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Inspired Giving: 8 Unique Gift Ideas to Make the Holidays More Luxurious

by 2seasWP on November 29, 2018
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.

With its 13th release, rare-spirits company The Last Drop Distillers presents a very limited edition of 1982 single-cask Buffalo Trace bourbon. Each hand-numbered bottle comes with a miniature and tasting notes in a stunning presentation case.

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.

 Destination Art book Phaidon Cildo Meireles
Featured in Phaidon’s Destination Art: 500 Artworks Worth the Trip, this colossal abstract sculpture by Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles subverts the language of minimalism in its site-specific location at the stunning 5,000-acre (2023-ha) Ihotim open-air museum and botanical garden. Photograph: Tiberio França

For the Gourmet Foodie

Milla Chocolates
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.

 MIlla chocolates Hazelnut Praline Bar
No committed chocoholic could resist Milla’s handmade single-origin or organic chocolates. Founded by chocolatier Christine Sull Sarioz, the indulgent Milla range includes inventive flavors such as Chocolate-covered Carmelized Almonds with Raspberry and Pink Sea Salt and the award-winning Hazelnut Praliné Bar.
For the Strategist

L’Objet Backgammon
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.

 LObjet backgammon set
L’Objet’s range of stylish traditional parlor games—including backgammon, chess, tic-tac-toe, dominoes, and decorative playing cards—are so well designed that you’ll want to leave them out on display long after a winner has been declared.

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.

 Havana Club Tributo collection 2018
The third expression in Havana Club’s Tributo collection hails the richness of Cuban rum. Each year, Asbel Morales personally selects the finest aged rums to achieve a distinct taste with each year’s release.

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.”

 Lucia Magnani skincare kit
Lucia Magnani’s Ben Essere (Italian for ‘wellbeing’) Set is presented in a striking gold vanity case that contains six luxurious products, including the brand’s signature Rejuvenating Serum and Retexturizing Radiance Mask. All products are free from mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes. Products and beauty treatments available at select Harvey Nichols around the world.

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.

gold and pearl finger ring from Byzantine era
This online sale from November 29–December 6 features exquisite pieces from the ancient world including this Byzantine gold and pearl finger ring from c. 6th century BC (Lot 25). And if this doesn’t turn your loved one’s head, there are Egyptian necklaces and gold and sapphire earrings.
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.

Not for the shy or retiring, Brazilian-Armenian designer Ara Vartanian is a pioneer of daring jewelry such as two- and three-finger rings and inverted-diamond creations.