Some of us might consider a cashmere sweater or a $100 piece of jewelry an extravagant gift. However, when the rich and famous shop for their loved ones for the holidays, many of them take gift-giving to a whole new level. Click through the slideshow to see 10 high-end gifts that are available to give this holiday season — if you can pony up the cash.
1. Custom Luggage for Your Car
If you’re wealthy enough to drive a Ferrari or Porsche, you’re probably wealthy enough to demand high-end luggage. For people also who care about everything that goes into their luxury car, a luggage set from Corsa Miglia might fit the bill.
“You pull up to a nice hotel in your gorgeous Ferrari, the bellhop comes up to your car and pops your trunk, and you want what is under the hood to be as nice as what’s outside,” said Gloria Soviero-Canady, brand manager for Corsa Miglia.
The luggage is made from naked leather and touts itself as transcending “the boundary between the faultless car and luxury luggage.” The Porsche Panamera Voyager Package costs nearly $3,000, and comes with a custom-made traveler bag, duffel bag, garment bag and golf bag, all specifically designed to fit in the trunk of a Porsche Panamera Voyager. Corsa Miglia also offers luggage tailor-fit for Ferraris, Aston Martins, Maseratis and other luxury cars.
2. Comic Books for the Collector
While some people think $5 is plenty to spend on a comic book, those with more disposable income and a love of collectibles might consider a nearly $4,000 comic book page to be a great gift. “Collectible, intriguing comic book and fantasy art makes great gifts, although few people ever think of giving them,” said Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of New York’s Metropolis Collectibles. “And this year, vintage comic book art is hotter than ever.”
Metropolis Collectibles’ offerings include an Avengers comic book page from industry legend Don Heck that features Captain America, Hawkeye and Quicksilver. The popularity of the Avengers movie has helped increase the value of this page to $3,500. A Spectre page, touted as a “sure-fire winner for comic fans and art aficionados,” is listed at $3,900.
“You may be selling an original comic cover, a collectible, an investment, but most of all, you’re selling a story,” Zurzolo said. “You’re selling something that has real meaning to the buyer.”
3. White-Glove Matchmaking
Another unique gift wealthy people can surprise their loved ones with this holiday season: full-service matchmaking. Kate Edwards, a matchmaker with The Three Day Rule, said Los Angeles clients pay $5,000 for a six-month matchmaking membership. It’s the perfect gift for single people who are too busy to vet their own potential dates, Edwards said. Membership includes matchmaking as well as date coaching, styling and photography.
“Matchmakers at Three Day Rule provide personalized service to each client — vetting matches, providing advice and eliminating the stress of dating, resulting in a white glove concierge experience,” Edwards said. “The average single person now spends about 12 hours each week on dating sites and apps, so working with a matchmaker takes all of the hassle out of matching and swiping for busy professionals.”
4. A Party Planner in a Box
The wealthy who love throwing parties, but find themselves too busy to do so, might find Your Perfect Party to be a party-planning boon. This concept helps busy individuals put together a big to-do with less stress, according to founder Debbie Locklear. “It’s a high-end party in a box,” she added.
This “party in a box” comes in six different themes to choose from, all focusing on a certain city — such as Napa, Maui or New York City — and includes up to 185 pieces of upscale design items. Boxes come with décor items, linen, dishes, serving pieces, accessories and more. There’s a party-planning schedule, with a checklist that sends a text message to remind you when it’s time for the next task.
To throw the perfect party, however, you must be willing to put down some serious cash. The NYC-themed party for 12 guests is $5,555, plus your food and beverage costs.
5. A Grill for the Perfect Steak
With smartphones, smart TVs, smart watches, and so on, it was only a matter of time before someone invented a smart grill. For wealthy buyers looking to snag the perfect gift for a high-tech family member or friend, the SmartGrill by Lynx might be a great option. The prices run from $5,999 to $9,499.
The grill allows users to use their smartphone or voice commands to grill their ideal piece of steak. “Its Wi-Fi connectivity, online notification and seamless user interface bring grilling into the 21st century,” said Donna Peters, a public relations senior account executive who represents Lynx.
Users can select from one of hundreds of recipes through the SmartGrill app. The grill is connected to an online database that is able to determine the optimal grilling time, temperature and technique for the food chosen. It can also send visual or audio notifications and texts to let the user know when food is ready.
6. An Event Suite With a View
Why give a gift when you can give an experience? Luckily for those who prefer to give such gifts, there are options like SuiteHop, which allows customers to rent out an entire suite at a venue for sporting and other events. Costs for private suites vary, but can go anywhere from $5,000 for a hockey or basketball game, to $35,000 for an NFL game, according to SuiteHop CEO Todd Lindenbaum.
“For the person that has all the things they need, attending a game or concert in a luxury suite provides the opportunity to create lifelong memories with friends and family,” Lindenbaum said. “Suites create a private atmosphere amongst the chaos of a stadium or arena, and are the best way to experience an event.”
7. The Key to an Adventure
For wealthy people looking to take the idea of an experience gift to a whole new level, Keyrious might be a good option. These tech-infused key pendant necklaces cost up to $17,500, and unlock a personalized surprise. Those wealthy enough to afford this gift also get a personal concierge who helps them plan the perfect surprise for the gift recipient.
“Keyrious is the gift of adventure,” said founder and CEO Emily Baum. “The technology embedded in each of our beautiful key pendants unlocks access to a wide array of experiences. Imagine a trip to the Galapagos on board the National Geographic Endeavor, heli-skiing with a well-known instructor, enjoying a private meal for two by a famous chef, or embarking on an inspiring apprenticeship with a wine or chocolate maker, all unlocked by a beautiful pendant.”
8. Rare Spirits for Holiday Cheer
When the wealthy want to spread holiday cheer and get in the spirit, one way to do it is with a $29,999 bottle of single-malt scotch — the Glenfiddich 50 Year Old. This bottle is extremely rare, according to Brian Bowden, Senior Vice President of Spirits at BevMo!.
“Every bottle is a unique hand-blown expression that is numbered,” Bowden said. “The last bottle sold was in the United States at auction for $38,000. This is one of the last bottles left available for retail sales.”
Gift buyers who are looking to make a splash, but want something a little less pricy, can go for the Remy Martin Louis 13th Cognac, which goes for $3,499.99. “Remy Louis is a blend of 40-100-year-old cognacs that are then aged in oak barrels to marry the flavors,” Bowden said. “The cognac is then bottled in a Baccarat Crystal Decanter.”
9. Personalized Wine for a Special Occasion
For wealthy people who prefer wine, there are plenty of expensive gift options out there as well. Alex Andrawes, founder of Personal Wine, has millionaire and billionaire customers who buy his customizable wines when they really want to celebrate. Customers can choose wines from all over the world, and customize or engrave the bottle for a unique gift.
Personal Wine carries a Platinum Library with a small collection of high-end wines starting at $1,000. The company recently sold a six-liter bottle of 1989 Petrus for a cool $49,000, and currently offers a six-liter bottle of 1982 Chateau Latour for $35,000, which Andrawes said will wow any crowd.
“The 1982 Chateau Latour is one of the most prolific wines from Bordeaux,” he said. “The Chateau Vineyard dates back to 14th Century, and was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon and many other historical figures.” While those prices might be enough to make your jaw drop, wine lovers on any budget can rejoice: Personal Wines also offers many cheaper bottles.
10. A Sound System for Audiophiles
For people who have a music lover in their lives, the BeoLab 90 loudspeakers might be something to add to the list. The $39,000 loudspeaker from Bang & Olufsen (BO) is outfitted with technology that allows the speaker to adjust to the particular dimensions and layout of a room. Each 360-degree, 300-lb BeoLab 90 delivers 8,200 watts of sound from 18 state-of-the-art speakers.
Put another way: “BeoLab 90 loudspeaker is the audio gift from the future for the person who has everything,” said Marie Kristine Schmidt, Corporate Vice President and Head of Brand, Design and Marketing at Bang & Olufsen. “With its innovations and unique design, the BeoLab 90 is like the Tesla of audio and the Picasso of home entertainment design.”
This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.
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