It’s December and that means it’s time for our annual roundup of absurdly expensive holiday gifts. Get ready to tap into your 401(k) to let the people in your life know how special they are with a guitar played by Lyle Lovett, a motorcycle ride with Keanu Reeves or a $300,000 turntable. Because like Mercedes Benz, it’s the best or nothing, folks.
Sure, you could just buy a pair of Beats… but then no one would mistake you for a missing Kardashian.
Texas is known for great rock, blues and country. You can buy your friends a little piece of each for $30,000 a pop—one guitar from Steve Miller, one from ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and one from Lyle Lovett. The last two will personally hand you the axe.
For the audiophile in your life, there’s not really a second choice. You either buy them the world’s most expensive turntable, or you say that you don’t care if they listen to music that’s not insulated from motor vibration by 15 kilograms of brass, machined to a hundredth of a millimeter.
What’s better than a Mustang convertible? One that comes with custom Neiman Marcus livery and costs approximately three times as much as a regular Mustang convertible.
But let’s be honest: An American-made neo-muscle car is pretty plebe tier. If you want to really spoil someone this Christmas, do it with the most expensive car in the world. It’s the first car ever made with white carbon fibers. Need we say more?
Commercial space flight is just getting started and it’s not without its hiccups. You might feel more comfortable sending a friend to the edge of space with a slightly older technology—balloon travel. This package includes a tour of the World View grounds in Tucson.
The Orphan Barrel projects hunts down abandoned whiskey casks and sells them to the public. And this gift is really an experience: You and five friends will visit Kentucky’s storied Stitzel-Weller Distillery to hunt, taste and create two unique bourbon variants to be handbottled with custom labels. You’ll then receive 24 bottles of bourbon along with a bespoke cabinet, barware and a leather-bound book about your whiskey. Drink slowly.
If you’re looking for a really good deal, it’s this. Arch Motorcycles, a project of Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger, aren’t cheap anyway. Why not throw down a few extra bucks and saddle up with the owners?
Bummed about missing out on the 600-year-old Mayan sicars auctioned for $507,000? You’ll just have to settle for the jewel-encrusted, gold-leafed King of Denmark from Danish Royal. At least you’ll save over $565,000.
It’s the lightest hybrid bike on the market today and looks like something out of Blade Runner. Whether you have a big race coming up or want to make people think you just landed from Mars, this is the bike for you.