Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts Under $100

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Christmas shopping can get pricey, especially when you have a long list of family and friends with expensive taste. Just because you’re working with a tighter budget this year doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. In fact, you can still spend reasonably during the holidays and spoil your loved ones with some meaningful, useful gifts. To help you in your quest for affordable Christmas presents, we’ve collected our 22 favorite gifts under $100. If you want to pick the right present and stay under a three-figure limit, SPY can help with that.

The most coveted gifts under $100 include great gift ideas for techies, hipsters, travelers, fitness buffs, and everyone in between. All are available to buy right now on sites like Amazon, and most can be shipped with Prime. Those who want to splurge a bit on their loved ones can find more awesome gift ideas on our Best Christmas Gifts of 2019 list. You can also reference our Best Gifts for Dad and Best Gifts for Men roundups for more holiday shopping inspiration.

In the meantime, keep reading to find our best gifts for under $100.

1. Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky

FOR THE BARTENDER

Whiskey is a timeless gift for anyone, but it has to be a special bottle that your giftee probably doesn’t already have in their bar. This Toki whiskey from the Japanese powerhouse Suntory fits the bid. It’s interesting, very high quality, and most people (even whiskey connoisseurs) don’t buy it regularly. It’s highly-rated across the web, and it boasts prestigious awards such as a Gold Medal from the Denver International Spirits Competition. In other words, make sure your giftee shares a glass with you.

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2. Victrola Vintage Bluetooth Turntable

FOR THE HIPSTER

Vinyl has made a huge comeback in the last few years. People have realized that records are not just stylish and fun to collect, but also offer better sound quality than digital. Brands have followed this trend with affordable turntables that double as music players and home decor, such as this Victrola. It’s disguised as a suitcase, clocks in at just $40, and offers Bluetooth compatibility when you need to switch to digital.

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3. Fujifilm Instax Instant Film Camera

FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Another vintage staple that has recently made a comeback is the instant film camera. They’re ideal for the holidays, allowing you to instantly take and print photos of the family and festivities. We recommend gifting this one from Fujifilm in 2019 because it has a cool look and better technical capabilities than most of the new instant film cameras under $100.

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4. Sprezza Box

FOR THE DAPPER DUDE

Treat any dapper man in your life with a subscription to Sprezza Box. The service conveniently delivers accessories, like sunglasses, ties, and wallets in curated boxes. It makes a great gift for graduates, busy travelers, or anyone who just landed a new job and needs an upgrade. Most Sprezza Box accessories come from small independent brands you wouldn’t be able to find in a department store, so you’re not only getting something unique — you’re also supporting up-and-coming men’s clothing designers and businesses. At just $28/month, you can give your favorite dapper gentleman three months of the Sprezza box without breaking your $100 limit. As a result, this is definitely one of the year’s best gifts under $100 for men.

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5. Instant Pot

FOR THE CHEF

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 holiday feasts.

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6. Echo Show 5

FOR THE TECHIE

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. Any techie would be thrilled to unwrap one of these this holiday – even if they already have an older-generation Echo. This affordable device is one of the most popular tech gifts under $100 in 2019, so check with your siblings or friends if you’re buying this for your parents or grandparents (they might have already bought one).

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7. Miansai Men’s Rope Bracelet

FOR THE ACCESSORIES LOVER

When buying gifts for ladies, jewelry is most guys’ go-to gift. Now, you can have that convenient option when buying gifts for dudes as well thanks to Miansai. The Miami-based brand has blown-up in menswear because they’re finally giving guys stylish, masculine jewelry line we can wear with any outfit. This rope bracelet is one of their most iconic looks, making it a good option for gifting this year.

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8. Kindle

FOR THE BOOKWORM

Some bookworms still raise their eyebrows at e-readers like the 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. 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.

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9. Allbirds Wool Runners

FOR THE MORNING JOGGER

Allbirds took the sneaker market by storm in 2019 with these soft, cozy, minimalist kicks. They’re made of superfine 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.

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10. JBL Charge 3

FOR THE MUSIC LOVER

Bluetooth speakers have become go-to gifts when you just don’t know what to get. Once you up the price to $100, you start to get some serious sound quality. That’s what you get with speakers like this JBL Charge 3. It does double duty as a premium speaker and a phone charger, which comes in handy when you’re jamming at the beach, park or gym. It’s also one of the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers under $100 with thousands of glowing reviews, all thanks to its high-end sound quality and a durable water-resistant build.

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11. Sega Genesis Mini

FOR THE 90’S KIDS

The popularity of the NES Classic Edition has made retro-gaming consoles hot Christmas gifts. 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.

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12. Herschel Sutton Duffle Bag

FOR THE TRAVELER

Herschel has built its legacy creating top-of-the-line bags at affordable prices. You won’t find a better deal than the Sutton duffel — a reliable pick that won’t bleed your pockets dry and works great as a gym bag or light weekender bag. An undercover ’90s-inspired look scores style points in the airport or locker room, while features such as multiple interior pockets and backpack straps make it highly functional as well.

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13. S’well Teakwood Stainless Steel Water Bottle

FOR THE PLASTIC BOTTLE USER

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.

S'well Teakwood Stainless Steel Water Bottle - Best gifts under $100 for men and women Image courtesy of Nordstorm

  

14. Nest Fragrances Discovery Candle Set

FOR THE HOMEMAKER

For those who want to enhance the ambiance of their home, Nest sells this limited-edition set with 10 mini candles to keep environments well-lit and smelling fresh. Each candle is formulated with its own unique scent — Bamboo, Cedar Leaf, and Moroccan Amber, just to name a few — providing up to three to four hours of burn time. It sounds like something Mom and Dad can use in each bedroom when hosting the kids overnight on Christmas.

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15. Sony Wireless Extra Bass Headphones

FOR THE AUDIO NERD 

Whoever said you can’t score premium headphones for under $100 has yet to test Sony’s latest bass-blasters. The WH-XB700 is an entry-level model that packs deep, rich audio, extended battery life (up to 18 hours), and personalized sound options via Sony Headphones Connect app into a sturdy, lightweight frame. These aren’t features you’ll find in any typical pair of bargain-bin headphones. Its current markdown means shoppers can splurge on a set for themselves as well as that special someone in their life.

Sony WH-XB700 Wireless Extra Bass Headphones - Best gifts for under $100 for men and women Image courtesy of Sony

  

16. Goodthreads Cotton Shawl Cardigan Sweater

FOR THE AMAZON-OBSESSED

Every guy can use a stylish go-to sweater in their rotation. Cardigans are popular fashion gifts that can be worn for any occasion (e.g. at the bar, in the office). It turns out Amazon’s own clothing division, Goodthreads, sells a nice collection of trendy sweaters in sleek, warm colors. Each cardigan is made from 100% cotton to provide additional comfort and warmth during the colder seasons. Adding to its appeal are unique details such as the shawl collar and front welt pockets that complete its sophisticated look.

Goodthreads Cotton Shawl Cardigan Sweater - Best Gifts under $100 for men Image courtesy of Amazon

  

17. Clarisonic Mia Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush

FOR THE SPA-LOVER

Facial skincare is something men and women take more seriously as they age. Clarisonic doesn’t discriminate, creating a sonic facial cleaning brush for both parties to keep their face looking healthy and youthful. Each brush head features soft bristles to gently exfoliate and remove impurities from the skin’s surface. It’s a one-minute beauty task that can easily be worked into one’s shower routine, and maybe even inspire couples to perform together before heading to bed.

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush for men and women - Best Gifts under $100 Image courtesy of Clarisonic

  

18. Anker Powercore Portable Charger

FOR THE ALWAYS-DEAD-PHONE-FRIEND

Nowadays, portable chargers are as essential as cash and food — just ask any iPhone user. Placing this slim and powerful battery pack in each family member’s stocking is a gift that won’t go unappreciated. The Anker Powercore Slim 1000 is a light carry that fits comfortably in any pocket and holds up to two full charges, depending on your smartphone. An 18-month warranty guarantees the best quality and service available from one of the industry’s top consumer electronics brands.

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19. Kiehl’s Ultra Healthy Skin Favorites Set

FOR THE NEW GROOMER

Kiehl’s Ultra Healthy Skin Favorites Set is perfect for beginners who want to adopt an effective skincare regimen on the cheap. Several of the brand’s top-selling products come bundled in this Nordstrom exclusive gift set, each one formulated with potent ingredients designed to reduce signs of premature aging. As a bonus, Nordstrom includes a psychedelic travel bag to store everything neatly in one’s beauty cabinet.

Kiehl’s Ultra Healthy Skin Favorites Set for men and women - Best gifts uner $100 Image courtesy of Nordstrom

  

20. Amazon Fire Stick 4K

FOR THE BINGER

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.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote - Best gifts under $100 for men and women Image courtesy of Amazon

  

21. Skagen Aaren Kulor Rubber Strap Watch

FOR THE FRIEND THAT’S MORE ANALOG THAN DIGITAL

Now that budget watches are on-trend, we’re seeing lots of brands release some nice-looking timepieces at mid-range price points. Bulky metal watches are no longer on many millennial men’s’ wish lists, and not everyone actually wants a smartwatch. For some guys, analog really is the better option. For these old-school men, Skagen has a number of attractive options, as exhibited in the Aaren Kulor collection. These minimalist watches blend clean, distinctive aesthetics with classic design elements such as an analog dial and round bezel to achieve a distinguished unisex look. You can choose between a vibrant blue, green, and red.

Skagen Aaren Kulor Rubber Strap Watch - Best gifts under $100 for men and women Image courtesy of Nordstrom

  

22. Amazon.com Gift Card

FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE TO SHOP FOR

There’s always that one person on our gifting list that is totally impossible to shop for. We recommend saving the time of trying to find them the perfect gift and just settling with an Amazon gift card. They can go wild and buy whatever they want or need, and you don’t have to worry. In fact, don’t even think of it as settling. Buying an Amazon gift card for these hard-to-please friends and family is actually a win-win for everyone.

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