Our last holiday gift post for 2012 is all about luxury, just in case anyone has money to burn this year. Listed in order from what-a-bargain to holy-cow-you’ve-got-to-be-kidding.
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 (solid perfumes), part 6: (more travel sizes & coffrets), part 7 (budget & stocking stuffers).
From Chanel, body cream in the Les Exclusifs range: “Subtly scented to flatter any fragrance in the LES EXCLUSIFS Collection, this exquisitely soft, light cream envelops the skin with pure luxury. The sumptuous cream is perfect for layering, for the ultimate LES EXCLUSIFS experience. Presented in a beautiful coffret.” $130 for 150 g.
The Disney Cinderella fragrance in a Swarovski edition: “Adorned with twinkling crystals, this Swarovski-edition bottle sparkles like a glass slipper in the moonlight.” $175 at Sephora.
From Cartier, Baiser Volé in Extrait de Parfum. 30 ml for $200 at Nordstrom.
From Annick Goutal, the butterfly edition of Nuit Etoilée: “Long-awaited by collectors, this butterfly bottle is colored in a unique midnight blue and adorned with a soft Milky Way painted in fine gold.” €190 (about $245).
From Hermès, leather travel cases in Iris, Pink or Mustard Yellow. Each holds a 10 ml spray refill in Jardin Sur Le Nil, Terre d’Hermes, Eau des Merveilles or Calèche. (Also available in other colors, or in a larger size with a greater choice of scents.) $190 for the case, $60 for 3 refills = $250.
From Guerlain, 30 ml of the classic Jicky (“the starting point of modern perfumery”) in Extrait de Parfum. $327 at Bergdorf Goodman.
My personal pick from this year’s crop (although I’d take the Jicky and the Hermès travel case too, and the Baiser Volé wouldn’t hurt) — from Frédéric Malle, the 2012 Coffret Collection, with 5 ml bottles of Musc Ravageur, Une Fleur de Cassie, Le Parfum de Thérèse, Noir Epices, En Passant, Lipstick Rose, Lys Méditerranée, Iris Poudre, Angéliques sous la Pluie, Bigarade Concentrée, Vétiver Extraordinaire, Une Rose, L’Eau d’Hiver, Carnal Flower, French Lover, Dans tes Bras, Géranium pour Monsieur and Portrait of a Lady. $320. There are also smaller collections for men (8 fragrances, $180) and women (15 fragrances, $285).
From Bois 1920, a “collection of Bois 1920 fragrances displayed elegantly in a wooden box with leather top”; includes 17 ml bottles of Sandalo e The, 1920 Extreme, Real Patchouly, Vetiver Ambrato, Sushi Imperiale, Sutra Ylang, Agrumi Amari di Sicilia, and Classic 1920. $385 at Barneys.
From Bond no. 9, the Peace Offering: “The Scent of Peace once again, this time in a signature gift collection featuring a 3.38 oz. eau de parfum, body cream, and candle. Lovers of peace will find sublime contentment here.” $430 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
From Jo Malone, the Tea Trousseau: “Unexpected scents. Understated elegance. This exquisite, limited-edition, lacquered chest is inspired by the British tradition of taking tea.” With 100 ml cologne sprays in Assam & Grapefruit, Earl Grey & Cucumber and Sweet Lemon, plus deluxe candles in Sweet Almond & Macaroon and Parma Violet. $695 at Bloomingdales.
From Roja Dove, the Imperial Collection edition of the Diaghilev fragrance. £750 (a little over $1200) for 100 ml Parfum at Harrods.
From Thierry Mugler, Angel in the Show Deluxe Superstar bottle: “Rich, opulent and ever glamorous, this deluxe limited-edition bottle, adorned with elegant Swarovski crystals, is created in France by Brosse, celebrated glassmakers.” $2550 for 425 ml of Eau de Parfum.
A 900 ml bottle of Prada Candy, just in case you need, you know, more. “A cylindrical presentation case in coordinating pink safiano leather encases the bottle, resplendent on a podium inside. The Prada Candy logo is embossed in golden letters while inside a plush black satin lining, soft as silk and embroidered with the Prada logo, adds the exquisite final touch.” $3500 at Neiman Marcus.