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)
$100 for ten
at Regalis Foods
These Spanish carabineros have an uni-like minerality and get individually frozen upon harvesting, to preserve flavor.
Middle Aromatherapy Humidifier
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
Ken Burns’s ten-part, 18- hour Vietnam War retrospective.
Naked Wire People Bookmarks
For the nudist bibliophile: wire page-savers from a little shop in La Selva Beach, California.
at Look Optic
Roarin’ Tyler the Tiger
FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger
The Cashmere Square Hoodie
An ultrasoft Mongolian-cashmere layering staple from Everlane.
Meccano-Erector M.A.X Robotic Interactive Toy with Artificial Intelligence
A Wall-E look-alike with sensors and programmable AI technology.
An Attractive Casserole
Workaday Handmade Small Green Casserole
Grassy-green stoneware from Brooklyn studio Workaday Handmade.
Sherpa Dog Fleece Jacket
at Fetch & Follow
Columbia x Opening Ceremony Whirlibird Interchange Ski Glove
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
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
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
at The Line
A collaboration from New York–based Tenfold and Sweden-based Skultana.
at The Academy New York
Because it’s been that kind of year.
at Dover Street Market
From cult streetwear designer Gosha Rubchinskiy.
Made-to-Order Mood Ring
at Mondo Mondo
If it turns pink, you’re in “an ecstatic state of bliss.”
Boudoir Silk Sock
at Bottega Veneta
Striped silk-blend socks for a modest pop of color.
Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007
Pat McGrath’s LiquiLust 007 kit of three liquid lipsticks includes Slay-Omi, a Naomi Campbell–inspired cinnamon.
Ariana Bohling Suri Lilac Slipper
Cruelty-free Peruvian alpaca, that is; designed by Ariana Bohling.
Better Than Tupperware
Kurikyu Magewappa Bento Box Oval
at Nalata Nalata
A Japanese cherry-bark bento box that doubles as a jewelry case.
Their Own Brownstone
at The Land of Nod
A dollhouse made with the Park Slope kid in mind.
Nosh Menorah by Modern Mensch
at The Jewish Museum
In rose gold and inspired by a bagel; designed by Modern Mensch and Lead Off Studio.
Tala Voronoi II Bulb
at ABC Carpet & Home
Inspired by the Fibonacci sequence “seen in ferns,” to jazz up the indoors.
A Hex on Your Ex
at Catland Books
With help from Bushwick’s favorite occult bookshop.
SoundMoovz Musical Bandz
Choose from SoundMoovz’s 400 sounds and program it with dance moves.
Adidas Originals Gazelle shoes
at Mini Rodini
For the young succulent lover: Gazelles with a design by Swedish illustrator Mini Rodini.
Sequined Matte-Jersey Pullover
at Michael Kors
Complete the look with matching sequin-covered track pants.
Sequined Track Pants
at Michael Kors
Roy G. Biv Ashtray
Iridescent Crystal Ashtray
at ABC Carpet & Home
This made-in-Berlin crystal ashtray has a reflective chromatic film coating, hence the rainbow array of color.
Timberland Limited Release Ghost White men’s boots
Limited-edition Ghost White boots in waterproof nubuck leather.
A Pillow That Keeps You Young
Beauty Bear™ Age Delay Pillow Memory Foam Edition
The Beauty Bear’s bizarre shape keeps sleep lines at bay.
Bond St. Bib Apron
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
at Greenpoint Tattoo Company
A Quilt for Your Head
Elsevvhere Edition 010
Elsevvhere made the Edition 010 cap from vintage American quilts.
Smallbirds Wool Runners
at Rachel Comey
Lined in wool, designed by Rachel Comey.
One Last Dinner for Two 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
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
Bull’s Blood cologne is inspired by Spain and made in Portland.
Baby’s First Driving Lesson
FAO Schwarz Ride on Roadster Car
The FAO Schwarz Ride On Roadster is a jump-start to a vintage-car collection.
Photos of Money
Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth
Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth is a case study of the very, very rich.
Holzweiler Tableau large fringed plaid wool scarf
Holzweiler studio took the colors from Edvard Munch’s The Sun.
Agrafeuse hippopotame Klima
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.
Large Circle Handbag
at Closed Mondays
Inspired by ’70s-era basket bags. Custom colors on request.
Orbicular Geode Puzzle
at Nervous System
Nervous System design studio uses algorithms to slice these agate puzzles into intricate, labyrinthine pieces.
Tiny Cottons Llama Cardigan
at Frances May
Barcelona shop Tiny Cottons makes exactly that.
Sartorial Travel Guide
Monte Carlo by Helmut Newton
at Louis Vuitton
See Monaco through Helmut Newton’s lens.
Fire Breathing Class
At Bushwick fire-arts studio the Floasis. Winter lessons start in January.
Larry David Jewelry
Larry David Bracelet
at Susan Alexandra
David fans had a good year: Curb returned, and his face is on a bracelet.
Sky Viper Video Drone
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
An acrylic aviary abod from Etsy shop Uczarczyk.
Vita-Mix for Weed
E-Shredder™ by Aux Tools
at Aux Tools
So smokers can shred to their preferred consistency.
Burberry Girls’ Ariadne Check Dress
A Burberry smock for the little lady-about-town.
Donation to Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
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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