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100 Awesome gifts under $100

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Find the perfect gift for your hard-to-shop-for pal for less than $100

Some people are impossible to shop for. Everything you know they'd love is just so expensive. Relax. We have 100 gift ideas they'll truly love for less than $100.

Gifts for your geek

1. Han Solo in Carbonite rug

Find the perfect gift for your hard-to-shop-for pal for less than $100

Your fave nerd girl or guy will worship the ground you walk on (literally) when he or she rips into this Han Solo in carbonite rug. (ThinkGeek, $50-$70)

2. Solio sun-powered charger

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When you're a technophile, nothing sucks more than losing charge halfway through your day in the sun (yes, some of us do spend time in the sun — not me, I've just heard). This solar-powered iPhone and Android phone charger will come to the rescue using your existing USB charger. (Photojojo, $70)

3. Star Wars-themed vehicle sun reflector

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Just because you can't afford to buy your friend a spot on the Virgin civilian space shuttle doesn't mean you can't make sure she's traveling in interstellar style. This Star Wars-themed sun reflector makes it appear that your vehicle is transporting everyone's favorite rag-tag bunch of rebels. (Amazon, $11)

4. Mario Bros. question block lamp

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Give your gamer the ability to power up IRL with this Mario Bros.-themed lamp that lights up when you tap (or lightly punch) the bottom. Get it alone for the ceiling or with a stand. (8-Bit Lit, $59-$79)

5. Hand-painted nerd-themed bras

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These artfully hand-painted nerd-themed bras are a fun way for a fangirl to keep her favorite obsessions close to her heart. (Etsy, starts at $30)

6. Tetris Link

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This fun game combines the strategies of Tetris and Connect Four for a fun way to pass the time on a rainy day or while waiting in line at the Apple Store. (Amazon, $25)

7. Harry Potter wearable blanket

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Let your favorite muggle snuggle up with this Harry Potter school robe wearable blanket. (Amazon, $19)

8. Touch screen texting gloves

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I have no idea how these bad boys are only $2 (just ordered a pair for myself). It doesn't matter, though — to your gadget junkie, these touch screen texting gloves, which work using specially designed conductive materials on the fingertips, will be priceless. (Amazon, $2)

9. Pixel hand mouse

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Ah, the good ol' days. Your computer-conscious friends will likely disagree when it comes to Wi-Fi capabilities and syncing smartphones, but that doesn't mean they won't love navigating their way around a modern computer with this mouse that looks like the old pixelated pointer on computers of yore. (Amazon, $20) 

10. Firefly Kaylee-inspired messenger bag
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Do you know someone who needs a place to stash a spare shop rag when she isn't repairing the hardest-working vehicle in the 'verse? Even if she just needs to stash her lipstick and a tampon or two, she'll adore this messenger bag inspired by every geek's favorite adorable grease monkey. (ThinkGeek, $20)

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