Gift-giving season is thoroughly upon us, which means your wallet will be getting a serious workout. But who says you have to spend a fortune to win the holidays? Here are 14 top-drawer options that will give your wallet a well-earned break. In fact, at under $100 apiece, you can leave it at home entirely and let Samsung Pay do all the heavy lifting. Just download the app on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone and use it almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card.
14 unique gifts you can score for under $100 this year
Wooden Advent CalendarCall this the gift that keeps on giving. Made by Toronto-based artisans Light & Paper, it comes with 24 different laser cut birch ornaments hidden behind red paper doors. Best of all? The daily treats are entirely sugar-free.
$84 at Etsy.Etsy
Leatherman LeapWhy pay a handyperson when you can train your tween to fix stuff for free? Specifically created for kids 9+, the Leatherman Leap multi-tool includes safety locks that protect fingers and a removable blade that can be added when they're good and ready.
$50 at MEC.MEC
Men's Cabin Thermal SocksTalk about festive feet. These merino wool socks have a poppy log cabin print and are perfect for playing footsie in front of the fire.
$10 at Simons.Simons
Hydroflask Wine BottleWhy should beer and brandy lovers be the only ones who get to tote their tipple? Hydroflask's double-walled, vacuum-insulated bottles keep favourite wines temp-controlled. They're also easy pour, leak-proof, and made from stainless steel so yesterday's vintage won't mix with today's.
$45 at MEC.MEC
Tilley ToqueNot sure if your giftee is a pom pom person? No matter. Tilley's Canadian-as-heck Aspen Toque has one that's removable. It's also got a moisture-wicking, anti-static lining that'll keep the dreaded hat head to a minimum.
$63 at Tilley.Tilley
The Rocketbook Wave NotebookThe type-A list-makers in your life will love this high-meets-low-tech spiral notebook. Made from acid-free paper, anything written inside can be blasted to the cloud using a smart phone, then organized by page or category. Once it's full, just stick it in the microwave and re-use. How very Jetson-esque.
$35 at Lee Valley.Rocketbook
Marvis Toothpaste Gift BoxWhy should anyone have to suffer through boring ol' mint? Italian company Marvis makes its delish toothpastes using 'wonders of the world' flavours like zesty Italian lemon oil, cardamom, and oh-so-sweet pineapple. Buon appetito!
$23 at Hudson's Bay.Hudson's Bay
Sno Art Spray n' StencilIf this doesn't help 'em amp-up their snowpersons, nothing will. The cool kit comes with six mix-with-water colours, three snow-sprayers and a whole bunch of stencils. Send them outside and hope their newfound skills don't lead to a life of graffiti crime.
$35 at Chapters Indigo.Chapters Indigo
Goal-Winning ToasterWhat do hockey and toast have in common? Not a whole lot, but Canadian Tire's fab new goalpost red toasters feature the faces of three NHL superstars including Jonathan Toews, Connor McDavid and Wayne Gretzky. The butter on the bread? Proceeds go to an organization that helps make sports accessible to kids. Score!
$25 at Canadian Tire.Canadian Tire
Kim Crawford Sauvignon BlancJust because New Zealanders celebrate Christmas beachside, doesn't mean they don't know how to do it in style. For the holidays, Kim Crawford's Marlborough Sauv Blanc comes in a shimmering gold-wrapped bottle with crisp notes of fresh cut grass and tropical fruit. Cheers m'dears.
$20, retailers across Canada.Kim Crawford
Human & Dog PyjamasLike to dress like your pooch? We don't judge. Fabdog's four matching jammie sets come in thermal flannel fabric, from green plaid to bright red. Insta-worthy photo ops? Woof-tastic.
Human PJs, $25 at Fabdog.
Matching dog PJs, $25 at Fabdog.Fabdog
True North: The Canadian SongbookSinger Eleanor McCain recorded iconic songs like Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah" and Joni Mitchell's “A Case Of You" with orchestras and guest artists across the country. The result? Two CDs and one beautiful coffee table book that's as Canadian as a large double double.
$60 at Amazon.Amazon
Star Wars Death Star Waffle MakerBreakfast with the Galactic Empire? You betcha. This nifty waffle maker has five temperature settings and a non-stick Stormtrooper cook plate. It also doubles as a sandwich maker. May the fork be with you.
$50 at Best Buy.Best Buy
The Pin ProjectSmall but mighty, a beautiful brass kite pin from Canadian designer Jenny Bird will not only add zing to their outfit, but proceeds go directly to the refugees that helped make it. Merry merry.
$32 at The Pin Project.The Pin Project