Splurging on big-ticket items isn’t something you do without some consideration. During the holiday season, however, it’s perfectly within reason to go a little overboard—without truly breaking your budget or falling into a spiral of buyer’s remorse. These gifts all fall within the $50 to $100 range. Each is well worth the dollars spent and the joy your recipient is bound to feel as soon as it’s unwrapped.
Moleskine Nomad Medium Backpack
Sleek, compact, and functional all at once, this backpack is designed to complement his on-the-go lifestyle. There’s enough useful space inside to accommodate everything from a tablet or a 13-inch laptop to workplace essentials. It’s easy to clean—all that’s needed is a touch of water—and it boasts a spacious exterior pocket for items you wish to keep close at hand.
Calibrate Zip Front Sweater Jacket
Cardigans can go either way—straight-laced librarian essential or hipster mainstay. Whether he falls somewhere in the middle or just needs a warming layer, a zip-front cardigan makes a practical and smart addition to his wardrobe. This one puts a modern twist on an old-school favorite, and is versatile enough to wear with anything.
Native Shoes Miles 2.0 Liteknit
For those upcoming spring vacations, morning bike rides, and lazy strolls on the boardwalk, these comfortable shoes make every step a delight. The slip-on style is timeless, while the elasticized upper ensures a breathable fit that keeps his feet from tightening in the toe box. Beyond that, they’re as chic as any leather shoe—but are completely animal-free.
H&M Premium Quality Cashmere Scarf
A soft touch makes anything seem luxurious—especially when said softness comes courtesy of plush cashmere. This timeless accessory brings additional warmth to any ensemble, whether he’s wearing it as an accent on a cool fall day or elevating the cozy factor during a brisk snowstorm. Cashmere makes anything more tolerable!
Johnston & Murphy Shoe Care Kit
There are some items that he knows he should buy, but simply never does. Here you come to the rescue with this luxurious shoe care kit in your arsenal. Inside a handsome red cedar box are a pair of shoe creams, a leather balm, a brush, two daubers, two shining mitts, and a shoe horn. It’s the collection every man with a dress shoe needs.
Theory Cashmere Ribbed Beanie
Frightful outside? Probably. If he’s more the type to tug on the ski cap he normally reserves for his annual ski getaway, it’s time to change the game by introducing this luxe cashmere topper to his life. It’s baby soft, and although it fits snugly to keep him as warm as possible, it’s incredibly comfortable at the same time.
Stanley Master Vacuum Bottle
Fitness enthusiasts know the struggle of finding the perfect water bottle. Although functionality trumps aesthetics, finding both in a single package is a beautiful thing. That’s the case with this smart design that keeps heated beverages warm for up to 40 hours and cold drinks chilly for as many as 35. It’s genius—even if his workout is straight from your bed to your desk.
Ted Baker Modcut Gloves
Is he likely to splurge on a pair of gloves when he could just nab a pair for a few bucks at the nearest big box store? It’s unlikely—which is where this set comes in handy. It’s no throwaway pair. Instead, it’s a fantasy glove brought to life thanks to its snap-tight wrist straps, supple quilted leather, and cozy ribbed fabric accent.
Banana Republic Waffle-Knit Henley Thermal T-Shirt
A tee for the holidays, you ask? Absolutely recommended when it’s one as warm and versatile as this smartly designed top. The faint stripe pattern makes it a perfect addition to his casual wardrobe, but it’s just as practical to wear as a layering piece beneath a sweater on a brisk fall or winter day.