holiday gifts 2021

55 Truly Surprising, Strange and Immensely Pleasing Gifts Over $200

Including a pavé-ruby ring, crypto clocks, and this snake by the hour.

Photo: Joe Lingeman
Photo: Joe Lingeman
Photo: Joe Lingeman

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)

Christine Espinal’s design can be used as a side table, a magazine rack, or (with a slab of glass or wood) a large coffee table.

[Editor’s note: This table is now sold out, but you can sign up on the product page to be notified when it’s back in stock.]

Steve Lengen will bring snakes to any New York apartment or restaurant — including Banana Peel, a 13-foot python.

Cloud Clogs

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Less expected than cow or cheetah.

Smart Reformer

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The first at-home, digitally connected Pilates reformer — preloaded to access hundreds of on-demand classes.

Pastoral Sweater

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The sibling duo behind Leret Leret recommend sizing up for a looser drape.

Gaetano Pesce Clock

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Cheery horology from the Pope of Gloop.

Reversible Coat

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From British haberdasher Drake’s, it converts from a double-breasted houndstooth to a mac.

Fortunato the Rug

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Williamsburg shops Home Union and Pieces made a series of rugs named after nearby Italian spots.

At-Home Laser Treatment

$2,499
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The medical-grade device effectively obliterates the surface bacteria that cause acne, and it helps with scarring and lines too.

Rectangular Shades

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Auór is an Australia-based sunglasses brand — this particular style also comes in walnut and tortoiseshell.

Purple Prada

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In napa leather with a little triangular pocket.

Commuter Bike

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Giant’s affordable new hybrid has a lightweight frame and nubby, city-friendly tires.

Dinner-Appropriate Hiking Boots

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Season Three was founded by a pair of MIT students who decided to pivot into footwear design.

American Ham

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Cured in the Blue Ridge Mountains for the better part of two years.