10 Unique Gifts You Can Get Without Breaking The Bank

Have you ever fallen down a shopping rabbit hole? You know, when one awesome brand leads you to another with a similar aesthetic, and then another, and then another? That's basically what happens when we shop on Tictail. Every two weeks, we'll be teaming up with the site — which makes it easy to discover emerging brands from around the world — to unearth a selection of brands you probably don't know about, but definitely should. Prepare to open a LOT of browser tabs.

When it comes down to sheer execution, buying gifts is "easy." It doesn't take too much effort to click around the web and add a bunch of stuff to your cart (that will be conveniently gift wrapped for you and delivered to your recipient's front doorstep). But buying gifts that embody that elusive trifecta of stylish, affordable, and original, may be among the most confounding challenges of an already chaotic season.

To make things easier, we tapped Tictail's product merchandiser Anna Decilveo to hand-pick ten selects from our favorite destination for emerging brands and makers around the globe — all for $50 or less. Since each one comes from an emerging business, chances are you’ll be introducing your lucky friends and family to cool new brands they’ve never heard of before. And what’s better than that? Nothing. Except for the fact that, as an added bonus, you can use the code REFINERY29_15 for 15% off your first purchase. Now get to it!

“Alert the presses: Bucket bags are here to stay. This under-$50 version from Elen Rose is made of camel-colored leather and accented with a statement-making spherical closure.”
Elen Rose Small Leather Bucket Bag Tan, $45.00 Buy
“For those who go gaga for cutting-edge jewelry, there’s this sterling silver stunner from EYESEEi, a Swedish brand whose work is inspired by nature and a connection to the earth.”
EYESEEi Mini Hoop, $33.00 Buy
“We love everything from Swedish brand MES DAMES. This navy blue beanie, made of 100% wool, is no exception—and a can’t-miss pick for any fashionable friend.”
Mes Dames Charlie Beanie Navy, $48.00 Buy
“Dainty and delicate, this handmade bracelet from French brand Victoire x Matilda proves that sophisticated style doesn’t have to come with a sky-high price tag.”
Victoire x Matilda Rachel Bracelet, $45.00 Buy
“We love this t-shirt for its retro vibes and healthy dose of attitude, courtesy of Spanish brand Pezones Revueltos.”
PEZONES REVUELTOS Retro T-Shirt, $18.00 Buy
“Deck the halls (or, rather, walls) with a bright hit of color with a one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed silk flag from London-based textile designer Caitlin Hinshelwood."
Caitlin Hinshelwood Textiles ZigZag Face Red Silk Flag, $47.00 Buy
“Limited edition luxe! All the silk scarves from London’s Cassiopeia are produced in small runs (and we mean really small, as in no more than ten each). Even cooler: Each design was made by an artist based on a designated theme.”
Scarves Made by Artists Painted Star Mini Scarf, $47.00 Buy
“Each one of Nicola Sartorio’s charming leather pouches is crafted by hand in a small Swiss studio—a fact you can be proud to relay to anyone fortunate enough to receive one this season.”
Nicola Sartorio Grande Pochette, $46.00 Buy
“Help a frazzled friend or family member unwind from holiday madness with this elegant kimono-style robe, made from the comfiest organic cotton.”
Designfirman Gamla Stan Bliss Kimono, $47.00 Buy
“Give the gift of shine! This standout jacquard number from Barcelona’s le t-shirt FANTASTIQUE is the perfect piece for a super chic NYE.”
Le T-Shirt Fantastique Twilight Skirt, $69.00 Buy