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Luxury gifts for Christmas – for the big and the small purse

No ideas for Christmas 2018? The recipient already has everything? Don’t believe that. There is always something you can give to someone.

Parents, grandma, grandpa, friends, the loved one – there should be something special for everyone. But that’s not always easy.

We have put together a selection of luxurious gift ideas for all those who still need a gift. And this for each category. This is why has a lot of gift tips for Christmas.

But watch out: None of the gifts is off the peg, but sometimes needs a bit of lead time. After all, good things take time! Plan some time for the purchase, no matter whether you decide to buy on the Internet or in a local shop. In any case, you will find a luxury gift, which will give the recipient a surprise and perhaps even a leap of joy.
And if you belong to the last-minute shoppers: Also a voucher for a gift from the respective category brings joy!

Accessories: Jewellery is almost always possible. Important: It must please!

You know, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. That’s beyond your budget? Then perhaps a variation with zirconia or another semi-precious stone will do. What counts most when you give jewellery as a present is that the wearer likes it. The downward price is therefore of secondary importance, because even inexpensive pieces of jewellery are worth a look. In contrast, it makes sense to set a price limit upwards. And if the jewellery costs more than originally thought a voucher might help.

Art: The value lies in the eye of the beholder

Art exists in every price category. From a few euros for a drawing to the painting of a popular painter for a few thousand or the sculpture of a famous artist that costs several millions. If you’re unsure, it’s best to select an entire collective of artists – and give away a voucher for a visit to a museum or gallery, such as this one. The most effective way, of course, is to visit a cultural centre that the recipient has not visited yet. So come up with something unusual!

Gourmet: Do you want to score at the family Christmas celebration with an unusual food?

Then give away a black truffle! The mushroom is an eye-catcher in any case. With this gift you are guaranteed to be amazed. Tip: First let the recipient guess what he got. We guarantee that not everyone will immediately find out. Many have never seen a black truffle before, let alone held it in their own hands. Don’t you want to be the first to give someone this unique chance?

Living: The own roof over one’s head or a plea for more cosiness

Giving an entire apartment or even a house as a gift is certainly beyond the scope – even for luxurious gifts. One idea would be to fold money into a house and give it away as a down payment for one’s own apartment or house. Alternatively, there is a range of furniture and furnishings that make living much more pleasant. Even seemingly insignificant things like a new pillow, a cashmere blanket or a new mattress can make you feel more comfortable at home.

Mobile: A voucher for a great car is a first-class gift

No, you shouldn’t give away a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. A voucher for a ride in a luxury car also does the trick. If this already exceeds your planned budget, have a look at the fleet of Car2Go or Drive Now. The car sharing services sometimes hide the purest luxury cars, such as the AMG CLA from Daimler. In this case, the driver only has to register before! You transfer the costs to the presentee afterwards – depending on how long the journey takes.

Travel: How about a short trip to a 5-star hotel? This is pure luxury!

Too expensive? It doesn’t matter. An overnight stay in a 5-star hotel in your own city will also do. Of course, only in a double room and best of all as a couple. There is no 5-star palace in your town? Then be creative and choose a beautiful and elegant hotel in the nearest town. This will certainly make your loved one cheer for joy. And your parents will also be thrilled if you spoil them as thanks for the many hard years.

Now Christmas Eve can come! Much joy with the presents!

Merry Christmas!

Preis egal: Balloon Dog von Jeff Koons ist teuerstes Kunstobjekt

Money doesn’t matter: Koons’ Balloon Dog

When I was four years old a magician at a flea market gave me two balloons. These balloons were not just two balloons: They were formed into a dog, knotted together, tail and snout clearly noticeable. This afternoon this dog in a delicate pink and with round shapes made me the happiest child ever. I was very proud of the pink animal and my newly gained companion. This joy remained until one of my friends brought the balloons to burst. Disappointed and traumatized I ran from this time on through the world – without my beloved pink quadruped.

Recently, some 30 years later, I met my former companion again. He looked the same as used to. His pink colour had indeed transformed into a shiny metallic orange and he had grown to a few meters, but its curves and shape corresponded to those of my favourite many years ago. Why had not I have the imaginative idea of Jeff Koons? The snout with balloon closure was well known to me and his particular form had fascinated, yes, downright captivated me already as a four-year-old.

Dog is Art
Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons, was auctioned in November 2013 in New York for $ 58.4 billion (43.46 million euros). The work, which corresponds to the form of two knotted balloons, has catapulted Koons to the peak of the most expensive living artists. Who was yet again Gerhard Richter? Koons has managed an absolute coup with Balloon Dog. As I said, the form and the animal itself have delighted a little girl‘s heart thirty years ago. But now other values are of interest: Koons masterpiece exudes pomp and swank simultaneously. Decadence does not seem to fit for a description of a dog in such a larger than life-format.

Where hides the orange dog?
Who has bought the massive piece is not known – at least not in public. A photo showed the oversized doggy in the meantime on the lawn of a house somewhere. But if the good animal is actually still residing there, is not known. Whoever finds it, just write an e-mail with a suitable photo. We are looking forward to receiving numerous letters!

Up Date January 22, 2017: In the meantime, the Balloon Dog was spotted in various places. The total of 5 different coloured dogs in orange, blue, magenta, yellow and red were seen in the following cities: The magenta version is found at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, it looks over the Grand Canal. This Balloon Dog belongs to François Pinault.
Billionaire Eli Broad is the proud owner of the blue version of expressive art. This dog can be seen, for example, in The Broad, a museum of contemporary art in Los Angeles. The red dog is owned by a Greek industrialist: Dakis Joannou. The yellow one is the property of SAC Capital hedge fund magnate Steven A. Cohen, who not only possesses this art copy, but many more. Only one still remains missing: The orange male dog hasn’t appeared anywhere in the public yet. If someone meets him: Please report! We are looking forward to your news!

By the way: One of the four-legged unfortunately crashed at the end of 2016. Fortunately, it was not one of the mentioned above large-sized pieces, but a smaller replica of the great originals. This happened at the Art Basel in Miami. Huups! So fast can a four-legged companion fall to pieces!

Ei, ei, ei…

Ach Du dickes Ei! Das wird sich auch ein US-Schrotthändler gedacht haben, der für ein auf dem Flohmarkt erworbenes Farbergé-Ei einen Spitzenpreis von 24 Millionen Euro erhielt. Doch wie kam es zu dieser unglaublichen Geschichte? Der Schrotthändler kaufte auf dem Flohmarkt ein kleines goldenes Ei für 14.000 Dollar. Sein Ziel: Es mit einem höheren Gewinn weiter zu verkaufen. Ihm schwebten dabei rund 500 Dollar vor Augen. Kaum zu glauben, aber wahr: Niemand wollte sein Goldei haben. Erst bei Recherchen im Internet wurde ihm der tatsächliche Wert seines Flohmarktkaufs bewusst: In London bestätigte Fabergé-Experte Kieran McCarthy dem Amerikaner die Echtheit des verschollenen Fabergé-Eis. Und klärte zudem über den geschätzten Wert auf.

Ein Luxus-Ei als Ostergeschenk

Die nur 8,2 Zentimeter kleine Kostbarkeit, in deren Innern sich eine Uhr des Luxus-Uhrmachers Vacheron Constantin befindet, galt lange als vermisst. Experten unterscheiden zwischen Fabergé-Eiern, die vom Zar persönlich in Auftrag gegeben wurden und zwischen nicht-Zaren-Eiern. Bei dem nun aufgetauchten Ei handelt es sich um eine zaristische Auftragsarbeit. Der russische Kaiser Alexander III. bat Fabergé 1885 zum ersten Mal, ein Ei für seine Gemahlin, die Zarin Maria Fjodorovna, anzufertigen, das er ihr Ostern als Geschenk überreichte. Seitdem setzte sich dieser Brauch Jahr für Jahr fort. Das kleine Goldei mit der Uhr im Innern und dem dreibeinigen Sockel schenkte er ihr 1887. Offiziell fertigte der Hofjuwelier Carl Fabergé 50 Eier für die Zarenfamilie an, acht Eier galten seit der russischen Revolution als verschollen. Seit kurzem sind es nur noch sieben.

Letzte Chance nutzen

Wer noch die letzte Chance nutzen möchte, einen Blick auf das kleine goldene Ei zu erhaschen: Zwischen dem 14. und 17. April 2014 kann man das kleine Kunstwerk bei Wartski in London bewundern.

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Autorin: Gabriele Wende