It’s been a hard year, which is why we wanted to bring back Luxe Loves. While budgets may be tighter this holiday season, it’s still fun to daydream as we scroll through some of Birmingham’s most luxurious items. With these Luxe Loves, we’re focused on a few upscale holiday surprises. Some items are definitely over-the-top, and others are simply a splurge gift for that someone special. From dazzling jewels to unforgettable experiences, these 17 luxe gift ideas are definitely the “Open this last!” package under the tree — from reality to only in our dreams. Enjoy!

But, if you want a stylish list of gift choices for less than $50, we have that, too! See our “25 Under $50 Gift Guide” HERE.

FINE JEWELS

Tennis bracelet

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? Well, this piece will solidify that notion. Round brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds, totaling 2.09 carats, travel around this 14k white gold tennis bracelet for an eye-catching design. It’s truly a magnificent piece. Find it for $5,290 at Diamonds Direct.

Upscale gift guide: Tennis bracelet from Diamonds Direct

Tennis bracelet, $5,290, from Diamonds Direct | Image: Diamonds Direct

Necklace

Give her your heart this holiday season. This gorgeous 14k yellow gold heart pendant necklace in white diamond will make your love shine like never before. Also available in 14k white gold, this thoughtful gift will be cherished for years to come. Find it for $1,200 at Kendra Scott.

Upscale gift guide: Heart necklace from Kendra Scott

Heart necklace, $1,200, from Kendra Scott | Image: Kendra Scott

Gold bangle

These beautiful bangles each feature over a half-carat of brilliant diamonds designed in a delicate floral motif against a textured gold background. Available in white, rose or yellow gold, these modern pieces were designed with a nod to old-world opulence. Find these for $2,500 each at Avani Rupa.

Bangles from Avani Rupa

Bangles, $2,500 each, from Avani Rupa | Image: Avani Rupa

FASHION & ACCESSORIES

Velvet robe

Make your recipient feel like a million bucks even as they work from home. This rich ruby-colored Diamond Tea velvet robe is unbelievably plush and soft — the perfect attire for any at-home girl boss this holiday season. Find it for $228 at The Lingerie Shoppe.

Upscale gift guide: Velvet robe from The Lingerie Shoppe

Velvet robe, $228, from The Lingerie Shoppe | Image: The Lingerie Shoppe

Sunglasses

If you have a special someone who’s dreaming about an island getaway, these sunglasses are just what they may need. Made by luxury eyewear brand Krewe, these unisex frames feature a unique, on-trend style perfect for any fashionable jet-setter. Find them for $395 at Manhattan South.

Krewe sunglasses from Manhattan South

Krewe sunglasses, $395, from Manhattan South | Image: Manhattan South

Cashmere coat

There is nothing better for the fashionista on your list than a unique cashmere coat for those cold winter nights. This embroidered jacket by Avant Toi is even more beautiful in person. Find it for $2,945 at B. Prince.

Cashmere coat from B. Prince

Cashmere coat, $2,945, from B. Prince | Image: B. Prince

Italian leather handbag

A gal can never have too many purses — especially when Italian leather is involved. This stunning handbag by Hanner Clarke Handbags is an absolute showstopper and can be worn with many different outfits throughout the year. Find it for $750 at SB Shop.

Upscale gift guide: Italian leather handbag from SB Shop

Italian leather handbag, $750, from SB Shop

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Boots

These boots are made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do. Handmade in Spain, these gorgeous leather boots are perfect for the fashionista in your life. We can’t get enough of the snakeskin print, and it’s so on-trend right now! Find these for $375 at basic.

Leather boots at SB Shop

Leather boots, $375, from basic. | Image: basic.

Men’s wallet

For the fashion-discerning gentleman in your life, this men’s bi-fold wallet by Ray Hampton (Mabyl’s men’s line) is one he’ll love. The hand-stitched alligator wallet features eight card slots and a full-size bill slot. Choose from chocolate or black and a matte or glazed finish. Find it at SB Shop for $550.

Ray Hampton men's wallet

Men’s wallet, $550, at SB Shop

HOME ACCENTS

Canvas art

Calling all art enthusiasts! This stunning framed 30-by-40-inch acrylic canvas painting by Georgia native Meredith Raiford Akins is absolutely awe-inspiring. The painting, titled “The Wilds of Rome,” pays tribute to the beautiful scenery and striking colors Meredith saw firsthand while traveling through Italy. Find it for $2,400 at Design Supply.

Upscale gift guide: Canvas art at Design Supply

Canvas art, $2,400, at Design Supply | Image: Design Supply

Antique chandelier

Imported from France and crafted from 18th-century parts, this painted nine-light and parcel-gilt chandelier is as beautiful as it is unique. Measuring 56 inches high and 59 inches in diameter, this grand chandelier would add a striking statement to any grand room. Find it for $7,400 at Lolo French Antiques et More.

Antique chandelier from Lolo French Antiques et More

Antique chandelier, $7,400, from Lolo French Antiques et More | Image: Lolo French Antiques et More

Sun mirror

This stunning Spanish-gilt and silver-gilt sun mirror is a wishlist-worthy piece that is truly ornate and timeless, which makes it the perfect gift for newlyweds, first-time homebuyers or those who have a keen eye for home decor. Measuring 27 inches in diameter, this mirror makes for a captivating mantel centerpiece. For more information, including pricing, contact Henhouse Antiques by email at [email protected] or by phone at (205) 918-0505.

Upscale gift guide: Spanish-gilt and silver-gilt sun mirror from Henhouse Antiques

Spanish-gilt and silver-gilt sun mirror from Henhouse Antiques | Image: Henhouse Antiques

Leather couch

Nothing says sophistication like a beautiful leather sofa. As the staple of the living room, it’s important the couch is as comfortable as it is beautiful. This Duncan sofa is the best of both worlds. Just imagine all the Sunday naps that can be had on this beautiful couch! Adorn it with bright pillows or keep it neutral and monochromatic. Find it for $3,509 at At Home Furnishings.

Leather couch from At Home Furnishings

Leather couch, $3,509, from At Home Furnishings | Image: At Home Furnishings

For the bar cart

We’ve found the perfect gift for those who like to keep a top-notch bar cart. Say hello to the Distiller’s Art 23 Year Macallan Scotch Cask-Strength Single-Barrel Whisky. The Distiller’s Art collection boasts a large range of single-cask bottlings that showcase the character of a region or a particular distillery. This bottle is considered a crown jewel among beverage collectors. Find it for $2,100 at LeNell’s Beverage Boutique.

Distiller's Art Scotch from LeNell's Beverage Boutique

Distiller’s Art scotch, $2,100, from LeNell’s Beverage Boutique | Image: LeNell’s Beverage Boutique

UPSCALE EXPERIENCES & SERVICES

Staycation at the Grand Bohemian Hotel

We could all use a peaceful weekend away after all that we’ve faced in 2020. Give the gift of a relaxing staycation to your loved one this year with the romance package (starting at $329 per night) at the beautiful Grand Bohemian Hotel. Along with a gorgeous soaking tub king room, they can also enjoy specialty chocolates, a bottle of wine, and a $50 credit for food and beverage. This is the ultimate treat!

Grand Bohemian hotel in Mountain Brook

Staycation at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, starting at $329 per night | Image: Grand Bohemian Hotel

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Two-Day Ultimate Porsche Driving Experience

If you have someone special on your list who feels the need for speed, you’re in luck! Located at the Barber Motorsports Park is one of the nation’s three Porsche Track Experience driving schools. Participants will be able to drive with direction from some experienced drivers and learn the best tips and tricks on-track and in a classroom setting. They can spend two full days learning the ins and outs of how to be the best driver possible, all while behind the wheel of an incredible Porsche. Find this package for $3,400 at Porsche Driving.

Upscale gift guide: Two-Day Ultimate Porsche Driving Experience - Luxe Loves

Two-Day Ultimate Porsche Driving Experience, $3,400, at Porsche Driving | Image: Porsche Track Experience

Spa day

Does someone on your list deserve a relaxing spa day? Consider gifting them a day of pampering at the Spring House Spa at Pursell Farms. Our ideal combo? The warm stone massage and a body scrub. Top it off with a cocktail at Old Tom’s Pub or make it a whole weekend at The Inn! Book the massage and scrub, starting at $260, at Spring House Spa.

Room at Spring House Spa

Massage and scrub, starting at $260, at Spring House Spa | Image: Pursell Farms

May your days be extra merry, bright and luxurious this holiday season!

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