Luxury List: Top 5 Most Expensive Holiday Gifts for 2015

Most expensive holiday gifts

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Tis the season once again, and with it comes the annual analysis of the most expensive holiday gifts available! With much-loved publications like Harper’s Bazaar and the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book to thumb/click through, there is no shortage of staggering price tags and baubles to check out this year. Let’s take a look at some of the expensive fare we have seen thus far:

  • A $3.2 million smackaroo couture dog collar by Amour Amour tipping the scale at a whopping 52 carats and laden with 1,600 individual sparklers.
  • A pair of $230,000 solid gold ladies high heels, for the well-heeled types. Created by Christopher Michael Shellis, this pair features 2,200 diamonds but costs less than the dog collar.
  • The $345,000 robot servant will be more adept to your adult needs but will cost far more than the child’s play versions. The minds at Hammacher Schlemmer claim the robot is controlled via a wireless remote while the operator enjoys the stationary life. Sadly, this is true.
  • Experiences seem to be the popular route for the Neiman Marcus book this year, with some of the following offerings standing out: A $90,000 ride into the atmosphere in a pressurized space balloon from World Views, a $150,000 tour of Florence and Venice with Italian jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno (for 4 guests over 7 days), and an $80,000 lunch and personal styling with legend Iris Apfel of the fashion industry (this one comes with a trunk brimming with accessories).
  • The disappointment this year was the car selection for the Neiman Marcus book…a special-edition 50th anniversary Mustang convertible for $95,000. Yawn.

Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus 

If the price tags for these holiday gift ideas seem a touch decadent, you can always opt for a $300-$500 card from the Gilded Age instead…no, that is not a gift card—it is just a greeting card with some gold and bling that the recipient cannot even wear. Share your favorite extreme gift item for this year! read more

5 Ways An Exotic Car Rental Benefits Your Business

Exotic car rental benefits

One of the most justified and frequently asked questions we get here at Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals from our corporate clients is “How much is that going to cost me?” When it comes to corporate luxury car rentals, the answer is not a simple number. Avoid the mistake of going cheap with the following tips and tricks.

Use the list below when considering how an exotic sports car rental will benefit your business for the next event:

5. Increase revenue. If the notion of investing $1,400 to spend the day utilizing a Lamborghini, Ferrari or other supercar to increase company revenue sounds crazy, do the math. Imagine your company is hosting a well-attended annual event or fundraiser. While it is always in the green in terms of success, you would like to take it up to the next level. Sprinkle an exotic sports car or two out front to impress and perhaps shuttle your VIP clients to and from their respective rides. Even a 5% increase in business can turn into big dollars. That growth percentage will only grow with your maintained image. read more

Sotheby’s Top 5 Most Expensive Auction Items Ever

most expensive auction items

Sotheby’s is distinguished among leading luxury auction houses. The Sotheby’s story began back in 1744 with a London bookseller and continues today. Let’s take a peek at the company’s top 5 most expensive auction items ever! Note that these items are just for Sotheby’s auction house, there may well be other items sold from others that are more painful on the pay scale.

5. “Dora Maar au Chat” The Dora Maar with Cat by Pablo Picasso was painted in 1941. It garnered an impressive $95.2 million at Sotheby’s auction in May of 2006. This piece is of Picasso’s mistress and was practically hidden until the sale. read more

Top 5 Ways to Detect Fake Designer Handbags

fake designer handbags

The holidays are here, and with them come swindlers. When shelling out top dollar for a quality handbag, it is important to know how to detect the fake designer handbags being pushed out there. While some are ridiculously easy to spot, others are more stealth and fool honest shoppers.

Do not fall prey to bogus bags this holiday season! Use these helpful hints to identify the too-good-to-be-true ‘deals’. 

Here are the top 5 best methods to use in order to spot a fake when shopping for designer handbags: read more

Top 5 Exotic Car Concepts That Should Be Real

Exotic Car Concepts

The following five exotic car concepts are tantalizing teases that should be real. All too often concepts make a grand debut and simply vanish, never to be seen again. Other times, they roll onto production only to emerge in a drastically different form. It seems to be a challenge to maintain the exciting components of a concept car once it reaches the assembly line.

The following 5 dream car concepts would be a treat to see on the streets, and one of them is:

5. The Lamborghini Prachtige concept. Iranian designer Emil Baddal created this gorgeous rendition of a Lamborghini supercar. The Prachtige hints at styling cues from the Reventon and the LP560, with a decidedly sharper edge. read more

2012 Detroit Auto Show – Post Mortem Grille

The 2012 Detroit Auto Show has come and gone, and as always, left auto aficionados around the world to praise, ogle and make jabs at the lineup. While there were a plethora of fine machines at this year’s show, there were also some Detroit duds to make fun of! Don’t worry--none of our exotic rental cars in Chicago made this list!

Without further ado, the top 5 lowlights of the Detroit Auto Show were as follows:
5. Acura ILX concept
4. Nissan Pathfinder concept
3. Chevrolet Tru 140S concept
2. Chevrolet Code 130R concept
1. Volkswagen E-Bugster concept

Acura ILX
The Acura ILX concept looks like it was conceived in less than 5 minutes by a 5th grader. The car is simply boring enough aesthetically, that I could care less what is even under the hood.

Top 5 Exotic Luxury Car Rentals for New York

New York is about versatility, options and most of all, fun! What better way to indulge in the Big Apple than behind the wheel of an exotic rental car New York style? Exotic cars come in every shape and size, loaded with amenities and ready to rock. Transform your entire experience with one of this year’s hottest cars at the Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals location in NY, and share this tip with friends to receive a $200 discount off of your next rental with us!

The top 5 cars for this season in New York are as follows:

5. Mercedes S550
4. Range Rover HSE
3. Cadillac Escalade
2. Lamborghini Gallardo
1. Audi R8

Mercedes S550

Mercedes S550

Top 5 Things to Look for in a Chicago Luxury Rental Car Service

Chicago is the prime spot to accomplish a bit of showing off, and what better way than behind the wheel of an exotic rental car? If you have made the decision to splurge, here are some important tips of the trade and what to look for in a Chicago luxury rental car service. If the company you are looking into is lacking in any of the following areas, you may want to put the brakes on the deal!

Ferrari California rental in Miami

First time driving a Ferrari California from Imagine Lifestyles in Miami

Limo Vs. Lemon: The Top 5 Chauffeured Limousine Rentals

Limousine rentals are popular because they transform the ordinary into the extraordinary-making passengers feel special and providing the true luxury rental experience. But did you know that not all limos are created equal? It is important to know the difference between a limousine and a lemon, let Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals help!

Without further ado, the top 5 chauffeured rental cars and limousine rentals from Imagine Lifestyles are:

1. Hummer stretch limo
2. Cadillac Escalade stretch limo
3. Lincoln Towncar stretch limo
4. Party bus
5. Rolls Royce Phantom


 Luxury Limo Rental Tips