I’ve always held the belief that quality reigns over quantity. And if asked whether I’d prefer several gifts over one main one, I’d always opt for one extravagant item. If it could be a designer piece then all the better.
But designer gifts do not come cheap, and many of us are priced out of this lucrative market. However, at Christmas, luxury brands go out of their way to appease the general public, and offer a range of gift items especially for the season.
They call these items ‘entry level products’ and will typically include key chains, purses, mini perfume bottles, gift sets and limited edition make-up.
For gift buyers who are watching their spending it is the ideal time to snap up a designer bargain.
With that in mind, we’ve scoured the internet in search of the best designer gifts for under $100.
Proenza Schouler – Alphabet Enamelled Brooches – $75
These gorgeous enamelled brooches come in different colours and measure one inch. They are crafted from enamel-coated brass in a sans-serif font. If you are feeling particularly generous why not buy initials for your recipient’s first name and surname?
Aerin – Eau de Parfum Fragrance Collection 5 x 9ml – $100
It is easy to go wrong with perfume, especially if you don’t know your partner’s preference. Hedge your bets with Aerin Lauder’s fragrance collection. Here you get five completely different scents, each one evoking a specific mood that will transport the senses.
Bobbi Brown – Deluxe Eye & Cheek Palette – $85
Bobbi Brown‘s ‘Deluxe Eye & Cheek Palette’ will suit any skin tone. The palette features two silky smooth blushers and eight eye shadows. The colours have been created to be worn either during the day or night, whilst the powder formulas have been formulated to smooth on with ease for a perfect finish.
Nike – Air Pegasus 83 Mesh and Suede Sneakers – $100
If you have a running partner that loves the very best in designer footwear then you can’t get any better than the most iconic of running gear. Nike‘s ‘Air Pegasus’ sneakers have been seen on the rich and famous and are a firm favourite with celebrities across the globe. Make your feet stand out with this pair crafted in breathable red mesh with coral suede accents.
Diana von Furstenberg – Love Tuxedo textured-leather cardholder – $50
We typically associate Diane von Furstenberg with her now, much copied signature wrap dress. These days she is becoming equally well-known for her exceptionally high quality leather goods. This ‘Love Tuxedo‘ cardholder is no exception. It comes with five slots for carrying ID, credit or debit cards, is crafted from textured leather and comes in neon pink or shocking orange. It is finished with the brand’s iconic lips logo.
Le Specs – Hermosa Sunglasses – $60
It’s hard to think about the summer months, unless you are about to jet off somewhere tropical for the winter. But this pair of super cool sunglasses will definitely get you in the mood. Channel your inner Hollywood star with this pair made from pink animal-print acetate complimented by blue mirrored lenses.
Diptyque – Sapin scented candle, 190g – $70
As scented candles go, Diptyque are up amongst the most revered in the industry. This beautiful candle is more a work of art, with the picture on the glass container designed by the French painter Julien Colombier. This ‘Sapin’ candle is inspired by cold, fresh Christmas pine trees in winter and includes citrus notes of mandarin.
Lanvin – Printed iPhone 6 Case – $85
Finally, using creative director’s Alber Elbaz’s sketches, this eye-catching case is made from impact-resistant polycarbonate, so no worries about scratches. It also has slightly raised sides which also help against wear and tear. Made to a lightweight design.
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