Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Under $100

If you’re still on the hunt for great holiday gifts, I’ve got you covered!

From your hard-to-impress niece to your cologne-obsessed hubby, the following goodies will make your family and friends’ season bright without breaking the bank.

Give the gift of soft and supple hands with this  lovely *L’Occitane Shea Fabulous Oil & 4-Piece Hand Creams available here, $37.50

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Satisfy your client’s sweet tooth with this Chicago classic! Garrett Popcorn Bundle with Classic Mix & Gingerbread CaramelCrisp available here, $50

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These super moisturizing balms will keep lips kissable under the mistletoe. Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balms available here, $22

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Your stylish co-worker or aunt will take note of your impeccable taste with these personalized note cards from Effie’s Paper available here, $55

krups-coffee-makerHelp your mother-in-law’s mornings get off to a great start with this Krups Definitive Series Stainless Steel Coffee, Tea & Espresso Maker available here, $90
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Don’t let a low battery interrupt your bestie’s selfie session. Keep the pics going with this super cute *Halo Wallet & Portable Phone Charger available here, $40

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The little girl in your life will love this adorable Doc McStuffins Walk & Talk Doc Mobile available here, $40

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This updated bestseller will serve as a go-to guide for the aspiring fashionista in your family. The Teen Vogue Handbook is available here, $15

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Your scent-loving sister will enjoy this Pottery Barn”Joy to the World” Candle even more once she knows that 20% of the proceeds go directly to St. Jude Children’s Hospital available here, $34

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Being a beauty buff, this is the gift that I’d like to see underneath my Christmas tree! Urban Decay’s Naked “On the Run” Palette available here, $54

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You’ll fall in love with your hubby or boyfriend all over again with this sexy Ralph Lauren Polo Coffret Cologne Travel Set available here, $60

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Treat your son/nephew to a plush Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle buddy from Build-A-Bear available here, $25

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You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on your shopping list who wouldn’t love this lemony pampering set. *Philosophy Lemon Custard Body Polish, Bath Gel and Body Souffle available here, $40

*Full Disclosure: Samples with the asterisk were sent to me for review

Have you started your holiday shopping this year? What’s the main gift on your wish-list this year?

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