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We’ve trawled Net-A-Porter and Mr Porter to find the most covetable, exclusive and big-ticket gifts out there.

Everyone has one: the person in their life who seems to have every conceivable thing they could ever possibly want. Or so we thought. It turns out, though, that there are always more jaw-droppingly expensive gifts out there to lust after – it’s just a case of knowing where to look. We trawled net-A-Porter and Mr Porter to take the backbreaking work out of it (you’re welcome) and this is our pick, whether you’re dreaming like us, or actually in the market to buy. Happy drooling.

By Nancy Alsop
Updated October 2021

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Saint Laurent, Shearling Coat, £11,655

Earn your stripes in this soft shearling statement piece by Saint Laurent. Altogether now: I am woman, hear me roar.

Oscar De La Renta, Strapless Taffeta-Trimmed Cady Gown, £8,260

There is no chance of the giver of such a dazzling gift getting the cold shoulder this Christmas. This Oscar De La Renta beauty is a true showstopper.

Elie Saab, Cape-Effect Sequin-Embellished Tulle Gown, £7,750

Be a shimmering caped crusader in this resplendent gown by Elie Saab. Throwbacks to the 70s have never looked so spectacular.

YEPREM, 18-Karat White Gold Diamond Necklace, £112,700

This exceptionally graceful tapered 18-karat white gold necklace, with its round-cut diamonds, is a guaranteed heirloom of the future.

Alaïa, Rose Marie Alligator Bucket Bag, £13,690

The best things come in small packages. Alaïa's bucket bags are modern classics, updated year-on-year; this one has been crafted in Italy from polished alligator with a leather-lining.

Hermès Timepieces, Klikti Alligator And Diamond Watch, £64,340

We have all the time in the world for this rose gold Klikti watch, which draws inspiration from the house's 181-year-old equestrian heritage.

Louboutin, Bolcheva Fringed Suede Over-The-Knee Boots, £2,540

Bag some fringe benefits with this knock-out pair of over-the-knee Italian soft suede boots, inspired by '80s nights at Parisian club, The Palace.

Alexandra Llewellyn, Marquetry Backgammon Set, £13,500

Try your hand at backgammon with this exquisite set by Alexandra Llewellyn. Created by artisans, including a master joiner, leather artist and specially trained marquetry artisan, it is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

Jia Jia, XL Smoky Quartz Crystal Cluster, £5,800

This smoking beauty is not only a wonder to behold; it is also believed to be a ‘master grouding stone’, ridding your home of toxins and negative energy. Who doesn’t want that?

William & Son, Maple Veneer Roulette Wheel, £13,200

Raise the stakes with William & Son’s maple veneer roulette wheel, which has been carved and polished by artisans in the UK.

Tom Ford, 18-Karat Gold Diamond Cufflinks, £11,290

There are cufflinks – and then there are Tom Ford cufflinks. Crafted in Italy from 18-karat gold, this pair is set with sparkling pavé diamonds. Perfection.

Asprey, Rocket Cocktail Shaker, £11,000

Queen Victoria was once a patron of Asprey. Surely even she would not have sniffed at finding this sterling silver cocktail shaker under the tree?

Caran D’Ache, + MB&F Astrograph Fountain Pen, £19,950

Behold the astrograph! As they say, ‘It took one small step for Mr Maximilian Büsser to unveil his childhood dreams of travelling into space to Caran d'Ache's creative teams, and another giant leap to enlist horologer MB&F to bring it to fruition in the form of the brand's most complex writing instrument to date.’

Berluti, Formula 1004 Venezia Leather Carry-On Suitcase, £5,650

Travel in refined style with this artisan-made Venetian leather suitcase. The dapper gent’s perfect companion for a long weekend.

Roger Dubuis, Excalibur 45 Limited Edition Watch, £156,800

Keep time with this extraordinary blend of artwork and engineering. A truly exquisite gift for discerning chaps.

Kiton, Double-Breasted Cashmere-Tweed Coat, £6,810

Cut a dash in this classic tweed coat by Kiton. Made by hand in Italy, we love its impeccable tailoring and exquisite details.

Bottega Veneta, Leather High-Top Rollerskates, £1,565

Get your skates on: these retro rollers have cult status written all over them and will surely sell out fast. For the man who adores everything 1980s.

Tom Ford, Slim-Fit Shearling Jacket, £6,690

Sheer comfort and unimpeachable style are not always easy bedfellows. Tom Ford puts that to rights with this uber-soft shearling jacket.

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