The best nail clipper.
Photo: Joe Lingeman
In all the Black Friday 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 kooky, beautiful, and useful gifts, priced under $50 from New York’s print gift guide.
Matte-Black Nail Clipper (above)
Beautiful, yes, but also crafted by a Tokyo company called Kiya that’s been making knives for over two centuries.
Jonah Hill’s Zine
In which the actor (and street-style icon) interviews celebrities, including Edie Falco and Michael Cera.
at distal phalanx
The earring of a generation.
The Noma Guide to Fermentation
Noma’s recipes for everything from lacto blueberries to whiskey vinegar.
at The Baby Cubby
For the baby who prefers to chew on natural rubber from Malaysian Hevea trees.
at Abacá Store
An Aperol spritz deserves to sit upon mother-of-pearl.
’70s Drug Dictionary
Goofballs, fattys, gold dust: all terms that were catching on circa 1972, when New York State issued this brochure, now reproduced.
at Pepe’s Pizzeria
From the family behind New Haven’s (or the country’s, depending on who you’re talking to) best pizzeria.
’80s Kitchen Staple
at Bed Bath & Beyond
Leather Fly Swatter by Hay
A pest slayer with a beechwood handle.
Merino-Wool Duster by Hay
at Finnish Design Shop
Luxurious yet playful, in a bright Elmo-ish color.
As with the narrator in Sheila Heti’s novel Motherhood, you too can flip I Ching coins to ask yes-or-no questions (heads means yes, tails no).
Also available: a waxy sugar apple.
Piece of a Long-Lost Restaurant
A saucer from André Soltner’s groundbreaking French restaurant, Lutèce (1961–2004).
at The Academy of Natural Sciences
Scrapbooks full of 18th- and 19th-century hair — including George Washington’s — are on display at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences.
Viral Phone Case
Designed by YouTube’s own Emma Chamberlain, who will need no introduction to the tween in your life.
Jell-O Recipe by Apt 2B Baking Co.
Print (then laminate) the instructions for baker Yossy Arefi’s Instagram-worthy fruit-filled wobble mold.
Large Hair Clip
at Urban Outfitters
Kirsten Gillibrand’s Children’s Book, Bold & Brave
The senator tells the story of ten suffragists alongside the illustrations of Maira Kalman.
at Folk Fortune
For a 2018 Cher Horowitz.
4.5 ounces of sugar and dill-pickle flavoring.
at Assembly New York
For the friend who likes vintage.
at Audrey Louise Reynolds
Made with two very 2018 ingredients: pale-pink roses and Himalayan salt.
They’re notebooks, actually, with covers, like Better Homes Than Yours, that have appeared on the show.
Bucket of Finishing Salt
Three pounds of Ina Garten’s preferred brand to last as long as her marriage to Jeffrey.
Flavored with mint and certified-organic green-tea extracts, and (of course) French.
Triceratops Serving Piece
Tacos, turkey sandwiches, and other sorts of kids’ meals become instantly more enticing.
The Melatonin of Dog Biscuits
A lavender-and-vanilla bedtime treat for the nonhumans of the household.
at Stone Dumpling House
Inedible but irresistible.
Tea-Bag Eye Masks
For a (slightly twee) spa night.
Squeak-Free Pogo Stick
It uses low-friction spring technology for a joyously smooth bounce.
Equally appealing for your friend whose mom wouldn’t let her have one in the ’80s or a niece for whom the entire concept will be new.
The Board Game for Popaholics
Perversely satisfying Operation-esque family entertainment endorsed by the high priestess of zit extraction herself, Dr. Pimple Popper.
The same Ligurian varietal that Samin presses to make olive oil in episode one of Salt Fat Acid Heat.
Dyson for Kids
A 25-inch replica of the Rolls-Royce of vacuums to develop their cleaning-gadget tastes early.
at Lord Jones
For the friend who needs a little help getting into the Christmas spirit.
at Salter House
Because the leftovers of that carrot slaw deserve an equally photogenic storage container.
Access to Gloria Vanderbilt’s home, Kehinde Wiley’s live-work studio, and other interiors via the POV of New York’s longtime design editor.
Cozy Little Insoles
Some discerning kids simply can’t bear to play outside with chilly toes.
Beastie Boys Book
You’re welcome, cool dads of every age.
A Nina Garcia Glow
at Bergdorf Goodman
This liquid bronzer is apparently the only makeup the editor wears daily.
The New Cards Against Humanity
It’s called Relative Insanity and involves conjuring all the crazy things your family might say or do.
An Interview Tie
at New York Public Library
The NYPL recently introduced its work-fashion lending library, where adults and teens can borrow neckties and briefcases for job interviews.
*This article appears in the November 26, 2018, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
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