GFY gift guides: The 10 Best Purchases Ever According to You - Under £50

Saving the world from Lynx Africa Gift Sets

Alice Tapper

If you celebrate Christmas, you're most likely going to be spending money on other people, (obvs, that's what Jesus' birthday is for right?). That means trying to buy stuff that your fam, friends (and your slightly creepy step-uncle) might actually use and enjoy. It's a high-risk game.

So, in an effort to save the world from Lynx Africa gift sets, here's the GFY Gift Guide: a crowdsourced guide to the things YOU actually love.

How the guides are compiled:

I put out a request on the GFY Instagram for you to share the items you love and actually use. These could be gifts you've received or things you've bought for yourself.

This was the criteria:

✅  High quality & long-lasting

❤️ Things you've loved and used for years

👛 Good value for money and/or increases in value

🌎 Bonus points for sustainability

The results were compiled into 5 budgets. The other 4 gift guides are in progress and will be out over the next 5 days.

Under £10

Under £25

Under £50 - this guide

Under £100  (In progress)

Bouji AF - £100 PLUS  (In progress)

We've then done the maths to find the 10 most popular items in each budget.

There are also some special mentions for those that didn't make the top 10 but are just great ideas.

I hope you find this useful.

The 10 Best Purchases Ever According to You - Under £50

1.   An electric blanket or heated throw

The NUMBER 1. The most frequently mentioned item was some form of electric blanket. SO wholesome. The intelliheat pad looks pretty great but it's slightly over budget.

'I'm such a grandma but the dreamland intelliheat heat pad'

Dreamland Relaxwell Intelliheat - £52.99 - Amazon

Cosi Home® Luxury Electric Heated Throw - £43.74 - Amazon

2.  Toastie, snack, or soup maker

Electric blanket + cheese toastie = Winning.

'My 3-IN-1 roaster snack maker. It does toaster sandwiches, pannins and waffles'

Breville Sandwich/Panini Press - £32.99 - Amazon

Salter® 3-in-1 Snack Maker - £26.48 - Amazon

3.  Good quality hoop earrings

I love Nue Hoops (you can embellish them with add-on charms) but Amazon has plenty of options too.

Nue Hoops - starting from £40

Amazon - From £7.19

4.   Nice boots or Wellies

'Spend money on anything that separates you from the ground', so the adage goes.

Dunlop Protective Footwear Unisex  Boots - £34.32

These come highly recommended - super warm with a fur lining

5.  A sturdy rucksack

My rucksack instead of a handbag - I get so much less neck pain and it is a funky rucksack'

Cute:

The Fjallraven Unisex Kånken Backpack from £45 - Amazon

Dad vibes:

Berghaus Unisex Twnty4Seven Plus Backpack 30 Litre - £37.50 -Amazon

6.   Sunrise alarm clock

'My Lumie lamp. An absolute game changes for the dark winter mornings'

Lumie Sunrise Alarm - from £29.99 - Amazon

7.  Voucher for a restaurant (+ babysitting)

I love this option and plenty of you with kids suggested this - give the gift of time away from the kids.

via GIPHY

8.  A nice leather make-up bag

'Leather cosmetics bag (mine's Penhaligon's. Classy, good quality and last years'

A classic:

The Leather Makeup Pouch - £37.00 - Madewell

Well, this looks genius...

Lazy Drawstring Makeup Bag - £15.99 - Amazon

9.  Chanel & other bouji make-up

'Make-up you would never buy yourself'

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 440 Arthur - £31.00

10.  Electric toothbrush

We should all be using one. I've been recommended the Phillips Sonicare which is brilliant.

Philips Sonic Electric Toothbrush - £49.95 - Amazon

Special mentions

More top picks from you....

Milk frother - £49.00

Power bank - £24.99

A massage or spa voucher

via GIPHY

A cleaner for three hours

Housekeep.com

Helpling.co.uk

Diptique candle - £49.00

Chess set - £27.99

A charity gift

'My bf's dad once Gifted a goat to a Namibian refugee camp in our names'

A day out

'A day out with a member of the family. Instead of stuff, I asked for their time. Zoo, crazy golf, afternoon tea, and even a museum. Doesn't have to cost the earth. Memories last longer'

A good quality wooden chopping board - £39.99

V- shaped cushion - £26.99

'Also, useful for raising your laptop on your lap'

Spending it