On Monday, Chassie Post, Lifestyle Editor of the Gilt Groupe, offered suggestions for must-haves for $100 or less:
(The following descriptions were prepared, in part, with information provided by the manufacturers or retailers involved)
Gift for Sports Lovers / Exercise Enthusiasts: Everlast's Punching Bag Kit ($90)
Everlast - the name in boxing - is celebrating its 100th anniversary by offering this complete home gym package. The kit comes with this 70-lb punching bag - which almost all professional fighters use, professional style training gloves and pro handwraps. This kit will last years if not decades. If you are serious about your workout and like to train hard than this is the way to go. It's available at Everlast.com.
Another Gift For Sports Lovers: Sharper Image's Underwater Digital Camera Mask ($99)
This Underwater Digital Camera is the world's only swim mask that has an integrated waterproof digital video camera and photographs at 5 MP. Imagine snorkeling and just pressing your mask to take a pic! You can keep your hands free as you swim and you'll never need to worry about getting your camera wet again. The goggle lenses are made of tempered glass and have integrated crosshairs to help you to line up shots. Turn the camera on, and choose a mode with the upper button. Simply press to record pictures or videos. Downloading images with the USB cable included. The included software (PC only) allows you to edit your content. The built-in 16 MB memory can store up to 27 high-resolution pictures or up to 52 seconds of video. This is ideal for snorkeling and or pool play. It's a fantastic value for the price - $99. Available at Sharper Image.
Gift For the Family: Kiki&Polly.com's Portrait Portrait Sketch Print ($45)
This is a really special, truly one-of-a kind gift. It's a sweet and simple line portrait hand-drawn each based on a provided photo. It is then digitally placed on an old book page background and printed onto gorgeous Hahnemuhle fine art paper. The look and feel of the aged edges gives the piece the feeling that it could have been made decades ago. A little treasure perfect for giving (if even only to yourself!). These are available in two sizes: 8x10 $45.00 and 13x19 $65.00. We framed this with a gallery frame from $15 dollar frame from West Elm. These portrait sketch prints are available at Kiki&Polly.com.
Gift for the Girl / Guy On-the-Go: Jorno Blue Tooth Keyboard ($79)
This is not even on the market yet and we're getting a first look at this today! We all love our BlackBerries and iPhones, but this little add-on device may change your life! It will at least make it a lot easier. It's the Journo Blue Tooth Keyboard. It takes your mobile device and makes it a pocket-sized laptop with nearly full size keys! So fold it up in your pocket and go. There's a pre-order special price of $79 at Journostore.com and it will arrive in January, but it's worth getting in line for it now. Otherwise, it'll be $99 when it's available in stores next year. Available for pre-order at Journostore.com.
Another Gift for the Girl / Guy On-the-Go: Graphic Image's iPad Sleeve ($98)
iPads are beyond hot! 7.5 million ipads have been sold (about a million a month since they hit the market earlier this year. And just how hot are ipad? People have bough ipad faster than iPhone (when it launched in 2007) or the DVD player (which first hit the market in 1997.) We love this fashion forward ipad case and it feels so luxurious for $98. It's a sleek and compact, handcrafted specifically for the iPad in a rugged python print. Also available in blue-green, brown, grey and rosé. Think of it as stylish protection! It has a soft, protective lining that will hold the unit in place. Available at GraphicImage.com and fine retailers.
Gift For the Kids: Melissa & Doug's Workbench ($88)
The workbench looks like a miniature version of the one you might already have in your garage! This will definitely keep that little builder in your house busy. It's a sturdy wooden workbench that's the perfect size and has nuts, bolts. A tool rack and wooden tools and its sturdy enough for kids to use as a real workstation for hobbies and crafts. Your child can make designs of your own or the two of you can be inspired by the project book that comes with the workbencj/ It's not just for boys, it's a huge hit with the girls as well. You can find this Melissa and Doug Workbench, at Gilt.com.
Gifts For the Jewelry Lover - J.Crew's Chunky Rings ($50)
Vintage-inspired costume jewelry is all the rage this season. Plus these rings look so expensive! Our favorites feature bold crystal blooms and hand-cut glass crystals set in a dark silver brass. These pack a lot of punch for just $50 dollars! Whether their style is classic glamour or boho-chic, perfect for any lady on your list. Available at JCrew.com or J.Crew stores.
Gifts For Fashionista - Kelsi Dagger Briallen Thigh-High Boots($99)
We have two shoe picks, so we've got your fashionista covered - no matter her style! First up - these fabulous, grey, on-trend boots are perfect for girls who like to make a style statement, from just above the knees right down to the toes. Thigh-high boots are both fashionable and practical, adding a little drama...and warmth...to your winter wardrobe. Everyone knows gray is the new black, and this hue truly comes alive in the suede... perfect for fall and easily paired with any outfit your recipient will be wearing in the new year. These Kelsi Dagger Briallen Thigh-High Boots are available on Gilt.com for $99.
Converse Sequin Stitch Sneakers ($70)
If high heels aren't your thing, try these All Star chucks on for size. The sparkly kicks are more for the dance floor than for the basketball court. These pair and another pair (All Star Wrapping Paper style, $55, also on set) are brand new designs for this holiday season and are available online at Converse.com
Gift For the Foodie - Eataly's Gourmet Basket ($100)
Mario Batali's uber-gourmet emporium is not just available to New Yorkers, but it's just a click away for all the foodies across the nation! And..for under a $100 you can do some serious gourmet shopping and send a taste of Italy to your loved ones. You can make your own basket and that's exactly what we did! Here we chose to send an entire meal comprised of two of Mario's delicious gift boxes. For the entrée we have the Mini Mario, $34 - with his famous tomato basil sauce, Mario's marinara and artisanal pastas. And…For dessert we chose Eataly's Panetone Gift Box, $55 which features the best Panetone from Milan made in the antique tradition - drizzled with hazelnut glaze it is beyond delicious! Included is Crema Gianduja Fondente - the quintessential chocolate hazelnut spread that is the perfect complement to the Panetone - and some hazelnut chocolates to top it all off! Plus we added a bottle of wine for a grand total of $100. Available at Eataly in NYC or on Eataly.com