Best Holiday Gifts Under $100
I think 2020 was the year we all fell in love with waffle knit, and I approve of this development. For the friend who is perpetually missing a mitten, or simply borrowing yours, gift Everlane’s classic and adorable beanie and mitten set in the coziest extrafine merino wool. The set comes gift-wrapped in the cutest box, and includes a card, so you basically don’t have to do ANYTHING extra. I’m sold.
iPhone cases aren’t just there to prevent utter tragedy via a dropped phone on a sidewalk. They’re also an opportunity to have incredible art at your literal fingertips. Cases have come a long way, and if you haven’t yet explored how artists are getting in on the case game, I strongly suggest you look into cases by two of my personal favorite artists, Diane Hill, a decorative painter, and Jamie Beck, a photographer. Both artists are known for working with gorgeous natural elements like florals, birds, and nature-inspired color palettes. These make stunning gifts that your giftee can enjoy every single day.
Look, we’re all scraping the bottom of our Laneige jars, I think that’s a pretty safe indication that it makes a GREAT gift! The Laneige lip sleeping mask, for the uninitiated, is a mask you apply before bed that will treat dryness and fine lines and MAN DOES IT WORK LIKE A CHARM. (You can also schmear it on all day, literally everyone does.) They come in seven perfect flavors, and one lip mask on its own makes an amazing stocking stuffer, but if you opt for a set it makes a thoroughly sweet gift, and a great way to get a friend hooked on a truly amazing product.
If you haven’t introduced yourself or your loved ones to the luxurious, outrageously comfortable footwear from Birdies yet, fix that. Essentially, they are slippers on the inside, and chic loafers on the outside. The Starling style in black velvet is a cult-favorite, and somehow they’re miraculously under $100. For added perfection, all Birdies shoes come in gorgeous boxes, so they’re extra fun to open as gifts!
This year, give the gift of being able to enjoy a lovely cup of tea without burning your hands off. Doesn’t that sound nice? This set of two hand-blown Bodum jumbo mugs comes in four sizes and is one of those gifts that’s genuinely likely to be put to good use on a daily basis. In addition to protecting your hands and being very aesthetically pleasing, these double-walled mugs keep hot drinks hot and iced drinks at their intended temperature for much longer than normal mugs. I love the idea of these mugs packaged together with your favorite artisanal tea (love these and these)!
If you’re not sure why a bench scraper makes a great gift, my guess is you’ve never had one lying around before. They’re SO useful, especially if you have a giftee who loves to bake. This high-quality scraper, scrapes and sections beautifully, and has measurement markings on its side for convenience, too. Go ahead and get this one for yourself, too—trust me, you’ll never bake scones without one again!
Written by my friend Elizabeth Holmes, this recently-released book, HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, makes SUCH a cool gift for any woman on your list. Instantly a New York Times bestseller, the book explores the influential style of four members of the royal family, including Princess Diana, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and of course Queen Elizabeth II herself. Anyone who’s a fan of iconic royal style will devour this book before the wrapping paper hits the ground. But, more than an exploration of pretty outfits, Elizabeth Holmes expertly examines how these four women harness the power of fashion to communicate what’s important to them. It’s a read that’s as fun as it is fascinating and one of the safest bets on this list!
One thing that’s been incredibly helpful during 2020 is activities, especially those that can be done with little ones who have too much time on their hands. I can’t think of a more 2020 gift than a face mask tie dye kit. This is a perfect stocking stuffer for kids, or you can send one for each child to a parent who is swiftly running out of ideas.
Navigating the logistics of working from home when there’s more than one person in that home has been a delicate dance we’ve been performing all year. This adorable and thoughtful “survival kit” includes everything your partner (or you?!) needs to have a far more pleasant work-from-home experience, for however long these new remote office vibes are going to last. Another excellent stocking stuffer idea, and it also makes a solid long-distance gift to send to coworkers!
If you know someone who constantly struggles with falling asleep, gift them a Dodow. This popular system, that’s a metronome and a light system combo, teaches you how to fall asleep naturally, so that supplements and medicine aren’t necessary. Instead of taking an hour to fall asleep, the Dodow sleep aid device can help you fall asleep in 25 minutes. That equates to over 100 hours of reclaimed sleep per year!
These are my personal favorite leather tech gloves. I own several pairs and honestly, there’s nothing better when you need a quality leather tech glove that lets you use your devices in any weather. At this price point, these are a no-brainer. The gloves make for a timeless gift, and honestly, the toughest part is choosing from among the seven available colors.
Personalized jewelry is always so wonderful to unwrap, and it feels just as amazing to give, too. I love this initial necklace by Sarah Chloe, it’s a classic engraved pendant that’s perfect for everyday wear. Wear it alone or layer it with an assortment of your favorite chunky chains. The price point is incredible for something so wearable and high quality.
I think it’s actually impossible to own too many scarves. Especially when they’re oversized, cashmere-blend supersoft wraps that serve a million purposes at home and while traveling. You simply cannot beat the price point and color options with this version. Grab a few of them to have on hand for last minute gifts OR as environmentally-friendly gift wrapping that’s ALSO a gift itself!
Wow, there are so many good words in that title. Around here, we LOVE a useful gift. There is nothing more useful than leggings with pockets that also KEEP YOUR LEGS FROM FALLING OFF DUE TO FROSTBITE. With almost 5K really high ratings, you can rest-assured that these have been road tested a LOT by people who appreciate a good errands-running pant. Good luck picking from the vast color options! Also, did I mention they’re under $40?
Whelp, I own it in five colors, so there’s that. In all seriousness, if your giftee’s stocking lacks…stuffing, opt for one or a handful of these super-sized scrunchies available in every gorgeous hue under the sun. I’m not kidding, they come in 25, yes TWENTY FIVE colors. Super chic, functional and outfit-enhancing.
Show your love for any giftees living in a place with real winter by gifting them a cute and cozy Patagonia fleece vest. The high collar and pockets can double as a scarf and gloves in a pinch, and the vest itself is the perfect extra layer of warmth to add to a casual or outdoor workout outfit. You’ll know who to gift it to, she’s the one who always says “I’m freezing!” two seconds after you’ve left the coffee shop.
LOL, yes I used the word travel, in 2020, hear me out! While this game is ideal for actual travel, when you can’t… you know, do that, this is a great space-saving alternative for scrabble lovers who’ve already lost their coffee table space to a puzzle. You can set this travel edition scrabble set up on any surface, and tuck it out of sight when not in use.
Everyone needs one, and if you know someone who still doesn’t have their go-anywhere music situation effortlessly handled with a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, get them the best one out there. The JBL FLIP 5 has a perfect, yes PERFECT rating, with over 18,000 people singing its praises. (That’s insane.) This wireless and waterproof Bluetooth speaker lets you stream music for up to 12 hours before it needs a charge, and you can even pair multiple speakers if you’d like to create a party vibe. No one is upset to unwrap one of these, ever.
I have a theory that the reason we stopped printing out physical photos is because it became quite a large pain in the butt. If it was easy, I think we’d have physical copies of so many memories, and I know we’d treasure them, because how much do we love all the photos from when we were kids?? This portable photo printer by Kodak makes it so easy to print out your favorite photos right from your phone! It works via Bluetooth, making things simple, and the printer itself is palm-sized and weighs less than a pound!
You’ve seen me rave about this tumbler before, and there’s a reason. It’s literally the best one on the market, no contest. Stop buying other tumblers, for heaven’s sake throw out the seven of them that are rolling around in the back of your car. The quality is exceptional, there are multiple size and style options—including clear lids—but here are my favorite features:
(1) the straw hole is rubberized to keep things secure and avoid leaks, should you hit a bump in the road; (2) it comes with a straw lid (for cold beverages) AND a flip lid (for hot beverages) so you don’t need to buy two types of tumblers depending on what you’re drinking, you just switch the lid; and (3) they also come with an EXTRA straw because they understand that life happens and we shouldn’t have to throw away a beloved tumbler simply because the dog likes straws. There are endless colors and styles to choose from, four different sizes, and it’s dishwasher safe. It’s simply THE BEST.
It’s 2020, and the last nine months have been an enormous pain in the neck, both literally and figuratively. This heated shiatsu neck and back massager has a near perfect Amazon rating with three speeds of strength and eight massage nodes. It’s also designed to be comfortably used anywhere on the body that you need it, just in case your lower back or calf muscles need some loosening up as well. This is the perfect year to gift an effective massager, as we’ve all no doubt been hunched over our work-from-home desk setups like maniacs!
Corkcicle is the gold standard in enjoying your wine at precisely the temperature that you want it to be. Nothing is better than a corkcicle canteen or tumbler for enjoying your wine in any setting, but especially al fresco. This stunning set is triple-insulated and includes a 25oz canteen and two tumblers for enjoying your favorite wine, beer, or any beverage, knowing it will stay crisp and cool no matter what.
A moment of silence for all the umbrellas angrily abandoned on sidewalks. For those we love, we can do a LOT better. Give your giftee the unique joy that is an umbrella that will never flip inside-out, wreaking complete and total havoc. This high-performance, wind resistant full-sized umbrella comes in three colors and gives your giftee full coverage from hair-ruining rain. While most umbrellas are designed to simply exist, this one is designed to WORK. For extra usefulness, it protects against harmful sun rays, too!
Sometimes you just wanna read a book on the patio and then change your mind and watch a movie instead. IT HAPPENS. The Amazon Fire Tablet is the ultimate affordable tablet without sacrificing on experience or functionality. You can watch TV and movies, read books, and play games, wherever you are. This tablet gives your giftee up to 12 hours of battery life, and charges fully in five hours. I struggle to think of someone on our lists who WOULDN’T want one.