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November 8, 2016 10 truly unique gifts for under $100
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(BPT) - Some people are incredibly easy to shop for. You can go into any store and find something they would like. For others, you can spend months looking and still not discover the right gift.

So what do you get the person who has everything? Furthermore, how can you get a unique gift at an affordable price?

Forget candy, ties and slippers. These 10 gifts for under $100 are sure to be special, memorable and brighten your loved one's day.

Vintage toys

Nostalgia is alive and well during times of celebration. Show you care and prove how well you know the giftee by finding a toy from their youth. For example, call antique stores and scope out eBay for a vintage Lincoln Log set. Not only will this conjure happy memories, but now the recipient can share a beloved childhood toy with his or her family members.

Unique twist on the traditional

A traditional aquarium is beautiful and calming, but can be a pain to maintain. The new biOrb HALO 15 by OASE is a sleek table-top aquarium uniquely designed as a globe that comes with 16 beautiful LED color options for lighting that enhances any home office, living space or kids room. Even better, it is low-maintenance thanks to a five-step filtration system that maintains a clean, healthy pH aquatic environment for fish. The HALO 15 keeps the water clear, so loved ones can enjoy watching their fish among the beauty of bubbles and innovative, colorful lighting. Learn more at

Custom experiences

Rather than giving something, have you thought of gifting an experience instead? Whether it's reservations and a gift certificate to the city's hottest restaurant, tickets for the theater or an annual pass to a local amusement park, an experience will stand out. Print out the information, wrap in a box and watch your loved one's eyes light up upon opening it.


Have you heard for years how your loved one would like to learn to carve wood, ballroom dance or spin pottery? Allow them to cross an item off their bucket list by gifting classes. From golf lessons to knitting classes, this is a gift that is sure to be appreciated.

Monthly clubs

Forget jam … unless that's your loved one's thing. Monthly clubs come in every shape and size. From bacon to wine, flowers to makeup, select a club that you think your loved one will enjoy. It's truly the gift that keeps on giving.


Want a gift that has meaning and makes a positive impact? Make a charitable donation to a special cause in your loved one's name. Does she adore animals? Donate to a certain exhibit at the zoo or a nearby animal shelter. Does he have a soft spot for childhood education? Donate to the local library or organizations that help low-income children succeed at school.


A membership can be a useful gift that's much appreciated. For example, an automotive membership provides assistance for auto accidents and other traveling concerns. Maybe he or she would enjoy a membership to the local museum or garden that would offer year-round visits.

Cultural gifts

Does your loved one have an interest in a particular culture? Create a gift basket and use that culture as the theme. Gather special spices and ingredients to make an authentic recipe or find a book about the history of the culture. Traditional clothing, cultural-specific art and imported candy can all help you create a wonderfully unique gift.

Restored pictures

Before digital photos and endless smartphone images, printed photographs were cherished keepsakes. For a meaningful gift, find an old photo and have it restored. Finish by putting it in a beautiful frame and you're sure to tug at the heartstrings when it's time to open presents.

Gift of time and talents

When the recipient seems to have everything, gift a service instead. Offer your time to babysit or assist with gardening. Use your talents to bake, paint or knit a custom blanket. Whatever your ability, it's sure to be appreciated by your loved one. Create a certificate showcasing your offer and wrap it in boxes or gift bags for a stunning presentation.

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