Quality gear doesn’t have to be expensive. These ten products make great gifts and all cost less than a Benjamin.
Wiley X Valor Sunglasses ($75)
These sunnies are ballistic rated, meaning the frames and lenses have to withstand the impact of a .25mm diameter steel ball fired at 150 feet-per-second (so they can take a tree branch or faceplant no problem).
Osprey Daylite Backpack ($50)
This daypack has the organization and comfort you need, including 13 liters of storage space and a dedicated hydration bladder holder, for a day of hiking your local trails or the cobbled streets of Amsterdam.
Revtown Sharp Denim Jeans ($75)
It's hard to find a good pair of jeans under $100 these days and the Sharps’s have impressed us both in price and quality. They're comfortable, with a touch of stretch, and the slim fit looks, well, sharp. We recommend using the digital tailor tool, which sized us perfectly.
Whistle Dog Tracker ($60)
Instant Pot ($81)
The Instant Pot combines seven kitchen appliances in one, including a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, and a steamer, and makes food up to 70 percent faster than traditional pots and pans, which is great for those with busy lifestyles. Check out some of our favorite Instant Pot recipes here.
Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip ($99)
This soft quarter-zip fleece pullover features a handsome sweater-knit face and warm fleece interior. It’s like a sweater—only better.
Sunski Novaro Sunglasses ($58)
Polarized lenses decrease eye strain by reducing visible glare from water, snow, sand, and pavement, but they’re usually expensive. Not the Novaro, which also feature lightweight, flexible, and durable frames made from polycarbonate plastic.
OttoLock V2 Bike Lock ($55)
Sea to Summit 65L Duffel ($97)
The winner of our superextensive duffel-bag review. Of the 21 duffels tested, reviewers said the Sea to Summit was “the easiest to pack, absorbed zero water in the rainstorm, showed nearly no wear during the drag test, and was the most comfortable to carry.”
Nomad Wireless Charging Hub ($70)
This hub charges up to five devices at once and hides five USB ports on its underside. Nomad gets bonus points for the sleek, minimal design.
American Giant Classic Sweatpants ($88)
Fleece-lined and just the right amount of weight, American Giant’s new version of its classic sweatpants feel like a comfy cotton sweatshirt for your legs—perfect for lounging.
Allbirds Wool Runners Shoes ($95)
These are the only shoes we’ve tested that don’t smell after a day of wear sans socks. The secret is the fully wool upper, which is naturally antimicrobial. A high-density foam sole makes them super comfy.