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100 gifts for under $100

November 22, 2012|By Jenn Harris, Dianne de Guzman, Jason La, Lora Victorio and Alice Short

There's art to the gift of giving. Some folks have mastered it; others not so much. It starts with a good eye and an understanding of your own budget. Worried that you might not have what it takes? Not to fret, we're making things easy this season. From reliable stocking stuffers to hard-to-find items, we've got gifts for everyone on your list. Here are more than 100 gift ideas for under $100.

$5 and under

Charles and Ray Eames top

This wooden top bears a design from Southern California designers Charles and Ray Eames' 1961 exhibit, "Mathematica: A World of Numbers ... & Beyond," on display at the New York Hall of Sciences in Queens. The top is made from solid walnut and measures 1.5 inches.

Price: $3.50

Where to find: LACMA Museum Store, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles,

http://www.thelacmastore.org/products/charles-ray-eames-mathematica-top

—JL

Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit

If you missed the flyover or parade through Los Angeles, see the shuttle at the California Science Shuttle. The exhibit, which opened Oct. 30, is accompanied by a companion show, "Endeavour: The California Story," which includes displays and artifacts.

Price: $2 service charge per ticket; admission to the California Science Center is free

Where to find: California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles; reserve tickets online at

http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/Exhibits/AirAndSpace/endeavour/endeavour.php

—JL

Beanie Baby

These inexpensive stuffed animals were wildly popular in the '90s, causing buyers to line up outside of toy stores as they awaited shipments. Interest eventually declined, and the company announced it would stop producing them in 1999. That "shut down" lasted a few months; the company resumed production in early 2000. Little kids (among others) still love them.

Price: About $4.99 each

Where to find: http://world.ty.com/catalog/catPage.cfm?status=Current&lineid=3

—JL

Duncan yo-yo

Yo-yos have been around for centuries, and Duncan Toys Company has been making them for more than 80 years. How can you go wrong?

Price: $3.49 to $4.99 for Classic series yo-yos

Where to find: https://www.yo-yo.com/index.php/site/categories/yo-yos/classic

—JL

Spotify Unlimited

Listen to Spotify, a music streaming service, without ads or time limits. Its catalog includes millions of songs.

Price: $4.99 per month

http://www.spotify.com/us/get-spotify/unlimited/

—JL

Artistic notepad

These small notepads, measuring 3 by 4 inches, are decorated with works and scenes from the Getty Museum.

Price: $5

Where to find: Getty Center Store, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, http://shop.getty.edu/collections/getty-exclusives?page=2

—JL

Emergency clown nose

This foam clown nose was created by professional clowns, so no need to worry about your loved ones making a fool of themselves when they put it on. (Seriously, it was designed by professionals!) One size fits all.

Price: $5

Where to find: UncommonGoods, http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/emergency-clown-nose

—JL

Straw broom

They're colorful, cheap, extremely practical, and widely available in Chinatown shops and some Asian supermarkets.

Price: About $2, depending on location

Where to find: Los Angeles Chinatown; for location of home stores: http://www.chinatownla.com/businesses.php?c=1&categoryId=27

—JL

"Cleopatra: The Exhibition"

This exhibition, which ends Dec. 31, contains the largest collection of Cleopatra-period artifacts from Egypt ever assembled in the U.S.

Price: $2 service charge per ticket; admission to the California Science Center is free

Where to find: California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles; reserve tickets online at

http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/Exhibits/SpecialExhibits/Cleopatra/Cleopatra.php

—JL

TAP Card

It's time to give your family and friends the gift of public transportation. The Expo Line connecting downtown Los Angeles to Culver City debuted this year, and more extensions are scheduled for the next few years.

Price: $1 for the card and $1.50 for each ride

Where to find: Purchase at any Metro station, http://www.metro.net/

—JL

Green Vets LA cloth shopping bag

Several Southland cities including Santa Monica, Pasadena and West Hollywood have already adopted bans on single-use plastic bags at checkout lines, and Los Angeles' ban will be phased in next year. Stock up on reusable grocery bags. The charity Green Vets LA offers bags made by veterans from scrap material.

Price: $5 ($15 for a 3-pack)

Where to find: Green Vets LA; http://greenvetsla.com/greenvetsla/store/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=63

—JL

Soft drinks from Galco's

This Highland Park grocery store sells more than 500 varieties of soft drinks, so picking a few for even your most particular friends shouldn't be hard.

Price: About $2 each

Where to find: Galco's Old World Grocery, 5702 York Blvd., Los Angeles, http://www.galcos.com/

—JL

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