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The Luxury Gift Guide: The Best in Metallic Colors

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors

When you really want to bring the party, go for the gold. Or the silver, copper, titanium or rose gold. Metallics are instantly fun and festive – so why not give one of the best chic luxury gifts in a metallic color? Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has compiled our luxury gift guide with the best presents in metallic colors right now, including gold, silver, copper and platinum. Shine on!

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Let’s be honest: everyone loves a shiny present.  Whether it’s gold, silver, copper, titanium, rose gold, champagne or even bronze, there is something about a gift or experience that embodies one of these metallic tones that just works. Thus the creation of our luxury gift guide to the best in metallic colors.

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Perhaps it has something to do with that fact that the color gold symbolizes success, achievement and triumph. Or that silver is associated with prestige and wealth. Metallic colors add sparkle, glitter and a sense of fun and excitement to any celebration. No wonder everybody loves them – and why they always make for a brilliant gift.

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors, including silver and gold, this year.

the luxury gift guide: the best in metallic colors

From shiny watches, to lustrous bags and shoes, to sporting goods and things that go vroom, our luxury gift guide to the best metallic items has 30 gift ideas that will make even your most modest friends sparkle and shine.  Not to mention, a gift as glossy as one of these won’t soon be forgotten.  So not only will they love it, but it will be extra-memorable, too. 

Without further ado, here are our favorite metallic gift ideas right now.

1. Metallic timepieces.

For metallic lovers, a watch is a no-brainer gift, as many fine watches (and fun watches) come in a variety of metallic finishes. 

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors, including silver and gold

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors, including silver and gold: Watches. Courtesy Photos.

For example, Salvatore Ferragamo’s elegant Gancini Watch ($895) comes in an array of options including rose gold, steel and gold.  You can’t go wrong with opting for the tried-and-true Rolex Oyster Perpetual ($5,000) in oyster steel with a matching metallic face. 

For something truly unique consider the Art Deco-inspired gold Franck Muller Long Island Watch (price upon request) featuring a bracelet band the same width as the face, creating one of the sleekest silhouettes out there. We also love this wildly romantic Dior Grand Soir Plissé Précieux watch, which was released in a limited edition of 88 pieces. The diamonds and white and rose gold combine with fine mesh, to evoke the idea of a twirling tulle dress.

2. Metallic Fine and fashion jewelry.

Jewelry is another easily-giftable metallic item. The hardest part is deciding which bauble will perfectly fit the personal style of your gift recipient.

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors, including silver and gold: Fine and Fashion Jewelry. Courtesy Photos.

Make it personal with a Jennifer Zeuner Sanibel Lariat ($198) featuring their initial in gold, rose gold or silver.  Ensure their luck won’t ever run out with a pair of Jennifer Meyer’s Rose Gold Wishbone Earrings ($300). Jennifer Behr’s iconic Ophelia earrings ($438) are party-perfect. Can’t decide on a metal?  There’s always the John Hardy Reversible Classic Chain Bracelet with Diamonds ($3,600) as an option.

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3. Metallic accessories.

Some lovers of luster like just a small dash of dazzle. Enter shiny accessories in silver and gold, steel and lamé.

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors: Designer Accessories. Courtesy Photos.

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors, including silver and gold: Designer Accessories. Courtesy Photos.

If they are still sporting quarantine hair, consider Lele Sadoughi’s Faux Leather Knotted Headband ($65) to help your gift recipient look and feel their best.  For a muted metal look we like Ray-ban’s Classic Aviator ($154) in Gunmetal.  And if your lucky recipient also likes to name drop, we suggest the Gucci Chain belt with crystal Double G buckle ($950) that features the brand’s iconic logo in gold and crystals to adorn their waist.

4. metallic statement bags.

For a slightly more assertive pop of metallic bling, a statement bag is just the thing.

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors, including silver and gold: Designer Handbags. Courtesy Photos.

For little and big kids, heck even adults, we adore these shiny State Kane Backpacks in metallic gold, pink or silver ($90).  They will certainly brighten the dreariest of days when they must lug all their school books and laptops around.  Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Zip Satchel in silver ($1,735) is our choice for a little more polish.  And for those who only need the essentials, we like Loeffler Randall’s Gold Sibyl Pleated Pouch ($225) – it’s perfect for special occasions. Or go really big with this gorgeous Bvlgari Serpentini Forever crossbody bag ($2,700) in rose quartz brushed metallic calf leather.

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5. metallic electronics.

Thanks to fun new metallic finishes, it’s no longer boring to give an electronic gift to those who might not consider themselves a computer nerd.

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors, including silver and gold: Luxury Technology. Courtesy Photos.

Beats by Dre’s urBeats3 Headphones ($60) come in gold or silver and would make a great gift for just about anyone. Devialet’s Gold Phantom Premier wireless speakers ($2,990) have garnered rave reviews for sound quality and design.

The Silver Acer Chromebook ($250) makes a great first computer for preteens and teens.  It operates on the Google Cloud so all of their work and data will automatically be saved.  We can’t make a list of metallic electronics and not include something from Apple.  While the brand’s Apple Watches (starting at $349) come in a variety of colorways, gold, silver and rose gold are always among the most popular options.

6. metallic beauty products.

Add some sparkle to their beauty routine!

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors: Beauty. Courtesy Photos.

No, we aren’t suggesting bringing back glitter, but why not gift them a universally flattering rose gold No. 13 ($18) nail polish from the luxe nail brand Cote? Or Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel ($50)? Charlotte Tilbury’s Dreamy Box of Magic ($384) featuring her “magic cream” is a wonderful gift set. Amp up their home spa with Dr. Dennis Gross’s DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro ($435).  It features an impressive 162 LED lights (both red and blue) to destroy acne-causing bacteria and boost collagen production.

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7. metallic home decor.

Most of us agree that when it comes to home decor and metallic colors, it’s best to stick to subtle gold and silver accents. A little goes a long way!

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors: Home Decor. Courtesy Photos.

For something small, we love Ferm Living’s Brass Extinguisher ($30) paired together with a luxury candle. This Callisto Home Prato Metallic Crushed Velvet Pillow ($123) or this Michael Aram distressed velvet metallic pillow ($125) would add a flash of light to practically any couch or chair. And you can’t go wrong with the iconic Nelson Popsicle Clock in brass ($1,010).

8. metallic workout gear.

Help your gift recipient steal the spotlight with chic metallic workout apparel and golden gear.

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors: Active Wear and Gear. Courtesy Photos.

Make their workout a little more luxe and a lot more hydrated with a new Silver Lining Swell Bottle ($35).  Alternatively a pair of Beyond Yoga’s Alloy Ombre High Waisted Midi Leggings ($110) will keep them inspired with whatever their current workout routine is.  Finally, make their home gym shine with a gold Equipt Movement UBarre Weight ($129). Or go big with these Saint Laurent brass dumbbells (price upon request).

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9. a metallic set of wheels.

It’s nearly impossible to go wrong with the gift of a shiny new set of wheels. 

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors: a new set of wheels. Courtesy Photos.

For those who aren’t driving yet, we like the silver Razor A5 DLX Scooter ($110) or the standout Martone Cycling Grand Gold V3 ($1,020) that is guaranteed to turn heads on the street.  Speaking of turns heads – how about a Tesla Cybertruck ($40,000)?  Because, well, why not?

Our dream gift? The new 2021 limited-edition Vespa 946 Christian Dior two-wheeler designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. It’s the exact model that made a cameo appearance alongside Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in the 1953 classic Roman Holiday

10. Metallic footwear.

Last but not least, give them fancy feet. Not only are metallic shoes, sneakers, socks and boots fun – they are the easiest styling trick to complete practically any outfit. 

The luxury gift guide to the best metallic colors: fashionable footwear. Courtesy Photos.

For example, Happy Socks shiny charcoal Liza Socks ($18) will add a touch of dazzle to shoes they already own. Great for both kids and adults are Birkenstock’s classic Arizona slides ($60-135) in metallic copper. City adventures will be a lot more fun in these Marni metallic leather ankle boots ($990). And if formality is in order, they can dance the night away with Loeffler Randall’s Penny Bow Sandals ($395) in glittering gold.

the luxury gift guide: the best in metallic colors

That’s it, our luxury gift guide of the best in metallic colors this year. Over 30 of the most memorable and lustrous metallic gifts. Anything we missed?  Sound off in the comments with some of your shiniest favs.

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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