Great gifts for under $100


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Happy holidays! If you’re looking for something special for that special someone, I’ve found a broad range of gifts under $100 to suit every taste. From the prettiest throw blanket around to a bountiful brunch for six, there’s something for everyone. 


In Good Taste Passport Collection ($65)

This is ideal for the European travel buff who isn’t ready to get back out there, these beautifully-packaged, single-serve wines and wine map provide a taste and history of eight French and Italian wines, including a fresh Provence rosé and a rich Bordeaux.  



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Fresh Vine 3-Bottle Gift Box ($75)

This is a great self-gift if you love wines but not the calories. These California wines are made with a proprietary and natural winemaking process with high and low fermentable sugar grapes. They are lower calorie and lower sugar than traditional wines but do not lack in flavor. The gift box contains a Fresh Vine Wine Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. 


Sips By Holiday Tea Advent Calendar ($75) 

This 12-day canvas advent calendar holds four servings each of 12 teas in a variety of flavors from top tea brands, including Stash Empress Lady Grey, David’s Tea Cardamom French Toast and Churchill’s Apple Cider. The calendar can be hung, but it also folds into a travel clutch so you can take it with you wherever you land this holiday. 


Cheeky 8-bottle Cocktail  Kit ($60) 

Whether they enjoy cocktails or mocktails, this cocktail kit will set them up for a delicious mixology journey. In fact, with this set, which includes a variety of syrups and fresh juices, like honey-ginger syrup and cranberry lemon syrup, they can make over 50 different kinds of cocktails!


Zucker’s Bagel Brunch for 6 ($99)

You’ll be there in spirit when you send this classic NYC bagel brunch from the beloved bagel shop, Zucker’s. The box includes hand-rolled bagels, fresh cream cheeses, hand-sliced smoked salmon, a jar of everything seasoning and your choice of Christmas or Hanukkah cookies. My friends and I tested this and enjoyed it thoroughly!


iGourmet Truffle Lover’s Gift Box ($89.99) 

There’s something so decadent about truffles!  For your truffle-obsessed loved one, this box is a must.  It contains a slew of truffle goodies, including white truffle-infused EVOO, black truffle butter, truffle-infused honey from the Yarra Valley, Moliterno Black truffle Pecorino, Boschetto al Tartufo Bianchetto and artisan pairing flatbread galette in a kraft box, ready for gifting.  

On the Go

BioLite Alpenglow 250 ($59.95 on Amazon) 

This light is a must-have on camping trips, but it’s also handy for backyard gatherings and power outages. It glows in a variety of colors – shake it to change colors – and the rechargeable battery doubles as a power bank to charge phones and other electronic devices. 


Oddict Ear Buds ($99)

For someone looking for a cool alternative to the ubiquitous air pods, these stylish aluminum earbuds (the world’s first, according to the brand) pair with any Bluetooth-enabled device and offer distortion-free sound and fast wireless charging in a cool metal case. Listening preferences can be set in the free app.  

Nixon Escape Duffel ($100)

This versatile travel tote can be carried as a duffel or backpack and has compression straps for when you’re tight on space. It comes in three colors and it’s made from Repreve Our Ocean fiber, which uses bottles from the world’s oceans and repurposes them into fabric.  

Apparel & Accessories

Jen Lesea Designs Birthstone Necklaces ($50 and up)

A pretty gift for the mama on your list, these delicate handcrafted necklaces come with genuine birthstones and/or initial charms with hypoallergenic sterling silver, 14K gold-filled or 14K rose gold-filled chains. You can add one birthstone or initial charm for each child for a unique necklace every time! 

Bedfellow The Bamboo Cooling Sleep Set ($98)

Does he run hot at night? These luxurious PJ’s are airy and silky soft and will keep him cool all night long. They’re so comfy that you may need to remind him to get dressed every day. 

Lanz of Salzburg Ski Pajama ($68)

These ski pajamas are so cozy and perfect for sleeping or lounging on chilly days. They are made of super-soft cotton flannel and available in three plaid patterns – so cute! 

Franne Golde The Everyday Wrap ($98)

You can’t control the temperature everywhere you go! This wrap is a stylish mid-weight layer in a textured knit, perfect to toss over any outfit or dress up a casual outfit.  


Mizzen + Main Fairway Hooded Henley ($88)

He may not be ready to ditch his hoodie after all this time working from home! This ultra-soft, moisture-wicking Hooded Henley with four-way stretch will elevate his look for Zoom calls, yet be comfortable enough for downtime.  


BioLite Alpenglow 250 ($59.95) 

This light is a must-have on camping trips, but it’s also handy for backyard gatherings and power outages. It glows in a variety of colors – shake it to change colors – and the rechargeable battery doubles as a power bank to charge phones and other electronic devices. 

Novica Undiscovered Artisan Box ($59.99 per box)

With every beautifully-packaged quarterly box, your recipient can explore the culture and traditions of a new region through artisan products, like a batik robe, a handmade wooden bowl, a bracelet and more. They can customize their boxes to include five exceptional fair trade treasures valued at over $200.

BLACK+DECKER Hand Vacuum ($49.99)

I think every home needs one of these handy, lightweight dustbusters! It’s small and slim and only two pounds, but has 3x more suction than the leading Black+Decker handheld. It has 11 minutes of cordless runtime, an adjustable extra-wide nozzle and an easy-to-empty dustbin. Perfect for someone with limited space or who has trouble wielding a full-size vacuum for smaller messes. 


Amrita Sen Designs Throw ($35 and up)

Possibly the prettiest throw blanket around, these luxe blankets feature artist Amrita Sen’s hand-drawn and mixed media art on one side and the softest fleece on the other. Several gorgeous designs are available in 30″ x 40,” 50″ x 60″ and 60″ x 80.”


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Last-minute Christmas shopping tips & ideas

Last-minute Christmas shopping tips & ideas

Christmas, if you celebrate, is right around the corner. Whether you have a tiny number of gifts yet to buy, or if you haven’t started yet, don’t add procrastination to your list of holiday stressors… last-minute Christmas shopping won’t be as bad as you fear as long as you keep a few things in mind.

Be mindful of shipping times and shipping fees. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, don’t assume that everything will arrive in two days. Every item in your cart will have its own delivery date, so check each one carefully.  Amazon is also offering free shipping to non-Prime members, but that is ground shipping.  Look at those delivery dates in your cart before proceeding to checkout.

Other retailers, like Target, will be offering free shipping on all orders – or with a minimum requirement – but while some will be offering expedited shipping, some will be shipped ground. If you don’t have 5-7 business days to spare, you may need to pay extra for expedited shipping (or drag your butt to the store). Be sure to use a browser extension to save as you shop online.

If you need to hit the stores, here are some steps to take before you head out:

Make a list, and not in your head – It’ll be hectic out there and you’ll want to stay on track. Use a note-taking app on your phone, or an old-fashioned piece of paper will do!

It’s OK to treat yourself to a little item or two, but remember, you have gifts to buy. Obviously, if you find a great deal on something you need for the house, stock up, but a shopping free-for-all will only end up in a fat credit card bill come January. While you’re at it, don’t forget to tip – or get small gifts for – your favorite service providers.

If you have limited time due to your work schedule, check store hours. You’ll find that many stores open early and stay open late to accommodate shoppers like yourself. Or call in sick and make a day of it – just don’t post pics of you shopping on Facebook.

If your recipients haven’t asked for something specific, try taking a stroll downtown or going to a pop-up holiday market. You’ll be more likely to find something really unique.  And, it’ll be fun!

Whether you are shopping online or in-store, don’t get swept away by deep discounts. What I mean by that is that while deep discounts are enticing; remember that 50% off still means that you are spending 50%. If a discount can be applied to the items on your list, go for it, but otherwise, walk away.


The following may be the only options left, but they’re still good ones.

Purchase digital gift cards online and e-mail them to your recipient. If you purchase through a platform like GiftCardGranny, you can save anywhere from 2-30% on your gift cards and your recipient will never know you saved.

If you prefer to give a physical card, grocery stores and drugstore chains, like Rite Aid or Walgreens, will have lots of gift cards available for retailers like Target, Barnes & Noble, Macy’s, iTunes and more.

Museum or zoo memberships and/or a subscription to a favorite magazine are always appreciated!

Subscription Boxes – From snacks to toys to beauty products or clothes, there’s a subscription box for every interest.

If you’re at least a half-decent baker, whip up a batch of your “famous” cookies or muffins and package them in a gift box or tin.

Pick something up at the liquor store. Most liquor stores even carry decent gift bags that you can purchase in a pinch.

Your local drugstore chain, like CVS or Walgreens, will often offer photo gifts that can be ready within the hour. Order in-store or online.

Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes,, Kiplinger, Marketwatch,, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.