20 Expensive-Looking Gifts That are Under $100
When it comes to presents, a high-price tag does not guarantee a good gift. (Remember the time Grandma gave you that putrid-smelling luxury perfume from her trip to Paris? Of all the gifts in France.) Instead, it takes a discerning eye (and some good internet sleuthing) to spot the gems that are budget-friendly but happen to look like you dropped a whole lot of cash on them. Don’t have time for said sleuth? Not to worry—we’ve done the work for you. Here are 20 gifts that look expensive but are actually under $100.
1. Nadaam Cashmere Crew
Let’s start with one of our personal favorites: the $75 cashmere sweater. This staple from the brand is one of the softest we’ve ever felt. Unsure about the quality? We’ve had ours for nearly three years now and it’s held up beautifully.
2. Marc Fisher Eilah Wide-Calf Thigh-High Boot
Forget over-priced designers—these suedette OTK boots look and feel high-end. The rubber sole and block heel make them safe for wearing all winter and the slightly stretchy opening makes them easy to pull on. Start dropping hints now.
3. Chanel La Crème Main
Impress your recipient with an indulgent (and incredible smelling) hand cream that they’d probably never buy for themselves.
4. Boy Smells Kush, Ash, Cedar Stack Votive Set
This brand has reached “status” level, all thanks to its millennial-friendly packaging and cheeky candle names. The votive trio combines the first three scents the cult-favorite company ever created, making them some of the most loved (i.e. you definitely can’t go wrong).
5. Cuisinart Enameled Cast Iron 5-Quart Casserole
We’re here to let you in on a little secret: this Le Creuset dupe for under $100. With over 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this pot boasts similar heat retention and a durable ceramic coating. It is significantly lighter than the iconic Le Creuset, making it prone to small chips, but if you treat it nicely, the $275 in savings makes it all worthwhile.
6. Mejuri Bold Link Chain Necklace
An on-trend addition to any neck party. This 18k gold vermeil necklace offers a thinner, lighter material for a pop of golden sheen. Wear solo or stack with other delicate necklaces for a layered look.
7. Reebok Harman AC Slip-On Sneaker
For the athleisure aficionado, these sneakers are a remix of the iconic Harman silhouette and modernized with bungee drawcord laces and an all-while outsole. The tongueless design is sleek and streamlined to provide a rub-free fit. Pro tip: add a few tips for keeping them clean in the card.
8. Snowe Classic Bathrobe
Gift them a spa experience in the comfort of their own home. This top-rated robe from Snowe provides all the amenities of the finest hotel version: fast-drying air-woven terry cotton that’s generously sized for optimal comfort.
9. Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style
For the aesthete: A chic, neutral coffee table book that matches nearly any living room color scheme. Architectural Digest at 100 celebrates the best from the pages of the international design authority. Ranging freely between present and past, the book features the personal spaces of dozens of private celebrities like Barack and Michelle Obama, David Bowie and Truman Capote and includes the work of top designers and architects like Frank Gehry, David Hicks, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
10. Brightland The Mini Essentials
This holiday gift set includes Brightland’s bestselling olive oils and balsamic vinegar in petite sizes. Perfect for the foodie who won’t travel without good essentials, young chefs who are adding to their arsenal or friends and family who have yet to try Brightland oils. Bonus: It’s so beautifully packaged, you won’t even have to wrap it.
11. Mango Rigid Mini Bag
We’re shocked by the quality of this Jacquemus-esque handbag…for a mere $30! It comes in three colorways: black, medium brown and wine (shown here) and is a guilt-free way to play with the miniature trend without having to commit to traveling everywhere with just a credit card and tube of lipstick.
12. Lucky Brand Ilisse Boot
You can’t go wrong with a classic western-style boot. These ankle boots feature an easy pull-on design with hidden elastic gores. The elongated toe ends in a squared-off point that’s super flattering, and we love the idea of pairing these with floral dresses or denim.
13. Crown Affair The Brush No. 001
OK, here us out: It may feel weird gifting someone a hairbrush, but this dual-bristle brush that’s handmade in Italy rivals the cult-favorite Maison Pearson. Specially designed to protect your scalp as you brush, the shorter boar bristles work to distribute natural healthy oils throughout your strands, preventing them from becoming dry and brittle and protecting your scalp from oxidative damage. It’s a gift any beauty fiend will appreciate.
14. Amazon Echo Show 5
They don’t have to be a tech wizard to turn their house into a smart home. And you don’t have to drop a fortune. This compact device has all the features of Echo but with a screen, which allows them to do things like cook along with recipes, watch TV and movie trailers and take video calls. If they’re worried about Bezos constantly listening in, there’s a button to turn off the camera and mic whenever they want.
15. Material The 8’’ Knife
This essential knife comes recommended from culinary expert Athena Calderone (anything she backs, we trust). The brand also claims to have spent over a year perfecting this high-performance chef’s knife, and once it’s in your receipts hand we think they’ll know why—just the right size, just the right weight, meticulously sharp and incredibly resilient.
16. Alex Mill Cashmere Beanie
Fact: No one can ever have too many beanies in their winter wardrobe. Alex Mill’s cashmere cap is warm, soft and will go with just about every one of their outfits.
17. Koolaburra by UGG Dezi Short Bootie
With more time spent at home, cozy shoes that they can wear indoors and out are a must-have. This pair from Koolaburra by UGG is designed with a minimal profile, wrapped in short-pile faux fur and layered with an ultra-soft lining for added warmth and insulated comfort. Your teenage niece and best friend will love them.
18. F. Miller Body Oil
A luxurious, skin-fortifying blend of moisture-replenishing botanicals designed to soften, smooth, tone and instantly hydrate. Both a protective elemental-defense treatment and potent moisturizer, it’ll leave them with lasting luminous glow.
19. McGee & Co Gold Candle Holder
Simple yet sophisticated, this candle holder brings a minimalistic, refined feel not just during the holidays, but all throughout the year. It adds just the right modern touch to a table setting or mantel scene.
20. Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts
Not only are these 240 milligram CBD-infused epsom and pink Himalayan bath salts all your giftee needs for the most relaxing soak ever, they also come in the chicest packaging we’ve ever seen. I mean, how cute is that little scooper?