Inspired Giving: 8 Unique Gift Ideas to Make the Holidays More Luxurious
Looking for a truly unique gift for the luxury lover in your life? Our editors have combed their little black books to suggest the best luxury gift ideas for the most discerning or difficult-to-buy-for people. Take inspiration from the rarest jewels and finest spirits to games that look as good as they play, an elegant new beauty routine, some seriously impressive chocolates, and more…
For the Completist
The Last Drop Distillers: Buffalo Trace 1982
For true bourbon enthusiasts, The Last Drop Distillers has just launched an exclusive single-cask 1982 spirit from the award-winning Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky. Coinciding with the rare-spirits company’s 10-year anniversary, this special release comprises just 44 hand-numbered bottles and is The Last Drop’s first bourbon among its exceptional roster of rarities. At its peak, this distillation was removed from its American oak barrels to preserve its constitution: a nose of marmalade and coffee, a tropical richness on the palate, and finish of vanilla notes and oak. As with all releases from The Last Drop, each bottle is presented with its signature 50ml replica miniature and pocket-sized tasting book with additional pages for your personal notes.
For the Art Lover
Destination Art: 500 Artworks Worth the Trip (Phaidon)
Looking for some inspiration for that next art-filled vacation? Phaidon has done the hard work for you, tucking 500 works of art worth traveling for into a striking coffee table book. Spread over 60 international locations, the compendium includes little-known gems in big cities and one-of-a-kind installations in remote locations. Laid out with beautiful large-scale photography and detailed information on the artist and their intentions, the impressive itinerary includes the work of Marina Abramović, Alexander Calder, Antony Gormley, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Germaine Richier, Richard Serra and many more.
For the Gourmet Foodie
Founded in 2016 by Christine Sull Sarioz, who combined a passion for cocoa with her background in decorative arts, Milla Chocolates’ award-winning creations include a tempting range of flavors to impress the most serious chocolate addicts. The Manhattan Bon Bon, Raspberry Bon Bon, Candied Orange Chips, and Hazelnut Praliné Bar with Turkish Coffee are just a taster. Sull Sarioz and her creative director and husband Goktug Sarioz recently opened Milla’s first store in the heart of downtown Culver City, Los Angeles, offering not just her delicious chocolates but specialty chocolate-based drinks and coffee too.
For the Strategist
Not all fun-filled evenings demand cocktails and canapés. For some, chess is as rewarding as a glass of perfectly chilled Chardonnay, and backgammon as satisfying as Burgundy—though both games work well with a glass or two of something from the cellar. L’Objet’s latest range of games includes a backgammon set with a board in Macassar ebony wood and checkers in brass with natural shell inlays, and a chess set with marble pieces, both stylish enough to leave out when not involved in a strong match of strategy and will.
For the Connoisseur
Havana Club Icónica Collection Tributo 2018
Islay whisky fans should take note of Havana Club Tributo 2018. Part of a new collection of rare and premium rums that have been aged and blended by the Maestros del Ron Cubano, Havana Club Icónica Tributo 2018 is the third expression, and the first prestige Cuban rum to be finished in Islay whisky casks, lending it a sweet smokiness reminiscent of Islay whiskies. On the nose, expect notes of dried fruits and raisins, with a full-bodied palate of dried fruit, smoke and toasty oak. Selected by Asbel Morales, Tributo 2018 is one of only 2,500 bottles to be released.
For the Aesthete
Lucia Magnani Skincare
As great-looking as they are effective, Lucia Magnani’s range of 10 high-performance products boast a combination of “earth elements and antioxidants, which activate each other to deliver advanced skin repair from within and without,” including micro-quartz crystal, Gulf Stream sea salt, grape extract, and vitamins C and E. As CEO of the Castrocaro Long-Life Clinic in northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Magnani stands firmly behind her scientific approach to health and longevity. For the line’s glamorously elegant and perfect-for-gifting packaging, she turned to award-winning designer Marc Rosen, whose brief was to create a modern design with an Italian sensibility: “I designed the contemporary, ergonomic-shaped jars and bottles to be sensual and tactile, evoking a vintage feeling of Italy with the tortoiseshell finishes on the caps,” says Rosen. “The combination of Italy past and present was just the spirit that Lucia wanted.”
For the Collector
Ancient Jewelry: Wearable Art
Taking place online from November 29–December 6, with viewing at Christie’s New York November 30–December 5, 2018, Ancient Jewelry: Wearable Art offers the rare chance to wear literally wear a piece of history. This truly incredible sale of 70 museum-worthy pieces includes necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, intricate cameos, and more from the ancient world—some dating as far back as the 1st century AD—with gold and precious jewels from Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East.
For the Maverick
Ara Vartanian Jewelry
Ara Vartanian pursued a career in the financial markets before finally giving in to jewelry. The switch was almost inevitable given that he grew up in a family of jewelers, surrounded by their creations. Today the Brazilian-Armenian designs and makes daring jewelry and has pioneered innovative techniques such as the use of inverted diamonds and two- and three-finger rings. All his pieces are one of a kind and handmade in his workshop-cum-atelier in his native Sãn Paulo. Vartanian also has a flagship store in London’s Mayfair.