Our last holiday gift post for 2013 is all about luxury, just in case anyone hasn't yet run through all their funds for the year. Listed in order from what-a-bargain to holy-cow-you’ve-got-to-be-kidding. Warning: you may need to dim your computer screen lest you be blinded by all the Swarovski & bling.
If you missed them, check out Part 1: scented body products, Part 2: travel sizes & coffrets, Part 3: home fragrance, Part 4: gifts for men, Part 5: teas & sweets, Part 6: more travel sizes & coffrets and Part 7: budget options.
Starting off simple, with Jour d'Hermès in Extrait: "Jour d'Hermès pure parfum is an eminently feminine scent full of generosity and depth. $225 for 15 ml at Nordstrom.
From By Kilian, jeweled clutch + perfume: "The emblematic Kilian clutch has been revisited and enhanced with a black and red color scheme. The lacquered clutch is adorned with crystals and the Chinese symbol of longevity. The clutch comes with a 1.7 oz. iconic Kilian bottle available in Straight to Heaven, white cristal." $295 at Saks Fifth Avenue, available in several Kilian fragrances.
From House of Sillage, the Holiday 2013 Limited Edition: "Holiday Limited Edition features the stunning Swarovski crystal adorned bottle pictured here. A Choir sings notes of Virginian cedar oil and freshly fallen snow. Find comfort in the warmth of the fireplace, while anticipation stirs and orchestra of Egyptian jasmine and Haitian vetiver. Peach, mandarin, and rose resonate the spirit of generosity. Holiday magic emanates." $600 for 75 ml Parfum at Parfumerie Nasreen.
From Bond no. 9, Perfumista Avenue in the Swarovski Stunner edition: "Stunning simplicity is served with this 100ml limited-edition superstar bottle of Perfumista Avenue, whose entire front and back are emblazoned with those closely clustered Swarovski ruby fanci-stones—their glittering surface creating a creviced effect as mesmerizing as that of parfum." $1000 at Bond no. 9.
From Serge Lutens, La vierge de fer in the édition gravée. 30 numbered bottles were made, €900 (about $1200).
From Viktor & Rolf, Flowerbomb in a Swarovski Edition: "Encrusted with elegant Swarovski® Crystals, the iconic Flowerbomb bottle sparkles as magnificently as the fragrance inside. Inspired by the luxurious fragrance, the unique design is delicately crafted by hand. Each crystal is placed on the bottle one by one in an intricate pattern. Produced in the United Kingdom, the technique has been perfected over years of custom design." There are 10 bottles in the US, $1600 at Neiman Marcus.
From Yves Saint Laurent, the iconic Opium in the Opium L'Objet Rare edition. 50 bottles were produced; the 24 carat gold leaf was applied by hand by artist Manuella Paul-Cavallier. I have no idea where to buy it, but if you have the money, you probably have the wherewithal to find out. €2000 (about $2700).
From Guerlain, Shalimar in the Indes & Merveilles edition created by artist Sylvia Toledano. 48 bottles were made, 1.5 litre Parfum. I do not know what this one costs, but am guessing it's more than the Yves Saint Laurent just above, and less than the Lancôme just below.
From Lancôme, La vie est belle L'édition Féérique, a handcrafted music box by Swiss firm Reuge with crystal chandelier by Baccarat: "As a declaration of happiness, it was only natural for La vie est belle to celebrate the Holidays in its own way, enhancing the exhilarating power of its addictive scent with the added magic of an exceptional showcase. This resulted in a luxurious limited-edition of its already iconic bottle: La vie est belle L'édition Féérique." 15 were made, $35,000 (plus $250 for shipping, but who's counting) at Neiman Marcus.