Typically, we share recommendations for the best products, period — it doesn’t matter when they came out as long as they are exceptionally useful, beautiful, surprising, or otherwise worth recommending. Last year, we surveyed celebrities on the best thing they bought themselves during the pandemic. This year we have gone in a different direction, focusing almost entirely on the world of the recently released. Here, you’ll find a wide assortment of new-ish things for every person on your list, from knee-high riding boots for the reformed horse girl to a handsome white oak birch desk organizer for the person who’s never going back to the office. Plus, of course, dozens of other ideas, like some a papier-mâché buzzer to a (3,283-piece model of the) Tesla Cybertruck. (You can also see our picks for gifts under $50 and gifts under $200.)
Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here.
A Living-Room Threefer and a Snake by the Hour (pictured above)
Steve Lengen will bring snakes to any New York apartment or restaurant — including Banana Peel, a 13-foot python.
Less expected than cow or cheetah.
The first at-home, digitally connected Pilates reformer — preloaded to access hundreds of on-demand classes.
The sibling duo behind Leret Leret recommend sizing up for a looser drape.
Gaetano Pesce Clock
From British haberdasher Drake’s, it converts from a double-breasted houndstooth to a mac.
Fortunato the Rug
Williamsburg shops Home Union and Pieces made a series of rugs named after nearby Italian spots.
At-Home Laser Treatment
The medical-grade device effectively obliterates the surface bacteria that cause acne, and it helps with scarring and lines too.
Auór is an Australia-based sunglasses brand — this particular style also comes in walnut and tortoiseshell.
In napa leather with a little triangular pocket.
Giant’s affordable new hybrid has a lightweight frame and nubby, city-friendly tires.
Dinner-Appropriate Hiking Boots
Season Three was founded by a pair of MIT students who decided to pivot into footwear design.
Cured in the Blue Ridge Mountains for the better part of two years.