holiday gifts 2021

49 Truly Surprising, Strange and Immensely Pleasing Gifts Under $200

Including sardine effigies, tinned toro, and not-so-clunky clogs.

Video: Joe Lingeman
Video: Joe Lingeman
Video: 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 the stealthy and stylish blender Halle Berry happens to love to an actually-stylish cat tree made from salvaged rugs. Plus, of course, dozens of other ideas, like some Crocs-meets-Birkenstock Italian cork clogs (seen above, $58 from gardenheir.com) to the gift of at-home blowouts and 22-karat AirPod earrings. (You can also see our picks for gifts under $50.)

Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here.

Not-So-Clunky Clogs and a Pac-Man Frog (pictured above)

Particularly supportive garden shoes.

It eats crickets, dubia roaches, and whole night crawlers and tends to thrive in home terraria.

Celebrity Blender

$155
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The NutriBullet founder’s new launch both “crushes ice at a record speed” and is a favorite of Oprah’s.

Tinned Toro

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Mediterranean bluefin-tuna belly that can be eaten straight from the can with some lemon.

Sustainable Shave

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It has a fully pivoting head with space for three blades, which can be sent back for recycling.

Oaxacan Candelabra

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Artist José Garcia Antonio’s sculptures are inspired by Zapotec iconography.

Sardine Effigy

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It’s an incense holder.

iPad Alternative

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Each Tonie figure tells stories and sings songs when placed upon the Toniebox — like an on-demand Aesop.

No-Polish Nails

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Nail artist Sarah Nguyen’s newly launched press-on sets are adorned with gold flakes and crystals.

Yellow Kite

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By designer Larry Tchogninou, inspired by mountains.

Three Amaryllis Bulbs

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Drop this kit into a pot before it gets too cold and be rewarded with a bounty of amaryllis this spring.

German Jurassic Park

$123
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This Schleich set comes with an ankylosaurus and a gigantosaurus — and a volcano that erupts with vapor.

Prawn Place Mats

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From local drag queen Steak Diane’s new housewares line.

Hat Named Wanda