WILL I GET ONE THIS CHRISTMAS – I DON’T THINK SO ?
November 26, 2013 by allaboutmanners
The world’s most expensive gifts: From the glass pool table to the £3,400 coffee beans, what the really rich will get this Christmas
While most of us will be happy with a DVD, t-shirt or perhaps a nice new watch from our loved ones this year, the uber-rich will be expecting a little bit more as they unwrap their presents while sipping Kristal Champagne in front of the Queen’s Speech.
‘If in doubt, sprinkle it in diamonds’ appears to be the rallying call of the upmarket manufacturers and boutiques catering to the whims of the international jet set this Christmas.
From a £20,000 bejewelled USB stick (perfect for the billionaire tech genius in your life), to a solid gold pen that comes with an eye-watering £60,000 price tag, MailOnline takes a peek under the wrapping paper of the one per cent.
Fine words: How many points in the word ‘luxury’? This £2,225 Geoffrey Parker Scrabble set in cherry wood is inlaid with a printed, hand-bound leather board and comes with leather Scrabble letters and letter racks. geoffreyparker.com
High roller: For the minimalist games room, and the maximum budget, this £42,000 ultra-modern Nottage Design pool table is made of toughened glass covered by a transparent surface that replicates the feel of a traditional cloth-topped version. Comes with a set of balls, triangle, bridge stick and two aluminium cues. quintessentially.com
Bling: Raise someone’s street-cred to A-lister heights with a pair of gold-plated, Swarovski crystal-encrusted Dr Dre Beats headphones. There’s an A-lister price tag, too – £1,689. crystalrocked.com
Hot wheels: A set of wheels for Little Lord Fauntleroy. At £12,537, this Blanc Chateau 1936 BMW Children’s Car costs more than a Ford Fiesta. quintessentially.com
Glitter: The ultimate treat for coffee connoisseurs – Terra Neva, from the Peruvian Andes, is the caviar of coffee beans and comes in a sterling silver sack. Order 500g, which costs £3,400, and a coffee machine is included! harrods.com
Gold: Will this 24k gold-plated vacuum cleaner (right) really make a carpet look like a million dollars? Because that’s what it costs! But for that (£625,000) it can be customised with a hand-sewn outer bag in the material of your choice. govacuum.com
Valuable technology: For the gadget geek who has everything — the world’s most expensive USB stick is studded with diamonds, rubies and sapphires and has a storage capacity of 32GB. Prices start at £20,000.
The joke better be hilarious: Asprey’s limited edition cracker includes a party hat designed by famous milliner Philip Treacy and a sterling silver thimble engraved with his signature. There’s confetti, too, and a festive joke, but the price is funnier – £1,500. And you only get one. asprey.com
The sparkliest iPhone 5 around thanks to the 500 diamonds and platinum surround. Yours for £10,000.
A champagne cooler by Aston Martin, the silver interior is insulated with carbon-fibre to prevent condensation. It costs a cool £26,000. harrods.com
This is called the perfect pencil – it had better be for £404 for the set. Made of alder, this pencil from Graf von Faber-Castell comes with a sterling silver-plated lid plus an integrated sharpener and rubber. stonemarketing.com
Good for autographs: You’ll have to be quick if you want to spend £60,000 on this diamond-encrusted, solid gold-barrelled pen from Faber-Castell — only ten have been made. graf-von-faber-castell.com
The lady in your life will out-sparkle the fairy on the Christmas tree in this gorgeous grey silk gown from Donna Karan. The hidden boned bodice should disguise any signs of festive excess around the waistline. A snip at £9,880. harveynichols.com
Mere mortals mark the height of their children in Biro on the kitchen door, those with this £1,250 to spare can treat relatives to this David Linley walnut height chart with sycamore gradations and inlaid blackboard. davidlinley.com