18 Expensive Gift Ideas Our Editors Secretly Want

living room decorated for Christmas luxury gift guide

Design: Emily Henderson Design; Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Whether you're looking for the perfect holiday gift or have a loved one's birthday coming up, there's always an opportunity on the horizon to spoil someone you care about. It's the thought that counts, of course, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't gift someone something extravagant they've been coveting on occasion. Just for fun, our editors rounded up the expensive gifts they're secretly lusting after. From over-the-top sneakers to gorgeous home furnishings we'd love to take the plunge on, these are the gifts we'd love to own.

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Elspeth Velten, Editorial Director

cashmere sweatpant
Everlane Cashmere Sweatpant $140 $98
cashmere sweatshirt
Everlane Cashmere Rib Round Crew $145 $95

"I don't know why I've been on this planet for 30 years and have yet to own a matching cashmere travel outfit. There's nothing else I should be wearing when I'm 30,000 feet in the air, yet to this day I still throw together scary combinations of button-downs or sweaters and yoga pants every time I board a plane. In the name of this luxury gift guide, I refuse to take another long-haul in anything other than cashmere."

woven leather ottoman
Smilow Design Woven Leather Ottoman $2,500

"This redesign of an original from 1956 is the ottoman I need to match the mid-century wooden chair that I inherited from a childhood neighbor. I'm currently making do with a rattan footrest I found in the garbage on the Upper East Side, so an upgrade is overdue. I'm even down to reupholster the cushions on my chair in black leather to match."

the mercer chair
Maiden Home The Mercer Chair $1,325

"The other chair in my living room is a round rattan chair from Pier 1 that I salvaged from my best friend's Long Island basement. It's time to move on. This baby blue beauty from Maiden Home will afford me the velvet accent I was too scared to commit to on my couch, and the minimal black steel frame will serve up a modern look between my mid-century credenza and lucite end table."

laika large pendant light
Blu Dot Laika Large Pendant Light $479

"Like the rest of the planet, I currently have an Ikea Sinnerlig bamboo pendant lamp hanging above my bed. But I don't like to be like the rest of the planet. This woven pendant from Blu Dot is the mature upgrade I need and deserve. With this replacement, my room will look and feel the same—but you'll have to open my closet to find any trace of Ikea (and you'll have to pry my Ikea closet out of my cold, dead hands)."

Bridget Mallon, Associate Editorial Director

floor lamp
Flos IC Floor Lamp $1095

"You know that feeling you get talking to someone you have a mild to moderate crush on? Your stomach gets butterflies, your cheeks flush, and you feel lucky just to be around them. That's how I feel looking at this floor lamp. The softness of the glass orb contrasts beautifully with the base's sharp right angle to create the kind of statement piece that would make any room feel perfectly put together."

gold snake ring
Doublemoss Vibora 14k Yellow Gold Red Ruby $1350

"I've been wearing snake rings ever since I found one in a vintage shop 10 years ago. I tend to thrift them or buy them on the cheap, but when I lost my most recent one in Napa earlier this year, I knew it was time to finally invest in something that would last. Then I caught sight of this beauty on our sister site Byrdie's instagram and it's been on my mind ever since. It's designed to be worn with the head at the base of your nail, but you can also turn it face down to wear on your pinkie too—now that's versatile."

bar cart
Peroni x Jonathan Adler Bar Cart $1450

"In my dream scenario where I retire to the Amalfi Coast every summer, this is the bar cart I would never entertain without. The limited-edition collaboration between Jonathan Adler and Peroni features turquoise and navy stripes, a lucite frame, and sleek nickel accents for a look that screams "Italian vacation home." Now if I could just make that dream a reality.

frame tv
Samsung The Frame QLED Art Mode Smart 4K UHD TV $2800 $1800

"A constant struggle in my life is reconciling my love of watching TV with my distaste for the aesthetics of the physical TV itself. No matter how flat you make a flat screen, it's still a big black box when it's turned off. That is until Samsung totally changed the game with its Frame TV. When you're not binging Netflix, you can set this TV to art mode, choose from a huge selection of art, and watch as your TV transforms into a bona fide piece of décor. It's also ensconced in a gallery wall-worthy frame that really ups the style factor."

Kelly Gallagher, Senior Social Media Editor

le labo
Le Labo Santal 26 Concrete Candle $480

"As our resident candle aficionado, I would be remiss not to include this Le Labo concrete candle. My goal in life is to have this concrete candle. It's the ultimate sign of luxury in my book."

Hermes Robe
Hermes Home Sweet H Robe $3150

"What's a luxury gift list without Hermes? This cashmere robe was made for lounging on your yacht waiting for your glass of Krug to be refilled. So yeah, sign me up for all of that."

Desk agenda cover
Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda Cover $600

"Full disclosure: I already own this agenda cover, but I wanted to include it here because I love it so much I'd buy it for everyone in my life if I could. I've had it for over a decade, and each year it's a fun treat to myself to purchase the refill for the upcoming year. It adds major sophistication to mundane tasks like to-do lists and doctor appointment planning. Plus it looks incredibly chic as I carry it around the office with my laptop."

Zalto glass
Zalto Denk'Art Universal Glass $60

"I've had my eye on these Zalto wine glasses ever since I had my first sip of pinot noir out of one. You can find them behind the bar of some of the most upscale restaurants in the world. There's no better way to drink a glass of wine than out of one of these."

Caroline Utz, Associate Editor

anthro chair
Anthropologie Heatherfield Chair $1448

"Do I have room for this chair in my apartment? No. Would it blend perfectly with my California cool aesthetic? Yes, yes it would. This customizable chair in a soft, schlubby velvet could not be more perfect to curl up with a good book or enjoy a glass of wine after a long day."

Le Creuset Matte Dutch Oven
Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven $240 $200

"I won one of these in a workplace giveaway about a year ago, and I'm not exaggerating when I say it was one of the best days ever. These do-it-all enameled cast-iron dutch ovens are top-notch cookware plus they're beautiful enough to leave on your dining table while you enjoy your dinner."

Dyson v11 vacuum
Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum $700 $600

"Hear me out: These Dyson cordless vacuums are no joke. Not only does this model have twice the suction power of any other cordless vacuum (and can run for up to 60 minutes!), it's also designed to keep noise levels down as to not annoy your neighbors or scare the dog. Plus they're small enough to be stowed in the tiniest of linen closets. Anything to make my least favorite chore a little more enjoyable."

Kim Carvalho, Associate Social Media Editor

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Unisex Superstar Distressed Low-Top Sneakers $460

"These are the ultimate 'cool-girl' shoes and yes, they are purposely designed to look distressed. Some may think the price is most definitely not right on these because of that, but I still think they're the coolest pair of shoes. I'm not much of a sneaker person, but I've been eyeing pretty much every pair of Golden Goose shoes over the last couple of months and would love to find these under the Christmas tree this year."

la mer the moisturizing soft cream
La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream $510

"As the seasons change and it gets increasingly colder and colder here in NYC, my skin gets drier and drier as the temperatures drop. La Mer is skincare royalty, and I can't even imagine the wonders this $510 moisturizer would do to my parched skin. And as a bonus, the reviews on this are incredible."

primrose mirror
Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror $1,548

"It was love at first sight when I saw this mirror. The vintage-inspired shape, the gleaming gold, the towering height—I think I'd feel like an actual princess looking at myself in this mirror every day."

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