Haute Holiday Gift Guide

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Need some last minute gift ideas for the holidays? Look no further than the items in our haute holiday gift guide, items which say ‘seasonal cheer’ in the hautest way possible. Happy holidays!

WHAT TO BUY…

 

FOR THE WATCH-LOVER

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Hublot King Power Black Mamba

This limited-edition timepiece, which celebrates LA Lakers star and Hublot ambassador Kobe Bryant, is a great gift for the watch collector and basketball afficionado alike. There are only 250 pieces on this piece, of which has a sapphire dial signed by the NBA star himself, so act fast. (Westime Sunset, 310.289.0808, $25,200)

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra Thin Selfwinding

The Royal Oak 1972-2012 features a skeletonized version of Calibre 2121 (Cal. 5122) which is highlighted by a contemporary decoration and a galvanic anthracite treatment. The timepiece is part of a 40-piece limited edition.(Westime Sunset, 310.289.0808, $50,400)

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Patek Philippe 5980/1R Men’s Nautilus Chronograph

Patek’s Men’s Nautilus Chronograph in rose gold with a black gradient dial is the ultimate in stylish gifts. You’ll love the gold applied hour markers with luminescent coating. (Patek Philippe Boutique at GEARYS, Beverly Hills, 310-273-4741, $91,400)

FOR THE SPIRITED…

 

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Glenfiddich The Age of Discovery

Discover your love of single malt Scotch whiskey with Glenfiddich’s new Bourbon Cask Reserve. Aged for 19 years in American oak casks, this tribute to the bourbon industry is definitely the way to go to gift a true Scotch aficionado.(Mission Wine & Spirits, 626-794-7026, $150)

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The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition

The Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition is The Macallan’s most extensive, and ambitious, to date with 58 unique single cask whiskies being paired with a different signed 11” x 14” Elliott Erwitt print captured during his Scottish adventure.  Only 35 of each of the exclusive pairings are available, making a complete global release of 2,030 packs, 320 of which can be found in the U.S. The Elliott Erwitt Edition comprises a bespoke photo-archival book featuring a total of 158 images, shot by Elliott during his trip, with a 375ml handmade glass flask containing a never before released single cask malt whisky concealed within its pages. Bottoms up! (themacallan.com, $1500)

FOR THE OENOPHILE…

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The Complete Wine Taste & Aroma Kit

How better to become a connoisseur of fine wine than through the nose? Taste and smell wine like an expert with this comprehensive kit, which will help you identify all that you’re smelling and tasting. The kit comes with 9 vials of common essences found in wine, 36 aroma cards and two wine glasses in a lovely pine box.  Trust us, with this even the most basic wine lover will be well prepared for the coming Napa Wine Auction. (amazon.com, $199.99)

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Jeff Koons’ Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon

Dom Pérignon is getting a holiday makeover courtesy of Jeff Koons. The contemporary artist brings elements of fantasy to his collaboration with the iconic champagne brand. Koons reimagines his famous “Balloon Venus” sculpture as The Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon, an object of which, when opened, reveals a bottle of Dom Pérignon rosé Vintage 2003. Koons’ original sculpture and its Dom counterparts were inspired by the Venus of Willendorf, a miniscule Paleolithic figurine that dates back to 23,000 B.C. The bespoke objet d’art is available on a made-to-order basis. (domperignon.com, $20,000)

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Perrier Joeut Blason Rose in Inbloom Fresh Box

This holiday season, famed Champagne House Perrier-Jouët, has partnered with award-wining French designer, Benjamin Graindorge, to create the Perrier-Jouët InBloom Fresh Box. For this design, Graindorge looked to nature to help craft his design. Drawing inspiration from flower’s delicate petals, branches and tree trunks, helped him create an intricate, yet enchanting container that once opened, transforms into an organically-inspired, cooling case revealing its secret: Perrier-Jouët champagne – dressed in its new packaging and kept at the ideal tasting temperature. (astorwines.com, $80)

FOR THE TRAVELER…

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Rolls-Royce Bespoke Luggage

Travel in style this season with Rolls Royce’s bespoke bag collection. Perfect for any jetsetter, this six piece luggage set makes for a timeless accessory that fits any global style. Almost as important as what is in your bag, is the bag itself. These investment pieces will see you through years of travel. (rolls-roycemotorcars.com, price varies)

FOR THE WELL-GROOMED…

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Jo Malone Luxury Trousseau

This bespoke box by Jo Malone is the ultimate gift of fragrance for the festive season. An elegant lacquered chest, luxuriously lined in blue crushed velvet, filled with nine 100ml Jo Malone™ Colognes is decadent indulgence. (jomalone.co.uk, $1375)

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L’Occitane Men’s Luxury Set

The gentleman who receives this gift will be fully prepped for the holidays. This collection from L’Occitane features Cade Rich Shaving Cream, Cade Shaving Brush Plisson, Cade Razor Plisson, and Cade After Shave Balm.  (310-854-0188, $155)

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 Dolce & Gabbana The One His & Hers Perfumes

This is a great gift for couples who want to share and care alike. The limited-edition fragrances from Dolce & Gabbana are well-suited to one another. Hers is an oriental floral with bergamot and mandarin combined with lychee, peach and Madonna Lily unfolding to a base of vanilla and amber with musky notes, while his is an oriental with tobacco and spice with top notes of grapefruit, coriander and basil with elements of cardamom, ginger and cedarwood.  Yum. (Dolceandgabbana.com, For Her $102, For Him, $80)

FOR THE GOURMAND…

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Eric Ripert’s Imperial Select Caviar

If you’re a true caviar enthusiast, this 8 oz. bundle of the delicacy from master chef Eric Ripert is an absolute must. *paramountcaviar.com/ericripertcaviar/, $1050)

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Image: Deborah Jones

The French Laundry Caviar & Blini Gift Set

This set from Michelin-starred Chef Thomas Keller offers all that is involved to prepare the traditional canapé served at his Yountville eatery, The French Laundry, including a 375ml bottle of Schramsberg Cuvee French Laundry, Blanc de Blancs chardonnay-based brut sparking wine and a two-ounce serving of Royal Kaluga Caviar from Petrossian.   (store.tkrg.com/, $500.00)

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