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 Dua Lipa’s preferred plumping face masks to the first Wordle board game, as well as a handsome neck warmer for winter sprints and a kit for building indoor sand castles.
Particularly good Nordic gummies that recently arrived Stateside.
Pirate Party Game
From Naomi Watts’s newly launched wellness brand.
Made in Bosnia and Herzegovina by EvalinVila.
Goatskin Gardening Gloves
Kids’ Patchwork Collar
Ideally worn over a crisp white shirt.
The Last Known Recording of Albert Ayler’s Voice
The full, never-released recordings of his 1970 concerts in France.
Made by Coda Craft, it’s the perfect shape, size, and strength.
Meant to recall the gates of a drive-through.
A handmade glass ornament that also comes in pink and orange.
Prowl neon-lit alleys through the eyes of a feline.
Beautiful Egg Cup
Wool Corn Set
Ware of the Dog also makes a Pop-Tart toy for cats.
One of the more affordable (and adorable) things from the Barcelona-based kids’ line.
The scent of Beyoncé’s favorite pizzeria without the six-hour wait.
Greek Chile Flakes
Almopia peppers are smoked over a ten-day period in September, then crushed by hand.
Monogrammed Ring Dish
“Great for a gal of any age,” per the description.
The Next Tinned Fish
A subtle stick-it-to-the-man T-shirt.
Color-Blocked Turkey Baster
From Staff, which last made designy plungers.
‘Wordle’ With Friends
Pocket Fountain Pen
Made of silk taffeta by NYC-based brand Coming of Age.
Illyanna Maisonet’s Family Recipes
The Puerto Rican food columnist traces the roots of over 90 traditional dishes.
Øgaard’s little scrubbing sponges, sourced from Mexico, can be used on skin and kitchen pots.
The best on the market for the money, according to Chambers St. Wines.
Punta del Este Dulce de Leche
A family recipe from Narbona, a restaurant-farm-winery in Uruguay.
Last-Chance Subway Calendar
After 30 years, this is the last year Newkirk Images will produce the MTA’s official calendar.
Stuff it with greens, run water through the handle, and shake dry.
One-Button Bop It
A new version of the ’90s classic in honor of its 25th anniversary.
Made from Hudson Valley black currants.
Not Pickle Balls
Padel, the Mexican racquet sport, is just starting to take off in the U.S.
A Runner’s Scarf
A spice blend from CAP Beauty and Silver Lake restaurant Botanica.
The tiny magnetic crag lets climbers practice their routes.
Surprisingly hefty for the price.
Three blocks—coarse sea salt, Vermont maple, and a rotating third flavor—will be dropped off monthly.
Deaccessioned Pink Paint
After 60 years of exclusive use in Barbie Dreamhouses, Backdrop is now selling the official shade.
It goes on clear, then reacts to the skin’s natural pH.
European-style conservas from the Gulf of Maine.
A thermal bag from Japanese brand Puebco.
Designed to hold a half-gallon by a company that also has a spring-water-delivery service.
Ozzy Osbourne’s Eye Shadow
A collaboration between Rock and Roll Beauty and the Prince of Darkness.
‘Ghetto Gastro’ Cookbook
Parisian graphic-design and architecture studio Saint-Lazare made these for Zara Home.
Made from dark maple, sorghum, and apple-cider syrup.
Takashi Murakami Pancakes
For flipping flowers in the shape of the Japanese artist’s most-famous motif.
Fancy Japanese Tea Bags
A hangable version of issue No. 241’s cult-favorite Danielle Orchard cover.
Knockout Turkish Delights
A Pound of Grits
Ground in small batches from one of the few Black-owned southern brands that produces grits.
The Best New Mascara
Plumping Face Masks
Dua Lipa keeps multiples in her fridge.
Frick Madison Cap
It’ll be a collector’s item when the museum moves out of the Breuer next year.