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Unique and Luxury Holiday Gift Ideas for Men and Women

November 29, 2011

If you haven’t already done all of your holiday shopping in the summer, on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, and you’re looking for some unique or luxury gift ideas, today is your lucky day! I’ve compiled  lists for men and women. Many are luxury items, but there are also some unique, moderately priced ideas mixed in. If you have an idea you’d like to share, please leave it in the comment section below.

FOR MEN

The Sports Fan

The Gentleman

  • Koi Spa – Men don’t have to be a metrosexual to understand the importance of being groomed and pampered. They offer sports massages, and men’s facial and body treatments.
  • Hamilton Jewelers – Help him make a statement with a classic Montblanc ballpoint pen.
  • Priority Pass – Get access to 600 airport lounges around the globe, and bring along one or more guests.

The Adventurer

  • Princeton Tour Company – Book a Ghost Tour for him and his friends.
  • Raritan Valley Flight School – If your guy ever wanted to get his wings, gift him flight lessons leaving from Princeton Airport.
  • Land Rover Expeditions – The Escape program will journey through Finland in January and March.
  • Stock Car Racing Experience – Gentlemen, start your engines. The Pocono Raceway will allow you to ride in or drive a stock car on their track.
  • SkyDive Jersey Shore – Tandem skydiving or skydiving school is perfect for the adrenaline junkie.
  • Tough Mudder – This will test his endurance, fitness, and determination in this military-style obstacle course. The next one in NJ takes place in Oct. 2012, but the PA event is sooner, with one in April and another in May 2012.
  • Snow Caps Sled Dogs PA – Sky Top Lodge is the starting point for this exciting mushing tour.

FOR WOMEN

The Foodie

  • Grape Expectations – Create a girls day out for her. They can spend time together making wine, and bottle it for your next big party.
  • elements – Reserve the Chef’s Table or let her be Chef for the Day for the ultimate foodie experience.
  • Public Wines (formerly Community Liquors) – Give her a bottle of  Skinnygirl Margarita created by former Real Housewives of New York’s Bethanny Frankel. It’s a low-calorie alternative to the original recipe.
  • Smith’s Ace Housewares – There’s a selection of cool and unique kitchen gadgets for the hi-tech foodie.
  • Carter & Cavero Old world Olive Oil Co. – Go in for a tasting and come out with a fabulous gift basket with products like white truffle oil, fig balsamic glaze, hickory smoked sea salt, or garden herb panini spread.

    

The Intellectual

  • SmartTalk – The most amazing women speak at these events of connected conversations. Cathy Rigby and Sigourney Weaver are two of the five participating speakers this season. You can buy a subscription or tickets. I was able to score a 10% discount for my readers. Use “RB12 Code RE” for a subscription, “RB12 Code NE” for general sales, “RB12 Code RT” for single tickets, and “PackSpec Code PT” for 3-packs. Photos courtesy of SmartTalk.
  • Books By You – Create a personalized mystery novel for the woman in your life.

The Fashionista

  • Kentucky Derby – The tickets allow you in to watch the race, but for the ladies it’s all about the hat, like these sold in PA. Exclusive ticket packages are also available.
  • Hamilton Jewelers – Women love chocolate, and diamonds are a girls best friend, so what better gift is there than chocolate diamonds? Look for some of the most current jewelry with these delicious gems to melt her heart, but won’t melt in her hands.
  • Au Courant – They offer designer eyeglass frames with quality lenses from Optima, Plus, Varilux, and Zeiss that will adorn her face.
  • Kate Spade – She can travel in style with a Kate Spade iPhone, iPad, or Blackberry cover.

The Health and Fitness Enthusiast

  • Sweet Soaps – This N.J. based company sells things like gold monogram and custom photo soaps, as well as crackling campfire candles.
  • Phrog Fitness – This spa-like studio is all about customized workouts with personal trainers. Purchase 13 or 26 sessions in the form of a gift card to give her the VIP treatment and help her achieve her goals faster, and without injuries.
  • Magnificent You Massage – Pamper her with the gift of a 90 minute Swedish massage in her own home at a very reasonable price. The masseuse will bring the table and all items necessary for true relaxation! This could be a one time treat or monthly therapy. Other massages, including prenatal, are also available.
  • Spa treatments – All are full-service spas offering an amazing selection of treatments. For an overnight experience, try Crystal Springs Resort’s Elements Spa in Vernon, NJ. While AQUASPA Day Spa & Nail Salon in East Brunswick has a phenomenal a 5+ hour package called Aqua Spa, which can also be split into several sessions.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2011 1:24 AM

    It only shows that the character is the best consideration in picking the best gift. One great idea for me is a relaxation treat, maybe a spa. A time to pamper myself is a gift that actually would bring enjoyment for me.

    • shutterbuggeek permalink*
      November 30, 2011 11:08 AM

      Jenn, spa treatments are almost always a good choice for women. I would never turn one down!

  2. December 11, 2011 8:11 AM

    Er .. how come the men listing had no “Geek” section. The only thing you listed that interests this geek was the Mont Blanc pen. I don’t consider it jewelry though. The only sport I watch is Formula 1 racing. Perhaps tickets to the race in Austin Texas for the inaugural opening of the Circuit of the Americas in 2012. The race is on my birthday.

    Some suggestions:

    What about a new DSLR and lighting kit for the photogeek from New York Camera on Nassau Street.

    He’ll need an iMac to edit those photos and an iPad to show of the family portraits he’s just taken. Pick them up at Creative Computing across from the Princeton Airport.

    And for the über-geek who has an iPhone you can get an AR. Drone Parrot.

    Female geeks will appreciate these gifts as well.

    • shutterbuggeek permalink*
      December 11, 2011 10:27 AM

      Hey Khürt, I didn’t add a Geek section THIS time to mix things up a bit, and also I was looking for more unique items. I remember the day when an item like a Palm Pilot was for geeks, and business people. I used my Palm for music, videos, games, news, etc. Basically, it was an earlier version of an iPod Touch. People were amazed by how I used it. Nowadays, it’s old hat. 2 year olds are using these devices. The general population is getting geekier by the moment, because gadgets have finally become mainstream. For Valentine’s Day, I’ll dig deep and find unusual geek gifts that will (hopefully) even impress YOU! 😉

  3. December 19, 2011 12:09 PM

    I like your style. Lots to choose from & right here in N.J. I would enjoy a manly spa day. Airport club access. The adventure gifts are really cool. Not just a thing, but an actual experience would make a great present.

    • shutterbuggeek permalink*
      December 19, 2011 12:45 PM

      I KNEW you’d like some of the adventure ideas and a little pampering. The club access makes traveling so civilized. Since you’re in North Jersey, check out Reflections Spa. They have nice treatments for men. Guys like to have memorable experiences. I’m on the lookout for some more cool gift ideas for Valentine’s Day! 😉

  4. January 4, 2012 4:38 AM

    Thank you for sharing this post, it has given me some great ideas for our vacation this year.

    • shutterbuggeek permalink*
      January 4, 2012 7:38 AM

      You’re welcome! Let us know where you went once you return.

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