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Need Advice On That Perfect Gift?

Aug 14, 2008
When it comes to the perfect luxury gift, how do you choose? Would it be a simple matter of assessing the person's interests and buying something applicable within your budget? For some, this is the case, but for most of us, it's a dilemma that we would either mentally punish ourselves for getting wrong or feel jubilation over getting right.

Seems like a lot to hang on a luxury gift doesn't it? However, the key word here is 'luxury'. This isn't just any old gift because we've been invited to a dinner party or because its great aunt Silvie's birthday and we feel obliged. A luxury gift is usually chosen so that you can express the value that person has to you. This is why it's important to get it right, along with the fact that if you are going to pay out for a gift of this calibre you want to make sure they enjoy it.

Top London stores are picking up on the hole in this market and, as such, are implementing ways of helping their customers chose the perfect luxury gift by dedicating whole departments to the process. Now this sounds like a way to while away an afternoon but I defy you to not come out with something for yourself too!

Harrods have recently opened their 'gift and objet' room on the second floor of their Knightsbridge store. Stocking top brands such as Lladro, Jay Strongwater, Halcyon Days and others there will be a gift here to suit anyone.

If you want to check out Harrods competition, try Selfridges 'Wonder Room'. Departments within departments to help narrow down your selection, you can choose from jewellery, fine wine and food, sunglasses, mobile phones or their innovative Concept store. The Concept Store is an area of Selfridges that stocks luxury gifts with a difference. From the quirky and unusual curiosities that you would never have dreamt of to fun, innovative and eclectic pieces that you simply know will be perfect for that special person in your life.

Jewellery is not such a cop out as you might think when it comes to giving someone a luxury gift. Gold, diamonds, platinum or silver from designers such as Dodo, Hermes, Kojis or Theo Fennell will turn up a completely unique piece that will be both stunning and perfect for your loved one. Sunglasses aren't your average present but I, for one, would be grateful to receive some Prada shades encrusted with diamonds set on a precious metal frame. Not the usual treat that you would get for yourself which makes them an ideal gift idea.

Watches are something that people often buy each other. This is not only a way of timekeeping but the watch you give says something about you and what you think of the receiver. A top quality watch that reflects that persons personality, whether it be simple and stylish, contemporary or bedecked with jewels will be a gift to be treasured for life.

Wine and food are not something that many think of giving as a luxury gift but they are often well received. The average food shop will consist of the average food. To treat someone to the luxuries of food that they wouldn't normally buy for themselves is pretty special as is purchasing them some decent wine. Wine buffs will always appreciate an addition to their collection, particularly if it's something a little bit special. But how do you know what is special? Well, if you visit one of the in-store luxury gift departments, they will be able to help and advice to make sure you get it just right.
About the Author
Expert buyer Catherine Harvey looks at the choice of Luxury gifts on the market today. To find out more please visit http://www.chronolux.com/catalog/
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