When you’re trolling 40-percent-off sales, searching for something passable to give your cousin’s new wife, the custom of obligatory gift-giving can feel pointless. But then there are occasions that define the tradition — reasons so worth celebrating that you’re giddy to give someone the special thing you’ve thoughtfully selected for them. For those big moments, something truly lasting, timeless, and beautiful is in order. So we rounded up 15 superlative items that are up to the task of marking a milestone. At the top of the list: a few highly impressive, consistently covetable items from Cartier.
A simple, elegant gold bracelet is perfect for pretty much anyone. And this one’s modern, everyday design doesn’t lean too romantic, so it feels right for a range of recipients.
For someone who’s put a ton of time into whatever they’ve recently achieved, this 21-year elite Japanese whiskey echoes their endurance.
Whether they just got married or accomplished something else, a grown-up art piece is a beautiful and sophisticated way to commemorate the occasion.
Maybe you moved in together, or bought a place with a “den” (!). If he has even the slightest awareness of design, then he’ll understand the significance of this lounger.
Smell is one of our strongest ties to memory, so she’ll always associate this scent with a meaningful time in her life.
When things are changing fast, it can all feel like a blur. Help them savor the highs with this attractive point-and-shoot that even novices can handle.
No matter the milestone, a stunning, minimal décor piece is something they’ll hold onto forever.
If they just renovated, or invited you to their new vacation house, check if they installed a wine cooler. If not, they’ll put this one to constant good use.
Fashion-lovers will light up over a prized piece of statement jewelry to add to their collection — especially if it’s covered in diamonds.
Someone has probably already given them champagne flutes. A champagne saber is a less expected way to make their celebratory moments feel even more festive.
An impeccable designer handbag is pretty much always appropriate — and beloved by the person who receives it.
One of the most intimate things you can share with someone is music. This high-end record player will not only elevate their space, but also provide a soundtrack to their current life stage.
A fine watch never, ever goes out of style and is an archetypical meaningful gift. This one’s made even better by interchangeable straps.
An upscale notebook set is fitting for the person who got a big promotion, or is making headway with their own business.
For someone who’s enjoying some well-earned time off, this craftsman-quality backgammon set will provide hours of (unplugged) entertainment.
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