To find the more than 100 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) 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 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 pot holders. 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 hand-knit balaclavas for a good cause to mycological knife rests as well as a tote bag designed to slip securely over suitcase handles.
Comprehensive Cleaning Set
A “deluxe” version of the Melissa & Doug classic that comes with a sweeper-mop and a lint brush.
A neck warmer made from deadstock fleece.
Irish designer Aisling Duffy makes all her clothes and accessories from reused (and dyed) fabrics.
Modular Toy Tent
A reissue of the Eames Construction Toy from 1951.
Created for Anthropologie by beloved British designer Matilda Goad.
Glass Face Gloss
Made in eight sizes from premium Malaysian rubber.
Makié—known for its sweet children’s clothes—recently released these perfectly simple linen bags
Nick Cave Cheesecake
Colorful, cozy baby one-piece.
Nearly 100 Kodachromes of the American South accompanied by fiction by Rachel Kushner.
Even Funkier Kombucha
This four-pack of Unified Ferments’ offerings includes Snow Chrysanthemum, which has notes of star fruit, shaved asparagus, and bee pollen and tastes uncannily like orange wine.
Per the brand, it can be worn as a belt or top but is “overall very useless”!
Silk and double sided.
It’s aged 17 years, then finished in Jamaican-rum barrels.
To protect against the possibility of damp sheepskin.
Its “subirrigation system” takes care of your philodendron for you.
The debut monograph from French graphic designer and illustrator Jean Jullien.
Trompe l’Oeil Manhattan
With a steering wheel and 250-pound capacity.
2,000 Yards of Yarn
The Baltimore-based Neighborhood Fiber Co. works mostly with rich-to-the-touch organic merino.
Hermès’ newest fragrance comes in the classic orange box with the addition of a green ribbon.
Clothbound Book of Flowers
Paintings of flowers from over 50 artists with text by Hilton Als.
Designed by Nigel Cabourn and water resistant up to 164 feet.
From the U.K. cashmere experts at Johnstons of Elgin.
Magnetic Charging Station
Your iPhone charges up top, your AirPods on the base.
In 771 pieces, new from the LEGO Botanical Collection.
Biography of Bling
A visual history of jewelry from Run-DMC, Tupac, and Jay-Z to Migos and Cardi B.
Can also be set with brown quartz, London-blue sapphire, or yellow quartz.
Part of Menu’s new Tradition Reimagined collection.
Genderless nightshirts with mother-of-pearl buttons from Buenos Aires.
Beverly Nguyen’s Knives
Best Men’s Tee
It comes in three or five inches and is meant to hang on the wall.
Made of heavyweight duck canvas, it holds two paddles with room for balls, water, and more; can be monogrammed.
Taiwanese Rice Cooker
The first scent from Echo Park’s Cactus Store, which otherwise sells rare plants.
Made from sawara cypress, it’s meant to control humidity levels, optimizing the texture and flavor.
New Rancho Gordo
Founded by sisters, Primary Beans sources from farms with harvest information on every bag.
Rising menswear brand Another Aspect aims to make poplin shirts everyday wearable.
Very British PJs
A collaboration between Cath Kidston and The Great British Bake Off.
Wall Street Duvet
Made by ceramicist Rachel Saunders with three spheres to effectively ease knots.
Undroppable Phone Case
It can stand at three different angles.
Artist Susan Beech cuts and shapes them by hand.
It offers full coverage at the neck and is made of packable pink polyester.
Quilted for extra warmth and inspired by the late queen’s country looks.
Also available in black.
It has a shallow dip that is useful for serving both pasta and salads.
Designed after the traditional pitchers of the Tonalá and Tlaquepaque regions in Mexico.