Top Ten Expensive Gifts for Women: The First Five

A colleague, searching for ideas for gifts, asked me recently about gifts for women that are a bit expensive. As I had just written a hub extolling the virtues of spending more thought and less money, I decided that in all fairness, I needed to research the other side of the debate.

Not being one to do things by halves, I quickly realized that simply throwing more money into the fray was not enough. The ante had to be raised high enough to make things truly interesting - nothing less would do than an article about the top ten most expensive gifts for women.

Developing my theme a bit further, I decided to research the top ten most popular gifts for women, and then, just for fun, find out what those gifts would look like if money were no object.

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Top Ten Best and Most Expensive Gift Ideas: #1 - #5

1. Flowers are always lovely, and a most welcome gift, unless your lady has severe allergies. In time though, traditional bundles of carnations and teacup arrangements can become a bit passe. Consider a bouquet of rare and exotic orchids. More specifically, see if you can lay your hands on a bouquet of this new species of orchids developed over eight long years by a group of Chinese scientists. The orchid was purchased at auction for about $200,000 US.

Now, if we were living in 1630, you would have bought her tulips, then, the most expensive flower in Europe, due to the buyer speculation that created "The Great Tulip Bubble."

2. Candy: My grandmother, a petite, newly graduated R.N., married her dashing young Cavalryman shortly after the Great War, and they remained together 'til Grampa died at the age of 88. Every year, on Valentine's Day, Grampa bought Grandma a box of Ganong's chocolates. He "traveled" for them after WWII, before he went into the hotel business. In later years, he could have bought her more expensive chocolates, but that box of Ganong's chocolates was a sentimental reminder for them both of those early days.

Perhaps a simple chocolate bar will suit her taste - Cadbury's Special Edition, caramel-filled Wispa Gold bar. Retailing for about $1600 US, “the world’s most expensive chocolate bar,” covered in edible gold-leaf and packaged in a gold wrapper, is sold at Selfridges, London.

Actually, the phrase "edible gold" is a syntactical redundancy, as all gold is edible - totally safe when eaten or drunk, and well-known for its non-allergenic properties, which made it the perfect material for use in dental fillings.

If she prefers pralines to plain, ordinary gold leaf-coated chocolate, why not pick up a box of DeLafee’s Swiss chocolate pralines, covered with 24-carat edible gold leaf that is hand-applied to each chocolate. A box of eight, tiny pralines retails for a mere $100 US.

Then again, you might want to opt for something truly impressive from the Serendipity 3 restaurant in New York - the Frrozen Haute Chocolate Sundae. Retailing for a paltry $25,000, and certified by Guinness as the most expensive chocolate dessert in the world, the sundae contains a blend of 28 chocolates, 14 of which are the rarest in the world, and is infused and dusted with five grams of edible 23-carat gold.

To top it all off, the Sundae Extraordinaire is presented in a crystal goblet and eaten with a diamond-encrusted gold spoon, which of course you can take home along with the little treat at the bottom of the goblet - an 18-karat gold bracelet studded with one carat weight of white diamonds...which leads to our next "most popular gift" -

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3. Jewelry is always a delightful gift, and there is such a wide range from which to choose. Some of you may remember "Add-A-Pearl" bracelets and necklaces. Similar to charm bracelets, these were given to young women as their first "grown-up" pieces, and then a pearl, or charm, would be added on every special occasion, eventually forming a completed strand of pearls, or wrist full of tinkling charms.

Tiffany & Co. carries a delightful line of gold charm bracelets and adorable charms, some of which retail for a modest $2000 US, as well as a lovely selection of diamond encrusted bangles, however If pearls are more to her liking, you could offer an initial strand of rare, perfectly matched Baroda pearls, before you go all out with the Baroda Pearl Carpet.

This amazing work of art was created by Gujarat jewelers for the Maharaja of Baroda, Gaekwar Khande Rao, and consisted of more than 1.5 million pearls. The carpet set a Qatar auction record, selling for $5.5 million US.

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4. Perfume: You can also combine perfume and jewelry both in Clive Christian Imperial Majesty Perfume for Women, a limited edition of a Clive Christian signature scent that retails for about $240,000, presented in a hand-crafted, diamond-encrusted, Baccarat crystal bottle.

Why not go the full distance, and have a scent designed especially for her. Many perfume houses have made "signature scent" design their hallmark. The Floris website says this about Bespoke (Signature) Perfumery:

"At Floris we have been creating bespoke perfume for a long list of highly esteemed clientele dating back as far as 1730.

An initial consultation with the Floris perfumer will determine the preferred perfume profile and the direction to take for this exquisite new composition. Using rare and precious essential oils and floral essences gathered from around the world, the Floris perfumer will custom blend an exclusive and individual fragrance."

The full experience requires three consultations over a period of six months, and entitles your lady to a further 5 - 100 ml refills of her signature scent - cost: about $4400 US.

5. Dinner and a movie are standard date-fare, but bump it up a few notches and suddenly your date becomes memorable. Instead of a candle-lit dinner in a nice restaurant, fly her to Paris for dinner at the exclusive and chic Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. Of course, you'll probably have to book 9 months in advance, because the incredibly chic, expensive Alain Ducasse is also incredibly over-booked - but she's worth a bit of extra planning - and when dinner's over, pop over to Cannes for one of the must-see premieres at the International Film Festival.

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Top Gift-Giving No-No

It is tempting, I know, to simply type "most expensive..." into your search engine, and go with whatever results you find. A word of caution - some "most expensive" items require a bit more digging to uncover their true value. For example - the world's most expensive coffee...

Kopi Luwak coffee, is touted as the world's most expensive coffee. This coffee retails for about $400 a pound, and coffee, especially expensive coffee can be a thoughtful gift for any coffee lover, however I would not recommend this as a top ten gift-giving option, and I would definitely not recommend offering a cup to your lady fair and explaining the coffee's unusual processing after she tastes it.

This coffee is owes its rich, unique flavor to the Kopi Luwak, or Palm Civet Cat, and is made exclusively from coffee beans that have been passed through the Kopi Luwak's digestive tract. The Kopi Luwak eats the coffee beans and then, as is the way of such things, excretes them. The undigested beans are then gathered and roasted. Some folk don't care to consume something that has been excreted, so ask first - or save yourself the recriminations, and put your $400 towards a different gift.

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

A word of caution against perfume. Many people are allergic to either the scent or it touching the skin. Find out whether she is allergic first. I'm not the type of person to wear perfume at home-just on special occasions. and most special occasions for me involve choirs, where you are sighting closely together. As a result, even people who aren't allergic can bet affected by strong perfume. It's been years since I've worn any as a result.

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

I don't wear perfume as I am allergic to many scents, but I still adore the idea of it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Flora.

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

A quiet 5-day cruise would be a good gift - is it on the next list of 5?

Rated Up!

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Patty - yes the cruise is right up there on the list, along with lingerie and fine wines :D

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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

This is a great Hub. These can certainly be expensive... However, I think my cousin takes the cake each time! She's very beautiful and always has a boyfriend, and somehow manages to get amazing gifts without even asking - such as cars, vacations, and pets! I'm always flabbergasted...

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, glassvisage. Your cousin sounds like a very lucky lady :D:D

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Well what can I say except totality awesome and completely beautiful!!!

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I Believe, since I'm in the business, that jewelry is the best gift, after all a Diamond is Forever.

Very good article,


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

acaetnna, thanks so much - almost makes me wish I could afford some of the "pretties" :D

PETER, though diamonds are not my favorite stones, they certainly are beautiful.

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, these are INTENSE!!! I'll take all of 'em. Can you wrap them up, please?

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Simone, the gift's in the mail :D:D:D Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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Mansi2512 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

Wow rather expensive and nice :P good hub!!

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

These are way out of my league, Mansi2512, but they are VERY nice :D

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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

Excellent hub RedElf. If you don't mind, I will take the candy instead of the flowers. I would rather eat something then watch it die.. heehee.

P.S. Diamonds are a girls best friend.

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karasiwo 5 years ago

The flowers is the best for all ,very nice hub,i like it

Rated up

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Jennie, candy is certainly the tastier option :D and diamonds certainly don't ever wither :D:D

karasiwo, I always love to give and receive flowers - especially to receive them.

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venki_indiain 5 years ago from Chennai

Hi RedEif, Well analysed. Really helpful for so many people especially the lovers. Good job, keep it up!

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, venki_indiain.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'll take numbers 2 and 5. Oh boy! If a trip to the worlds most expensive spa is added - I'm in heaven. :)

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Well with my beer and wine pocket, I'm afraid this poet can't offer up much, although a candlelit dinner, my finest crystal goblets, silk napkins, Mozart in the background for mood, Poe reciting Annabelle Lee.

Add Lady Godiva chocolates and strawberries to sweeten our tooth. Then Elizabeth Taylor would walk out and place a necklace of her finest diamonds around my beauties neck and dab her neck with her best perfume....

Okay wake up Saddlerider, you were having a bad

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

I wouldn't mind one of each, vocalcoach :D:D:D

Aw, Ken, I'd take the dinner with or without beer, wine or any fancy touches! Hugs to you, my friend.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

RedElf, Quite fascinating and informative hub! What an exquisite provocative array of rare expensive gifts...

Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, DeBorrah, for stopping by and commenting. Peace and Blessing to you.

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maxravi 5 years ago from India

I will go for the 5th one.. a dinner and movie.most romantic.thanks for this hub.

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

maxravi, you are most welcome! Dinner and a movie is one of my top picks, too.

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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

Wow! Great research on this one, very interesting hub!

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hey, thanks so much, Pinkchic18! Always nice to hear from you.

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krystallie 5 years ago

Cartier Love Bracelet please...yellow gold.

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GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Very Good hub but I would settle for a home made card, something written from the heart on it. Don't get me wrong though a cruise would be nice. voted you up

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rikabothra 5 years ago

Loved the article and I love the finer things in life. These things are definitely 'fine'and way more! great idea.. voted up and awesome!

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SummerSurf 5 years ago

I like getting perfume.. But as for flowers and chocolates..not excited. I would prefer to get some fancy coffee beans and agree that I wouldn't want them to have been through the intestines of some animal :-)

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Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

Interesting Hub, I always have a hard time thinking about what to buy. Plus, my wife is Japanese so typicals she looks after all my salary, very awkward to try and buy gifts.

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Ash Hicks 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

I love it! Expensive gifts are always nice, but expensive or inexpensive, the true value of a gift lies in the heart and effort put into it. For Christmas, my little sister had my book printed and bound. It was so thoughtful I cried. Often times, it is the simple things that are the best!

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

krystallie, you have impeccable taste! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Thanks so much, GlstngRosePetals. I would love a cruise, too.

I love the finer thigns, too, rikabothra - wish I could afford them :D

SummerSurf, I love fancy coffee, too, but I'll definitely pass on the Kopi Luwak :D

Hezekiah, that's a tough one. I had a similar circumstance with my son's father. Good luck.

Ash Hicks, how lovely and thoughtful of your sister to have your book printed and bound. That is a truly thoughtful gift.

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erniesliter 5 years ago

This is a great lens, I like this article a lot.

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, erniesliter - so glad you liked the hub!

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

RedElf, this was such an enjoyable read! I would definitely go for "dinner and a movie" stepped up, by a plane ride to Paris first! That's one thing I would love about being rich: being able to travel! Great hub with some very interesting research. Voted up and everything but funny!

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much for the votes, princess! I would love to be able to travel more.

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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

I would take any gifts listed there except for the perfume (I'm more of a cologne girl). Lovely ideas. I'm quite curious about the Kopi Luwak though.

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RedElf 3 years ago from Canada Author

I read about it online - also it is mentioned in one of my favorite films - "The Bucket List"

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