- Any random object can become a luxury item if it is plated in gold or produced by a well-known, high-end designer.
- Business Insider rounded up some of the most over-the-top luxury items currently on the market.
- The list includes everything from toothpaste infused with 23.75 carat gold dust to Swarovski crystal-covered bathtubs for babies.
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Toothbrushes, dog collars, trash cans, and fire extinguishers are all standard products that ultimately have no indulgent or elaborate qualities.
But if you plate them in gold? Or slap a designer name on them? They will positively drip with extravagance; they will become luxury items.
Business Insider rounded up a few over-the-top luxury items that are currently on the market, including a $US920 Louis Vuitton keychain and a $US7,650 Hermès waste basket, among other ordinary-yet-fancified objects.
Note that this list is only a small sampling of the exhaustive luxury market. It’s organised in ascending order of price.
A single Saint Laurent branded condom is currently selling for €2 (or just over $US2). The foil comes in multiple designs, including zebra print and leopard print.
Standard, non-designer condoms typically cost well under $US1 when bought in larger packages, according to Planned Parenthood.
A Goop-approved 1.2-ounce bar of dehydrated caviar wrapped in gold foil costs $US99.
A Mercedes-Benz branded dog collar will set you back €99.90 (or roughly $US110).
A Swiss luxury dental company called Swiss Smile released a fancy $US119 toothbrush and toothpaste combination set. The toothpaste is said to contain 23.75 carat gold dust while the toothbrush is plated with real gold.
Another personal grooming luxury item is a famous $US240 English hairbrush. The Mason Pearson hairbrush is handmade and has “premium-grade boar” bristles.
Prada is currently selling a single luxury paper clip. It retails for $US240 and is meant to be used as a money clip.
Another outlandish, Goop-approved holiday gift is a $US250 handcrafted brass fire extinguisher.
“Because yes, even something as practical and purposeful as say, a fire extinguisher, can skew sexy,” writes Goop in the product description.
Burberry is selling a $US320 cotton bucket hat. While it may look like any beach hat meant to simply protect your face from the sun, the seam is Burberry-branded.
Louis Vuitton sells a $US920 holiday-themed keychain and “ski bag charm.” It features a skiing wooden figurine wearing a mink fur coat. And yes, that’s real mink.
Even umbrellas can become a luxury item. Dolce & Gabbana created an umbrella with an eagle head handle that retails for $US1,395.
In the market for a baby gift for an upcoming shower or birthday? How about a handmade-to-order miniature bathtub, encrusted with 8,600 Swarovski crystals? The customised creation costs $US5,200.
The company that handcrafts these tubs offers them in “every colour on the Swarovski colour palette” and suggests that they can also be used for pets or as an elaborate ice bucket at parties.
Source: The Diamond Bathtub
You can find hat boxes on Amazon for under $US30, but a new Gucci hat box with floral imagery layered over Gucci’s signature print retails for $US5,800.
Why gift anyone an iconic Hermès scarf when you can splurge on Hermès home decor — like this $US7,650 solid maple wood waste basket — instead?
A customised, hand-embossed Monopoly board from a London-based luxury game-maker costs between £3,865 and £11,680 ( roughly $US5,000 to $US15,000), depending on customisation options, and includes sterling silver playing pieces.
Source: Geoffrey Parker
A Smeg x Dolce & Gabbana stainless steel range from the collaboration’s Divina Cucina Collection currently retails for $US10,000. The home appliance collection also includes an $US850 4-slice toaster and a tiny $US1,500 espresso machine.
Fancified fast food furniture pieces from Bergdorf Goodman can make your living room sizzle for just over $US12,000. The hot dog couch retails for $US7,100 while the hamburger chair sells for $US4,950. Note: tomato and pickle cushions sold separately.
A $US75,000 sterling silver and 24k gold chess set from Tiffany is listed as an “Everyday Object” on the jewellery giant’s website — alongside a $US490 protractor and a $US700 set of two ping pong paddles made from leather and walnut.
Tiffany & Co.