No matter the occasion or the recipient, shopping for gifts can be a challenge, to put it politely. And if you’re on a budget, that challenge just got even trickier. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there, whether you’re shopping for an anniversary, birthday, wedding or any other event you can think of. Best of all, there are impressive presents that won’t break the bank. To prove it, we’ve rounded up the best gifts under $100 for both men and women.
Now that Valentine’s Day is coming up, gifts for your boyfriend or gifts for your girlfriend can get a bit pricy, so it makes sense to gather up a couple of small ones to make the holiday extra special.
After all, just because you’re working with a tighter budget this year doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. You can still find some meaningful, useful gifts under $100 for him or her. The most coveted options include great gift ideas for techies, hypebeasts, travelers, fitness buffs, spirits connoisseurs and everyone in between. All are available to buy right now on sites like Amazon, and most can be shipped with Prime, which is always clutch when considering last-minute gift ideas.
To help you in your quest for affordable presents, check out our collection of the best gifts under $100.
1. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth speakers have become go-to gifts when you just don’t know what to get. With the category evolving over the years, this option from JBL remains a tried and true must-have if you want sound quality and portability. This speaker comes in a variety of different colors and can connect to up to two smartphones or tablets so you can switch off DJ-ing. The built-in 3000mAh rechargeable battery can support up to 12 hours of playtime and it’s Ipx7 waterproof so some rain, a spill or accidental plunge in the pool shouldn’t be a problem. You can also connect two JBL speakers together and amplify your sound across larger spaces.
There’s a reason virtually every gift guide includes at least one portable speaker, and if you’re trying to find great gifts under $100, you won’t do better than this popular Bluetooth speaker.
2. L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins
We named the L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins the Best Slippers of 2020 in our recent 2020 SPY Man Awards for a reason — they’re absolutely everything. As the coziest pair of slippers you’ll ever put on your feet, your giftee won’t go a day without wearing them. They can be worn in and outside due to a rubber outsole and packed with the fluffiest Australian lambswool to keep their feet toasty warm.
3. Exclusivo Mezcla Luxury Velvet Plush Throw Blanket
No matter what year it is, you cannot go wrong with a plush blanket. But, it’s safe to say we all need a little bit more of a cuddly, cozy feel to help us rid the anxieties of this year. This throw blanket is soft as hell, which is perfect for hanging at home on the couch and drinking hot cocoa all day. You know, to avoid all responsibilities. The blanket is available in a few colors, but we love this calming, tranquil ice blue to help ease the mind after a long WFH day.
4. Anker Quick Charge 3.0 43.5W 4-Port USB Wall Charger
With Anker’s USB Wall Charger, you can have the ability to charge up to four devices at once. There’s no more of that “can I borrow your charger?” talk with this baby. All you need are a couple of cords laying around (which we know you have) and you can charge every family member’s cell at once whether they’re team Apple or team Android.
5. Instant Vortex Air Fryer
Everyone should have an air fryer in their kitchen at this point. If you didn’t already know, these babies have fully changed the game in terms of cooking for the better. Air fryers allow you to fry, cook or bake just about anything you want in a matter of minutes to absolute perfection without the added fats and oils provided by a regular fryer. A majority of fats and oils within the food you’re cooking also seep down the grated holding tray, making foods that much more healthy, which is great if you and your Valentine are sticking to your new year’s resolutions. It really is a deliciously fun way to cook food at home.
6. Oversized Portable Extendable Back Scratcher
Why snag a gift under $100 when you can get it down to under $10? As a low-cost gift that your giftee will actually use, this portable extendable back scratcher will come in handy. Like, trust us, you’ll never buy another gift for this cheap with this much potential for use. You’ll thank us later.
7. PhoneSoap Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger
If 2020 were summed up in a much-needed present, the PhoneSoap Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer would be it. Thankfully it’s a new year, but you should still kill 99.99% of germs on your phone without getting it wet all thanks to the killing powers provided by the device’s intense UV light. The PhoneSoap Pro comes with a port to charge your phone even while cleaning it for a mega two-in-one offer. You can even clean other items that might fit inside, too, like jewelry, headphones, keys and even baby pacifiers.
8. Allbirds Wool Runners
Allbirds took the sneaker market by storm in 2019 with these soft, cozy, minimalist kicks. They’re made of super fine merino sheep’s wool that regulates temperature and wicks sweat, making them the best sockless shoes around. They make a great gift this year because everyone seems to be loving them, from the fashion-obsessed to normal dudes alike.
9. Lulu Candles
There’s never not a good time to introduce a new scent into someone’s home. Gift this incredible smelling Lulu Candle to anyone on your list this year and spread an aroma consisting of jasmine, oud and sandalwood all throughout their home. Lulu Candles are all soy-based candle products, which is an eco-friendly option that provides a longer, cleaner burn. So, when gifting candles this year, gift this one — it’s sure to last a while.
10. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Now that we can finally chill for a little bit after the inauguration, it’s time to keep up with some light reading and one of our favorite presidents we’ve ever had: Barack Obama. In his newest memoir, A Promised Land, Obama takes us through the personal journey of his earliest political aspirations right to his Iowa caucus victory in a story that provides hope to a nation. It’s a must-gift book for any reader no matter the occasion.
11. Herschel Novel Duffle Bag
Herschel has built its legacy creating top-of-the-line bags at affordable prices. You won’t find a better deal than the Novel duffel — a reliable pick that won’t bleed your pockets dry and works great as a gym bag or light weekender bag. Made of black and synthetic leather it has a polished look that’s classic and effortlessly stylish. Plus, at less than $80 this is a practical and high-quality gift for any man, woman or trendy individual always on the move.
12. Burt’s Bees Essential Kit
The gift of good skin is the gift that keeps on giving — especially when it’s in the form of a beauty gift set. Burt’s Bees is one of the most beloved skincare brands out there thanks to their natural formulas that are safe for even the most sensitive skin. This gift set contains some of their greatest hits. Their lip balm, made with beeswax, vitamin E and pomegranate oil, is one of the best balms on the market. The set also includes a body cream, deep cleansing cream and foot cream to hydrate and nourish the thirstiest skin.
13. Goodthreads Men’s Lightweight Merino Wool/Acrylic Bomber Sweater
Every guy can use a stylish zip-up sweater in their rotation. A favorite classic, a bomber-style can easily be dressed up or down. Made from a merino wool blend, it’ll keep him warm and cozy. He can wear it as a jacket in cool weather or under a coat once the temperatures dip. Not quite what you were looking for? Amazon’s own clothing division, Goodthreads, has plenty of stylish picks for men and women.
14. Amazon Echo Show 8
Everyone has a smart home assistant device these days, but not everyone has the upgraded Echo Show with Alexa. The new Amazon device features a screen that shows the time, recipes, video calls, security camera streams, and much more. This is the latest Echo Show release, so we’re honestly shocked it’s under $100. Any techie would be thrilled to unwrap one of these — even if they already have an older-generation Echo.
15. Sega Genesis Mini
The popularity of the NES Classic Edition has made retro-gaming consoles one of the hottest gifts for men on the market. It took them long enough, but Sega launched what is arguably the best of the batch with the Sega Genesis Mini. We’re talking two, three-button controllers (note: you can upgrade to the Retro-Bit’s six-button gamepads for extra), over 40 classic titles and HDMI connection to enjoy sharp 16-bit pixelation in all of its nostalgic glory. It’s also super-compact and blends perfectly into any entertainment center; prop it atop the PS4 or Xbox One to expand your gaming fort. Spend the Christmas break playing co-op gems like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Contra: Hard Corps, and Streets of Rage 2.
16. Rubbermaid EasyFindLids Food Storage Containers
Giving Rubbermaid plastic food containers as a gift seems sort of odd, but trust us, you can never go wrong with gifting the EasyFindLids. These storage containers will be the last set your giftee ever owns because of how effortless these containers are to store. The lids snap on insanely tight and all lids and containers fit into one another with ease.
17. Tenmiro 65.6ft Led Strip Lights
Add a little color to your living space with these LED strip lights that are ready to go just about anywhere in the home. Whether it be behind your television, under your desk, along the top of your walls or wherever else your heart desires, these lights come with a multitude of functions and up to 44 color choices with the provided remote.
18. Kikkerland Design Retro Alarm Clock
Bring a little bit of retro inspiration back into your giftee’s life with a fun-looking old school clock that can sit right on their WFH desk. These nostalgic clocks bring telling time back a few notches to ditch the digital age completely. The hands glow in the dark so you can see what time it is even in the middle of the night and the colors are fun enough to fit any home or office aesthetic.
19. West Bend Hot Theater Style Popper Machine
Movie night just got a lot more fun with this vintage-inspired popcorn maker! The fun piece will spruce up any countertop when it’s not in use. In just a few minutes, the kettle will make five to six servings of popcorn. The Stir Crazy stir-rod technology means hardly any kernels will be left behind, plus the non-stick coating makes it a cinch to clean.
20. Jensen JTA-222 3-Speed Turntable
Oozing vintage appeal, this thoughtful gift will be music to their ears! Made to look like an antique wooden case, the three-speed stereo turntable also has an AM/FM stereo receiver. Party ready or personal, it has an output for external stereo speakers as well as a stereo headphone jack. The turntable comes with two built-in speakers and a dust cover.
21. All-New Echo Dot
The 4th generation Echo Dot took our favorite voice-activated speaker to an entirely new level by transforming it into a sphere. This compact design delivers a much fuller and clearer sound than any Echo Dot has ever before with well-balanced vocals and thick bass. Like any other Echo device, the All-New Echo Dot uses Alexa that can convert your experience in any which way you desire. Call anybody hands-free, drop in on other rooms with an Echo device and even turn your house into a smart home (with some added devices).
22. Ray-Ban Blaze Aviator Sunglasses
When you need a gift that works for everyone, these truly do the trick, and not just because they’re unisex. Made famous by Top Gun, aviators are the very definition of classic and no one does them better than Ray-Ban. Who doesn’t want a new pair of sunnies to upgrade their outfits? No accessory can instantly change your look so effortlessly. There are plenty of frame and lens options, so you can select just the right pair for your lucky recipient.
23. Levitating Air Bonsai Pot
Exactly how does this plant float in the air? Technically, it uses maglev suspension technology, but you can keep the recipient — and all their guests — guessing. Bonsai plants are famous for their Zen qualities and the levitating effect makes this one even more captivating and soothing. The pot can be used for practically any small indoor potted plant and even herbs. We recommend including some greenery to make the gift complete. Super modern, it’ll be a cool addition to any room.
24. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Bundle
Go back in time and shoot instantly once again with this Fujifilm camera that’s truly a classic when it comes to holiday gifting. These nostalgic point-and-shoots are such a fun way to capture memories with friends, family, pets and more. There are tons of colors depending on your giftee’s preference, but we love this baby blue one.
25. Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid Trimmer & Shaver
He has needed a new razor since the summer and a new beard trimmer throughout the winter. Kill two birds with one stone by placing this hybrid grooming tool on his bathroom countertop. The OneBlade was designed for multi-purpose facial hair maintenance, featuring an innovative dual-sided blade that seamlessly cuts through thick strands without damaging the skin. Its contoured head design allows for precision styling. Three trimming combs also come bundled to manage different stubble lengths. The fact that it’s portable-friendly and rechargeable makes it an awesome travel gift too.
26. HOME SMILE Ceramic Aloe Ring/Jewelry Holder
Take it from us that she always needs a spot to store her jewelry and trinkets, and this endearing ceramic aloe jewelry plate does so in style. If she’s a plant lover, aspiring green thumb or even just someone who’s super organized — this dish is perfect. The white color of the base will highlight her jewelry and make it easy to find the exact earring she’s searching for — and the pokey leaves of the aloe provide additional spots for rings or bracelets to hang.
27. Anker Soundcore Liberty 2
The AirPods Pro may be the it gadget right now, but if you’re looking for the best gifts under $100, they’re way out of your price range. Fortunately, you can get better audio performance and functionality from this pair of true-wireless earbuds, and at a much lower price. As one of Anker’s newest entries, the Liberty has been updated with adaptive sound, noise reduction, and water resistance. Access to the Soundcore app opens up both models for personalized sound, thanks to built-in presets and unique features like HearID that test the listener’s hearing to create a custom EQ profile tailored to their ears. You can’t go wrong with this option.
28. Cooper & Thief Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend Red Wine
If he’s just starting to develop his wine palate, but can’t seem to stay away from his favorite bourbon, see what his reaction is when tasting this well-rounded red blend. Copper & Thief have created something special, a “dark and jammy” red wine with bourbon-inspired notes that pairs well with meaty delicacies; having a glass with a pan-seared ribeye is everything. Its rich aromas and flavors of black fruit and smoke give the wine a refined taste, every sip leaving a velvety mouthfeel on the taste buds.
29. Mars Dust Globe
As an ode to the future colony that’ll be living on Mars someday, this globe is a great gift for science geeks and sci-fi lovers alike to anticipate humankind’s future first steps on the red planet. This desk or shelf sitter is a real modern twist on the classic snow globe because instead of swirling snow, you’re given swirling red dust. When the dust finally clears, you get a visual of the planet view of Mars, which we can spend all day looking at.
30. The I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook
Let’s keep it real, who the hell isn’t in love with Trader Joe’s? It’s quite literally the best supermarket of all time and if you’ve never had the opportunity to check one out for yourself, let’s just say you’re missing out. If you have a TJ’s lover on your hand, there’s no better gift to get them than this cookbook with specific Trader Joe’s inspired recipe your recipient is going to love.
31. Amazon Kindle
Some bookworms still raise their eyebrows at e-readers like the Amazon Kindle. But it always goes the same way: once they have one, they never put it down. If you know anyone that plows through books, a Kindle is a great gift idea under $100. It’s something your giftee will end up using every day — especially if they’re travelers or students. This new Kindle has been getting rave reviews from customers, who say the glare-resistant screen is amazing and the battery life is outstanding.
32. S’well Teakwood Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Daily hydration is crucial to staying healthy. A reusable water bottle is a practical stocking stuffer that anyone would appreciate, especially fitness freaks. The beauty of S’well bottles is in the design. Sure, they are available in many striking colors and sizes, but the main draw is the double-walled stainless-steel frame that keeps drinks cool or warm for several hours to enjoy at one’s convenience. Think of it as an inexpensive and serviceable gift that will come in handy at the gym or on the road.
33. Bellroy Note Sleeve RFID Wallet
The only thing more thoughtful than a fancy wallet is one capable of protecting both your currency and identity. Bellroy’s sleek-looking billfold is the perfect blend of fashion meets function, housing several pockets to keep cards and cash well organized while blocking hackers from stealing personal information using RFID technology. Craftsmanship is another facet of these wallets that shouldn’t be overlooked, composed of premium calfskin leather that keeps them looking premium over time. Choose from over 13 attractive colors.
34. Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 14-Year-Old Whisky
Glenmorangie updated the formula to its popular Quinta Ruban expression by increasing its age from 12 to 14 years, making it a special release for fans of the brand, but more so, lovers of single malts. Opening the bottle tickles your nose with rich notes of berries, leather, milk chocolate and smoke. The lengthened maturing process also gives some of the signature flavors like dark chocolate and burnt Seville orange more pop, creating one of the creamiest finishes of any whisky out there. It’s the nightcap drink he’s been craving.
35. Instant Pot
The now-famous Instant Pot is obviously a great gift for cooks, but it’s also fantastic for people who struggle in the kitchen. The genius pressure cooker allows you to make everything from rice to roast chicken to desserts in much less time than traditional equipment, and this best-selling model costs under $100. Pro tip: consider gifting it early so your recipient can help with family feasts.
36. EKO Mirage-T Touchless Rectangular Motion Sensor Trash Can
It’s with no surprise that the majority of us are quite germaphobic nowadays. With that being said, this touchless motion sensor garbage can is perfect for moments when your giftee has to come in contact with the trash. No more touching dirty surfaces from here on out!
37. Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage Sneakers
Jordans may not be in the budget this year, but you can still lace him up in some high-performance kicks with retro appeal. The Nike Blazer Mid ’77 has made a huge comeback over the past several months, giving basketball sneaker fanatics something simple, yet standout, to rock with their favorite NBA jerseys or casual gear. Vintage aesthetics like the leather upper and vulcanized rubber sole showcase the shoes’ durability, while the deep black swoosh gives them some pop.
38. Amazon Fire Stick 4K
More people are cutting the cord and putting their money towards content services like Netflix and Hulu, making the need for a powerful streaming device more important than ever. The latest Amazon Fire Stick 4K is the quintessential gift idea for entertainment lovers. The Fire Stick unlocks access to more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes, as well as live news, sports, and music channels. Amazon also updated the model to support 4K UHD visuals and Alexa, letting users binge-watch whatever they want using voice commands. Even better, you can pair the Amazon Fire Stick 4K with an Echo Dot for just $60. It’s little wonder this is one of the year’s best tech gifts under $100.
39. Master Lock 4400D Indoor Bluetooth Smart Padlock
Gift a totally secure, fast-opening lock system with the Master Lock 4400D Indoor Bluetooth Smart Padlock that’s perfect for just about any single one of your giftees. Whether it be your favorite avid gym-goer, a middle schooler experiencing too many locker jams or any professional hoarding secret documents in their file cabinet, this padlock is just right. It connects to an app on your phone, so the only person that has access to the contents inside is the person with the connected phone. Your giftee’s stuff will safe at all times!
40. Fukep Professional Colorful Kitchen Knives Set
Gifting a couple of kitchen knives is never a bad idea, especially given how frequently they tend to go missing in most people’s homes. Like, for real, what’s that all about? Where the hell do they go? Sketchy. Nonetheless, go with a cute-colored set when gifting this time around to add a bit of shimmer to your giftee’s kitchen cutlery.