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, Gucci

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

Handsomest Bathrobe

$306, 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, Dermstore

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

Aviator Watch

Chronoliner B04
$9,450, 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 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, 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, Amazon

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

Unkillable Geraniums

Geranium Plant
$325, 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, 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, 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, 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, Marc Jacobs

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

A Night Under the Swiss Stars

Single Room
$298, 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, Tiwal

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

Snail Facial

EscarGlow™ Facial
$375, 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 Lite Brite

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

Packable Puffer

$368, 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, Hem

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

Designer Juicer

Juicer by Elinor Portnoy
$450, The Future Perfect

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

Light-Up Palm Tree

Sunset Lamp
$3,200, Ohad Meromi

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

Light-Up Banana

Banana Lamps by Seletti
$345, 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, 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, Barneys

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

A Night at a Tiny Bar

$240, 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
$558, 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, Pleasant Hill Grain

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

Retro Roller Skates

Veja x Flaneurz
$560, 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, Tiffany & Co.

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

In-Between Rolex

Rolex Datejust
$8,550, Rolex

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

Floating Tent

Shoal Tent
$1,499, SmithFly

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

Starchitect Speakers

MA770 Wireless Speaker
$1,800, Mr Porter

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

Artist Lounger

Artist Lounger
$1,200, Like Minded Objects

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

Next-Level GoPro

$499, 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, Krab

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

125 Meals for Puerto Rico

$250, 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