2007 Holiday Gift Guide
Led Zeppelin Reunion Tickets - $6,000 per pair - The Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert, featuring the long-awaited reunion of Led Zeppelin on December 12, 2007, has been postponed because guitarist Jimmy Page fractured his finger. The band is still rehearsing and preparing for the sold-out show and a few lucky people might just find a pair of tickets waiting under the Christmas tree. Also look to new affordable all-business class airlines like EOS ($3,200 from JFK to London) or MaxJet ($1,600 JFK to London) to sweeten the gift. All of the sold-out tickets will be honored when Page can play and the band is ready sometime in early 2008.
Full Swing Golf Simulator - starting at $48,000 - If you are not blessed to live in California, Florida or Hawaii, the chances of you being able to tee it up during the winter are going to be few and far between, unless Santa brings you a Full Swing Golf simulator. Seen on HBOs Entourage, this ultimate gadget allows you to actually smash balls into a screen that replicates some of the worlds most spectacular golf courses with vivid reality. Why play Tiger Woods Golf on your Playstation 3 when you can get up and actually blast a Pro v-1 into your screen 72 times while your fire is cranking and your toes are toasty during those winter months?
Christian Louboutin Shoes - $580 to $1,400 per pair - Forget Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo. If you want to bring home the holiday cheer for your woman this year, you need to score a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. Known for their red enamel-soled sex on a stick pumps, the line is the ultimate in over-the-top shoes for the girl who has everything.
Architecture Books From Taschen - $250 to $300 - Looking for a gift for the design-minded person? Look to Taschens boxed set of Julius Shulmans Modernism Rediscovered. These striking photos of 1950s and 1960s homes speak to a time when things were simpler and the architecture was timeless. The coffee-table book A-Z of Modern Architecture also will please the hard-to-buy-for art and architecture fan.
25 Hour Marquis Jet Card - $139,000 - Powered by Warren Buffets Berkshire Hathaway, Marquis Jet is the card portion of Net Jets and, for a little under $140,000, you can get 25 actual flight hours on the smallest jet in their fleet. Unlike other jet cards, the Marquis deal doesnt nickel and dime you by charging two-hour minimums or charging you to fly the plane back to its home base. If you know someone who is sick and tired of waiting at the NSA security line, the Marquis Jet Card is a perfect gift. Hopefully, your friend will bring you along on some of the trips.
Emporio Armani Tuxedo and Evening Gown for (RED) - $495 to $1,195 - Created by U2s Bono and Bobby Shriver and benefiting the Global Fund, which supports AIDS projects in Africa, Italian designer Emporio Armani has created a special tuxedo ($1,195) and a sleek black dress ($495), which are the hip outfits for your upcoming Christmas parties. While nothing is actually red other than the internal labels, the charity is red-hot, having raised over $45,000,000 since October of 2006.
PhotoVU 22-inch Wireless Digital Picture Frame - $799 to 1,299 - Wanna know what all the Hollywood-types are giving for the holidays? PhotoVu's huge 22" inch LCD digital wireless photo frame complete with Paparazzi photos taken in front of Mr. Chows and The Ivy. Displaying images couldn't be easier and the premium high-end frames and mats are customizable to match the décor of any room.
Macallan 25/30/40 Year Single Malt Scotch - $450 to $1,000 - Nothing says Merry Christmas like three fingers of Macallan 30-year in a fine tumbler, does it? For the Scotch drinker in your life, you will win ultimate favor by wrapping up a bottle of Macallan 25 ($450) or, if you can pop for it, a bottle of Macallan 30-year ($800). Its the type of bottle that some save, yet the single malt doesnt age more in the bottle and therefore should be consumed when ready. For those on their way back from overseas, Macallan 40-year is a specialty offering, limited to 450 bottles and sold mainly at Duty Free shops.
Ultimate Ears UE 10 Custom In-Ear Headphones - $995 - You already have an iPod loaded with the coolest of songs and funniest of videos, but if you want to truly experience your music or physically escape the crying baby in First Class, you need a pair of Ultimate Ears UE-10 headphones. Designed for use onstage, these headphones are molded by an audiologist to your ear and physically block out most external sounds. To compare these detailed headphones with stock ear buds is like comparing a Ferrari Enzo with a beat-up Yugo. These lightweight earphones will go everywhere with you, including on trips and to the gym.