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20+ Christmas Gift Ideas Under $100

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While I’ve already offered my suggestions for this year’s best holiday toys, not everyone on your Christmas or gift-giving list is a child. You may have a special adult someone on your list who would appreciate something more useful. Although it’s early in the holiday shopping season, at least for me, some of the best deals are already starting to materialize, well before Black Friday.

If you’re looking for a great Christmas gift for one of your favorite people, consider one of these Christmas gift ideas under $100. Of course, these apply as well to Hanukkah or any other gift-giving activities you might partake in before the end of the year.

Have any good suggestions? Please leave them in the comments and I’ll add the ones I like to my list.

Gift ideas under $100: Around the house

1. Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Kit (Home Depot, $99.00). “The Dremel Multi-Max 2.3 Amp MM20 Oscillating Tool Kit incorporates a powerful, efficient motor that provides cool, smooth operation under load. This versatile tool features a compact design that makes it easy to handle in tight spaces..” For anyone who likes or wants to do work around the house.

2. Black & Decker B&D Convection Toaster Oven (Sears, $95.63). This convection toaster oven also comes with a rotisserie capability. I need to replace my toaster oven, and this is a capable option.

3. Task Force 204-Piece Standard/Metric Mechanics Tool Set with Case (Lowe’s, $89.98). With 204 pieces, this tool set is complete for any would-be handyman or handywoman, yet it is still portable.

4. Pure Beech Jersey Knit Sheet Set, 100% Modal (Bed, Bath and Beyond, $29.00 – $79.00). “The softness of these extremely soft and light silk-like sheets is reminiscent of your favorite T-shirt, offering incomparable comfort.” I’ve been a fan of jersey cotton sheets for several years. I find jersey cotton to be much more comfortable than sateen or other bed sheets.

5. Framed art (Amazon, up to $99.99). Adding art to the walls adds color and excitement to any room in the house. If you don’t know an artist willing to create work for you, shop for framed art.

6. Merkur Shaving Gift Set (Amazon, $106.50). “The set includes a chrome stand that holds a Merkur Classic Safety Razor and a fabulous badger Shaving Brush with a Chrome Handle. Also included in the set is an elegant Chrome Bowl that holds a Colonel Conk Shaving Soap.” Since April, I’ve been shaving the old-fashioned way, with a badger-hair brush, shaving soap, and a safety razor. My face has never felt healthier and I get a smooth shave. Add some inexpensive Feather blades and have smooth skin all day.

7. Helen Of Troy Hotspa Professional Ultimate Foot Bath (Amazon, $95.93). “Ozone (active oxygen) helps to control, reduce and eliminate bacteria Motorized Pedicenter rotates with the press of a foot.” These devices are quite relaxing, whether you’ve been on your feet all day teaching, hiking, or giving presentations to the board of directors.

8. Sterling Silver 1/8 Carat t.w. Diamond Heart Bracelet (Kay, $99.99). “Heart-shaped sterling silver links accented with round diamonds create playful style in this bracelet for her. One-eighth carat total diamond weight. 7″ in length. With lobster clasp.” For any women who like jewelery.

Gift ideas under $100: Electronics

9. Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray Disc Player (Amazon, $98.00). “Enjoy Blu-ray Disc movies in brilliant high-definition resolution or upscale the quality of your DVDs to near HD. Instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV shows, live sports, videos, and music from Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus and many more.” If you have a high-definition television, you must adopt Blu-Ray and replace your DVD player. There is simple no comparison between (even up-converted) standard definition and high bit-rate Blu-Ray video and audio.

10. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W530 14.1 MP Digital Still Camera (Amazon, $99.99). “Shoot more life with the Sony DSC-W530. Capture landscapes with one touch using Sweep Panorama, get that perfect portrait with Smile Shutter, snap wider scenes with the 26mm wide angle lens, get high quality photos with 14.1 megapixels, and automatically get clear shots with SteadyShot image stabilization and iAuto; all in a sleek little design.” This camera features a Carl Zeiss lens, offering a great quality picture sure to beat the camera built into your phone.

11. Roku 2 (Roku, $59.99 to $99.99). “With Roku, get instant access to tons of entertainment — with more choices added all the time.” This device allows you to watch any media content on your (most likely high-definition) television, accessing the internet wirelessly from anywhere in your house. It seamlessly links to your Netflix and Hulu content as well as many other services.

12. Garmin nüvi 1300 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator (Amazon, $98.94). “The thin nüvi 1300 has a widescreen display, yet it’s slim and light enough to take along on all your travels. This affordable GPS comes with regional mapping, announces streets by name, offers pedestrian navigation options and calculates a more fuel-efficient route with ecoRoute.” I’m looking for a new GPS navigator for my car, as I’ve been using my phone since my last device was stolen.

13. Kindle Touch Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display (Amazon, $99.00). I have been using my iPad for reading books purchased via Kindle, but if you have no need for an iPad and just want the ability to access your library from anywhere, choose the Kindle. Now members of Amazon Prime can read books without paying for each.

14. Coby DVD938 5.1-Channel DVD Home Theater System (Amazon, $90.01). “Dynamic sound meets sleek design in Coby’s DVD938 home theater system, which includes a progressive scan DVD player plus a 5.1-channel home theater speaker system (subwoofer and five satellite speakers).” This is a bargain if you don’t need HDMI and you’re looking for compatibility with USB players, SD cards, or karaoke.

Gift ideas under $100: Fun stuff

15. Tauntaun Sleeping Bag (ThinkGeek, $99.99). “In the sub-zero wasteland of the planet Hoth, only the strong survive… and of course those lucky Jedi protected by the thick skin of a Tauntaun.” Any Star Wars fan, adult or child, would appreciate the comfort of avoiding the cold by sleeping inside a tauntaun. ThinkGeek offers lots of gifts for science fiction and fantasy geeks and tech nerds.

16. Bicycle Premium Mega Masters Poker Chip Set (Amazon, $99.95). “The Bicycle Mega Masters Poker Set is a premium poker set for the poker enthusiast. It includes a handmade, high-lacquered wooden case with 500 11.5-gram Bicycle clay filled poker chips in a four-color assortment of red, blue, black, and green… [and] two decks of Premium Bicycle brand playing cards.” Invite your friends over and lose more money to them than the cost of buying this set.

17. Halex Premium Vivace 113mm Bocce Set (BocceBallSets.com, $94.98). With this set, you can entertain your friends with both backyard games: bocce and croquet. Best to buy these sets during the off-season for the best prices. This set normally costs $140.

18. Bob Ross Deluxe Oil Painting Set In Wood Box (Amazon, $85.00). “Bob Ross Art Sets enable the beginner artist to create a beautiful oil painting through Bob’s easy and informative instruction methods and top-quality materials. This Deluxe Art Set contains everything needed to get started in the Bob Ross ‘Wet on Wet’ technique.” Thankfully, this set comes with an instructional DVD. You recipient will be on his or her way to creating masterpieces.

Gift ideas under $100: Financial stuff

This is a personal finance blog, after all.

19. $100 Treasury Bond (TreasuryDirect, $100). TreasuryDirect offers gift functionality, so as long as you have an account and have the Social Security Number of your recipient, you can give the gift of a savings bond, a low risk investment that will earn interest over time.

20. Stock (ShareBuilder, $100). If you would like to give someone a financial gift, particularly a young individual who has an interest in the stock market but is a beginner, consider a ShareBuilder gift card to get them started. This is a good time to introduce young investors to the concept of transaction fees, as well.

21. 2011 United States Mint Silver Proof Set (United States Mint, $67.95). “The 2010 United States Mint Silver Proof Set contains all 14 circulating coins in stunning proof condition displayed in three protective lenses, each bearing the S mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco.” Great for collectors or non-collectors, and it can inspire and create young numismatists.

22. Kids’ Savings Account (ING Direct, $25 and up). Opening a new ING Direct Kids Savings Account is a great way to teach a child or teenager good saving habits and concepts like compound interest.

Here are some more ideas:

Updated November 18, 2013 and originally published November 7, 2011. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar eric ♦1,549 (Half-Dollar)

Well I’m done with shopping….at least for today. Of course it was all online since I’m not about to get trampled. :)

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avatar Sandy @ yesiamcheap

I’m not shopping this year, but if someone wants to get me a savings bond, i won’t object to it.

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avatar DonnaFreedman ♦2,496 (Dollar)

I just wrote “Christmas gifts that make a difference” over at Get Rich Slowly. That is to say, gifts that save the recipient money or fill a specific need — everything from pet supplies to CSA shares. Here’s the link, if it’s OK to post it:
http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/11/24/christmas-gifts-that-make-a-difference/
Note: Some of the gifts cost under $5. Some cost nothing but time.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,380 (Platinum)

Thanks, Donna! I added the link to the article, too.

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avatar lynn ♦155 (Cent)

Thanks Donna. I’m heading over there now. Sorry Flexo. I’ll be back though!

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avatar Money Reasons

Great list, I especially like the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag idea!!!

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avatar krantcents

Great article, particularly for the people who need ideas. Shopping for gifts is one of those things I defer to my wife, although I like to shop online. Shopping bots does most of the work for me. My POV regarding money influences the way I shop.

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avatar Harm

Yes, get that special someone a $100.00 bond, and imagine their joy when in 10 years they get
back $100.59 (before taxes) I know, I know, I’m just kidding.
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Kinda…..

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,380 (Platinum)

You could always try a paper EE Bond, where $100 will buy you a $200 bond that can be redeemed (for $200) in 20 years. These are good gifts for newborns.

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avatar Maria Barker

My husband just wrote 2 fantastic articles on our blog. National Debt part 1 and National Debt part 2. Is this pertinent to Christmas shopping? you ask… I would have to give a big YES to that, especially part 2. We have many problems right now, and Christmas (no matter what our religion) should be a time of peace and happiness. Let’s not make our problems worse by our own Christmas shopping choices.

I love giving and getting gifts, ESPECIALLY when they are needed and useful. This is not anti-gifting. But our choices do affect our world, and the best gift acknowledges that!

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avatar Krystle C.

Thanks for this, Flexo! It’s always tough to find gifts that are less than $100 that are also really meaningful for the recipient. The electronics section of your article is particularly helpful.

If I may add, gift cards are also a good option for a present that’s under $100, and it’s often possible to get discounted gift cards for the holidays too.

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avatar ZFarls

Good ideas! I do like the bonds idea for young people. I was given 50 dollars for birthday and Christmas each year by grandparent. It helped me pay off my student loans and start an emergency fund later. No, I didn’t get rich but it was better than toys (who would have thought!) I’m gonna start looking online due to mall insanity, this list helped me get started, thanks!

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avatar Ceecee ♦796 (Dime)

Love the Bocce idea, that game is so much fun! And the Kindle is so much cheaper now, what a great gift!

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avatar wylerassociate ♦906 (Dime)

these are some good ideas. I’m considering getting a kindle for christmas, does it really make the book reading experience so much better?

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,380 (Platinum)

I have an iPad I use for reading. It’s convenient… I like it. I still read hardcover and paperback books, though, because I have quite a few I’ve had for a while that I haven’t yet had a chance to read. And as far as ownership goes, I do like having something substantial that I own, knowing I have fewer writes to the products I “buy” in digital form.

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avatar Cejay ♦1,521 (Half-Dollar)

Printed out #8 and gave to hubby. Love jewelry and braclets especially. I am trying to help a homebased business this year and ordered lots of soy candles. I received one last year and loved it.

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avatar faithfueledbennetts ♦264 (Nickel)

Thanks for the tips! I have been using Dailysteals website & Groupon for majorly discounted stuff. I got a Black & Decker juicer for $19.99 which was like 70% off or something awesome like that :) And, if I get a groupon to a retail store then I can use it to shop for the gift without the person I am giving it to knowing I really only spent $5 on their $35 new item :) I love loop holes like that!

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avatar femmefrugality

Oh, man, oh, man. My friend had one of those tauntaun sleeping bags. I slept it in. It was amazing. It even has the entrails drawn on the inside. Go thinkgeek!

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avatar Christabel

Love the list! Especially the Roku 2, my boyfriend would love it.

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avatar Important

- Wherever did they get that training?

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