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The RIISE Gift Guide: Gifts For Under $50

04/11/22

Author: RIISE Team

DOCUMENTED BY: Anne Peeters

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With Christmas less than two months away, it’s time to take stock of your list of people to buy for.

There’s always the usual suspects – close family and friends. But somehow we always end up on several Secret Santa lists or completely forgetting that family member who is actually coming to Christmas this year. Feel that budget starting to stretch? 

Allow us to help you keep your bank balance jolly by sprinkling a little frugality on your silly season and reminding you that the best gifts are not always the most expensive. In fact, you can see a loved one’s face light up without spending more than fifty bucks. From the perfect dinner candle to the bath soak that will melt away stress, these are our favourite gifts for under $50.

$25.00

Sweet Almond & French Clay Hand & Body Soap

SPHAERA

$49.00

Josephine Hand Towel

Baina

For the Secret Santa recipient you’ve only met on zoom

They’re an enigma…but that’s because you haven’t met them IRL yet.

1. Sweet Almond & French Clay Hand & Body Soap

Why did we ever stop using solid soap? Bring the bar back to the bathroom with Sphaera’s signature cubes. Hydrating and deeply cleansing with top notes of wild mint and white grapefruit.

2. Hydrating Reef Safe SPF50

For the sunseeker in your life. This reef safe SPF offers superior protection from UVA and UVB rays. With Kakadu plum extract to plump and hydrate the skin, it doubles as the final step in a skincare routine or a makeup base.

3. Checkerboard Cube Candle

Who doesn’t love a fun, decorative object? This cube candle features a contemporary and geometric design that’s easy on the eye. Choose from blue, hot pink, yellow and tangelo check.

4. Josephine Hand Towel

Bathrooms and checkerboard patterns – two things that belong together. Made in Portugal from certified organic cotton, this hand towel is super soft and fast-drying.

$40.00

Strawberry & Cherry Duo Set

Axiology

$44.00

High Glow

Flavedo & Albedo

For the makeup minimalist

They're suspicious of full-coverage foundation and appreciate a cosmetic that knows how to get more than one job done.

1. Strawberry & Cherry Duo Set

These Balmies can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks and are completely waste-free. If your budget is a little tighter, pick a single colour for $23.00.

2. Forever Makeup Rounds

One way to put an end to all those single-use makeup wipes after a night out. These reusable rounds are made from soft bamboo and cotton. Includes a mesh laundry bag for easy washing.

3. High Glow

Use this highlighter to accentuate cheekbones, brow bones and cupid’s bow. Formulated with vitamin rich moisturisers, the dewy finish practically melts into the skin.

4. Dew Tint

This nourishing and beautifying balm sits somewhere between skincare and makeup, adding a flush of natural colour to cheeks and lips.

$32.00

Hydration + Shine Shampoo Bar

SPHAERA

$48.00

Earth Comb

Gracious Minds

For the one everyone has hair envy about

What you spend 45 minutes with a curling iron and circle brush to achieve, they step out of bed with.

1. Hydration + Shine Shampoo Bar

This solid shampoo bar cleanses the scalp and hydrates the hair. Abyssinian oil adds shine and increases moisture levels, while green tea extract protects from environmental aggressors.

2. Earth Comb

Tangle-free locks have never been so easy to achieve. Suitable for all hair types, this sturdy, wide-toothed comb is made from plant-based acetate and is a beautiful addition to any bathroom counter.

$20.00

Kawakawa Balm

Aotea

For the skin expert whose routine contains (almost) everything

Whether it’s a breakout, retinol reaction or hyperpigmentation, they’re the first person you turn to for skin advice.

1. Angel Eye Jellies

Leave dark circles and puffy eyes in 2022. These reusable eye jellies help active ingredients soak into the skin, locking in hydration and awakening the delicate undereye area.

2. Coconut Body Oil

A true multitasking skincare hero. Foile’s unscented coconut oil is deeply hydrating and will illuminate, smooth and moisturise skin. The glass refillable bottle is a gift that keeps on giving.

3. Mānuka Water and Kawakawa Toner

Toners are designed to rebalance the skin, and Aotea's does just that without the need for any harsh ingredients. The clever formulation harnesses native New Zealand botanicals to cleanse and calm the skin. It's pH-balanced too, meaning it helps to support the skin's barrier function rather than taking from it.

4. Kawakawa Balm

There’s not much this wonder balm can’t do. Made of only three ingredients – mānuka oil, kawakawa infused sweet almond oil and beeswax – it can be used for dry lips, eczema, psoriasis, bites, burns and nappy rash.

$39.00

Harakeke Seed Oil & Mānuka Water Hand & Body Cream

Aotea

For the family member you nearly forgot all about

Don’t be the person rushing into a shopping centre on Christmas Eve because you just realised you put a gift for everyone except your sister under the tree.

1. Pearl Cup

Featuring a porcelain exterior with a delicate pearlescent finish on the inside, this is the perfect mug-sized cup. Handmade by ceramicist Kelly Bigness in her Currumbin, Queensland studio.

2. Hand & Body Cleanser

Sophic's crisp, citrusy hand and body cleanser is a gentle everyday wash for the skin. Hero ingredients include desert lime, coffee seed, bergamot and ylang ylang.

3. Harakeke Seed Oil & Mānuka Water Hand & Body Cream

Obsessed with how good this hand and body cream smells. Omegas and amino acids provide support and nourishment, while shea butter and coconut oil ensure ultimate moisture.

4. Recycled Cotton Quarter Socks 3 Pack

Hear us out – socks aren’t always a bad gift. Especially not when they’re as cosy, soft and stylish as these. Recycled cotton and the ribbed finish score an extra tick.

$45.00

Tiny Tots Laundry Kit

The Dirt Company

$45.00

Guppyfriend Washing Bag

Guppyfriend

For the housemate who finds laundry relaxing

And always asks if you need any whites soaked. Bless them.

1. Tiny Tots Laundry Kit

If they’re always reading the ingredients list on household products, Dirt’s plant-based laundry liquid formulations will be a win. Free from synthetic dyes and fragrances and sold in a chic refillable glass bottle that is a gift in itself.

2. Guppyfriend Washing Bag

We love a present that is practical, but also a little out-of-the-box. This wash bag is designed to stop tiny microfibres coming out of the wash, reducing plastic pollution in rivers and oceans. A gift for the environment too.

$33.00

Signature Topaz Studs Gold Vermeil

Monarc Jewellery

$49.00

Fragrance Discovery Set

ROEMY

For the loved one who had a rough year

You can’t change their bad run of luck, but you can take the sting off it.

1. Signature Topaz Studs Gold Vermeil

Add a delicate sparkle to their jewellery collection this Christmas. Each of these small and dainty studs features an ethically sourced natural alluvial white topaz stone.

2. Forest Bathing Soothing Bath Soak

Designed to soften the skin and relax the mind. Australian native sandalwood powder and steam-distilled kunzea leaf extract reduce tension and gently exfoliate the skin.

3. Fragrance Discovery Set

They’re always on a mission to find their next favourite scent. This set contains sample sizes of Roemy’s signature clean fragrances: Forest, Resort, Halcyon, Work Shop and Solstice.

4. Beeswax Pillar Candle

Set off that stack of books on their coffee table or make their next dinner party pop with this classic candle shape. Chorus’s pillar candles are hand-poured using locally-sourced honey.

$48.00

Whitney Bikini

Videris

$34.00

The Basics Thong

NICO

For the undie enthusiast

For them, briefs are anything but basic.

1. Leak Proof G-String

Period undies they will feel sexy in. Luxe, stylish and comfy, this practical take on the classic G is leak proof and cut from fairtrade cotton. Featuring a Merino-blend mesh liner to draw moisture away from the body.

2. The Basics Mid Rise Brief

If they prefer a more sculptural fit, slip them a pair of these lightweight and breathable mid rise briefs. Crafted from a Tencel Modal blend, they sit just below the navel and give the feeling of a second skin.

3. Whitney Bikini

The comfiest undies they’ll ever own. This classic bikini cut is made from a butter-soft Tencel Lyocell blend which helps to absorb moisture and maintain a healthy pH balance.

4. The Basics Thong

For those who prefer a barely-there brief. Designed to sit flat on your body for ultimate comfort and cut. Cut from a soft and low-impact Tencel Modal blend.

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