holiday gifts 2017

43 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Holiday Gifts Over $200

In all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday hysteria, you may have gotten a good deal on a flat-screen TV. But what about those gifts that elicit a truly delighted wow? Here, dozens of surprising, kooky, beautiful, and useful gifts, priced over $200 (we ran our under $50 and under $200 guides earlier this week) including an inflatable sailboat, a designer juicer, and the Bentley of hair dryers, and more.

Fashion Chair (above)

Chiavari chair with embroidered tiger
$2,600 at Gucci

Part of Alessandro Michele’s inaugural furniture line for Gucci; featuring a needlepoint tiger head.

Handsomest Bathrobe

$306 at Brigitte Tanaka

There is something just so pleasing about this bathrobe’s color combination.

The Bentley of Hair Dryers

Harry Josh Ultra Light Pro Dryer
$349 at Dermstore

New from Harry Josh, it’s quiet, under a pound, and dries hair at 94 mph.

Aviator Watch

Chronoliner B04
$9,450 at Breitling

A take on a flight captain’s watch that tracks three time zones.

Local Whiskey

Half-Bottle of Nahmias Legs Diamond Rye Whiskey, Case of 6
$240 a case at Astor Wines, 399 Lafayette St.

This New York whiskey tastes like someone spilled bourbon on a slice of gingerbread.

Collector’s Cactus

Pachypodium horombense
$275 at Cactaceae Storeiencius

Specifically, a flowering succulent shrublet from Madagascar by way of L.A.’s trendiest cactus shop.

Piggy Party

Piggy Party
$300 per hour at NY Teacup Piggies

Three piglets, one hour, your apartment.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s ‘The Floating Piers’

Christo and Jeanne-Claude by ‘The Floating Piers’
$1,000 at Taschen

This massive book tells the story of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 2016 feat; each of the 840 signed copies comes with a 24-cm. swatch of the Piers’ original dahlia-yellow fabric.

The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
$370 at Lego

A cult Lego set that was discontinued in 2010 and was selling on eBay for thousands of dollars is back — all 5,923 pieces of it, one brick more than the original.

’60s Clock

Aurora Clock
$699 at MoMA Design Store

The Aurora clock was recently reissued by MoMA with an LED light that no longer melts the colored lens.

Old-World Wig

Custom wig
$3,850 at Nicholas Piazza, 212-838-6190

It takes Nicholas Piazza, one of the city’s last traditional wig-makers, 40 hours to craft each piece.

Versatile Gamer

The Nintendo Switch
$299 at Amazon

The Nintendo Switch is a perfect subway companion that jumps onto the TV at the end of the day.

Note: This is temporarily out of stock. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Brita Alternative

Painted Walter
$395 at Walter

This handmade porcelain water filter’s claim to fame is that it’s front and center at the Lower East Side Dimes Market.

Smart Skillet

Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System
$500 at Amazon

The Hestan Cue — a pan-and-burner combo — connects to a temperature-controlling app so you’ll never overcook a scallop again.

Kindle for the Bath

Kindle Oasis E-reader
$250 at Amazon

The screen’s so sharp it is indistinguishable from the printed page, and now it’s finally waterproof.

Unkillable Geraniums

Geranium Plant
$325 at The Green Vase

Amy Sedaris tipped us off to Livia Cetti’s paper plants, each one handmade at her studio in Riverdale.

Indigo Kantha Quilt

Acadia Kantha
$250 at Block Shop

“Inspired by the good sleeping to be found on the coast of Maine,” designed by L.A.’s Block Shop, hand-stitched by women in Rajasthan.

Concrete Chess

Concrete Cat Chess Set
$950 at Coming Soon

For the player who also has a subscription to Apartamento; designed by Alberta-based Concrete Cat.

Grande Dame Earrings

Divas’ Dream Earrings
$15,400 at Bulgari, 730 Fifth Ave.

Bulgari drop earrings of pink gold, rubellite, and diamond, designed to resemble a peacock’s visage.

Baby’s Big Night Out Coat

Faux Fur Hooded Coat
$300 at Marc Jacobs

A faux-fur polka-dot number from Marc Jacobs kids’ line.

A Night Under the Swiss Stars

Single Room
$298 at Null Stern Hotel

Null Stern’s “single-room” hotel–slash–performance-art piece invites guests to sleep alfresco in the middle of the Alps.

Inflatable Sailboat

Tiwal Inflatable Sailing Dinghy
$5,200 at Tiwal

It weighs 111 pounds and can apparently be assembled in 20 minutes.

Snail Facial

EscarGlow™ Facial
$375 at Dr. Matthew Schulman MD

Dr. Matthew Schulman’s anti-aging EscarGlow procedure involves microneedling along with the application of snail goo. No snails are harmed during this process.

Custom Neon

Custom Neon Work
From $1,000 at Lite Brite

Gowanus’s Lite Brite will work with you on something more interesting than a knockoff Tracey Emin.

Packable Puffer

$368 at Eight Senses

This super-warm winter jacket from the Eight Senses can be quickly collapsed into a little bag.

Stockholm Side Table

Hide Side Table by Karoline Fesser
$229 at Hem

Display your objects or keep them hidden; from Swedish furniture start-up Hem.

Designer Juicer

Juicer by Elinor Portnoy
$450 at The Future Perfect

That’s also a work of art. Designed by London-based Elinor Portnoy.

Light-Up Palm Tree

Sunset Lamp
$3,200 at Ohad Meromi

A Baltic-birch-and-concrete tropical floor lamp from Brooklyn artist Ohad Meromi.

Light-Up Banana

Banana Lamps by Seletti
$345 at BEAM

Studio Job debuted its famous banana lamps in 2015 at a gallery show in Belgium, and this year Seletti reproduced them for the masses.

An Organized Closet

The Fitz Foundation Appointment
$400 at Fitz

New start-up Fitz will send over two stylists to “Fitzify” (i.e., totally reorganize) your closet, then resell your junk.

The Bucket Bag

Céline Big Bag Bucket
$1,950 at Barneys

This year’s Céline carryall is made of supple white calfskin.

A Night at a Tiny Bar

$240 at Threesome Tollbooth

A new speakeasy big enough for just you, a date, and a bartender, somewhere in East Williamsburg. Reservations definitely required.

Bread Bible

Modernist Bread
$559 at Amazon

One of the most-well-researched cookbook sets of all time comes in five volumes and includes recipes for parathas, crackers, and dosas.


Ankarsrum Stand Mixer
$650 at Pleasant Hill Grain

A Swedish dough mixer known for its “tremendous torque.”

Retro Roller Skates

Veja x Flaneurz
$560 at Veja

When you’re ready to leave the roller disco, these Veja sneakers pop off their wheels.

Crazy Crazy Straw

Gold Vermeil Crazy Straw
$350 at Tiffany & Co.

These are available in gold vermeil as well as a more understated sterling silver.

In-Between Rolex

Rolex Datejust
$8,550 at Rolex

A silver-and-gold version of the classic, so you don’t have to choose.

Floating Tent

Shoal Tent
$1,499 at SmithFly

For slumber parties on the lake. An anchor (not included) is strongly recommended.

Starchitect Speakers

MA770 Wireless Speaker
$1,800 at Mr Porter

Thirty-five-pound wireless speakers made of concrete, designed by Sir David Adjaye for Master & Dynamic.

Artist Lounger

Artist Lounger
$1,200 at Like Minded Objects

Likeminded Objects commissioned 20 artists to design canvas chairs. This fuzzy one is by Sarah Zapata.

Next-Level GoPro

$498 at Rylo

It’s called the Rylo, it shoots high-quality 360-degree video, and it allows the less-than-tech-savvy to easily edit footage on a smartphone.

The Neutra of Cat Houses

$220 at Krab

A plywood “Nest” for a cat to cozy up inside that’s also a handsome side table.

125 Meals for Puerto Rico

$250 at World Central Kitchen

Chef José Andrés has so far served 2.2 million freshly cooked meals in Puerto Rico and will continue through Christmas.

*This article appears in the November 27, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.

43 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Holiday Gifts Over $200