Sometimes in the midst of a riot of color and sparkle, the best luxury gifts come in shades of gray. You know, one of the many delicious neutral colors that run the gamut from dove to deep charcoal. If you have a gift recipient with a taste for understated, quiet luxury – perhaps even “stealth wealth” – then this gift guide is for you. We’ve curated a chic luxury gift shop filled with the best presents for every occasion, for everyone on your list, in the color gray.
shades of gray can make for perfect quiet luxury gifts
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who says their favorite color, out of all the kaleidoscope of options, is gray. And if they do, you might reconsider them for a moment- wondering if they’re depressed, boring or emotionless. But we can easily make the argument that those who love gray possess refined, sophisticated taste.
It shows that one appreciates nuance. That there’s comfort with ambiguity and complexity, with fog and shadows, existing in the in-between. Lovers of gray savor the dusk- where day and night are separated by a paper-thin veil.
Gray is a graceful, fine mist and a thundering, rolling storm. It’s the moon that sometimes looks like a common craggy rock and then, an incandescent goddess ruling the tides.
the quiet luxury gift guide: 25 best gifts in the color gray
As a color to inspire ideas for a luxury gift, gray is a sophisticated and timeless choice that will be sure to fit seamlessly in your recipient’s wardrobe, lifestyle and home. From apparel to accessories to home décor, gray hues from dark charcoal to light dove communicate dignity and elegance. And yes, it can even be fun as a natural complement to a pop of color. Here are 30 luxury gift ideas in every shade of gray.
1. Thom Browne sweater
Cement, stone, and graphite all conjure imposing, impenetrable and cold objects. But like an iconic white cable knit pullover, gray is also synonymous with sweater weather. Its cozy heathered effect is a classic choice that one can never have too many of. Like this light ash, retro-inspired Thom Browne sweater for men.
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2. Todd Snyder cardigan
Todd Snyder’s impeccably color blocked charcoal, navy and tan alpaca crewneck
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3. Beams Plus crewneck sweater
Beams Plus’ cashmere sweater is spun from plush mélange yarns and topped with a rollneck for extra warmth.
BUY NOW – $585.00.
4. Céline vintage cardigan
For ladies, we adore this Céline’s grey cardigan. Phoebe Philo was inspired by pre-war 1930s silhouettes and female Surrealism artists, thus the collection featured oversized, traditionally masculine, utilitarian shapes with a touch of tenderness.
BUY NOW – $540.00.
5. Vince cashmere pullover
Known for its luxury knits like supersoft cashmere sweaters, Vince’s ready-to-wear collections perfectly embody today’s refined-casual style. Vince Boiled Cashmere Funnel Neck Sweater.
BUY NOW – $425.00.
6. Khaite V-Neck cashmere sweater
The Jo sweater is an object lesson in Khaite’s understated approach to design. Made from cashmere-blend in a warm gray mélange, it has a relaxed silhouette with dropped shoulders and loose sleeves. KHAITE Jo cashmere-blend sweater.
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7. Alexander Wang Rib-Knit Top-Handle Bag
When it comes to handbags that say refinement and femininity, gray is an unexpected but gorgeous choice.
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8. Dior Grained Calfskin mini saddle bag
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9. KWONN Tote Bag
Made with vegan and sustainable performance fabric that’s durable and easy to clean. The material features a buttery soft texture with an uncanny suede feel and can be closed with self-tie straps. Each bag is handmade in New York by a master artisan.
BUY NOW – $495.00.
10. JIL SANDER Silver Hoop Earrings
As Jil Sander is known for its love of elegant minimalism, these earrings’ sleek, unadorned design should come as no surprise.
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11. David Yurman Saddle Ring
This design is a contemporary vision of Cable, with angles, edges and facets reminiscent of modern architecture.
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12. Bulgari Santos-Dumont watch
A graphite dial creates a monotone look with silver stainless steel bracelet that looks oh so sleek. Or, on the other hand, it can frame a contrast color beautifully, making it a true statement piece.
This Bvlgari ladies’ watch looks modern and edgy with anthracite satiné soleil lacquered dial and diamond indexes. For a more classic and feminine look, the gray alligator leather strap on Cartier’s Santos-Dumont watch emphasizes the pretty 18k pink gold case to great effect.
BUY NOW – $11,200.00.
13. Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph
For men, Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Datewill look smart with any shirt or jacket cuff.
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14. Movado stainless steel watch
And we love the look of this Movado Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
BUY NOW – $1,395.00.
15. Isabel Marant tweed cap
Who says neutral gray accessories can’t make a statement? We found a few items that would elevate an ordinary outfit into an Instagram worthy one.
While newspaper boys might be a thing of the past, the newsboy cap has made a comeback in a big way. And this time, it is a fashionable choice for men and women, check out this Isabel Marant Evie wool-tweed baker boy cap
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16. RAEY alpaca scarf
RAEY Superfine alpaca scarf will pair well with any color winter coat in her closet.
BUY NOW – $145.00.
17. Prada hair clip
And surely, she wants a sophisticated and versatile accessory like this metal hair clip from Prada
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18. Scully & Scully coasters
Chances are your friend has lots of gray in their home. It’s been a decade long trend now and we found some unique and special home décor items that would make perfect hostess, housewarming, wedding shower or “just because” gifts that will coordinate with any decorating scheme.
Entirely handmade in England, this set of 4 mats featuring safari animals in a graceful line pencil motif is an elegant touch to any dining table.
BUY NOW – $195.00.
19. Porcelain dinner plates
This superb set of six porcelain dinner plates will be treasured by those with modern and classic decors, featuring a vintage print of a shipwreck and a stylized geometric border.
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20. Knot pillows
In the living room or bedroom, consider these irresistible knot pillows from Design Within Reach designed by Swedish designer, Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir.
BUY NOW – $145.00.
21. Diptyque Feu de Bois scented candle
A single flame burning on top of a smoky gray candle certainly sets the mood for introspection and quiet reflection. Here are our top picks.
Diptyque’s Feu de Bois scented candle will bring the aroma of a true open fire into the home and the handmade earthenware can function as a beautiful planter after the candle has burned out.
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22. Santal 26 “Smoke” scented candle
SANTAL 26 likens the Smoke candle to the smell of the air after burning wood, fused with the earthy notes of Cade and Wild Herbs.
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23. Fornasetti Architettura candle
And finally, Fornasetti’s candle. The Architettura décor is an imaginary cityscape suspended in time and history. The Immaginazione fragrance is a distillate of the world of Fornasetti in a scent characterized by garden herbs and wood.
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24. Assouline poetry collection
We can think of nothing more suitable to display the beauty of gray than these gorgeous and acclaimed art books. Starting with Lalanne: A World of Poetry. Housed in a luxury linen clamshell case with a metal plaque, this spectacular tome is a sculpture in its own right.
François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne are one of the most creative couples of the last century, celebrated for their surrealist sculptural works. Their pieces are as functional as they are whimsical.
BUY NOW – $1,200.00.
25. Architectural photography book
L’Architecture moderne de A à Z With illustrations including some of the best architectural photography of the modern era, this is a comprehensive resource for any architecture professional, student, or devotee.
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26. Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty exhibit catalog
And for art and fashion Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. This dazzling publication pursues the straight and serpentine “lines” and their intersections in Lagerfeld’s work as a means of understanding his unique creative process.
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27. the Ogee clay mask
Earthy gray, from clays full of minerals and nutrients, inspired these choices in this category. And they also lend a dramatic touch to a vanity or beauty shelf.
Yet another lovely product from Ogee. The Ogee Glacial Clay Detox Mask glides on so smoothly using the very helpful spatula that comes with it. It has a light fragrance and works for all type of skins. It’s the perfect detox from all the summer sweat, sunscreen and chlorine!
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For the body, this Palermo Detox Body Scrub polishes the skin and deep cleanses with Dead Sea salt and pumice stone. Put in a spa inspired gift basket and you’re good to go. Ditch the pastel perfume bottles and go for this moody gray ombre for a cool, downtown friend.
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J’adoube by Mind Games is a fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance. J’adoube was launched in 2022. The nose behind this fragrance is Nathalie Benareau. Top notes are Red Currant and Mandarin Orange; middle notes are Damask Rose and Pomegranate; base notes are Patchouli, Benzoin, Amber and Leather.
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For the worldly, urbane traveler, no extra stimuli is needed. In this case, gray is the best color to soothe, comfort and pacify.
This handsome gray Globe Trotter Carry-On luggage with tan leather accents is beautifully and carefully handcrafted at their factory in Hertfordshire from vulcan fibre and is perfect for a sojourn in town or country.
BUY NOW – $1,995.00.
Featuring up to 20 hours of playtime the Airpod max are second to none in sound quality, comfort and good looks. With strong noise cancellation and an equally impressive transparency mode, AirPods Max offer the complete package in a comfortable build.
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For long flights, this coordinating travel set in heathered slate from Sophia Cashmere is crafted from pure cashmere and includes a classic cable knit blanket, eye mask, and zippered storage case designed with the ability to also be used as a pillow. Genius.
BUY NOW – $395.00.
the best quiet luxury gifts in the color gray
Things are not always black and white. That gray area, as these luxury gift ideas show, can be beautiful. Happy Shopping!