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As the holidays approach, I can’t help but sigh as the numbers in my bank account get smaller and smaller. Let’s be real: Gift-giving can be flippin’ expensive—especially when you love to be generous and give everyone and their mother something over the holidays. For those of us who just can’t afford to spend hundreds on everyone, there are myriad gifts under $100 that will more than do the trick.
Whether you’re a self-identified talented gift-giver or not, there are so many holiday gift ideas that are no-brainers. Sometimes during the holidays, you’re giving gifts to someone you know really well. You could tell me their favorite movies, books, music, where they like to brunch, how they feel about their exes, etc. Gifting to these people is much easier, because you know—at least on some level—what they might like to receive come the holiday season. The issue in these cases can simply be budgetary restrictions, which is why finding a gift under $100 that your friends or family members will actually like is so important. Enter: this affordable gift guide.
In other gift-giving situations, though, you’re having to find an affordable holiday gift for someone you barely know. It could be a co-worker, your neighbor or someone you drew in a game of Secret Santa. Whatever the case, picking out a gift that’s not only affordable, but something that won’t end up in the donation pile can be tricky. Once again, enter: this affordable (and infinitely cool) gift guide.
Regardless of your holiday gift-giving situation, I’ve got your back. Whether you need something totally unexpected and cool for your best friend, a stylish but functional gift for your mom or a useful (but still fun) gift for your co-worker, you can find it here—for under $100. You. Are. Welcome.
Anyone would be happy to cozy up under this faux fur blanket.
The perfect gift for the board game lover.
These zodiac coin necklaces are chic and have a personalized touch.
I own this perfume, and can say with full confidence that it’s the ideal sultry winter scent.
Perfect for adding a little luxury to someone’s desk or home.
This slouchy bag comes in myriad colors, so you can pick your BFF’s fave.
Know someone who travels a lot? This eye mask is the ideal gift.
Give the gift of luxe jewelry without breaking the bank.
The ultimate winter scarf.
We all know someone who’s been itching to get their hands on a record player.
If you’re really feeling generous, you can also include some oils to go with this sleek diffuser.
Help your friend out with their holiday wardrobe.
This adorable iPad case is handmade (no two alike!), provides dignified job opportunities to indigenous artisans in Guatemala and is created from textiles that can no longer be worn (zero waste!).
The gift of a camera is the gift of memories.
Because everyone should have a cool cheese board.
We all have those friends who love to host, and this is the perfect gift for them.
If you have a friend who loves trends, you can’t go wrong with this Kanken backpack.
Self care is the best gift.
Fill this frame with a photo of you and your loved one or a cool vintage print for an added touch.
Tell them with jewelry.
This vintage style speaker is such an easy gift.
I own this bag, and I get compliments all. The. Time.
For the cat-lover.
Who doesn’t want to be cozy all the time?!
When the weather gets colder, your lips need some extra moisture.
Aesthetically pleasing and useful
For your favorite host or hostess.
These adorable pins make the perfect stocking stuffer.
A version of this article was originally published in 2015.
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