gift guide 2016

Everything—From $0 to Nutty—in Our 2016 Gift Issue

Over 200 gifts for every budget: from a tortoiseshell toothbrush to a stream in Georgia, with a gravity-defying tray (and a book of tweets, and a python skateboard, and a personal food truck, etc.) in between. Find them all ahead organized by price, from $0 to nutty.

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A Book of Tweets

Bind every tweet she’s ever sent, because the internet is a fickle place.

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Bargain Red

A classic red lip — for only a dollar.

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Pre-Brexit Flag

To commemorate a time before “Leave,” an EU flag with the inclusion of the U.K.

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Party Hangers

For the host juggling lots of guests’ coats, consider these oversize-animal-head coat hangers.

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Pooh Parade

It’s one thing to collect Disney Tsum Tsum characters; quite another to stack them in lots of crazy, fun displays.

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Icelandic Volcano Soap

Contains charcoal as well as volcanic sand, ash, and soil, said to absorb toxins and produce collagen.

Night Nurse

The British version of Nyquil, called Night Nurse, is so much better, but you’ll have to get someone to bring it back for you.

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Noodle Pin

This playful accessory is straight out of BoJack Horseman.

$14
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Speak, Memory

Sigrid Calon’s memory game: 52 paired cards in fluorescent, Risograph-print-inspired patterns.

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Travel Spork

A lightweight titanium spork, available in great anodized colors, for the practical backpacker.

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Hedgehog Table Brush

An unusually shaped beechwood tabletop brush is a memorable hostess gift.

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Cricket Bolognese

Futuristic vine-ripened tomato sauce loaded with ground insects. And of course, it’s gluten-free.

Juggling Lessons

A gift with a quick payoff: The fundamentals of the basic “cascade” pattern can be mastered in a half-hour.

Vintage Sardines

Aficionados of aged canned fish — the flavors deepen over time — know that 2013 was a very good year for sardines

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A Jar of Lemons

For those not quite ready to batch their own salt-preserved Meyer lemons, this Inna version is the next best thing.

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Succulent Soap

Cold-pressed cactus soaps — in scents like cherry blossom — for the guest bathroom.

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Neo Measuring Spoons

Levoon handles squeeze together to scrape off excess ingredients and show portions as small as millimeters.

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Handy Pens

These standing wooden ballpoint pens stay upright when not in use.

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3-D Shark Model

No glue or tools required to assemble this great white, which comes with laser-cut wood sheets and crafting ideas.

$16
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Cheese of the Year

The most exciting cheese match-up of 2016: Cheesemakers Jasper Hill use Transmitter’s H1 Harvest Zinfandel beer to create its peachy, creamy, and smoky Transmitter Willoughby cheese.

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Superior Nail Clipper

They may not get excited about seeing a nail clipper in their stocking, but just wait until they experience the satisfying heft and springiness of this Green Bell model, made in the city in Japan famed for producing samurai swords.

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Alex Katz’s Orange

For the grown-up just learning to paint: Alex Katz uses this particular pigment of cadmium orange by Rembrandt’s Artists.

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Turtle Plus Blocks
An award-winning choice in the Baby Soft Toys competition, the Italian Clemmy Turtle holds 15 huggable blocks within its shell.

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John Mayer Laundry Detergent

Yes, that John Mayer.

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Salt Therapy

The healing treatment du jour: a lamp carved from Indian rosewood and 100  percent pure Himalayan salt.

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The End of Back Hair

The Razorba is a plastic wand that grips any disposable razor and shaves those hard-to-reach places.

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Paper-Plane Launcher
The Sky Paper PPL-1 blasts paper planes up to a hundred feet and can stack three at a time for rapid-fire launch.

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Stretch Armstrong
The original gel-filled action figure, whose legs, arms, and torso can be pulled to four times his size, is primed for a comeback thanks to a new Netflix series on him scheduled for 2017.

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Kids these days will love accessorizing their white Stan Smiths with a flash of Pop-art-inspired shoelace charms.

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go

The Atlas Obscura cele­brates over 700  of the world’s strangest sites, like Spain’s Baby Jumping festival.

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Subway-Comeback Tee
Let them show their pride in the return of the W line.

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Hybrid Animals
Animals don’t like labels either: Mix and match interchangeable parts to create, say, a giraffephant.

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Prettier Scissors

From a new brand launched in the name of more thoughtfully designed desktop goods, scissors that look like a bird.

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Inflatable Lounger

It works as patio furniture or an extra bed for guests.

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Little Levi Jumpsuit
This infant one-piece looks like cool-kid denim, but is knit in soft cotton.

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Taco Booties
Dyed, spun, felted, and stitched by hand in Kyrgyzstan.

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Brad Pitt Has the Munchies

Brad Pitt eating scenes — the seafood bisque in Fight Club, etc. — reimagined in Fat Brad, the Cookbook.

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Keepsake Saltine

A pewter saltine cracker — just because — from artist Herbert Hoover, who casts his work in New York City.

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Paper Lion Costume
Because 3-year-olds love playing dress-up in thick recycled paper printed with nontoxic ink.

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Cuddly Llama
An incredibly plush fleece llama who, according to his Etsy creator NaBakir, “loves hugs.”

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Pussy-Grabber Defense

Arm a woman you love with TigerLady retractable handheld claws that’ll also snag her assailant’s DNA.

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Baby’s First Mermaid Tail
The mermaid blanket sweeping your social-media accounts is also available in kid form, thanks to the artisans who weave these cozy tails by hand.

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Really Strong Rum

138-proof rum created by a supergroup of bartender luminaries, including David Wondrich and Martin Cate.

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Baby Beanie
The wool-cashmere blend provides warmth; the pom-poms just look really cute.

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OCD Fruit Bowl

Type A’s can display highly organized fruits with the Platform bowl, which stacks in up to four tiers.

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Socks Down Under
Designed by a painter now based in Brooklyn; sewn one sock at a time in her native New Zealand.

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Girl Gear
An Under Armour pullover with dual-layer heat-trapping interior is a guaranteed-to-be-worn gift for kids.

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The Return of The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid paired with Yayoi Kusama’s haunting undula­ting line drawings.

$36
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Art Hat
Fashion items with words on them are usually a risky gift — but not in this case.

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Dressy Sneakers
A two-tone pair of little-girls’ Keds that can be dressed up with a cute skirt or down with jeans.

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Swedish Puzzle

Designer Clara von Zweigbergk was inspired by a similar one she made from watercolored chipboard at age 8.

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The Periodic Table of Trash

It includes an array of New York City trash in categories such as Food, Hygiene, Municipal, and Vices.

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Dead-Celebrity Dinner Plates

For Prince and all the other stars gone too soon, a tribute in the form of vintage-style plates created by L.A. artist Angela Rossi.

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Vintage Shave Cream

The cream is infused with smoky-scented and naturally antibacterial hinoki wood and moisturizing sweet almond oil, but really it’s all about the packaging.

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Delightful Socks
The quintessential little luxury of cashmere socks can actually be improved upon when you add cute winking eyes.

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1930s Wallet

Coach splashes on a floral inspired by a 1930s French paper sample.

Yodeling Lessons

At the Unicorn, Jess Labus teaches Swiss yodeling for beginners and experienced singers.

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Beaded Flowers

An everlasting bouquet of vintage French daisies; Japanese brass vase sold separately.

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All-the-Way Wineglasses

For your Aunt Sue who prefers an extra-full wineglass, these borosilicate glasses with hollow stems are just the thing.

$50

Next-Level Wine

These newly released Enlightenment maple wines are fermented exclusively from raw maple syrup and well water and aged for over two years in a single Tuthilltown bourbon barrel.

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Handsome Toothbrush

Like classic tortoiseshell sunglasses, for the man who prefers to look stylish even in the bathroom.

Wooden Coffeemaker

Made of ash trees from Canadian forests, this new pour-over model may be the most minimalist coffeemaker yet.

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The handyperson in your life can forego clunky tape in favor of the newest Bosch laser measure GLM 20, which shoots a beam of up to 65 feet with the push of a button.

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The Must-Have Toy of the Season

Listen for your Hatchimal’s heartbeat; wait for it to break through its shell; then teach it to talk and play.

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Animatronic Dragon
Rub his tummy and Torch displays over 50 sounds and motions. He also breathes fire, a.k.a. red mist.

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13 Paper Fans
Each one makes a festive stocking stuffer.

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Old-School Nintendo
One of the season’s biggest gifts; just plug into a TV or laptop, and you’ll be head-butting coins in no time.

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Pre-Tween Tutu
An elastic-waisted tulle skirt from Kate Spade that is surprisingly machine-washable.

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Air-Purifying Plant Pot
Airy, a Kickstarter-backed, German-made pot, ventilates a plant’s roots so it can clean the air eight times better than if it were in a standard terra-cotta.

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Croc Notebook
From the croc-obsessed Boston-based line Brahmin. (For the notebook-obsessed, here’s another one we love.)

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Superindulgent Bath Oils
Mothers-in-law love Jo Malone; this trio includes a bubble bath, shower oil, and bath oil.

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Stinky the Garbage Truck
Sometimes Stinky’s all business (zooming, collecting trash), sometimes he’s up on his hind legs giving high-fives.