Holiday Gift Guide

8 great holiday gifts under $100

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Some of the best gifts to give are those that the recipients would love but might not buy themselves. Here are eight gifts that are cool, quirky and have a little touch of luxury, all for under $100.

1. Personalized puzzle


Price: 49.95
Buy now: New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle

Perfect to memorialize a special day from 2017 or just as a personalized gift for your favorite news junkie. Turn the New York Times' front page into a fun color or black-and-what puzzle. Pick any date from Sept. 18, 1851 to the present.

2. Floating Bluetooth speaker

ONE TIME USE Red speaker

Price: $99.99
Buy now: Ye!! Hoveric Levitating Bluetooth Speaker in Red

This floating Bluetooth speaker rotates above a magnetic base for 360-degree sound. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to five hours of playtime.

3. Trendy, comfy sneakers


Price: $95
Buy now: Allbirds Men's or Women's Wool Runners

Called "world's most comfortable shoes" Allbirds are a favorite in Silicon Valley, and stars like Mindy Kaling have been spotted sporting them. The brand got its start on Kickstarter, and the now super popular footwear's merino wool fabric minimizes odor, regulates temperature and excess moisture and can be thrown in the washing machine for easy cleaning.

4. Barware set


Price: $75
Buy now:
W&P Design shaken cocktail set

For the martini lover on your list, Brooklyn-based W&P's cocktail kit was lovingly created by designer/foodies to include a stainless steel strainer, shaker and jigger, as well as an ice cube tray. Just add booze and a twist.

5. French press travel mug

ONE TIME USE FP travel mug WS

Price: 34.95
Buy now: Espresso coffee travel press, stainless steel

For anyone who's a fan of fresh coffee, this travel mug lets you brew on the go. Filters provide a grit-free cup of joe and insulation keeps it piping hot.

6. Idea journal


Price: $80
Buy now:
Smythson "ideas and inspiration" or "make it happen" notebook

Everyone from would-be entrepreneurs to creative types has ideas to jot down. (Richard Branson loves to make his lists!) So why not make the experience special with a luxury journal they might not buy themselves.

7. Wanderlust coffee-table book


Price: $40.80
Buy now:
"One Year on a Bike: From Amsterdam to Singapore"

Does someone on your list dream of quitting their desk job to travel the world? Give them a little inspiration with Martijn Doolaard's photographic telling of his year spent biking across Europe and Asia. There are also tips for anyone who wants to hit the road themselves.

8. Top-shelf pen

Uncommon Goods

Price: $40
Buy now:
Whiskey Pen

Liquor is an evergreen gift during the holiday season, but this year give it with a twist: This handmade pen is made with "resin tinted and textured with hand-ground malted barley from a Tennessee distillery," according to Uncommon Goods. It also comes in a maple gift box. tinted and textured with malted barley from a Tennessee distillery.

Disclosure: These items have been handpicked by our editorial team. CNBC has affiliate relationships with some retailers so in some cases, if you purchase an item from one of our gift guides, we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchase. This holiday season, the proceeds will be donated to the Council for Economic Education, which supports economic and financial education.

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