Editor’s note: PaperCity’s counting down to the holidays with ultra-curated and distinctive gift guides. Today, Dallas editor-in-chief Christina Geyer takes luxury gift giving to a new level with over-the-top presents. They may be extravagant, but there is plenty of thought behind them.
When pondering gifts to give the most special people, it occurred to me I ought to think outside the proverbial box. After all, every present should have a story — and suit the recipient to a tee. Herewith, 10 thoughtful, unexpected and, yes, extravagant items I dream of giving to those at the very top of my Nice List.
For the tiniest tot with discerning taste in vehicles, a pint-sized Mercedes-Benz AMG300 from Park Place Motorcars Dallas. Because it’s never too early to teach the young ones the definition of a lead foot. $199 at Park Place Motorcars Dallas
For the bestie on my list who cares as much about glamour as she does about mindfulness, this BuDhaGirl cameo pendant necklace. (You know the kind of girl for this gem: She spends just as much time in meditation as she does on her beauty regiment, and is equal parts yogi and fashionista.) Not only does this necklace carry the BuDhaGirl mantra of “mindful glamour,” but it also boasts a unique vintage cameo, sourced by the jewelry line’s founder Jessica Jesse, while she was abroad this summer in Italy. $230 at budhagirl.com
For the pal who would rather adventure overseas than spend another second in town: A custom tent by Escape Nomade. These luxurious dwellings can be designed to your liking and dropped just about anywhere in this wild world, from your private residence to a resort lodge to the middle of Bali. (After all, that’s where owner and founder Anneke van Waesberghe designs and tests all of her designs.) One caveat: Upon completion of your tented home, I must be invited for a visit. Price on request at escapenomade.com
For the family who values imagination and good books above all, my favorite Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift that includes a collection of 36 first-edition Caldecott Medal winning kids books. You might want to consider hiring a guard for these hardcovers, otherwise my personal favorites (Madeline’s Rescue and Fables) may mysteriously disappear. $100,000 at neimanmarcus.com
Here’s looking at you, Rob Brinkley. For my friend and beloved PaperCity contributing editor — he is a well-known devotee of vintage Rolls-Royces, you know — a picnic hamper perfected by the finest British automotive company. Designed to match the Phantom Zenith Collection, the basket is made of American walnut wood, natural grain leather and is packed with lead crystal wine glasses, handmade stainless steel cutlery, a handcrafted chopping board and, of course, napkins monogrammed with RR. Now all you need is a caterer — and the Queen. $46,000 at rolls-roycemotorcars.com
Dear Santa, if you’re considering me on your Nice List, I’d love nothing more than this shiny red bauble from William Noble Rare Jewels. Just FYI: It’s the perfect size for a stocking stuffer, with its 25.54 carat natural Burma spinel and elegant emerald cut diamonds. Price on request at williamnoble.com
For the person I would like to ring in 2017 with, a customized bottle of Casa Dragones tequila. Champagne is much too cliché for midnight toasts, anyway. $285 at casadragones.com
For the younger brother who needs to discover his signature scent: Cap d’Antibes by Eight & Bob. It is said that this was the only cologne worn by John F. Kennedy, so I certainly approve. $140 at Cedra Pharmacy in Dallas or eightandbob.com
To our PaperCity Dallas managing editor, Linden Wilson, also known as the only person I know who obsesses over artist Donald Robertson just as much as I do, I will give every piece from Robertson’s new collaboration of Texas-style trays for John Derian. They will look perfect on her desk. From $50 at Forty Five Ten
For our darling social editor Jane Rozelle, a Bell’Invito Emoji desk sheet set — for making notes on when her busy calendar has run out of room. $175 at bellinvito.com
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