There are statement-making holiday gifts and then there are those that are true conversation starters — those rarefied, exclusive finds that are bestowed with instant heirloom-worthy status.
But what makes such a truly singular gift? For starters, truly knowing what makes the recipient light up is the best place to begin. However, there is an art to bespoke gift-giving and we are going to share our recipe. In fact, we suggest thinking of yourself as a merry-making master mixologist and following our tried-and-true recipe for serving up a gift so extraordinary that they would never have imagined it for themselves.
To begin with: Always start with premium ingredients. Buttery, Italian-made leathers, crystal of exquisite clarity, rare gemstones and metals are the bedrock of a delicious present. Next: Choose top-shelf design houses known for exceptional quality and a heritage of craftsmanship passed down through the finest artisans. Then consider: Will it be on the rocks? Sure, stunning diamonds and gemstones are perennial favorites when it comes to exceptional gifts, but exquisite finds come in myriad materials and finishes.
And, lastly, don’t forget to garnish with gorgeous wrapping that adds the finishing touch and hints at the inspired gift inside. Finally, sit back and savor the delight when the gift is opened!
SOUTH COAST PLAZA
HOLIDAY LUXURY GIFT GUIDE
WITH A TWIST
Surprise them with chic everyday objects handcrafted with ultra-luxurious finishes and details and served to perfection.
New Antique Vase
Inspired by one of the world’s most famous vases, the Medici vase, New Antique is a bold reinterpretation that channels the beauty and excess of its original inspiration. This limited edition of 99 pieces reveals the unique craftsmanship of Baccarat’s artisans.
Level 3, Penthouse
Perfect for true oenophiles, this elegant and ingenious carrying case was launched as a collaboration with NBA great LeBron James, an avid wine connoisseur. The case is designed to both display and protect bottles while in motion with custom-crafted cushions and features TSA-approved locks, no less.
Level 2, Carousel Court
Delight them with exquisite accessories full of fashionable flavor and garnished with creative flourishes and finishes.
A true piece of art, this sandal was originally designed by Salvatore Ferragamo himself in 1956. The shoe was made in 18-karat gold for an American client, who was the wife of an oil tycoon. It is known to be the most expensive shoe that Salvatore ever created and was recently recreated by Maximilian Davis and shown at the FW23 runway show.
Level 2, Nordstrom Wing
ON THE ROCKS
Serve up a gift with this kind of “ice” and you’ve made their entire holiday!
Make them feel like a star with a jaw-dropping necklace from the Red Carpet Collection featuring a whopping nine heart-shaped emeralds totaling 50.87 carats with 69.37-carats of emeralds and another 5.33 carats of sapphires set in 18-karat, fair-mined white gold and titanium.
Level 2, Jewel Court
Want to deliver a jaw-dropping gift? This would be it. The craftsmanship and design behind each spectacular creation underscores the House’s unwavering commitment to rare jewels of the world and an unparalleled assortment of one-of-a-kind emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and fancy-colored diamonds in yellow, pink and blue for a holiday to remember.
Level 2, Jewel Court
Conch and Akoya Cultured Pearl Necklace with Diamonds in 18K White Gold
Mikimoto has set the style standard since 1893, when founder Kokichi Mikimoto successfully created the world’s first cultured pearls. This necklace features a 3.9-carat Conch with 8-9 mm Akoya cultured pearls and 2.86 carats of diamonds set in 18-karat white gold.
Level 1, Nordstrom Wing
Schlumberger ™ Bird on a Rock Collection
Flights of fancy. Delight them with heirloom-worthy pieces from this stunning collection, including:
Earrings: platinum and 18-karat yellow gold with a white diamond of over 4 carats, a fancy intense yellow diamond of over 4 carats, pink sapphires and white diamonds.
Brooch: platinum and 18-karat yellow gold with a diamond of over 10 carats, pink sapphires and diamonds.
Brooch with Fancy Yellow Diamond: platinum and 18-karat yellow gold with a fancy intense yellow diamond of over 20 carats, pink sapphires and white diamonds.