10 Uber Extravagant Gift Ideas
Just browsing? Here are some over-the-top expensive luxury items
There have been extraordinary gifts bestowed on loved ones throughout history—the 69-carat pear shaped diamond Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor comes to mind. From splurge-worthy to astronomically expensive, you won’t be able to resist taking a peek at these unique gifts available this holiday season.
Lavish one of these on a lover, business associate or family member, or gift yourself!
1. Crawl into this high-tech ellipsoid for the best rest ever. The Tranquility Pod uses sound, vibration and light to transport you into a tranquil relaxed state. The exterior cancels 90 percent of outside noise and the four-speaker sound system generates a gentle soothing vibration to give you restful harmony. Biofeedback uses a pulse sensor that mimics your heartbeat and synchronizes with 50 LEDs to create mood lighting to calm the mind. A suede-topped memory foam cushion covers a temperature-controlled waterbed, all controlled from your iPhone or smartphone app. Relaxing never felt so good, but at $30,000, it’s not for the faint of heart.
2. Don’t drop this smart phone in the lake! The super-gorgeous Lux iPhone X, ranges in cost from a modest $9,995 for the classic gold and platinum, to the Special Edition high-end phones costing up to $3,000,000. The Classics are made from gold and diamonds, while one Special Edition is made using the Henbury Meteorite that landed in Australia in 1931. The intricate lattice patterns are not found in any earthly rocks. The Jade editions are made of Tri-Colored Jade or Near Imperial Jade of almost pure green and with custom choices, artisans ensure every detail is perfect.
3. Luxury ear buds, like these Gold Phantom Opera de Paris, are said to be the “best in the world.” The claim could be because of the “gold leaf gills,” which reviews say don’t disappoint. Top of the line Opera model is available for a mere $3,490.
4. A cool $2 million can buy a personal submarine with a depth capacity of 1,000 feet. The two-person vehicle, equipped with four halogen lamps, will allow you and a friend to clearly see underwater features like coral reefs, shipwrecks and a wide variety of sea creatures. The submersible is powered by a 120 and 24-volt batteries, offering up to six hours of continuous use and speeds up to 3 knots. A joystick provides horizontal and vertical navigation and a VHF radio keeps you in contact with surface vessels when submerged. Standard instrumentation includes a GPS receiver, so you know exactly where you are. This vehicle is fully classified and certified and includes extensive operational training.
5. Don’t care for underwater exploration? Maybe a two-person flying hover craft is more your speed. Priced at a bargain compared to the submarine, you could be flying for a mere $190,000. Soaring over fresh or saltwater, sand, mud, grass, desert, ice and snow at speeds up to 70 mph, the hovercraft can hop over obstacles reaching 20 feet. The machine is powered by a 130-hp twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled gasoline engine—turbocharged and fuel-injected. This drives its 60-inch wood-carbon composite thrust propeller while a 1,100-rpm 34-inch lift fan inflates its durable vinyl-coated nylon skirt for hovering above the ground. Speed and direction are controlled by a joystick while two nine-gallon gasoline tanks provide a 160-mile range.
6. “Hey Google, start my shower” is all the home builder on your list will have to do to enjoy a custom spa-like experience with the Moen U Smart Shower. Program profiles, like the ideal water temperature before you step in (no more cold shower starts) or shower length, for each member of the family create a personalized shower experience. Choose how you control shower functions from three options: voice activation, smart phone or controller. Let your phone remotely start, stop or pause the shower until you are ready. You can even change your settings for different times of the day or activities. The device is compatible with Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. Cost is about $1,200.
7. Home décor gets an update with the 24th Century Time Machine. Originally called the Starfleet Machine, this space age sculpture was designed by the Swiss watch maker L’Epee. It has all the best bits of a Swiss wristwatch but makes a great tabletop clock. Wound manually, the dome shows the time, while separate hands mark the minutes and hours. Time will tell if you think it is worth the investment of $35,500.
8. If you are looking to improve your brother-in-law’s sound system for family gatherings, consider the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge Speaker. It’s difficult to say if the minimalist design that resembles a drum or the high-quality sound is more impressive, but either way it’s a conversation-starter. The speaker is wireless, with 360 surround sound that can be mounted or left on the floor. It features two tweeters, a 10-inch subwoofer and two midrange drivers. The motion-activated control display fades away when it’s playing and only costs about $3,700.
9. High-tech toys shouldn’t be left off your gift list. Make music with the increasingly popular ukulele. Regular ukuleles cost around $33 bucks, but the Populele Smart Ukulele has features driving it into the $200 range. Novice players can quickly perform with precision because this smart ukulele uses a 72-LED fret board as a guide, plus a smartphone instructional app and charging base.
10. Jump into some fun with the most advanced pogo stick ever—the Vurtego V4 Pro pogo stick. Billed as a “portable trampoline,” it has adjustable air pressure options to give any size child or adult a good bounce for $439 (and hopefully not a costly trip to the hospital!). However, this stick’s fun level might make it worth the trip.
Whether you are looking for that perfect something that nobody else has, or just want to spend all your hard-earned dough on someone special, there is something on this list for everyone—if you can afford it, that is. If not, there is no substitute for spending time with loved ones and letting them know how much you care about them. After all, Richard Burton spent a cool million on Liz’s diamond, and she still divorced him—twice!