In the market for luxurious, one-of-a-kind presents that could break the average person’s bank? Well, you’re in luck. This year’s roundup of expensive presents ranges from customized art to private helicopter rides (a must-have for avoiding rush hour traffic) or his and her cars (ideal for the days you do need to drive). Happy holidays, big spenders.
David Yurman bracelet
Go for the gold. Give her the Stax medium cuff bracelet with diamonds in 18-karat yellow gold, which is available in medium and large. The dazzling design and the diamonds can make this bracelet a statement piece for more than just the holidays. $9,800-$10,200. David Yurman at Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-812-9225, davidyurman.com.
Art of Nathan Jalani Taylor
Adorn an abode or office with original acrylic artwork on canvas or wrapped around a solid wood frame. Designs include artist Nathan Jalani Taylor’s signature drip paintings or figures and symbols. If you’re in the market for something specific and personalized, commissioned work also is an option. Pieces range from a 12-inch square to a 5-foot square. $500-$5,000 per piece. Available at nathanjalanitaylor.com.
If you’re looking to spend, say, just under a million, you could opt for his and hers vehicles — the 2016 manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Lamborghini Aventador coupe is $399,500 and the convertible is $443,800. This, of course, is minus all the bells and whistles. Go to lamborghini.com.
Hotel Crescent Court
This Texas hotel, located in Uptown Dallas, is offering a Presidential Panache package, which includes accommodations in the presidential suite; a 24-karat gold caviar welcome amenity and vintage-label champagne; an in-room glam squad to provide professional hair styling, make-up and manicures; a personal shopper and tailor; an Escalade driven by a chauffeur; and a round-trip flight within 6 hours’ distance via private jet. The package starts at $32,000 and is customizable; 30-days booking notice is required and the offer is based on availability now through January. Hotel Crescent Court, 400 Crescent Court, Dallas. 214-871-3200, crescentcourt.com.
Frye Co. bag
Going somewhere? Instead of literally backpacking, opt for the stylish, sturdy Logan Overnight leather bag. Luggage tags ensure that your bag is yours (there’s always that one person on an airplane who reaches for someone else’s luggage) and interior pockets keep smaller items carefully stored. $598. The Frye Co. at Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-685-3793, thefryecompany.com.
Victor Private Jet
This on-demand private-jet booking company offers a variety of flights if you’re looking to get out of town. Prices vary, but a sample itinerary for five to eight passengers from Atlanta to the New York City area ranges from $9,532 to $17, 707. Not ready for a trip? No problem. Opt for the Victor Private Jet Charter gift card, which is $5,000 and valid for one year — no subscription and no membership fee required. Available at flyvictor.com.
Elisabeth Weinstock game set
This handcrafted exotic leather and snakeskin backgammon table set is a work of art and challenges any aficionado to up his or her game. Custom colors are available; call or email for bespoke designs. As shown, $6,500. Available from Elisabeth Weinstock, 323-655-3000, elisabethweinstock.com.
Rocks By Sekou
For a custom-created bracelet made of gold or with a precious gemstone such as diamonds, contact SekouWrites, the company’s founder and jewelry designer for the special “by request only” line, which starts at $500. In addition to your stylish bracelet, you’ll feel good as well, since a portion of sales are donated to various community organizations. Available from Rocks by Sekou, sekouwrites.com.
Kids in the kitchen
Aspiring pastry chefs from 7 to 14 years of age can bake alongside a renowned chef during the Petite Pastry Chef experience, a two-hour pastry class held in the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead’s kitchen. In addition to a personalized chef’s jacket, lots of sifting, stirring and decorating, the young chefs will join their parents for lunch and dessert in the Cafe, where they will present their prepared items. The pastry experience will be offered on the first Saturday of each month through August 2017. The package includes overnight accommodations in an executive suite, with Club Lounge access for families on the Friday evening prior to the culinary session. The Petite Pastry Chef experience starts at $1,299 and reservations are available by phone only; call 404-348-5650 to reserve a spot. Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Road, N.E., Atlanta. 404-237-2700, ritzcarlton.com.
The Senso mixed disc cascade earrings offer just the right amount of flair for her ears thanks to the stylish cascade design. The balance of 18-karat gold and diamonds coupled with the classic shape makes these earrings perfect for the holiday or any special occasion. Available from Ippolita, ippolita.com.
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