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)

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

Handsomest Bathrobe

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

The Bentley of Hair Dryers

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

Aviator Watch

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

Local Whiskey

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

Collector’s Cactus

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

Piggy Party

Three piglets, one hour, your apartment.

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

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

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

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

Old-World Wig

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

Versatile Gamer

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

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

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

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

Unkillable Geraniums

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

Indigo Kantha Quilt

“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

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

Grande Dame Earrings

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

Baby’s Big Night Out Coat

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

A Night Under the Swiss Stars

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

Inflatable Sailboat

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

Snail Facial

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

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

Packable Puffer

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

Stockholm Side Table

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

Designer Juicer

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

Light-Up Palm Tree

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

Light-Up Banana

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

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

The Bucket Bag

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

A Night at a Tiny Bar

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

Bread Bible

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


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

Retro Roller Skates

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

Crazy Crazy Straw

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

In-Between Rolex

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

Floating Tent

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

Starchitect Speakers

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

Artist Lounger

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

Next-Level GoPro

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

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

125 Meals for Puerto Rico

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