The custom of gift giving pervades all cultures and classes. Almost every special occasion, milestone or simple act of kindness in Canada and around the world is marked with a gift. One of the best reasons for giving a gift is to show someone that you care about them, think about them and want to see them happy.
Gifts can take the form of practically anything and can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. However, some gifts are in a class of their own, fetching astronomical price tags and requiring huge amounts of resources to turn them into a reality. If you’ve ever wondered what unwrapping Christmas presents around the tree like the top 1% would be like, you’ll definitely want to keep on reading!
Below, we’ve gathered a list of the five most extravagantly expensive gifts in the world.
#1 – Koh-i-noor Diamond
Presented to Queen Victoria by the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, Duleep Singh, as a gift in 1849, the Koh-i-noor diamond boasts a value that is nearly inestimable. The massive jewel was cut down to a still-enviable 105.6 carats and was set in the Queen Mother’s crown. A true crown jewel, by comparison, the 45.42 carat Hope Diamond was recently valued in excess of $250 million. This gives you some indication of what the Koh-i-noor Diamond is potentially worth today.
#2 – Amour, Amour Dog Collar
If you treat your pampered pooch like royalty, it makes every bit of sense to spoil your four-legged friend with a regal diamond collar. For a cool $3.2 million you can adorn your dog in over 1,600 diamonds, with the Amour dog collar. It was described by Forbes as “the Bugatti of dog collars”, little surprise as it holds the title of being the world’s most expensive dog collar.
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#3 – Limited Edition Mystery Masterpiece
For that special man in your life get a gift that exudes opulence and craftsmanship. Jointly created by Montblanc and Van Cleef & Arpels, the Limited Edition Mystery Masterpiece is one of the most expensive pens ever created. At over $700 000, it is studded with your choice of diamonds, emeralds and sapphires.
#4 – Tian – Superyacht
In 2008, Indian billionaire Anil Ambani gifted his Bollywood actress wife, Tina, a 34 meter super yacht. The Italian-built Custom Line vessel, named Tian, reportedly cost $80 million to build. The value of the super yacht is particularly impressive, as this amount is more than double the standard million-per meter cost of most super yachts.
#5 – Blanc Chateau 1936 BMW
There’s no chance we’d forget the kids of the ultra-rich and famous on our extravagant gift-giving list! These kids are far too posh to slum it out in a generic plastic car or tricycle. Luckily, there’s a company in France that hand crafts replicas of the classic 1936 BMW Blanc Chateau that is 3/5’s the size of the original. It costs approximately $19,650 and can quickly be delivered anywhere in Europe.
A little bit lavish? We think so, but if you can afford it- why not?