Editors' pick: Originally published Dec. 13.
For most people, a budget Christmas gift is a purchase that ranges between $15 and perhaps $50 and involves bestowing upon a loved one a colorful new scarf, a festive pair of socks or the ever-popular Chia Pet.
For the planet's wealthiest individuals, however, there's an entirely different definition of gift-giving for the holidays.
Take for example Robb Report's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, an annual compendium of lavish, boundary pushing, over the top gifts for the multi-millionaire next door.
This year's guide includes such drool-worthy gifts as a 364-foot super yacht, the first ever supersonic business jet and a sprawling Miami Beach duplex penthouse that comes with custom artwork. The price tags for which range from a low of about $2 million for the penthouse to a staggering $120 million for the jet.
But during a recent conversation, Robb Report Editor-in-Chief Brett Anderson pointed out that when creating the guide, the publication's editors also tried to include some attainable gifts. (insert sigh of relief here).
Before rushing to get your credit card, however, let's clarify exactly what attainable means by Robb Report standards, shall we?
"Like two bottles of Schrader Cellars wine for half a million dollars," explains Anderson. "They're the only two bottles of this type in the world."
At a mere half a million dollars, we can all skip the credit card and head straight for the checkbook.
The two bottles of wine in question are from Schrader Cellars -- CCS and Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignons, both of which received perfect 100-point scores for the 2006, 2007, and 2008 vintages, from Wine Advocate. In addition to the bottles of wine, the recipient of this particular gift (and five of his or her friends) will also be invited to dine with Fred Schrader and his wife, Carol, at their Napa Valley home. The dinner will of course be far from ordinary. Highlights include servings of vintage rum, a selection of more 100-point wines and even cigars.