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d*s 2009 gift guides: under $50

by Grace Bonney

today the budget-friendly gift guides continue with a roundup of 40 great gift ideas under $50! yesterday we focused on gifts under $25, and today we’ll up the budget, but just a tiny bit. each of these ideas will set you back $50 or less and will still provide plenty of chances for you to customize the gift or add something homemade to it to make it even more special. i hope you’ll enjoy the roundup and are able to find something for someone on your holiday list this year!

[image above, clockwise from top left: hidden storage book boxes $44, frame placemats $36 for 4, wire drop shelf $36, wine tote $12 (fill with a nice bottle for a budget-friendly gift), kate spade thermos $30 (call store to order), cast metal animals $26 (can be used at cute desktop bookends), snake trivet $38, furturtle gomez print $28, handmade oval wire basket $34, magic potion perfume bottle $32, kate spade bow studs $46 (call store to order), granit salt and pepper shakers $38, set of five “fairest” mirrors $30, ferm living mug $33, corky boy $29, cutlery candlesticks $28, black glass sake cup $30 (combine with a nice bottle of sake to complete the gift)]

[image above, clockwise from top left: one of my favorite gift ideas is to pick up a demijohn (like this one from ballard, $39) and turn it into a lamp with this easy lamp converter kit ($29). combine them with a shade as a finished gift, or gift the kit and let your recipient customize the shade. (there’s a cheaper cork lamp kit right here)]

[image above, clockwise from top left: saipua candle $38 (they smell SO good), doca pet bowl $30+, round terrine $46, set of 24 rainbow colored chopsticks $35, jen corace 2010 calendar $32 (stay tuned for her free d*s desktop calendar this friday!), pictorial webster’s dictionary $35, metal basket shelf $39]

CLICK HERE for the rest of the 40 product guide after the jump!

[image above, left to right: mercury glass tealight lamp $32, marsupial pot $42 (fill with a pretty plant to complete the gift!)]

[image above, clockwise from top left: lena corwin wallpaper $20 per yard, wallpaper projects book $23 (learn how to turn that wallpaper into something even more special), “wood” memo block $29, chalkboard wall sticker $28]

[image above, clockwise from top left: metal twig jewelry stand $31+, set of 6 luster glasses $39, transglass candleholders $44-$48, window sill herb holder $48]

[image above, clockwise from top left: wooden lantern with hurricane $48, monogram candle $26, custom cross-stitch initial $43]

[image above: medina mirrored sconce $39]

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