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The Hippo-Couch And Other Totally Unique Gifts For People With A Lot Of Extra Cash




‘Tis the season of gift-giving and not to be outdone by Gwyneth Paltrow here are the must-haves for every hard to shop for loved one in your life. At the top of everyone’s list is an incredibly life-like hippopotamus couch.

While the $95,000 price tag might sound steep, artist Máximo Riera spends over 400 hours to handcraft each piece in homage “to the animal ancient cultures revered for its intrepidity, tenacity, and bravery.” Also available are “The Toad Sofa” and the “The Walrus Chair” among other life-size animal furnishings. 

Now if suspiciously testicular-shaped furniture is not your recipient’s style, maybe one of these six items will be a better fit.

For The Astrophile

Photo Courtesy: [Buzz Aldrin/TASCHEN]

Limited Edition Signed Buzz Aldrin. Apollo 11. ‘Earthrise Sequence’ by TASCHEN – $7500

With only 150 copies, these large scale aluminum diptych panels are a total steal for anyone who has ever dreamed of seeing our home from the Command Module. On the cusp of his nineties, who knows how many more signing opportunities we have with Mr. Aldrin, making this a true investment piece.

For The Grillmaster

Photo Courtesy: [TRAEGER]

Pink Lil’ Pig Pellet Grill by TRAEGER – $1599.99

This smoker is designed to put those pork ribs back where nature intended, inside the animal, but subsequently inside every BBQ lover’s tummy. At an affordable price, it might make us question the craftsmanship and quality, but we all know Uncle Derwin has low standards anyway.

For The Aesthete

Cellular Cream Platinum Rare by La Prairie – $1245

Photo Courtesy: [La Prairie/Neiman Marcus]

The science behind this face cream derived from actual Platinum is not only impressive but promises “climate-activated hydration” to always keep your skin at the perfect level of moisturization. Justine from Chicago reviewed, “My skin stays radiant, hydrated and plump as if I just applied a bb cream with a glow highlighting all the right features.”

For The Jetsetter

Dolce Box Bag from Dolce & Gabbana – $8,495

Photo Courtesy: [Dolce & Gabbana]

Every globetrotter needs a quality handbag, and this clutch does not disappoint with its luxurious leather detailing in the shape of a vintage cruise ship. The removable shoulder strap would make Coco Chanel’s heart glad and helps keep hands free for more important things while traveling – like taking those breathtaking Instagram selfies.

For The Zoophilist

Savannah Cat – $5000 – $18000

Photo Courtesy: [Savannah Cat Breed]

This gorgeous breed is a mix of the African Serval and domesticated house cats. As breeding is a delicate and time-consuming process, F1 (one parent being a Serval) and F2 (one grandparent was Serval) kittens are rare but worth every penny. Their tall, slender build and large ears give them the exotic look of a wild cat while still being intelligent, loyal, and lovable companions. They are known for their lovable personalities similar to a Labrador Retriever and they expect to be a member of the family, not just a pet.

For The Cosmopolitan

A Getaway to Casa Malca in Tulum, Mexico – $1500+

While it might not have worked out for the Fyre Festival, a former estate of Pablo Escobar’s is now accepting reservations as a boutique art hotel. Guests can enjoy plush king-size beds, gourmet cuisine, a gallery experience curated by New York art dealer and resort owner, Leo Malca, all with jungle paradise views. Suites range from $500-$850 a night, meaning you can splurge on your friend that needs to get away from the hustle and bustle for a bit.

With all the stress that comes with the holiday season, we hope you can find the right gift for everyone on your list whether it is a luxurious sofa, a new companion, or a relaxing rain forest vacation.


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