Non-Obvious Gifts That Cost Less Than $100

Non-Obvious Gifts That Cost Less Than $100

We’ve searched far and wide for products that will please even the hardest to shop for.

From indulgent cashmere pants to the perfect sling bag, these gift ideas will let them know you care (without draining your bank account).

Who needs wall art for the office when you’ve got this showstopper?

Stendig Calendar 2022
An instant classic. Designed by Massimo Vignelli in 1966, the Stendig Calendar was immediately added to the Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The perfect pair for their favorite merlot.

Riedel Vinum Pinot Noir Wine Glasses, Set of 2
Perfect for enjoying your favorite vintage, these elegant glasses are designed to enhance each wine’s unique character. Made in Germany from high-quality crystal, Riedel glasses are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Set includes two glasses.

...and the perfect pair for their pinot grigio.

Nude Glass Dimple White Wine Glasses - Set of 2
Handmade Turkish glassware revered for its purity, clarity, and strength. One of those friends who knows way too much about wine—we’ve all got at least one—turned us onto Nude Glass recently, singing the praises of one of their wine glasses.

This insulated pitcher will keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Bonus points for looking vaguely like a bird.

Stelton Erik Magnussen Thermo Vacuum Jug
It happened in a vacuum. There are jugs. There are thermoses. Combine the two? You get thugs. OK, not exactly the word we were going for, but this mashup is the insulated pitcher of our dreams.

A little luxury for an at-home spa day.

Aesop The Listener Gift Kit
A refreshing body cleanser, a nourishing body balm and an exfoliating body scrub, housed in a recycled paper pulp case. Contents: Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, Geranium Leaf Body Balm, and Geranium Leaf Body Scrub.

The renowned architect transformed the West Coast into a midcentury design wonderland. (Check out an excerpt of the book here.)

Master of the Midcentury: The Architecture of William F. Cody
Master of the Midcentury: The Architecture of William F. Cody is the first, long-overdue book on this key Palm Springs architect, abundantly illustrated and detailed. Of the architects who made Palm Springs a crucible of midcentury American modernism, William F. Cody (1916–1978) was one of the most...

A hardworking espresso machine at a wallet-friendly price point.

De'Longhi Stilosa Espresso Machine
The Stilosa Espresso Machine by De'Longhi is an elegantly designed espresso machine that elevates your espresso experience at home. Our manual machine is designed to provide an easy brewing experience of authentic specialty drinks: latte, cappuccino and espresso.

Allow us to introduce: Legos for grown-ups.

Little Building Co. DIY Guggenheim Museum Architectural Model
High-fidelity architectural model kits that look like they could have come out of the architect’s own studio. Unplug and recharge your batteries by spending some analog time with Little Building Co.’s models of some of the most iconic architectural works in the world.

Drink the rainbow.

For winter mornings, Zoom meetings, and everything in between.

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Sweatpants
Elevated in Grade-A cashmere, this relaxed-fit pant subtly skims the leg for the ultimate easy and flattering silhouette.   ...

This 3D-printed clock by one of this year's Dwell 24 is a whirlwind of fun.

Wooj Design Turbine Clock
The Turbine Clock was inspired by the intake fans that can be seen in HVAC systems, jet engines, farm aerators, and any place where you need to move a gas or a liquid from one place to another really fast.

A bestseller on Dwell, with several mountainscapes to choose from.

Whiskey Peaks International Mountains - Set of 4
Our best-selling whiskey glasses go international.  While there's nothing quite like taking a swig from a beat-up flask at the top of a mountain, it's unrealistic to think we can experience that exact moment every Thursday at 7 pm. Thankfully, there's Whiskey Peaks to help channel that same...

Now everyone at the party can play bartender.

Straightaway Cocktail Tool Box
This is a great pack to share with a friend or to become the life of a party.

Ultra cuddly for post-shower bliss.

Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
Inspired by the luxurious feel of our Super-Plush Towels, our Super-Plush Robe is made of combed, long-staple Turkish cotton and has a substantial 380 GSM weight.

A lovely display for office tools, fruit, and assorted trinkets.

Vitra Rotary Tray
The Rotary Tray is a contemporary rendering of the classic etagere by Jasper Morrison. Thanks to its simple shape and subtle colors, the Rotary Tray complements any interior style and lends itself to many different uses.

A moody dinner party must-have.

SIN Duo Candlestick
Double flicker. If you’re not already a groupie for this candlestick’s cousin get ready to be twice as taken. This little unglazed terracotta beaut has an unusual coiled structure that looks almost as if it’s hovering above the surface. And, let’s face it, two lights are always better than one.

A sunny addition to any brunch spread.

Raawii Strøm Jug
Designer Nicholai Wiig Hansen drew inspiration for his bright Raawii Strøm Jug (2016) from still lifes by Danish modernist artist Vilhelm Lundstrøm, evoking the vibrant color palette found in much of Lundstrøm’s work.

Neck aches are no match for this crescent cutie.

Buffy Nook Pillow
A perfectly firm, oversized pillow that’s covered and filled with two kinds of recycled plastic—soft and fuzzy on the outside, extra-fluffy on the inside.

Winter is coming—give them the give of hydrated skin from head to toe.

OSEA Essential Hydrating Oil
Plump skin and smooth fine lines with our cult favorite face oil. Jojoba + Macadamia Oils flood skin with essential fatty acids and all-day moisture. An uplifting blend of eight skin boosting essential oils delivers radiant skin. Layer over makeup during the day to soften the look of fine lines.

This soft, ochre number is one of our favorite throws for under $100.

Parachute Oversized Knit Throw
An everyday staple piece, this easy oversized throw is made for movie nights, afternoon naps and mornings on the patio. Knit from natural Turkish cotton in a cozy rib pattern, it’s like a sweater for your bed or sofa.

To house their plant babies.

Areaware Stacking Planter - Short
The Stacking Planter discretely integrates both a planter and saucer into one form. Lift out the bottom ring to reveal a hidden saucer. The circular stoneware form takes its inspiration from high voltage ceramic insulators found on power lines.

A nice olive oil is key to a well-stocked kitchen—and this duo is twice as nice.

Brightland The Duo
Paired together to balance and round out your kitchen, Brightland’s AWAKE is made for slow days and cozy nights, while ALIVE is made for fare that fuels active days.

Introduce them to the weighted blanket trend with this affordable option.

Helix Weighted Blanket
Premium Soothing Design: Gridded internal stitching pattern for uniform distribution of find-grade glass beads.

A much-raved-about moisturizer to soothe irritated skin this winter.

Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream
A rich cream that feeds skin with plumping hydration and antioxidant-packed Japanese purple rice for a dewy, healthy glow. Ideal for dry skin, but can be used on normal skin for those who prefer a richer texture.

A dynamic duo to bring hygge vibes to their dinner table.

Iittala Nappula Set of 2 Candleholders
The long and the short of a lovely modern table setting. The Iittala Nappula Set of 2 Candleholders includes one tall and one short powder coated steel candleholder. They are graphic, modern pieces, each with a wide, rounded base evocative of a button (or "nappula," in Finnish).

The perfect starter kit to go with their diffuser.

Vitruvi Essential Oil Set
We bundled our 4 most popular essential oils: calming Lavender, invigorating Eucalyptus, refreshing Spruce, and energizing Grapefruit. They blend so well together, while also being very versatile on their own—making this a great choice for newcomers and longtime oil-lovers alike.

Pamper the home chef with countertop fresh herbs all year long.

Click & Grow Smart Garden 3
Fresh herbs can truly elevate any dish. For those who don’t have a green thumb, Click & Grow can grow, water and nurture your herbs for you (all you have to do it is plug it in and fill the water tank one in a while).

For light that’s just right—recommended by our creative director.

Hay PC Portable Lamp
Designed by Pierre Charpin, the PC Portable Lamp (2019) provides light where it’s specifically needed, at least until it’s needed elsewhere. Its durable construction and scratch- and water- resistant finish keep it looking good. The light source is hidden from view by a polycarbonate diffuser.

This top seller from Parachute is also beloved by Brooklyn designer Pat Kim.

Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
Lounge like you mean it. Soft, light and luxurious, this super comfy robe features fluffy 2-ply gauze, a snug waist tie and two hidden side pockets. Made from premium 100% long-staple Turkish cotton and designed to have a relaxed, comfortable fit.

The essential travel bag.

Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack
Whether you’re an avid explorer or just like to keep things hands-free on the regs, The Ace Fanny Pack is your perfect companion. This waterproof neoprene pack has an adjustable strap, so you can decide how high or low your wearing style wants to go. The front and main pockets are perfect for...

Help them break up with single-use plastic bottles with a pitcher that makes tap water taste wonderful.

LifeStraw Home Glass 7-Cup Water Filter Pitcher
The LifeStraw Home is a premium water filter pitcher that protects against more than 30 tap water contaminants including bacteria, parasites, microplastics, lead, PFAS, chlorine, herbicides, and pesticides. It also leaves your water tasting fresh and clean.

Not your grandmother’s tea kettle.

Fellow Clyde Stovetop Tea Kettle
Meet Clyde, a sleek update to a stovetop staple. High-grade stainless steel for the best build quality, a large 1.7 liter boiling capacity, and a two-tone harmonic whistle for a unique alert.

For when their wallet could use a serious upgrade.

Bellroy Hide & Seek Wallet
The Hide & Seek Wallet is a natural starting point for those looking to slim their wallet. It's conventional, yet loaded with hidden features and compartments that will Houdini away your extra bulk.

A coffee table book they’ll actually read.

Herman Miller: A Way of Living
A chronicle of the rich history of this innovative furniture company, from its founding in the early twentieth century to today.

A more eco-conscious skillet set to up their chef skills.

Food52 x GreenPan Nonstick Skillet (Set of 2)
The total package.  In the words of our co-founder Amanda Hesser, "Many nonstick pans are appealingly affordable but not at all visually appealing.

So they can display their vintage collection with pride.

Alessi Noe Wine Rack
Wine storage that really clicks. The Alessi Noe Wine Rack is a modular wine rack that, when put together, resembles an upside down bunch of grapes.

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