Silver and gold: luxury holiday gifts for everyone on your list
From fine wine to watches, vintage handbags to dazzling jewels and rare books to custom sneakers — 25 very special gift ideas, available only through Christie’s online
Gifting a legendary house’s most iconic motif will surely please new and established jewellery collectors alike. This diamond ‘Panthère’ ring by Cartier stuns with a pink sapphire that adds a vibrant pop of colour.
The Himalaya Kelly with Diamonds holds the world record price for most valuable bag sold at auction. The Himalaya Kelly is considered the most desirable bag in the world. Hand-crafted and carefully dyed to resemble the snow-capped Himalayas, this item is notoriously difficult to come by. Due to the time-intensive dye process, Himalaya bags are made in extremely limited numbers, and even more so in the Kelly silhouette, making them the ultimate status symbol.
Signed by His Airness himself
The Air Jordan 1 is what started it all. When Peter Moore designed it in the 1980s, he could never have imagined how it would bring Nike from the court to the streets, essentially establishing sneaker culture with one silhouette. This pair signed by Michael Jordan was made between February and April 1985, the year the sneaker debuted. They feature light wear, meaning that they were possibly game worn. They offer a rare chance to get your feet into one of the earliest pairs that made Air Jordans one of the most popular shoes ever to grace the market.
The Arceau l’heure de la Lune playfully upends watch face expectations in a way that is uniquely Hermès. Instead of the main dial keeping twelve-hour time, two mother-of-pearl moons — showing the lunar phases in both the southern and northern hemispheres — orbit with two discs displaying the time and date. The result is visually stunning, demonstrating the technical mastery of Hermes's timepieces.
A ghost of Christmas past
A Christmas Carol needs little introduction — it is one of the most classic tales of the holidays, penned with all the curiosities and humanity that made Dickens a household name. This first edition from 1843 is where it all started. With fully gilt edges and an original advertisement from the publisher at the end, this volume warrants a ‘bah humbug’ should it slip through your grasp.
An instant cellar of Screaming Eagle
Indulge in 30 bottles from 10 vintages (2007-2016) from California’s cult classic, Screaming Eagle. This Napa Valley winery is known for its highly collectible wines and near perfect ratings. Offered in their original wooden cases emblazoned with the winery’s namesake, these bottles would make a show-stopping addition to any cellar.
A trunk to store only the finest gifts
The union of Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton was a gift to the fashion world. The legacy of the Louis Vuitton label paired with Abloh’s penchant for disruption and reinvention created some of the era’s most head-turning pieces. This trunk is a testament to their collaboration, and his time as the brand’s creative head. It celebrates the boldness that Abloh pioneered as well as the classic style that Vuitton is known for.
Made circa 1948, this platinum and diamond-set pocket watch from Patek Philippe demonstrates the craftsmanship for which this Genevan watchmaker is known. One of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world, Patek is revered for their complex mechanics and heritage designs. Unsurprisingly, the brand is also one of the most sought-after on the market. Since 2019, a Patek Grandmaster Chime, sold at Christie’s for $31.2 million, has held the world record for a watch sold at auction. Here, diamonds act as markers on the dial and line the case-band and bow of the timepiece, giving it extra shine.
In the 2016-2017 NHL season, Henrik Lundqvist proved himself ‘the King,’ as he is known to New York Rangers fans. In the same season that he wore this pair of hockey skates — later encrusted in 200,000 Swarovski crystals by the artist and designer Don Blanton — he became the first European-born goaltender to reach 400 wins, faster than any other player who has reached the same milestone. This pair of skates is a crown uniquely fit for him: covered in ice.
Chocolate coins have long been a holiday tradition, but when it comes to the real thing, no one does it better than Bulgari. This pendant necklace represents a modern take on the firm’s famed ‘Monete’ collection, which honours antiquity.
‘Pure perfection’ from Bordeaux
You can’t improve upon perfection, and this case gets winning scores across the board. 12 bottles of the best of Bordeaux from the spectacular 2009 vintage — each received 100 points from legendary critic Robert Parker — were hand-selected to create a best-in-class tasting experience for lovers of the region's famed terroir.
This very fine 18-carat yellow gold wristwatch from Cartier could turn any collector green with envy. Set with yellow diamonds that form a distinctive grid, this glamorous take on the classic Pasha de Cartier silhouette exudes luxe warmth and bold design, making it the ideal accessory for the holidays and all year round.
Often around New Year’s, we resolve to be more mindful. The I Ching or Book of Changes addresses this through its hexagrams, each of which corresponds to a reflection on living. George Harrison’s copy of the book, inscribed ‘To Raviji—with much love and thanks’, was gifted to The Beatles’ spiritual and musical guru Ravi Shankar on Christmas 1966. It is a pristine entry point to Eastern spiritualism for lovers of music and meditation alike. Featuring a foreword by the psychoanalyst Carl Jung — who also appears on the cover of the band’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — this classic text is a great way to kick start your New Year’s resolution.
Kicks from the queen of the court
Worn at the 2018 US Open during Serena Williams’ fierce battle with twenty-year-old Naomi Osaka, these Player Exclusive Nike Court Flare 2 Sneakers were designed by Virgil Abloh specifically for Williams. Made in series of two colourways — both of which were worn at the tournament — these sneakers feature Abloh’s trademark designs throughout, as well as impressed ‘SERENA’ and ‘QUEEN’ embellishments on the side and back of the shoe. In celebration of Williams’ recent retirement and Virgil’s legacy, Christie’s is proud to bring both game-worn sneakers, with the purple colourway signed by Serena Williams, to auction.
A pair of ice-blue sapphires
Like tree toppers for your ears, these Verdura jewels will flawlessly complete a festive look. At once retro and futuristic, these earrings bring a bit of sparkle and glamour to a soft wintery palette.
The Hermès Kellydoll bag plays on the French expression quelle idole! or ‘what a doll!’ It was first introduced by the brand in 2000. With a turn-lock nose, leather eyes, and moveable arms, this iteration of the Mini Kelly is beloved for its whimsical styling. Since its initial unveiling, the design has gone through many evolutions. Inspired by pixelated computer imagery, the Picto Kellydole is an adorable limited-edition spin on the original, making it the perfect gift for the bag buffs in your life.
Cycle in style with this luxe bike from French fashion house Hermès. Named Le Flâneur, which means ‘the stroller’ or ‘wanderer’ in French, the bike is a chic spin on a favoured form of neighborhood transport. The perfect blend of high-fashion and high-tech, it features a lightweight carbon fibre frame, bull calf leather grips and saddle (bien sûr) and hydraulic disc brakes.
Get a taste of the past with this bottle of Pather Terrantez from 1720 from renowned Madeira producer HM Borges. Directly from the family reserves, this bottle is one of the finest examples of 18th century winemaking from the Portuguese island of Madeira. Of rare and exceptional quality, it was recorked in 2021 by cellar master Ivo Couto.
A statement in textured gold
Italian jewellery house Buccellati is celebrated for its textured gold designs and bold cuffs. This bracelet combines both signatures. Featuring two shades of gold, it is guaranteed to complement any holiday ensemble.
Hit winners and look good doing it with this Louis Vuitton ping pong set. First unveiled by the luxury fashion house in 2017, the set includes two professionally designed paddles, four regulation balls in a custom holder and two Monogram Eclipse paddle covers. Game on.
A gold-standard silhouette
Virgil Abloh considered the Nike Air Force 1 an objet d’art in its own right. Designed in 1982 by Bruce Kilgore, its instantly recognisable silhouette was the perfect subject for Abloh’s ‘refashioning’ — his trademark practice of combining sportswear and high fashion. This pair comes from the small collection made in collaboration with Louis Vuitton at their atelier in Fiesso d’Artico, Italy. Featuring Abloh’s signature quotation marks and embossed detailing around the shoe, it is undoubtedly one of the most expertly crafted sneakers in history.
What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
‘Whatever you plan to do New Year’s Eve and other times, include me in,’ wrote Jack Kerouac in a letter his friend Ed White in 1947. A little further down the page he confesses that ‘Xmas in the country, in the South, is also appealing, and I don’t want to disappoint the Maw.’ His holiday dilemma is a familiar one. If Jack Kerouac can’t decide between spending time with his friends and going down South to not disappoint his mother, how can we?
Fashion and fine art collided with the 2003 Monogram Multicolore collection designed by Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton. One of the brand’s most iconic collaborators of all time, Murakami reimagined their signature monogram through his bright, playful aesthetic. The pattern features 33 vibrant colours set against a white background. Here, the artist's now-infamous pattern covers a luxe jewellry box, perfect for carrying all your precious keepsakes.
With some decorations bought at Tiffany
In terms of gifts for gents, cufflinks are a great way to showcase one’s personal style. If sapphires aren’t your preference, we also offer the same design in ruby, emerald or diamond!
Tracing moonlight in gold
One of the world's foremost watchmakers, Patek Philippe always manages to turn heads. This Ref. 3940 with a 18-carat yellow gold face is no exception, featuring a sleek perpetual calendar and moon phase dial. As the winter solstice approaches and the days grow shorter, it's the perfect timepiece to keep track of the most wonderful time of year.
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