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With the holidays fast approaching, it’s a good idea to start shopping for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. A unique present that also feels personal is sometimes not easy to find so giving yourself enough time to browse is essential.
To help you get started, we curated a selection of exclusive, one-of-a-kind items that will please even those impossible-to-shop-for friends and relatives. From exceptional couture jewelry by brands like David Webb and Van Cleef & Arpels to rare home décor finds such as a 19th-century handwoven Persian rug, we are here to make your holiday shopping as pleasurable as possible.
For the fashion-conscious gentlemen in your life, consider a winter jacket from Brioni or a pair of Berluti oxfords. Frequent fliers will surely appreciate a luxury piece of luggage while art enthusiasts will be delighted to find the entire catalog of Andy Warhol’s works wrapped under the Christmas tree.
Now peruse 18 incredible gift ideas that will make the holiday season jollier.
Tiffany & Co. Diamond and Tanzanite Open Drop Earrings
Abstract flower petals inspired the new Tiffany Paper Flowers collection and the result is a line of modern and sophisticated pieces crafted with deep blue tanzanites and brilliant diamonds. This stunning pair of earrings features three flowers adorned with round diamonds with a total weight of .56 carats. They are complemented by six round and cushion-cut stunning tanzanites weighing 1.68 carats.
To buy: $14,000; tiffany.com
Dolce & Gabbana x SMEG Taratatà Refrigerator
This refrigerator is a true match made in home décor heaven. Add an opulent Dolce Vita vibe to a loved one’s kitchen thanks to Dolce & Gabbana and SMEG’s third homeware collaboration inspired by Sicily. This refrigerator features SMEG’s classic 1950s design and a hand-painted decoration inspired by Sicilian folk dances. All three panels of the refrigerator depict dancers in traditional attire with two of the island’s most notable sights in the background—the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti in Palermo and Piazza del Duomo in Catania.
To buy: $50,000; neimanmarcus.com
Ermenegildo Zegna Pelle Tessuta Gran Premio T-Holdall
While most people may think of menswear when they hear the name Ermenegildo Zegna (and rightfully so), it’s a lesser-known fact that the Italian heritage company is also one of the leading producers of fine fabrics in the world. This elegant holdall bag in black, blue, and tawny brown is a magnificent example of the brand’s craftsmanship, innovation, and elegant textile design. Developed exclusively by Ermenegildo Zegna, the fabric consists of thin Nappa leather yarns woven on a loom very much like traditional cloth weaving. The result is a lightweight bag that features a zippered top opening, a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, and an internal garment bag.
To buy: $3.695; zegna.com
Berluti Alessandro Eclair Whole-Cut Leather Oxford Shoes
Berluti’s signature Venezia leather is the creation of Olga Berluti, one of the world’s few female shoemakers and granddaughter of Alessandro Berluti, the founder of the company. The shade of the gleaming lacquered leather is also one of Olga Berluti’s gifts to the company. Her patination techniques, which among other things like mineral tanning, include “exposing them [the shoes] to the rising moon, in the first quarter of the lunar cycle” (her own words). While we can’t confirm that this particular pair of elegant Oxfords has spent any time under the rising moon, it is definitely created from a single piece of Venezia leather, a method that Alessandro Berluti himself used when he created his first pair of shoes back in 1895.
To buy: $2,350; mrporter.com
Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon 40mm 18-Karat Rose Gold And Alligator Watch
Jaeger-Lecoultre watches are all about tradition. "Timepieces like this 'Master' will strike a chord with purists for the discreet elegance and intricate technicality of its tourbillon complication - each one takes a seasoned horologist up to 18 months to assemble by hand." This exquisite watch features a hand-assembled self-winding tourbillon, housed in a polished 18-karat pink gold case, and an elegant alligator strap.
To buy: $66,500; mrporter.com
Bottega Veneta Stained Glass Piazza Medium Intrecciato Top-Handle Bag
This exquisite bag is a true testament to Bottega Veneta’s craftsmanship and a real statement piece. Inspired by the brand’s signature Piazza-style, this shoulder bag made its debut at the brand’s F/W 2018 runway show in New York and sports the familiar structured silhouette and flap closure. The distinct stained glass effect was achieved by weaving shiny strips of snakeskin into Nappa leather cut in a mosaic pattern.
To buy: $5,250; neimanmarcus.com
David Webb New York Couture Necklace
If you’re looking for a piece of statement jewelry to gift to a special someone, you really can’t do better than David Webb. The brand’s bold-hued pieces are handmade by more than two dozen skilled jewelers housed on the top floor of the company’s headquarters on Madison Avenue in New York. David Webb’s design aesthetic has always included pops of colors and impeccable attention to detail. This stunning necklace is crafted from deep blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and hammered 18-carat gold beads complemented by green enamel and brilliant-cut diamond mini bands.
To buy: Price Upon Request; davidebb.com
Brioni Bluette Herringbone Condotti Cashmere Jacket
Brioni’s new creative director Nina-Maria Nitsche may come from a more colorful design background (she spent decades working for Martin Margiela), but her first fall winter collection proves that she understands well what’s in the center of the brand’s DNA—namely impeccable tailoring. This cashmere and silk hand-tailored jacket is for the man who favors classic cuts but doesn’t mind an interesting twist. The herringbone pattern in blue and side patch pockets add a modern element to this timeless silhouette.
To buy: $6.150; brioni.com
Bokara Rug Company Heriz Serapi Antique Handwoven Rug
This rectangular handwoven rug is the perfect gift for that person on your list who appreciates rare finds and home décor pieces with rich history. Woven in Persia at the end of the 19th century, it features intricate geometric and floral motifs, a rhomb-shaped medallion, a sky blue field, and a border consisting of a series of colorful bands. This rug is a true work of art that will add a touch of oriental elegance to any room.
To buy: $55,430; sothebyshome.com
Valextra Pebble-Grain Leather Carry-On Case
Give the gift of luxury comfort to the jet-setter in your life who likes to travel in style without sacrificing functionality. Valextra’s name has become synonymous with high-end, quality luggage catering to a cosmopolitan clientele around the world. The brand favors a clean and timeless design philosophy with a focus on craftsmanship and quality textiles. This carry-on trolley is made in Italy from calf pebble-grain leather and has a spacious exterior zipped pocket. The interior is lined with quilted canvas and features double-buckled straps to keep your belongings in place as well as another zipped pocket. The company’s gold-hued logo is hot-stamped on the inside together with a unique serial number that identifies the artisan who supervised the creation of this trolley.
To buy: $5,975; mrporter.com
Moncler Men's Plovan Shearling-Trim Bomber Jacket
Moncler may have made its name by designing luxury outerwear more appropriate for the ski slopes, but that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t know how to do urban chic. And this cool bomber jacket proves it. You get the best of two worlds with it—sturdy construction and style. It is made from a combination of virgin wool, nylon, and cashmere and features a soft shearling collar and suede trims.
To buy: $3,950; neimanmarcus.com
Chanel Coco Crush Bracelet in 18K Gold
While Madame Chanel herself loved to play with costume jewelry layering pearl necklace over pearl necklace, nowadays the company’s jewelry designers also offer more understated designs that could be worn on their own or in combination with other pieces (which Chanel would undoubtedly approve of). This elegant 18-carat yellow gold bracelet pays homage to the company’s iconic quilted motif and oozes sophistication and class.
To buy: $6,700; berfdorfgoodman.com
Apple iPhone XS Max
If the new iPhone could talk, it’ll probably say something to the extent of: Go big or big home. Apple’s newest smartphone boasts a 6.5-inch OLED super retina display—the largest ever on an iPhone. The 12-pixel dual camera with wide angle and true depth modes takes smartphone photography on a whole new level. And with the A12 Bionic processor, expect a much faster and responsive phone as well as a better battery life.
To buy: From $1,000; apple.com
The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné Collection
The art aficionado in your life will surely appreciate this outstanding collection of Andy Warhol’s works of art. Make no mistake—this is not just another attempt to document a curated selection of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, and drawings. Created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, this is THE most accurate and comprehensive catalog of approximately 15,000 works produced by Warhol. The books also include rarely seen newspaper scraps and movie star publicity stills that inspired the artist.
To buy: $2,388; barnesandnoble.com
Van Cleef and Arpels High Jewelry Folie des Prés Watch
This exquisite watch from French jewelry company Van Cleef and Arpels is the epitome of elegance. The unique floral-inspired design showcases the skillful craftsmanship of Maison’s jewelers. The watch has a white gold case encircled with white diamonds and a white mother-of-pearl dial. The bracelet is constructed with round diamonds, round and marquise-cut pink sapphires, and mauve pear-shaped sapphires, and has a white gold clasp.
To buy: $172,000; vancleefarpels.com
Baccarat Extra-Large Eye Vase
We have a feeling that this gorgeous Baccarat vase will make a home décor-obsessed friend of relative extremely happy. The striking optical effect the bevel cuts both on the interior and exterior of the vase produce is absolutely gorgeous. And so is the deep amber shade of the glass, which has been hand manipulated—just like any other piece of Baccarat glassware for the past 250 years.
To buy: $11,900; bergdorfgoodman.com
Leica M10-P 20022 Silver Chrome Camera
The budding photographer in your life will be delighted to unwrap this sleek, vintage-inspired Leica digital camera. The company’s M system cameras are easy to use without too many redundant functions or an overly complicated menu. The M10-P model has a slim, compact body so it fits in a purse or a regular backpack. The camera’s tech features are just as impressive as it looks: 24 megapixels, high sensitivity to ISO 50,000 so you could take photos even in very dark conditions, and a continuous shooting rate of 5 fps. This Leica also has a built-in Wi-Fi module for easy sharing and transfer of files. $7,995
To buy: $7,995; leica.com
Gucci Queen Margaret Embellished Ostrich Shoulder Bag
Gucci’s Queen Margaret line of handbags is described as “modern romanticism” with a royal edge. While it sports a classic trapezoid silhouette, this accessory is anything but ordinary. Crafted from ivory-hued ostrich leather in Italy, it features the company’s iconic bee—encrusted with crystals and pearls— which was first introduced in the 70s. The bag comes with an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap so you can carry it as a crossbody.
To buy: $8,500; net-a-porter.com