17 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Under $100

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17 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Under $100

Here are our hand-picked gifts for anyone on your list — they’re all impressive presents for $100 or under! We’ve got the scoop on the latest gadgets, like Sphero and Tile.

We’ve also rounded up some classic home items like a cozy throw blanket and a beautiful tea kettle. Whether you’re shopping for someone young or old, family or friend, you’re bound to find a crowd-pleaser on our guide.com holiday list.

New Polaroid Camera

The modern Polaroid Pic300 is a revamped version of the instant camera we all know and love. A Polaroid is a fun holiday gift — instant photos to document your festivities! 

Film is available separately, it’s about $22 for 20 business card-size exposures. There’s an automatic flash, and 4 possible scene settings. Available in red, black, purple, and blue. 4 AA batteries are included.

Snuggly Pom Pom Blanket
Chuck Blackburn; Jon Kirk, Image courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.

Available in pink, grey, or ivory, this soft acrylic/polyester throw blanket makes a luxe gift. 

The blanket is 50” by 60” and features faux fur on one side. — so soft! Trendy pom poms finish it off. This would be a welcome winter addition to any bedroom or living room.

Chocolate Gift Basket

Who doesn’t love chocolate? 

If you need a true crowd-pleaser, pick up this luxe gift basket full of Godiva treats. 5 different items are inside: a chocolate-filled ornament, 2 assorted boxes of chocolates, petit four chocolates, and cherry cordials. Everything is festively wrapped and ready for holiday gifting.

Sphero Mini Robot
Bryan Rowe

It looks like a ping pong ball, but it’s an app-enabled robot. You can even use new feature Face Drive and control the ball with your face! (Other modes through the app include Joystick, Tilt, and Slingshot.) 

Sphero Mini is a fun gift for anyone who likes tech innovations or novelty gadgets. Various games and apps are fun to play with the Mini, which comes with 3 traffic cones and 6 bowling pins. An accessory set is available separately. There are five color options are available, but you can also purchase different shells to customize your Mini.

Le Creuset Whistling Tea Kettle

Available in a wide variety of vibrant colors (soleil, cherry, and marine to name a few), the classic whistling tea kettle from Le Creuset will last for ages, and it makes a lovely gift. 

The enamel-on-steel kettle heats and boils quickly but the handle stays cool and comfortable. A whistle lets you know when the water is boiling. This a pretty piece for the kitchen as well as a useful tool! Get one for anyone on your list who loves tea, or anyone who appreciates classic Le Creuset.

Tried-and-True Timepiece
Bryan Derballa

The anniversary edition of Timex’s classic Easy Reader is out, and it makes a great gift. 

The Easy Reader is perfect for the relative on your list who has a little trouble making out small numbers, or just someone who enjoys a classic watch. Available in 4 color combos, and featuring an Indiglo light-up watch dial, the anniversary Easy Reader edition has a leather strap and is water resistant.

Best For Stylish Treks

Outdoor apparel brand North Face has a colorful take on the classic student bag. 

The Back to Berkeley backpack features fun accent colors and a vintage design. It’s lightweight and water-resistant — this one’s got it all! Available in four color combos, and there’s also a mini version (19L) for grade schoolers. (The original size (25L) is a good fit for older kids and teens.)

Best Electric Spiralizer

The spiralizer trend is going strong — turn veggies like zucchini into healthy “noodles” with one of these handy kitchen gadgets. The Bella spiralizer features rotating blades that create ribbons, linguine, spaghetti, or fettuccine shapes. 

Use fruits and veggies up to 6” long in the spiralizer, which is hands-free. The auto-stop feature means that it stops once it’s done spiralizing. A snap-on bowl is included to catch those tasty “zoodles,” and it stores under the gadget when not in use. The BPA-free parts are dishwasher safe, and it even comes with a cleaning brush. A recipe book is also included.

Classic Carhartt Coat

A classic work jacket makes a nice winter present for your favorite hard-working dude. Carhartt’s Chore Coat has been around for 100 years, and it’s a favorite for a reason.

All the right features (like flex panels) mean that this outerwear is made for movement. A sherpa-lined collar and cozy lining mean that it’s comfortable. The 100% cotton Chore Coat also features triple-stitched main seams for added durability, plus interior pockets. Available in brown and black.

Oxo Mixing Bowl Set

A set of clean, white, stainless steel nesting bowls makes a great gift for your favorite baker or cook. 

This set of 3 mixing bowls (in 1.5-quart, 3-quart and 5-quart sizes) has non-skid bottoms for easier handling. The inside of the bowls is stainless steel, while the outside is durable white plastic, which protects from heat. Oxo thought of everything!

Portable Record Player

Your favorite music-lover can tote their tunes with this portable record player in a suitcase-style case. The Crosley Coupe features built-in speakers and a headphone jack, so you can listen alone, or entertain a crowd. 

Get that Christmas music cranking! The wood, plastic, and metal case is 15.5” wide and comes in teal, blue, red, and gray. It plays 7”, 10”, and 12” records. 

Frozen Treat Maker

Use just 1-3 ingredients and make a frozen treat with the Yonanas Classic. 

Bananas are the most popular ingredient — make a quick, guilt-free snack with this fun appliance. The chute, plunger, and blade can be washed in the dishwasher for easy clean up. If you know someone getting healthy as a New Year’s Resolution, this is a helpful gift.

Whiskey Decanter

Help him channel his inner Don Draper. 

A trendy gold honeycomb pattern adorns this glass whiskey decanter set — it’s a great gift for someone who likes to entertain, loves Mad Men, or simply someone who enjoys whiskey. The elegant set from Nordstrom includes the decanter with stopper and four matching glasses.

Succulent Delivery

If you can’t personally deliver your gift, consider having a succulent box shipped! This arrangement of 7 trendy plants comes freshly planted in a wood gift box (7” by 7.5” by 5.5”).

The beauty of this present is that it sticks around, unlike a floral arrangement or candy. A stick and plastic dropper are included for taking care of the succulents, as is a holiday card. Prices vary to match your budget.

Tile Key Finder

Do you have a forgetful friend or family member on your holiday list? 

Save them the stress of a lost phone or keys with a Tile set. A powerful Bluetooth tracker will find whatever is attached to the Tile. It’s even waterproof for half an hour (up to 1.5 meters) in case their phone gets dropped in the toilet, for instance (not that we’d know about that).

Sleek Coffee Maker

Gift this sleek new coffee maker from Krups and make someone’s mornings great. They can customize coffee with different brewing modes. Opt for “bold” for more flavor. 

Choose to brew an individual cup, or choose the Turbo mode and brew 35% faster. Something called an “aroma tube” ensures that your java has a rich, even flavor. No filters are needed on this coffee maker; there’s one built in. And it features 2 auto-start timers for different days. 

Lacoste Bath Robe

Just a classic bath robe from Lacoste Home! Made of terry cotton with pique trim and belt, this roomy robe comes in 4 colors: navy, white, red, and gray. It boasts 2 front pockets and that iconic alligator patch.

This robe is perfect for lounging around the home during the holidays. It makes a comfortable, useful holiday gift.

Bubbly + Bears

This fun and festive gift set includes a Cameron Hughes Sonoma County sparkling wine, plus a gift box of 3 champagne-inspired gummy candies from Sugarfina. Champagne Bears, Champagne Bubbles, and Bubbly Bears come packaged in lucite boxes and stashed in a gold “Cheers!” gift box. 

This is a celebratory gift sure to put a smile on someone’s face. It would also be perfect to bust out for New Year’s Eve! Even better, you can order online and have bubbly and gummy bears shipped directly to someone special.

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