If you’re ready to splurge a little, here are some ideas to help you think outside the typical gift box.
Sure you could give that special person in your life a watch or earrings or something cashmere again this holiday season. But what about a gift that makes the recipient feel pampered, catered-to and truly special?
If you have someone on your list this season who deserves something above and beyond the usual holiday gift – and you’re ready to splurge a little – try thinking outside the typical gift box.
We’ve combed through the luxury gifts on offer in our region this season to find the best of the best. So read on if you’re looking to give a gift this holiday season that will be more than thoughtful, it will blow them away.
Skin that glows
Instead of just a day at the spa, give an annual membership to Penelope and the Beauty Bar, the spa inside the historic Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle. Membership will give your recipient $1,000 worth of services of their choice, and 15 percent off all services for the year. Add on a gift certificate for an Ultimate Facial, a customized 120-minute facial that leaves the guest with immediate results. And for glowing skin that they can experience every day, wrap up some luxury face serum to put under the tree. Penelope and the Beauty Bar sells Biologique Récherché Le Grand Sérum, a product so exclusive it’s always produced in limited supply.
A membership to Penelope and the Beauty Bar, $1,000.
The Ultimate Facial, $495 for non-members, $395 for spa members.
Biologique Récherché Le Grand Sérum, $499 for 1 oz., $156 for .33 oz.
411 University St., Seattle
The best night’s sleep
Know someone who deserves a good night’s sleep? Why not give them the first step: luxury linens. These Society Bedding linens are sourced directly from Italy and available at Red Ticking, a design-focused interior store in Madison Valley.
King/Queen top and fitted sheet, sold separately, $275 each.
Pillowcases, $240 for a set of two.
2802 E. Madison St., Seattle
In 2009, local perfumer Maria Christofilis received a special gift herself from Swiss master perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux, but the more she wore it the more she wanted to share it. Now you, too, can give this unique white floral fragrance, a blend of bergamot, orange, tuberose and vanilla notes, on sale in limited quantity, hand-crafted and poured into a hand-blown flacon.
Fleur09 Eau de Parfum, 100 milliliters, $320.
Weekly flower delivery
Flowers arrive at your door and you can’t help but smile, right? Why not give that gift again and again? Fleurish, the boutique, appointment-only floral studio in Capitol Hill run by Nisha Kelen offers weekly, unique, flower arrangements delivered to the person on your list who should be reminded every week how beautiful the world can be. The regular flower delivery can be flexible to work with the recipient’s schedule.
One year of weekly flower delivery, Fleurish, $3,900. ($75 per week).
1818 East Madison St. Suite D, Seattle
Dinner in the big city
Thinking about treating someone really special to dinner in the city? How about dinner in New York City? Give the gift of dining in luxury in the big city with a tasting menu at Eleven Madison Park, a Michelin Guide restaurant helmed by chef Daniel Humm. The restaurant serves a tasting menu of eight to 10 courses that changes seasonally and focuses on local ingredients.
Tasting menu, Eleven Madison Park, $295 per guest, excluding beverages and tax. Gratuities are neither expected nor accepted.
11 Madison Ave., New York,
Private Paris food & wine tour
Are you buying for someone with a travel bug? For a taste of global luxury, consider a trip to Paris, complete with the insider knowledge of the best cheese, wine and restaurant spots only the locals know. But how? A private food and wine tour of Paris with restaurant insider Wendy Lyn, who knows Paris like it’s her backyard. Lyn offers private tours for two to four adults in the morning through local bakeries, cafés and cheese shops and a light lunch at a local wine bar, or in the evening for a full experience of the local wine bar scene.
A Taste of Paris Food Tour, from 160 euros per person.
Paris Wine Bar Tour, from 120 euros per person.
Penelope & The Beauty Bar, located inside the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle, offers the most advanced skin care and body treatments available.