We all have that special person we just can’t help but splurge each year. Whether it’s a parent, significant other, or yourself (same), sometimes you just can’t help but go big for someone extra special. That’s what this season is all about after all — that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you go the extra mile for someone else. There’s something so exciting about finding an out-of-this-world gift, wrapping it in secret, and tucking it away under the tree. And while we wish we could wrap up that feeling, tying a bow around one of these splurges is the next best thing. So ahead, find our favorite wow-factor gifts of the season that are sure to make this a holiday to remember for years to come.
If you’re looking to spoil the skincare lover in your life, you can truly do no better than Sunday Riley’s Power of 3. The gift set features 3 of the brand’s best-sellers, including Sunday’s favorite Good Genes, A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum and C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Serum. It’s a $425 value for $275, so be prepared with a mop — because there will be tears when this one gets unwrapped.
We all have someone in our life that’s constantly training for a marathon, starting Apple Watch competitions, and aiming for new personal records with every gym session. Sound familiar? If so, Therabody (formerly Theragun) is the best gift you can give the gym rat in your life. The brand’s Prime Deep Tissue Massage Gun uses percussive therapy to treat muscle soreness at the source — 60 percent deeper than traditional massage devices. Regular use can heal muscle pain faster, which means faster, more efficient recovery. Gift it and you won’t regret it; the runner, powerlifter, or yogi in your life will go nuts over it (in a hurts-so-good kind of way).
This lean, mean, caffeine machine elevates any kitchen counter, and it’s as powerful as it is beautifully-designed. Brew fresh coffee and espresso in six different cup sizes, from a single-serving of espresso to a full carafe. At $157, this sleek appliance makes your kitchen look 10x more expensive (and makes you look 10x more awake). Pro tip: replace your loved one’s old coffee maker with this brand new machine for the best surprise when they go to make their Christmas morning coffee.
As a beauty editor, I can confidently say this is the Mack Daddy of chemical exfoliants. The key ingredient, lactic acid, is ideal for sensitive skin types who may not be able to tolerate Glycolic acid — but it’s still just as effective. This all-in-one treatment gently clarifies, smooths, plumps, and evens out skin texture, making it ideal for anyone who wants to reduce breakouts while simultaneously giving their skin a boost of anti-aging benefits. It’s clinically proven (by a profilometry analysis) to improve the appearance of fine lines and clinically proven (by me) to be worth the splurge.
Whether they obsess over their hair or just want to get out the door as fast as possible, the Dyson Supersonic has a 100 percent chance to impress. This one is a serious game-changer — the dryer uses air-multiplier technology and a controlled high-velocity jet of air to cut drying time in half (or more, depending on hair density) without harsh heat. Giving this gift is to give the gift of time back in the morning.
Every New Yorker has a pair of Stuart Weitzman’s iconic 50/50 boots, and for good reason — they’re timeless, they look good with everything, and they’re actually warm. They’re an investment, but with proper care, they can last for the better part of a decade. Pro tip: these run true to size, but go up a half-size if you plan to wear thick winter socks underneath yours.
At $895, this is the most expensive item on our splurge list, but it’s also extremely practical. When it comes to outerwear, there is absolutely nothing warmer than a Canada Goose. So if your loved one is commuting to work this winter (or just hates being cold), this parka is the closest thing you can get to gifting an actual warm hug. Just keep in mind that this parka is made with goose feathers, so don’t give it to your vegan friend.
There’s only one way to level-up cashmere, and that’s with Burberry’s iconic check print. (A print your fashion-forward friend will definitely recognize and immediately swoon for.) With this wrapped up under the tree, it’s guaranteed to be a holiday to remember. The check pattern is what Burberry is most known for, so you can make it a tradition to slowly build up their Burberry check collection piece by piece, holiday after holiday.
If you know someone with a velvet couch and gold, gilded home accessories, then their glam decor would be perfectly complemented with this Venus Et Fleur set. At $399, this is definitely a splurge for flowers, but this isn’t your traditional bouquet — Venus Et Fleur’s Eternity Roses have been delicately dried, which means they’ll last a lifetime. So this year, you can say how you feel with flowers that last forever.
After what we’ve been through in 2020, we could all use a little extra support, which is the exact intention of Bearaby’s weighted blankets. While most weighted blankets lack in the aesthetics department, Bearaby’s Organic Cotton Blanket is one you won’t want to stow away in your ottoman after each use. This blanket feels smooth as butter and is made of 100 percent certified-organic cotton woven into a modern crochet pattern. There’s nothing quite like sinking into this bad boy after a long day (or… year).
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