If you have been a good girl or boy all year long, Santa might bring you what you deserve. Or, so we are told. Why not ask for what you really want, and conversely, give, give, give like there is no tomorrow? Here we have brought together some inspiring, instant heirloom gifts and experiences that will warm hearts and enrich minds for many years ahead.
By Lance Avery Morgan, Jason Schubert, and Jonathan Spindel
ESTATE OF BEING
Estate jewelry, as well as new creations, are the perfect gift that always fits and never disappoints. Priceless. Auctions throughout the year at Dallas Auction Gallery and Morton Auctioneers in Houston
KEEP CALM AND COBBLE ON
Want to know about a man? Start with his feet. That’s why John Lobb’s custom made shoes are oh, so well-heeled. From $1500. At Johnlobb.com
What’s not to love about an assemblage of vintage decanters gathered in one attention-getting spot? You can source these almost everywhere to build your own collection. From estate sales to the finest stores.
Want to dazzle any tabletop? Look no further than this collection of malachite-inspired vases that makes any surface more sensational. $128-168. At Jonathan Adler and Neiman Marcus
THE REALLY GREAT OUTDOORS
Yesteryear’s glamour is seen at its finest with photographer Slim Aaron’s look at the exterior adventures of the Jet Set. Who can own just one of these? From $995. At Jonathan Adler stores and JonathanAdler.com
THAT’S PUZZLING INDEED
Designer Christian Lacroix now brings his talents to unique items for the home. This completed 1”H x 8 ¾” sq. kaleidoscopic and animal motif-patterned that is a two-sided puzzle is the perfect stocking stuffer. $38. At Neiman Marcus
Join Linens: For Every Room Occasion author Jane Scott Hodges to choose the most luminous linens to outfit your home, guest home and vacation villa. A portion of the proceeds goes to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. $55,000. At Neiman Marcus
FEATHERING YOUR NEST
Event planner Phillip Bailey teams with Neiman Marcus to create a glorious one-of-a-kind peacock for your manor. The 6-foot tall one has a 10-foot tail, while the 3-foot tall one has a 5-foot tail. A portion of the proceeds goes to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. From $25,000 – $65,000. At Neiman Marcus
L’OBJET OF AFFECTION
The renowned porcelain maker, L’Objet, added the lapis lazuli collection to its semi-precious stone masterpieces. These accessories will mesmerize you since they are made of fine Limoges porcelain with 24 karat gold details. $35 – $550. At L-Object.com
The Four Seasons Private Jet Experience comes to life through a variety of extraordinary itineraries that crisscross the globe and allow you to discover up to 10 international destinations on a single private jet journey. Prices vary by itinerary. At FourSeasons.com
NOW SEE THIS
This perfect toy for the grown-up man in your life offers paddlers an underwater vista of aquatic wildlife and waterscapes unavailable in conventional boats. Seating two people, it’s made of the same durable material found in the cockpit canopies of supersonic fighter jets. $2,500. At Hammacher.com
During the mid-1960s, Texas artist Charles Umlauf produced a number of significant sculptures of women which exemplified elegance and beauty that was truly contemporary. From $39,600. On view and available at Hotel Ella. At Hotelella.com
Whether you’re a hedge fund mogul or a young collector, the contemporary art market is the place to be. Find the next generation of Koons, de Kooning, and Bacon through in-person auctions, online markets or local fairs. Buy what you love and be part of the movement. Shown is a digital painting by Michael Manning.
TIE ONE ON
The go-to for quality scarves always gets our vote. This Hermès
Sous l’Egide de Mars
Hermes silk and cashmere shawl at 56” X 56” by Pierre Marie is perfect for self or home. $1175. At Hermès
Turn a fireplace into to a stunning framework for this sculpture year-round. It’s designed to hold votive candles that will illuminate with a warm glow, by Kathryn McCoy Design in Selenite.$5,700. At Horchow and Bergdorf Goodman
PASSAGE TO INDIA
Judith Leiber’s India-inspired minaudiere bags are simply irresistible. For decades the legendary designer has embellished more ballrooms per square inch with her fanciful designs. Priceless. At Neiman Marcus
COUTURE? FOR SURE
Daniel Esquivel, of Bravo’s Project Runway hit TV series remains the darling of the Texas fashion scene. Why not have him run up a new gown for you or your loved one? Priceless. At Danielesquivel.com Photo courtesy of Gregg Cestaro /Fashionably Austin
ROOM WITH A POINT OF VIEW Dallas-based and globally oriented interior designer Jan Showers creates stunning, show-stopping rooms. Have her use her touch in your own home to refresh things a little. Price Upon Request. At Janshowers.com. Photo courtesy of Jan Showers
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
This pendant light, reminiscent of Sputnick meeting the future, will add a dash of charm and whimsy to any space that needs to be revved up and brought to new heights.$2250. At Hudsonvalleylighting.com
STAY TOO LONG AT THE FAIR
Join your fellow elites in Maastricht, Netherlands at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) on March 13-22, 2015 to view the very latest offerings in both the classical and contemporary art realms. It is undoubtedly the very finest gathering of art, furniture, jewels on the planet – and it is all for sale. Priceless. At TEFAF.com Photo courtesy of Loraine Bodewes
CROP OUT BMW BLOG AT THE TOP SUDDENLY, IT’S 2022
The new BMW i8 is the thinking person’s approach to a luxurious electric car. With its zoom factor and gull wing doors, the future is here and now. From $135,700. At BMWofaustin.com
Gucci Première This is bottled confidence created from jasmine sambac and Bulgarian rose. $101 for 75ml.
Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance Pink peonies and vanilla create this magical elixir. $94 for 100ml.
Dolce&Gabana The One, Collector’s Edition Zesty bergamont and Mandarin makes this a must-have sparkling scent. $113 for 75ml.
Vince Camuto Amore The modern sensuality is blended from notes of blush orchids, fresh freesia, and floating lotus.$78 for 100ml.
Gucci Guilty Pour Femme Shimmering, floral hedonism at its most provacative. From $99 for 75ml.
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A women rarely buys a scent for herself, according to experts. So, spurge on her this year with our favorite fresh scents of the season.
Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu Edgy and smoky like a night in Tangiers. From $215 for 50ml.
Dolce&Gabanna The One for Men Collector’s Edition As elegant and sensual as a roulette game in Monaco. $86 for 100ml.
Vince Camuto Homme Crisp and clean like the Mediterranean yacht’s seabreeze . $70 for 100ml.
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Cedar, sandal and mandarin reminiscent of the F-1 track in Nice. $84 for 90ml.
Prada Luna Rosa Sage and spearmint creates this energetic spray for the on-the-go guy. $82 for 100ml.
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Every man wants to smell as great as he feels. This year give him a new scent that will linger in your mind, too…
Escape the winter chill with a romantic getaway in the lush jungles of Costa Rica. Nayara Hotel & Gardens, one of the world’s top-rated hotels in the foothills of the magnificent Arenal volcano. Packages from $1,978 per night. At Arenalnayara.com
Experience undiscovered beauty on an intimate river cruise through the Peruvian Amazon. Get to know the wildlife and natural charm of Amazonia while exploring one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse countries. Cruise packages from $2,850. At Aquaexpeditions.com
A daring mash-up of classic tradition with modern whimsy, the Kartell “Ghost Chair” will make a striking addition to your bar or breakfast nook. Designed by famed designer Phillippe Starck. From $450. At Karstellsorela.com
A BICYCLE BUILT TO THRILL
Take a spin on the world’s first intelligent bicycle, the VANMOOF 10. Equipped with features such as GPS and smart power control, the aluminum frame packs an electric motor with a range of up to 35 miles that is sure to turn heads as you enjoy the thrill of the ride. From $2,998. At Vanmoof.com
THAT’S A BRIGHT IDEA
This dazzling blend of vintage design with modern technology offers striking visual features in a sleek package. Purchase a fully-assembled version, or take a technical plunge and order the built-it-yourself kit for an instant art installation. $599. At Americaninnovative.com
LET THE SPA COME TO YOU
The Monthly Express club delivers a curated box of beauty products each month. Experience the luxury of the spa in the comfort of your home with the gift that keeps on giving. $129 per month. At Monthlyexpress.com
FRENCH COUNTRY FEAST
Treat yourself to an extravagant sampler from Petrossian with delicacies including caviar, smoked salmon, prosciutto, and all the fixings to your favorite picnic spot and enjoy the best of the French countryside wherever you may roam. Gift baskets from $195. At Petrossian.com
A TASTE OF ART AND SCIENCE
World-famous chef Grant Achatz creates an artistic experience at Alinea restaurant in Chicago, rated #1 in the country. Selling tickets in lieu of reservations, this gastronomic experience is a delectable sensation for the most discerning palate. Tickets from $299. At Alinearestaurant.com
TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE
Turn the right heads with an exclusive timepiece from Franck Muller. Bold and sleek, this instant classic is the perfect match for the sharpest evening wear.
From $8,990. At Franckmuller.com
RUGGEDLY HANDSOME STYLE
Sturdy yet refined, this briefcase exudes masculine elegance with a Mad Men flair. Plus, this incredibly durable briefcase will look better and better with age.
$2,495. At Saks Fifth Avenue
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED
Taste the world’s purest and most exclusive spirit with Kors Vodka 24k. Each limited crystal bottle features hand-painted gold decorations and includes private membership to the Kors VIP club.
$24,500. At Kors-vodka.com
HOTTEST SOUND AROUND
What’s cooler than a wireless Bluetooth speaker? One that floats, of course. Doubling as a conference phone, this stylish gadget will make a great addition to any home or office. $199. At Omone.com
The luxury gift set by Nest Fragrances makes a perfect hostess gift this holiday season. Or, decorate your own home with this aromatic essential, $85. At Neimanmarcus.com
SHARE THE SOUNDS
For the stylish listener, Bang and Olufsen’s BeoPlay offers headphones that sound as good as they look. An optional feature allows you to link multiple headsets to a single audio device.
$399. At Beoplay.com
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This gorgeous Damascus steel kitchen knife by Henckels is the first German-made blade of its kind. Made of 160 layers of folded steel, this luxurious blade will be the pride of any home chef.
$999.95. At Williams-sonoma.com
A BUZZ WITH PERKS
Equally at home at a cafe or your kitchen counter, the elegant GS/3 espresso machine by La Marzocco is the envy of every DIY home barista. From $6,900.At Lamarzocco.com
The innovative Coravin system allows you to pour a glass of your favorite wine without ever pulling the cork. This clever contraption pours a perfect glass and preserves the wine, so you may savor the flavor on a later occasion.
$299. At Coravin.com
Delivering powerful performance in an environmentally friendly package, the new Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid is a veritable supercar by any standard. This beautiful beast will get you to the gala in style — and fast.
From $845,000. At Porscheofsanantonio.com
Based in Austin, Texas, Delysia Chocolatier specializes in crafting the finest award-winning gourmet confections for any occasion. Collections from $27.
WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
Capture your golden moments with the Diana F+ Gold Edition by Lomography. The special film captures your memories with a vintage visual feel. This artistic gadget is a perfect match for your glamorous golden accessories.
$129. At Lomography.com