2004 Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas
Presents for Pampered People
THE WHITE CARD
those cards named for precious metals and think
fashionable, winter white. For an annual membership
fee of $1,500, the new all-white super-premium card
by Stratus Rewards offers exclusive benefits for
the private jet set, including private jet trips.
Using this fantastic plastic is a privilege, and
members of this club enjoy incredible
A LUXE RIDE
Jaguar XK8 Convertible has everything: good
looks, technical details that will excite the gearhead
in the family, and even an automatic speed limiter.
So it's like having your cake and eating it, too—without
getting in trouble. Wrap this up with a big bow
and park it in the drive for your special someone.
This will be the gift that keeps on giving.
WE ALL SPA!
a bit of luxe in the form of a Napa Valley grape
seed body polish at a Wine
Spa like the Villagio Inn & Spa; or go all
out with a trip to the The New Spa on Kiawah Island's The Sanctuary, or any one of our Top
10 Destination Spas. Working
on a smaller budget for your spa enthusiast? Begin
the healing at home with The Golden Door's Signature
Collection Citrus Blend or one of our other great holiday
spa gifts or spa
book is more than the sum of its parts. In gorgeous
photographs and evocative language, The
Art of Tea covers three centuries of savoir-faire
in Mariage Frères' fine world of French
tea. The book alone will jazz up any coffee table.
For tea lovers, pair it with an extraordinary tea
blend from Mariage
Frères or one of our other fine tea purveyors.
CREME DE LA CRUISE
Remember those friends who prefer
oceanliners to airplanes, just to find time for
each other? Then consider extending their enjoyment
with an eight-night excursion to Tibet.
The trip can be paired with any of Crystal Cruises'
five Asian packages. Haven't been cruising since
the days of basic buffet food and worn-out shuffleboards?
Picture Charlie Palmer cuisine, free flowing Moët
& Chandon and floating spas. Need nautical advice?
Check out The
World’s 10 Best Cruise Lines.
don't have to be on a low-carb diet to enjoy a box
of beef, lamb, pork or smoked salmon from Lobel's.
The gourmet meat purveyor will even wow you with
Wagyu, better known as "Kobe" beef. Lobel's
products are all-natural and raised without hormones
or antibiotics. Overnight. Easy.
it's nearly gift time and you forget to plan the
family holiday in Europe. Relax! Our 72-hour vacation
guides to Venice, Paris, Prague, Amsterdam and other
destinations on the continent have done all of your
homework for you. We've picked the hotels, sights
and restaurants to wrap up the vacation of a lifetime
with the ones you love. We'll never tell who did
all of the research.
of our favorite things include brunch at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ, and pampering at Les Crayères in Reims, France. And we'd
also love to try that ger in Mongolia. So when you give the gift of a fab
stay in a great hotel, pick a property with a twist
from our list of the World's
Unless the people on your gift list are toddlers
or teetotalers, a fine bottle of wine is always
appreciated. We recommend one of the rare and unusual
boutique wines we've surveyed. Although it may be
more difficult to find a 2000 Hourglass Cabernet
Sauvignon or a 1998 Vinum Cellars Point
Blanc, we're willing to bet those wines and
others from our Top
Wine picks will impress the oenophile in your
circle. Need some help tracking down an elusive,
hand-crafted wine? Try one of the knowledgeable
vendors on our list of The
Best Wine Shops.
Eating out obviously plays a very important part
in your life. How about sharing your love of good
food with the epicures in your life via a dinner
at one of the Top
40 Restaurants in the U.S.?