A cactus bracelet from Tiffany’s.
Photo: Joe Lingeman
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 over $200 (we ran our under $50 and under $200 guides earlier this week).
Status Succulent (above)
at Tiffany & Co.
No sunlight needed: This cactus (bracelet) is made of 18-karat yellow gold and diamonds.
at Kinder Modern
This German-designed seat is made of hardened polyurethane foam.
at Moda Operandi
Gift-trend forecasters say the series will be back big this year. Forgo the electric wands and floating Snitches for this classy complete set hand-bound in tear-resistant jackets.
at David Mallett, 29 Greene St.
David Mallett’s new NYC salon is among the few in the country to offer a Tokio Inkarami hair facial, which conditions layer by layer.
0.03 Percent of a Monet
Via a new start-up that lets non-millionaires invest small amounts in millionaire-priced art.
Fish-Print Plastic Bag
at Chaos Concept Store
at Marc Jacobs
Work Travel Bag
In pebbled leather, with a hidden business-card pocket.
Fiber art for the flowers.
For the garage craft-beer brewer who’s ready to level up.
For the 20-year-old or 90-year-old on your list.
If you’re going to wear fur, it might as well be vintage.
Cindy Sherman Pool Float
at Artware Editions
Straight from her Instagram to your backyard.
Rimowa x Aesop Dopp Kit
This Köln Travel Kit is stocked with TSA-sized status toiletries.
Leanne Shapton’s Oranges I
at Picture Room
An archival pigment print on paper with hand-frayed edges, inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem “Goblin Market.”
A Night With a Sake Samurai
at SakaMai, 157 Ludlow St.
There are only some 70 sake sommeliers in the world; book one for a dinner-party power move.
at Sol Motors
It’s sleek, ecofriendly, and goes 50 mph.
Handmade brooms continue to edge out ceramics as the next must-have objet.
Frenchette Steak Knives
at Eating Tools
They’re made by one guy, Roland Lannier, in central France.
Big Bird Sketch
Signed by a preretirement Caroll Spinney.
Burning Man–Favorite Tent
at Advanced Shelter Systems
It’s bugproof, has reflective UV-blackout layers, and sleeps six Burners.
Water Rowing Machine
High-design home exercise.
A Nudge in Bed
at Smart Nora
A snore-detecting inflatable pillow insert that turns you over so your partner doesn’t have to.
at Off Hours
Made by a former Glossier employee, naturally.
Part Ownership in a Brooklyn Restaurant
at Gage & Tollner
Invest in the reopening of Brooklyn’s most esteemed (and long-lost) restaurant, Gage & Tollner.
Dyson Curling Iron
A styling tool that uses airflow to attract hair and curl it without extreme heat.
At-Home Pizza Oven
Don’t be fooled by its humble toaster-oven looks — this Breville countertop contraption reaches temperatures up to a scorching 750 degrees to make perfect wood-fired oven pies without the wood, or the oven, in less than two minutes.
MoMA Cafe’s Meat Slicer
at MoMA Design Store
The first known meat slicer, designed in 1898, creates deli-thin prosciutto, pancetta, and more.
Watch for a Yachtsman
It has a built-in “chrono regatta” device for recording race times with perfect accuracy.
A Different Kind of Classic Rolex
With rose-gold details and an alligator band.
It neighs, trots, and eats carrots — just like the real thing.
at Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue
For your friend with some land.
Made for guys but equally appealing to women.
at Green River Project LLC
A bamboo screen by the East Village–based Green River Project made with hand-spun Indian fabric selected by designer Emily Bode and painted on by artist Kurt Beers.
Fancy brass heads paired with not-so-serious acrylic handles.
Basquiat’s Soup Kitchen
at Skyline Books
A poster created in 1983 for the “Food for the Soup Kitchens” benefit (which included Keith Haring, Kiki Smith, and David Wojnarowicz).
An LGBTQ Soup Night
at Queer Soup Night
Chefs like Carla Perez-Gallardo of Lil’ Deb’s Oasis whip up tasty stews; all donations go to causes like the Audre Lorde Project.
at Fresh Pawz
Do you still call it a collar when it’s made of solid stainless steel with 14-karat-gold plating?
Tickets to Who-Knows-Where
at Black Tomato
This service not only plans your whole trip but chooses the destination.
Sonos TV Speaker
Because the volume on the TV is either too loud or not loud enough.
at Park Life Store
Artist Guy Overfelt has reimagined one of Picasso’s 1950s ceramic pieces as a fully functioning pipe.
at Collina Strada
An easy way to take it over-the-top.
Hef’s Silk PJ’s
at Julien’s Auctions
Dry-cleaning not included.
at Johannes Torpe Studios
Carved from one solid piece of a stone said to soothe stress and nervousness. Like most baths.
Now on at Sotheby’s: the second-ever legal offering of moon rocks.
Oh My Meatballs
at Land Gallery, 67 Front St., Brooklyn
By Raquel Albarran via Land Gallery, a Dumbo-based studio that represents adult artists with developmental disabilities.
AI Emotional-Support Animal
A robotic dog, loaded with sensors and cameras, that will learn tricks and (fake) pee on your rug.
Highly Realistic Camo
at Blue In Green
A Patagonia fleece upgrade by Japanese designer Yuki Matsuda.
Biggie’s Versace Sunglasses
A reissue of the rapper’s beloved shades.
*This article appears in the November 26, 2018, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
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