The Most Absurd Item on Gwyneth Paltrow's Gift List
Put these items on your wish list and see how your friends and family react.
As the holiday season approaches, children start to make their wishlists, adults begin to decorate their homes in anticipation of the festivities, and award-winning actor Gwyneth Paltrow queues up the most absurd gift guides imaginable. Paltrow is the founder of wellness and lifestyle brand Goop, which among other things, releases yearly gift guides featuring ornate, extremely out-of-touch gift suggestions. While we can't afford most of these items, it's fun to scroll through and imagine a life where we could make use of things like a portable studypod or a watch that's over $44,000. Keep reading for this year's most outrageous gift recommendations, and for some more modest suggestions, Here Are Oprah's Favorite Things of 2020 Under $50.
Paltrow designates a specific section of the Goop gift guide "The Most Ridiculous but Awesome" gifts. However, the star's most absurd suggestion wasn't found on that list. The "55 Best Gifts for Men" list features a personal robot that comes in at $3,200. While the novelty of having your own little R2-D2 might sound worth the price, you should be warned the bot doesn't do much. Goop describes it as "the robot sidekick he's always dreamed of."
The robot, called gita, only has one function—it carries your things. We're not totally sure, but this sounds a lot like a backpack to us. "Gita is a following robot. It carries your stuff so you can walk outdoors for local errands and trips instead of driving or riding in cars," the site reads. Once you pair yourself with gita, it senses your movement and follows you using two large wheels. The photos that demonstrate gita following its master give off major Black Mirror vibes.
If you live in a tiny apartment that could barely fit a Roomba, this gift is probably not for you. Either way, you could just as easily skip the robot and get a really large tote for the same effect.
Read on for some wonderfully strange gift suggestions from Paltrow and the Goop team's "Ridiculous but Awesome" list, and if you're feeling inspired, make sure you avoid The Worst Thing You Can Say When Giving a Gift.
Glittery Ouija board
This season give the gift of communing with the dead, but with a little sparkle. This Edie Parker Ouija board will only cost you $1,995. And for more fun content delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
For a price this hefty, we're expecting to be woken up in the year 2022. This mattress comes from a collaboration between Avocado Green Mattress and Goop. If you're in the market for a "bespoke, artisanal bed for conscious living," as they put it, this is the mattress to add to your wish list. Not sure if you need a replacement? If You Have This Bed at Home, Stop Using It Now.
If you've ever found yourself at a loss for what to carry your watermelon in, this is the gift for you. This watermelon bag from Tsuchiya Kaban is so elite that you can only learn the price upon request.
Custom tiny home
Throughout the pandemic, we've all been dreaming of a sweet escape from our homes. Finally, Goop has provided us with a simple solution—a tiny home. For just $99,000 or more, you could get away from it all in a custom tiny home.
Custom birth seat
The gift to expect when expecting. This custom "labour silla" was designed for people who don't want to give birth at a hospital, but rather on a funky couch. And for some slightly more practical gift ideas, Here Are Oprah's Favorite Things of 2020 Under $20.
Working from home has been challenging for many of us over the past eight months. The solution? A $13,600 personal studypod that you can put anywhere. For a quick commute and some serious privacy, ask for a studypod this holiday season.
Japanese wagyu beef
Nothing sparks holiday joy quite like a slab of expensive beef. The suggested size of 16.5 ounces of Marky's wagyu will only set you back $2,450.91. And for more standard gifts that aren't a great idea, check out these Common Gifts That Are Guaranteed to Backfire.
Rather than giving your child toys this year, consider paying artist Ryan Mc Elhinney $15,000 to turn all of their old toys into an ornate lamp.
This $299 item, PlantWave, uses your plants' electrical current to make music. Simply "attach the sensors to the leaves of any living thing (your ficus, your fiddle-leaf fig, the fronds in your backyard), connect wirelessly to your phone, and enjoy the soothing sounds that drift out of it," writes Goop.
Remember that pricey watch we were talking about? Here it is. Goop describes the timepiece as perfect for "when you want a time check, but not a reality check." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.