Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100

Perhaps you are a shopping procrastinator -- one of those crazy people who get high off paying a gajillion bucks for overnight shipping from Amazon. Well, this week Karly and I are making it our mission in life to help you spend some skrillaz without resorting to praying for the Fedex god to have mercy on your feet dragging soul. Before you know it, Chrishannzakuh will be all up on you like white on rice, so get jiggy with it and put some ho ho ho in the holiday with one of these scintillating gifts.

holiday gift guide under 100

$100 will buy a lot of shiny golden goodness. Clockwise from top left: Betseyville Lucky Stripes clutch $62 | Harry Allen Pig Bank $99 | Set of six gold forks $84 | Tobias Wong gold leafed porcelain cup and saucer set $75.

holiday gift guide under 100

Super excellent limited edition 20x28 poster by art collective Jeanspezial $87.

holiday gift guide under 100

Enormous switchboard poster for bebes or grownups who dream of flying $62.

holiday gift guide under 100

Boys love toys (and girls do, too). Clockwise from top left: Recycled cassette tape tie is audible if you run a tape head over it $90 | Le Boombox bag comes with a built in amplifier $56 | Diana camera in pretty primary brights $99 | iKaraoke $60.

holiday gift guide under 100

Amazing handcrafted leather rabbit mask by TomBanwell is good for the naughty and the nice. $69.


I wanna rock! Gold and silver Mini Modern stacking rings $90.

holiday gift guide under 100

Cool jewels. Zipper necklace $69 | Painted silk necklace $75.

holiday gift guide under 100

I am a wee bit obsessed with scarves. Reclaimed colorblock cashmere shawl by hautegoat $72 |  Necklush $62.

holiday gift guide under 100

That's because scarves are AWESOME. Mohair shawl by sweetknitting $72.

holiday gift guide under 100

He's baaaaack! Little Joseph is sure to warm the cockles of your heart with his sweet lovable creepy baby face $99.

totem cups

I have had a major crush on these stacking Totem cups since I saw them here. Buy them. Ship them to me. $59.

holiday gift guide under 100

Housewares in eyepopping colors make holiday entertaining fun. Vodka helps, too. Agate coasters $55 |  Eight piece nesting bowl set includes a colander and measuring cups $58.

holiday gift guide under 100

Calling all ballers... Gold plated Recession Necklace $65. Just because you don't have a million bucks doesn't mean you have to look all scroungy and poor.

Alright highrollers, let's face it -- in this economy $100 is a lot of money. But hopefully you found the perfect something to tempt you to crack open the rusty old wallet and shower your family and friends with money love. And if you're really Scrooge Mcduck just aswim in gold coins, then tune in tomorrow for the Under $500 edition.

Recession? What recession?

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $500 (For High Rollaz Only)

Yesterday in Austin it was 81 degrees at noon, then snowing at midnight. My sinuses don't know whether old man winter is coming or going, but the calendar is telling me that Santa Claus is coming to town scarily soon. Thus, therefore, anon, I shall present another day of gift guide goodies, this time for all you high class big spenders.

dollar ring

But not so high class that you can afford to buy a diamond encrusted bling ring from anywhere other than Sears -- on sale for $299! Whoo hoo!

I have to say that this guide was crazy hard for me to put together... after all, the only thing I would spend $500 on is a bedroom set or couch from Craigslist. $500 for an unspecified gift offends my sense of frugality, so for you lucky folks with a fat wad of benjamins burning a hole in the pocket of your woolen Armani trousers, I have done my very best to choose luxurious treasures that seem worth their ponderous prices. Breathe easy -- there are no Tiffany key fobs or Hermes boxes included anywhere within this post.

kartell gnomes

You know what I think is worth spending money on? Gnomes. And if I could get that figure for under $500, I'd pay for that, too. Atilla or Napoleon gnome tables, designed by Starck for Kartell, $315 each, at Y Lighting.

overstock blankets

In my opinion, natural fibers are always worth the extra buck (or two hundred). On left: Italian Made Washable Cashmere Blanket, king-sized for $270, at Overstock. On right: Dandy Italian-Made Cashmere Fringed Throw, $200, at Overstock. (Overstock has fantastic sheets, too.)

warm blankets

Did I mention that I'm really cold natured? Sorry about the sketchy pictures, but I know you have all seen these blankets splashed across the pages of glossy blogs everywhere... On the left: Alpaca Fur Blanket available in white, ivory and brown, $499, at Amazon. On right: Yves Delorme Mohair blankets, on sale for $200-$480 depending on size, Heirloom Iron Bed Company.

reform school blanket

Yet another blanket, but I saved the best for last: LADAK "Wilhelm" Blanket made of unique recycled materials, $285 and 15% of profits will be donated to an Amsterdam shelter for the homeless, at ReForm School. Make sure you enter "2" into the quanity box and ship the extra one to me!

fornasetti plates

These Fornasetti plates from his famous "Themes and Variations" series sure beat Precious Moments figurines as great annual gifts for the savvy collector. $206 each, from Unica Home.

supermarket city plates

Or why not visit New Orleans, DC, Las Vegas and Dubai, this Christmas? notNeutral has introduced four more plates in its "City Plates" series. Hang them on the wall for cultured a mix of sculpture, art and geography. $180 for four, at Supermarket.


Actually, Karly turned me on to Supermarket as a supersource for shopping. They have an awesome assortment of carefully curated art and objects by individuals and small businesses. Case in point: Gold leafed, multi-tiered, Sweets and Desserts Tray, by Blaue Blume, $249 and totally worth it, at Supermarket. Pop-Up Forest in 18k or Silver Plate, by Melissa Borrell, $150, at Supermarket. She also has pop out snowflakes for sale.

war bowl

Not to be outdone, Generate Design also has some pretty snazzy tablewares. I've had my eye on that War Bowl made of fused soldiers from the Battle of Waterloo (apparently fought between France and Britain, for those of us with holes in out historical knowledge) for months now. Since, I have a $500 imaginary budget now, I think I'll buy one for myself. War Bowl, by mosleymeetswilcox, $389, at Generate. Crazy Cast Banana Bowl -- in gold, of course! -- by Harry Allen, $119, at Generate.


My other obesession besides blankets is ceramics. Of course, I usually buy mine at thrift stores, but with a grown up budget, I'd run with the big dogs. Clockwise from top left: Vintage White Handmade German Vase, $165, at Ornaments and Objects. Blue Sixties German Vase by Horst Kerstan, $365, at Ornaments and Objects. Red Sixties Jopeko Vase, on sale for $200, at Ornaments and Objects. Blue and Gold Eighties Vase by Gerhard Liebenthron, $145 on sale for $85!, at Ornaments and Objects.

rollei digital

I don't have much in this gift guide for kids or gents because at this price point they all want Wiis and iPhones, but for the guy (or gal) who has an anachronist's taste for technology, these digital cameras will fit the bill nicely. And it's never to early to teach junior what a Leica is. On left: Minox Leica Mini Digital Camera with gold dust trim, $350, at Urban Outfitters. On right: Sweet-ass Rolleiflex Mini Digital Camera, $399, at Urban Outfitters. It even comes in red.


For Christmas, ice is always nice. Buy your man these cufflinks made from vintage watches and he'll always remember who loves him, because that's what Christmas is all about: cheesy sentimentality. Omega Rose Gold Cufflinks, $485, at The ladies will appreciate this faceted cast sterling Form One Ring, $265, at La Pisette. And if you really want to wow her, slip this vintage 80's Italian necklace of silver and paste stones into her stocking. $500, at Carole Tanenbaum vintage.

laurie brown

Meanwhile, I'll take these beauties from Laurie Brown Jewelry, if you please. Rat Bone Necklace cast in gold, $448, at Etsy. Gold Rose Thorn earrings, $282, at Etsy. Actually, I'll take pretty much anything she makes. That lady is a jewelry genius with super style.

Does your special someone have an unsightly gap on the wall... or in their geographic knowledge? This 1957 "Asia" Junior Size Pulldown Map on canvas from Three Potato Four will surely fill the void. $250.

lisa congdon

If you know someone who can't see the forest for the trees, give them this orginal acryclic on canvas painting of a Birch Forest, by Lisa Congdon, via Etsy.

Oh, and finally... my favorite gifts of all. BOOKS!

book montage

You are probably thinking, what the hell kind of book goes in the "Under $500" category? How about the kind that is chock full of amazing photography, probably a first edition, and definitely SIGNED BY THE ARTIST. Yep, that's right. Us plebes may never be able to afford an original print by the artists I have featured here, but maybe, just maybe, we could afford an artist-signed copy of a book. And almost certainly we could afford an unsigned copy -- just head over to Amazon and check out the price points for each edition. You could buy a whole library of amazing art for $500, or you could buy one signed copy of:

1. My Ghost, by Adam Fuss, $300. 2. Sleeping By the Mississippi, by Alec Soth, $129.95. 3. Shadow Chamber, by Roger Ballen, $155. 4. Subway, by Bruce Davidson, $350. 5. Theatres, by Hiroshi Sugimoto, $650 (yep, I went over budget...). 6. Sally Mann: Gagosian Gallery, by Sally Mann, $453. 7. After the Flood, by Robert Polidori, $375. 8. Gregory Credson, by Gregory Crewdson, $275.

But maybe reading's not your thing. Maybe you just want something flashy and easily digested. Something like this:

gold pills

Yep, the 24k gold pills by Tobias Wong are back. At $429 from Generate, they come in just under budget. If you buy them for a loved one, better tell them to sell the pills for their gold content instead of ingesting them. Because that would be a waste.

Go For the Gold!

I hate sports. I was never a soccer player, sucked at tennis, and got beaten up in PE. Can you say dodgeball? Nevertheless, I -- like so many people around the globe -- am completely obsessed with the Olympics, especially gymnastics, which is chock full of uber-buff men who wear leotards and do the splits. I am also VERY SURPRISED to find a not insignificant amount of nationalist competitive spirit lodged in my card-carrying communist (socialist? liberal? whatever the old folks call us these days), pinko heart.

That's right: GO AMERICA. KICK EVERYONE ELSE'S ASS. (But if you're not from the United States, feel free to insert your team in the following blank. It's ok. I'll try not to hold it against you.) So for you, ______, I present a day of golden awesomeness in celebration of all the ass we've already kicked, as well as all of the ass-kicking yet to come.

tobias wong gold pills

If you need some help getting into the gold grubbing spirit, try these $429 24-karat filled pills by Tobias Wong at Generate Design. Don't worry. I'm sure everything will come out fine.

Seriously, isn't gold the best color ever? Doesn't it make everything seem shiny and new and GOOD? Just ask Karly. She insisted on giving two football helmets we scored at the thrift store the Midas touch. Stephen Johnson needs no help in that department; he's already amassing a kitschy collection of gravity-defying gold-dipped goodies. And that bow covered snail butt just makes me laugh.

stephen johnson

I've already blogged about China's King of Bling, Lam Sai-Wing, and his solid gold palace (replete with solid gold toilet!), but there's no need to be jealous of his glitzy digs. Check out these 24 karat covered tiles from Design Tale Studio and golden aluminum/laminate tiles spotted at trendir, and set the stage (ok, maybe only mentally!) for your own vision of victory.

gold walls

Going for the gold is always about aiming high, right? While admiring the golden glow emanating from your environs, why not kick your feet up on Yves Klein's gold shavings-filled coffee table? (Look for more posts on Klein craziness next week...)

klein gold coffee table

Feeling prepped for success? Ready to win? Sense the sweet taste of proper thrashing coming in the next week or so? Make sure you take it all in on your gold-plated plasma tv and sound system.

gold tv

Excuse me. I've got to go uncharacteristically berserk (not that going berserk is actually uncharacteristic. It's just that this cheering thing is a little very new and different) and root for my team. Hunny Bunny is sure that I'm crazy, but, hell, I'm in it to win it! He really should know that by now. Not that I'm competitive or anything.