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YM Gift Guide 2014: Gifts Under $100

 For me, the hardest people to do holiday shopping for are typically those who receive gifts that are on the smaller side.  People like our boys' teachers, or school staff, babysitters, housekeepers, music teachers, and those who work our building.  I was texting with a friend yesterday, and she said it best, "how many Starbucks cards does one really need?" ( I think wine or candles could easily be inserted here as well.)  Of course, there is a reason we all tend to gravitate to the same gifts, partly because of ease, but also because they are inoffensive, and you know the receiver will like and use the gift.  Most people enjoy coffee, wine, and great smelling candles.  Heck, if it were up to me, they would probably be one of the three food groups!  However, what these gifts gain in usability, they lack in personality, and I've found that when you are giving something small, making it personal goes a long way.  

With that sentiment in mind, below you will find my first gift guide of the season.  Most of these are under $50 and I hope they help you find gifts for those on you list who may not receive the biggest presents you give this year, but who make the most impact on your day to day life.


I love this marble rolling pin ($18) for those who love to bake. Even better when paired with this Momofuku Milk Bar Cookie Mix ($17) On it's own the pin would make a great hostess gift as well!


Who doesn't love a great thermos ($30) and you could definitely gift this with some great whiskey ($25) or gourmet hot chocolate and marshmallows ($35.) 


These adorable watering cans ($60) are pretty much the cutest thing ever (I love the gold) and I would definitely gift this to the boys' teachers with a nice plant. You could use this special way to personalize it like we did at the end of last year. 


This is the gift that I'm giving pretty much everyone this year, (spoiler alert) beautiful personalized stationary that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. (from $35 for 15)


I love these little leather pouches ($60-80) that can be monogrammed with two or three initials. So chic, and so useful! 


I think this doormat is pretty great. Perfect for a neighbor, or new homeowner! ($50)


A great little desk lamp ($60) perfect for those babysitters living in a dorm or new apartment. Paired with a cute new book that helps you be more Parisian wherever you are makes a Tres Chic gift anyone will love. 


This would be a sweet gift to go along with those Starbucks gift cards ($60) because, well... coffee.

If you are in a time pinch, or these ideas are't really what you are looking for, I often will gift a few bottles of nail polish, along with a gift certificate for a manicure/pedicure for somewhere near the receiver's home or school, or a massage or facial at a local spa.  A little indulgence always goes a long way during the holiday season!

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