The Eleven Holiday Gifts Americans Can’t Afford

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6. Stefano Ricci Super 160s wool suit
> Category: Fashion
> Price: $5,800

Florentine designer Stefano Ricci is most well known for his leather outerwear and accessories. His line is often considered to be the most expensive and luxurious in the world. Ricci’s suits are almost entirely hand-made using almost exclusively of fabrics designed by Ricci. His Super 160s wool suits start at $5,800, and other Ricci suits cost up to $30,000.

7. The Macallan 55 Year Old Scotch Whisky
> Category: Spirits
> Price: $15,000

The Macallan describes its own whisky creation as “one of the finest ever creative collaborations between Scotland and France,” referring to the combination Scotch whisky and a French made bottle. The Macallan 55 Year Old Scotch Whisky is a single malt, with “deep notes of exotic dried fruits with a wonderfully soft, spicy finish with lingering touches of citrus,” writes Robb. With only 420 Lalique-designed crystal decanters available in the world, the Macallan 55 Year Old Scotch Whisky is a very rare, limited-edition item.

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8. Four Seasons Hotel, New York
> Category: Travel
> Price: $30,000 a night

The Four Seasons Hotel on East 57th St. in Manhattan is not only among the most luxurious in New York, but in the world. This is especially true of the hotel’s Ty Warner Penthouse, which is located on the 52nd floor. No hotel room in the city is located on a higher floor. Although average room rates in the hotel are $695 per night, the 400-square-meter Ty Warner Penthouse goes for $30,000 a night. The penthouse features an indoor-outdoor Zen garden, floor-to-ceiling bay windows, 25-foot cathedral ceilings, a 360-degree view of all of Manhattan, the services of a personal butler, personal trainer/therapist, as well as a private chauffeur.

9. Krug 1996 Clos d’Ambonnay Blanc de Noirs Reims Champagne
> Category: Wine
> Price: $2,500

The Krug 1996 Clos d’Ambonnay Blanc de Noirs Reims Champagne, a single-vineyard blanc de noirs Champagne, is the product of Pinot Noir vines in the village of Ambonnay. The champagne features  flavors of kirsch, brioche, and almond. One bottle of the bubbly will set a person back $2,500.

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10. Aeternitas Mega Grande Complications
> Category: Watches
> Price: $1,000,000+

The Megas, made by Franck Muller, are advertised as “the most complicated wrist watch[es] ever made in the world.” The watches feature “a tourbillon at 6 o’clock, grande and petite sonneries, minute repeater, and Westminster carillon.” There are four different versions of the watch. Each costs more than $1 million, with the Aeternitas Mega 4, available only in New York and Geneva, costing $2,700,000.

11. Masa
> Category: Fine Dining
> Price: $450 per person

This Japanese restaurant, located in New York City’s Time Warner Center, is one of the most expensive restaurants in the country, according to Zagat. Diners receive five simple appetizers, a sushi course made of 15 to 20 types of fresh seafood flown in from Japan, and dessert. For those looking to make a habit of dining at Masa, the restaurant keeps track of what each customer is served, so each time one dines it is a different experience.

Charles B. Stockdale

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