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

A Star Is Born karaoke, a single-origin turmeric, an Hermès cereal bowl, and much more.

Photo: Joe Lingeman
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 under $200 (yesterday we ran our under $50 guide). Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.

Shrunken Stutterheim
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Shrunken Stutterheim

Stockholm’s signature look, now in kids’ sizes.

Daylight-Simulating Mirror
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Daylight-Simulating Mirror

So they’ll never leave the house with uneven foundation again.

Smiley Basketball
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Smiley Basketball

Regulation-size and produced in collaboration with the brand that brought you some of the first emoticons.

Seashell Vibrator
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Seashell Vibrator

Designed by women in Japan in a lovely shade of neutral, with cleverly defined edges for an enhanced user experience.

Toto to Go

The iconic Toto warm-water-washlet experience is now handheld. This Waterpik-size travel bidet requires no installation and activates at the push of a button.

Kusama Skateboard
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Kusama Skateboard

A deck replica of Dots Obsession (2018) for the hypebeast minoring in art history.

Cow Bucket Hat
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Cow Bucket Hat

Angela Dimayuga–approved.

International Klein Blue

Enough of the aquamarine paint created by artist Yves Klein to double-coat a 30-square-foot room.

Shampoo Incense
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Shampoo Incense

For those who’d like both their hair and their room to smell like Oribe’s signature aroma of Calabrian bergamot, jasmine, and sandalwood.

Smart Ukulele
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Smart Ukulele

Forget YouTube videos — this Bluetooth-compatible instrument comes with a light-up LED fretboard.

Puffer Scarf
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Puffer Scarf

It has hidden pockets, so it doubles as a hand muffler.

<em>A Star Is Born</em> Karaoke
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A Star Is Born Karaoke

One hour in a private room at Koreatown’s Radio Star, where you can sob-sing “Shallow” and “I’ll Never Love Again.”

Toddler Pullout Sofa
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Toddler Pullout Sofa

For reading or naps.

Architecture for Kids
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Architecture for Kids

Future urban designers can develop their ideal aesthetic for a model city.

Single-Origin Turmeric
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Single-Origin Turmeric

For lattes and curries, from a queer-woman-of-color-owned business with direct ties to Indian farmers.

Seal Night-light
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Seal Night-light

Handmade in Germany.

Boob Umbrella
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Boob Umbrella

L.A. photographer Sandy Kim and Brooklyn gallery Mudd­guts collaborated to make a limited run of 100.

Upper East Side Jacket
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Upper East Side Jacket

The Orolay is beloved by socialites — it was seen on the shoulders of Lauren duPont last winter — and costs just $100.

‘The New L’ Van Service
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‘The New L’ Van Service

A one-month membership for your soon-to-be-stranded Bushwick friend.

Hermès Cereal Bowl
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Hermès Cereal Bowl

Add Froot Loops for a true high-low experience.

Marie Kondo Boxes
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Marie Kondo Boxes

Joy-sparking storage solutions.

Hemp-Cotton Apron
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Hemp-Cotton Apron

Superabsorbent and great to look at.

Custom Fangs
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Custom Fangs

Per the manufacturer: “Not recommended for eating or sleeping, but fine for smoking, singing, drinking, or sex.”

Escape From Santal 33
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Escape From Santal 33

At long last, three years later, Le Labo has a new scent: the warm notes of the Central American cumaru tree.

Chill Stuffed Animal
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Chill Stuffed Animal

A digitally printed cushion from L.A.’s Slowdown Studio’s lazy-themed collection, which includes Paloma the Pig (pictured), Clive the Crocodile, and Howie the Hippo.

Rent-a-Friend
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Rent-a-Friend

Everyone in Japan is doing it.

Alt–Le Creuset
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Alt–Le Creuset

This well-priced Dutch oven has handles that fit four fingers and is deep enough to hold a whole chicken.

Car-Seat Shearling
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Car-Seat Shearling

To make them fall asleep that much faster.

Haunted-Castle Sleepover

The on-site medium shows up at 9:30 p.m.

Big-in-Europe Booze
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Big-in-Europe Booze

Distilled in Trinidad — and now available in the U.S. — this rum has a nose of petrol and bananas.

Faux Anthurium
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Faux Anthurium

A bloom that won’t die, by the very cool florist for spaces including Dimes and Rachel Comey stores.

Japanese-Canvas Chore Coat
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Japanese-Canvas Chore Coat

A brighter, bigger-pocket take on the classic twill shacket.

<em>The</em> Video Game
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The Video Game

Red Dead Redemption 2 a prequel to its 2010 namesake — made $725 million in its first weekend on shelves.

Avocado-of-the-Month Club
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Avocado-of-the-Month Club

Seasonal selections of California’s finest.

Brutalist Book
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Brutalist Book

For the friend who loves Flora Bar.

SmartHalo Handlebar Navigator
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SmartHalo Handlebar Navigator

A weatherproof light-up system that gives color-coded directions, alerts you to texts and calls, and deters thieves with an alarm.

RubberRain Boots
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RubberRain Boots

These Wellingtons come in five different colors for small, medium, and large breeds.

Alpaca Sweater
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Alpaca Sweater

Finally, the family pet can coordinate with your Dusen Dusen throw pillows.

*This article appears in the November 26, 2018, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

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