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

Including a water-rowing machine, a Dyson curling iron, and Biggie’s Versace sunglasses.

A cactus bracelet from Tiffany’s. Photo: Joe Lingeman
A cactus bracelet from Tiffany’s. Photo: Joe Lingeman

In all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday hysteria, you may have gotten a good deal on a flat-screen TV. But what about those gifts that elicit a truly delighted wow? Here, dozens of surprising, kooky, beautiful, and useful gifts, priced over $200 (we ran our under $50 and under $200 guides earlier this week). Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.

No sunlight needed: This cactus (bracelet) is made of 18-karat yellow gold and diamonds.

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This German-designed seat is made of hardened polyurethane foam.

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Gift-trend forecasters say the series will be back big this year. Forgo the electric wands and floating Snitches for this classy complete set hand-bound in tear-resistant jackets.

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David Mallett’s new NYC salon is among the few in the country to offer a Tokio Inkarami hair facial, which conditions layer by layer. 

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Via a new start-up that lets non-millionaires invest small amounts in millionaire-priced art.

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In pebbled leather, with a hidden business-card pocket.

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Fiber art for the flowers.

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For the garage craft-beer brewer who’s ready to level up.

$590
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For the 20-year-old or 90-year-old on your list.

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If you’re going to wear fur, it might as well be vintage.

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Straight from her Instagram to your backyard.

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This Köln Travel Kit is stocked with TSA-sized status toiletries.

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An archival pigment print on paper with hand-frayed edges, inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem “Goblin Market.”

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There are only some 70 sake sommeliers in the world; book one for a dinner-party power move.

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It’s sleek, ecofriendly, and goes 50 mph.

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Handmade brooms continue to edge out ceramics as the next must-have objet.

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They’re made by one guy, Roland Lannier, in central France.

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Signed by a preretirement Caroll Spinney.

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It’s bugproof, has reflective UV-blackout layers, and sleeps six Burners.

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High-design home exercise.

A snore-detecting inflatable pillow insert that turns you over so your partner doesn’t have to.

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Made by a former Glossier employee, naturally.

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Invest in the reopening of Brooklyn’s most esteemed (and long-lost) restaurant, Gage & Tollner.

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A styling tool that uses airflow to attract hair and curl it without extreme heat.

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Don’t be fooled by its humble toaster-oven looks — this Breville countertop contraption reaches temperatures up to a scorching 750 degrees to make perfect wood-fired oven pies without the wood, or the oven, in less than two minutes.

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The first known meat slicer, designed in 1898, creates deli-thin prosciutto, pancetta, and more.

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It has a built-in “chrono regatta” device for recording race times with perfect accuracy.

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With rose-gold details and an alligator band.

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It neighs, trots, and eats carrots — just like the real thing.

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For your friend with some land.

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Made for guys but equally appealing to women.

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A bamboo screen by the East Village–based Green River Project made with hand-spun Indian fabric selected by designer Emily Bode and painted on by artist Kurt Beers.

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Fancy brass heads paired with not-so-serious acrylic handles.

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A poster created in 1983 for the “Food for the Soup Kitchens” benefit (which included Keith Haring, Kiki Smith, and David Wojnarowicz).

Chefs like Carla Perez-Gallardo of Lil’ Deb’s Oasis whip up tasty stews; all donations go to causes like the Audre Lorde Project.

$400
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Do you still call it a collar when it’s made of solid stainless steel with 14-karat-gold plating?

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This service not only plans your whole trip but chooses the destination.

Sonos TV Speaker
$436
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Because the volume on the TV is either too loud or not loud enough.

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Artist Guy Overfelt has reimagined one of Picasso’s 1950s ceramic pieces as a fully functioning pipe.

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An easy way to take it over-the-top.

$2,000
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Dry-cleaning not included.

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Carved from one solid piece of a stone said to soothe stress and nervousness. Like most baths.

Lunar Rocks
$100,000
$100,000
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Now on at Sotheby’s: the second-ever legal offering of moon rocks. 

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By Raquel Albarran via Land Gallery, a Dumbo-based studio that represents adult artists with developmental disabilities.

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A robotic dog, loaded with sensors and cameras, that will learn tricks and (fake) pee on your rug.

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A Patagonia fleece upgrade by Japanese designer Yuki Matsuda.

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A reissue of the rapper’s beloved shades.

*This article appears in the November 26, 2018, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

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