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.
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. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Bluetooth speakers have become go-to gifts when you just don’t know what to get. With the category evolving over the years, we’re seeing stellar brands like Ultimate Ears sell premium portable speakers at a budget value. The Wonderboom 2 is exemplary of this, delivering detailed, boomy sound that can fill an entire room. UE also made these speakers completely waterproof (and floatable), so they’ll still work perfectly in wet environments.
There’s a reason virtually every list of the best affordable Christmas gifts includes an Ultimate Ears product, 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 Plush Throw
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 bright yellow to help bring a bit of brightness to your day.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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. It really is a deliciously fun way to cook food at home.
6. PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger
If 2020 were wrapped up in a much-needed present, the PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer would be it. 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 3 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.
7. Allbirds Wool Runners
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.
8. 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.
9. 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. An undercover ’90s-inspired look scores style points in the airport or locker room, while features such as an internal storage sleeve and shoe compartment on the side make it highly functional as well.
10. Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set
The gift of good skin is the gift that keeps on giving. 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 moisturizing hand salve, cuticle cream, hand cream and rich foot cream to hydrate and nourish the thirstiest skin.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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).
17. 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.
18. Fujifilm instax Mini Instant Camera
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 who your gifting’s preference, but we love this solid black one. You can never go wrong with black.
19. 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.
20. Jojuno Pineapple Jewelry Plate
Take it from us that she always needs a spot to store her jewelry and trinkets, and this endearing ceramic pineapple jewelry plate does so in style. The unexpected color combo of white, baby blue and gold is nice and neutral and will add a pretty touch to a dresser or countertop. It can hold jewelry like rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets as well as other petite knickknacks. Keeping things organized has never looked so cute.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. Truff Hot Sauces
Hot sauce infused with black truffle? Sold! Truff’s new line of spicy, flavorful condiments is all the rage right now, constantly selling out on Amazon and becoming a fixture at every BBQ and dinner party. The flavor profile of these hot sauces is savory AF, and consists of chili peppers, cumin, garlic, and organic agave nectar. You can pick from three different versions — Hot Sauce, Hotter Sauce and a limited-edition White Truffle Hot Sauce – each sold separately or as part of a bundle.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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 vibrant royal blue swoosh gives them some pop.
31. 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.
32. 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!
33. Nest Fragrances Petite Votive Set
For those who want to enhance the ambiance of their home with a full candle set, Nest sells this limited-edition set with six mini candles to keep environments well-lit and smelling fresh. Each candle is formulated with its own unique scent — Bamboo, Moroccan Amber, and Velvet Pear, 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 during the holidays.
34. Amazon Echo Show 5
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 — even if they already have an older-generation Echo.
35. Sega Genesis Mini
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.