extra hands-free storage when you need it. Discover more sustainable gift options here and ask your Gemnote rep how you can personalize the Baggu with your company’s branding. 

Baggu Bag starting at $16

31. A great shirt for work or play 

For a gift that won’t let you down, this 3 stripes shirt from Adidas gets down to business with a soft, sporty and recycled fabrication that offers UPF 50+ protection! 

Adidas 3 stripe shirt starting at $48.50 

32. More time on their hands 

Thanks to Tile Mate, your employees will spend more time doing what they enjoy and no time looking for their keys! Just attach the Tile Mate to your things and use the free Tile app to find them with your smart phone. Talk about easy!

Tile Mate starting at 24.99

33. Something to quench their thirst!

Choose your size, choose your color, then choose your own customization for the perfect traveler that keeps colds cold and hots, well, hot. See why you can feel extra good about gifting S’well

Swell traveler mug starting at $30 

34. Luxury down to their toes

While a high-end luxe cashmere sweater blew the corporate gifts under $50 budget, a pair of cashmere socks like these from Escuyer is one of our (and soon to be their) fave luxury gifts under $50. 

Escuyer Cashmere Socks starting at $29.42

35. The perfect connection!

What makes it perfect? The extra slim wire-free design of course. Which makes charging on the go even better.

Lexon Bali Extra Slim Wireless Charger starting at $49.95 

And there you have our 35 best affordable employee Christmas gifts under $50. Didn’t see something you were hoping to give the employees at your company? Talk to a Gemnote representative today! They’re the experts when it comes to finding a curated collection of customizable swag to match your budget. Plus, they can help with all of the details from curation to fulfillment and warehousing to even starting your own swag store with their user-friendly software solution.

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