It’s an age-old conundrum. What to gift your high roller friends whose yachts and vacation homes are already brimming with solid gold doubloons?
Of course, there can only be one answer: something expensive. This holiday season, we’ve got your spendy shopping bases covered, from a set of original Matisse illustrations to a hand-made, wood-burning sauna—complete with iPod stereo and electric guitar hook-up.
What outrageously expensive trinkets have you been eyeing this season? Tell us in the comments below.
The 2013 Porsche 911: Granted, it kind of looks the same as it did in '66, but the new 911 has had a dramatic makeover. She's still 400 horses fast, but the ride is anything but jarring thanks to a new "sport" button that lets you silence the drone of the engine. $99,415 at Porsche dealers.
1930s Cartier Lighter: Even non-smokers may be keen to take up the habit with his unique, '30s-era art deco Cartier table lighter, which features rock crystal panels and sleek black enamel fittings. Wrapped around the body is a hand-painted scene depicting the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix.
$42,500.00 at Just One Eye.
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Fitzgerald Unpublished: Sotheby's upcoming rare books lot includes an unpublished manuscript by "Gatsby" writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well a set of short stories from Oscar Wilde, J.D. Salinger, and Jack Kerouac. Who knows: you may be gifting your sweetie with an unappreciated literary classic. To auction
14 December 2012, more information at Sothebys.
Game Cube: With 25 different board games, Geoffrey Parker's award-winning "Game Cube" packs enough entertainment to last three lifetimes. Hand inlaid throughout, each of the six gaming boards on the outside of the box can be customized with different colors of Dauphin calf leathers. Perfect for your private yacht—it's space-saving, after all. £20,065
at Geoffrey Parker.
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Life-Size Stuffed Giraffe: High-roller offspring need love, too: FAO Schwartz' collection of over-sized stuffed animals come in large, extra large, and life-size editions, perfect for furnishing a prince or princess' suite (though not so great for snuggling). $849.99 at FAO Schwartz.
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Matisse Originals: The great thing about an original artwork (particularly by famed French artists) is that you know your baller giftee doesn't have it yet. Bid online on a lot of original "trial" drawings by Henri Matisse—our favorite of which features a moody brunette draped in white fur and pearls.
From $24,000 at Christies.
Moynat Bicycle Trunk: Luxury leather goods firm Moynat adds a touch of bling to the picnicking experience with a new, hand-crafted bicycle trunk. Executed in the brand's signature Art Deco Initiale canvas with a poplar wood structure, the trunk contains porcelain goblets (really) as well as a sandwich drawer, and can be folded to make a table. Oh, and it comes with a bike. $37,000 at Moynat.
A Mini Bugatti Coupe: The only thing we like better than big, luxury cars is miniaturized replicas of big, luxury cars. Ralph Lauren's limited-edition models are exact 1:8 replicas of cars from the designer's private collection. This extremely rare 57 SC Atlantic Bugatti is one of only three ever produced. $9,500 at Ralph Lauren.
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A Private Sauna: Castor's wood-burning sauna is built inside an old wood shipping container, but don't let that fool you. The luxurious little hut is completely solar powered, and don't worry about getting bored in there: it comes complete with an iPod stereo, bronze antlers, and—naturally—an electric guitar hook up, in case you feel like jamming out as you steam. $41,000 at Matter.
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Truffle Set: There's no fancier hobby than collecting rare truffles. Of course, fancy hobbies deserve sophisticated accessories: this elegant truffle set comes with a bamboo-handled truffle shaver, wood truffle brush, and glass bell jar cover on a carved wooden tray.
at Just One Eye.
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