LIFESTYLE DAILY COVER 2022 Forbes Holiday Gift Guide: An A-To-Z List Of Letter-Perfect Presents
After making your list—and checking it twice—check it again for a better price. Should you still need ideas for loved ones and pets, this selection of gifts is as good as it gets. So just choose a letter and without even trying, you’ll soon find yourself buying and buying.
|A| Arm Candy
Louis Vuitton’s Capucine handbags are a work of art in their own right—they require more than 250 steps to hand-make—but the Artycapucine collection ($10,500) takes things a step further. Designed by six influential artists including Amelie Bertrand, Daniel Buren and Ugo Rondinone, they’re perfect for anyone looking to wear their art on their sleeve.
The centuries-old Toile de Jouy pattern got its name from a landlocked town in France, but Dior’s Toile de Jouy Surfboard ($10,000) proves it can still make waves. Or at least cut through them. Designed by pro surfers and hand-crafted in France, it’s perfect to hang ten—or on a wall.
It’s been a few years since LeBron James has popped a Champagne cork to celebrate an NBA championship, but that doesn’t stop the King from enjoying his wine. A longtime friend of the Rimowa brand, James worked with the German luxury luggage maker to create a new wine suitcase based on one from its archives. Rimowa’s 12-bottle case ($9,900) is housed in the brand’s signature grooved aluminum shell and features cushioned inserts that can be removed so travelers can pack other essentials—like clothes.
The latest collaboration between Bowmore whisky and Aston Martin may look like it came from the future but it took the long route from the past to get here. Distilled in 1968, Bowmore x Aston Martin ARC-52 ($75,000) spent 52 years maturing (50% in European oak sherry butt, 50% in American oak ex-bourbon hogshead)—and it’s worth the wait. As for ARC-52’s unique decanter, it was designed by Aston Martin engineers and requires a magnetic key fob to unlock its mysteries.
Tanner Fletcher’s Pronoun Rings ($105) make for a subtle statement piece: Crafted in bronze, the signet rings are engraved with your choice of pronouns, from She/Her and He/Him to They/Them, She/They and He/They. It’s a handy gift that does all the talking.
Hermès got its start crafting leather horse harnesses and other equestrian gear, and the 185-year-old French luxury brand still keeps its heritage close when outfitting other four-legged friends. The Hermès Gaucho Leash ($770) is made from natural bridle leather and inspired by the Gaucho lead rope for a horse.
There are few watch complications as practical as a GMT—which displays a 12-hour and 24-hour timescale. As its name implies, Greenwich Mean Time has traditionally represented the second time zone on a GMT, but the watch’s third hand can be set to any zone so the wearer can see the whole world at a glance.
Take selfies to new heights with this innovative flying camera from Snap. Outfitted with four propellers and two cameras, the Pixy drone ($200) automatically takes off from the palm of your hand and hovers over you for the perfect shot.
It’s one thing to promise someone the moon and the stars—quite another to deliver. Chanel’s new 1932 High Jewelry Collection pays homage to the first jewelry line designed 90 years ago by Coco Chanel herself. Inspired by celestial bodies—including the Chanel Comète Saphir bracelet featuring 18k white gold diamonds and sapphires (price upon request)—the pieces are a little bit of the heavens on earth.
|J| James Bond
In honor of James Bond’s 60th cinematic birthday—the first 007 film, Dr. No, debuted in October 1962—several luxury brands celebrated the spy we love this year. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond 60th Anniversary ($7,600) pays tribute to Bond’s watch of choice since 1995’s GoldenEye and features several other double-O details. While Bond may be renowned for his vodka martinis, he’s also been known to enjoy a whisky (or three) over the years. The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary editions ($1,007) celebrate six decades of 007 with six different expressions. And for those whose idea of shooting involves a golf ball, there is the Penfold James Bond 60th Anniversary Sunday Golf Bag ($371), inspired by the one used in that memorable match with Goldfinger.
Designed under the late Virgil Abloh and limited to just 3,000 pieces, the Off-White c/o Victorinox pocket knife ($500) is a musing on beginnings—the silhouette of some of its 11 tools can even be moved to create a fig leaf, a nod to Adam and Eve—making it a cut above other stocking stuffers.
Sticking to a workout routine while traveling isn’t always easy, but the Lit Axis portable training system ($199) makes it carry-on friendly. Dubbed “the world’s smallest gym,” the set requires just two pairs of bands but can create up to 100 pounds of resistance. A universal anchor point makes it easy to hook onto everything from a hotel door to a tree.
Therabody is tackling wellness head on: Its newest device, the TheraFace Pro ($400) combines the brand’s famous percussive massage technology with dermatologist-favorite treatments like LED light therapy and microcurrent facials.
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