To find the more than one hundred gifts you’re about to encounter, we did not merely scan our favorite websites for new products or even just select some of the nicest things we’ve written about on the Strategist over the past year. We did those things, then dug deeper. A team of dedicated editors worked for months falling down dozens of rabbit holes to find gifts (most of which are new this year) that you likely won’t find recommended anywhere else.
Among other nutty tactics, we scanned every single account that a particularly stylish Danish e-commerce site follows on Instagram (then shopped on those stylish Danish sites), slunk around on the “Buy It for Life” sub-Reddit, and crept through various shops to sniff their new perfumes and glad-hand their potholders. Then we started whittling things down and debating among ourselves. Would anyone really pay $430 for that scarf? (No.) Is that pair of pants too specific or just specific enough? (The latter.) The result is a range of gifts for really and truly everyone, from Virgil Abloh-designed cutlery to an electric pick-up truck, as well as some ultralight running glasses (with titanium temple tips).
Eight sterling-silver–and–enamel rings from New York–based jewelry designer Fry Powers.
A dozen sapphires in nine-karat gold.
Goose-Down Neck Warmer
Not a life jacket, just the reassuring sensation of one.
Fort Greene Park Bench
A better personalized gift than an ironic Boat and Tote.
From Raf Simons’s (unlikely) Shaker-inspired collection for Kvadrat.
Made with real shell buttons and available in some quieter colors, too (among them: oatmeal, heather gray, and black).
Affordable Tennis Bracelet
Made with lab-grown white sapphires.
Cheerful Dog Bed
Better Zoom Camera
A DSLR-quality webcam with a mic that filters out barking dogs.
More Than 200 Birdsongs
Twenty LPs of poems and songs featuring Tilda Swinton and Yo-Yo Ma.
Not an Ottoman
But rather a “bottoman,” meant to be used as a footstool or seat, inspired by Klimt’s paintings of gardens.
Designed by artist Park Seo-Bo, based loosely on his 2016 Écriture series.
Ultralight Running Glasses
There’s a zip top and two side pockets.
Your lowly BIC can slip inside this heavy silver holder designed to resemble a shell.
Vacuum Hair Styler
The latest beauty tool from Shark.
One of Virgil Abloh’s final projects, a collaboration with Alessi; only 999 sets were created.
Magic: The Gathering’s 30th-anniversary pack is expensive but guarantees four rare cards.
Instructive Place Mats
Persimmon Cane Chair
A classic Hinckley Picnic Boat with a hybrid engine that makes absolutely no sound.
Five feet wide with a TV over the hot tub (which incidentally fits four American Girl dolls at once).
Complete with three floors, a garage, and a modest front porch.
Thanks to Tommy Dorfman, Simon Miller’s best-selling Bubble Clog is now available up to size 45.
The alpaca wool warms you when you’re cold and becomes breathable once you start sweating.
The Meteora’s body shape is as eye-catching as it is ergonomic.
Affordable Le Corbusier
A weighted tabletop version of the architect’s Villa Savoye.
Quite the Bucket Hat
From Acne, in lilac with lamb shearling busting from the seams.
8 Beauty Treatments
The TheraFace comes with an LED blue-light-therapy ring, a microcurrent ring, and four other add-ons.
Gorp-y Apple Watch
Saturday Night Mirror
Made from disco-ball mirrored discs and sized for a vanity or an entryway.
Not-Hideous High Chair
The Lalo chair you know in a new, limited-edition acorn finish from West Elm.
Soft Poplin Pajamas
That are still a little dressy, like all things Sid Mashburn.
Secured with Velcro on either side of the foot.
Exceedingly Fresh Matcha
From glassblowers-about-town Heven.
Just Chunky Enough Boots
Pull-on style, wide-calf friendly, and new from Swedish brand Vagabond.
Liz Lauter hand-sculpts her colorful, ornate menorahs in Marin County.
In colorful Murano glass from Italian design studio Yali.
Regeneratively Grown Vegetables
Farm-to-table greens from Huron, Ohio.
Very Long Vest
Adult Beanbag Chair
Bag of the Year
Go to any Chinatown gallery opening and you’ll see at least three of SC103’s linked-leather purses.
Bag of Yesteryear
A reissue of Marc Jacobs’s big-in-2008 Hillier Hobo for its 15th anniversary.
Takeshi Nii’s rereleased Nychair X 80 has a higher seat than the classic Nychair X and a foldable backrest.
242 glossy pages of popes.
Snow-Aged Strip Steak
From cows raised in Japan’s wintry Niigata Prefecture.
Plunge obsessives say the practice helps with mental clarity, pain management, and weight control.
This wood-burning bathing basin heats up in as little as 90 minutes with “just an armful of fallen limbs or brush.”
Fully Submersible Backpack
Can withstand a rainstorm or an accidental capsize.