FAVORITES UNDER $100

The Best Gifts Under $100, According to W Editors


Often, the gifts that end up being used and appreciated the most are the simplest, least expensive ones. Sure, it can be fun to hunt down something really special for one particular person, but why agonize over extravagances when your list of recipients goes into the double digits? A beautifully scented bar of soap, a plush pair of socks, a thoughtful book or a useful pantry staple are sure to make just about anyone happy—and, especially when they’re on the more affordable end, minimize your holiday shopping stress. Here, W editors share their picks for the best gifts under $100.

1
Redoux Weekday Ritual Set, $57, redoux.nyc

Redoux’s signature spicy citrus scent is perfect for any season, and this bundle of two of their bestselling soaps and their “529” candle is a great introduction for anyone new to the Brooklyn-based brand. – Tilden Bissell

2
Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham, $40, penguinrandomhouse.com

This is a gift I’d like to receive, but I can think of a few people who I’d want to give it to as well. Answering the question, “What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?” and using memes, images, tweets, essays, and more from activists and academics, authors Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew have curated an archive of the past and future of Blackness and packaged it in a beautiful book to ingest and appreciate at the end of this chaotic year. – Brooke Marine

3
Prospect Farms Balance CBD Tincture, $50, prospectfarms.com

I’m a big believer in the power of CBD when it comes to managing stress, dealing with aches and pains, and getting a restful night’s sleep. This new company from Maine makes all of their products from local, organically grown hemp, and they even have tinctures for pets! A perfect stocking stuffer that anyone would appreciate. – Andrea Whittle

4
Cashe Tank Top, $90, shopcashe.com

For the cashmere lovers in my life, this tank top would be the ultimate gift. The cashmere used by the brand is sourced ethically and is cruelty free, plus 10% of every purchase is donated to the Nepal Youth Foundation. – Jenny Oliver

5
Richer Poorer Socks, (was $14, now $10), richer-poorer.com

I love these socks so much and they are not only under $100, they are under $20. The best sock I ever did see—and I have seen many. – Jenna Wojciechowski

6
Christina Quarles Luxury Towel, $85, christinaquarles.com

A fancy towel is nothing I would ever buy for myself, but would definitely love to receive. Christina Quarles is one of my favorite artists of the moment, and this beautiful limited edition towel is the perfect gift for any art aficionado, beach goer, or young activist in your life. Most importantly, 100% of proceeds go to the National Bail Out Fund. – Erin Meagher

7
Lagusta’s Luscious Self Care Box, $75, lagustasluscious.com

2020? No one’s favorite year. Enter the Self Care Box from Lagusta’s Luscious: 15 pieces of delicious, ethical vegan chocolate, a soy candle from ceramicist Alexis Tellefsen, and a copy of the Hell Yeah Self Care zine. And for each box sold, Lagusta’s will donate $5 to Trans Queer Pueblo. – Roseann Marulli

8
Stasher Starter Kit, $86.99, stasherbag.com

I’ll be gifting a few sets of these as part of my attempt to help others reduce their use of plastic bags and plastic wrap! – Hannah Westbrook

9
PhoneSoap Wireless Box, $99.95, phonesoap.com

In the environment that we all live in now, sanitizing is an essential part of our daily lives. This UV cleaning device kills 99.99% of germs (including Covid-19), while also charging your phone inside the box! I own the PhoneSoap Pro for my phone and smaller items as well as the HomeSoap for larger devices like my laptop, tablets, remote controls, etc. I highly recommend them! – Trang Chuong

10
Apparis x by robynblair Slippers, $98, byrobynblair.com

Artist Robyn Blair Davidson and Apparis teamed up for the ultimate quarantine holiday gift: a faux fur slipper with a candy-printed insole. They would make the sweetest present. – Jenny Oliver

11
Red Bay Coffee Holiday Gift Box, $56.99, redbaycoffee.com

It’s lovely to be able to take the time in the morning to brew my own cup of coffee before beginning my work-from-home day. In the spirit of supporting local Black businesses, I’ll be gifting the Motherland Gift Box from Red Bay Coffee, based in my hometown of Oakland, CA. – Oona Wally

12
The Criterion Channel Year Subscription, $99.99, criterionchannel.com

Earlier this year, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II told W that he watched certain shows with his friends and family during quarantine, then swapped opinions over the phone once they’d finished. I want to try and get this tradition going with my own family and friends, and will therefore be gifting a couple of yearlong subscriptions to The Criterion Channel, so I can watch In the Mood for Love and Daughters of the Dust with a group. – Maxine Wally

13
Jacquemus Bucket Hat, $90, modaoperandi.com

I love a bucket hat, especially when it’s wool and by Jacquemus. – Julia McClatchy

14
Recess Thinking Cards, $15, takearecess.com

Each card in this cute little deck has a short phrase or prompt written on it, meant to get you thinking. They’re great for taking a quick break when you’re suffering from WFH brain fog. Plus, they still work for playing games! – Nora Milch

15
Coming Soon White Sage Bundle, $5, comingsoonnewyork.com

After the year we’ve had, we’re all going to need to cleanse the air as we head into 2021. I love giving sage as a gift towards the beginning of a new year. Five dollars is a small price to pay for a fresh start. – Christina Holevas

16
Hay Pillar Candle, $50, momadesignstore.com

Since quarantine began, I have been obsessed with enhancing my WFH environment. This colorful Pillar Candle by HAY was the perfect addition! – Julia McClatchy

17
Pineapple Collaborative The Holiday Set, $65, pineapplecollaborative.com

This pantry staple from the woman-founded Pineapple Collaborative is as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful. The set contains 2 colorful containers of versatile California olive oil that tastes as good in your olive oil cakes as it does on your veggies—just the push my friends need to get out of their quarantine cooking ruts. – Tilden Bissell