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98 Extremely 2020 Gifts (for Everyone, at Every Price)

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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.

Or perhaps they’d prefer the pandemic pastime of tie-dye?

If they’ve already knitted, embroidered, and tie-dyed to excess, here are 52 other suggestions for ways to pass the time.

Photo: Courtesy of Glossier

Only Glossier could make a soap bar seem groundbreaking.

Photo: Courtesy of Humankind

If they’re stocked on soap, consider some fancy floss.

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.

Status vinegars are having a moment and this small-batch version is good enough to drink.

If sipping vinegar doesn’t appeal, consider these tablets that promise fresh, fizzy kombucha in an instant.

$24 for 2

Cereal that’s actually good for them and that’ll look good on their shelf, too.

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.

To match their trusty FRAKTA.

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.

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).

Animal Mah-Jong

Instead of tiles, this set’s made of beautifully illustrated cards.

For your favorite hypebeast (or pool shark).

Photo: Studio Badini Createam Snc

A gift that proves you have your finger on the pulse.

Instagram-worthy zit stickers and under-eye patches.

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.

For the natural-wine enthusiast, you can’t do better than this new Gamay from designer Rosie Assoulin.

Machine-washable microfiber scrunchies that can be used to hold their hair and clean their iPhone screen.

Mushrooms really are popping up everywhere these days (including, should you gift this kit, their kitchen).

A lesson on tidying from Marie Kondo herself.

The prettiest mask we ever did see.

When they need to, well, go on-the-go.

$100 and under

Squeakee the Balloon Dog

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).

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An especially nice-looking mezuzah made of glass and steel (and also available in black, navy, and off-white).

This sure-to-sell-out gadget can basically turn a cell phone into a gaming console.

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.

Hay Sowden Kettle

An electric kettle worthy of counter space.

A new body oil from the skin-care brand that brought us “the secret to rich-person skin.”

A fanciful mask for socially distanced special occasions (or, y’know, grocery runs).