Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2011, Part 2: Tech and Auto


Last week, we brought you the first in our series of eight Ultimate Holiday Gift Guides, with gift ideas for leisure and travel. Today, check out holiday gift ideas for the tech-heads and for the auto lover on your list.

McIntosh Manhattan Bookshelf Audio System McIntosh Manhattan Bookshelf Audio System. This bookshelf system from the legendary high-performance, handmade-in-the USA audio firm boasts of “true-to-life sound reproduction” that is a “full-blown McIntosh HIFI in-miniature”. Handmade and designed by the same team that created the McIntosh Reference System, this system includes a built in AM/FM/RDS tuner, CD/SACD, an auxiliary input for that iPod or mp3 player…and of course, that sound. McIntosh MXA60 Manhattan, MSRP $7,500. www.mcintoshlabs.com.
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato iPad case Bottega Veneta Intrecciato iPad case. Merge high technology and haute couture with this luxurious case, intricately handwoven in Bottega Veneta’s classic Intrecciato pattern and made of ultra-soft kid leather. Offered in various colors: orange, blue, brown, taupe, grey, and black. Bottega Veneta Intrecciato iPad Case, $590. www.barneys.com
Vertu Constellation T touchscreen smartphone and Concierge Service Vertu Constellation T touchscreen smartphone and Concierge Service. Known for luxury cell phones wrapped in exotic skins and diamonds, Vertu (whose parent company is Nokia) has now turned up their phones’ technological bling. The Constellation touchscreen phone, with its improved OS, personalized luxury concierge service, and exclusive access to facilities and services, the Vertu may just be what that high-flying jetsetter on your list needs to stay in touch and in style. Vertu Constellation T smartphone, MSRP starts at $6,800. www.vertu.com
Leica M9 Digital Camera Leica M9 Digital Camera. Meant for the serious hobbyist and used avidly by professionals, the M9 is “the smallest full-format digital system camera” ever made. The legendary camera-maker’s high-resolution, 18-megapixel image sensor and Leica’s superb M lenses combine to create images sharp with detail and imbued with the artistic authenticity of a traditional film camera. A large 2.5-inch monitor and intuitive controls ensure a smooth picture-taking experience that will let you focus on those pictures…and then marvel at them afterward. Leica M9 digital camera, MSRP $6,995. www.us-leica-camera.com.
Membership to Classic Car Club Membership to Classic Car Club. With locations in Manhattan, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Copenhagen, and Lithuania, the Classic Car Club maintains “a staggeringly stylish range of classic and modern automobiles that you can simply collect and drive away”. Choose from their Classic Car collection–(the Manhattan fleet has wonders such as the Shelby Cobra, Lotus Exige, and a brand-new Porsche Cayman), or from their Carbon Fiber Collection (drive away for the day in a Lamborghini Gallardo or the jaw-dropping Ferrari 458 Italia). $8,000 plus an initiation fee of $1,500 gives you 35 days of zipping around in their Classic Car Collection, while $11,960 plus the initiation fee will give you 30 days in the classic cars and 5 days in their supercars. Membership to Classic Car Club, www.classiccarclub.com.
Jack Spade Waxwear Canvas Computer Case Jack Spade Waxwear Canvas Computer Case. Jack Spade modernizes the durably aged look of waxed canvas in this cleanly masculine, linear design. Leather trim, a padded interior computer sleeve, interior organizing pockets, and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap round out this handsomely practical laptop and file case. Jack Spade Waxwear Canvas Computer Case, $385. www.jackspade.com
2012 Triumph Scrambler 2012 Triumph Scrambler. A leaner, meaner, stripped-back version of its more popular sibling, the Bonneville, the Scrambler has a larger frame, a pair of bold chrome mufflers at its side, and that vintage 1960s engine growl. A perfect gift for that unique-yet-classic daredevil type on your list. Pick one up in matte racing green or matte black. 2012 Triumph Scrambler motorcycle, MSRP $8799. www.triumphmotorcycles.com
Beyerdynamic T5p Portable Audiophile Headphones Beyerdynamic T5p Portable Audiophile Headphones. Give the audiophile on your list the be-all and end-all of headphones. The German audio electronics maker brings their technological brilliance to the portable headphone space with the T5p, a full headphone set that can connect to all portable devices while giving listeners that richly detailed trademark sound. Beyerdynamic T5p portable headphones, MSRP $1,295. www.north-america.beyerdynamic.com

Keep an eye out for the next installation of our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide!

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