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Must-Have $100-and-Under Gifts That Scream *Expensive*

From gold and diamonds to a little orange Hermès box.

By: Hannah Baxter

As much as we wish we could give our loved ones the most glamorous gifts we can get our hands on, budgets are very real—now more than ever. That’s why we’ve been on the hunt for items that still shower our friends and family with appreciation, but on a much more manageable scale. So if you’re still searching for that perfect something that just screams *expensive,* take a look at six of our staffers’ must-have gifts this season. From crystal tumblers to gold and diamonds, you’ll find everything we love all for under $100.

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Jessica Teves, Head of Content

oHHo x The Surf Lodge New York Full-spectrum CBD Oil

$85

oHHo teamed up with The Surf Lodge on this full-bodied CBD oil that is an absolute must-have—it’s sustainably sourced from the Hudson Valley and designed to help you rest, recharge, and unwind after a long day. The perfect gift this season, if you ask me.

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Ann Demeulemeester for Serax Set-of-Four Grace 20 Cl Tumbler

$80

These classic mouth-blown tumblers are stunning and elegant, the perfect gift for friends and family who are imbibing a little more these days. 2020—but make it chic.

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Assouline Miami Beach Book

$95

Bright, vibrant, and full of spectacular art-deco architecture, this book is essentially a front-row seat on Ocean Ave. full of bronzed bodies, Rollerbladers, and everything else this wonderful warm-weather metropolis brings us. It’s the perfect accoutrement to any coffee-table book collection.

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Leya Kaufman, Head of Sales & Brand Partnerships

Baccarat Small Swing Plate

$90

This Baccarat crystal swing plate is like a miniature, classic piece of art. Timeless home accents can literally breathe elegance into any home or apartment, and since we’ve all been spending an exceptional amount of time at home, this holiday season calls for a few classic decor gifts like this one.

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Dior Sparkling Couture Face, Lip & Eye Makeup Palette

$89

Even intimate gatherings or Zoom meetings can serve as excuses to experiment with new luxe makeup! Luckily, Dior’s holiday packaging couldn’t be more perfect for your beauty-obsessed friends. Palettes like this are easy to wrap and gift to anyone who deserves color and joy this year.

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Alkeme 1″ Diamond Cut Hoop Earrings

$90

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love 14 k solid gold hoops. These authentic gold vintage-inspired diamond-cut gold earrings are the ideal present for any style minimalist. But they’re also perfect for anyone who accessorizes to feel a bit glam...and who doesn’t? This pair might have to double as a self-gift, too.

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Halle Lagatta, Associate Creative Producer

Fable The Serving Bowl

$45

My family is full of entertainers—you know, dinner-parties-every-weekend kind of people. Serving platters and bowls are always top of mind but can be pretty pricey—but Fable has an amazing collection of serving bowls at an affordable price. This serving bowl is beautifully crafted and adds warmth to any table setting.

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Uma Pure Calm Wellness Bath Oil

$80

Self-care is the new luxury. This season, I’m excited to give my loved ones the gift of wellness and calm with this life-changing bath oil. 2020 has been rough on all of us, and this oil is perfect for those that experienced election stress, covid anxiety, and WFH blues…so, everyone!

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Pdpaola Letter Pet Charm

$84

This gold-plated pet charm is perfect for all the pet lovers in your life! It’s customizable with the cutest little gems that will make any pet feel fun and fancy-free.

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Hannah Baxter, Senior Beauty Editor

Local Eclectic Solid Gold Textured Diamond Band

$99

Yes, gold and diamonds under $100 is totally possible! Nine-karat gold is a great, affordable option if you’re in the market for some new fine jewelry, as it has a lower percentage of gold (9 percent) as compared to 14 k or 18 k (which have 14 and 18 percent, respectively). But it’s actually less soft and more durable compared to its more expensive cousins (as long as the other metals it’s combined with are a harder alloy, like silver or copper). All that is to say that this beautiful, minimalist gold-and-diamond band makes a terrific gift for those fashion-forward friends and family members.

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Andrej Urem Milk Sculptural Candle

$51

2020 has been the year of the status candle, and nothing beats this sculptural dream by Andrej Urem. It makes a great addition to any coffee table or shelf setting, whether you burn it or not, and will look right at home among your giftee’s preexisting candle collection.

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Hermès Rouge Hermès Satin Lipstick in Rose Zinzolin

$67

Nothing screams luxury like a little orange Hermès box, which is completely doable for under $100 with the brand’s line of lipsticks. Aside from the packaging (which I highly recommend keeping as decor around your home), the formula is as buttery-soft as you can get out of a lip product, making it a must for any beauty lover. If you really want to up the ante (and the budget), you can even splurge for the leather lipstick case to carry your favorite shade.

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Abby Miller, Head of Production

Luxe Dominoes “La Pinta” Luxe Card Deck

$70

In my opinion, nothing says “luxe” more than a custom set of playing cards. It’s time to upgrade that tattered set to this very chic option from Luxe Dominos. Its ultra-modern design is handcrafted from a single piece of acrylic, and it comes in an array of colors—I can’t help but be drawn to the neon green.

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Elemis Pro-collagen Rose Cleansing Balm

$64

Give the gift of spa-like luxury accessible from the comfort of your own bathroom. I am fully addicted to the Elemis cleansing balm, and this rose-scented one feels over-the-top luxurious. A well-worth-it splurge for any beauty addict in your life (pro tip: I like to use mine while sitting in front of a facial steamer to really pretend I’m in the spa!).

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Maison Balzac J’ai Soif Carafe & Glass

$89

Take your nightstand water-glass game to the next level with this beautiful carafe and glass. The piece is inspired by the traditional drinkware sets in France that were displayed on a bedside table at night. What could be more luxe than that?

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Camille Freestone, Writer

Max ID NY Ghost Tumbler

$96

Fun glassware is something I don’t often buy for myself—which is why it’s the perfect gift. These sculptural tumblers are so cool they’ve earned a spot atop the bar cart instead of nestled in a crowded cupboard.

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Rothko by Jacob Baal-Teshuva

$15

Coffee-table books are always a win in my book (please excuse the play on words). At only $15 a pop, this artist series is a super-elevated item that won’t break the bank. Especially now that museums are off the table, this gives you a glimpse into the art-y world from your own home.

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Montserrat Las Tres Perlas Choker

$80

This dainty gold-and-pearl necklace looks like it costs a lot more than it actually does. The choker sits perfectly on your collarbones and works with an array of necklines—perfect for your next holiday ensemble.

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