holiday gifts 2019

60 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Holiday Gifts Under $200

Luxurious long johns, fancy olive oil, and very fuzzy slippers.

Photo: Joe Lingeman/JOE LINGEMAN
Photo: Joe Lingeman/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. 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 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

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Designed by Lisa Corti, whose floral linens are sold at the Petit Palais museum gift shop.

Luxurious Long Johns

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From long-johns-specific start-up CDLP.

Big Wooden LEGO

A limited-edition mini-figure made from oak.

Marc Jacobs Card Holder

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Back-pocket-of-their-fanciest-jeans worthy.

Versace Slippers

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In the classic Baroque print.

Caligula Cameo

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The Roman tyrant can be worn as a necklace or carried as a memento.

Year-Round Easter Chocolate

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It’s actually made of plaster.


The more you cuddle and play with this fuzzy robot, the quicker it learns to sing, dance, and talk.

Palm Pillow

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These squeezable hands are made to order in Brooklyn.

Oakland Olive Oil

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Four shipments, each of which comes with an oil-centric zine.

Darker-Skin-Tone Kit