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The 20 Best Gifts Under $100


November 25, 2019 Buying Guides By

Some people shudder at the thought of the holiday gift-giving season because they know their wallet is going to take a hit. You’ve got friends and family you need to take care of, plus all those secret Santas and white elephants you’re forced to participate in. People don’t purposefully buy crappy gifts — sometimes it’s just what fits in their budget.

Instead of buying a roll of lottery tickets or a generic gift card, we curated gifts that will suit all the people you need to buy gifts for. Here are 20 gifts that cost less than $100 that giftees won’t try to give away.

Geologie Personalized Skincare Gift Set

Price: $99 with code GEAR99
From: geologie.com

When giving a gift, there’s always the risk that something won’t fit — be it the wrong size or just not to their taste. Eliminate that possibility by giving something that’s personalized to him; something he’ll use every day. Have him fill out a few questions about his skin (or fill them out for him) and Geologie will craft a personalized skincare routine, so he’ll be feeling fresh every day.

1. Timex Archive Camper MK1

Price: $75
From: needsupply.com

You’re probably not going to be buying a Rolex as a gift anytime soon, but this Timex watch is not a bad substitute for a luxury Swiss timepiece. Whoever receives this will surely wear it everyday and think about you whenever they look to see the time.

2. Snowe Whiskey Set

Price: $98
From: snowehome.com

No one needs to see that bottle of Jack Daniels on your bar cart. But that doesn’t mean the Jack and Cokes should stop flowing. This whiskey set will take bottom-shelf whiskey and display it in an elegant Italian lead-free crystallized glass. Plus, it’s durable and resistant to breaks for those extra rowdy nights.

3. Blue Bottle Indigo Dripper Tote

Price: $52
From: bluebottle.com

Wear your coffee snobbery loud and proud, or in the case of this tote bag, low-key and unobtrusively. This tote bag features an illustration of a pour over with Blue Bottle’s signature logo featured on the dripper, which shows you know your coffee beans. Made from organic cotton, it’s big enough to carry two bags of beans, a dripper and filters, so the coffee snob in your life can make a pour-over anywhere.

4. Areaware Blockitecture Garden City Mega Set

Price: $75
From: amazon.com

Buying toys as a gift shouldn’t have stopped after the age of 10. This Blockitecture set from Areaware lets giftees relive those Lego playdates of yesteryear. They can design their own city and wipe it out just to create a new one in a matter of minutes. As an added benefit, they don’t hurt as much when you step on them.

5. Huckberry x SOG Twitch II

Price: $60
From: huckberry.com

Huckberry and SOG Knives collaborated on this spring-assisted pocket knife, which boasts military-grade functionality in a compact, stealthy EDC tool. Only 700 were made so whoever gets this will be part of an exclusive club of cool pocket knife owners.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Gear Patrol Magazine

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Pendleton Camp Blanket

Price: $99
From: backcountry.com

One need not be a camper to own a camping blanket. This throw suits the indoors as much as it provides warm, snuggly comfort outdoors. Pendleton’s reputation for producing high quality textiles will give the person receiving this the assurance that they’re getting one of the best camping blankets out there.

7. Bellroy Minimalist Set

Price: $99
From: bellroy.com

Help someone organize their EDC with these slim leather goods from Bellroy so their keys, cards and cash aren’t hanging out in their pockets all willy-nilly. Nothing’s stopping you from keeping half of this set either.

8. Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Price: $59
From: amazon.com

Everyone needs a good coffee table book, and this collection of photographs from famed street photographer Bill Cunningham touches on history, travel and style. Cunningham captured the essence of every decade in New York City from the 70s to the ’10s through photographs of regular people and celebrities walking the streets of the city. The images are striking, and whoever is lucky enough to get this book will definitely use it for more than a coaster.

9. Twelve South Journal CaddySack

Price: $90
From: store.gearpatrol.com

This first-class wire caddy will keep your tech in check while sitting in economy. Made from New Zealand leather and lined in chevron tweed, the Journal Caddyshack is the most efficient, and stylish, way to carry all your chargers and cables.

10. J.Crew Wallace & Barnes Corduroy Jacquard Patchwork Shirt

Price: $98
From: jcrew.com

Nothing screams fall and winter like corduroy. Buy someone the most versatile shirt they can wear during these cold months and you’ll end up on their nice list. The Wallace and Barnes line at J.Crew specializes in refashioning traditional workwear styles, so you know this shirt is timeless.

11. Courant Catch 1 Wireless Charger

Price: $80
From: needsupply.com

Who buys a charger as a gift? You, because this is one of the most premium wireless chargers out there. It has a pebble-grain Italian leather surface and high-grade matte aluminum alloy base. If they’re not careful, others might hog up that precious charging real estate.

12. Five Two Bamboo Cutting Board

Price: $59
From: food52.com

Five Two’s cutting board is the result of taking a simple kitchen item and reworking it with the help of Food52’s readers. This cutting board was made with the millennial chef in mind — it has a phone slot so you can chop and shop (or read a recipe), deep grooves to catch juices and is sized perfectly for small homes and smaller apartments.

13. Marvis 7 Days of Flavor Gift Set

Price: $36
From: amazon.com

Marvis is the toothpaste for people in the know. It might seem taboo to gift toothpaste, but Marvis makes brushing one’s teeth feel luxurious. The brand is known for mixing innovative flavors with its minty toothpastes so proper dental hygiene feels more like self care.

14. Ralph’s Coffee Canister Set

Price: $32
From: ralphlauren.com

Let Ralph Lauren make your morning cup of coffee. Well, sort of. This coffee set from Ralph’s Coffee includes a reusable tin canister and a bag of medium-dark roast coffee beans from La Colombe, selected by Lauren himself.

15. Brooklinen Scented Candle Miniset

Price: $59
From: brooklinen.com

The four-candle miniset from Brooklinen has a whole day’s worth of scents planned out. The Wake and Magic Hour scents are designed to be your morning scents to get you through your day, and the Dusk and Nightcap scents are aimed towards getting you back into your Brooklinen sheets.

16. Burrow Embroidered Ivory Pillow w/ Insert

Price: $74
From: burrow.com

You can have the ugliest couch in the world but if it’s covered in nice pillows, no one would know. Burrow makes one of the best couches we could find, and the brand’s foray into sofa accents and accessories are winning the living room decor game.

17. London Undercover Maple Cane Blackwatch Tartan Umbrella

Price: $85
From: toddsnyder.com

This is way more expensive than your standard umbrella, but your standard umbrella isn’t made with maple wood and doesn’t have a beautiful blackwatch design. With this umbrella, you’ll wish it rained all the time.

18. Hasami Porcelain 11 oz. Mug in Blue

Price: $24
From: needsupply.com

The mug to end all mugs. This made-in-Japan mug is stackable, so stock up on multiple, and is a gateway drug into the rest of Hasami Porcelain’s ceramics.

19. Snow Peak Titanium French Press

Price: $42
From: amazon.com

This French press from Snow Peak is designed to help you stay caffeinated while tackling nature, but works great indoors too. The titanium is ultralight and can be heated directly over fire. Like all Snow Peak products, the French press is made in Japan by artisans and is guaranteed to last a lifetime.

20. Anonymous Ism Three-Pack Mélange Knitted Socks

Price: $50
From: mrporter.com

There was a time in everyone’s life when the thought of getting socks as a gift was a nightmare; those days are over for a lot of us. Anonymous Ism is synonymous with well-made socks, and this set will be a welcome addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Plus, you don’t even need to know someone’s shoe size to get them this gift.

Fox Telescopic Umbrella

Price: $90
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Making and selling umbrellas since 1868, Fox Umbrellas Ltd. has been outfitting England’s gentlemen and ladies for over a century. They’ve supplied the English and Japanese royal families, President John F. Kennedy, as well as the film and stage (most notably the John Steed umbrella in the Avengers). Manufactured in Surrey, the process of making Fox Umbrellas has changed very little, relying on the skill of workers rather than machinery; quality and attention to detail are still the hallmark of a Fox Umbrella

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