Gift guide: under $100

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This triple-insulated stemless wine cup keeps beverages cold for nine hours or warm for three, and would be perfect for the giftee who loves a picnic, and/or can’t be trusted with easily breakable things.

A sweet pouch set from Baggu that’d be as good for travel as it would for storage—of jewelry, beauty products, whatever.

This liner jacket comes in several good colors, and is lightweight enough to layer under a coat. It’d look pretty cute on its own too.

Everlane’s weekender is made from recycled polyester and is water-resistant. It’s also the ideal size for stowing everything one  needs for a night or two away.

I bought this cute little kettle a while back because I’ve been getting into matcha lately, and heating water in a saucepan—which is what I had been doing—takes too long and often results in a mess. This little number boils water in no time at all, and the spout is extra-precise, making it ideal for pour-over coffee too.

How cute is this floral AirPod case from Rifle Paper Co?

 

I own this cute and poppy red bluetooth speaker, and I can never believe how big the sound that comes out of it is.

A fun little pouf that comes in a massive array of colors.

This Marimekko oven mitt is not the sexiest gift, to be certain, but it is sure to be used and appreciated, and the print is pretty boss.

A cozy cashmere scarf that looks (and feels) way pricier than it is, and comes in a lot of  good colors.

Why should your giftee use drab manila file folders when she could enjoy these beauties?

A chic little trinket box that’d look great on a dresser or vanity.

For your favorite insomniac: a weighted blanket that really, truly helps you get to sleep, and stay asleep.

How cool would a cake look served on this bright floral tray?

This recycled cashmere crewneck from Everlane comes in a multitude of colors, and is as soft as the day is long.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    11 Dec 2019
    5:36pm

    Great ideas! I want the wine cup for myself, but my daughter in Colombia would really love it and it’s easy for her to pack. Also, it’s time for a weighted blanket – for me!

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    Kathi
    11 Dec 2019
    8:46pm

    What a nice roundup. For kicks, I ran the lovely file folders by a friend of mine, thought it would help brighten her work day meetings…she thought not. I then ran the wine tumbler by her, telling her she can enjoy an adult beverage after the meetings…now she is on board!! Might just have to gift her both as she already has a weighted blanket & swears by it to reduce her anxiety.

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    Jill
    11 Dec 2019
    11:23am

    Nice ideas – but in my opinion, any gift that seems to show an animal (in this case, the critically endangered leopard) looking like a rug (the Adler trinket box) … well, that’s horrific.

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      Lauren
      11 Dec 2019
      5:03pm

      Ok, calling a trinket box horrific is pretty hysterical. It’s not like it has a severed head on it. Guessing you find fake fur jackets horrifying, too? Lighten up!

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        Jill
        12 Dec 2019
        11:54am

        Leopards are critically endangered because of humans. Animals aren’t trophies and depicting them as such is offensive. If it were a trinket box in the shape of an elephant foot, does that cross the line? What if instead of a leopard on the box, it was a racist caricature? It’s still a trinket box, right? Lighten up?
        Fake fur is better than real in terms of animal exploitation, but the environmental damage caused by producing fake fur is actually pretty significant.
        What you tolerate and buy sends a message.

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    Mimi
    11 Dec 2019
    11:15am

    So I clicked on the snazzy oven mitt and was reminded of how much I like the Amara site. They have an excellent selection of William Morris bedding, prints that have all the appeal of Liberty and more. I ordered another pair of my favorite Strawberry Thief navy pillowcases. Oops! Was I supposed to be buying gifts for others? Anything wrong with a little self love? From reading the comments above it looks like a weighted blanket will be next. Best sources would be appreciated.

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    HickfromStyx
    11 Dec 2019
    10:20am

    Weighted blankets are the big thing for Christmas this year. The weighted sherpa throw was a popular style, selling out quickly on Black Friday where I live. I’ve talked to people who are giving them to college students, children with adhd and autism, adults with dementia, people with anxiety issues…I guess pretty much anyone nowadays. It’s the state of the world we live in today that makes this a sought-after gift. Kind of sad, really.

    On a bright note, oven mitts as hostess gifts at Christmas have always been appreciated when I’ve given them. Sure, we all have them, but they do get tatty, and that’s not what you want guests to see. I found a Christmas turkey meal service that includes oven mitts and an apron as part of the package, so you know this is something useful.

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    Bobby
    11 Dec 2019
    8:43am

    I think oven mitts are a great present! Always useful, always needed, and the two times I’ve been gifted them very pretty/witty designs.

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    Bobby
    11 Dec 2019
    8:46am

    Also, I know you’ve mentioned your own issues with insomnia, have you tried a weighted blanket and do they help?

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      Kim France
      11 Dec 2019
      10:24am

      I would say that the weighted blanket helps put me to sleep, and helps me stay asleep, which is half the battle.

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      Margaret
      11 Dec 2019
      9:28am

      I find the weighted blanket a bit much for nighttime sleeping, but it is incredibly soothing after a hectic day or when I’m in emotional turmoil (which is often). It doesn’t make me sleep but it calms me down almost immediately. Mine is throw-blanket sized and I keep it on my couch. One person I gave one to last year like it so much he told me he is giving them out as gifts to friends this year.

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