gift guide 2016

Everything—From $0 to Nutty—in Our 2016 Gift Issue

Over 200 gifts for every budget: from a tortoiseshell toothbrush to a stream in Georgia, with a gravity-defying tray (and a book of tweets, and a python skateboard, and a personal food truck, etc.) in between. Find them all ahead organized by price, from $0 to nutty.


A Book of Tweets
$0 at wikiHow

A Book of Tweets

Bind every tweet she’s ever sent, because the internet is a fickle place.

Essential Lipstick
$1 at e.l.f.

Bargain Red

A classic red lip — for only a dollar.

European Union Flag
$3 at Amazon

Pre-Brexit Flag

To commemorate a time before “Leave,” an EU flag with the inclusion of the U.K.

Novelty Coat Hanger
$6 at Typo by Cotton On

Party Hangers

For the host juggling lots of guests’ coats, consider these oversize-animal-head coat hangers.

Disney “Tsum Tsum” Figures
$13 at Amazon

Pooh Parade

It’s one thing to collect Disney Tsum Tsum characters; quite another to stack them in lots of crazy, fun displays.

Volcanic Ash Soap
$8 at Amazon

Icelandic Volcano Soap

Contains charcoal as well as volcanic sand, ash, and soil, said to absorb toxins and produce collagen.

Night Nurse
$9 at Boots

Night Nurse

The British version of Nyquil, called Night Nurse, is so much better, but you’ll have to get someone to bring it back for you.

Noodle Pin
$10 at Poketo

Noodle Pin

This playful accessory is straight out of BoJack Horseman.

Sigrid Calon Memory Game
$8 at Amazon

Speak, Memory

Sigrid Calon’s memory game: 52 paired cards in fluorescent, Risograph-print-inspired patterns.

Travel Spork
$13 at Amazon

Travel Spork

A lightweight titanium spork, available in great anodized colors, for the practical backpacker.

Beechwood Hedgehog Tabletop Brush
$19 at Amazon

Hedgehog Table Brush

An unusually shaped beechwood tabletop brush is a memorable hostess gift.

Cricket Bolognese
$10 at One Hop Kitchen

Cricket Bolognese

Futuristic vine-ripened tomato sauce loaded with ground insects. And of course, it’s gluten-free.

Juggling for Beginners
$10 at Q.E.D.

Juggling Lessons

A gift with a quick payoff: The fundamentals of the basic “cascade” pattern can be mastered in a half-hour.

Connétable Sardines - 2013 Vintage
$11 at Zingerman’s Mail Order

Vintage Sardines

Aficionados of aged canned fish — the flavors deepen over time — know that 2013 was a very good year for sardines

Salt-Preserved Meyer Lemon
$12 at INNA

A Jar of Lemons

For those not quite ready to batch their own salt-preserved Meyer lemons, this Inna version is the next best thing.

Cactus Soaps, set of four
$13 at Etsy

Succulent Soap

Cold-pressed cactus soaps — in scents like cherry blossom — for the guest bathroom.

Levoons Measuring Spoons
$15 at Amazon

Neo Measuring Spoons

Levoon handles squeeze together to scrape off excess ingredients and show portions as small as millimeters.

Standing Pen Circle from Areaware
$15 at YLiving

Handy Pens

These standing wooden ballpoint pens stay upright when not in use.

IncrediBuilds: Great White Sharks 3D Wood Model
$12 at Amazon

3-D Shark Model

No glue or tools required to assemble this great white, which comes with laser-cut wood sheets and crafting ideas.

$16 at Saxelby Cheese

Cheese of the Year

The most exciting cheese match-up of 2016: Cheesemakers Jasper Hill use Transmitter’s H1 Harvest Zinfandel beer to create its peachy, creamy, and smoky Transmitter Willoughby cheese.

Green Bell Nail Clipper
$15 at Amazon

Superior Nail Clipper

They may not get excited about seeing a nail clipper in their stocking, but just wait until they experience the satisfying heft and springiness of this Green Bell model, made in the city in Japan famed for producing samurai swords.

Rembrandt Extra-Fine Artists’ Oil Color 40 ml Tube - Cadmium Orange
$19 at Amazon

Alex Katz’s Orange

For the grown-up just learning to paint: Alex Katz uses this particular pigment of cadmium orange by Rembrandt’s Artists.

Clemmy Turtle
$11 at Amazon

Turtle Plus Blocks
An award-winning choice in the Baby Soft Toys competition, the Italian Clemmy Turtle holds 15 huggable blocks within its shell.

The Laundress X John Mayer Out West Duo
$19 at Spring

John Mayer Laundry Detergent

Yes, that John Mayer.

Natural Himalayan Hand Carved Salt Lamp
$19 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Salt Therapy

The healing treatment du jour: a lamp carved from Indian rosewood and 100  percent pure Himalayan salt.

Razorba Back Hair Shaver
$18 at Amazon

The End of Back Hair

The Razorba is a plastic wand that grips any disposable razor and shaves those hard-to-reach places.

SkyPaper Paper Plane Launcher
$20 at Toys “R” Us

Paper-Plane Launcher
The Sky Paper PPL-1 blasts paper planes up to a hundred feet and can stack three at a time for rapid-fire launch.

The Original Stretch Armstrong
$20 at Target

Stretch Armstrong
The original gel-filled action figure, whose legs, arms, and torso can be pulled to four times his size, is primed for a comeback thanks to a new Netflix series on him scheduled for 2017.

Pop Art Lace Shoe Charms
$20 at Top Man

Kids these days will love accessorizing their white Stan Smiths with a flash of Pop-art-inspired shoelace charms.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders
$21 at Amazon

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

The Atlas Obscura cele­brates over 700  of the world’s strangest sites, like Spain’s Baby Jumping festival.

Classic Subway T-Shirt - W Train
$21 at New York Transit Museum Store, Grand Central Terminal

Subway-Comeback Tee
Let them show their pride in the return of the W line.

Kid O Mix and Match Animals Toy
$22 at Amazon

Hybrid Animals
Animals don’t like labels either: Mix and match interchangeable parts to create, say, a giraffephant.

Bird Beak Scissors
$22 at Perch

Prettier Scissors

From a new brand launched in the name of more thoughtfully designed desktop goods, scissors that look like a bird.

Senquio Inflatable Lounger
$24 at Amazon

Inflatable Lounger

It works as patio furniture or an extra bed for guests.

Infant Boys Knit Coverall
$25 at Spring

Little Levi Jumpsuit
This infant one-piece looks like cool-kid denim, but is knit in soft cotton.

Taco Booties
$25 at UncommonGoods

Taco Booties
Dyed, spun, felted, and stitched by hand in Kyrgyzstan.

Fat Brad, the Cookbook
$25 at Long Prawn

Brad Pitt Has the Munchies

Brad Pitt eating scenes — the seafood bisque in Fight Club, etc. — reimagined in Fat Brad, the Cookbook.

Pewter Saltine Cracker
$27 at The Line

Keepsake Saltine

A pewter saltine cracker — just because — from artist Herbert Hoover, who casts his work in New York City.

Large Paper Costume
$28 at Perfectly Smitten

Paper Lion Costume
Because 3-year-olds love playing dress-up in thick recycled paper printed with nontoxic ink.

Plush Toy Llama
$28 at Etsy

Cuddly Llama
An incredibly plush fleece llama who, according to his Etsy creator NaBakir, “loves hugs.”

Self-Defense Claw
$29 at Tiger Lady

Pussy-Grabber Defense

Arm a woman you love with TigerLady retractable handheld claws that’ll also snag her assailant’s DNA.

Baby Mermaid Tail
$30 at UncommonGoods

Baby’s First Mermaid Tail
The mermaid blanket sweeping your social-media accounts is also available in kid form, thanks to the artisans who weave these cozy tails by hand.

Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
$32 at Astor Wine

Really Strong Rum

138-proof rum created by a supergroup of bartender luminaries, including David Wondrich and Martin Cate.

Girls’ Double Pom-Pom Beanie Hat in Pink
$32 at J.Crew

Baby Beanie
The wool-cashmere blend provides warmth; the pom-poms just look really cute.

Platform Bowl
$32 at Good Thing

OCD Fruit Bowl

Type A’s can display highly organized fruits with the Platform bowl, which stacks in up to four tiers.

$32 at Penn Friends

Socks Down Under
Designed by a painter now based in Brooklyn; sewn one sock at a time in her native New Zealand.

Cold Gear Long-Sleeve Top
$34 at Under Armour

Girl Gear
An Under Armour pullover with dual-layer heat-trapping interior is a guaranteed-to-be-worn gift for kids.

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen & Yayoi Kusama
$45 at Amazon

The Return of The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid paired with Yayoi Kusama’s haunting undula­ting line drawings.

$36 at Poketo

Art Hat
Fashion items with words on them are usually a risky gift — but not in this case.

Girls’ or Little Girls’ School Days II Sneakers
$38 at Nordstrom

Dressy Sneakers
A two-tone pair of little-girls’ Keds that can be dressed up with a cute skirt or down with jeans.

Color Puzzle
$40 at Domino

Swedish Puzzle

Designer Clara von Zweigbergk was inspired by a similar one she made from watercolored chipboard at age 8.

$40 at Table of Trash

The Periodic Table of Trash

It includes an array of New York City trash in categories such as Food, Hygiene, Municipal, and Vices.

Dinner Plate
$42 at Store, 144 Tenth Ave., nr. 19th St.; 212-242-4853

Dead-Celebrity Dinner Plates

For Prince and all the other stars gone too soon, a tribute in the form of vintage-style plates created by L.A. artist Angela Rossi.

Buly 1803 Crème Pogonotomienne Shaving Cream
$44 at Mr Porter

Vintage Shave Cream

The cream is infused with smoky-scented and naturally antibacterial hinoki wood and moisturizing sweet almond oil, but really it’s all about the packaging.

Blue J’amuse Socks
$45 at La Ligne

Delightful Socks
The quintessential little luxury of cashmere socks can actually be improved upon when you add cute winking eyes.

Coach Mini Wallet in Daisy Field Print Coated Canvas
$45 at Spring

1930s Wallet

Coach splashes on a floral inspired by a 1930s French paper sample.

Yodeling Lesson
$45 at The Unicorn NYC

Yodeling Lessons

At the Unicorn, Jess Labus teaches Swiss yodeling for beginners and experienced singers.

Beaded Flower and Vase
$45 at Love Adored

Beaded Flowers

An everlasting bouquet of vintage French daisies; Japanese brass vase sold separately.

Verre Rouge
$46 at Laurence Brabant & Alain Villechange

All-the-Way Wineglasses

For your Aunt Sue who prefers an extra-full wineglass, these borosilicate glasses with hollow stems are just the thing.

Maple Wine
$50 at Enlightenment Wines

Next-Level Wine

These newly released Enlightenment maple wines are fermented exclusively from raw maple syrup and well water and aged for over two years in a single Tuthilltown bourbon barrel.

Buly 1803 Oub Tortoiseshell Toothbrush
$50 at Mr Porter

Handsome Toothbrush

Like classic tortoiseshell sunglasses, for the man who prefers to look stylish even in the bathroom.

White Ash Edition
$50 at Canadio

Wooden Coffeemaker

Made of ash trees from Canadian forests, this new pour-over model may be the most minimalist coffeemaker yet.

Bosch GLM 20 Compact Laser Measure
$35 at Amazon

The handyperson in your life can forego clunky tape in favor of the newest Bosch laser measure GLM 20, which shoots a beam of up to 65 feet with the push of a button.


Hatchimals Toys
$60 at Target

The Must-Have Toy of the Season

Listen for your Hatchimal’s heartbeat; wait for it to break through its shell; then teach it to talk and play.

FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon
$75 at Amazon

Animatronic Dragon
Rub his tummy and Torch displays over 50 sounds and motions. He also breathes fire, a.k.a. red mist.

Assorted Paper Fans
$60 at EEBOO

13 Paper Fans
Each one makes a festive stocking stuffer.

Nintendo NES Classic
$60 at Amazon

Old-School Nintendo
One of the season’s biggest gifts; just plug into a TV or laptop, and you’ll be head-butting coins in no time.

Girls’ Tiered Glitter Tutu Skirt
$64 at Bloomingdale’s

Pre-Tween Tutu
An elastic-waisted tulle skirt from Kate Spade that is surprisingly machine-washable.

Airy Natural Air Purifier
$65 at Amazon

Air-Purifying Plant Pot
Airy, a Kickstarter-backed, German-made pot, ventilates a plant’s roots so it can clean the air eight times better than if it were in a standard terra-cotta.

Melbourne Journal
$65 at Lord & Taylor

Croc Notebook
From the croc-obsessed Boston-based line Brahmin. (For the notebook-obsessed, here’s another one we love.)

Bathtime Collection
$65 at Nordstrom

Superindulgent Bath Oils
Mothers-in-law love Jo Malone; this trio includes a bubble bath, shower oil, and bath oil.

Matchbox Stinky Vehicle
$47 at Amazon

Stinky the Garbage Truck
Sometimes Stinky’s all business (zooming, collecting trash), sometimes he’s up on his hind legs giving high-fives.

Peterboro Baskets
$68 at Amazon

Pie Basket

Made by 162-year-old New Hampshire company Peterboro; comes with a tray insert for holding two pies.

Leather + Wood Doorsteps
$68 at Hawkins New York

Portuguese Doorstop
Made from handmade furniture “off cuts” and accented with saddle leather.

Dazzle Multi-Stripe Socks
$70 at Bergdorf Goodman

Alexander McQueen Socks
For the fashion person who also loves Beetlejuice.

Lionel Mega Tracks
$44 at Amazon

Build-Your-Own Racetrack
Tracks are easily twistable, making for complex, looping courses.

Gaming Room in Lisbon
$74 at Airbnb

Two Nights in a Nintendo Game
A guy totally transformed his Central Lisbon flat into a Nintendo fan’s paradise.

Greca Key Slippers
$75 at Versace

Versace Slippers
Some opulent (but not insanely expensive) padding-around-the-house shoes.

Converse Chuck II Waterproof Shield Canvas Boot
$75 at Nike

Waterproof Chucks
Made of water-repellent canvas and featuring a comfortable, thick Nike-made insole.

Black Studded Shark Hoodie
$75 at Macy’s

Shark Shirt
A Hudson NYC sweatshirt for a teen boy with lots of pent-up hormonal rage.

Jennifer Aniston Life Size Cutout
$78 at Amazon

Realistic Jen Aniston
For the 22-year-old who’s binge-watching Friends for the first time: a life-size cardboard cutout of the actress.

Crossbody Saddle Bag
$79 at Kenneth Cole

Bright-Red Saddle Bag
It feels very “12 little girls in two straight lines,” but in an elegant way.

Daydream View
$79 at Google Store

The VR Headset to Get
You’ll need a Pixel phone to run Google’s Daydream View, but thanks to its built-in controller and comfortable design, this is one VR headset you won’t be itching to rip off after 15 minutes.

Crosley CR8016A-GY
$35 at Amazon

To-Go Turntable
A portable Crosley record player. There’s even a headphone jack — for listening to EPs on the Metro-North. (For more recommendations on record players and turntables click here.)

The Paris Wine Club
$80 at Paris Wine Company

Three Cult French Wines a Month

Josh Adler scouts up-and-coming wines from French producers, three bottles of which show up a month.

Piano Lessons for Adults - 1 Hour
$80 at Baker Piano Studio

Adult Piano Lessons
Jonathan Baker has been teaching adults to tickle the ivories in his UWS home since 1980.

Gosha Rubchinskiy Eau de Toilette
$88 at Dover Street Market

Eau de Fuccboi
Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy’s scent smells like “skateboarding on a summer day.”

$89 at Etsy

Fridge-Art Doll
A Shark Tank–birthed start-up that’ll turn your kid’s drawing of a head with seven arms into a stuffed doll.

The Powder
$95 at Neiman Marcus

Fancy Face Dust
La Mer’s first foray into makeup includes this finishing powder infused with “Miracle Broth.”

Access Crosby Activity Tracker
$95 at Michael Kors

Handsome Tracker
This Michael Kors wearable tracks steps and sleep.

Manhattan Toy Mio Doll House
$97 at Amazon

Modular Dollhouse
Mini-architects can create whatever kind of dwelling they have in mind — a two-story townhouse or a Venice Beach bungalow — with the 41-block Manhattan Toy Mio Doll House set.

Taffy Tissue
$99 at Andrew Neyer

Tissue Beautifier
Insert two Kleenex boxes into this Andrew Neyer–designed holder, and it’s suddenly an old-timey candy bit.

Ruffled Stretch Cotton Tunic
$100 at Lord & Taylor

Ruffly Blouse
Look like a boy in a Van Dyck painting with this Ralph Lauren tunic.

RE-vibe Wristband
$100 at Amazon

Anti-Distraction Watch
The RE-vibe buzzes the wearer to remind her to stop refreshing her Twitter feed.

100 Oysters
$100 at Walrus and Carpenter Oysters

100 Rhode Island Oysters

The Ninigret-based oyster farmers behind Walrus and Carpenter launched a CSA a few years ago. Pickups are at Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg and at co-owner Jules’s mother’s roof deck in Noho.

Butchering With April Bloomfield
$100 at White Gold Butchers

Butchering With April Bloomfield
Learn how to make sausage or hack a chicken at the chef’s new butcher shop, White Gold.

Potter Apron
$105 at Amazon

Hedley & Bennett Potter’s Apron
So that friend who took up ceramics can throw at the wheel without getting clay all over her culottes.

CBD Chocolates Trio (3 jars)
$107 at Sakara

Just-a-Little-Bit-of-Pot Chocolate

Raw dark chocolate made with a dash of cannabidiol oil that’s totally legal.

Olfactory Alarm Clock
$109 at Sensorwake

Olfactory Alarm Clock
Choose from seven scents to wake up to, including espresso, croissant, seaside, and toast.

Caipirinha Glass Pitcher
$112 at Luisa Via Roma

Caipirinha Pitcher

From handblown-glass design house Ichendorf Milano. 

Heirloom Watermelon Brandy
$115 at Mouth

Heirloom Watermelon Brandy

Made from melons grown near the Charleston, South Carolina–based High Wire distillery.

Metrograph Bundle
$120 at Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St.

Metrograph Bundle
Ten tickets (on heavy card stock) good for revivals and new releases at LES movie theater Metrograph.

Vivere Double Hammock
$83 at Amazon

Stripy Hammock
For someone who recently came into a backyard; the Vivere hammock is made of particularly soft cotton.

Blue Hill Steel
$125 at Blue Hill Market

A Knife From Blue Hill

The same steak knife used in the restaurant’s dining room, made from salvaged farm equipment.

Lux Blox
$100 at Amazon

Next-Level Legos
Lux Blox can be connected via a snap-and-lock hinge, allowing for bendable structures.

Anne-Claire Petit Crocheted Record Player
$140 at Perfectly Smitten

Stuffed Turntable
The crocheted record is removable, and there’s a hand-crankable music box that plays Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.