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. This year we have gone in a different direction, focusing almost entirely on the world of the new. Here, you’ll find a wide assortment of recently released things for every person on your list, from mood music for a plant owner (a rerelease of a 1976 record that apparently helps monsteras and ZZ’s grow) to a big-dog-specific tote for a pit-bull parent. Plus, of course, hundreds of other ideas, from a gold-plated sewing kit (seen above, $54 from shop.neuegalerie.org) to a handful eerily realistic ceramic peanuts to a Lucite cat bed that could easily double as a side table. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
Milanese Table Runner
Luxurious Long Johns
From long-johns-specific start-up CDLP.
Big Wooden LEGO
Marc Jacobs Card Holder
In the classic Baroque print.
The Roman tyrant can be worn as a necklace or carried as a memento.
Year-Round Easter Chocolate
It’s actually made of plaster.
These squeezable hands are made to order in Brooklyn.
Oakland Olive Oil
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s entire collection but in (considerably less expensive) travel size.
500 Pages of Rihanna
To tide them over while they wait for her new album.