In all the Black Friday 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 kooky, beautiful, and useful gifts, priced under $50 from New York’s print gift guide. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
Beautiful, yes, but also crafted by a Tokyo company called Kiya that’s been making knives for over two centuries.
In which the actor (and street-style icon) interviews celebrities, including Edie Falco and Michael Cera.
The earring of a generation.
Noma’s recipes for everything from lacto blueberries to whiskey vinegar.
For the baby who prefers to chew on natural rubber from Malaysian Hevea trees.
An Aperol spritz deserves to sit upon mother-of-pearl.
Goofballs, fattys, gold dust: all terms that were catching on circa 1972, when New York State issued this brochure, now reproduced.
From the family behind New Haven’s (or the country’s, depending on who you’re talking to) best pizzeria.
A pest slayer with a beechwood handle.
Luxurious yet playful, in a bright Elmo-ish color.
Also available: a waxy sugar apple.
A saucer from André Soltner’s groundbreaking French restaurant, Lutèce (1961–2004).
Scrapbooks full of 18th- and 19th-century hair — including George Washington’s — are on display at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences.
Designed by YouTube’s own Emma Chamberlain, who will need no introduction to the tween in your life.
À la Ariana Grande.
The senator tells the story of ten suffragists alongside the illustrations of Maira Kalman.
For a 2018 Cher Horowitz.
4.5 ounces of sugar and dill-pickle flavoring.
For the friend who likes vintage.
Made with two very 2018 ingredients: pale-pink roses and Himalayan salt.
They’re notebooks, actually, with covers, like Better Homes Than Yours, that have appeared on the show.
Three pounds of Ina Garten’s preferred brand to last as long as her marriage to Jeffrey.
Flavored with mint and certified-organic green-tea extracts, and (of course) French.
Tacos, turkey sandwiches, and other sorts of kids’ meals become instantly more enticing.
A lavender-and-vanilla bedtime treat for the nonhumans of the household.
Inedible but irresistible.
For a (slightly twee) spa night.
It uses low-friction spring technology for a joyously smooth bounce.
Equally appealing for your friend whose mom wouldn’t let her have one in the ’80s or a niece for whom the entire concept will be new.
Perversely satisfying Operation-esque family entertainment endorsed by the high priestess of zit extraction herself, Dr. Pimple Popper.
A 25-inch replica of the Rolls-Royce of vacuums to develop their cleaning-gadget tastes early.
For the friend who needs a little help getting into the Christmas spirit.
Because the leftovers of that carrot slaw deserve an equally photogenic storage container.
Access to Gloria Vanderbilt’s home, Kehinde Wiley’s live-work studio, and other interiors via the POV of New York’s longtime design editor.
Some discerning kids simply can’t bear to play outside with chilly toes.
You’re welcome, cool dads of every age.
This liquid bronzer is apparently the only makeup the editor wears daily.
It’s called Relative Insanity and involves conjuring all the crazy things your family might say or do.
*This article appears in the November 26, 2018, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
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