The Real Deal New York

Luxe Life from the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Luxury Listings NYC

By Liz Lucking | November 08, 2016 01:00PM

1. Great-aunt who refuses to email

She’s not interested in technology and the only one who still sends you cards on your birthday, so why not get her this elegant letter opener? The Ampliar Letter Opener combines gemstones with pure silver, 24-karat gold and stainless steel, and the result is a desk accessory that makes opening correspondence far more glamorous. Starting at $95; from www.annanewyork.com

 

2. Nephew taking mixologist classes in Brooklyn

What’s the point in slinging around cocktail shakers if the stuff inside isn’t up to scratch? Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club delivers a fresh batch of ingredients each month — just add your own booze — so the wannabe bar master in your life can perfect a new drink every month. Subscriptions start at $50 per month; from www.shakerandspoon.com

 

3. Bestie obsessed with next year’s marathon

Her marathon plans might not be subtle, but her fitness tracker can be. The Misfit Ray is one of the most minimal trackers out there. It has interchangeable bands and can even be worn as a pendant. The Misfit automatically tracks steps, distance, calories and both light and restful sleep. And it will vibrate to alert you to call and text notifications. Best of all: The battery will last six months. Starting at $100; from www.misfit.com

4. Dog walker who Instagrams everything

Next time you receive a photo of your dog in the park, it can at least be borderline professional. Ztylus’ Metal Series Rose Gold Camera Kit is an iPhone case with its very own revolving attachment with four lenses, perfect for snapping with style. $150; from www.ztylus.com

5. Sister embracing mindfulness

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but a conflict-free diamond? That’s BFF status. Each piece from Brilliant Earth is handcrafted from recycled precious metals and set with conflict-free diamonds and colored gemstones that meet the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. We’re big fans of the 18-karat white gold diamond tennis bracelet. $2,350; from www.brilliantearth.com

6. Son with an adventurous streak

We don’t necessarily understand the need to have a video of yourself surfing or rock climbing or hurtling down a mountain on a snowboard. But for those who feel the urge, they should at least be doing it with the 360fly, a 360-degree camera that one wears to capture footage in ultra-high definition. Starting at $500; from www.360fly.com

7. Daughter spending a semester in Europe

If she’s straying from the nest farther than ever before, at least send her off looking good. Globe-Trotter’s leather luggage is handcrafted in the UK and is strong yet lightweight and pretty enough for dragging around Italy. Even the Queen of England uses it. The Cruise Collection starts at approximately $584; from www.globe-trotter.com

 

8. Dad who likes to feel macho

For some people, tearing through wrapping paper just doesn’t cut it. Enter the Man Crate, the perfect gift for the man who’s more at ease with a crowbar than a cravat, and we mean that very literally. A crowbar is needed to open up some of these boxes. Their contents vary, but for the holidays we’d suggest the Whiskey Appreciation Crate. $150; from www.mancrates.com

9. Goddaughter who works an iPad better than you

Is the child a budding Silicon Valley star? How about giving her the Roboterra Origin Kit, which will help her build her own robots and learn how to code. The set is ready to empower young minds and comes with a controller board, sensors, aluminum metal parts and easy-to-use tools. Starting at $429; from www.roboterra.com

10. Therapist with a refined palate

It’s the season for lavish indulgences, so why not bestow some caviar on your very savvy shrink? Caviar Russe, which recently expanded from NYC to Miami, offers an array of luxury gift packages and holiday offerings for the connoisseur. Starting at $225; from www.caviarrusse.com