Local Gift Guide 2023: Gift Ideas and Experiences Under $100

From stylish tumblers to luxurious body washes, discover our handpicked, budget-friendly gifts for every type of person in your life—all under $100.

Under $100

We all know it already, but sometimes in the last-minute present panic we can forget that you don’t need to spend a lot to make someone’s holiday dreams come true. Here are our best budget-friendly picks that’ll still spark a million-dollar smile.

Your Roommate Who Won’t Mind if You Drink Out of These, Too

We’ve all gotta hydrate. Might as well do it in style. These satisfyingly heavy Blenko Dimple tumblers feel as great in-hand as they look on the table. $75, detailsbymrk.com

Anyone With a Nose

Wood-burning fireplaces may be a rarity in Vancouver condos, but this Canvas Candle Co. fireside-scented candle brings that crackling-yule-log essence home for all. $34, canvascandleco.com

The Natural Beauty

The gift of a fresh face? Priceless. Huna’s Revitalize Age-Grace face serum is crafted from rosehip and sea buckthorn berry to deliver some serious moisture and a gorgeous glow. It’s the brand’s best-seller for a reason. $92, hunaskin.com

Your Stationery-Obsessed Sister

For the to-do-list lover, nothing is more pleasing than a nice notepad—and this hand-painted Swirl Rio number is beautiful even before you start checking things off with a flourish. $32, nineteenten.ca

That Sparkly Special Someone

If the holidays aren’t the time to dress yourself up like a Christmas tree, we don’t know when is. These glittery Etoile Star Drop earrings from Lover’s Tempo are New Year’s Party ready. $95, loverstempo.com


The Self-Care King in Your Life

Mifa’s eucalyptus coco body wash is the ultimate wake-up call. $39, mifaandco.com


Your Let’s-Get-Drinks-After-The-Gym Buddy

Fanny packs are hot now. We don’t make the rules. Herschel’s hip packs are the hippest option out there. $42, herschel.ca

The Green-Thumb Neighbour

When the urge to grow outlasts gardening season, there’s this chic avocado vase from Walrus. $80, shop.walrushome.com


The Sweet Tooth, Duh

Beta5’s chocolates are known for being as pretty as jewels. So is it any surprise the artful Trademark Chocolate collection box is a feast for the eyes, too? $32, shop.beta5chocolates.com

The Foodie Friend Who Should Invite You for Dinner

Olive oil is a kitchen essential, but fancy, Italian-imported olive oil is a treat. Snag a bottle of Viola Il Sincero Extra Virgin from the shelves of Caffè La Tana for your fave Top Chef. $69, caffelatana.ca

Your Picnic Partner

This wine bottle and tumbler set from Hydro Flask is lined—which means no weird, plastic-y transfer taste in your vino. $54 for the bottle; $36 for the tumbler, mec.ca

The Teacher Who’s a Little Tired of Mugs That Say “2 Teach Is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever”

The Turkish hand towel has dominated the beach experience: let the fast-drying, handwoven material elevate the mundane act of handwashing, too. $48, obakki.com

The Scatterbrained Stepdad

There’s a reason the scarf is the go-to holiday gift: practical, stylish, one-size-fits-all, and they’re going to lose it somewhere before New Year’s, so they’ll need another one soon. This fine woven wool scarf from Muji comes in a handsome charcoal-grey check. $30, muji.ca


Bear’s Blooms delivers boxes of sustainably sourced, fresh-cut flowers at your preferred frequency—think of it as the gift that keeps on giving. From $42 per month, bearsblooms.com

A monthly Slice of Life pass gets the recipient unlimited access to their favourite programs so they never have to miss a life-drawing class or pinball night again. From $15, slicevancouver.ca

For the foodie in your life, map out a Restaurant Awards winner crawl: study up on our list of 2023 winners and get your resos ready to hop from pre-drinks to decadent dinner to five-star dessert spot. vanmag.com

This story was originally published in the November/December 2023 issue of Vancouver Magazine.