From the middle of November, we’re already being bombarded by Christmas adverts, Wham! classics and a cold, wintry breeze.
For the majority of us, these things spell the start of a season where we have to carefully manage our money. Every family member or friend is allotted a certain budget for a present that we try to adhere to in an attempt to keep our bank balance in the black.
Lottery winners, of course, don’t have to entertain such thoughts. They’re free to pick and choose whatever gifts they wish.
To imagine the sense of freedom that must bring, we’ve drawn up a list of nine of the most expensive Christmas gifts you could buy this year if money was no object.
Cost: 750 €
Who for? The Adult That Refuses to be Defined by Their age
While we all wait patiently for the invention of the hoverboard, the folks over at Firebox have provided us with the next best thing: RocketSkates.
Powered by two brushless motors, the electronic skates can reach speeds of up to 12mph and have a range of up to ten miles.
If you’re still not convinced that they’d make the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one (who are we kidding? They’d definitely be for yourself!), the fact that you can wear the skates with any type of shoe should be enough to convince you. Oh, and did we mention that they light up too?
Cost: 95.000 €
Who for? The Teenager
For most of us, shaving is a daily chore that we’d rather do without. Thankfully, the Zafirro Iridium promises to change all of that. Built from pure iridium and sapphire, the razor’s blades are so fine – around 1/10,000th the width of a human hair- that they promise to deliver the closest shave possible.
If you thought the cost was still just a little too steep, the razor also comes with a complimentary servicing and cleaning package for 20 years.
A 20-Foot Animatronic Triceratops
Cost: 330.000 €
Who for? The Animal Lover
Can you think of a better way of spending Christmas day than building your own personal Jurassic Park?
The perfect companion for any family pet, this 20-foot animatronic triceratops uses motion-tracking sensing cameras in its eyes to respond to any movement.
It even features its own hidden 1,000-watt speaker that replicates the sound of the 67-million-year-old animal in riveting detail.
Magic Mushroom USB
Cost: 34.000 €
Who for? The Fashion Conscious
You could be forgiven for thinking that a USB stick that costs €34.000 and has the word ‘magic’ in its title might have a little something hidden up its sleeve.
The truth, unfortunately, is rather more boring. This Alice in Wonderland inspired creation from Shawish Geneva is made from 18-carat white gold and encrusted with emeralds and white diamonds.
Those looking to use the stick for practical everyday use might be disappointed to learn that its storage capacity (32GB) is half the size of many of its competitors and that it is still just as likely to get lost.
Cost: 2.350.000 €
Who for? The Petrol Head
Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a Bugatti Chiron on Christmas day.
Capable of reaching 0-60mph in less than 2.5 seconds, the German-made car even comes with a glovebox that doubles as a fridge.
Still, if you’re planning on making a long trip to visit the in-laws during the holidays, you might want to remember to pack a fuel can, as at top speeds, the Chiron is capable of using 100-litres of fuel in just nine minutes.
Killer Whale Submarine
Cost: 85.000 €
Who for? The Thrill Seeker
Forget socks and shower gels, this year’s must-have gift is a Killer Whale Submarine.
The craft, which can reach speeds of up to 50mph on the water’s surface, can launch up to 16 feet into the air. While there is no mention of it in the product’s description, we assume that all users would be encouraged to recreate the climactic jumping scene from the 1993 classic ‘Free Willy’.
Climbing Wall Treadmill
Cost: 9.500 €
Who for? The Fitness Fanatic
Let’s face it: jogging on a treadmill for 20 minutes a day can get a little monotonous. The good news is that once you do win the lottery, you can afford to spice things up a little.
Step forward the climbing wall treadmill, a fantastic piece of kit that can be adjusted to a range of different angles to suit a climber’s abilities.
The treadmill is motorless and powered solely by the climber’s weight, so you can feel safe to climb at a speed that suits you.
The Gotham Golfcart
Cost: 26.800 €
Who for? The Sports Lover
It’s almost a prerequisite that if you win the lottery, you have to take up golf.
While for those that aren’t exactly big fans of the sport, the Gotham Golfcart could provide the perfect solution.
Most noteworthy of all is Inspired by Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series. The cart is capable of reaching speeds of 38mph, thus making it perfect for evading capture from its enemies, like the dastardly sand trap and evil water hazard.
The World’s Largest Toe Tap Piano
Cost: 75 €
Who for? The Music Lover
At eight feet in length, this toe tap piano is perfect for involving the whole family during Christmas day.
The piano has the ability to recreate the sound of eight different instruments and comes with an inbuilt recorder and speaker that lets you share your creations with the whole of the world.
Hence, there are plenty of fun to be had. Especially relevant if you’d either attempt to recreate famous Christmas carols or Tom Hanks in the film ‘Big’.