Some people have it all. And for those, holiday gifting is beyond our comprehension. While many of us are budgeting the season away or simply eschewing material gifts altogether, there are things out there that are so extravagant, you’re surprised they even exist. But isn’t that the fun of gifting in general, to indulge someone with their wildest fantasy? From designer parfums that can transport you into another dimension (which it should because it costs as much as a first-class flight) to actual vehicular transportation made for teenage celebrities, we curated a list of the most outrageous luxury gifts of the year.
So just for fun, hit pause on reality and peruse the ultra-glamorous offerings the world has to offer, below. (Or if you have the funds, happy shopping!)
Hermès Beach Towel
What is more luxurious than lounging in the sun (on a yacht, presumably) with an Hermès beach towel perfectly laid underneath you? This soft cotton throw is made in France and designed by artist by Matthieu Cossé, and serves as a reminder that even beautiful things can and should be used regularly. Also, if you’ve ever seen someone with a faded Hermès towel, you can’t help but still be impressed.
Is there anything more luxurious than a lipstick-red roadster? This is the car you dream of when you’re 16, and that fantasy never really fades. The new Mercedes-AMG SL is a modern interpretation of the automobile marque’s storied history of a racing car, but we envision winding through hills for weekend getaways. Your past teenager would be proud of you.
Louis Vuitton Flacon d’Exception
At first glance, you might think that this is just a very pretty Louis Vuitton designer perfume set under a pretty glass cloche. In reality, this is a $16,500 hand-blown Baccarat crystal piece designed by Marc Newson. The scent itself is pretty priceless though, with top notes of roses from Grasse and touches of iris, cedar, and pepper rounding it out. The velvety experience will transport you to the scene in 2005’s Pride & Prejudice when Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy just happen to be taking an early morning walk at the same damn time.
Chanel Lip Ring
Chances are, the person who has everything probably has a Chanel bag (or 20). What they probably don’t own yet is a piece featured in the French atelier’s recent Cruise collection, specifically this lip ring. No, they do not need it. But once they see it, they won’t stop thinking about it.
Gucci Backgammon Set
Playing classic board games is a luxury in and of itself. Playing backgammon on Gucci is on an entirely different field. Inspired by archived Gucci sports and leisure items from the ’50s and ’60s, this set has everything you need to recreate House of Gucci, if everyone just wanted to chill in Aspen at the ski lodge.
Air Jordan Retro 1 Trophy Room
Rare sneaker grails can cost upwards of millions for diehard collectors, so in a way, these Jordan 1s are pennies in comparison. The recently dropped Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1 high tops are a collaboration between Marcus Jordan’s sneaker boutique and Jordan Brand, but the laces are what sets them apart. Gifted only to close friends and family, the contrasting blue laces refer to when Michael Jordan was “frozen out” of the 1985 NBA All-Star Game by his future Basketball Hall of Fame teammates.
Eny Lee Parker Lamp
We didn’t know that lamps could become “it” until we kept seeing Eny Lee Parker’s furnishings explode on our feeds. The influencers have agreed: this is the thing to own if you want people to double-tap your apartment grid post. The made-to-order ceramic lamp is a practical piece of art that would sit pretty next to an Ultrafragola mirror or a Camaleonda couch, naturally.
Tiffany’s HardWare Collection
Owning Tiffany jewelry is a flex in and of itself, but opting for its more modern styles over traditional settings is a true power move. Its HardWare Collection serves as an elevated take on industrial chainlinks, appealing to those with more downtown tastes. Plus, Rosé of Blackpink is a major fan, so you know you’ll be in good company if you invest in this future heirloom.
Loewe Kagero Knot Stone
Yes, this is a Loewe stone, ringing in at a cool $350.
If I’m rich and I don’t own an outdoor sauna, please call my mom because I’m not thinking straight.
Vintage Patek Philippe
In the world of luxury watches, Patek Philippe is arguably one of the best, if not the best. Getting your hands on a brand-new exclusive style can be difficult unless you’re Jay-Z, so go the vintage route…if you have $40,000 to spare.
Amina Muaddi Shoes
Chances are, a person living a high-end lifestyle has a shoe closet of otherworldly proportions. So if you’re going to gift them something, it needs to be memorable. In this case, anything by designer Amina Muaddi will do.
Prada Dog Leash
For some, dogs are treated equally if not better than human children. These are the pups whose poo bags are bedazzled Prada.
Bulgari Serpenti Handbag
For the ultra-splurge in the purse department, Bulgari’s Serpenti handbag is about as far as you can go. The one-of-a-kind top handle features the brand’s iconic snakehead clasp, set in yellow gold with six tanzanite stones weighing 15.45 carats surrounded by 3.44 carats of pave diamonds on ultra-luxe pearlized crocodile skin. Its price is, of course, only available upon request.
GOAT. Champ’s Edition
Taschen’s cult-favorite SUMO books are where book lovers and art collectors collide. They are jumbo-sized volumes that come with their own display, but this one is extra special. The publisher’s limited-edition Champ’s edition of GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali by Jeff Koons is not only signed by both the artist and the boxer, but comes with the sculpture “Radial Champs” by Jeff Koons, and four gelatin silver prints of The Champ, each signed by Howard L. Bingham and Muhammad Ali. Somehow, $15,000 feels like a steal.
FAO Schwartz Keepsake Nutcracker
The Nutcracker, but make it luxe.
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