10 Ridiculously Expensive Christmas Gifts We Can Only Wish For
Christmas is a time for joyous giving and families coming together and singing and eggnog. But we all know that on some level it’s all about the presents.
When we were kids, we would spend weeks crafting the perfect wish list to send to Santa Claus. Then we'd try really hard to be good so we'd end up on the nice list and have a shot at that one really sweet gift. Now that we’re grown up, we may pretend not to believe in Santa anymore, but we can still dream of those fantastical gifts we probably have no chance at receiving.
Unless you have millionaire friends, of course. Here are 10 gifts to request from the 1 percenter in your life.
We’ll start your Christmas dreams small, with this total bargain from Sharper Image. Have friends? Have water? Then you should really start dreaming about this AquaGlide inflatable water park. It looks ridiculously fun and doesn’t seem like a liability at all. If you’re looking to make this the best Christmas ever for your kids, you might want to get your order in now. Just keep in mind that it might be difficult to set up under the tree.
This "sophisticated air- and room-cleaning system" is on its way to being named the world’s most expensive vacuum by the Guinness Book of World Records. But it’s more than just a fancy rug cleaner. According to HYLA, “vacuuming is only a small part of all the features the HYLA provides.” For $21,900, we hope so. What’s special about this edition of the HYLA room-cleaning system is that it comes covered in Swarovski crystals. They say it took artists more than 100 hours to get all the crystals placed just right. Just make sure you don’t suck one up if it falls off while you’re cleaning house.
Most little girls love the musical ‘Annie’ and dream of their big moment playing the redhead on stage. This is a fantasy Christmas gift that could get a girl pretty close to that very moment. She may not get to play Annie, but the lucky gal will get a walk-on role in the Broadway stage production, dinner with a producer and six show tickets. Of course, this is only for grown-ups who are kids at heart, because participants must be at least 18 years of age. But Santa Claus better act fast, as there’s only one of these packages available. If you’re the lucky elf whose Christmas dream comes true, your gift will mean a donation to both the Pedigree Foundation and the Pajama Program, sending care to both orphan dogs and orphan children.
This gift is truly the stuff Christmas wishes are made of. Ever since we were kids we’ve been dreaming of flying around on a jetpack, and now we can—for the low, low price of almost $100,000. This one’s water-propelled and can propel you up to 30 feet in the air at a speed of 32 mph. The package comes with a jetpack that can go for four hours and 80 miles on a single tank of high-octane fuel; a boat unit; the proper hoses, cables and stands; helmet radios; remote throttle-control transmitter; and even a CFI 1 Pilot Certification training and safety course. This exciting and adrenaline-pumping dream gift is also great for charity: if you purchase through Neiman Marcus, they’ll make a donation to Boys & Girls Club of Broward County. How’s that for holiday spirit?
In all fairness, if you tracked down the person who purchased a bottle of 1907 Heidsieck champagne found in a nearly 100-year-old shipwreck and he were willing to give it up, you would probably have to pay more than $275,000 for it. That's the price it sold for at a Russian auction in the late '90s, a record price for champagne. After all, it was chilled in the icy waters off of Finland for about 80 years, so you can’t expect to pay retail prices. If you have champagne wishes and caviar dreams, this fine bottle will get you halfway there. You can find the other half somewhere on the shipwreck.
Women aren’t the only ones who deserve beautiful and expensive jewelry for Christmas, despite what the gajillion jewelry commercials that are running right now would have you think. Nothing makes a man look more sophisticated than a watch that costs as much as a house. Breitling’s Bentley series of watches is well known among those who follow fancy timepieces, and the Flying B is the cream of the crop. It doesn't actually fly, but is made of 18-karat white gold and white diamond, and the strap is crocodile leather. It makes the clock on your phone look like blocks stacked to show what time it is. Get out your gold card and give the gift of time.
This sweet, street-legal car does fly when it changes into a Light Sport aircraft in about 30 seconds and would turn your husband, boyfriend, son or father into a squealing man-child in probably the same amount of time. This dream gift was created by MIT and is perfect for those day trips to Martha’s Vineyard you’re always taking. Don’t wait until the last minute on this one, though. According to the listing, “special conditions and guarantee limitations apply.”
If you prefer to dream about a sporty car that stays firmly planted on the ground, Neiman Marcus’s fantasy gift collection has you covered. They’re calling the Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren Spider “the most technologically advanced supercar ever,” and you know you want to wish for that. We’re talking a V8 twin-turbo engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a maximum speed of 204 mph that does zero to 60 in all of 3.2 seconds. And, if you spring for it, you also get a McLaren luggage set and a business-class trip to England for a VIP dinner with McLaren chairman Ron Dennis and a tour of the McLaren Technology Center. Remember, though, there are only 12 of these bad boys available, so forget the line at Toys R Us for that toy your kid will break in nine minutes—this is the line you want to be in.
You’ll never meet anywhere on time if you don’t both have amazing watches. This pair of “Poetic Wish” watches created by Van Cleef & Arpels are miniature works of art and a wonder of time-keeping movement. It took three years and a team of five engineers and watchmakers to develop. Based on a love story, the dial scenes can animate on command and keep time while telling the romantic story of two lovers. The watches are made with 18-karat white gold and set with diamonds. The woman’s strap is silk, the man’s alligator. If you purchase this fantasy gift, you’ll also get a business-class weekend trip to Paris to visit the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique and then a trip to Geneva for a day for a private tour of the Van Cleef & Arpels watchmaking workshops, including luxury accommodations and amazing dining experiences. It’s a Christmas you would never forget. And just think how prompt you'll both be for New Year's.
Of course the most expensive gift is for her. If you’ve got a special lady in your life, it’s time to think about what she might be dreaming of. If you're the kind of gal who likes to look fancy under your clothes, this is the dream gift for you. Every year, Victoria’s Secret and the jeweler of their choice team up to create the highest-end undergarment you’ll ever lay eyes on to use as the finale for their annual lingerie show. This year, the $2.5 million bra was created by London Jewelers of New York with a floral theme. It contains a total of 5,200 precious stones, including amethysts, sapphires, rubies and white, pink and yellow diamonds. The jewels form petals, green stems and a giant diamond flower that dangles from the matching “belt.” Not your average stocking stuffer.