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Best Inexpensive Gifts For People With Expensive Tastes

Updated on February 4, 2014

Presents for Luxury Lovers

We all have them - a husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend with expensive tastes. Perhaps we fall into the category ourselves. If you have the joy and privilege to be able to buy a present for such an individual, don't panic.With a little planning, it's easy to find an inexpensive gift for someone with expensive tastes.

There is no need to spends hundreds or thousands of dollars on the most expensive Valentine gifts for a loved one who enjoys a little luxury. Gourmet chocolates, a wine club membership, an ounce of caviar...these are just some of the lovely gifts under $100 for those who remember the good life....or for those who aspire to it.

A Luxury Pen

There is something very pleasing about signing your name with a great pen. Properly weighted, balanced precisely, perfect length, easy to grasp, smooth flow of ink....whether it will be used to sign a cheque for a million dollar contract or a cheque for a used Chevy, a quality pen is a good luxury Christmas gift for women or men. Some brand names that offer many beautiful ballpoint and rollerball pens under $100 include Montblanc, Monteverde, Colibri, and Waterford. Monteverde also has fountain pens from the $90.00 range.

Subscription to a Magazine of Gracious Living

There are any number of options here. Perhaps the luxury lover on your list is interested in sailing, or enjoys gourmet food. Maybe exotic travel is more to their taste, or fast cars. If they love it all, the Robb Report is an enjoyable read every month. Billed as A Global Luxury Source, this glossy magazine is chock full of interesting articles and advertisements that describe and promote all aspects of the good life. Other options include Yachting World, Gourmet, Town and Country, Harper's Bazaar, and Fine Cooking.

Wine Clubs: Subscriptions Are No Longer Just For Magazines.

The popularity of wine clubs has exploded over the past few years. Much like a Book of the Month Club, the subscriber receives either one or several bottles of wine, delivered to their home or office on a regular basis. Whether they arrive monthly or semi-monthly, there is quite a lot of selection. White wine, or red? California only, or international? There are wine clubs based in North America as well as Europe, so gift wine is a lovely option if you have to buy a gift for someone who lives overseas or across the continent. Be sure to investigate the shipping options between countries. WineInsiders, for example, is a good choice for Canadians who wish to pay with a Canadian credit card and ship the wine to the United States. In 2011, a three month membership costs $89.00. By purchasing the wine club membership as a gift, you can either email the recipient a gift card, or print out a certificate to include in your Christmas Card.


Handmade Italian Leather WIne Log provides a variety of handmade journals, guest books, and wine logs. Handcrafted in Italy and shipped from Masachusetts, leather and wood books are available in several sizes and styles. The smaller leather wine log retails for $65.00.

Silk Pajamas

Silk Pajamas and Boxer shorts are popular luxury gifts for men and women as they are comfortable, soft, and surprisingly inexpensive! Everyone feels pampered when wearing silk. My teenage son received two pairs of silk boxers a couple of years ago as a gag gift from his brother, and much to his surprise (and mine) he absolutely loved them! There are many prints and styles available.

Tinned Black Caviar
Tinned Black Caviar | Source

Taste the Good Life - One Ounce of Caviar

Whenever I came across the word caviar as a child I was immediately transported to a place where beautiful thin people mingled in a room lit by an enormous chandelier, the men in tuxedos and the women in evening dresses. Consider introducing caviar to the luxury seeker on your gift list.

For Canadian gift buyers, the International House of Caviar in Burnaby, British Columbia offers a variety of one ounce packages of caviar for less than one hundred dollars. Selections include Baerii Sturgeon Caviar from Germany, $75.00, Canadian Sturgeon Caviar for $90.00, California Sturgeon Caviar for $75.00, and Paddle Fish Caviar, from California, for $55.00.

An American online fine food retailer, Blackstar Gourmet, is offering a wide range of high end delectables for gourmands. Their Paddlefish Caviar Gift Set is on sale for $91.50 and includes caviar presented in a crystal gift jar, and accompanied by a package of 36 Russian mini blini, and a seven and a half ounce portion of creme fraiche.


Life is A Box of Amadei Chocolates...

Thought by many to be the best chocolate in the world, Amadei Italian Chocolates have won numerous awards for their delectable cocoa creations.  One box of napolitains contains thirty six individual pieces, and retails for $100 online. Scrumptious.

This glass ice bucket is available online for only $65.00 Plus S&H
This glass ice bucket is available online for only $65.00 Plus S&H | Source

Not Just Any Ice Bucket....

Williams-Sonoma has a beautiful glass ice bucket which makes a splendid addition to anyone's bar. The addition of custom monogramming will make it a truly unique and treasured gift. This item is exclusive to Williams-Sonoma and is only available for online ordering. Available with either a single or triple initial option, it retails for $65.00. For Christmas delivery it must be ordered by Friday December 16, 2011.

A Pocket Watch Suggests Sophistication

Pocket watches evoke old world glamour of yesteryear. Style, charm, and sophistication come to mind when a man checks his pocketwatch -he has all the time in the world.....

A gift certificate for a Personal Assistant is a unique gift for a busy executive.
A gift certificate for a Personal Assistant is a unique gift for a busy executive. | Source

And For Those Busy Executives.....

Consider a gift certificate to an errand agency. An errand agency provides services such as personal shopping for birthdays and other occasions. They may also provide clothes shopping services, grocery shopping and put-away service, at home waiting for service people (ie. cable or appliance hook-ups), event and ticket shopping, dry-cleaning, laundry, and prescription pick-up, and arranging personal and business travel. Do a quick google search for Errand Services or Errand Agencies in your area to see what your options are. In the Burlington/Oakville area, the Errand Agency of Oakville charges $25.00 per hour with a one hour minimum.

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    • Avamum profile imageAUTHOR

      Sarita Harbour 

      7 years ago from Yellowknife, Canada

      Thanks for the comments and the vote up. Glad to see that so many are finding this a useful hub!

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      7 years ago from North York, Canada

      Whoever came up with the idea of errand services is brilliant! I absolutely hate waiting for service people--it's such a waste of time and so frustrating when they don't show up when they say they will (like always). Thanks for some great ideas! Voted up!

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      7 years ago from Alicante, Spain

      Oh, those chocolates look nice!

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      Gigi Thibodeau 

      7 years ago

      Great gift ideas, Avamum! I especially love the pen idea because my husband and I collect fountain pens, and wherever we go, people notice them, ask about them, and want to try them out. Even our nieces and nephews love them. One 10-yr-old nephew asked us for a fountain pen for Christmas this year!

      Thanks for a very useful hub!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What wonderful ideas. I would never have thought of them. Voted up and useful.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You had some very unique gifts shown in your hub which made it very interesting. Rated up!

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      J Sunhawk 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Well done, Avamum. The wine club suggestion is a good one. Now add a wine rack and you're ready to go.

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      Rosie Rose 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Avamum, great ideas for my sister who has expensive taste. I love anything that is given to me, but not my sister and she has this impromptu's scary. lol

      I am now a fan. Very useful hub.

      Merry Christmas!



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