Luxury Gifts: Bigger and Best Gift Ideas Over $100 — They’re Worth It
by advicesisters.com staff
“Luxury” and “expensive” mean different things to different people. Who are we to judge?!
But in this 2016 Luxury Gift Guide we’re not being over the top suggesting ridiculously aspirational gifts we are pretty sure most of our readers can’t buy and won’t get either (e.g. diamond studded computer gadgets, $3,000 bottles of wine, private jets…).
Instead, our bigger, best, luxury gift suggestions may be over $100 but are justifiable as group gifts or we feel will still be in the realm of attainable for most of our readers.
Which of these holiday gift ideas will make it onto your wish list this year?
Ergotron Workspace Hub27
Do you know a single, couple or family that really needs an office space, but just hasn’t any room for one? The Ergotron Home Workspace Hub 27 ($349.95) lets you add an entire office space, even when there’s no room at all for a desk. It is a cabinet that folds up when you’re not using it, down to make a desktop with upper storage pockets you can move around with room for “desk basics.” You can use this on a table top, but it’s really meant to be wall-mounted. The attractive, white and frosted glass cabinet isn’t really much larger than a large painting. Depending upon your placement, you can adjust the height to use it as a standing desk, or use it seated. There is a lock and key so you can secure it. the unit is weighty (four large mollies are included to wall-mount it) the slim profile keeps it from being in the way. There is even a place to add a power strip to bottom channel. The bottom part of the desk is glass, which you can use as a dry erase board. This makes a very impressive gift and shipping and tax is included for destinations in the Continental United States (Shipping limited to U.S., Puerto Rico & Canada). There is also a 30-day money back guarantee. For more information visit http://www.ergotronhome.com/products/hub27.html
JOY Eau de Parfum Gift Set
Bring some Joy (literally and figuratively) to your favorite ladies with a Jean Patou JOY Eau de Parfum Spray Limited Edition Deluxe Gift Box (Suggested Retail: $190.00 Value: $260.00) containing 1 ounce JOY Eau de Parfum Spray paired with 4 – 1.75 ounce wrapped soaps scented with the elegant scent of JOY. The JOY Fragrance was created in 1930 by haute couture designer Jean Patou and touted as “the costliest perfume in the world,” the . Ironically, Jean Patou directed perfumer Henri Alméras to create Joy just after the stock market crash that launched the Great Depression ostensibly to bring women well..some joy! One ounce of the lavish scent contains 10,600 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen May roses. We can’t name all the notes, but among the top notes are tuberose, rose, ylang-ylang blossom, aldehydes, pear, and green notes. The heart has jasmine notes and iris root. The base has musk, sandalwood, and musky civet tones. Reintroduced in celebration of the next century of the House of Patou.The famous flacon (inspired by Jean Patou’s collection of Chinese snuff boxes) has been re-imagined in a design based on Patou’s “Nuit de Chine” dress, with a softly curved, deep black bottle and a distinctive, domed “Nasturtium Red” stopper. This is one you might have to secret away for yourself! Really luxe is the $1,8000 limited-edition (50 bottles) inscribed Baccarat Pure Parfum bottle version of JOY. Jean Patou was the first designer to use his initials as a logo. Learn more at: http://jeanpatou.com/product/joy/ Shop for Joy at fine department stores and http://jeanpatou.com/product/joy/
All-Clad 6-Piece Kitchen Tool Set
Some people crave silver jewelry, but when you’re a cook, you want stainless steel! It shines like silver and will never rust. We suggest the All-Clad 6-Piece Kitchen Tool Set ($srp. $100) crafted of heavy 18/10 stainless steel polished to a mirror finish.The handles, which feature the same famous design used in All-Clad’s cookware, are grooved on the top and rounded on the bottom so you can hold them without slipping, and you can hang them on a hook from the top hole, or keep them in the matching caddy. The set consists of an 11-1/2-inch, 4-ounce ladle; a 13-inch solid spoon; a 13-inch slotted spoon; a 13-inch turner; and a 13-inch fork. The matching caddy is 7″ H x 5-1/4″ D. All-Clad tools are dishwasher-safe and carry a lifetime warranty against defects. We wear tested these tools and we can report that like champs, they took a beating and still looked good. It’s a bit like cooking with fine art jewelry. That’s a treat for a beginner in the kitchen or a pro. You can buy these in all sorts of retailers on and offline but for more information visit the All Clad Website: http://www.all-clad.com/
Citizen Ambiluna Watches
At a women’s empowerment event called the SheSummit held in NYC recently, I admired the watch that Citizen Watch Ambassador and multi-award Grammy winner Singer Kelly Clarkston was wearing: a stunning Limited Edition Citizen L Ambiluna EG7000-01A ( MSRP $1850) . The Citizen Ambiluna is an Eco Drive watch that is powered by light and never needs batteries. It’s brand new to the USA. Kelly’s ultra-luxe version has a semi-opaque moon-glazed sapphire crystal watch face and a lightweight Super Titanium™ case. A serene strap of Japanese Nishijin platinum fabric shines subtly on the wrist. Her Ambulina also comes beautifully presented with a matching bangle and clutch made from the same Nishijin material. The good news is that there are other versions including this ($415 Ambiluna L) that is in rose gold metal bracelet that looks like fine jewelry. You can get Citizen Watches in a variety of retailers. Learn more at www.Citizenwatch.com
Ginevra Kimono Robe by Hanro
Hanro is beloved by chic women around the world for high quality and delicate lace in gorgeous patterns that make every woman feel feminine, special, and pampered. We can’t think of a more lovely gift for a woman than the HANRO Ginevra Kimono Robe ($298) style 76153. The 100% soft micro modal fabric feels so silky, but iit isn’t silk, so it’s washable and travel-friendly. She can’t help but adore this in either gray, rose or off-white (not shown). The robe comes in sizes XS to L. The relaxed fit will make it a piece you can wear over lingerie or loungewear or just wear it over nothing at all! There are matching pieces if she wants to make this a set, later on. Harnro is sold in boutiques and fine department stores, andvisit Hanro https://shop.hanrousa.com/
There are times in everyone’s life when practical gifts are really the ones they want the most. You know who these people are. For them, and for yourself, a must have is the new version of the cordless Waterpik® Cordless Waterpick water flosser the advicesisters.com reviewed last Spring. The new Waterpik® Cordless Advanced Water Flosser ($100.00) comes in four colors, and with a travel bag. But it’s the 4-hour rapid magnetic USB charge system that lets you use it everywhere and is great for travel that makes this new & improved, and also a great gift. You can even use it in the shower (it’s completely waterproof). There are 3 pressure settings, an easy-fill water reservoir with 45 seconds of water to treat your teeth and gums. Four tips and a storage box are included (two classic tips, and two specialty tips for braces and other types of dental work, too). Easy to hold, it’s something that easily becomes part of your daily dental hygiene. Powerful yet gentle, Waterpik can remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas. It is also up to 50% more effective for improving gum health, up to two times as effective for improving gum health around implants and up to three times as effective for removing plaque around braces versus using string floss. If you’re not flossing, you could be causing issues for more than just your teeth. Read why flossing is vital to your health. Then visit https://www.waterpik.com and get one!
La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream Sunscreen SPF 30
The La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($195 for 1 fl. oz. ) is included in our luxury big ticket gift guide because at nearly $200 per bottle it’s not just another BB or CC cream. This unique product arrives in “holiday-ready” shiny silver packaging the way La Prairie always elegantly packages its products. Inside is a multi-tasking treatment product that combines a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (actives of 7.5% Octinoxate and7.4% zinc oxide), with skincare and color benefits. An oval-shaped silver oxygen-free pump provides a buildable anti-aging treatment cream with a ladylike light floral scent to protect and nourish skin. But it’s a foundation/tint too in four colors: Rose and Nude (the lightest) and beige to tan (deep and deepest). A complexion brush with a shiny silver handle is included. Apply this after serums and moisturizers. All the products in the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal collection are made with La Prairie’s Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, the star ingredients of which include two plants from the Swiss Alps: Purple Saxifrage and Soldanella Alpina, plus Swiss Snow Algae. If these can survive in very harsh environments, so too, can your skin! We tried both the Rose and Nude tints and we adjusted the colors of both easily with a sheet application as this is buildable. Select these for “fair to medium”skin tones, or the two deeper colors for deeper tones. The oil free cream isn’t sticky at all, which is really a plus. This product might make you finally wear that essential SPF 30 every single day because it feels good,does good, and make you look good. The La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 may really be your beauty gift of the year. You can find this in fine department stores, but also thee La Prairie Web Site
Gown and Robe by Triumph
Lingerie can be a tricky gift as it’s particularly personal. If you don’t know the woman you’re gifting something to or don’t really don’t know her size or taste, the best practice is to purchase a gift certificate and let her pick out something she’s going to love on her own. Two lingerie items from Triumph we’d love to have are from Triumph Lingerie, wildly popular in Europe and now also available in America. These are not a set, but we think they work together so well, we’re posting them as a duo. The Beauty-Full Starlet Sateen Floral Lace Chemise ($55) arrives with adjustable straps and a hook & eye closure to ensure a perfect fit in sizes S, M, L, XL . The dark red print fabric is holiday-ready in 92% Polyester, 8% Spandex. The robe ($65) in Mars Red has a sash of the same dark red print as the Chemise. It is 100% polyester, Sizes: XS, S, M, L. The look is sexy, but not overtly so, so she’d wear it feeling confident and pretty, not “slutty.” You can find Triumph lingerie in boutiques and department store but for more information visit us.triumph.com