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.

Lush, plush, opulent. This scarf will be appreciated this winter.

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. 

If you have a friend in a colder climate who’s into the preppy look, these slightly over-$100 pair are a must (and totally worth it).

Made from high-grade mulberry silk, this luxurious eye mask is perfect for long-haul flights and getting plenty of z's. The zodiac sign embossed on the front will add a personal touch.

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

When only luxurious, long leather gloves will do.

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

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

This woody, aromatic hand wash will elevate every bathroom.

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

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 billowy blouse nails two of 2020's biggest trends—puff sleeves and polka dots.

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.

Laura Ashley's new collab with Urban Outfitters is stunning (and affordable!). 

An expensive-looking belt to complete every outfit.

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!

Heeled loafers will be all over our feeds next year.

Warning, after you feel this cozy faux-fur robe you may just keep it for yourself.

This will look so fancy at your next dinner party.

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