Most Expensive Gadget Gifts for Christmas 2016

December 15, 2016 3 minute read
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Expensive Gifts for Gadget Lovers

Who doesn’t love the festive season? From winter-warming hot chocolate and mulled wine, to good food, good memories and spending time with our families, the holiday season brings lots of joy. Unfortunately for most of us, it also brings a bit of a budget that’s often hard to stick to, and a bit of a tight January where we’re eating left-over for lunch and Quality Street chocolates for dinner, in order to rebalance our finances.

Obviously, this isn’t necessarily true of everyone’s situation this holiday season, and we’ve decided to compile a selection of some of the most extravagant, expensive and, sometimes, downright ridiculous gifts you can buy for Christmas. We’ve also focused on gadget gifts only, otherwise we might find ourselves getting caught up poring over designer bags and shoes. (Guilty.)

1. “Designed by Apple in California”, $299

The first expensive gadget gift we spotted, and couldn’t help but include, is this book from Apple which chronicles 20 years of the company’s product design – including products from the 1998 iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil.

Designed by Apple in California

Apple’s $300 glossy book could make the perfect gadget gift for any Apple enthusiast

2. Vertu Signature Touch smartphone, from £7,500

With prices ranging between £7,500 and £20,200, the new collection of Vertu smartphones makes the Apple iPhone 7 Plus with 128GB storage space look cheap. Available in a range of decorative leathers – from orange calf leather to almond alligator leather – it’s certainly more luxurious than our new iPhone (and there we were thinking that our Jet Black model was about as luxurious as you could get). Additional details like Sapphire Crystal screens and polished titanium hardware finish the look.

Vertu Signature Touch smartphone

The Vertu Signature Touch smartphone in Jet Black Calf retails for just £7,500 | Photo credit: TechMagnetism

3. RJ X Super Mario Bros Watch, $18,950

For the Nintendo super-fan in your life, we might’ve just found the ultimate gift: this $18,950 46mm black titanium watch. Designed by luxury watchmaker Romain Jerome, the limited edition Super Mario Bros mechanical timepiece is the ultimate collector’s piece for gaming and timepiece aficionados alike.

 

RJ X Super Mario Watch

For a gaming twist on luxury gifts, this expensive timepiece is a real winner | Photo credit: watchuseek.com

4. Victorinox 1TB Swiss Army Knife, $3,000

We learnt about the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife at 2012’s Consumer Electronics Show, but we still think it’s deserving of making our OTT gadget gift ideas list for 2016. For $3,000, you’re treated to a USB 3.0 SSD drive with up to 1TB of storage capacity, 22MB/s flash drive read and 15MB/s write. A 96×49 bi-stable monochrome display adds the final finishing touch. Although you can pick up a 1TB hard drive for under £150 now, why wouldn’t you want to part with around £2,500 to get this nifty knife-come-USB-stick offering?

Victorinox 1TB Swiss Army Knife

Add a USB stick to your Swiss Army Knife’s repertoire of features | Photo credit: digitaltrends.com

5. Steinway Lyngdorf Model LS Comfort Speakers, $250,000

Let’s take the budget up a notch. For those of you who really can afford to break the bank this Christmas, why not opt for these seriously luxurious free-standing speakers for Steinway? At $250,000, they’re not for the feint of finance. Each speaker houses 15 mid-range 5.25-inch cones and 8 AMT tweeters. Never mind if you don’t exactly have as luxurious a room to place these in, the intelligent speakers come equipped with a unique RoomPerfect algorithm which uses microphones to even out the sound-space for an optimal listening experience.

 Steinway Lyngdorf Model LS Comfort Speakers

Finish off your home cinema with these luxurious speakers

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