Christmas gifts you want but can't have [Gift Guide 2012]

There's plenty of tempting gifts ideas out there for Christmas, but a fair few of them would try the most liberal budgets.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

Mouse Envy's Diamond Flower computer mouse is not a Christmas option for those with a tight budget. Priced at $20,250.00, this wireless mouse comes complete with 59 brilliant-cut diamonds set in a flower pattern. 

The 1200 DPI optical technology mouse comes in either an 18 carat white or yellow gold cast, and is imported from Switzerland. 


Apart from setting watches with gold, platinum or precious stones, how else can you make a gift stand out?

Embed it with moon dust.

Romain Jerome's Moon Dust watches, certified by the Association of Space Explorers, contain moon dust from lunar surfaces, combined with "natural pigments" which are then applied to each watches' centerpiece.

"This revolutionary process enables the dial to have a multitude of natural and subtle shades, just like the Moon itself." The manufacturer says.

Available in a number of colors and shades, these watches are priced from $11,000 to $171,600.


Kharma's Exquisite Grand speakers, priced at $220,000, are not a product for the budget-conscious among us.

Weighing in at 880 pounds, the flagship speakers have a frequency range of 20Hz to 100KHz and a maximum SPL of 188dB. Each set is manufactured and tested in the Netherlands.

"The Exquisite Grand, part of the Flagship series of the Exquisite Collection, materializes the absolute end of the high-end in audio, with only reality as a real competitor," The firm says. "The unique capacity of the Exquisite Grand is to portray musical recordings in their realistic size."


Looking for a statement pair of headphones? These Dr Dre Beats studio headphones, available in pink, orange or blue, are set with 4,300 Swarovski crystals. 

Complete with noise cancellation technology, a 1.3 meter Monster cable and an additional cable for mobile devices including an iPhone, Blackberry and Android models, these headphones require AA batteries to run. 

Each pair are priced at £558 ($893).


Peter Aloisson's Kings Button is a 3G iPhone set up to make a statement.

Complete with approximately 139 brilliant-cut diamonds, each phone is made of 18-carat yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. The home button, however, is the main focal point of the phone, as it has been replaced with a 6.6 carat diamond.

It will only set you back a mere $2.4 million.


Luxury jewellry maker Shawish has designed a collection of USB sticks far and beyond the usual market. Instead, the "Magic Mushroom" collection are all embellished with gemstones including diamonds, rubies and sapphires. 

Each USB key can hold up to 32GB of data. 

Some of the available mushrooms in the collection include a 9.18 carat diamond-studded USB stick, a ruby-studded mushroom weighing in at 11.34 carats, and a sapphire-inlaid version coming in at 11.34 carats. A magic mushroom coated in white gold and diamonds will set you back $36,900, rubies will cost you $24,400, and one studded with sapphires and white diamonds can be bought for $16,500.


Datamancer's Diviner Keyboard is a luxury item starting at $500.

Each keyboard is hand-stained and varnished, fashioned in wood and complete with a custom wrist support connectable to the front of the keyboard. The keys work through industry-spec mechanical switches.


LG's 84LM960V television set has an 84 inch screen complete with seven sets of 3D glasses, freeview HD TV and built-in Wi-Fi. 

LG's Ultra HD television set boasts a screen resolution four times higher than standard, full HD, and comes in at 3840 x 2160 pixels. To complete the HD experience -- comparable to 4 42" television sets -- LG's offering includes a set of 2.2 speakers, and a magic remote which can be activated through voice recognition technology. 

The television's 3D technology means you can change 2D viewing into 3D through a click of a button, and the "passive 3D" technology is meant to lower the stress of watching 3D scenes on your eyes. 


 Sony's VPL-VW1000ES 4K home cinema projector comes with a 4K lens, giving you the quality of full HD in a home entertainment system.

The projector's 4K native resolution -- over four times that of standard HD -- offers 4096 x 2160 resolution, and each pixel is reduced from 7μm to 4μm in conjunction with surface flattening for a better distribution of light. Combined with Sony's Iris3 technology, the projector can achieve 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, and image brightness of 2,000lm, nearly twice the output of other Sony projectors.

The projector's 2.1 zoom lens includes a shift range of 80% vertical and 31% horizontal to make ceiling mounting easier.

The Sony VPL-VW1000ES can be purchased online for roughly $25,000.


Stuart Hughes, known for a number of luxury items including cars, yachts, music systems and gadgets, has come up with a gold version of Apple's iPad.

The iPad 2 Gold History Edition is a hallmarked gadget with a rear section formed of 2,000 grams of 24 carat gold.

The iPad 2 is encrusted with 12.5 carat diamonds, 53 individually-set gems in total, which form to make up the Apple trademark logo.

The main front frame is manufactured from Canadian Ammolite rock, which is over 75 million years old, and sections of a T-Rex's thighbone are splintered into the frame. In addition, a single-cut 8.5 carat diamond is inlaid in platinum -- surrounded by a further 12 diamonds -- at the front of the gadget.

Only two units have ever been made, and this is reflected in the £5 million ($8 million) price tag.


Dutch firm Coverbee's Diamond laptop sleeve, for the most ostentatious among us, will certainly cost you more than what you fill it with.

Encrusted with 8,800 VS-grade round-cut diamonds and lined with black sable fur from Siberia to stop a latop from being scratched at the open, the diamond laptop sleeve's fur has been farmed from an animal which "died of natural causes".

Peter van Soldt, CEO of CoverBee, said:

"We are a little crazy here, but only thanks to this attitude we can design brilliant products. History has proven that the more extravagant and crazy the product is, the more likely it is that there will be someone out there who appreciates it and will want to buy it. Besides... accessories have always been popular across all cultures and ages, and so has fine jewellery."

The laptop sleeve costs $11,000,000.

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