Las Vegas is a city of excesses — and holiday shopping makes no exception. If you’re looking for what to get that special someone, some of the city’s lesser-known stores may inspire you.
From a rare (and pricey) wristwatch to only-in-Vegas shoes, gift ideas abound. These hidden gems will make your eyes, and your wallet, pop.
If you buy everything on the list, you’ll be shelling out about $397,000. But what are the holidays without a splurge?
You might not expect anything exciting from Hudson, the folks who run airport convenience stores across the country. But their new Atrium shop at the Palazzo takes the company in a very different direction.
The store has 16,000 square feet that’s full of mostly high-end merchandise, much of it from well-known design houses. But it’s Atrium’s one-offs that truly intrigue.1. Gold foosball table
Foosball fans will drool when they eye the Crystalline Gold Limited Edition Foosball Table. The players are plated in 24-karat gold and sit atop a playing field of laminated, shatter-proof crystal. Even the netting for the goals is handmade. If you have to have it, the price is $25,000.2. Bovet watch
If a Rolex or Corium isn’t enough to truly impress, consider the Bovet Recital 18 Shooting Star. Only two of these timepieces, which feature gold cases and hand engraving around the edge, were made. And Atrium sells one of them. Such quality, however, comes with a hefty price tag: $330,000.3. Limited edition cognac
If fine spirits are on your gift list, why not spring for the best. This rare bottle of cognac at Atrium honors the 140th anniversary of Louis XIII cognac. Remy Martin produced a limited series of Louis XIII Black Pearl, all decanted from a large wooden barrel in the family’s private cellars. Given the $40,000 price, it’s probably best saved for a very special someone — and a very special occasion.
A different type of holiday cheer awaits in suburban Henderson, home to Sweet Sparkle, the annual light show at Ethel M chocolate company. The 300-plus types of desert plants in the chocolate factory’s cactus garden are awash in color each evening from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. Local choirs perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.4. Chocolate
The chocolate factory store also remains open until 10 p.m. It’s stocked with a variety of seasonal treats. In addition to perennial favorites such as peppermint bark, two candies are new to the lineup this year: dark chocolate Crème de Menthe, with an alcohol-infused, creamy center; and Maple Walnut Satin Crème, with milk chocolate and a center that blends brown sugar, chopped walnuts and natural maple extract. You can design your own box of sweets starting at $39.99 each.
Tempted to taste some? Visitors can sample several freshly made chocolates during Ethel M’s new Tasting Room Experience. Chocolatiers explain the company’s history and share how the gourmet chocolates are made in small batches. Info and reservations: (702) 435-2655.
5. Designer shoes
The focus at British-based Charlotte Olympia is on women’s accessories and shoes. Its Forum Shops location is full of Sin City style. Women can choose from a variety of unique souvenirs by which to remember their Vegas vacations.
The shop’s exclusive Vegas collection includes a Queen of Hearts satin pouch, a clutch bag with its own roulette wheel, and Full House wedges. And what showgirl wannabe could resist those fuchsia-colored T-strap sandals? They’ll set you back a cool $1,095 a pair.6. Handmade ties
Stitched, a boutique menswear shop at the Cosmopolitan, sells handmade, one-of-a-kind silk neckties. They might be an ideal stocking stuffer for that special fella. Italian tie-maker Dolcepunta’s XXXX Stitched Con Amore collection is exclusively available in Vegas. Prices range from $75 to $195.7. Crystal everything
Kitsch more your style? Then stop by Curios at the Cromwell. The décor evokes small shops found inside midcentury train stations, but the merchandise is definitely flashier. You’ll find everything from custom cufflinks to gin and tonic-scented mustache wax amid the curious mix of gifts. The antique telephones, each encrusted with more than 3,000 Swarovski crystals, cost $1,000 each.
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