holiday gifts 2019

60 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Holiday Gifts Under $200

Luxurious long johns, fancy olive oil, and very fuzzy slippers.

Photo: Joe Lingeman/JOE LINGEMAN
Photo: Joe Lingeman/JOE LINGEMAN

Typically, we share recommendations for the best products, period — it doesn’t matter when they came out as long as they are exceptionally useful, beautiful, surprising, or otherwise worth recommending. This year we have gone in a different direction, focusing almost entirely on the world of the new. Here, you’ll find a wide assortment of recently released things for every person on your list, from mood music for a plant owner (a rerelease of a 1976 record that apparently helps monsteras and ZZ’s grow) to a big-dog-specific tote for a pit-bull parent. Plus, of course, hundreds of other ideas, from a gold-plated sewing kit (seen above, $54 from to a handful eerily realistic ceramic peanuts to a Lucite cat bed that could easily double as a side table. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.

Milanese Table Runner

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Lisa Corti Royal Palace Pink Table Runner

Designed by Lisa Corti, whose floral linens are sold at the Petit Palais museum gift shop.

Luxurious Long Johns

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CDLP Long Johns

From long-johns-specific start-up CDLP.

Big Wooden LEGO

LEGO® Wooden Minifigure

A limited-edition mini-figure made from oak.

Marc Jacobs Card Holder

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Marc Jacobs The Snapshot Airbrush Saffiano Leather Card Case

Back-pocket-of-their-fanciest-jeans worthy.

Versace Slippers

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Versace Baroque-print cotton-terry slippers

In the classic Baroque print.

Caligula Cameo

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Marcie McGoldrick Caligula Porcelain Pendant

The Roman tyrant can be worn as a necklace or carried as a memento.

Year-Round Easter Chocolate

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Big Fun Food White Chocolate Lamb

It’s actually made of plaster.


Rizmo Interactive Evolving Musical Plush Toy

The more you cuddle and play with this fuzzy robot, the quicker it learns to sing, dance, and talk.

Palm Pillow

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Touchy Feely Studio Hand Pillow

These squeezable hands are made to order in Brooklyn.

Oakland Olive Oil

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Fat Gold Olive Oil Subscription

Four shipments, each of which comes with an oil-centric zine.

Darker-Skin-Tone Kit

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Discovery Kit

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s entire collection but in (considerably less expensive) travel size.

500 Pages of Rihanna

The Rihanna Book

To tide them over while they wait for her new album.

Cheerful Ski Hat

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Michael Kors Faux Fur Ski Hat

In bright Big Bird yellow.

Patchwork Pullover

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Tyler McGillivary Sophie Top

By 24-year-old designer Tyler McGillivary.

Italian Surgeon Clogs

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Calzuro Autoclavable Clog

Calzuros are not new new, but new to the screen-printing, cheese-making contingent in North Brooklyn.

Gilded Sewing Kit

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Neue Galerie Golden Thread of Life sewing kit

Includes gold-plated scissors and thimble, a spool of golden thread, and a golden-eyed needle.

Rich Person’s Skin

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Augustinus Bader Body Cream

The celebrity-beloved brand now has a body cream meant to reduce cellulite.

Tie-Dyed Tights

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Emily Dawn Long Natural Dye Patterned Tights

Each piece is one-of-a-kind and made in New York by tie-dye designer Emily Dawn Long.

Euphoria Eyes

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Pat McGrath Blitz Astral Quad

A metallic-eye-shadow quartet from Pat McGrath.

Gravity-Defying Wigs

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Wig Chapel Wig

Worn by the likes of Jinkx Monsoon and Blu Hydrangea.

Record Weight

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Meza Record Weight

It’s meant to improve sound quality by steadying the rotation speed of uneven records.

Baroque Watch

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Fleche D'Amour

From Swatch’s collaboration with the Louvre.

Moonlight, the Book

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Moonlight Screenplay Book

Barry Jenkins’ screenplay with a forward by Frank Ocean and an essay by Hilton Als.

Dog DNA Test

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Embark Breed + Health Kit

For the adoptive pet parent who wants to know the percentage of Pekingese in their pup.

Gentleman’s Robe

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The Arthur Robe

Oxford blue with handsome red piping, in 100 percent cotton.

Phone Soap

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PhoneSoap Smartphone UV Sanitizer

A hypochondriac’s new best friend: This device kills germs that live on the surface of a phone.

ASMR Headphones

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SleepPhones: ASMR Edition

Preloaded with eight hours of original ASMR content from 16 top ASMRtists.

Muumuu Upgrade

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Lake Pajamas Garden Dress

An elevated around-the-house dress.

Handblown Pear

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Glass Pear