Thoughtful – and useful – gift buying for the person who has it all is a tricky one, we won’t deny. How to buy a present for the billionaire in your life without the risk of repeating something they already own; or even worse, don’t even want? Worry no more; Elite Traveler’s guide to billionaire gifts has you sorted, from the jewelry pieces they’ll love to the adventures of a lifetime.
Sunreef Yachts, 80 Sunreef Power Eco yacht
If you’re looking for a sign to finally commit to buying a boat, consider this it. The world’s most technically advanced electric yacht, the 80 Sunreef Power Eco is a real pioneer in the boating industry’s move towards sustainability. And it’s so much more than its eco credentials; which is, of course, saying something. With the ability to cross oceans, this is the perfect yacht for socializing, due to its inclusion of excellent living spaces, generous accommodation, a fully equipped wet bar, large sunpads, a barbecue, and even a Jacuzzi.
Louis Vuitton, Deep Time Origin necklace
For centuries now, high jewelry has stood as the ultimate status symbol for the rich and powerful, whether the famous Taylor-Burton Diamond cut by Harry Winston, or even the iconic ‘B’ pearl necklace of Tudor Queen Anne Boleyn. Continuing the legacy is Louis Vuitton’s Deep Time jewelry series, a collection of over 95 necklaces, bracelets and earrings that draw inspiration from the palette of the planet and boast some of the finest sourced jewels across the globe for a modern classic, a piece that will be handed down the generations. We’re particularly drawn to the Deep Time Origin necklace, a statement piece that comes in at 8k white gold, with one brilliant-cut diamond totaling 10.21-carats.
Go2Africa, The Ultimate Safari
At over $170,000 per person, this is the most expensive safari experience in history, across the world. And, quite frankly, for good reason; travel company Go2Africa has covered absolutely everything within their remit, giving their customers a vacation of a lifetime in the most beautiful of places, with the most luxurious of trimmings. With exclusive use of all 5-star accommodations including beach front villas and wellness retreats, the three-week tour includes pretty much everything for everyone, from gorilla trekking to night game drives; journeyed across via – what else – private jet.
Fabergé, Heritage Palais Rose Gold Collection Dragon Pendant
Opulence peaks with the Fabergé eggs, a symbol of great wealth and grand status throughout Russia’s history that was particularly favored by royalty. Today, the House of Fabergé pays tribute with its Heritage collection, which turns to these eggs and creates gorgeous – if not smaller – versions for necklace pendants. The Rose Gold Collection Dragon pendant features red guilloche enamel, white diamonds, and is set in 18-karat gold, a color palette that is just perfect for the festive season. And, like all Fabergé eggs, it of course opens up, to reveal an instrinsically detailed, utterly mesmerizing gold dragon inside.
Garrard, Blaze Necklace
Some pieces of jewelry are such blazing pieces of design they can only be whisked out for the most special of occasions; others are more subtle in their impact and can be worn everyday. Three cheers to the Garrard Blaze Necklace, therefore, which manages to achieve both. The necklace, which is a gorgeous mix of vivid blue hues courtesy of the different cuts of sapphires, aquamarines, turquoise, tanzanite and topaz, is small enough to wear throughout the week, and beautiful enough to be a showstopper at the black tie come weekend.
Graff, Diamond line necklace
It’s been a few decades since Marilyn Monroe declared it, and yet the statement
s rings just as true today: diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Whether in a ring, set in a bracelet, or studded in a necklace, the stone is a staple for every woman – and now, increasingly, men too. Graff has a fantastic round diamond necklace that features tapered rows of pavé diamonds linked by round diamonds for an overall piece that is as classically stylish as it is timelessly chic.
Audemars Piguet, Code 11:59
Where to begin with the Code 11:49 Audemars Piguet watch? Let alone the Perpetual Calendar iteration of it; the watch currently is available in a dozen different styles. For the Perpetual Calendar style, the astronomical watch includes a blue aventurine dial, whilst the subdual beautifully mimics that of a starry sky, all encased in an 18-carat pink gold case. Coming in at 41 mm in size, the crystal and caseback are glareproof, while the strap is blue rubber-coated with an 18-carat pink gold buckle.
£94,900 [$115,070]. audemarspiguet.com
Hermès, Birkin bag
There’s nothing we can say about the world-famous, utterly iconic Hermes Birkin bag that hasn’t been said before. Arguably the most famous bag in the world, it’s also the most exclusive, with ownership of the bag an ultimate symbol of wealth; and everyone, from royalty to A-List celebrities, either has one or desperately wants one. Second-hand bags are available through various resellers and auction houses, but if you want one that is brand-new, our advice is to speak to a Hermes sales expert personally. Manage expectations; waiting lists can be as long as six years.
S.T. Dupont, Casino Pocket Complication Lighter
Sometimes it’s a bit fun to have something in your pocket more expensive than the pants themselves. For over £42,000 – with a delivery time of approximately six months after reception and validation – the S.T. Dupont Casino Pocket Complication Lighter features 26 clock-work rubies, palladium-finished brass, and glass windows to enable the roulette mechanisms. This piece of technological wizardry is utterly remarkable (and pretty to look at, too) yet do be quick; there are only 88 available.
£42,120 [$51,062]. st-dupont.com
Virgin Galactic, Spacetrip
The stuff of childhood dreams and whimsical fantasies is now a tangible reality that only 700 people in history have experienced before, thanks to Virgin Galactic. You don’t need us to tell you that Virgin has established the world’s first commercial trips to space and back. Whilst Richard Branson originally wanted a maiden voyage in 2010, this summer’s first commercial space flight was received with a flurry of excitement across the world; suddenly, the unachievable is an exciting, unprecedented, exhilarating truth. As of August 2023, about 800 people are currently on the waiting list for the next voyage to celebrate one of the greatest achievements of humanity.
Royal Island, Private Island
What’s the ultimate gift of something the billionaire in your life – assumedly – won’t have; a gift that’ll be almost just as beneficial for the giver as the receiver? A Caribbean island. We’re being totally serious. On the market for $45 million is Royal Island, located within the Bahamas and found just off Russell Island in North Eleuthera. Coming in at 430 acres, it is the only island on the market with approvals for both a golf course and a marina to be built.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Louis Vuitton Monogram
When Virgil Abloh, then creative director of Louis Vuitton, first announced its collaboration with Nike in the Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring Summer 2022, the whole world, it seemed, was abuzz. Originally only 200 pairs made of the all-leather sneaker, with most in circulation today within auction groups, these continue to be some of the rarest shoes across the globe, and remain an utterly unmissable present for the hype beast in your life.