Editors' pick: Originally published Jan. 27.
A doughnut may not be the first thing that comes to mind when shopping for Valentine's Day gifts, but perhaps that's because you haven't yet laid eyes on the Manila Social Club's 24-karat gold version of the breakfast pastry.
It must be seen, in all of its shimmering, golden fabulousness, to be believed. And then it must be tasted.
Handmade at the club's Brooklyn, N.Y. location by executive chef and co-owner Bjorn DelaCruz, the doughnut is filled with ube mousse and champagne jelly and then coated in a diva-worthy icing made from Cristal champagne. And of course the dusting of 24-karat gold.
Who would have thought so much luxury and decadence could be squeezed into a seemingly tired breakfast tradition? It's like Mariah Carey, Beyonce or J.Lo invented a doughnut worthy of their fabulousness.
The cost for the Golden Cristal Ube Donut is $100. That may seem a tad pricey for something that is designed to be devoured and thereafter exist only in the selfies we hope you remember to take. But perhaps think of it as a Valentine's Day appetizer for a loved one, a missive setting the stage for a day, evening or weekend full of lavish gifting.
As for the remainder of the gifts, there is no shortage of over-the-top Valentine's Day specialties on the market this year.
We asked two of the leaders in all things luxury, the editors at Robb Report and Just Luxe, to share some of their favorite ideas and offerings. Their responses will leave you drooling, or perhaps revisiting your career choice, in search of a way to increase your buying power.