Looking for a stand-out luxury gift? Have a gift recipient (or two) whose go-to color all day every day is black? Don’t despair – you can find perfect luxury gifts in the color black that are still festive and celebratory, not funereal. We’ve rounded up our ultimate luxury gift guide on what to give as holiday gifts this year in the color black, including standouts in fashion, tech, home décor and beauty.
we love the color black for luxury gifts
Black. Is any other color so feared, yet, revered and undeniably powerful?
To start with, black animals like ravens, crows and cats are regarded as possessing supernatural powers who are portents of bad luck and untimely death. In the English language, we use black in idioms to describe all sorts of unsavory actions and situations- “blackmail,” “blacklist,” “blackball,” and “black market.” And if you’re the black sheep of your family, join the club. We know what that feels like.
And yet, black is so NOT about doom and gloom. Or about the evil and the undesirable.
In a season of light and color, black can be the most beautiful of hues. When objects and apparel are rendered in black, the details of their silhouettes come into sharp view. In other words, their very darkness can be illuminating.
Since the 14th century with the arrival of high-quality black dyes, black has been embraced by wealthy European bankers and nobility classes as a signifier of importance. Worn by judges, clergy and graduates, black- a color commonly seen as a basic staple- is nevertheless, a color that demands attention and gravitas.
At the same time, this traditional color is thoroughly modern. Juxtaposed with white or any pop of bright color and suddenly, you have a fresh and youthful graphic look.
Urban dwellers are notorious for the rainbow of blacks in their wardrobe. From skinny, faded charcoal jeans, to glossy jet puffer coats and the requisite polished black boots.
Black is always elegant, assertive, edgy and did we mention, slimming? It’s no accident that some of the world’s most highly regarded luxury brands- Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, rely on black to communicate a feeling of sophistication and exclusivity.
If you are shopping for a luxury gift for that someone special, you’d be hard pressed to find another color that so effortlessly encompasses an exciting air of mystery, refinement, and style.
For those who love architectural shapes, mystery, suspense, vintage films and photographs, grit and sleek cars and smartphones, black is the new black and always will be. Here are some ideas about how to gift the shade that urban dwellers actually want and will use, and the items that will remain iconic long after the other colors have faded away.
the best luxury gifts in the color black
Here’s our curated list of luxury holiday gift ideas in the color black: the shade that urban dwellers actually want and will use. The items that will remain iconic long after the other colors have faded away. From board games to bar carts to black pearls, there’s something perfect for everyone on your list.
No lumps of coal, though. We’ll leave that whole issue to be settled between you and Santa.
1. YVONNE LEON Diamond & 9kt gold charm cord
Yvonne Léon’s penchant for whimsical, vintage pieces from Paris flea markets is reflected by this black bracelet.
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2. Tory Burch Gold-Plated Doorknocker Earrings
These earrings are crafted of glossy resin and feature 18K-gold-plated brass wire for a charming look.
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3. Rachel Quinn Graffiti Enameled Sterling Silver Heart Ring
A playful nod to the 80s, the Graffiti Heart rings add a pop of fun to the fingers. Made by hand using layers of black and white enamels, no two rings are exactly alike, making each one-of-a-kind.
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4. Jacquemus Le Chouchou Le Bob Ovalie
The growing popularity of the bucket hat has led high fashion brands to offer elegant and refined models to wear with a formal style like Le Chouchou from Jacquemus. Much appreciated for street style, it has become an ideal accessory – even with elegant garments.
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5. Versace La Vacanza Butterflies And Ladybugs Headband
Codesigned by Donatella Versace and Dua Lipa, Versace’s La Vacanza Collection. The array of ready-to-wear and accessories emphasizes fluid lightness with moments reminiscent of Versace’s glamourous Supermodel era.
BUY NOW – $275.00.
6. Wolford Heart Matte Tights
These Wolford sheer-opaque tights feature a geometric heart motif. A knitted-in waistband completes this matte-finish style.
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7. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Flamencaba embroidered canvas tote bag
An ode to Andalucian craftsmanship and collaboration with actress Rossy de Palma, Christian Louboutin’s black Flamencaba tote showcases embroidery inspired by the famously impassioned dance.
8. Cult Gaia Nia Beaded Mini Clutch
Jasmin Larian Hekmat, the brains behind the cult-favorite ‘Ark’ bag, returns with more ultra-desirable accessories. Alongside tried-and-true favorites with subtle updates, find new standouts that play on earth’s natural elements.
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9. The Row Half Moon Leather Bag
The Row explores the strength of simplistic shapes, resulting in timeless staples with subtle irreverence.
10. BOY SMELLS Hinoki Fantôme Candle, 27 oz
Coconut and beeswax-blend candle. Fragrances feature black pepper, hinoki, and vetiver. Glass vessel.
BUY NOW – $100.00.
11. L’Objet Kelly Behun Leaf Bowl
This whimsical decorative bowl is sculpted in ebonized European oak and adorned with brass.
BUY NOW – $195.00.
12. Nomi K Black & Gold Modern Lacquer 6-Piece Coaster Set
Crafted lacquered wood modern six-piece coaster set.
13. Assouline Gold: The Impossible Collection Hardcover Book
With insightful texts by art historian Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter, this handcrafted Ultimate Collection volume showcases 100 of the rarest and most precious treasures marrying natural splendor and human craftsmanship.
BUY NOW – $1,200.00.
14. Therabody Theragun Mini™ Device
When using a Theragun, you’ll know you’re using a luxury product. It feels nice in hand and it does what Therabody claims it does: relieves pain from soreness and tightness, and helps the body prepare for exercise as well as cool down from exercise.
BUY NOW – $199.00.
15. HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer Kit
The HP printer is small enough to stuff in a coat pocket or purse, requires little setup, and can print high-quality photos taken with your smartphone, anywhere you go. It’s almost like carrying around an old-school instant camera with you.
BUY NOW – $104.99.
16. Beats Studio Pro – Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones
The Beats Studio Pro are the first flagship wireless noise-canceling over-ear headphones that the company has released in nearly six years. are the first flagship wireless noise-canceling over-ear headphones that the company has released in nearly six years.
BUY NOW – $350.00.
so much to love about a luxury holiday gift in the color black
Those are our ideas to get you started as you decide what to give as a luxury holiday gift this year in the color black, whether you’re looking for gifts in fashion, tech, home décor or beauty.
As we were writing this piece, we remembered two songs that we hadn’t heard in a very long time: Nina Simone’s version of the folk song, Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair. And the Beatles’ Blackbird.
After you’ve shopped for one of these luxury gifts in the color black, give yourself a gift. The simple enjoyment of sitting in the darkness, perhaps with a cup of black tea, and listening to one or both of these mesmerizing ballads.
Unleash a little black magic this holiday season . . . ‘Cause getting into a black mood might turn out to be a precious ephemeral luxury, now more than ever.