Modern luxuries, sparkling spirits, exquisite splurges, and over-the-top treasures … we went on the hunt for the most wished for and hottest must-haves for the holiday season. Here are 16 of the most BELLA and wondrous gifts to give — or (hopefully) receive!
THE JET SET
Give the ultra-cool gift of freedom, fun and adventurous flying. The ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft is a two-seat amphibious aircraft (lands/takes off on land/water) with folding wings that allow it to be stowed in a garage and towed behind a car. Its unique wingfold system means you can take off nearly whenever and wherever you choose — no airport necessary — and it can be unloaded in a standard boat drop. It comes equipped with some of the best features ICON hopes you’ll never need, including a Spin–Resistant Airframe (meaning it will not stall) and a complete airplane parachute, making it one of the safest aircraft ever made. No gift wrap required!
Starting at $189,000, IconAircraft.com
Hit the road in style. The Stromer ST2 S e-bike comes packed with features you never thought a bike could have. Not only is it powerful, with speeds up to 28 mph and a range of 110 miles, it’s also loaded with the latest technology. The Stromer app allows you to track speed, GPS data, and even lock your bike remotely. Its anti-theft protection locks the motor and back tire; if it’s interfered with or taken, lights automatically begin to flash and you can locate your bike through the built-in GPS system that interfaces with the app. There’s a bunch of other cool bells and whistles, too!
$9,490, for authorized dealers visit StromerBike.com
ROSÉ ALL DAY
The iconic Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé has served as the benchmark of rosé champagne for the past 40 years, enchanting fine wine lovers with its taste and the beauty of its elegant bottles. This year it will be packaged in an eye-catching, elegant, rose gold-ribbon cage that serves as an unforgettable gift box.
$99.99, Laurent-Perrier.com Photo credit: Olivier Martinot
From one of California’s top sparkling wine houses, 2010 DVX Rosé is Mumm Napa’s prestige tête de cuvee. This Brut-style rosé is a classic blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and represents a meticulous selection of the finest lots for the final blend — a wine of power, elegance, and balance. DVX is a tribute to founder Guy DeVaux.
The Sanctuary Hotel in the heart of Times Square is offering its Living a Sweet (Suite) Life package, which includes a two-night stay in their luxurious Sweet (suite) Room, Prosecco and strawberries turndown service, a complimentary in-suite candy station, dinner for two at its signature restaurant, TENDER, drinks and appetizers at the year-round Haven Rooftop, and luxury Mercedes Benz car service from the airport.
Heir to a long line of cognac-makers who were pioneers of luxury, Kilian Hennessy’s luxe fragrance brand, By Kilian, has partnered with celebrity-coveted jewelry designer, Loree Rodkin, to create a collection of fine jewelry. The By Kilian Collaboration with Loree Rodkin pieces are made with sterling silver and gray diamonds and are meant to act like armor, protecting the wearer throughout their day.
TECH THE HALLS
If you’re looking for an impressive stocking stuffer for someone on your “nice” list, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is truly the ultimate high-tech treat. If the fact that it’s water resistant doesn’t seal the deal, there’s also an advanced camera, streamlined software, and unparalleled connectivity to a galaxy of products, services, and experiences. Price depends on carrier, Samsung.com
Join the 360-degree movement! The LG 360 CAM is a small, portable device that easily connects via Bluetooth to any smartphone (Android or iOS) and captures stunning 360-degree photos and video, making those vacation photos even more share-worthy. Perfect for the adventure-seeker or avid traveler in your life.
BRING AN EXTRA SPECIAL BOTTLE OF CHEER
The ultimate status symbol of success and luxury, Champagne Armand de Brignac Gold Brut is a must-have for those looking to give an exceptional gift this holiday. This prestige champagne comes in a striking gold metallic bottle with exquisite French pewter labels meticulously finished by hand. Then they’re polished and presented in a handcrafted, wood-lacquered gift box.
Elevate your choice of spirits with the ultimate expression of bespoke tequila. Avión Extra Añejo tequila is one that the most demanding tequila connoisseurs and whiskey drinkers will fully appreciate. Custom engraving available at Reservebar.com.
World-renown tobacconist Nat Sherman partnered with Schrader Cellars, producer of iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, to release the Limited Edition Schrader MMXIII Cigar to the market. This cigar combines filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Peru, and Dominican Republic with a Dominican binder and wrapper. Only 2,500 six-pack boxes were released.
$84 per box, available at the Nat Sherman Townhouse in New York City or NatSherman.com
Looking to light up the life of someone special? This limited-edition candle in Bulgari Eau Parfumée Au Thé Rouge fragrance was created by master perfumer, Olivier Polge. The candle features a voluptuous scent infused with notes of red tea, pink pepper, fig, and musk.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
The bold beauty of the Pathos Swan is an exquisite holiday gift that is sure to complement the poise and grace of any woman. The purity and elegance of the mother-of-pearl dial alongside its glittering diamonds and vivid sapphires create the luminous glow inspired by the gentle radiance of a swan.
$171,600 in rose gold, Carl-f-Bucherer.com
Something sparkly comes this way! Carole Shashona Pavé Black Diamond Goddess Cuff showcases a Buddha-head charm and is crafted of oxidized sterling silver and pavé black diamonds. The gorgeous bracelet exudes both art deco style and modern pop forms, while also entwined with a Far East spiritualism.
$9,500, Barney’s New York
MasterClass is an online education platform offering interactive classes taught by master instructors, such as Kevin Spacey, Usher, Christina Aguilera, and more. A gift card offers a combination of audio, video, interactive assignments, Q&A sessions, peer reviews and other learning materials for a totally immersive experience exclusive to MasterClass.
$90 enrollment fee, MasterClass.com
Academy Award–winning director Francis Ford Coppola, most noted for “The Godfather Trilogy” and “Apocalypse Now,” is signing these lavish, limited, and numbered editions, making it a valuable collector’s item. The Godfather Notebook is a faithful reproduction of Coppola’s three-ring binder, with bonus, never-before-seen photos and other ephemera from the making of the film — an offer Godfather fans can’t refuse.
$500, Exclusively available from ReganArts.com
Contributed by Janene Mascarella