Thrifty Gifting

The 20 Best Style Gifts Under $100

December 20, 2019 Buying Guides By

Gift-giving is an art. And like any work of art, greatness comes with constraint. In this case, it’s a budget of $100. From gateway socks for the budding style enthusiast to “if you know, you know” cash carriers, here are 20-plus gift options you won’t have to think twice about.

One Eleven SWII Solar Watch

Price: $75

The SWII Solar watch from One Eleven will keep batteries out of the landfills. How? This timepiece runs on solar power and keeps ticking in an eco-friendly way. It’s also constructed from sustainable materials — like the recycled nylon strap and Bio-plastic case made from plant-based castor oil. With bold colorways, it’s a fun adventure-ready watch for anyone.

1. Outerknown Camp Socks

Price: $8

Nice basics are just the first step in a guy’s style journey. These Outerknown Camp Socks feel great and are more approachable than the Japanese fare that styleheads drool over. Gift these if you want to start him on a style snowball.

2. Craighill Closed Helix Ring

Price: $30

Good design is functional design and Craighill’s Closed Helix Ring is a prime example. The solid brass accessory is as sculptural as it is utilitarian and keeps your attention while keeping your keys secure. The best part? You don’t have to jam your fingernails every time you need to switch your keys out.

3. Filson Lone Pine Bandana

Price: $35

Bandanas make great neckerchiefs, understudies for pocket squares and zero-waste napkins.

4. Peet Boot Dryer

Price: $40

Rain, sleet and snow might not stop your mail from getting to you, but it can wreak havoc on your boots. This useful number dries out your boots without damaging them, so they won’t succumb to a soggy death. If you’re gifting the Red Wing Heritage Basic Care Kit, you can throw in this boot dryer too and still have a Jackson left to spend.

5. Red Wing Heritage Basic Care Kit

Price: $40

Boot guys love their boots. Keep their investments kicking with a solid care kit. This one from Red Wing Heritage checks all the boxes of basic boot care with a horsehair brush, polishing cloth, conditioner, cream and mink oil. TLC in a box.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39

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6. Freemans Sporting Club Cap

Price: $45

Wool hats don’t have to be limited to fedoras and beanies.

7. Drop x Velva Sheen Crew Tee (2 Pack)

Price: $65

A nice t-shirt might sound superfluous — until you try one.

8. Vans Vault OG Authentic LX

Price: $65

Classics stay classics, which is why you can’t go wrong with a pair of Vans. Well, you could still go wrong if you don’t know his shoe size. Do some recon beforehand and save some aspirin.

9. Everlane Straight Fit Jean

Price: $68

The whole Japanese denim craze doesn’t have to bury you in debt. Everlane’s Straight Fit Jean is more comfortable, too, thanks to a little bit of stretch.

10. Abraham Moon for J. Crew Wool Scarf

Price: $70

Scarves are an easy way to drum up style points at worst and an absolute godsend when “chilly” falls tragically short as an accurate weather description. Abraham Moon’s been weaving wool since the late 1800s, so it knows a thing or two about keeping warm and its exclusive scarves for J.Crew get the job done. Classic but certainly not boring, they’re made with a soft (non-itchy) lambswool and come in several patterns no giftee would be mad at.

11. Wahl Beard Trimmer

Price: $71

Like boots, beards need maintenance too. Leaves may fall, but the hedges still need trimming in winter.

12. Supply The Single Edge 2.0 Razor

Price: $75

An actual razor that you don’t toss in the trash pays dividends (especially if he’s getting this straight razor as a gift from you).

13. Ugg Scuff Slipper

Price: $80

Just because you’re home alone doesn’t mean you can just brick your ‘fit. Toss these on with some nice socks (like the Outerknown ones from earlier) and you’ve got cozy style nailed.

14. Billykirk No. 258 Toiletry Bag

Price: $85

Why is he holding on to that questionable dopp kit he got for free at his company party four years ago? He’s waiting for you to gift him this one.

15. Givenchy Gentleman Cologne

Price: $88

Style isn’t just a visual medium, but an olfactory one, too. This cologne from Givenchy showcases citrusy top notes, iris middle notes and vetiver bottom notes for a balanced fragrance any guy can add to his daily routine.

16. Levi’s Trucker Jacket

Price: $90

Do we even have to explain this one?

17. Alex Mill Cashmere Beanie

Price: $95

That being said, a great wool beanie is much-appreciated. Alex Mill’s version is made with a supremely soft cashmere which means your giftee won’t carelessly leave it in the back of an Uber (hopefully).

18. Warby Parker Edgemont Sunglasses

Price: $95

Sunglasses are a winter essential (especially when snow is reflecting sunbeams into your face) and these Geoff McFetridge-designed Warby Parkers will save his eyes in style.

19. Everlane ReCashmere Sweater

Price: $98

Yes, there’s room for a cashmere sweater in this list. And it’s a conscious one, too. Everlane’s take blends recycled cashmere with non-mulesed merino wool for a thoughtfully soft sweater.

20. Comme Des Garçons Wallet

Price: $99

You don’t have to have a massive trucker wallet to go with that trucker jacket. This simple wallet from acclaimed high fashion label Comme Des Garçons is sleek and lowkey, forgoing the overt branding of its PLAY sub-label. In other words: if you know, you know.

American Bench Craft Rum Runner Bracelet

Price: $29

A simple leather cord bracelet adds a little flair to his favorite dressed-down look.

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