After several years of belt-tightening, it may be time to lavish those you love with something more extravagant this holiday season.
There are already signs that some luxury goods are making a comeback, particularly for the more affordable categories such as sunglasses, handbags, fashion watches and boots.
Click ahead for gift suggestions to splurge on for the person who has almost everything.
By Christina Cheddar-Berk
Posted 27 Oct 2010
Although many women probably feel as though they can never have too much jewelry, this year it might be worth going to Tiffany’s for something else. There’s a lot of buzz building about the retailer’s new handbags and leather goods.
This handle-framed bag features glazed espresso-colored crocodile and 24-karat gold-plated brass hardware. The bag is lined with Tiffany Blue leather, with interior pockets, a zipper compartment, and a key ring.
While this bag is a splurge, there also are smaller leather goods priced as low as $50.
Clothing is another popular gift choice. The feathers that adorn this top from Italian designer Emilio Pucci provide a dramatic look that’s perfect for the holidays.
These thigh-high boots are fit for a rockstar. In fact, Rihanna wore a black version of on her latest tour. Glittering with more than 22,000 Swarovski crystals, each set by hand—a feat that demands more than 200 hours of labor—the boots provide a unique twist on this season’s hot trend of boots that come over the knee. The boots are available at Saks and the Stuart Weitzman boutique in New York City.
Prada has collaborated with Luxottica on these sunglasses, which modernize the 50s-style cat frame. They come in black, ivory and tortoise.
Ok, so maybe it’s a little absurd to use a $1,555 Chanel case to hold a $499 tablet computer, but there are more expensive ones, including Tod’s alligator iPad that costs about $4,900, and think of all the heads you’ll turn.
Whether or not you drive a Bentley, you can brandish the brand wherever you go. Bentley has forged several partnerships to broaden the range luxury goods it offers. Items run the gamut from writing instruments by Tibaldi to sunglasses by Estede, skis by Zai, leather goods by Robert Ettinger of London and newly announced scarves by Heritage Cashmere.
Pictured here is a limited edition 1,000-piece worldwide chronograph watch by Breitling. The watch celebrates the launch of Bentley’s new 2011 model year Continental GT, and features Bentley’s famous British Racing Green color. The self-winding watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
This is a limited edition, exclusive item with only 25 pieces made. Handcrafted in German Schulte Mohair, this bear is dedicated to Mariane Meisel, the 98-year-old daughter of Richard Steiff, inventor of the teddy bear. Each bear, an oversized version of the 2010 North American limited edition, comes with a hardbound book featuring Meisel’s memories growing up.
Price: $200,000 per person
Love someone to the moon and back? Give them an out-of-this-world experience by chartering a flight with Virgin.
So far, at least 370 customers have plunked down deposits totaling $50 million to reserve future flights. A deposit not only reserves your place on a future flight of SpaceShip Two, but also keeps you up-to-date on all aspects of the project, including briefings with Sir Richard Branson and VIP invitations to mark major milestones in the program, which aims to be the first commercial manned space vehicle.
Can’t think of many things that would be more comfortable than a soft cashmere hoodie, except one like this, which is lined with plush rabbit fur.
Why rent a hotel room, when you can rent the entire hotel?
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Mandarian Oriental Tokyo Hotel, there is a promotion that will provide one lucky customer use of the entire hotel for 21 hours.
This puts 178 guest rooms and suites, nine restaurants, spas and the Grand Ballroom at your disposal. The accommodation comes with a cocktail reception for 500 people.
But act quickly, the package is only available until Nov. 30, 2011.