This festive season, we’re all about glossing over price tags and ripping up the rule - and cheque - book. That special someone in your life deserves an extra special gift after all. And, if that special someone is you – even better! Whether you’re taking hints or dropping some yourself, look no further than our ultimate edit of the most opulent, exquisite and downright decadent grand-gesture gifts with guaranteed wow-factor.
The go-to-gift of the season doesn't have to be unremarkable thanks to Frédéric Malle. Dawn is the opulent online exclusive scent available on Ounass.com inspired by the Middle East and the morning's lyrical call to prayer. The dynamic scent opens with Turkish rose oil that commands attention, while delectable olibanum adds a rich flourish, and is drenched in Oudh for a full-bodied, opulent scent.
Dawn by Frédéric Malle, Dhs2948 at Ounass.com
If you want to do it the old fashioned way, simply say it with jewels. Each piece in Cartier Coloratura Yoshino necklace is a one-of-a-kind work of art, although several pieces can be reproduced. The series includes individual necklaces, as well as complete suites of jewelry inspired by a specific culture or color. Some of these gems might date back centuries, having once trimmed a maharaja’s turban; others will have been discovered and bartered for at trade show. All of them have a story, told in in spectacularly kaleidoscopic form.
Coloratura Yoshino necklace by Cartier, POA, Cartier
An Evening Of Romance
Indulge or be induldged by your beloved with a fine-dining experience like no other at the Burj Al Arab's stunning private dining rooms. A true spectacle for the senses dine at a four meter long table covered in a flourish of red rose petals and a personalised message presented by a diver inside the aquarium. Sample a delectable six-course signature menu, a masterpiece by Chef Nathan Outlaw. An additional beautifully-wrapped souvenir of Hermès beauty and grooming products is presented at the end along with a bouquet of flowers for the lady. Swoon! Just be sure the book a chopper ahead of time so you can arrive in style.
An Heirloom Timepiece
When gifting a beautifully crafted investment watch, the sky really is the limit. There are just so many to choose from. If it’s a show-stopping timepiece you’re after though, hero high-jewellery label Piaget's recently released Sunlight Escape collection is an excellent place to start. Compiled of three distinct facets to celebrate art, nature and life the Starry Night Watch in18K white gold set with 128 brilliant-cut diamonds is high on our wish lists (just in case you’re reading this Santa).
Starry Night Watch by Piaget, POA at Piaget boutiques across the GCC
A Bespoke Bag
Searching for the perfect gift for the person who has it all? Master of gemstones and sumptuous accessories, Bvlgari is turning its hand to bespoke leather goods. Bringing the label’s bold artistic vision to a new service called Made to Order that is dedicated to its most sophisticated handbags, exclusive pieces are crafted from start to finish in Bvlgari’s accessories atelier in Florence. So, you can kick back and rest in assured that no one else will be gifting exactly the same piece. Genius.
Bvlgari's Made to Order service is available at at key Bvlgari boutiques across the GCC
An Extraordinary Experience
Thrill seekers will rejoice at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. What could be better than treating an adventurous loved one to a Supercar roadtrip? Choose between a sleek Porsche 911 S, exotic Ferrari 488 Spider or beastly Lamborghini Huracan ‘supercar’ to explore the spectacular mountain roads and breath-taking coastal highways in Ras Al Khaimah. Guests can supercharge their stay with a high-powered, fuel-injected ride in the scenic terrain for an adrenalin pumping experience.
Supercar roadtrip, Dhs8200 at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
A VIP Surprise
When it comes to wow-factor gift giving, no one does it quite like Net-a-Porter. This year the e-commerce site have launched 'Fantasy Gifts' - a unique VIP concept available through the brand's dedicated personal shoppers. Ranging from the Ultimate Wellness Retreat with Bodyism, a Paris Couture Week experience with Chopard, a private gem setting experience with Jaeger-LeCoutre, a bespoke shoe experience with Gianvito Rossi, the ultimate Net-a-Porter beauty day out in addition to the much-loved Net-a-Porter subscription to a year's worth of shoes, this holiday season, this is the pinnicle of luxury gift-giving.
The Ultimate Shoe Subscription, Net-A-Porter Fantasy Gifts, POA at Net-A-Porter.com