Whether you’re looking to buy a gift for a birthday, a housewarming party or an anniversary, we’ve got you covered. Check out our great little gift guide!
Shopping for gifts for family and friends can be an extremely daunting task. After all, the whole process entails a whole list of questions: what should you buy your race driving enthusiast boyfriend? What do you get for your friend who has everything? What about your father – you can’t get him a sweater again, can you? Of course not!
Thankfully, however, we’ve put together this excellent little gift guide to help you find the perfect luxury gifts for those near and dear to you!
#1 Autodromo Stringback Driving Gloves
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, automobiles still had wooden steering wheels. These – large – wooden steering wheels were hardly comfortable, and necessitated driving gloves. These beautifully crafted stringback driving gloves by Autodromo will take you back to a simpler time. They’re extremely comfortable (especially in the sweltering heat or biting cold); they help you preserve your vintage car’s steering wheel from your body’s natural oils (combined with any sweat and or grit on your hands); they allow for a better grip and control of the steering wheel; and – above all – they make you look awesome.
Price: $125 / Website
#2 DeLafée of Switzerland Gold Chocolate Box
What do you get someone with a sweet tooth? Chocolate, of course! But what do you get someone with a sweet tooth and an expensive taste? A box of edible gold chocolate balls by DeLafée of Switzerland! 24-carat gold flakes are applied by hand to each of the eight chocolate balls and are beautifully presented in silk-draped wooden box. As a bonus, each box contains an antique, collectible gold 10-franc coin from the Swiss national bank that was minted between 1910 and 1920.
Price: 390 CHF (about $395.55) / Website
#3 Nolet’s Reserve Dry Gin
Founded in Schiedam, Netherlands in 1691 by Joannes Nolet, the Nolet Distillery has stayed in the family ever since and has been producing premium spirits for the past 325 years. Nolet’s Reserve is the personal creation of Carolus Nolet, Sr., the tenth generation distillery owner. Presented in a prestigious gift box, each bottle is individually numbered by hand and has an alcohol volume of 52.3%.
Price: $699.99 / Website
#4 The Darwin Tank
One of the most interesting items on this list is the Darwin Tank, an aquarium for your very own jellyfish. Designed by Belgium’s Darwin Sect, the high-tech cylindrical habitat acts a lens, producing a magnifying and turning the aquarium into a shadow show (with the right lighting, of course). The Darwin Tank, which started off as a Kickstarter project, is designed to a house a number of species of jellyfish including the Aurelia aurita and the Catostylus mosaicus. Meanwhile, if you’re worried that keeping jellyfish in an aquarium is a cruel practice, the Darwin Tank makers maintain that since jellyfish have no central nervous system (meaning, no brain) and are not aware of their surroundings, they can be viewed more as plants than as fish.
Price: €1,680 (about $1,862.04) / Website
#5 Ivan Baj Ruby Gemme Vase
The Ivan Baj Ruby Gemme Vase makes for an excellent gift for someone who has an appreciation for beautiful art. These limited edition Murano glass vases are delicately mouth blown and feature hand-cut, polished facets of glittering gemstones. Signed by Ivan Baj himself, who comes from a family that has deep roots in glassware, this beautiful vase can be used for a single stem for a dramatic effect or even as a sculptural element.
Price: $2,900 / Website
#6 14-Carat Gold Darth Vader Cufflinks
The Star Wars series is one of the highest grossing movie franchises in history, and since its very first movie back in 1977 (Episode IV: A New Hope), it has amassed millions upon millions of fans from all four corners of the planet. Meaning, you’re bound to personally know one or two Star Wars fans yourself. DVD box sets are out the question and so are Yoda T-shirts because, well, they already have all of that, which leaves us with a rather unique gift for any Star Wars lover: 14-carat gold Darth Vader cufflinks. These limited edition cufflinks feature round backs with the Galactic Empire symbol. A Yoda alternative is available for $4,000.
Price: $4,200 / Website
#7 Le Flâneur Sportif d'Hermès Bicycle
When one thinks of Hermès, one conjures up scarves, shoes, watches, jewelry, and all things timeless and luxurious, not bicycles. And yet, here’s the Le Flâneur Sportif d'Hermès carbon bicycle. Described as “versatile, exceptionally light, durable and comfortable,” the unisex bicycle sports a clean and reliable belt drive, hydraulic disc brakes, rear hub gears, and an ergonomic handlebar.
Price: $13,200 / Website
#8 24-Carat Gold Shoelaces by Mr. Kennedy
For the sneaker enthusiast, Mr. Kennedy’s shoelaces will make a great gift. Before you scoff in disbelief, however, these aren’t just any shoelaces. They’re the world’s only precious metal shoelaces. Crafted “using ancient, artisan jewelry techniques,” they’re handmade in Colombia, and each set takes about 120 hours to produce. Threads of 24-carat gold are hand weaved into the very special (and expensive) laces which are limited to just 10 units and are “delivered by security and laced for you anywhere in the world.” Mr. Kennedy also offers a silver alternative at $3,000 which is limited to 30 units.
Price: $19.000 / Website
#9 World View Exploration at the Edge of Space
Space travel has fascinated our species for a very long time, and commercial space flights are becoming more and more achievable in our lifetime. In fact, World View Enterprises, a private near-space exploration company hopes to start operating commercial flights by as early as 2017 – that’s next year! High-altitude helium balloons will gently lift up to six space tourists at a time some 100,000 feet above Earth to give them breathtaking views of our planet’s curvature. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a space enthusiast (or for yourself), the World View Exploration at the Edge of Space offer is a truly unique experience.
Price: $75,000 / Website
#10 Goldloft 18-Carat Gold Dumbbells by Hock Design
If you’re looking for an awesome for the gym buff in your life, this is it: 18-carat gold dumbbells. Made of real gold and Grenadilla wood, each dumbbell weighs 5.2 lbs and each set is limited to 50 pieces. They come in a handmade casket made of wood, an authentication certificate, and are personally delivered to buyers anywhere in the world.
Price: €99,000 (about $109,729) / Website
Has this gift guide been helpful? What luxury items from this list are you planning to buy for those near and dear to you (or for yourself)? Tell us in the comments section below!