22 Holiday Gifts Under $100 That Feel Expensive
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Got champagne taste, but working with a beer budget? The holidays can be hard when you want to gift someone the moon, but can only afford a postcard. We feel your pain, but fret not—there’s actually tons of gifts you can give that look like you broke the bank, but won’t leave you crying when you look at your balance at the end of the month.
From bar and candle sets to tech goodies to decorative pieces that would make any home or office at least twice as chic, finding a spendy-looking gift for under $ 100 is a lot easier than you might think. In fact, we found 22 of them to get you started! Maybe one—or more—of these goodies will be the perfect thing for someone you adore.
Here’s some of our faves!
Voluspa Gift Set
Candles are always a good gift, but the addition of a diffuser? Priceless—especially when it’s in Voluspa’s Japanese Plum Bloom scent, a delicious mix of flower petals and leaves with ripe plum fruit and crushed currants.
Five-Piece Stainless Steel Bar Tool Set
For the amateur mixologist who wants to look pro, or the veteran drinkmaker who wants to make a splash, this set is a timeless and stylish addition to anyone’s bar.
Sunday Riley Retinol & Repeat Kit
Create a base for the perfect glow and reduce the signs of aging with some of Sunday Riley’s best sellers, including the A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum, Luna Sleeping Night Oil, and Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment.
Happy Plugs Air1 Wireless Headphones
Forget those other spendy in-ear headphones! These will give you high-quality sound with up to 14 hours of talk time and tunes, with Bluetooth connectivity, dual microphones, and sweat-resistant silicone sleeves.
Amethyst Cut Candle Holder
Whether you believe that amethyst manifests abundance or not, you can’t deny how pretty this candle holder is—and how chic it’ll look on someone’s table (maybe yours, if you’re self-gifting!)
Glacce Crystal Elixir Water Bottle
Is this glass bottle meant to drink from, or to admire as art? Maybe a bit of both, but no doubt it’s a statement-making piece with a pure crystal stone secured to the bottom of each bottle.
Venus – Goddess And The Moon Necklace
Embrace your inner goddess with this sterling silver piece handmade by Seattle artisan Britta Ambauen. While Venus represents love, beauty, desire and prosperity, the moon symbolizes the cycle of life and new beginnings. Here’s to 2020!
Compendium Desktop Ornament
Forget stuffy paperweights—this stunning brass case features a working sundial and a compass modeled after antique 16th century compendia. Talk about a statement piece!
Meditative Movement Pendulum
Get your zen on with this meditative pendulum, which is made of chrome and hangs from a wooden frame as it draws patterns in the white sand below. It’s the perfect piece for someone who wants—or needs—a little serenity in their life.
Qi Wireless Charger
Sure, this hot little number wirelessly charges Apple, Samsung and Google phones, but the best part? It looks super cool. Make a definitive upgrade from your boring old tech accessories—and show it off.
Sunrise Alarm Clock
Look, nobody likes getting up early—but if you have to, wouldn’t you rather do so to the gentle, steadily-growing glow of a lamp rather than the jangling of a cell phone alarm? We thought so. Plus, it features six natural sounds—and the all-important snooze button.
Agate Cheese Board
It doesn’t matter which stone color you choose—cheese will look fantastic on this board, whether it’s a double-cream brie, or a basic Kraft single. (Hey, we’re not judging—cheese is cheese!)
Sleep time is no excuse to let your sense of style fly out the window. With menswear styling and soft-to-the-touch fabric, we wouldn’t blame anyone for wearing these out and about.
Cashmere Lined Leather Touchscreen Gloves
Nothing is worse than being stuck in the snowy outdoors and having to take off your gloves to text them. Solve that problem with these gloves, made for touchscreens and lined with cashmere to amp up the cozy.
Surely someone with cashmere gloves deserves a cashmere beanie! Super soft with a jersey roll at the bottom, winter-bound gift recipients will adore the warmth and style this beanie brings.
Rabbit Pura Decanting System
Another bar addition for that alcohol enthusiast, this decanter features a micro-filter that instantly aerates and removes sediment. But it’s also pretty to look at, with sleek glass and stainless-steel accents.
Brass Multi Circle Sconce
Help someone create A Mood with this wall sconce, made of brass-finished iron rings that holds a handful of tealight candles. A beautiful addition to any room.
The Oversized Alpaca Crew
Everlane’s first alpaca sweater is warm and cozy, but still offers a plush, airy feel. Ribbed with a crew neckline, it also resists pilling, so it’ll look like new for a lot longer than your other sweaters.
The Luxe Robe
Make yourself feel like you’re at the spa all the time with this cozy robe, with two luxurious layers: one, a soft, brushed microfiber outer shell, the other, a plush, long-loop terry. Snuggle up and feel luxe!
Kate Spade New York Crystal Hinge Bangle
Add a little glitz and glam to your look with this gold bangle with bezel-set crystals, which would look stylish in singular, or stacked with a few others. (Bonus on the multi-bangle choice: you’ll jingle when you walk!)
Herschel Supply Co Novel Duffle Bag
Stylish with added durability, this classically-styled duffle bag features double carrying handles, with an exterior zip shoe compartment to keep the grime from your soles off your lovely clothes.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 20-Inch Carry-On
Book a getaway just so you can take this carry-on with you! With multi-directional four-wheel spinners with 360-degree movement, a telescoping handle, and a lightweight but durable hard shell, this suitcase is TSA-approved to take on-board with you. So where are you gonna go?
Still need some extra help with your gifting? Check out our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!
—Originally published Dec. 4, 2019, at 4:00 a.m. PT
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