The Ultimate Luxury Holiday Gift Guide

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Who’s been naughty or nice? To celebrate the season, we’ve collected 38 essential indulgences to delight everyone on your list (including yourself).

Holiday fêtes call for embellished accessories—like delightfully impractical velvet and silk booties by Santoni | Rubelli ($1,180), a Lurex-and-leather clutch by Dolce & Gabbana ($4,895), a made-to-order beaded handbag by Fendi ($8,400), and a gold crocodile clutch by Mark Cross ($2,695). Jimmy Choo’s embroidered velvet slippers ($1,395) allow a gentleman some frivolity. Lee Broom’s mirror-like opal acrylic and steel Eclipse table lamp ($2,200) keeps it all aglow. 


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Harry Winston’s New York Collection is inspired by design elements from throughout the city, including brownstones on the Upper West Side (where Winston was born), St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and his 18th-century-France-style flagship at 718 Fifth Avenue. This 718 Emerald Vitrine necklace (price upon request) is made with a 16.63-carat Colombian emerald and 152 marquise, round brilliant, baguette, and trapezoid diamonds set in platinum and 18-karat yellow gold. The design recalls the seven gold-plated vitrines that lined the walls of the original boutique. 


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In 1968 Van Cleef & Arpels released its first Alhambra long necklace. The creation featured a four-leaf-clover shape that quickly became a house icon and remains its most prominent symbol today. This month the jeweler is releasing a new set of Alhambra pieces that use new materials and unconventional techniques. A pair of earrings ($4,750), or example, gets a guilloché treatment, an engraving technique typically reserved for watch dials, powder compacts, and minaudières, which gives these small studs an exquisite finish. As in every holiday season, the collection includes a limited-edition Vintage Alhambra pendant that combines yellow gold and diamonds with gold mother-of-pearl ($3,450), which forms naturally inside seashells and is sourced from Australia. Alongside the holiday pieces is the Magic Alhambra necklace ($9,900) and bracelet ($6,600) in classic carnelian and tiger’s eye. For elegant safekeeping: Poltrona Frau’s stackable jewelry trays ($1,060) are made of Canaletto walnut and wrapped in camel-colored leather.


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Roman & Williams Guild fox throw ($10,200). Les Ateliers Courbet sterling silver Aldo Bakker x Wiener Silber Manufactur Vessel ($23,000). Loro Piana calfskin ankle boots ($3,875). Ermenegildo Zegna Couture reversible deerskin-and-lamb’s fur shopping bag ($2,450). Phaidon’s new Lucian Freud monograph ($500 for the two-volume set). 


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Moynat alligator handbag ($34,200). Christofle crystal tumbler and silver-plated coaster from a whiskey set that
includes a decanter, tumblers, and coasters ($950). Berluti brass-and-leather cigarette case ($1,500).


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Jewelry is called hard candy for a reason. Pomellato celebrates its 50th anniversary with a milestone collection of one-of-a-kind pieces. Its Ritratto Pink Panther Ring has a hawk’s-eye hardstone clasped by pink spinels and white diamonds ($11,500). Cindy Chao’s Ribbon Ring is a feminine bow rendered in diamonds, pink sapphires, and rhodolites with an emerald-cut diamond centerpiece ($170,000). Chopard’s 21 carat, candy-colored amethyst is set beneath a white-gold and pavé-diamond quatrefoil structure ($14,900). For Verdura’s Mosaic ring, inspired by the glamorous parties of Fulco di Verdura’s past, an oval cabochon star sapphire, weighing 25.85 carats, was surrounded by 34 cabochon Russian emeralds ($68,500). Graff mimics the soft and fluid shapes of ribbon with a pavé-diamond ring tied in a perfect little bow (from $15,000). Similarly, Dior’s Soie Dior fine jewelry collection takes a cue from the sensual movement of silk, shown here in the Gros Grain Saphir Rose Ring ($290,000).


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You may recognize Richard Mille’s RM25-01 Tourbillon Adventure if you’re a hard-core Sylvester Stallone fan. Inspired by the watch the actor wore in his 1982 movie, Rambo, Mille’s latest certainly has the off-the-grid-survival elements. Developed in collaboration with Stallone, a longtime Mille fan—he wore a similar watch in The Expendables 3—the limited-edition piece is made with lightweight, indestructible titanium and carbon composite. It boasts some familiar features, such as a torque limiting crown, as well as an interchangeable compass bezel equipped with a bayonet mount, a spirit level for accurate reading of the compass, and even an airtight cache of water purification tablets. (Set of 20 pieces: $983,000; 310-285-9898). 


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Artemest Milano Editions honey onyx cake stand ($860). Sant Ambroeus marzipan fruits ($5 each).


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Savoir Beds brushed-woolen velvet dog bed by Robert Couturier ($3,850). Bottega Veneta calfskin and brushed-steel dog bowl ($650). Sitting on the bed is Meg, a terrier mix adopted at ARF, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. For a list of adoptable pets near you, go to ASPCA.org.


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What is the best trunk to fill with the best in men’s watches? A Louis Vuitton Boite Flacons Epi leather trunk ($7,650), perhaps, containing (from far left) a Breguet Classique 5347 Grande Complication Double Tourbillon ($436,000), a Patek Philippe Ref. 5270P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ($187,110), and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin watch (around $255,000)—all wrapped in a Gucci silk scarf ($495).


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Herno, the outerwear company, was established in 1948 in Lesa, Italy. It was originally known for rain gear and trenches (because they lived near a lake, water is a touchstone of the company’s founding family, the Marenzis). Eventually, it evolved into cashmere, and today the company is at the forefront of fabric technology. Its down coats have become classics. Seventy years later the brand is celebrating its founding by reinterpreting its signature silhouette in wide-wale corduroy ($1,185). And this style—paired here with Prada’s Davy Crockett–style nylon hat ($570) and Zai’s handmade walnut-veneer skis ($4,900)—is part of an anniversary collection of field jackets, blazers, raincoats, and, of course, parkas.