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)

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

Fancy Humidifier

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

This Year’s Big-Deal Documentary

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

In-the-Buff Bookmarks

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

Sturdy Readers

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

Roarin’ Tyler the Tiger

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

Cashmere Hoodie

An ultrasoft Mongolian-cashmere layering staple from Everlane.

Robot BFF

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

An Attractive Casserole

Grassy-green stoneware from Brooklyn studio Workaday Handmade.

Canine Gorpcore

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

Blizzard-Ready Gloves

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

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

Five baking dishes for roast chicken and little pies.

A Trio of Bud Vases

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

Power Undies

Because it’s been that kind of year.

Russian Skivvies

From cult streetwear designer Gosha Rubchinskiy.

Made-to-Order Mood Ring

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

Silky Socks

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

Red-Carpet Lips

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

Alpaca Slippers

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

Better Than Tupperware

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

Their Own Brownstone

A dollhouse made with the Park Slope kid in mind.  

Millennial Menorah

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

Edison Upgrade

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

A Hex on Your Ex

With help from Bushwick’s favorite occult bookshop.

Beatbox Anklet

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

Cactus-Print Adidas

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

Sparkle Top

Complete the look with matching sequin-covered track pants.

Roy G. Biv Ashtray

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

White-on-White Tims

Limited-edition Ghost White boots in waterproof nubuck leather.

A Pillow That Keeps You Young

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

Manly Apron

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

A Cherry Tattoo

Because it’s sweet.

A Quilt for Your Head

Elsevvhere made the Edition 010 cap from vintage American quilts.


Shiny Beret

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

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

Eau de Virility

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

Baby’s First Driving Lesson

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

Photos of Money

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

Lambswool Scarf

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

Hippo Stapler

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

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

Geode Jigsaw

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

Llama Cardigan

Barcelona shop Tiny Cottons makes exactly that.

Sartorial Travel Guide

See Monaco through Helmut Newton’s lens.

Fire-Breathing Lessons

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

Larry David Jewelry

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

Starter Drone

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

Translucent Bird Feeder

An acrylic aviary abod from Etsy shop Uczarczyk.

Vita-Mix for Weed

So smokers can shred to their preferred consistency.

Dressing-Up Dress

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

Kitchen Supplies

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