For a lucky few this season, there is no limit to the gifts they may give and get. With that in mind, we’ve assembled eight premium gifts from the latest update to our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. From bespoke suiting to a year’s supply of fashionable footwear, each item is guaranteed to make even the most fortunate friends swell with gratitude.
A Day with Ago
Spin some laps on the racetrack or tour the back roads of California or Spain with Giacomo Agostini, the sport’s longest reigning grand prix champ with more than 122 GP wins and 15 World Champions. Hardcore motorcycle-racing enthusiasts will delight in spending the day with the racing legend on their own or with friends along for the ride.
A Day at Aston Martin’s Proving Ground
Get some white-knuckled-hands-on training behind the wheel of a suped-up Aston Martin alongside a professional instructor. For an experience that actually deserves true once-in-a-lifetime status, one can opt to go to the British auto manufacturer’s closed track in Michigan or across the pond in Bedford, England.
Brooklyn Tailors Bespoke Suiting
With a selection of more than a thousand fine fabrics sourced from around the world, Brooklyn Tailors makes bespoke suiting that easily surpasses anything found off the rack. This is the perfect big-ticket item for someone who’s ready to take their look to the next level.
Kaweco Fountain Pen
Perfect for the avid traveler, this pocket-sized fountain pen makes penning love letters or a postcard to mom on the road a truly pleasurable experience. The clean aluminum casing allows the cap to be screwed onto the end to extend the pen while writing, a design that makes it nifty and convenient.
This tech-driven amplifier will surely please the design-snob audiophile in your life. Encased in a handsome stainless steel chassis, the latest advancements in vacuum tube circuit layout bring the original 1961 design into 2012 with a more powerful and detailed soundstage.
Kunst Am Werk Damascus Series Cufflinks
Crafted with vintage watch movements and Swedish Damascus steel, these intricate cufflinks offer a whimsical touch to a polished dress shirt. Each style is limited to just 20 pieces, undoubtedly due to the level of craftsmanship involved in its tiny moving parts.
The Ultimate Shoe Subscription
Net-a-Porter offers this ultra-decadent one-year subscription service for the woman who’s truly obsessed with shoes. Each month a new pair of shoes will arrive on her doorstep for a perfectly timed wardrobe update throughout the year. Valued around $10,000, expect 12 pretty fabulous pairs.
Flash Equestrian Glove
Handmade in England with the finest soft grain leather and lined with silk, these equestrian-inspired gloves are carefully produced in limited numbers. We love the punchy print but it’s their supreme softness that will win over any set of hands.