Chicago (PRWEB) December 24, 2008
The holidays are just days away, and many people are still on a quest for that perfect gift. Luxury Portfolio is coming to the rescue with its annual gift guide, offering an array of luxury choices that do not break the bank. Whether you are selecting a gift for a client, special friend, stylist, family member or au pair, Luxury Portfolio's gift guide includes unique and luxurious items that are sure to delight - regardless of the budget.
For the Sweet Tooth on Your List - Sucre Macaroons will satisfy the palette of the most discerning pastry connoisseur. The delectable Parisian treats are prepared with the finest ingredients, and the unique packaging only adds to the decadent appeal.
Assorted Macaroons - Large Box $20; Sucre.com.
In the midst of selecting gifts for the people on our lists, man's best friend is sometimes forgotten, but the Pampered Pet makes it easy to find a unique gift for the pup on your list. The Dog Spa Gift Basket includes luxurious shampoo and lightly scented paw rub for tired canine feet. Spa Gift Basket $30; ThePamperedPet.com
For the Car Enthusiast - BMW is synonymous with the ultimate driving experience, and similarly the BMW Leather Driving Gloves are the perfect accompaniment to any ride, providing a posh and comfortable fit with an unrestrictive feel. BMW Driving Gloves $40; BMW.com
Shopping for young children can present a challenge: should the gift be fun or practical? Designer Amy Bahrt's Scarves combine both sensibility and enjoyment for the child on your list. Handmade from supple merino wool and available in a variety of styles. Children Animal Scarf $75; Takashimaya-NY.com
Luxury homeowners appreciate welcoming scents in their homes - especially one created by the fragrance house chosen by Napoleon, Audrey Hepburn and Princess Grace. Creed's Green Iris Tweed Candle bestows a revitalizing and clean fragrance with notes of sandalwood and violet Creed's Green Iris Tweed Candle $90; BergdorfGoodman.com
This charming bottle of Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux 2005 came in 2nd place in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wine Rankings. Originating from the Wertheimer family estate - the same family that owns and operates the House of Chanel - hints of plum, mocha and nutty oak makes this the perfect gift for the wine or Chanel aficionado. $100-$200; WineHouse.com
Jeni Britton's Ice Cream concoctions are as exquisite and unique as they come. The epicurean on your list is sure to savor the nine different ultra-creamy flavors, including Pecan Praline, Hot Cocoa by the Hearth (smoked chocolate gelato with handmade marshmallows), and Bourbon Eggnog. Arrangement of nine pint flavors $100; DeanDeLuca.com
Looking for the perfect accessory for an iPhone zealot? Give the gift of Apple Applications. The travel application features language translations and currency converter. For the gourmet foodie, select Zagat Mobile, which allows for quick, easy restaurant reviews based on GPS location. Application Certificate $100; AppleStore.com
Monthly memberships are a great choice for gift giving - allowing the recipient to receive something special throughout the year. Artisanal Premium Cheese offers superb cheeses - selected by passionate experts - that can be given over 3, 9 or 12-month periods. Special regional themes and tips for wine pairings are an added bonus. 3-month membership $210; artisanalcheese.com
For the Tea Habitué - Designed to enhance the overall tea experience, The Sorapot is an essential item for the loyal tea patron. Its elegantly constructed design combines solid functionality and a rich feel. The recipient will never look at brewing tea the same again.
Sorapot $250; Sorapot.com
Engraved stationery is a perfect token for virtually anyone on your list. Whether for business or personal use, Crane's Stationery embodies a rich and unique look and feel. The unsurpassed quality and attention to detail create a timeless gift for men and women alike. Black Bordered Pearl White Correspondence Cards $265; Crane.com
For the Wine and Technology Enthusiast - When the time comes to open a special bottle of wine, time constraints may prevent the bottle from breathing to its full extent. The Philip Stein Wine Wand solves this dilemma in using natural energy to aerate wine, enhancing flavors and aroma almost instantly - the perfect gift for wine aficionado. Travel Wine Wand $325; PhillipStein.com
The Cartier brand is known for creating products that surpass even the highest standards of quality and design, and the Cartier Leather Card Holder is no exception. The essential accessory -- enhanced with clean, sophisticated detail - is guaranteed to create lasting impressions. Cartier Leather Card Holder $390; Cartier.com
One can never go wrong with giving a gift for the home. Abafazi's Mohair Throw - a Barney's exclusive - exemplifies splendor and elegance through its dazzling crystal beads and authentic ostrich feathers. This South African handmade masterpiece creates a look beyond duplication. Mohair Throw $495; Barneys.com
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Happy shopping, and remember, some of the greatest gifts are those found at the very minute!
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