26 Expensive-Looking Gift Ideas That Are Actually Under $100

Inexpensive, but not cheap.

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You want a gift that looks like you spent a million bucks. Or, rather, that makes your loved one feel like a million bucks. There is a problem, of course. None of us have a million bucks!

So, what can you do while coming up with gift ideas? Well, for starters, instead of getting cheap gifts that fall apart, are useless, or aren't made of great material, you can still get all the bang for your buck. 


That means getting a gift that looks expensive, but actually isn't. And, believe it or not, that's easier to do than one might imagine. And getting a value won't make it look any less impressive.

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1. Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit


The Paper Seahorse provides a way to wellness through analog writing and tools to help destress with a digital detox. This kit has everything you need to start your modern calligraphy journey and start writing like you’ve commissioned a pro. 

(Paper Seahorse, $49)

2. Social Value Diamond Initial Stud in 14K Gold


A gorgeous, fine jewelry gift at an affordable price. Social Value strives to provide the highest quality diamond and gold jewelry without the extreme markups. Build a personalized ear party for someone you love by picking initials and mixing colors.

(Etsy, $79)

3. Room Service Cozy Cool Pajamas'

Room Service, a Nordstrom exclusive collection of pajamas and lounge, is the perfect blend of chic and comfort at an affordable price.


(Nordstrom, $74)

4. Felina Ultra Luxe Velour Lounge Set

The Felina ultra-luxe velour lounge set is just what any woman would want to slip into at the end of the day. The set features a cozy crewneck top and jogger pant available in size XS-XXL, and color choices include Shark Grey, Navy and Black.

(Walmart, $39.99)


5. SPY Optic Spritzer

No matter where you show these frames off, the only thing their cat-eye style says is, “I’m right where I should be.” Perfect for your most stylish friend, you can never go wrong with a pair of quality shades.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

6. FILORO Fur Trim Cashmere Slipper


Cozy slippers in 100 percent cashmere and fur trim detail, these are perfect for lounging around the house without fear of cold feet.

(Filoro, $75)

7. Dragonfly Glassware from Bartaco

With a little dragonfly etched on each glass, this set of four highball glasses are sophisticated and shockingly affordable. Who can beat that?


(Bartaco Marketplace, $20)

8. CHI Pink Bubbly 1" Flat Iron with Brush and Mat

A trio of pretty in pink, these must-have hairstyling products are designed to work together to help you achieve sleek, shiny styles. Now, you can straighten, smooth, curl, wave and flip.

(Ulta, $99.99)

9. Olive & Cocoa Gilded Succulent Potager


Within a gilded gold-toned metallic ceramic vessel, a variety of exotic succulent plants creates an elegant and easy to care for accent. Potager measures approximately 9" x 7".

(Olive and Cocoa, $94)

10. Coco + Carmen Royale Faux Fur Wrap

When the temperatures start to drop, there’s no better way to keep you warm and glamorous than a fur wrap. The Royale Faux Fur Wrap is the perfect way to make a fashion statement this season and an easy way to pull a look together with a luxurious touch.


(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

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11. Trudy Earrings in White Crystal

The Trudy Earrings from Natalie Mills exude elegance, minus the hefty price tag. The 18ct gold pair will make her look down and smile, while you look at your wallet and smile too. 


(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

12. Cream Square Belt Bag

A contemporary twist on a classic style, the Square Pouch Belt Bag from Lulu Dharma is a chic accessory for any hands free occasion. The clean chic design and vegan leather gives it a high-end luxury feel without all the dollar signs. 

(Lulu Dharma, $56)


13. All Mies Bauhaus Watch

All Mies offers internationally acclaimed designs with high-end materials at a fraction of the price. All Mies blends premium quality materials with a minimal design, to create a customizable, beautiful and resilient timepiece.

(All Mies, $95+)

14. Beautiful in Brass Cheese Set


This lovely presentation offers a marble cheese board with brass inlays and a set of gold plated cheese knives with black resin handles. To complement the serving pieces, a small stainless steel bowl with a black and gold finish is perfect for serving soft cheeses, dips, or nuts.

(Knack Shops, $91)

15. Laura Ashley Elegant Wooden Tic Tac Toe Giant Board Game


Ditch the pencil and paper, and get hands on with this updated version of the beloved strategy game that’ll challenge children and adults alike. The beautifully crafted giant 14” board game is built to withstand hours of playtime in the backyard, at the beach, or in the living room.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

16. Viking Grain Acacia Wood Cutting Board 


A generous size is the right surface for slicing a chicken or roast and larger meats. The beautiful end-grain cuts of the Acacia board create a natural contrasting patchwork pattern that is unique to each board and also can be used as a great piece for serving tapas and hors d’oeuvres.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

17. Viking Stainless Steel Tea Pot


The 2.5 liter teapot features an 18/8 stainless steel interior that is non-reactive and easy to maintain. The thick aluminum core base heats evenly, allowing water to quickly reach boiling point, and the magnetic stainless steel base works on all cooktops including induction. The tea pot also features a melodic whistle and a heat resistant handle.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

18. The Aberdeen Traveler


The Aberdeen Traveler comes in three soft, beautiful colors with a woven cable front detail and loose turtleneck. It is perfect for gifting because the split sides make it one-size-fits-all. This elegant and romantic sweater will have your friend thinking you spent quite a lot more.

(Mersea, $89)

19. Ilado Rose Gold Plated Joy Necklace


Designed in Paris, the soft vibrations lead you towards a state of well-being and calm. Originally created for expecting mothers, Ilado necklaces can be worn by anyone, at all times. Elegant and tranquil, you can think of an Ilado necklace as a fashionable stress ball. 

(Ilado Store, $79)

20. Capri Blue Rain Candle


Enjoy the fresh scent of the Rain Blue Signature Jar candle in Capri Blue’s iconic cobalt blue jar. The beautiful glass jar will provide a warm glow while the fragrance infuses your environment with a unique blend of exhilarating florals and woodsy musk.

(Sephora, $30)

21. Rainbow Mini Eternity Hoop Earrings


These classic rainbow hoop earrings are perfectly understated with an elegant single row of crystals. Stunningly beautiful, and the perfect hoops anchor your ear party.

(Maison Miru, $49)

22. Luxeire Turtleneck Tank

This seasonless turtleneck fits with Luxeire’s signature technical fabric, and your curves look perfect without constriction. Designed for layering under a blazer or cardigan, but polished enough to wear on its own.


(Luxeire, $88)

23. Jax Kelly Rose Gold-Tone Druzy Stud Earrings

Handmade and set in an 18K gold-plated prong, each multifaceted druzy stone in these earrings is unique and sure to catch attention with their subtle sparkle. 

(Jax Kelly, $32)

24. Maggie Wu Thinking Woman Printed Cotton Tee


This is the cotton tee you will wear all year long. Made of thick stretchy quality cotton, it’s comfortable and not see-through, with a delicate and feminine illustration by Hong Kong-based artist Rebecca T Lin.

(Maggie Wu Studio, $65)

25. Machete Grand Flat Tortoise Hoops

Made in Italy, the statement and minimalistic characteristics make the Grande tortoise earrings the perfect hoops to wear over and over again.


(Shop Machete, $78)

26. Jafra Rose Blossom Perfume

With base notes of pink pepper, rose blossom centifolia, and creamy silk woods, this soothing and sensual scent will make you feel fresh and rejuvenated all day long.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer who loves browsing for cute gifts (and great sales) on the Internet, so she found a way to make it part of her job! Find her on Twitter or via email.

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