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The Best Luxury Gifts for Those Who Appreciate the Finer Things

Some folks think they have everything. These gifts will change their mind. Well, until you hand them over.

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Marlen Cimaglia
Marlen has been a writer and editor for the past 10 years, covering beauty, fashion and commerce. When she's not writing, she's traveling abroad and exploring new cities.
Marlen Cimaglia
2 min read
$700 at Amazon
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Breville Barista Express
Enhance their daily sip
$899 at Amazon
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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Emerge Speaker
A luxury speaker that's nondescript
$500 at Best Buy
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Meta Quest 3
The very best VR headset for $500
$460 at Solo Stove
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Solo Stove Yukon Smokeless Fire Pit
A fire pit for the outdoor entertainer
$1,050 at Tumi
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Tumi Arrivé Sadler Brief
Send them back to work in style
$599 at Amazon
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Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler
Help them get at-home blowouts
$780 at Amazon
Apple Watch Ultra 2
Apple Watch Ultra 2
A do-it-all smartwatch
$740 at Oeuvres-sensibles
SARAH ESPEUTE garden tablecloth embroidered
Sarah Espeute Garden Tablecloth
A special gift for the host in your life
$1,430 at Rimowa
Rimowa Original Cabin Carry-On
Rimowa Original Cabin Carry-On
Give the frequent-flyer a trendy upgrade
$450 at Nong Rak
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Nong Rak Mohair Knit Braided Fringe Scarf
Cult-followed knitwear
$599 at Therabody
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Therabody TheraFace Mask (Update: Out of Stock)
Give them the gift of an at-home spa
$535 at Bergdorfgoodman
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Aesther Ekme Black Demi Lune Bag
Introduce a new tote to their wardrobe

Sometimes gift shopping is the easiest thing in the world. Other times it can feel like a hike up a never-ending hill. That rough-hike analogy can be particularly true when it comes to a friend or loved one whose taste requires a present that's a cut above the classic and affordable goodies you'd normally buy.

There will always be folks you know who like to get the fancier stuff for any occasion, whether it's a birthday, anniversary or other such milestone. We're talking items like a barista-quality cup of coffee they can enjoy in the comfort of their own home, or a luxury briefcase that'll level up any business trip.

Those are nice examples, but it's also worth noting that anyone with refined taste may already own the high-end items they really want. That presents a shopping challenge. After all your work hitting one store after the other, the last thing you'd want is for your fancy gift to be tossed into the back of the closet and forgotten. You don't want that, and neither do we. So we've put together a list of some of the best luxury gifts on the market, to guide you on your journey.

Below, you'll find products that appeal to a wide range of needs and preferences. Shopping for an audiophile or podcast lover? There's a book-size speaker they'll love. Looking for the perfect item for a friend who's always putting on dinner parties? Check out the embroidered tablecloth with a cult following. Basically, on our list you'll find something for everyone. So go ahead, take a look, and find something special for that discerning someone in your life.

A quality espresso machine doesn't come cheap. Breville's Barista Express is ranked CNET's top choice on our list of the best espresso machines, and it comes with a price tag to match. In our testing, it consistently delivered the most delicious shots of espresso among its peers, earning it a CNET Editors' Choice award. Your giftee will never have to go to the cafe again and will be pulling shots like a barista in no time.

Read our Breville Barista Express review.

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Bang & Olufsen

Whether they enjoy listening to music or puttering around the house while they have an audiobook going, a quality speaker makes a great gift. However, that's a tricky gift to give since so many speakers are clunky and large, which can easily throw off the carefully curated aesthetic of a room. The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Emerge Speaker solves that problem. It's the size of a book, but still manages to deliver impressive, 180-degree sound no matter where you place it. It also supports Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast, and comes with a built-in radio and microphone for voice control via Google Assistant.

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If you're looking for a seriously entertaining gift, the Meta Quest 2 will sweep your giftee into a virtual three-dimensional world. While the Quest 2 is more affordable, the Quest 3 outshines its predecessor, with better controllers, superior graphics, a higher-resolution display and the inclusion of a mixed-reality function. It's CNET's choice for the best VR headset at the $500 price point. (Spend another $150, and you can quadruple the storage to 512GB.)

Read CNET's first take of the Meta Quest 3.

There's nothing like having a glass of wine around a fire pit or roasting marshmallows over an open flame. The only drawback to those cozy scenarios is the smoke that clings to your clothes and hair afterward. The award-winning design of the Yukon nixes that issue, allowing your giftee to entertain outside without any of the negatives. The Yukon is the largest version of the pit that the brand sells, and if you get the accompanying stand, you can use it on heat-sensitive flooring like a wooden deck.

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Tumi

Have your giftee turn heads when they go back to work in January with the sophisticated and ultrasleek Tumi Sadler Brief. This modern briefcase is structured for form but is packed with utilitarian pockets, zippers and compartments that will make them feel more organized and prepared. It has helpful details like magnetic zipper pulls, front U-zip pockets, back pockets, padded laptop and tablet enclosures and specialized compartments for items like pens and phones.

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If you have a beauty enthusiast on your list and they don't have the Dyson Air Wrap yet, then remedy that oversight. The Dyson is meant to replace a whole arsenal of beauty tools; the bevy of attachments can create everything from sleek blowouts to stylish beach waves to bouncy curls. And what makes it so innovative is that it uses much less heat than traditional tools, never going above 300 degrees.

Apple Watch Ultra 2
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The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is Apple's most expensive smartwatch, but that price tag comes with a lot of perks. This rugged watch has a tough titanium build made for adventure seekers and fitness enthusiasts, and it's got top-notch features to match, including an action button to quickly launch apps and start workouts and a bright screen with a maximum of 3,000 nits, which makes it easy to see if you're in the great outdoors. 

Read our Apple Watch Ultra 2 review.

SARAH ESPEUTE garden tablecloth embroidered
SARAH ESPEUTE

You might have seen artist Sarah Espeute's trompe-l'oeil embroidered pieces on dinner party accounts on Instagram and TikTok. Her whimsical designs add a touch of charm to the table, outlining a messy sprawl of dishes, main entrees, and bouquets of flowers. The designs will have guests asking where your giftee got their clever tablescape from, which is the ultimate host compliment.

Rimowa Original Cabin Carry-On
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Whether you have a jet-setter on your list who seems to be on vacation every other month, or a high-level performer who is constantly being pulled away on business trips, they will appreciate you upgrading their flying experience with a Rimowa carry-on. The cult-followed suitcase brand is something of a status symbol, and they will look incredibly chic rolling the iconic aluminum design through the airport.

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Nong Rak

Nong Rak has been covered by everyone from Vogue toAnOther Magazine, thanks to its innovative and sustainable knitwear designs. The Thai-American couple behind the brand use deadstock vintage yarn to create one-of-a-kind pieces that span from fuzzy bucket hats to colorful scarves to dynamic two-piece sweater sets. They had their first NYFW show in 2022, so gift your loved one something that has the whole fashion world buzzing.

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Therabody

Does your loved one have a standing monthly facial appointment or keeps their dermatologist on speed dial? Then they will love playing with Therabody's latest at-home luxury beauty gadget, the TheraFace Mask. It combines LED and vibration therapy to help reduce fine lines and dark spots. Both treatments stimulate collagen production, according to Therabody, leaving you with firmer, healthier-looking skin.

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SSense

Do you have a purse lover in your life? Rather than gifting them a luxury bag from Chanel or Prada, introduce something new to their wardrobe, like Aesther Ekme. The brand creates structured leather handbags in Denmark, specifically focusing on architectural styles. They will love the unique swoop of the Demi Lune shoulder bag.