holiday gifts 2018

43 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Holiday Gifts Under $50

Including terrazzo coasters, tea-bag eye masks, CBD gumdrops, and much more.

The best nail clipper. Photo: Joe Lingeman
The best nail clipper. Photo: Joe Lingeman

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.

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In which the actor (and street-style icon) interviews celebrities, including Edie Falco and Michael Cera.

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The earring of a generation.

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Noma’s recipes for everything from lacto blueberries to whiskey vinegar.

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For the baby who prefers to chew on natural rubber from Malaysian Hevea trees.

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An Aperol spritz deserves to sit upon mother-of-pearl.

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Goofballs, fattys, gold dust: all terms that were catching on circa 1972, when New York State issued this brochure, now reproduced.

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From the family behind New Haven’s (or the country’s, depending on who you’re talking to) best pizzeria.

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As seen in archival photos of the Missoni family in the recently released Missoni Family Cookbook.

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A pest slayer with a beechwood handle.

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Luxurious yet playful, in a bright Elmo-ish color.

Infinite Answers
$7

As with the narrator in Sheila Heti’s novel Motherhood, you too can flip I Ching coins to ask yes-or-no questions (heads means yes, tails no).

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Also available: a waxy sugar apple.

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A saucer from André Soltner’s groundbreaking French restaurant, Lutèce (1961–2004).

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Scrapbooks full of 18th- and 19th-century hair — including George Washington’s — are on display at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences.

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Designed by YouTube’s own Emma Chamberlain, who will need no introduction to the tween in your life.

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Jell-O Recipe by Apt 2B Baking Co.
Print (then laminate) the instructions for baker Yossy Arefi’s Instagram-worthy fruit-filled wobble mold.

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À la Ariana Grande.

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The senator tells the story of ten suffragists alongside the illustrations of Maira Kalman.

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For a 2018 Cher Horowitz.

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4.5 ounces of sugar and dill-pickle flavoring.

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For the friend who likes vintage.

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Made with two very 2018 ingredients: pale-pink roses and Himalayan salt.

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They’re notebooks, actually, with covers, like Better Homes Than Yours, that have appeared on the show.

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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.

From $10
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Tacos, turkey sandwiches, and other sorts of kids’ meals become instantly more enticing.

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A lavender-and-vanilla bedtime treat for the nonhumans of the household.