What are the best luxury gifts to give when the budget is under $250 per person? While that amount won’t allow you to clean out your local luxury boutique, you’ll be able to find something marvelously luxurious. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of ideas and inspiration for birthdays, holidays, and “just because” gifts. Here’s our luxury gift guide of the best gifts under $250 for everyone on your list.
what to give with a budget of $250 or less
This is a gift guide for those looking to spend in the $250 and under category. And we’ve had a lot of fun pulling this list together, because this price point hits the luxury sweet spot.
Of course we know it’s not all about how much money you spend (It’s the thought that counts blah, blah, blah.) But let’s face it- sometimes the price does matter if you’re a weekend guest at someone’s home; if you’re attending a wedding as a couple; or if it’s a milestone birthday or anniversary. This lower 3 digit price range ensures that you can present the gift with pride and have an assurance of quality without having credit card remorse in the days to come.
In fact, if you need to delete a zero from this number, have a look at our gift guide to luxury presents for $25 and under, here.
the best luxury gifts for $250 and under
We’ve rounded up 30 stunning gifts in 10 categories for you to check out. From a dreamy pair of nostalgic roller skates to a Gucci wallet to sunglasses that take HD photos and videos, there are plenty of luxury gifting options that cost $250 and under to delight your recipient.
At this budget lover, you could give a charitable contribution in your recipient’s name. Or purchase a gift certificate at their favorite restaurant. If your goal, though, is a tangible object, read on.
1. Luxury Accessories for $250 and under
A recipient with classic tastes will love Pasotti’s designer umbrella ($220), which is entirely handmade in Italy. It features a bejeweled golden brass handle and sunflower print. For edgy fashionistas, Alexander McQueen’s wool jacquard scarf ($245) with its signature skull motif lends a rock & roll vibe to any outfit. Nothing is hotter this season than animal prints. We love how Eugenia Kim uses it in a sporty way in this baseball cap ($165).
If your gift recipient is a fan of Off-White by Virgil Abloh (and who isn’t?), you might consider this Off-White Classic Engraved Logo Belt ($225) – it comes in 3 colors. Epona Valley is a New York-based brand that creates lovely vintage-inspired hair clips and jewelry. Like this dreamy set of three golden bird hair clips ($189).
2. Luxury Apparel gifts under $250
This retro inspired, quilted neon green jacket ($250) from Adidas by Stella McCartney is the perfect no-brainer outerwear for your girl who lives in black leggings. $250 also buys a classic forever piece- the roundneck cashmere sweater. This one from Saks Fifth Avenue comes in 19 wearable colors. We love Journelle’s Sophia Pajama Set ($224) that comes in a sophisticated sapphire blue and luxurious silk.
3. Luxury Beauty and Body gifts under $250
Marc Jacobs’ beauty line has quickly become one of our favorites, with its creamy pigments and gorgeous, mod packaging. This beauty kit ($225) includes five of his best-selling and most coveted products for natural daytime looks: mascara, gel eye crayon, highlighter, primer and lipstick.
Know anyone who’s stressed out? Actually, who isn’t? Lord Jones is the most luxurious line out there when it comes to CBD wellness. This bundle ($198) includes body oil, body lotion and a month’s supply of gel capsules. It’s hard to pick out a fragrance for someone when it’s so personal. But luxury Swedish parfumier, Byredo’s gift set ($220) includes 6 eau de parfum encompassing Floral, Woodsy and Oriental varieties.
4. Luxury jewelry gifts to give under $250
Not all jewelry gifts need to be of the serious variety (like from Van Cleef & Arpels or Cartier). We love these delightful pieces of bijoux jewelry that also make quite the statement. Atelier Paulin, based in Brooklyn, created this delicate and whimsical bracelet ($240) with the mantra C’est La Vie.
Jewelry designers and sisters, Marina and Susanna Sent, whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe, use time-honored Italian techniques to create this contemporary and effervescent bubble necklace ($125). This Greek coin inspired ring ($190) from Oscar de la Renta adds some bohemian flair to any ensemble and is adjustable for finger sizes 5-7.
If your gift recipient really wants something from a global luxury brand, you’re in luck! The Valentino RockStud bracelet comes in 4 colors, and clocks in at $225.
5. Luxury leather goods to give under $250
Know someone who loves luxury handbag designers but you don’t necessarily have the funds to support that passion? Check out Gucci’s quilted red leather card holder ($250) which features the house’s iconic gold logo.
We love the classic hiking look of Herschel’s Little America backpack ($169.99). It’s packed with utility including a laptop sleeve and dual water bottle pockets. Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based Fleabags designs timeless canvas and leather bags. These totes are the perfect size for daily use with enough room for a laptop and lunch ($98).
6. Luxury sporting goods gifts to give under $250
Our family has gotten endless use out of this Baden Champions Series Volleyball and Badminton ($149.99) set this summer. Fun excuse for multi-generational family members to get off their screens and play together. Have you ever seen anything cuter than these premium roller skates ($179) from Moxi? We think not. Up your game on the courts with these legacy basketballs ($225), crafted of genuine navy leather with rawhide lacing.
7. Luxury travel accessories to give under $250
This piece from celeb fave, Away luggage ($225), is sized for carry-on and comes with an ejectable battery for charging up your devices. Built with only the finest materials and tuned to provide a rich, warm sound, these Master & Dynamic leather headphones ($249) look as good as they sound. The perfect way to store and organize all of your daily tech essentials, Mark and Graham’s envelopes ($169) are crafted from smooth, unlined Vachetta leather. With multiple organizational elements, simply add your cards, cords, cables, phone, iPad and other tech and then fold, snap and off you go!
8. Luxury tech gifts to give under $250
Here’s the latest Fitbit- the Versa 2 ($199.95) with Amazon Alexa built, 24/7 heart rate tracking, Sleep Score and more. We are obsessed with this Emerald and Rose Gold color way! These are no ordinary sunglasses. Spectacles ($200) take photos and videos with a press of a button and the wirelessly sync to your phone. The future is here. Amazon’s 2nd Generation Echo Show ($229.99) showcases your streaming music, books and videos with better sound and bigger screen in a new fabric design.
9. Luxury kitchenware gifts to give under $250
A well laid out cheese plate is usually enticing enough for both our eyes and taste buds but these gorgeous 24k gold plated agate knives from ANNA ($205) take it to a whole other level. If your recipient doesn’t already have a sparkling water maker ($199.95) this is the one to get. It’s shaped like a penguin! Subtle, sophisticated and sleek. This set of 10 pro-grade pots and pans ($250) comes in a lovely ice blue colorway, sure to bring a sparkle to any kitchen. Greenpan makes the most advanced, non-toxic, eco-friendly non-stick ceramic cookware out there.
10. Luxury home goods gifts to give under $250
Georg Jensen’s Alfredo Large Green Vase ($245) is the height of whimsical sophistication. Imagine a bouquet spilling out of this beauty- swoon! Can one ever have too many blankets? We don’t think so. Roller Rabbit’s globally inspired prints in this lightweight quilt ($200) is a true delight to snooze under. ABC Home sourced these vintage handmade singing bowls ($250) from Tibet to be used during meditation sessions to evoke spiritual, healing energies. They emit melodic vibrations that synchronize with inner chakras and restore harmony. Ohmmmm.
If your gift recipient loves art and coffee table books, consider gifting a collection from luxury book publisher Phaidon. The Chef Collection ($194.80) is comprised of 5 gorgeous volumes. In it, readers can go behind the scenes of five leading restaurants, all of which have been featured on the Netflix docu-series Chef’s Table. The Vegetarian Cookbook Collection ($110.35) has four handsome volumes that collectively contain over 800 vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Assouline is also a fantastic source for chic art and coffee table books. Interview: 50 Years by Bob Colacello ($250) traces the history of the iconic New York art and culture magazine founded by Andy Warhol. Bulgari: The Joy of Gems ($230) by Vivienne Becker is filled with stunning visuals of the Roman high jewelry house’s most famous creations.
the luxury gift guide of the best under $250
There you have it! Thoughts and ideas about how to give a luxurious and thoughtful gift for a budget of $250 or less. Happy shopping!
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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing and spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.
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