The ultimate luxury gift guide 2018
What do you get the luxury-lover in your life who has everything? Our Ultimate Gift Guide has the answer this Christmas. From tailored suits to outer-space joy rides, we’ve grouped our top suggestions into four categories: well-deserved indulgence for the overworked exec; the most impressive new gadgets for discerning tech-lovers; sartorial essentials for the well dressed; and a handpicked selection of the world’s most exceptional stays and experiences for the adventurer. So, without further ado, here are our picks for the ultimate gift this Christmas.
For the tech-lover
A flying car
More efficient in energy consumption than most helicopters or personal drones, the AeroMobil 4.0 STOL is the futuristic flying car fantasy brought to life. Its aerodynamic, carbon-composite construction delivers all the strength and performance of its futuristic design, while the interior boasts a stylish integration of structural carbon and fine leather.
The company plans to produce just 500 units, which won’t be available until 2020, but we expect you’ll be forgiven for the delivery wait time for this particular present.
RRP: US$1.2 million
Read more: Real flying cars: The future of urban travel.
The ultimate Bose sound system
Bose’s new wireless smart speaker, the Bose Home Speaker 500, comes equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Alexa built-in, using advanced Bose microphone technology to offer the best in voice control from anywhere in the room, regardless of background noise.
Tech-lovers can expect the widest soundstage of any smart speaker available, but sacrifice nothing in space, with this compact speaker measuring just 20 centimetres high, 15 centimetres wide and 10 centimetres deep.
The smartwatch with couture cachet
Apple Watch’s partnership with emblematic French brand Hermès gives the collection new (and particularly chic) life. This nifty gadget offers everything for lovers of an active lifestyle; for example, it will alert you if your heart rate is high, measures cadence and pace, offers personalised coaching and even urges you on with achievement awards, for a little motivation.
Of course, this is all in addition to its ability to take phone calls and messages, operate Siri and stream Apple music. Customise the watch with a variety of band colours and styles in Hermès’ signature soft leather.
RRP: The Apple Watch Hermès Series 4 Single Tour 44 mm starts from $1,979
A portal to other realities
The VIVE VR System by HTC VIVE is the effortless getaway you always have time for. With an adjustable headset, exclusively designed 360-degree controllers and wireless base stations, every tech-lover will relish this opportunity to discover the next generation of gaming. Players can be immersed completely with seated, standing or four-by-three-metre room scale options.
The sleekest smartwatch charger on the market
The Dock Marble Collection is made from solid marble, paired with brushed aluminium and available in either black or white. It uses heavy magnetic materials to ensure the watch stays safely in place, while a rotating arm allows you to comfortably use the watch as it charges. The design is compatible with all models of Apple Watch, and if you’d like to go the extra mile, you can pick up a matching iPhone charging port, too, for the complete set.
For the well dressed
A happily ever after
Don’t let us pressure you, but if ever there was a perfect engagement ring, this might be the one. Smales Jewellers’ spectacular 2018 collection celebrates the beauty of the Argyle Pink Diamond, found in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, and the Lilia emerald-cut pink diamond engagement ring may be its most jaw-droppingly beautiful item. Inspired by the last rays of sun hitting the clouds in the evening sky, the ring is accompanied by a certificate from the Argyle Pink Diamond Mine.
RRP: Price on application
Read more: Inside the 2018 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender
The perfect suit
If you can’t change much about your workload, you can at least change the way you feel while managing it, and sometimes, the right suit can make all the difference. In the world of English tailoring, the name Savile Row stands alone, and among its oldest residents is Gieves & Hawkes, who has been trading there for some 245 years.
Its patrons have included every British monarch since George III, along with several other royal households, so we think this should do the trick for even the best-groomed businessmen.
RRP: Prices for a bespoke suit generally start at £3,000 to £4,000, and are made to measure.
A girl’s best friend
With a reputation for excellence in luxury jewellery since 1975, J Farren-Price presents sophisticated jewellery collections in its Sydney boutique. Its collections are handpicked, while many bespoke pieces have been custom designed and handcrafted for clients using the highest quality gems from around the world.
The Princess Flower collection is one of three new Roberto Coin collections to arrive at the Sydney boutique, all of which offer a classically feminine yet unmistakably modern look. Featuring 18-carat white gold, diamonds totalling 1.872 carats and its signature hidden ruby, the Roberto Coin Princess Flower Diamond Pendant is partnered with matching earrings featuring diamonds totalling 3.744 carats.
RRP: Roberto Coin Princess Flower Diamond Pendant: $13,600
Roberto Coin Princess Flower Earrings with Diamonds: $23,850
The handcrafted travel trolley of the Royal family
There is a reason Globe-Trotter has been carried by the Royal family since 1947 and even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children have their own pieces. The Goring 20” travel trolley was made in collaboration with the prestigious Belgravia hotel of the same name. Handcrafted from merlot fibreboard and trimmed with durable white and midnight-blue leather and gold accents, the 4.5-kilogram travel trolley is equipped with internal straps that lay over silk damask fabric for added security.
This adaptable little piece is perfect for travellers. Lightweight, comfortable and free-flowing, Everyday Cashmere’s Pilar Wrap Cardigan is essential for every carry-on suitcase, with flattering flared panels on the side and fitted sleeves to offer shape. Made from 45% silk and 55% cashmere, it can be worn three different ways: wear it open at the front, tie a belt around your waist or loosely knot it at your hips.
For the overworked exec
The ‘world’s best’ whisky
Having twice won “World’s Best” titles for its whiskies, Sullivans Cove is the distillery that put Tasmania (and Australia) on the world whisky map. Its full-flavoured single malt whiskies are made from 100% Tasmanian barley and are, on average, the oldest whiskies being produced in Australia.
A new cask of Sullivans Cove French Oak Single Malt Whisky is available for bottle sales exclusively for purchase from the distillery door, which is around 20 minutes from Hobart. The whisky is incredibly rare and limited, so in order to have a chance at picking up a bottle, you’ll need to plan a visit to the distillery before the year’s end.
The best in noise-cancelling headphones
According to a study from Sony Electronics, 95% of Australians admit they experience stress and reduced concentration from a bombardment of everyday sounds. As such, the new WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones are sure to be just what your loved ones need.
Wireless and intelligent, the headphones allow you to listen in complete silence or choose to filter in, or cancel out, specific background noises (such as voices or traffic noise). The Atmospheric Pressure Optimising feature is particularly useful for frequent jet-setters, optimising the noise-cancelling experience for the altitudes of a plane.
A new mindset for the New Year
Give the gift of time and personalised healing at Gaia Retreat & Spa. Located in the subtropical hinterland of Byron Bay, the hideaway offers tailored retreat packages that include accommodation, spa treatments, activities and all gourmet meals, designed to nurture, refresh and restore.
Activities such as yoga, meditation, clay sculpture, fitness, organic cooking classes and nature walks, complemented by indulgent spa treatments at the multi-award-winning Gaia Day Spa, are sure to leave you feeling ready for a return to work after the Christmas break.
RRP: Gaia Retreat Packages start from two nights at $1,145
The gift of in-home massages, anytime
If you can’t get away to a wellness retreat, never fear. How about one of the world’s best massage chairs, in your home whenever you need it? The Osim uLove Massage Chair has 720° roller balls that can rotate 360° in both horizontal and vertical directions, emulating the agile hand-grip of a real masseuse to give a soothing massage from the comforts of home. The immersive speaker system fitted to the chair itself even provides soothing audio to help calm the mind.
A barbecue to rival all others
Enjoy summer afternoons in the iconic Australian fashion. The Fisher & Paykel DCS Outdoor Grill is a great gift to encourage some well-deserved downtime. Constructed from 304-grade stainless steel, the grill offers full surface searing, even temperatures across the entire surface and is easily cleaned. It is designed to offer the power demanded by a professional chef, and hand-finished to ensure a perfectly seamless look.
A very rare single malt
When you search the globe in search of spirits that are unique, limited and irresistibly delicious, you can’t help but unearth some true gems. That is how The Last Drop Distillers Limited found the 1968 Glenrothes Single Malt, the first in a trilogy of single malt Scotch whiskies from the renowned distillery in the Highlands of Scotland. The exceptional whisky is just the 12th release from The Last Drop, and is sure to delight any Scotch connoisseur.
RRP: $10,000 from Dan Murphy’s
For the adventurer
A journey to outer space
Why not make history this Christmas as one of the world’s very first outer-space tourists? Virgin Galactic might now be only a few short months away from taking its first space adventurers into low-earth orbit, with 700 enthusiasts having already booked their tickets. The flights will be roughly 11 minutes in duration, but it will be a memory (and a story) that lasts a lifetime.
The perfect documentary maker
These days, everybody is a photographer, especially adventurers on the road. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the perfect tool to take your keepsakes to the next level. This aerial drone offers a high-performance zoom lens and the capacity to record 10-bit HDR video. It features a Swedish-made Hasselblad camera, the same brand which captured the first-ever moon landing.
A stay in the world’s first underwater residence
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island unveiled its first-of-its-kind underwater residence this year, named ‘The Muraka’. An enticing experience for any adventurer, the two-storey residence invites guests to delve below the surface of the Indian Ocean.
Guests will enjoy such comforts as a dedicated butler, exclusive culinary experiences (the resort’s restaurant, Ithaa, is the world’s first undersea restaurant) and curated menus designed to explore the unique desires of each traveller, be it restorative meditation, authentic cultural discovery or ocean diving.
RRP: From US$50,000 per night excluding taxes and surcharges, subject to availability at time of booking.
A (nearly) indestructible timepiece
Ultra-light and modern, the new Carbon Aquaracer series by TAG Heuer is not only a sophisticated timepiece but is also a hard-wearing and durable dive watch, cased in grade-5 titanium and waterproof to 300 metres. With random carbon fibres injected into a resin pressed at high temperatures, each piece is unique. It is available in three models, each in full black, but illuminated by varying hints of colour (rose gold, yellow or blue).
RRP: From $5,250
An African safari near home
If time is in short supply, how about an overnight safari close to home? Jamala Wildlife Lodge offers guests the opportunity to bathe alongside a sun bear, sleep next to a lion or hand-feed giraffes in its five-star suites and lodges within the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra. It’s the perfect adventurous gift to squeeze into a weekend escape.
RRP: Prices are dependent on seasonal availability.