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10 Best Luxury Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything

Give the gift of luxury this holiday season. Discover the best high-end presents that top our gift lists, so you can find the perfect luxury holiday gift for the person who has everything

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with the help of Luxury Defined. From limited-edition Champagne, an unusual watch, leather luggage, or even a bespoke yacht trip, consider adding these unique luxury presents to your gift list for the person who has everything.

For the Acquired Taste: Perrier-Jouët Belle Èpoque Blanc de Blancs 2012

Limited edition of Perrier-Jouet Champagne on stone steps
“I consider it a wine for gastronomy, ideally paired with noble seafood—a carpaccio of scallops with citrus zest, seabass in a salt crust, turbot, lobster,” says Séverine Frerson, cellar master of Perrier-Jouët. Courtesy: Perrier-Jouët

A mild winter followed by a cool, wet spring may not be to everyone’s taste but in the world of Champagne it can mean later-blossoming vines. Add a hot summer and you get grapes that strike the ideal balance of sugar and acidity.

Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs 2012 is the result of these conditions, crafted from Chardonnay grapes from an exceptional terroir: the Grand Cru village of Cramant in the Côte des Blancs.

After almost a decade in the cellars of Épernay, the Champagne is ready to reveal its delicate aromas of white flowers. This cuvée is produced in limited quantities, only in the best years, making it the perfect present for a Champagne aficionado.

For the Sailer: Book a Bespoke Yacht Trip

Yacht in clear blue waters
You can create your own route and type of trip when you book with Kensington Tours. The yacht pictured is at Black Point in the Bahamas. Credit: Getty Images

Why not give the gift of time?

Whether you’re interested in snorkeling and diving, Michelin-starred reservations, or special events, Kensington Tours can help create the itinerary for your bespoke yacht vacation.

“Giving someone a trip of a lifetime with a private yacht vacation is truly the ultimate holiday gift. We work with our clients to ensure that we match them with the perfect vessel for their needs and then we customize every aspect of the trip to ensure a seamless and safe journey,” says Edita Sgovio, director of yachts at Kensington Tours.

Options range from island hopping in Greece to discovering Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and exploring the British Virgin Islands.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit Rome and the Amalfi coast, or the Bahamas? Once on board, you’ll be looked after by a full-service crew, including a gourmet chef, who will cater to your every need.

For the Watch Collector: Vacheron Constantin “Jumbo” Watch 

Close up of the 37mm Jumbo 222 Vacheron Constantin gold watch
The 37mm 222 "Jumbo" is a contemporary reissue of a Vacheron Constantin historic model. The case is decorated with a Maltese cross at 5 o'clock and the watch has an open back, allowing the caliber to be seen. Courtesy: Vacheron Constantin

If you’re looking for a luxury present that can be handed down through the generations, a watch is an excellent choice.

In 1977 Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin debuted its 222 “Jumbo,” designed by Jörg Hysek to mark the company’s 222nd anniversary. The brand has now released an updated version, a 37mm-diameter timepiece in 18-karat 3N yellow gold.

It joins Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques collection as a permanent entry, so it is not a limited edition—unlike the original, of which only around 500 are thought to exist.

“The 222 watch crystallizes the spirit of the 1970s, marked by an evolution of design towards something more authentic, personal, or even more ‘disordered,’” says Christian Selmoni, the company’s director of style and heritage.

For the Traveler: Timeless Leather Luggage

Dark brown and tan leather travel bags on a grass background
An investment travel bag should last for many years, which makes leather one of the most popular choices thanks to its durability. Pictured are bags from Maxwell-Scott’s collection of high-quality leather luggage. Courtesy: Maxwell-Scott

If you were to walk into Maxwell-Scott’s atelier in Italy, you’d pick up notes of an earthy, subtly sweet scent.

This aroma—and there’s no other fragrance quite like it—is down to the company’s traditional and sustainable method of tanning leather, called Vachetta. The result is premium full-grain leather, responsibly sourced and in its purest form.

Founded in 2002 by English entrepreneur William Scott Forshaw, the brand is renowned for creating durable leather bags and accessories in a timeless style.

The company’s bespoke in-house embossing service enables you to add a personal touch to your present—choose from initials or perhaps a special date in a gold, silver, copper, or blind finish. Each product includes a 25-year warranty.

For the Fashionista: Pomellato Jewelry 

Gold ring with bright pink stone
Pomellato entrusts the production of the brand’s jewelry to more than 100 goldsmiths who work in Milan every day. Pictured is the Nuvola ring featuring a Greenland ruby and created with Fairmined gold. Courtesy: Pomellato

Jewelry is always a special present choice. If your recipient likes creativity and color, consider Italian brand Pomellato—part of the Kering Group along with Alexander McQueen and Gucci—for distinctive designs.

It was founded in Milan in 1967 by Pino Rabolini, the heir to his family’s goldsmith legacy, who shook up the then traditionally conservative world of jewelry by introducing the prêt-à-porter philosophy, and the brand continues to delight with its designs today.

There is a range of works to choose from including two high-jewelry collections: the Permanent Collection and La Gioia, which means “joy.” High jewelry refers to the most valuable pieces, crafted by hand and featuring the finest-quality gemstones.

For the La Gioia Collection, launched in Paris in 2021, the brand created a new range of precious jewelry from vintage pieces kept in the archives, a first for the high-jewelry landscape.

For the Interior Design Enthusiast: Capsule Fabric and Throw Collection

Blue, pink and green check fabric
Ben Pentreath’s signature style—distinctive, playful, and modern—is evident in the collection he has created with Johnstons of Elgin. Pentreath is an architect, interior designer, and regular contributor to the Financial Times. Courtesy: Johnstons of Elgin

Inspired by Johnstons of Elgin’s historical standard dyed shades book, Ben Pentreath’s creative eye was drawn to a palette of colors that had been used during the 1930s and 1940s.

The result is a distinctive lambswool fabric and throw collection woven at Johnstons of Elgin’s traditional mill in Scotland, which has been in continuous production on the same site since the late 18th century.

The collection consists of three fabric designs—Stripe, Check, and Houndstooth.

“It has been a wonderful process to help Johnstons design a capsule collection that combines my love of strong pattern and color with the absolute best of Scottish woolen weaving,” says Pentreath.

Designed to sit together or to work alongside fabrics from Johnstons of Elgin’s existing collections, the collaboration brings a sense of joy to every interior.

Six throws in a choice of either a large check or block check complement the fabric collection. This is a cozy and timeless present choice.

For the Music Lover: Vintage Records

A beautiful wooden console handcrafted to play records or stream music
Rooted at the intersection of high design and technological innovation, Wrensilva sets a new standard for the home music experience. Whether you stream songs or play records, your music will sound incredible. Credit: Trevor Tondro

With vinyl continuing its comeback, the music lover in your life would surely appreciate the Wrensilva M1, described as “the ultimate reimagining of the record console we all remember from decades past.”

It is the largest of the consoles by Wrensilva, all created in San Diego, California using the finest American hardwoods and carefully selected materials.

Founded in 2016 by a team with experience in music, sound engineering, and design, each of the brand’s consoles is a meeting of form with function.

The M1 features six listening modes, Sonos functionality, Bluetooth, and RCA inputs for everything from an old-school cassette deck to a digital cable box.

Whether you choose to stream music or return to your vinyl collection, the M1 is a beautiful addition to any home and the ideal luxury gift for an aficionado of any music type.

For the Perfume-Obessed: Limited-Edition Lalique

Creating a Lalique limited edition bottle using heat
Lalique collections can be seen at museums around the world including the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, France, and the Lalique Museum in Hakone, Japan. Courtesy: Lalique

Founded in 1888, French luxury brand Lalique’s crystal factory in Wingen-sur-Moder, Alsace, celebrates its centenary this year.

To mark this milestone, the company has produced a limited-edition perfume in a very special bottle. With only 10 created, signed, and numbered, this is a rare and collectable gift.

The production process for this extraordinary bottle began in the hot-glass workshop, and involved seven people, the largest team ever to work on a single Lalique piece.

One particularly challenging aspect was the precise coordination necessary between the artisans, as the bottle is made up of two parts: the amber crystal flacon itself and a mailloche (the tool used to shape molten glass) in clear crystal that it rests on.

The bottle also features a fern motif, a plant favored by founder René Lalique in his designs, and a reference to the manufacture of crystal. Distilled fern ashes are used to obtain potash, which is essential to glassmakers as it is used to lower the melting temperature of the crystal, and also to give density and brilliance to the finish.

Meanwhile, the perfume features notes of woody iris, white musk, and orange blossom.

For the Art Collector: Commission a Portrait

A gift card featuring multiple different portraits and a painted red bow
If you’d prefer to choose and commission a portrait with your intended recipient, you could consider a gift card such as the one pictured from The Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London.

Delight your loved one with a unique portrait of the two of you, or get the whole family involved.

Commissioning a portrait is a straightforward process that results in a very special gift. And there are several companies that can help.

Portraits, Inc. in the United States provides a curated collection of portrait artists and will guide you through the various stages including choosing your artist, the tone of your piece, and the composition.

If it’s a surprise present, your artist can work from a photograph, although sitting in person is also an option.

In the U.K., The Royal Society of Portrait Painters offers a similar service. Its artists are recommended and selected by their peers for the quality of their work. You can browse artists on its website, filtering by medium, or discuss your needs in person.

Both organizations can also offer advice on where and how to display your portrait including lighting suggestions.

For the Golfer: Experience Scotland’s Iconic Old Course

GolfThe Royal and Ancient Clubhouse beside 18th green on Old Course at St Andrews golf course in Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Treat someone special to a visit to the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse, which sits behind the first tee on the Old Course at St. Andrews golf course in Fife, Scotland. Credit: Alamy

For the golfer in your life, why not secure a coveted slot at the world’s most famous golf course?

Known as the home of golf, the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland, is the oldest and most iconic in the world because it’s where the game was first played 600 years ago.

Despite its grand status, the Old Course remains a public course, although that doesn’t mean securing a tee time is easy. One of the best ways to guarantee a game is to book a break with golf rounds included.

You could opt for a stay at the opulent Old Course Hotel, St Andrews, which overlooks the 17th hole of the Old Course and the beautiful West Sands beach.

There are various options to choose from such as a week-long break, which includes five rounds of golf and a whisky-distillery tour. The Old Course Hotel is also home to the only Kohler Waters Spa outside the U.S.

Banner image:  Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs 2012. Courtesy: Perrier-Jouët