We have highly specific gift guides for every kind of person, from grandparents to babies, gamers to bookworms, hikers to home cooks. But the gifts below — from fashion-y PPE to DIY mushroom farms — are novel, new, and, above all, very 2020. We mined the internet, sleuthed around social media, and tapped into our own shopping hive mind to unearth the latest, coolest stuff at truly every price point, from four bucks to, well, about 400 times that.
$25 and under
The same game they know and love (or love to hate), except this iteration’s notably stylish.
We love a non-fusty puzzle, and it doesn’t get less fusty than John Derian.
Classic Ikea storage, Lego-fied.
A sparkly sponge to make doing dishes (something we’re all spending more time on these days) infinitely more enjoyable.
Hand-poured in Brooklyn by Japanese designer Yui Kobayashi.
This all-natural playdough (plant-based colors! compostable glitters! essential oils!) isn’t just for kids.
If they’ve already knitted, embroidered, and tie-dyed to excess, here are 52 other suggestions for ways to pass the time.
This new hair line is vegan, cruelty-free, Black-owned, and beloved by our curly-haired friends at the Cut.
Some especially well-designed, easy-to-apply falsies, courtesy of former J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons.
For the stressed-out kid.
If sipping vinegar doesn’t appeal, consider these tablets that promise fresh, fizzy kombucha in an instant.
Cereal that’s actually good for them and that’ll look good on their shelf, too.
Pairs well with snacks.
A cheaper-than-usual and smaller-than-usual versions of Taschen’s best-selling coffee table book.
The dusty book smell — sans dust.
Note: While you can give the gift of a preorder, this product doesn’t ship until 1/6/2021.
A tote inspired by New York’s 16th annual Reasons to Love New York issue, and a tribute to all the local businesses we lost this year.
$50 and under
A mini Molly (for a fraction of the price).
Note: Backordered until December 15, 2020.
Or even mini-er Frodo and friends.
For the kid (or the parent of the kid) who prefers toys plush instead of plastic.
For the kid who misses art class (or the adult who misses their weekly bodega bouquet).
Instead of tiles, this set’s made of beautifully illustrated cards.
Air plant included.
For your favorite hypebeast (or pool shark).
A gift that proves you have your finger on the pulse.
Instagram-worthy zit stickers and under-eye patches.
A glow so high-def, it’ll even show up on Zoom.
To refresh said glow.
And neither is seasonal affective disorder.
A sampler of masks to soothe a variety of skin-care afflictions.
A sampler of a different sort.
Extra-special snacks that you won’t find at the supermarket.
For the caffeine enthusiast, you can’t do any better than Blue Bottle’s espresso blends.
Machine-washable microfiber scrunchies that can be used to hold their hair and clean their iPhone screen.
PPE, but make it fashion.
A lesson on tidying from Marie Kondo herself.
The prettiest mask we ever did see.
And a bag for said mask.
When they need to, well, go on-the-go.
Sure beats matches.
$100 and under
This may look like an objet d’art designed by Jeff Koons, but it’s actually one of the fastest-selling kids’ toys of 2020.
This colorful kit will please any kid in your life.
And this colorful kit will please any adult in your life.
Not only is this handcrafted in Peru, but one doll provides ten meals to children in need.
You can’t go wrong with anything from Jungalow, but we especially like these cheerful ceramic vases.
Each ashtray is one-of-a-kind and made by hand using techniques originating in Murano, Italy.
Made of machine-washable twill that happens to be ecofriendly, too (the brand used excess fabric lying around from previous seasons).
An especially nice-looking mezuzah made of glass and steel (and also available in black, navy, and off-white).
It’s been a trash year. This’ll make it a little brighter.
A new (and less expensive) take of the cult-classic shaggy-dog sweater
A kindercore fleece from A24, the maker of films like Moonlight and Uncut Gems — and now a maker of cool merch, too.
A twee (but not too twee) collar to liven up Zoom appearances.
Note: Because this is coming from Spain, shipping is $15.
A timely gift that’ll come in handy long after the pandemic’s over.
For those who have embraced the stay-at-home lifestyle.
An electric kettle worthy of counter space.
A fanciful mask for socially distanced special occasions (or, y’know, grocery runs).