Weirdest year on record? Check. Holiday gifts? Whoa…we have to think about that now? I know. It’s almost too much. This whole crazy year and now we have a holiday season coming up where so many traditions will be on hold. But, I’m here to help. I’ve been testing and trying and tasting lots of gifts under $100 that will cheer up anyone on your list, without busting your budget.
Related: The A to Z Gift-Giving Guide
First, FOOD. Because food = comfort, and we could use a dose of that right about now.
Poppy Hand-Crafted Popcorn ($22.50)
Cinnamon Bourbon Pecan, Butter Almond Toffee, Reindeer Crunch…I had a chance to try several flavors of this scrumptious popcorn and they are all winners, Plus, the packaging is beautiful – just add a bow and give.
New York’s Bread Basket ($45 for one basket or $39.99 per week)
If you have a carb-lover on your list, this is the gift for them. If they’re a New Yorker looking for a taste of home or if they have a deep love for bread, there are seven themed baskets with breads sourced from New York-based bakeries, like Pain d’Avignon, Amy’s Bread, and New Yorker Bagel.
For the creative foodie, this trio of truffle goodness is a must. The set includes black truffle honey, butter, and salt for their cooking pleasure. From elevated grilled cheeses to delectable meat glazes, the possibilities are endless!
Tea Runners (prices vary)
A soothing cup of tea? Yes, please. This company offers a tea discovery service by prescription, delivering four high-quality loose teas – many are award-winning – instructions for brewing and with tasting notes.
Another fabulous tea option, Chariteas sources custom blends from sustainable tea farms. The Herbal Infusion Tea Flight contains full sizes of Olive & Dingo Color Changing tea – color changing…cool! – Berry Fields Forever, and Blueberry Cobbler. With each tea purchase, the company replants trees.
Small Packages Women in Food box ($35, $50, or $100)
If someone you know loves variety, this box is filled to the brim with tasty treats, like granola butter, caramel, and chocolate cookies. Each purchase supports women-owned small businesses!
If you’re looking for a gift for a family full of sweet-tooths, this is it! From the irresistible cranberry cocktail gummy bears to the festive candy cane caramels, this gift will please everyone.
This beautifully-packaged set from La Maison du Chocolat will keep your die-hard chocolate lover very busy. The collection includes a 2-piece Plain Truffle Gift Box, 4-piece Pralines Gift Box, and a 2-piece Gesture Gift Box.
Omnom Winter Collection ($26.99)
Another chocolate favorite, Iceland-based Omnom, has introduced this limited-edition bar collection featuring wintery Icelandic flavors: Spiced White + Caramel, Milk + Cookies, and Dark Nibs + Raspberry.
Bokksu ($44.95 for an individual box)
There are plenty of snack boxes out there, but I fell in love with this Japanese snack box due to the quality and variety of artisanal snacks from local snack makers in Japan. You can purchase one box or set up a monthly delivery.
Sugarwish (prices vary)
Sugarwish is a fun gift for your favorite sweets fan. You send them a Sugarwish via email and they choose their favorite cookies – their newest addition – or candies. The gifts are colorfully packaged, so they are a joy to receive.
Since we’re going to be spending more time at home than usual, gifts can help to create order that will be much appreciated!
Brabantia Mixing Bowl Set ($44.50)
This colorful nesting set includes two sturdy mixing bowls, a colander, and a juicer. This space-saving set is a great gift for the pro home cook or newbie.
Brabantia Roll Top Breadbox ($55 and up)
I love this chic bin for storing bread, snacks, or whatever foods tend to clutter your countertop. Available in two sizes and a number of finishes.
Molly Hatch Good Thoughts Trinket Trays ($46 for 4)
Adorable little trays for the tiniest treasures! These little receptacles are ideal for holding tiny things, like jewelry or edible items, like olives.
Day Owl The Cord Pouch ($29)
This accessory brand creates products with sustainability in mind. Their bags are sturdy and can be repaired for life. Their Cord Pouch is for organizing cords and earbuds. Available in several colors.
This leather wallet affixes to any phone or phone case and has a crossbody strap. A perfect gift for any smartphone owner and an easy way to keep your essentials with you at all times, whether you’re WFH or running errands.
Let’s face it – we’re all going to be staring at these four walls a lot more than last year. These gifts will hopefully make it comfier!
LL Bean Sweater Fleece Scuffs ($39.95 and up)
Available in men’s and women’s styles, these cozy sweater-fleece slippers are perfect for padding around the house. I love the rubber bottoms for when you need to dash out for the mail. Available in several colors.
Indosole ESSNTLS Slide ($55)
If you’re looking for something lighter, these ultra-comfortable slides come in several modern colors and are made from recycled tires. Flip flops and other styles are available. I like them for travel and dorm life as well.
Fluffy beyond fluffy, this unisex oversized pullover will keep them toasty, whether they’re outside or in. Available in several colors.
DESO Echo Sherpa Crew ($79, currently on sale for $48)
If you think they’d prefer something more tailored, this unisex crew is it. It’s so comfy and cozy, but somehow flattering. I’ve already added it to my home uniform.
This indoor/outdoor inflatable chair is not only comfortable and lightweight – it has over 120 color-changing light-up options! Great for family movie night, for adding pizazz to a teen’s room, or for lounging outside at night.
Whether they use this as a throw or wear it as a cape, this vibrating, heated blanket is the best way to end the day. I plan to bring mine to outdoor gatherings. I’ll be the warmest and calmest guest there!
If you know someone who needs some TLC, I found several gifts that will encourage them to take some “me time.”
If we’re going to be home all the time, home might as well smell good and we might as well feel good. This chic, ultrasonic Diamond Diffuser comes with six aromatherapeutic oils, including Anxiety Ease, Breathe Easier, and Fighting Five.
TheraBox – Self Care Subscription Box (starting at $30.99/month)
Curated by therapists, this affordable self-care subscription features 6-8 mindfully-curated self-care products and one happiness-boosting activity inspired by therapeutic research.
TAO Clean Orbital Facial Brush and Cleansing Station ($79)
This facial brush is a treat to use and it has a UV charging base so bacteria that is sloughed off your face is killed before using it again. Perfect for warding off wintertime flakiness. Available in several colors.
Coquí candle from VELA NEGRA ($20 and up)
Candles will be a popular gift this year and this hand-poured, coconut soy wax candle with the wooden wick is an excellent pick for a stylish recipient. The Coquí fragrance is a light and pleasant blend of honey, coconut, clove, and a touch of brown sugar.
Villeroy & Boch NewWave Stars Mugs ($23.99)
For the astrology lover, this beautiful mug has a unique shape and features their zodiac sign. A great gift for the person who doesn’t like to share. 😉
This limited edition gift set is a treat for someone in need of some chill time. It includes the Just Breathe Clarifying Serum, which helps to calm skin and decongest pores, The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, to help revitalize the eye area, and a Frozen Cooling Globe to refresh and massage the skin.
Marie Mae Company Blush Box ($85)
This box is filled with lovely ethically-produced items, including a “hello” 8-postcard set, a soy wax candle, a monogrammed weekly planner, a lavender body lotion, and a pair of handcrafted earrings.
A fun gift for a couple, this duo of roll-on CBD oil contains RISE, which contains peppermint for starting the day, opening sinuses, and headache relief, and SET, which uses ylang-ylang for relaxation, inflammation relief, and to boost libido.
Andalou Holiday Mini Mask Sampler ($16.70)
Winter weekends are perfect for multi-masking! This kit contains one tube of each: Pumpkin Manuka Honey Mask, Fruit Enzyme Mask, CannaCell Detox Mask & 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask. Each tackles different skin concerns.
Repêchage Hand Care Duo ($39.00)
We need to sanitize our hands, but we also need to moisturize! This set includes an 8oz. Hand Sanitizer Spray with 80 percent alcohol and a 2oz. luxurious Sea Spa Hand Cream, which is enriched with Shea Butter and Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract.
Phone Soap 3 ($79.95)
Speaking of sanitizing…this gadget sanitizes their phone, keys, wallet, and anything else germy. I recommend keeping it by the door so family members can use it when they return home from being out and about. It also charges smartphones at the same time!
Gifts that help people keep busy, learning, and growing are a must this year. Here are some of my favorites.
Ancestry Online Gift Subscriptions ($79, originally $99)
Geneology-related gifts, like Ancestry, will be big because they offer that “discovery” that we are sorely missing these days. The Online Gif Subscription gives your recipient access to the world’s largest collection of online records to learn amazing details about your ancestors.
FlexIt Virtual Personal Training (VPT) ($36 per session for 4)
Know someone who is sorely missing the gym? These VPT Sessions will give them access to 1-on-1 virtual sessions with a certified personal trainer from leading fitness brands. The sessions can be done from home and the workouts are based on their fitness level and the equipment they already have.
Puzzles have been hugely popular during the pandemic, and this one is gorgeous! Puzzle fans won’t be able to resist.
1-800-Flowers has partnered with Alice’s Table to offer virtual flower-arranging workshops. Your recipient will receive their own kit, which includes farm-fresh flowers and a stylish vase, and then they will learn how to create a beautiful bouquet or wreath from a skilled Alice’s Table floral host.
If they’re an art lover, they’ve probably seen a stunning glass Chihuly sculpture in their travels. Now, they can add their own flair to this paper version of the Sun sculpture.
There are so many journals out there, but these are special. Each journal features fashion-inspired details like crushed velvet, shimmering gold foil, and hand embroidery.
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