Photo Gallery: Ultimate Splurge Gifts
Nothing says luxury like a hand-stitched throw. Each one of these features five layers of recycled cotton sari fabric, charming patches and contrasting thread. Farrier’s Kantha-style textile work is produced near Kolkata in West Bengal, so it boasts both beauty and ethics. Now this is a gift you can justify!
Jeanette Farrier throws, $580 each, Örling & Wu.
Brighten and lighten the life of the guy on your list. This colourful lamp, designed by Peter Buchanan-Smith of Best Made Company, is a coveted accessory this year. Buchanan-Smith’s Canadiana-inspired work is hot right now: director David Lynch, MySpace president Mike Jones and Andy Spade, Kate Spade’s husband, all have his brightly painted Best Made Axes.
Stacks Lamp for Roll & Hill, about $782, Rollandhill.com
The 2010 HBC Signature Collection, including this stunning tableware, parlays The Bay’s 340-year history into lust-worthy new designs. Known for her high-end resin work, Sturdy’s platters are the perfect splurge gift for any homeowner or entertainer on your gift list.
Martha Sturdy for HBC platters, $300 to $450 each, The Bay.
Painter and sculptor Tyler Hays and craftsman Joshua Vogel of BDDW create timeless hardwood pieces in stunning, simple shapes. This Captain’s Mirror, for instance, features clean lines and a distressed leather frame lined with wood. The masculine styling makes it a wonderful gift for a design-savvy man or woman.
BDDW Captain’s Mirror, $2,000, Hollace Cluny.
Country furniture and textiles are an essential part of today’s hot decorating mix, says House & Home publisher and TV host, Lynda Reeves. This table, in distressed mangowood, would be a fabulous gift for a proud homeowner.
Vintage Foyer Pedestal table, $1495, Restoration Hardware.
This iconic chair, designed by Marcel Breuer, definitely falls into the investment-gift category. With its sleek tubular-steel frame and glossy black leather seat and back, it offers a bold contrast to traditional pieces.
Wassily Club Chair, $2113, Knoll.
A hefty sideboard adds loads of storage and can balance the scale of other living room furniture. Plus, it serves as a bar area for entertaining. Everyone will be toasting to your generosity and good taste!
Printmaker’s Sideboard, $1,695, Restoration Hardware.
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This upholstered Louis chair with feminine lines is pretty and practical. Buy her one as an occasional chair for her bedroom or living room, or splurge on several!
Sophie armchair by Oly Studio, $1,220 at retailers across Canada.
Your partner will be bowled over by this classic present! An Art Deco-inspired console functions as a bar, entertainment unit, storage and display case, and anchors a formal living room.
Nadia Entertainment Console, $1,535, Elte.