Gifts You'll Probably Never Buy
If you just happen to run across a few thousand dollars (or a few million, in one case) and love technology, this is definitely where you should be looking for gift ideas. From a virtual butler to diamond-encrusted phones, these tech gifts are sure to make you hungry for a taste of the rich life.
The Virtual Butler is an upscale computer server that connects to all your home's electronics, including security cameras, garage doors, and even your Jacuzzi. The $20,000 unit alerts you when any changes--such as arriving guests or departing cars--occur. The Butler appears through a special mirror and uses your home's speakers to make his (or it's) voice heard.
Lantic Systems Remote Control for Yachts
The Chairman represents a new breed of luxury smartphones offering "watch DNA" (watchmaker Ulysse Nardin is a designer of the device), plus a fingerprint reader, a touchscreen, physical numeric keys, and a slew of other features. The phone even includes a kinetic power system. Pricing varies but is around $13,000 to $15,000.
Ultimate Ears 18 Pro
These headphones may not look like all that much, but they are crafted for each unique buyer and cost over $1300. Designed for musicians and audiophiles, they include a unique five-speaker system that provides much higher sound quality than your average in-ear headphones. The maker (Logitech) has less-expensive alternatives, but you lose some features such as the custom fit.
The Force loudspeaker system involves over 200 hours of construction time and uses proprietary glass designed especially for speaker housings. With six speakers total--two towers and four glass-encased subwoofers--some say The Force is worth its $277,000 price tag. You have to special-order the system, and pricing varies, so if you want one for the holidays, you'd better hurry.
The Transcend ski goggles are not your ordinary goggles. Coming in two versions ($499 and $399), they include a heads-up display as well as real-time information and statistics such as speed and vertical clearance, plus the timing of your runs. You can even review past stats while riding the lift on the way up the mountain.
The Prodigy bed costs $2200 for a dual king-size mattress that does even more than you might need. You can wake up to a massage and even kill a partner's snoring by adjusting their position while they sleep. This power bed also features a sleep timer to adjust the bed as you sleep, and you can control all the functions mentioned here with an iPhone or iPod app.