holiday gifts 2019

42 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Holiday Gifts Over $200

From a flamingo cork puller to a fancy fire extinguisher.

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 diamond ear cuff (seen above, to a handful of 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.

Zebra Knee-Highs

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh Lune Boot, Zebra Patent

The giant MNZ box alone is worth the price.

Lipstick Purse

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Jacquemus Red Lipstick Holder Mini Bag

This Jacquemus “bag” has room for one Ruby Woo.

A Night at the Beatrice

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Andre Saraiva Dream Concert "Beatrice Inn"

André Saraiva’s faux concert poster imagines an ideal lineup at the storied mid-aughts nightclub.

Quieter Theragun

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Theragun G3PRO Percussive Therapy Device

The newest version of the handheld massager has a subtler-sounding vibration.

Holiday-Party Cover-up

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Miu Miu Cashmere Cardigan

Cheerful, cropped, and collared.

Vanity Brush

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Gucci Silver Brush With Eagle

From Gucci; would not look out of place in a Sofia Coppola period piece.

Ruby-Red Cat-Eyes

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Balenciaga Aluminum Cat Sunglasses

Slightly sporty, slightly ’50s.

Upstate Jacket

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Todd Snyder Wool Plaid Cruiser Jacket

The wool is sourced from an Italian mill near Florence.

Murano Glassware

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La DoubleJ Rainbow Glass Set of 4

Created with Venetian glassmaker Salviati.

21st-Century Steiff

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Steiff Studio Fabella Unicorn

Known for its classic teddy bears, the 19th-century company is now making unicorns.

Moon-Landing Camera

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Hasselblad 907X Special Edition Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

An updated version of the Hasselblad used to document Apollo 11.

Whole-Ear Diamonds

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Etincelle de Cartier earring

It stretches from the cartilage all the way to the lobe.

Cable Bracelet

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David Yurman Madison Chain Small Bracelet, 8.5mm

Instead of just a regular old chain chain.

Avian Cork Puller

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Carl Aubock Flamingo Cork Puller

From Carl Aubock, the designer responsible for a rooster brass bell and a human-foot paperweight.

Toddler Purse

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Dolce & Gabbana Heart-Shaped Jacquard Shoulder Bag

For LEGOs or string cheese.

Shaker-esque Play Kitchen

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Toro Play Kitchen design by Ferm Living

For the no-frills child chef.

Realistic Rower

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Hydrow Rower

Like a Peloton but for rowing, with live classes taught by Olympians.

Orange Ski Pants

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Prada Technical Fabric Ski Trousers Lr-Mx003

Mix things up a little this year at Beaver Creek.

Well-Marbled Wagyu

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Premium Dry-Aged Assortment

And a boneless New York strip and a prime-rib steak, all aged over 30 days.

Carry-on Kayak

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Oru Kayak Inlet

From Oru; weighs 20 pounds and folds into a handbag.

88-Pound Tub

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Drummonds The Baby Tyne Copper Bath Tub

Styled after the 18th-century “Bateau Bath.” 

Dainty Pillow Sham

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D. Porthault Paris Fleurs D'Avril Boudoir Sham

A new floral print from the storied linens line.

Dancing Shoes

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Isabel Marant Lalice Ballerina Shoes

A ballerina-flat comeback is expected this spring.

Cleaning Quartet

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Kept Utility Set

Includes a rack, an ostrich-feather duster, an ebonized-oak-handled broom, and a dustpan with contoured edges that can apparently even gather glitter.

Non-Dowdy Electric Bike

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Vintage Electric Shelby Two Wheel Cobra

It’s vintage style and can go up to 36 mph.

Legged Serving Bowl

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Haas Brothers Salad Monster Serving Bowl

From the Haas Brothers’ first homeware collection.

Swedish Soda-Maker

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Aarke Carbonator II

An aesthete’s SodaStream.

Lucite Cat Bed

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Feline Objects Acrylic Bed with Velvet

Could double as a side table.

Gentleman’s Money Clip

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Tiffany & Co. Makers Narrow Money Clip in Sterling Silver

For the one who still refuses to carry a wallet.

Blue Blazer

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Henning NYC Rally Blazer

This single-breasted satin jacket by Henning NYC goes up to size 24.

35 New Prince Songs

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1999 Super Deluxe Prince

Courtesy of Prince’s estate, a remastered edition of 1999 featuring never-before-released tracks.

Cleverest Carry-on

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Cotopaxi Allpa 42L Travel Pack

It has a two-sided suitcase-style interior and can be carried as a backpack, tote, or carry-on.

Jaunty Cardigan

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Rosa Cardigan N°001

Designed by former Parsons classmates.

Jerry Saltz–Approved Painting

Vera Girivi Painting

Vera Girivi recently showed her richly saturated paintings at Paris’s Outsider Art Fair.

Racquet Backpack

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Tennis Racket Backpack

The quilted leather bag holds a racquet plus nine balls.

Striped Scarf

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Acne Studios Colour-block striped scarf

Acne Studios collaborated with artist Jacob Dahlgren, who has worn a striped T-shirt every day since 2001.

Over-the-Top Watch

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

The Daytona features eight diamonds and an 18-karat-gold setting.

Antipasto Knives

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Poglia Antipasti Knives

Capable of slicing through even the toughest Grana Padano.