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.
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.
For the nudist bibliophile: wire page-savers from a little shop in La Selva Beach, California.
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.”
An ultrasoft Mongolian-cashmere layering staple from Everlane.
A Wall-E look-alike with sensors and programmable AI technology.
An Attractive Casserole
Grassy-green stoneware from Brooklyn studio Workaday Handmade.
Fleece for the dog with a Patagonia-pullover-loving owner.
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.
Because it’s been that kind of year.
From cult streetwear designer Gosha Rubchinskiy.
Made-to-Order Mood Ring
If it turns pink, you’re in “an ecstatic state of bliss.”
Striped silk-blend socks for a modest pop of color.
Pat McGrath’s LiquiLust 007 kit of three liquid lipsticks includes Slay-Omi, a Naomi Campbell–inspired cinnamon.
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.
In rose gold and inspired by a bagel; designed by Modern Mensch and Lead Off Studio.
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.
Choose from SoundMoovz’s 400 sounds and program it with dance moves.
For the young succulent lover: Gazelles with a design by Swedish illustrator Mini Rodini.
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.
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.
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.
Silicon Valley’s favorite merino-wool sneakers now come in little sizes.
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.
Holzweiler studio took the colors from Edvard Munch’s The Sun.
Bridgitte Tanaka, a tiny cabinet of curiosities in Paris, sells a mix of Japanese and French trinkets, like this porcelain hippopotamus desk accessory.
Inspired by ’70s-era basket bags. Custom colors on request.
Nervous System design studio uses algorithms to slice these agate puzzles into intricate, labyrinthine pieces.
Barcelona shop Tiny Cottons makes exactly that.
Sartorial Travel Guide
See Monaco through Helmut Newton’s lens.
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.
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.
A Burberry smock for the little lady-about-town.
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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