62 Surprising, Delightful, And Weird Holiday Gifts Under $50

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 surprising, kooky, beautiful, and useful gifts, priced under $50 from our print gift guide, including the sparkliest backpack, a cheeky card holder, the most handsome lighter — plus giant googly eyes for, well, anyone.

Classy Lighter (above)

Green Tortoise Lighter by Tsubota Pearl

Tokyo brand Tsubota Pearl has been making lighters (and money clips, cigarette cases, and other stately objects) since 1952.

‘Beetlejuice’ Pin
Beetlejuice crazy dance pin> Beetlejuice crazy dance pin

Verameat made only 50 of these, so you’re unlikely to meet another superfan with Delia Deetz on her jean jacket.

Party Socks
Simone Wild Velvet Socks> Simone Wild Velvet Socks

From German designer Simone Wild: velvet jewel-toned stockinged feet.

Origami Lessons
Origami folding class> Origami folding class

Students start with swans and graduate to elephants and dogs.

Kids’ Karaoke
FAO Schwarz Bluetooth Vintage Musical Microphone> FAO Schwarz Bluetooth Vintage Musical Microphone

Connects to devices’ Bluetooth, so they can sing along to their Raffi playlist.

The Sparkliest Backpack
Style.Labs Magic Sequin Backpack, Mermaid/Black> Style.Labs Magic Sequin Backpack, Mermaid/Black

Bring fashion’s glitter takeover to school with this Style.Lab pack.

2-D Sneakers
Air Jordan Coloring Book: Sneaker Adult Coloring Book> Air Jordan Coloring Book: Sneaker Adult Coloring Book

A coloring book featuring every Air Jordan sneaker from 1 to 23.

Squeaky-Clean Laces
Jason Markk Round Laces> Jason Markk Round Laces

Polyester water- and stain-resistant laces perfect for your sneakerhead.

A Peek at an Abandoned Subway Station
Subway fare> Subway fare

City Hall station is gorgeous but abandoned. Take a friend on the ninth car on a downtown 6 and catch a glimpse.

Cheeky Card Holder
Danielle Wright Yum Cardholder> Danielle Wright Yum Cardholder

A not-so-serious Italian leather case to hold your tween’s first debit card.

Handheld Hologram
Merge Cube> Merge Cube

A holographic cube that, when viewed through your phone’s camera, can transform almost anything into 3-D.

Disguised Nail Files
Bauhaus Matchbook Nail Files> Bauhaus Matchbook Nail Files

Six teeny nail files secreted in a matchbook for the trying-to-reform biter.

Classic Comp Notebook
Comp Notebook> Comp Notebook

With a modern update, thanks to a Mead-obsessed Pentagram designer.

Travel Teddy
Travel Buddy Chocolito> Travel Buddy Chocolito

The Mana’o Nani bear has hidden magnets and a unique name handwritten on a sticker.

Retro Hair Ties
Wood hair tie> Wood hair tie

Beechwood bobble ponytail holders made in Munich by designer Saskia Diez.

OCD Wall Calendar
2018 Wall Planner> 2018 Wall Planner

For the designophile, from Crispin Finn.

Crayola Upgrade
Full Spectrum Chalk> Full Spectrum Chalk

Pretty pastels from our favorite grown-up toy company.

Finger Monkey
Fingerlings Baby Monkey, Zoe, Turquoise> Fingerlings Baby Monkey, Zoe, Turquoise

Unlike a real monkey, this Fingerlings can coo, giggle, and blow you a kiss.

Oaxacan Candle
Baby Bouquet candle> Baby Bouquet candle

Mexico by way of New York.

Aquatic Sponges
Fish Sponge> Fish Sponge

Rosy foam sponges from Hay that’ll swim in your sink.

Cat Licker
Licki Brush> Licki Brush

So you can lick your cat just like a mama grooms her young. No judgments here.

Red-Sauce Tee
Chicken Parm in Yellow> Chicken Parm in Yellow

For the post-normcore comfort-food fanatic.

ABC’s for Hypekids
Rap ABC Board Book> Rap ABC Board Book

Who likely already know that B is for Biggie Smalls.

Art Scarf
Hoffmann Adler Foulard> Hoffmann Adler Foulard

Your mother’s new favorite, designed by Josef Hoffman.

Giant Googly Eyes
Decora 7 Inch Giant Googly Eyes> Decora 7 Inch Giant Googly Eyes

Seven-inch eyeballs that actor Wendi McLendon-Covey just so happens to put on the front of her microwave.

Brooklyn Beckham’s Book
What I See Hardcover by Brooklyn Beckham> What I See Hardcover by Brooklyn Beckham

Life through the World’s Most Popular Teen’s baby blues.

Mah-jongg Lessons
Mah-jongg Lessons> Mah-jongg Lessons

For a slice of Floridian retirement right here in New York, mah-jongg lessons at the Brooklyn Strategist.

Giant Bubble
Giant Bubble> Giant Bubble

That no child will be able to pop, try as they will.

A Consultation at a Danish Hair-Loss Clinic
Consultation> Consultation

Harklinikken brought its hair-regrowth elixirs to New York this year.

Rihanna’s Red Lips
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint> Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

Or an approximation of them, at least, via her new Red Stunna Lip Paint, which is said to last 12 hours.

‘Groundhog Day’ in Midtown
42nd and Vanderbilt> 42nd and Vanderbilt

Peter Funch’s photos of the same Grand Central commuters is a meditation on the daily grind.

Hudson Bay Mitt
Hudson’s Bay Company Oven Mitt> Hudson’s Bay Company Oven Mitt

For his famous lasagna.

Baggu Alternative
Pleated Eco-Bag> Pleated Eco-Bag

A pleated ecobag from Japanese brand Kna Plus.

Spherical Soap
GOLDA Hiba Sphere Soap> GOLDA Hiba Sphere Soap

Made with an oil found only in 300-year-old aomori hiba trees.

Kilroy Nalgene
Kilroy Nalgene> Kilroy Nalgene

Designed by Brooklyn-based artist Eric Elms.

Next-Level Peanut Butter
Spicy Thai Peanut Butter> Spicy Thai Peanut Butter

Artisanal and, of course, Portland-made, with Kaffir-lime leaves and lemongrass.

Eco Cargo Truck
Cargo Truck> Cargo Truck

Made with sawdust recycled from furniture factories.

Political Tote
Keep Going Tote Bag> Keep Going Tote Bag

Add this canvas bag to your tote rotation to show support for Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety.

Anywhere Vase
Anywhere Vases> Anywhere Vases

For the infrequent flower buyer, a metal slip that’ll turn water cups and pitchers into vases.

Stress-Relieving Croissant
HooMore Jumbo Croissant Silly Squishies> HooMore Jumbo Croissant Silly Squishies

A squishy foam baked good by HooMore for the post-fidget-spinner-er.

Build-Your-Own Roller Coaster
FAO Schwarz Roller Coaster Building Set> FAO Schwarz Roller Coaster Building Set

For the aspiring structural engineer: the thrill of Coney Island in your living room, in 753 ready-to-assemble pieces.

A Salt-Cave Session
A salt cave session> A salt cave session

Forty-five minutes of restorative breathing in a cave built from 14 tons of pink Himalayan salt.

Greenpoint-Made Amaro
St. Agrestis New York Amaro> St. Agrestis New York Amaro

Digestif drinkers can finally buy local.

A Catchall Tray
Frank Tray> Frank Tray

A lacquered steel tray that practically begs to store your pencils and spare change.

Mouth-Scorching Pepperoni
Ghost Pepperoni, 6 oz> Ghost Pepperoni, 6 oz

Heritage-pork salumi with a kick from a million-plus-Scoville-units chile.

Vintage Game Set
Wooden Boxed Vintage Inspired Game Set> Wooden Boxed Vintage Inspired Game Set

Perfect for a weekend away, complete with a yo-yo, pickup sticks, and handsome wooden dice.

A ’60s Reissue
I Work Like a Gardener by Joan Miro> I Work Like a Gardener by Joan Miro

A new edition of the 1964 classic that delves into the artist’s philosophy.

Twill Coveralls
Ralph Lauren Western Twill Cotton Coverall> Ralph Lauren Western Twill Cotton Coverall

For cowboys ages 0 to 24 months.

Low-Cost Peace of Mind
WyzeCam> WyzeCam

Eyes everywhere for a bargain.

A Slumpy Sloth
Jellycat Cyril Sloth Toy> Jellycat Cyril Sloth Toy

A most-relaxed-looking fuzzy stuffed animal.

Jerry Garcia Socks
Cotton Tie Dye Socks> Cotton Tie Dye Socks

For the white-sneaker addict looking to level up.

Game Boy Nostalgia
BittBoy FC Mini Handheld> BittBoy FC Mini Handheld

The BittBoy mimics the hardware of the Nintendo classic but runs with 300 built-in games.

Glockenspiel
Green Tones Melody Glockenspiel with Mallets> Green Tones Melody Glockenspiel with Mallets

Hohner’s been crafting instruments in Germany for 160 years. This one is made of mango wood.

Membership to the Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan Museum
THNK1994 Museum Membership> THNK1994 Museum Membership

If the movie isn’t enough, there’s a museum dedicated to the most insane story in ice-skating, which started in the Crown Heights home of two comedians.

Courtney Love’s Favorite Toothpaste
Buly 1803 Opiat Dentaire Toothpaste> Buly 1803 Opiat Dentaire Toothpaste

With hints of mint, coriander, and cucumber, made by the stylish French beauty brand Buly 1803.

Giant Cone Planter
Giant Ice-Cream Cone Planter> Giant Ice-Cream Cone Planter

A (14-inch, plastic) kid-friendly Group Partner alternative.

Instagrammable Poppy Seeds
Blue Poppy Flower Seeds> Blue Poppy Flower Seeds

From blue opium flowers grown in the Turkish city of Afyonkarahisar, which translates to “Poppy Black Fortress.”

A New Coat for a New Yorker
Donation> Donation

As part of its annual drive, New York Cares partners with apparel vendors to donate brand-new coats.

Cheap Masks
Naruko Amazing Mask Set> Naruko Amazing Mask Set

This Naruko set comes with the perfect mask for every kind of skin concern.

Puppy Pineapple
Waggo Playful Pineapple Dog Toy> Waggo Playful Pineapple Dog Toy

Best served frozen for teething dogs.

Worldly Peg Dolls
Ancient Cultures Wooden Dolls> Ancient Cultures Wooden Dolls

Made of Bogotan Urapán wood, these palm-size figurines come dressed in the ancient garb of Egypt, Rome, India, and China.

Rosy Views
Gradient Smoke Gunmetal Aviator Sunglasses> Gradient Smoke Gunmetal Aviator Sunglasses

Classic aviators with perspective-shifting pink lenses.

*This article appears in the November 27, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.

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