holiday gifts 2019

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

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

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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

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Dr. Barbara Sturm’s entire collection but in (considerably less expensive) travel size.

500 Pages of Rihanna

The Rihanna Book

To tide them over while they wait for her new album.

Cheerful Ski Hat

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In bright Big Bird yellow.

Patchwork Pullover

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By 24-year-old designer Tyler McGillivary.

Italian Surgeon Clogs

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Calzuros are not new new, but new to the screen-printing, cheese-making contingent in North Brooklyn.

Gilded Sewing Kit

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Includes gold-plated scissors and thimble, a spool of golden thread, and a golden-eyed needle.

Rich Person’s Skin

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The celebrity-beloved brand now has a body cream meant to reduce cellulite.

Tie-Dyed Tights

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Each piece is one-of-a-kind and made in New York by tie-dye designer Emily Dawn Long.

Euphoria Eyes

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A metallic-eye-shadow quartet from Pat McGrath.

Gravity-Defying Wigs

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Worn by the likes of Jinkx Monsoon and Blu Hydrangea.

Record Weight

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It’s meant to improve sound quality by steadying the rotation speed of uneven records.

Baroque Watch

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From Swatch’s collaboration with the Louvre.

Moonlight, the Book

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Barry Jenkins’s screenplay with a foreword by Frank Ocean and an essay by Hilton Als.

Dog DNA Test

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For the adoptive pet parent who wants to know the percentage of Pekingese in their pup.

Gentleman’s Robe

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Oxford blue with handsome red piping, in 100 percent cotton.

Phone Soap

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A hypochondriac’s new best friend: This device kills germs that live on the surface of a phone.

ASMR Headphones

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Preloaded with eight hours of original ASMR content from 16 top ASMRtists.

Muumuu Upgrade

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An elevated around-the-house dress.

Handblown Pear

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It takes three weeks for New Zealand artist Devyn Ormsby to cast her glass fruit; she also does a mean banana, mandarin, and lemon.

Scaly Skateboard

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A 26-inch, made-to-order maple-ply deck.

Bright-Red Beanie

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Just a nice, chunky wool hat for a fellow.

Rose-Oil Halvah

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Six whole pounds of the nutty, rosy dessert.

Patterson-Inspired Gloves

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For a fan of the “Gentleman of Boxing.”

On-the-Nose Ski Top

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A different kind of camo.

New Nan Goldin

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An updated edition of her seminal 1993 book, The Other Side.

Cow Puffer

Cow Pitcher

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An appropriate vessel for serving milk.

Stacked Packed Lunch

Alessi Food à Porter
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Alessi’s three-compartment ode to the bento box.

Oaxacan Tortilla Press

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Doña Rosa has been selling tortilla presses to locals in Oaxaca’s Central de Abastos market for years; she agreed to do a limited run for Masienda, an heirloom-corn distributor.

1,883 Movies

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A year of obscure gems from Criterion’s new streaming channel.

Friendly Snake

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Ferm Living updated its classic stuffed reptile with a more contemporary colorway.

Meditation Mat

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To elevate a morning Headspace habit.

Noncommittal Scalamandré

Dried Blenheim Apricots

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A box of one of California’s most prized (and rare) fruits.

Faux Begonia

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Because the real thing requires high humidity.

Couples Charger

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It can charge two at one time and is made with premium pebble-grain Italian leather.

Tap Strap

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Accelerometers track the movement of your hand, turning it into a mouse. Or a keyboard.

Artisanal Shower Curtain

Made in Brooklyn and inspired by rock cairns.

Non-Granny Glasses Chain

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The eyewear equivalent of orthopedic shoes gets an upgrade.

Toddler Trainers

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A collaboration between popular-with-Brooklyn-moms Veja and popular-with-French-children Bonton.

Very Fuzzy Slippers

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Made by sheepskin-centric Parisian brand Toasties.

Cork-Oak Face Cream

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A path for hippie dads to move into the wellness space.

Deerskin Gloves

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Fringed, handsome, and straight from Centralia, Washington.

Big-Dog Bag

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So they can haul a pit-bull terrier onto the F train.

Ginger Doll

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Blaire is the first redheaded American Girl since Felicity was shelved.

Bulgarian-Rose-Bloom Perfume

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With notes of tobacco, resin, blood orange, and hibiscus.

Art Deco Hair Picks

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Carved out of water-buffalo horn, a source of keratin.

Half-Quilt, Half-Throw

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It’s a Merino-wool throw but with a classic quilt design from Danish line HAY.

*This article appears in the November 25, 2019, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

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60 Surprising, Delightful, Weird Holiday Gifts Under $200