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54 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Holiday Gifts Under $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 under $200 (yesterday we ran our under $50 guide) including a fancy humidifier, alpaca slippers, cactus-print Adidas, and more.

Status Prawns (above)

Carabinero Prawns
$100 for ten at Regalis Foods

These Spanish carabineros have an uni-like minerality and get individually frozen upon harvesting, to preserve flavor.

Fancy Humidifier

Middle Aromatherapy Humidifier
$150 at AHAlife

For radiator season: This designed-in-Japan humidifier diffuses essential oils.

This Year’s Big-Deal Documentary

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick DVD
$44 at PBS

Ken Burns’s ten-part, 18- hour Vietnam War retrospective.

In-the-Buff Bookmarks

Naked Wire People Bookmarks
$90 at Beklina

For the nudist bibliophile: wire page-savers from a little shop in La Selva Beach, California.

Sturdy Readers

Reading Glasses
$68 at Look Optic

From Oliver Peoples alums, Look Optic’s reading glasses come with home try-on and will outlast Duane Reade throwaways.

Roarin’ Tyler the Tiger

FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger
$84 at Jet

Toy Insider calls the newest member of the FurReal clan “ferociously fun.”

Cashmere Hoodie

The Cashmere Square Hoodie
$140 at Everlane

An ultrasoft Mongolian-cashmere layering staple from Everlane.

Robot BFF

Meccano-Erector M.A.X Robotic Interactive Toy with Artificial Intelligence
$69 at Amazon

A Wall-E look-alike with sensors and programmable AI technology.

An Attractive Casserole

Workaday Handmade Small Green Casserole
$60 at Garmentory

Grassy-green stoneware from Brooklyn studio Workaday Handmade.

Canine Gorpcore

Sherpa Dog Fleece Jacket
$65 at Fetch & Follow

Fleece for the dog with a Patagonia-pullover-loving owner.

Blizzard-Ready Gloves

Columbia x Opening Ceremony Whirlibird Interchange Ski Glove
$100 at Opening Ceremony

For its collaboration with outdoor line Columbia, Opening Ceremony reissued the classic nylon-and-fleece Whirlibird Interchange ski glove. (The fleece gloves are inside.)

Alice Neel Portraits

Alice Neel, Uptown
$55 at David Zwirner Books

In Alice Neel, Uptown, the artist’s pensive paintings of friends, neighbors, artists, and poets fill 144 pages, curated by The New Yorker’s Hilton Als.

British Nesting Dishes

Bake Set
$73 at Need Supply

Five baking dishes for roast chicken and little pies.

A Trio of Bud Vases

Skultuna x Tenfold Set of Three Engraved Bead Vases
$178 at The Line

A collaboration from New York–based Tenfold and Sweden-based Skultana.

Power Undies

$65 at The Academy New York

Because it’s been that kind of year.

Russian Skivvies

Gosha Rubchinskiy
$63 at Dover Street Market

From cult streetwear designer Gosha Rubchinskiy.

Made-to-Order Mood Ring

Mood Ring
$170 at Mondo Mondo

If it turns pink, you’re in “an ecstatic state of bliss.”

Silky Socks

Boudoir Silk Sock
$110 at Bottega Veneta

Striped silk-blend socks for a modest pop of color.

Red-Carpet Lips

Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007
$75 at Sephora

Pat McGrath’s LiquiLust 007 kit of three liquid lipsticks includes Slay-Omi, a Naomi Campbell–inspired cinnamon.

Alpaca Slippers

Ariana Bohling Suri Lilac Slipper
$148 at Accompany

Cruelty-free Peruvian alpaca, that is; designed by Ariana Bohling.

Better Than Tupperware

Kurikyu Magewappa Bento Box Oval
$190 at Nalata Nalata

A Japanese cherry-bark bento box that doubles as a jewelry case.

Their Own Brownstone

Brownstone Dollhouse
$160 at The Land of Nod

A dollhouse made with the Park Slope kid in mind.  

Millennial Menorah

Nosh Menorah by Modern Mensch
$200 at The Jewish Museum

In rose gold and inspired by a bagel; designed by Modern Mensch and Lead Off Studio.

Edison Upgrade

Tala Voronoi II Bulb
$155 at ABC Carpet & Home

Inspired by the Fibonacci sequence “seen in ferns,” to jazz up the indoors.

A Hex on Your Ex

Catland Books
$80 at Catland Books

With help from Bushwick’s favorite occult bookshop.

Beatbox Anklet

SoundMoovz Musical Bandz
$70 at Cra-Z-Art

Choose from SoundMoovz’s 400 sounds and program it with dance moves.

Cactus-Print Adidas

Adidas Originals Gazelle shoes
$60 at Mini Rodini

For the young succulent lover: Gazelles with a design by Swedish illustrator Mini Rodini.

Sparkle Top

Sequined Matte-Jersey Pullover
$195 at Michael Kors

Complete the look with matching sequin-covered track pants.

Sequined Track Pants
$175 at Michael Kors

Roy G. Biv Ashtray

Iridescent Crystal Ashtray
$75 at ABC Carpet & Home

This made-in-Berlin crystal ashtray has a reflective chromatic film coating, hence the rainbow array of color.

White-on-White Tims

Timberland Limited Release Ghost White men’s boots
$190 at Alumni

Limited-edition Ghost White boots in waterproof nubuck leather.

A Pillow That Keeps You Young

Beauty Bear™ Age Delay Pillow Memory Foam Edition
$79 at Nordstrom

The Beauty Bear’s bizarre shape keeps sleep lines at bay.

Manly Apron

Bond St. Bib Apron
$115 at Jones of Boerum Hill

Graduate from “Kiss the Chef” with this waxed-canvas number (that’s also available, but for $125, on Amazon).

A Cherry Tattoo

$100 at Greenpoint Tattoo Company

Because it’s sweet.

A Quilt for Your Head

Elsevvhere Edition 010
$149 at Elsevvhere

Elsevvhere made the Edition 010 cap from vintage American quilts.


Smallbirds Wool Runners
$55 at Allbirds

Shiny Beret

Lyong Beret
$184 at Rachel Comey

Lined in wool, designed by Rachel Comey.

One Last Dinner for Two at Noho Star

$80 at Noho Star

The terazzo-ed staple closes on December 31. Bid farewell with mei fun noodles.

Next Level Play-Doh

Complete Dough Universe Set
$135 at Technology Will Save Us

The Complete Doh Universe Kit gives kids tools to add music, LED lights, and movement to Play-Doh creations.

Eau de Virility

Imaginary Authors Bull’s Blood cologne
$95 at Amazon

Bull’s Blood cologne is inspired by Spain and made in Portland.

Baby’s First Driving Lesson

FAO Schwarz Ride on Roadster Car
$120 at Saks

The FAO Schwarz Ride On Roadster is a jump-start to a vintage-car collection.

Photos of Money

Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth
$51 at Amazon

Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth is a case study of the very, very rich.

Lambswool Scarf

Holzweiler Tableau large fringed plaid wool scarf
$165 at Net-a-Porter

Holzweiler studio took the colors from Edvard Munch’s The Sun.

Hippo Stapler

Agrafeuse hippopotame Klima
$52 at Brigitte Tanaka

Bridgitte Tanaka, a tiny cabinet of curiosities in Paris, sells a mix of Japanese and French trinkets, like this porcelain hippopotamus desk accessory.

Rope Tote

Large Circle Handbag
$156 at Closed Mondays

Inspired by ’70s-era basket bags. Custom colors on request.

Geode Jigsaw

Orbicular Geode Puzzle
$60 at Nervous System

Nervous System design studio uses algorithms to slice these agate puzzles into intricate, labyrinthine pieces.

Llama Cardigan

Tiny Cottons Llama Cardigan
$108 at Frances May

Barcelona shop Tiny Cottons makes exactly that.

Sartorial Travel Guide

Monte Carlo by Helmut Newton
$62 at Louis Vuitton

See Monaco through Helmut Newton’s lens.

Fire-Breathing Lessons

Fire Breathing Class
$100 at Floasis

At Bushwick fire-arts studio the Floasis. Winter lessons start in January.

Larry David Jewelry

Larry David Bracelet
$78 at Susan Alexandra

David fans had a good year: Curb returned, and his face is on a bracelet.

Starter Drone

Sky Viper Video Drone
$90 at Amazon

The Sky Viper Video Drone is the go-to model for capturing high-definition aerial footage.

Translucent Bird Feeder

Modern Acrylic Bird Feeder by Uczarczyk
$59 at Etsy

An acrylic aviary abod from Etsy shop Uczarczyk.

Vita-Mix for Weed

E-Shredder™ by Aux Tools
$200 at Aux Tools

So smokers can shred to their preferred consistency.

Dressing-Up Dress

Burberry Girls’ Ariadne Check Dress
$185 at Saks

A Burberry smock for the little lady-about-town.

Kitchen Supplies

Donation to Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
$62 at GlobalGiving

For Hurricane Harvey victims moving from shelters to homes.

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

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54 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Gifts Under $200