We can’t always get what we want, but we can still make a wish list full of fancy things … and hope that someone sees it! We present the luxe holiday gift guide, knowing full well most of this list is over the top, but a girl can dream. Come swoon with us!
FASHION & BEAUTY
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – especially this time of year. If someone in your life is really looking to show affection, suggest these two sparklers. Simon G. has created this intricate design highlighted with 0.66 carats of beautiful, round, brilliant diamonds. Find it at Diamonds Direct for $2,970.
Manufactured in Montreal, Canada, this Joseph Ribkoff military jacket has a tailored waist that flatters every figure. Ribkoff uses viscose rayon, nylon and spandex to construct the body of this piece giving it an undeniably showstopping look and fit. The embroidered gold buttons, intricate seam work and detailing are what make this signature military jacket a must-have for the regal lady in your life. It sells for $313 at Scout & Molly’s.
We know the name sounds, well, scary, but the results are anything but. The Vampire Facial (or PRP facial) is a non-invasive procedure where a small amount of your blood is drawn from your arm, then your own platelet-rich plasma is injected into your face or neck. The procedure uses your own natural-growth factors and other cytokines to give the skin texture, tone, glow, tightness and fullness. A few days after the injections, you should start making new collagen, and the result is youthful, vibrant-looking skin with less wrinkles and lines. It costs between $800 to $1,500 at Infinity MedSpa and Wellness.
Every girl wants someone else to do her hair and thanks to blow-dry bars popping up around town, it’s easier than ever to make that happen. Best way to make sure you’re always covered? Blo offers the blo tab. For $280, you get eight blowouts for the price of seven, or $35 each blowout. It’s so easy, and it never expires — it’s stored on the computer, so all you have to do is book an appointment and breeze in.
SB Tip: Twice a year the Blo tab goes on sale down to $240, or 8 blowouts for the price of 6. The next sale will be at the end of January. Get it at Blo Charlotte.
It’s called the “Mommy Makeover” for a reason! The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says 62% of mothers seek plastic surgery to get their pre-baby figures back. A typical mommy makeover involves breast and tummy procedures but can also include liposuction, skin tightening, stretch mark removal, vaginal rejuvenation, hair loss treatment or even facial treatments depending on individual needs. But it doesn’t come cheap: The price range for a “Mommy Makeover” is $12,000 to $20,000. Get it at Charlotte Plastic Surgery.
If you want to look good but don’t want surgery, the docs at Charlotte Plastic Surgery swear by TNS Essential Serum, which improves the overall look and texture of your skin, and HA5 – Rejuvenating Hydrator, which smooths out fine lines and wrinkles. These are the two top-selling products the practice sells. They’re not cheap but the docs use the products themselves, so you know it must be worth it. Get them both for $492.28.
FOR THE HOME
Have a heart
Heidi Kirschner’s “Heart” series has become some of her most coveted work. The series started after a charity asked her to create a heart, and people kept asking for it. It’s a combination of the popular artist’s ethereal feel with a highly texturized heart that she creates solely with a palette knife. The effect is a lovely keepsake that’s 8-by-8-inches and costs $575. SB Tip: You can also create your own Heidi masterpiece — she is one of the few artists who hosts painting classes in her studio. The work you end up with is actually one you’ll want to hang in your house … where people can actually see it. You can find details on her class schedule here.
Gold leaf candelabra
Looking for romance and the ultimate in luxurious candlelight? This six-arm Isadora candelabra in “gold leaf” finish can be found on Ironware International’s Chemin De Fer website. Find it for $1,190, and place it at the center of your holiday table.
Add some whimsy to any room with these colorful and fun paintings of man’s best friend. Designers love Michelle Rivera’s work because her paintings brighten any space. From a fancy living room to a children’s bedroom, Michelle’s dogs bring joy to any space. We love “Contemporary Pup” for her friendly face, large scale and her vivid background. It’s painted with thick oil on a 3/4-inch-thick canvas and comes ready to hang. Get it for $950 plus tax at Michelle Rivera Art.
Winter weather may be a drag, but you can bring life back into your home with customized landscaping. Page|Duke Landscape Architects create beautiful landscape and garden designs throughout the South that are thoughtful, beautiful, inspiring and timeless. Treat yourself — and your home — to a beautiful new green space that will make you and your family want to spend every day out in the sunshine. Prices vary depending on your specific needs and the scope of the project. Call (615) 320-0220 to schedule an appointment.
Enjoy the luxury of having Charlotte culinary expert Heidi Billotto come to your house and cook dinner for you and your special someone or for you and a group of your friends. Everything is made to order and prepared with locally sourced organic items. She does all the work — she even brings the groceries and cleans up! — and makes a four to five course dinner with a wine pairing and dessert. Pricing is determined by the number of guests and requested menu and wine items, but costs start at $800 for dinner for two. Advance reservations are a must! Learn more at HeidiBillottoFood.com.
Annette Joseph style workshop
Give (or receive!) the gift of travel this year. Head to Italy next summer with acclaimed food stylist and author Annette Joseph. Stay on the grounds of a 15th century Italian fortress and learn anything from canning to photography to abstract painting. Workshops start at $2,800 and are available here.
FROM SB SHOP
Home portrait platter
Gifts with sentimental value are the best gifts of all. If you’re shopping for someone who deserves a gift from the heart, pick up a gift certificate for a custom home portrait platter at SB Shop for $268. The platter features an original sketch of a home of your choice. Order by December 19 (that’s today!) by 4 p.m. EST for delivery by Christmas.
In business for over 20 years, Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry focuses on traditional fashion-forward fine jewelry with a twist. We love this simple and sophisticated design that can be worn with a tee and jeans or to your most elegant evening out. This piece can be worn both as a single strand or layered, making it versatile enough to work with a number of outfits. And, in a neutral moonstone or labradorite, it will pair perfectly with almost anything. Find this at SB Shop for $195. Order by December 19 (that’s today!) by 4 p.m. EST for delivery by Christmas.