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49 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Holiday Gifts Over $200

Including a water-rowing machine, a Dyson curling iron, and Biggie’s Versace sunglasses.

A cactus bracelet from Tiffany’s. Photo: Joe Lingeman
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). Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.

Status Succulent (above)

No sunlight needed: This cactus (bracelet) is made of 18-karat yellow gold and diamonds.

Marshmallow Stool
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Marshmallow Stool

This German-designed seat is made of hardened polyurethane foam.

<em>Harry Potter</em> 1–7
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Harry Potter 1–7

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.

Hair Facial
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Hair Facial

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
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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

Red bream on polyester.

’90s Throwback
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Work Travel Bag
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Work Travel Bag

In pebbled leather, with a hidden business-card pocket.

Wool Vase
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Wool Vase

Fiber art for the flowers.

Home Distillery
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Home Distillery

For the garage craft-beer brewer who’s ready to level up.

Classic Hoops
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Classic Hoops

For the 20-year-old or 90-year-old on your list.

Recycled-Fur Jacket
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Recycled-Fur Jacket

If you’re going to wear fur, it might as well be vintage.

Cindy Sherman Pool Float
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Cindy Sherman Pool Float

Straight from her Instagram to your backyard.

Rimowa x Aesop Dopp Kit
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Rimowa x Aesop Dopp Kit

This Köln Travel Kit is stocked with TSA-sized status toiletries.

Leanne Shapton’s <em>Oranges I</em>
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Leanne Shapton’s Oranges I

An archival pigment print on paper with hand-frayed edges, inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem “Goblin Market.”

A Night With a Sake Samurai
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A Night With a Sake Samurai

There are only some 70 sake sommeliers in the world; book one for a dinner-party power move.

Electric Motorcycle
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Electric Motorcycle

It’s sleek, ecofriendly, and goes 50 mph.

Silk-Clad Swiffer
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Silk-Clad Swiffer

Handmade brooms continue to edge out ceramics as the next must-have objet.

Frenchette Steak Knives
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Frenchette Steak Knives

They’re made by one guy, Roland Lannier, in central France.

Big Bird Sketch
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Big Bird Sketch

Signed by a preretirement Caroll Spinney.

Burning Man–Favorite Tent
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Burning Man–Favorite Tent

It’s bugproof, has reflective UV-blackout layers, and sleeps six Burners.

Water Rowing Machine
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Water Rowing Machine

High-design home exercise.

A Nudge in Bed

A snore-detecting inflatable pillow insert that turns you over so your partner doesn’t have to.

Memphis-y Robe
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Memphis-y Robe

Made by a former Glossier employee, naturally.

Part Ownership in a Brooklyn Restaurant
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Part Ownership in a Brooklyn Restaurant

Invest in the reopening of Brooklyn’s most esteemed (and long-lost) restaurant, Gage & Tollner.

Dyson Curling Iron
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Dyson Curling Iron

A styling tool that uses airflow to attract hair and curl it without extreme heat.

At-Home Pizza Oven
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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
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MoMA Cafe’s Meat Slicer

The first known meat slicer, designed in 1898, creates deli-thin prosciutto, pancetta, and more.

Watch for a Yachtsman
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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
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A Different Kind of Classic Rolex

With rose-gold details and an alligator band.

Battery-Powered Pony
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Battery-Powered Pony

It neighs, trots, and eats carrots — just like the real thing.

Rescue Donkey
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Rescue Donkey

For your friend with some land.

Fisherman Sweater
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Fisherman Sweater

Made for guys but equally appealing to women.

AC-Unit Disguise
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AC-Unit Disguise

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.

Cheerful Cutlery
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Cheerful Cutlery

Fancy brass heads paired with not-so-serious acrylic handles.

Basquiat’s Soup Kitchen
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Basquiat’s Soup Kitchen

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

Chefs like Carla Perez-Gallardo of Lil’ Deb’s Oasis whip up tasty stews; all donations go to causes like the Audre Lorde Project.

Dog Flex
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Dog Flex

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
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Tickets to Who-Knows-Where

This service not only plans your whole trip but chooses the destination.

Sonos TV Speaker
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Sonos TV Speaker

Because the volume on the TV is either too loud or not loud enough.

Picasso Bong
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Picasso Bong

Artist Guy Overfelt has reimagined one of Picasso’s 1950s ceramic pieces as a fully functioning pipe.

Going-Out Gloves
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Going-Out Gloves

An easy way to take it over-the-top.

Hef’s Silk PJ’s
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Hef’s Silk PJ’s

Dry-cleaning not included.

Onyx Bathtub
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Onyx Bathtub

Carved from one solid piece of a stone said to soothe stress and nervousness. Like most baths.

Lunar Rocks
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Lunar Rocks

Now on at Sotheby’s: the second-ever legal offering of moon rocks. 

<em>Oh My Meatballs</em>
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Oh My Meatballs

By Raquel Albarran via Land Gallery, a Dumbo-based studio that represents adult artists with developmental disabilities.

AI Emotional-Support Animal
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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
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Highly Realistic Camo

A Patagonia fleece upgrade by Japanese designer Yuki Matsuda.

Biggie’s Versace Sunglasses
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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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