Galleries > Insider's Picks: Extravagant Christmas Gifts 2012
By Ashok Soman and Eugene Quek
We at Luxury-Insider.com ask virtually everyone we meet if luxury is best shared or hoarded. As the year winds down and we take stock of our blessings, the answer is clear. As chanteuses warble on about Christmas magic, we think the cockles of our hearts deserve some warming too—and the best way to do that is to see the faces of our loved ones light up as they unravel crisp packaging to reveal one or more of the gifts we have listed here. It is not an indulgence if it is for someone you love so go on and shut out the cynical Grinch stalking your porch. It is high time for hugs and hijinks, for carousing and clinking. Happy holidays, readers.
Purpura maximus. A sole-survivor from the 19th century, this venerated Parisian shoemaker goes fashionable with some help from Sir Paul Smith.
For the morning after, when a buzz of an entirely different nature is required. Just make sure your recipient has a Nespresso machine of his own!
Game theory. A cerebral pursuit for the overly competitive gets a dash of nobility courtesy of Chopard.
Wild sheep chase. Lock yourself into fashionable woolen comfort this winter with the interlocking double Cs.
Tangled up in huit. In Hermès' cheery orange, to match your pumpkin pie...and for the techie, a neat secret. Look closer at the print: it's made of countless computer power button icons.
Cerebral craft. Let the stream of consciousness flow from the "spinal cord" of the nib to the crisp flesh of your paper.
Pumped up kicks. These rigorous babies can take a beating - and dish it out too. Pair with the Chanel cuff for a truly domineering effect
One watch to rule them all. No master of the universe worth his Porsche 911 should have to do without this timepiece.
A Bleu Christmas. Cordon Bleu is Extra Old for sure but it is the kind of gift that keeps on giving. Also, it is blue. How cool is that.
One night in Bangkok. To be fair, you'll need more than one night to take advantage of the hotel's fantastic holiday offer right now. COMO is proposing a two-night stay in a Penthouse Suite, with 24-hour bultler service. Check out the details here.
Because the future's so bright... This handsome aviator's bridge and temples are lined in plush red calf for maximum festive flair.
Most certainly made for walking. Try not to leave the floor of your party's pad awash with rainbow-colored scales...
By any other name... Piaget stands the idea of the brilliant-cut (also called the rose cut) diamond on its head by carving a ring into the shape of a rose and setting it with brilliant-cut diamonds.
Sprezzatura. If Apple alone cannot make you swoon in delight with its contempo designs, let Prada bring some insouciance to the party. Wallet sold separately...
Never fear the airport scanner again. With its many different purpose-specific (including laptop) compartments, this bag will be your new best friend in 2013. It even has a concealed outer pocket for whatever smartphone is your poison.
Bring on the swank: This midnight blue tuxe is full-on Bond. Jaunty bow-tie and spiffy pocket square non-optional.
Cocktail hour. With an entire set of cocktail ware by Zweisel, your home bar will receive an enlightening touch for those all-important home parties.
Towards a wonderfully weird Christmas. A favorite of the editor, who doesn't drink champagne but will make an exception for David Lynch.
When the sun goes down, the heel goes up—but your bag sizes down. This minaudière in gold goatskin and a lacquered clasp is the ultimate after-eight treat.
Paper plates for a dinner party? Nay. Serve up the fruits of your labor on a spectacular silver platter.
Hold your forked tongue and jot your thoughts down in this nifty python-embossed organizer instead and you'll be ushering in 2013 in classy serpentine style!
Twinkle, twinkle. Tiffany & Co.'s famed fancy yellow diamonds are in a sparkling constellation of their own.
Ladies first. Women have long cast acquisitive glances at men's watches. This might be the first watch to elicit the same reaction from men
Away, Father Time! Buoyed up by the sea, keep your face plump like Baby New Year's.
For the high fashion rebel with a nose for high drama.
Arm candy. We're not sure what to make of Lana Del Rey's music but the bag named for her is pretty fine. Seek out the limited editions in boutiques, including the Club 21 edition in Asia.
Love is forever, like a neutron star collision. The stylized symbol will whisper your message of boundless love.
Give 2013 a rub of the green with these gleaming monk straps.
Who says guys can't do purple? It's buddy bonding time with this bold hue, the regal accent to Chivas' gutsy flavors.
For the dog days just ahead. State-of-the-art levelers keeping things balanced on bumpy terrain, haul this boy's toy outdoors for games on your lawn.
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