5 Gift Ideas When Cost Is No Object


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Some extravagant ways to show you really care, including a gold-plated, diamond-encrusted game console and a limited edition watch that totally trumps last year's Rolex.

While you’re searching for cheap kid gifts under $10, console yourself in this way: The super wealthy — the 1 percent — are under pressure to find the perfect gift for more than, let’s say, $10,000. It’s a challenge in its own right. Here’s a look at some lavish gifts that may fit the bill.

DuBois et fil DBF001-06

Cost: $13,153

While a Rolex is nice, if you want a watch with a  more prestigious pedigree, you may want to turn to DuBois et fil. Founded in 1785, the company has undergone something of a renaissance recently and now boasts a line of limited edition watches that are capped at 99 timepieces per model.

The DBF001-06 had an even more limited run with only 33 of the model made and a mere 23 left at the time of this writing. It’s a stainless steel watch with a “redgold” bezel. The strap will caress your skin with its calf leather handiwork (don’t purchase for the vegan in your life). Priced in Swiss Francs at 12’900, you should expect to pay at tad more than $13,000 to put it on your best man’s wrist this Christmas.

Chanel No. 5 Grand Extrait Crystal

Cost: $15,000

Why buy someone an itty bitty bottle of Chanel No. 5 when you could give them 30.4 ounces of the stuff? Not only will Chanel No. 5 Grand Extrait Crystal give your loved one enough fragrance to last a lifetime, it also comes in a hand-numbered, crystal flacon (that’s a fancy word for bottle).

Only 50 of this special edition were produced and since the ultra-luxury publication Robb Report named it one of its top picks for 2015 gift-giving, those could go fast. If you want one, you’ll have to shell out $15,000, and your purchase presumably will be delivered by someone wearing white gloves and not a brown uniform.

Harcourt chess game

Cost: $32,000

Not every luxury gift is something to wear. Sometimes the best way to end Christmas is to lounge in your cashmere robe and sip 100-year-old cognac while teaching Tycoon Jr. how to play chess.

And there is no better way to do that than use a $32,000 Harcourt Chess Game. I mean, sure, you could buy a $20 glass set from Amazon, but it’s just not the same. The Harcourt version comes with clear and midnight crystal pieces that look like candlesticks, pod chairs and goblets. Heck, you could probably pour your 100-year-old cognac into a piece and drink from there! There’s only 50 of these available, so you’d better move fast.

Tesla Model S

Cost: $71,100

For the price of two chess sets, you could get a new car for your loved one. Of course, you could spring for an Audi, BMW, Rolls Royce or Jaguar. Heaven knows, you probably make enough if you’re shopping off this list. However, nothing says, “I’m rich and a have a conscience” like a Tesla. It’s a status symbol without the (outrageous) status symbol price.

If the Tesla Model S seems a bit pedestrian, no worries. You have a number of other options. There are even choices for the thrifty 1 percent. Over at Vroom.com, you can find barely used Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin and Bentley vehicles selling for bargain six-digit prices. The company promises to spiff them up to look like new before delivering them to your door. If you ask really nice, I bet they’d even put a bow on top.

Nintendo Wii SUPREME

Cost: $454,237

This is no Nintendo Wii Supreme. It’s a Nintendo Wii SUPREME!

After a list full of stuffy, adult-oriented gifts, we didn’t want to leave out the 1 percent-in-training. Fortunately, Stuart Hughes – he’s arguably both a man and a brand – has put together this ultimate gaming system that boasts 2,500 grams of 22 karat gold and 19.5 carats of diamonds. No word on how much all that heavy metal affects gameplay.

All right, I know the Wii is a bit outdated, but it’s covered in gold, people! Hughes promises to make only three so you could have the only kids on the continent with a Wii SUPREME. Get your £299,995 (that’s about $450,000 at today’s currency rate) to him pronto.

Well, that wraps up our list of top gifts the 1 percent may find under the Christmas tree this year. And yes, of course, not every wealthy person is over-the-top extravagant, but it’s fun to imagine a certain segment of society is opening presents wrapped with gold leaf and topped with jewel-encrusted bows.

If money were no object in your house, what gifts would you be giving this year? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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