Gift Ideas When You Have a Small Budget (and Your Friends Have Expensive Taste)

We all have those friends who are fond of the nicer things in life—cashmere, caviar, Grand Cru… in other words, they have expensive taste in everything from their home décor to their stylish wardrobes.

When it comes to buying holiday gifts for said friends (or family), it can prove quite the conundrum—especially if you add in another factor—a small budget. (We all know, December can take quite the hit to our credit cards!) Luckily, an expensive price tag doesn’t always equate to a better gift.

In fact, today we’re sharing 30 gifts that you would never guess are all under $100. Whether it’s the luxe packaging of a lipstick, the uniqueness of a decanter or the coziness of a plush robe, we guarantee one of these options below will cater to your friends and family with the most lavish of tastes.

The chic gold hoop earrings are an editor favorite that look mighty pricey.

This faux leather scarf will be especially appreciated in the cooler months.

Jo Malone candles are seriously divine (and look so chic too).

Lightweight and packable, this elegant quilted liner is perfect for easy cold-weather layering. 

This chic mock-croc bag looks way more expensive than its price tag.

This luxurious eye mask is perfect for long-haul road trips and getting plenty of z's.

Your friends who enjoy long, luxurious baths will love this relaxing blend of rustic sandalwood, sweet jasmine, and calming lavender.

Fuzzy slippers have been all over our feeds this year.

These gloves do double duty by adding a stylish element to any outfit while keeping hands warm.

We're charmed by this simple chain necklace.

Your friends will be drooling over these seriously soft lounge pants.

No one would say no to the most luxurious-feeling socks. This brand has over 200 years of experience working with cashmere and is renowned for its meticulous craftsmanship.

This woody, aromatic hand wash will elevate every bathroom.

Who wouldn't want to receive this striking, modern ring set?

This cropped cozy cardigan is definitely a winning winter gift.

I've never known anyone who doesn't appreciate a sleek diffuser.

By Terry's soft lip balm is one of the best out there— leaving a soft, subtle sheen.

This multi-use chain pairs well with everyday essentials like sunglasses and facemasks.

Made of sumptuous lace, this makes for one pretty holiday gift.

For those who love seriously soft and plush fabrics, Barefoot Dreams cardigans are a must!

A versatile, cashmere sweater for under $100? Add to cart!

An expensive-looking bum bag to complete any outfit.

This waffle-weave robe is a lounging essential.

This will look so fancy at your next dinner party.

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