We scouted for some of this year's most awesome gifts for the high net worth household.
It is debatable whether money can buy true happiness, but it can buy some pretty awesome holiday gifts. We're scouting for some of this year’s most awesome, high-end, one-of-a-kind gifts for the high net worth household. Even if these don’t wind up under your own Christmas tree, they’re fun to fantasize about.
Available from Costco, the Gorilla Playsets Metropolis Playset looks more like a small village. This the ultimate do it yourself project, but for an additional fee, you can arrange for professional installation. It includes seven playdecks, four slides, three sandboxes, extra-wide monkey bars, and more.
For the hardest core backyard cooks, the Finnish Grill House from Hammacher Schlemmer replicates the all-season backyard cooking huts found throughout Scandinavia. Made from Finnish pine, it contains a central charcoal grill surrounded by dining space for up to ten adults. Double-glazed windows and a shingled roof insulate the cozy space during the winter, while the windows and the top half of the split door can be opened in warmer weather to create a breezy retreat. Exterior window planters and authentic reindeer hides accentuate authentic Scandinavian style.
Again from Hammacher Schlemmer comes a life-size, fully animatronic remote-controlled incarnation of Robby, a sci-fi movie icon from the 1956 classic, “Forbidden Planet.” This Robby was created from the same blueprints, molds, and templates used to create the original movie-prop costume, according to the Hammacher Schlemmer website. He arrives pre-programmed “to move his computer relay assembly, rotate his servo-controlled head, spin his planetary gyro stabilizers, and twirl his scanners while his various lights flash exactly as seen in the film. A directional speaker housed in the head produce Robby's distinctive voice in CD-quality sound as he delivers his famous lines from the original movie at your command.”
When you have to get from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. The new Tesla S P85D is the fastest sedan ever built. One reviewer (at carbuying.jalopnik.com) suggests it may be just be the “perfect” car. Prior to purchase, you can custom design your model online
Or you can pretend your racing in your own race car. This Formula 1 Full-Size Racing Simulator from uncrate.com houses “a custom racing simulator, complete with three 23-inch screens, a 5.1 surround sound system, and a custom computer powered by an Intel Core i7 processor.” The price includes having an engineer fly out to your house to make sure it gets installed properly.
The Neiman-Marcus Christmas catalog is brimming with fantasy-come-true gifts, like the Vanity Fair Academy Awards experience, complete with accommodations at Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, drinks at the tony Sunset Tower, and dinner at Chateau Marmont. The day of the Oscar festivities kicks off with pre-party spa pampering, hair, makeup, wardrobe styling and jewelry loan) and ends at one of Hollywood’s most coveted invites, the Vanity Fair Party.
For $2 million
You know what would make that new Taylor Swift CD sound awesome? Transmission Audio’s ULTIMATE, which comes self-billed as “the ultimate in audio reproduction intended for the biggest listening rooms. This is Formula 1 on steroids!”
For $2.26 million
This “PrestigeHD Supreme Rose Edition” TV by Stuart Hughes boasts an outer frame made of 18-karat gold and actual diamond power buttons. For this kind of money, the cast of “The Walking Dead” better reenact each episode in my living room.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.