The 2022 Gift Guide: Small Luxuries

These covetable goods won't break a Benjamin.

December 2, 2022

Who doesn’t love a deal? We’ve rounded up these under-$100 picks that only look like a million bucks. Chic, functional, and fun—these gifts are the perfect answer for anyone with champagne taste on a beer budget!

– Tori Mellott, Style Director


  • They’re giving 1970s basketball coach vibes and I’m not mad about it! For the man or woman in your life who makes Sporty Spice look like the statistician instead of the starter.

    The Retro Stripe Socks, $13, americantrench.com

  • I fully stand by the theory that if the packaging is beautiful, the food tastes better. Charm even the most discerning food snobs in your life for less than $40!

    Quintaesencia Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $31 for 16.9 oz, igourmet.com


  • Perfect for a niece, nephew, or anyone who doesn’t live under your roof. This all-white take on the chrome classic infuses a little retro authenticity into a morning wake-up routine. It may look serene, but wait until the bells toll!

    Covent Alarm Clock by Newgate, $39, burkedecor.com

  • Finally, a puzzle that is good-looking enough to justify whiling away hours of your life! Drive even your most patient family member crazy with this Florentine marbleized pattern. Level of difficulty: Automatic Mensa Membership.

    Florentine Blue 500-Piece Puzzle, $24, teneues.nyc

  • For the jetsetter on your list. Channel The Talented Mr. Ripley with this handsome pair of caramel-colored sunnies.

    Optimum Sunglasses by Muse, $77, glassesusa.com

  • Tell your mom, sister, or best friend they can kiss the cold goodbye with this hot pink balaclava that we’re sure Courrèges would have approved of.

    Balaclava Knit Hood, $55, stories.com

  • If it’s French and it smells good, you can’t go wrong. Treat someone who appreciates the finer things in life to this deliciously crafted hand cream.

    La Vie En Fleurs Crème Beauté des Mains, €25, bienaime1935.com

  • For that wild aunt or uncle who never stops talking about when they went to underground raves at Limelight—these playful and daring twist tapers are like glow-sticks for adults!

    Twisted Neon Taper Candles (Set of 3), $36, furbishstudios.com

  • Gin Rummy but make it chic. For the person who has everything, we guarantee they’re not playing Bridge with these…yet!

    Illustrated Deck of Cards by Casa Lopez, $32, thesixbells.com



  • For the fashionista on your list, these Uniqlo x Marni mittens are the perfect marriage of utility and beauty.

    Knitted Mitten Gloves by Marni x Uniqlo, $30, uniqlo.com

  • Surprise your best friend, sister, or girlfriend with this mini bag that looks like a sculpture. This is one of those pieces no one ever buys for themselves but uses constantly once they have it!

    Abacus Faux Fur Mini Top Handle Bag, $79, jwpei.com

  • For less than the price of a martini at Bemelman’s Bar, you can delight the ultimate prepster in your life with this classic men’s belt.

    Classic Leather Belt with Removable Silver-Plated Buckle, $50, jcrew.com


  • For the budding decorator or design enthusiast who’s been a very good girl or boy, this primer is a crash course (and everything you’ll ever want to know) on tasteful, traditional interior design!

    Charm School, preorder $55, schumacher.com

  • Jewelry is so personal, but you can’t go wrong with a simple gold ring—stack it with other baubles or wear it solo. This hammered gold ring has a handmade feel that elevates the everyday.

    Hammered Gold Vermeil Ring, $88, saved-ny.com

  • There is nothing more refined than a delicate glass pitcher for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    HAY Jug, $72, finishdesignshop.com



  • For the friend who is always on the go—and wants to look good while out and about.

    Purse Essentials Set, $85, tataharper.com