Picking a gift for a friend shouldn’t be complicated.
After all, you know them well, so it should be easy.
But sometimes that’s exactly what makes it difficult!
You are expected to give them something that they’ll love. No pressure, huh?
There’s no need to stress about it, though. You are probably overthinking it.
That being said, if you are at a complete loss, then no worries, we’ve got your back.
Today we are going to take a look at the ten best gifts for friends under $100.
You’ll surely find something for your friend on this list.
1.“Goals!” by Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy is a world-renowned motivational speaker, personal development author, and sales coach. In his book “Goals!” he discusses the importance of setting goals, regularly reviewing them, and working towards them until they are achieved. He also shares a variety of techniques that can help the reader to keep their eyes on the prize. Does your friend want to change their life? Then you can’t go wrong with this book. It will help them do exactly that.
2. “The 4-Hour Body” by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferris is a best-selling author, popular podcaster, and entrepreneur. His book “The 4-Hour Body” aims to help the reader to lose fat, gain muscle, become faster, and more. It’s probably most known for the Slow Carb diet which has helped countless people worldwide to lose weight. You can see some of these stories on the author’s blog where he features readers who have lost over 100 pounds. So don’t be fooled by the obnoxious title. The tips in the book are legit and based on scientific research. Has your friend tried to lose weight in the past, but either failed or gained it back again? Then this book may help them to get the body they have always wanted.
3. “Starting Strength” by Mark Rippetoe
Mark Rippetoe is one of the world’s most famous strength coaches and an author of several best-selling books on strength training. He’s best known for his book “Starting Strength” which is a complete beginner’s guide to weightlifting. It has sold over 80,000 copies and is widely considered to be the book for anyone who wants to get into lifting weights. So if your friend wants to get fit, but they aren’t sure how to do it, this is the book for them.
4. Classic Moleskine Notebook
Moleskine is an Italian stationery company that was founded back in 1997. Their business exploded when they decided to revive the classic notebook that was used by artists and thinkers throughout the last two centuries. No, the popular story that Hemingway used Moleskine notebooks isn’t true. You don’t need to be a detective to realize that timelines do not match. However, Hemingway did use classic notebooks, meaning notebooks with a design almost identical to that of Moleskine’s flagship product. Now, this may not mean much to you, but if your friend is an aspiring writer, it’s probably going to mean a lot to them. So get them this notebook.
5. Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Paint
These days most visually gifted people end up drawing on a computer screen. However, there’s no denying that there’s something special about painting, so any artistic person will appreciate a high-quality watercolor set. This Winsor & Newton watercolor set features a Cotman Series 111 No.3 brush and 24 Cotman Water Colour half pans. Of course, the paintbox also has space for mixing one’s own colors, which provides the artist with limitless possibilities. You can also gift this watercolor set together with a watercolor pad so that your friend would immediately have everything they need for painting.
6. “Learn to Draw in 30 Days” by Mark Kistler
Okay, but what if your friend doesn’t know how to draw, much less paint, but wants to learn? Then Mark Kistler’s book “You Can Draw in 30 Days” can help them realize that dream. It includes over 500 drawings with step-by- step instructions that take the reader from drawing simple spheres to apples, trees, and buildings, and then to the human hand and face. It also includes a ton of valuable tips, especially on drawing three-dimensional images. This book has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 with 3,300+ global ratings so the author is definitely onto something!
7. “Jamie Cooks Italy” by Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver is one of the UK’s most famous chefs. He’s best known for his popular TV shows and best-selling cookbooks. “Jamie Cooks Italy” is his Italian food cookbook that is accessible and contains a wide variety of traditional Italian recipes. So if your friend loves cooking, you can’t go wrong with this book. Because seriously, is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t like Italian food?
8. Chess Bazaar Travel Chess Set
Chess is the most popular board game in the world. It’s a great hobby that helps the players improve their focus, teaches them to think strategically, and provides endless intellectual challenges. Plus, it’s fun! Does your friend enjoy solving problems? Then consider getting them a chess set. Just be warned that this game is addictive. In fact, there’s a popular quote about this, often attributed to Albert Einstein:
“Chess grips its exponent, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom and independence of even the strongest character cannot remain unaffected.”
So if your friend is the high-IQ type, they will probably appreciate the gift, even though it will put them at risk of going down the chess rabbit hole and never coming back. This Chess Bazaar travel chess set is an excellent choice for someone who wants to get into the game. It’s a beautiful piece of craftsmanship made from fine-grain Indian rosewood. It is magnetic, which means you can play on a train or a bus ride without worrying about losing pieces. It comes with a travel chess bag. By the way, if you want to take this to the next level, consider also giving your friend Bobby Ficher’s biography or “The Queen’s Gambit” novel together with the chess set. That will surely get them hooked!
9. “Tiny Habits” by BJ Fogg
BJ Fogg is the founder of the Behavioral Design Lab at Stanford University and the world’s leading expert on habit formation. In his book “Tiny Habits” he shares what he has learned through his research and through coaching over 40,000 people. We all have habits we want to break and habits we want to adopt. This makes “Tiny Habits” a great gift for pretty much everyone.
10. Amazon Gift Card
When you don’t know what to buy someone, there’s always one last resort: gift cards. And what gift card could be better than an Amazon gift card? Everyone has an Amazon wishlist nowadays. These gift cards start at $25 and go all the way up to $2,000. They are redeemable towards millions of items storewide. And they come in beautiful boxes so they look like “proper” gifts.
It’s best to give your friend a gift that is very specific to them.
For example, something that they have casually mentioned that time you met up at the pizza place.
However, sometimes you simply can’t remember anything that they have expressed an interest in.
In that case, you can’t go wrong with a present that:
- Will help them achieve their goal, whatever that goal may be. This can be a book, an online course, private lessons, etc.
- Will encourage them to pursue something they have always wanted to pursue. This can be a chess set, a watercolor paint set, a rock climbing gym membership, etc.
- Will improve their daily life in some way. This can mean alpaca wool hat and gloves, a nice set of kitchen knives, etc.
Good luck with finding that perfect gift!