Splurge Gifts for the Hard-to-Please

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These gifts are for that hard-to-please fashion lover who already has everything. (We all know one.) Let’s be clear: Yes, these are splurgy items, but the price tag is high for a reason. These pieces showcase impeccable craftsmanship and quality, which means they will last for years to come.

Who doesn’t love a good mug? Give a coffee lover in your life the gift of luxury with this porcelain vessel designed by Jochen Gerner. It is screenprinted by hand and part of the Saut Hermès tableware set, which you can build upon yearly.

Gucci has brought back its iconic 1955 Horsebit design for this leather wallet, a great gift for anyone who loves a bit of luxury.

Pointy slingbacks are undoubtedly the shoe of the season. Gift this perfect Prada pair to the fashion lover in your life. Trust us, they will love them.

This incredibly chic Tiffany’s Elsa Peretti salt-and-pepper set will surely please the hostess in your life.

These Chloé gloves punched up the looks in the brand’s fall collection. Made of lambskin with brass detailing, they will make the outfit of any wearer sing.

From Daniel Lee’s Burberry collection, this leather rose clutch is a fabulous splurge. It will pair well with basically any look and add an unexpected touch.

A silk board game? Sign us up. This Ralph Lauren checkerboard doubles as a scarf and showcases iconic New York City landmarks and signature Ralph Lauren venues. The checkers are made of marble for the chicest game night.

Brighten any room with this decorative resin tray from Dior that showcases a lily of the valley flower intertwined with the cannage motif. The home-décor lover in your life will surely enjoy it.

These tortoiseshell glasses from Miu Miu are a great gift for anyone with a sense of style.

Photo: Antoine Pividori/Antoine Pividori © Cartier

Cartier has had quite a year — seen on the arms of Timothée Chalamet, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Madonna — and this porcelain piece would make a great jewelry tray.

The perfect gift is one that people would enjoy but wouldn’t buy for themselves. These thigh-high socks made of cashmere are just that.

Photo: CLX Europe/Modified by DALIM SOFTWARE

This handmade Bottega Veneta decorative tray is made of Venetian clay with a volcanic glaze. Such a finish is usually fired at high temperatures, but artisans took two years to research techniques for doing it with a low fire, allowing for these vibrant colors. A great gift for the hard-to-please person in your life.


Nothing says “I love you” like Chanel. This bag would make any Barbie lover very happy. Hi Barbie!

Loewe’s dedication to the unexpected is front and center with this panda-print cardholder, a collaboration with Japanese ceramicist Suna Fujita. It holds just four cards because everyone has Apple Pay anyway.

This Bulgari scarf features the iconic Serpenti design and is made of 100 percent silk twill.

Belts are a great gift: They spice up any closet and add ease to your giftee’s wardrobe. This one from Celine features a western buckle and is made of the softest leather.

This Lafayette 148 pouch is made of leather and lined with cashmere — talk about quiet luxury! It works nicely as a day-to-night bag that’s ready for holiday parties.

A nano version of Fendi’s iconic Baguette bag is a great gift for anyone who loves to watch reruns of Sex and the City. This one attaches to belts or other bags like a charm, making it convenient for the person on the go.

Photo: Ph. Alessandro Sciascia

Ferragamo designer Maximilian Davis’s vision is on full display with this Curve watch, a great gift for anyone interested in design. The leather strap lets the wearer pair it with any look.

Each Louis Vuitton Origami bowl is made from a single piece of cowhide folded in on itself to make a three-dimensional bowl. It was created by Swiss architecture firm Atelier Oï and is a great gift for anyone.

This lambswool sweater from Filippa K’s 1993 capsule collection has the perfect fit: oversize but tailored.

Little-known fact: Van Cleef makes some of the best perfume on the market, and this one made of neroli with citrus notes will ensure that your signature scent remains yours.

This Saint Laurent satchel fits keys, a phone, and a couple of credit cards. What else do you need?

I was gifted these Elder Statesman 100 percent cashmere socks and never want to take them off. Yes, socks make a great gift.

Coffee mugs are the new status symbol, and this silver-plated one from Christofle doesn’t disappoint.

Versace slippers? Yes, please. You can gift the matching robe, too, if you are feeling festive.

Ballet flats are definitely back. These Valentino ones will add a little fun to anyone’s outfit.


If you are looking for luxury, look no further than this Italian family-run luxury business, which has been around since 1946. This suitcase is 100 percent aluminum and features a leather handle.

Any loyal pet parent wants their dog to look as chic as they do, luckily Celine got the memo. The dog collection features luxe accessories for their furry friends including this calfskin collar with gold hardware that will pair well with their tan Triomphe bag.

Splurge Gifts for the Hard-to-Please