The Daily Beast’s 2015 Luxury Holiday Gift Guide
Got someone on your gift list who prefers a dirty martini over a PBR? Or, do you need a subtle way to suggest your sandaled friend step up his game into a more luxurious lifestyle? From professional street style gurus to the woman who catches the attention of any room she enters, we’ve curated a guide that will please all the sophisticated types in your life.
1. The Away Carry-On, $225
A sleek suitcase is a requirement for any luxe globetrotter, but this isn’t just your average carry-on. Created by former exectuives of Warby Parker, this hard-shelled piece of luggage is bound to be attractive to experienced travelers who know the specific disappointment of finding your phone (and GPS map) dead upon arrival: with its built-in battery chargers for smartphones and tablets, the Away Carry-On will help you hit the streets right away when you hit your destination.
2. Glass Whiskey Bottle, $175
This mouth-blown glass decanter from Laurence Brabant is perfect for those bored of pouring their after-hours pick-me-up straight from the bottle. Handmade in France, it can beautifully sit as a piece of art for the kitchen, too.
3. Fellow Barber Shave Regime, $60
Beards are trendy right now, but if we're being honest—they don't always compliment a suit. Help the fancy man in your life maintain a soft, smooth face with this three-item gift set of Shave Cream, Aftershave Tonic, and Aftershave Lotion. From Fellow Barber, the San Francisco-based barber shop known for their old-school straight-razor shaves, your dude is bound to look like he's never suffered a nick in his life.
4. Lena Wald Diamond Letter Earrings, $200
You’ve heard diamonds are forever—sometimes it’s good to buck the trend, but trust on this one. Go classic for the woman in your life, with customized pair of 14-karat, yellow gold and diamond earrings. Show your favorite lady just how classy she is with Lena Wald’s tailored gems.
5. Red Leather Sewing Kit, $120
Every fashionista needs a good sewing kit for the unexpected wardrobe malfunction. This adorable and intricate set from Germany comes in a hand-worked leather case with a variety of needles, thread, measuring tape, and scissors inside. Your fashionable friend will never have to worry about sweater-pulling again.
6. Glenn Ligon Towel, $95
An ideal present for anyone who adores the arts and classic mod style. Part of a 2015 campaign to turn art into something functional and practical, this towel has been eyed by many trendsetters this year.
7. Leather Mitt + Pot Holder Set, $112
A chic chef knows presentation counts almost as much as flavor when it comes to a great meal, and this pot holder set with oven mitt in luscious leather fits the bill. This set will last years, and we’re told, it will develop a unique patina as time goes on. Talk about a dinner conversation starter.
8. Leica Monovid Pocket Telescope, $499
Buying for someone who can name all of the constellations? This pocket telescope makes it easy for an aspiring astronaut to gaze at the sky. The tiny device — which weighs 4 ounces — also comes with an attachable macro lens to magnify minuscule insects or rocks. After all, what’s more luxurious than actually reaching for the stars?
9. Chess & Checkers Set, $220
A two-in-one chess and checkers set will never go unnoticed at a Sunday picnic. This portable, roll-up board will excite any game enthusiast—and help you whet your appetite for the post-game meal.