When you have a whole list of people to shop for, splurging on everyone is out of the question. But there’s always one special person you can’t help but spend a little extra cash on—and that’s where this gift guide comes into play. From the most beautiful backgammon set we’ve ever seen (a quarantine boredom cure-all) to a pair of classic diamond huggie earrings they’re sure to have forever, here are 25 of the most expensive gift ideas of 2020.
1. Roberto Coin White Gold & Diamond Single Line Hoop Earrings
These hoops might be tiny (15 millimeters, to be exact), but they sure know how to make a statement. They’re crafted in Italy from 18-karat white gold and a single row of brilliant diamonds, so they’re neither too flashy nor too plain.
2. Saint Laurent Wyatt Chelsea Boot
The thing is, guys appreciate a new pair of shoes just as much as the next girl. And it almost counts for more, because he'll be loyal to those boots until they're worn into the ground. This Italian-made Saint Laurent pair is up for the challenge, thanks to classic minimalist detailing and pull-on fit that can be styled with everything in his closet, from now until spring.
3. ANNA New York Bosque Tray Large
There’s charcuterie, and then there’s charcuterie served on this chic Acacia wood tray. The handles are even crafted from natural Agate stone and trimmed in 24-karat gold. It’s proof that you can always indulge in a fancy happy hour—even if your host is dressed in sweats.
4. Crosley Radio C10 Two-Speed Manual Turntable
There’s just something about the way music sounds on vinyl—the scratchy, old school effect—that Spotify just can’t replicate. This turntable delivers all of that and more thanks to a pre-mounted Ortofon OM5e cartridge, a low-vibration synchronous motor and smooth belt-driven mechanism. Plus, the woodgrain base and shock-reducing feet add to the aesthetic. Surprise your most nostalgic friend with a rare record from their favorite band inside.
5. Nude Glass Parrot Water Carafe
A pitcher that’s pretty enough to pass for a vase is a-OK in our book. This crystalline carafe features a hand-etched and painted design with a contrasting gold spout to resemble a parrot (in the most sophisticated way possible). Whether your grandma fills it with sparkling water or a bunch of tulips is totally up to her.
6. Diptyque Gold Candle Holder – Medium
You can only buy someone so many candles. But this bronze holder is a completely different story. Designed in collaboration with artist Osanna Visconti, it was specifically designed to cradle a 190g Diptyque candle, turning it into a piece of functional art.
7. Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Pouch
If you’re buying a gift for a handbag afficionado, they probably already have all the practical black and brown leather styles their heart desires. But this intricate, handwoven red clutch from Bottega Veneta is just the thing to knock their socks off. It’s handcrafted in Italy of Nappa lambskin leather and features a slouchy silhouette that holds all the essentials (phone, cards, lipstick, mask, etc.) with a flat base that helps keep it from tipping over when it's set down.
8. SLEEPER Feather-Trimmed Party Pajama Set
There are silk pajamas, and then there are ostrich feather-trimmed silk PJs from the cool girl brand, Sleeper. They’re so chic, your bestie can wear them from bed to brunch without a second thought. Is there a better gift than that?
10. La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream – 3.4oz.
Celebs and beauty editors around the world can’t get enough of this luxury face cream. How is it different from everything else out there, you ask? It’s all in the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth, which harnesses the ability to moisturize, soothe sensitivity and restore radiance. It also enhances firmness and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and minimizes the appearance of pores. And if you’re still wondering, yes, your mom would love a jar.
9. Jura E6 Automatic Coffee Machine
Keurigs are great and all, but true coffee addicts need to bring in the big guns for their java fix—especially if visiting the neighborhood coffee shop isn’t in the cards. This state-of-the-art machine features eight intensity levels, high-tech extraction technology and it even connects to the Jura app, so he can customize his cup without getting off the couch. Now, if only it could deliver that flat white to the coffee table…
11. Jonathan Adler Milano Backgammon Set
Quarantine game nights will never be the same. This glossy, artistic backgammon set features a concentric loop pattern in pastel colors on the outside, and the same hues on the board inside. That means it not only looks good while you’re playing, but it can double as a decorative objet they can put on display in the living room, once the game is over.
12. Gray Malin Positano Triptych
Physical traveling is out of the question, but no one ever put restrictions on day dreaming of a vacation to Positano, did they? This triptych features all the most nostalgic memories of the Italian Riviera, including retro-vintage beach umbrellas, colorful cliffside homes and the crystal-clear Tyrrhenian Sea. Each print feels special on its own, but the real magic is when they're viewed side by side. We think this will do just fine until we can board a real life plane to Naples.
13. LAGOS Smart Caviar Sterling Silver Link Band for Apple Watch
The daily debate: To wear the Apple Watch or trade it for a classic timepiece? This sterling silver link band, with LAGOS’s signature caviar beading, makes it so they never have to choose. It’s all the convenience of a smart watch with the style of a luxe link band.
14. TOM FORD TOBACCO VANILLE EAU DE PARFUM
True, buying perfume can be tricky when we all like such different scents. But this one, with notes of tobacco leaf, ginger, spices, tonka bean, cocoa and fruit accord is a total people-pleaser (in the best way). It smells rich and brings on memories of London speakeasies. Hey, if we can’t travel, this is the next best thing.
15. Edie Parker Home Vanity Tray
You’d be surprised by how much order a simple tray can bring to a dresser or desk. This hand-poured acrylic design holds everything from perfume to makeup and skincare and you truly can’t go wrong with the deep green Malachite color. The Marie Kondo in your life will be so pleased.
16. DR. DENNIS GROSS DRX SPECTRALITE FACEWARE PRO
This trendy device was inspired by Dr. Gross’ in-office light therapy treatment and comes with three separate options to customize your experience: red light therapy, blue light therapy and red and blue therapy. 100 red LED lights help stimulate collagen production and elastin to reduce wrinkles, sunspots, sun damage and redness, while 62 LED blue lights destroy acne-causing bacteria. Use the combo feature to target both at the same time.
17. EXTREME CASHMERE No. 20 Oversize Xtra stretch-cashmere sweater
Every year we go on the hunt for the perfect cashmere sweater and this is our pick for 2020. It boasts a super-cozy relaxed silhouette from a mid-weight, elasticated knit (read: it’s stretchy) that can be worn with the comfiest pair of leggings and still look put together.
18. Devialet Gold Phantom Premier Hi-Fi Wireless Speaker
What do you get the tech nerd with impeccable taste? Ding, ding, ding! This Hi-Fi wireless speaker from Devialet. A Grade Titanium tweeter projects sound so clear, you’d assume the speaker would have to be giant. But the compact tabletop design is what makes it so special. Oh yeah, there’s also the 18-karat gold finishings, because at this point, why not?
19. SAVED NY Calabria tiger-jacquard cashmere blanket
Perhaps the only thing better than a cashmere sweater is a giant cashmere blanket that can be wrapped around you while watching movie marathons. This one is made from sustainably sourced Mongolian cashmere for utmost softness and features a chic tiger print on one side and a solid tan hue on the reverse.
20. GUCCI GG crystal hair slide
For the kid at heart who never turn down a good hair accessory. This glossy resin and crystal Gucci clip has the power to turn any outfit—including sweats—into a designer look.
21. Dyson Corrale Straightener
We’re still big fans of Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer and Airwrap device, but this shiny new tool has our attention for holiday. It’s the only straightener with flexing plates that gather hair neatly together on each pass—no more wielding both a brush and a flat iron to get stick-straight locks. This also means you don’t have to go over it as many times, so there’s less damage, reduced frizz and fewer flyaways.
22. SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry box
Why would you store your fine jewelry in a dingy, old jewelry box? Exactly. This one is crafted in Spain from navy croc-embossed leather for a luxe look and features wear-resistant nubuck leather on the inside to stand the test of time. Plus, the dedicated trays and compartments make grouping items together extremely easy.
23. Vitamix 7500 Blender
Chances are, your favorite culinary master already has the essentials (ahem, Kitchenaid stand mixer). But even if they already own a blender, nothing compares to this 10-speed Vitamix. This high-tech model fits a powerful motor into a compact design, so it won’t take up the whole countertop while blending smoothies, nut butters, soups and more to perfection.
24. Frette Hotel Classic Sheet Set – Queen
There’s nothing quite like falling into a fluffy hotel bed, wrapped in perfectly crisp percale sheets. And since jetting off to a five-star resort in Paris is probably off the table this year, get your favorite travel partner the next best thing: These Italian-made sheets that can be found in many of the world’s top hotels.
25. Smeg x Dolce & Gabbana Sicily Is My Love Electric Kettle
Talk about form, function and art all rolled into one. This die-cast, powder-coated steel kettle from Smeg features a 360-degree swivel base, easy-to-read water-level indicators, automatic shut-off and a soft-opening lid that prevents steam from suddenly escaping. But the best part of all is the retro, Sicilian motif that makes it look like a work of art, on any kitchen counter.
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