Great gift ideas when money is no object 

click to enlarge Wildly Delicious’ regular and peppermint hot chocolate mixes make rich, velvety, European-style cocoa. Packaged in retro gift tins, they are available from Napa Style, the retail outlet for Food Network star chef Michael Chiarello. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Wildly Delicious’ regular and peppermint hot chocolate mixes make rich, velvety, European-style cocoa. Packaged in retro gift tins, they are available from Napa Style, the retail outlet for Food Network star chef Michael Chiarello.

These exclusive, top-of-the-line gift ideas are for givers with healthy resources and recipients with first-class taste.

Chocolat Chaud $19.99
Wildly Delicious’ regular and peppermint hot chocolate mixes make rich, velvety, European-style cocoa. Packaged in retro gift tins, they are available from Napa Style, the retail outlet for Food Network star chef Michael Chiarello. Napa Style, 6525 Washington St., Yountville, (866) 776-6272, www.napastyle.com

Bellocq Tea Collections $229 to $490
Endorsed by Martha Stewart, the Greenpoint, N.Y., artisan tea company (formerly of Kings Road in London) sells individual blends but also offers yearlong subscriptions, including 12 Months of Bellocq, featuring small-batch, full-leaf tea in traveler caddies holding 3 to 4 ounces; $390 for yellow or blue caddies, $490 for silver-plated. The Ultimate Year of Tea ($229) is another monthly sampling of artisan blends. www.bellocq.com

2013 Lamborghini Aventador $398,000 and up
With 12 cylinders and 700 horsepower, Lamborghini’s demonic Aventador — available in a coupe or roadster — is a savage beast, reaching 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 220 mph. The 2013 engine can switch to six cylinders, saving fuel. San Francisco’s British Motor Car Distributors is taking pre-orders.
British Motor Car Distributors, 901 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (888) 203-8101, www.britishmotorexotics.com

Mr Yen Paper Cuts $12 and up
Using an emailed photograph and a tradition dating back to the 18th century, Mr Yen’s custom paper portrait silhouettes ($97) are made entirely by hand, unlike other enterprises offering laser-cut designs. Custom signs ($73) and cards ($12) also are available.
www.shop.mr-yen.com

Pashley Bicycles $1,095 and up
Handmade in Britain since 1928, Pashley’s svelte, elegant and sturdy models are the cream of the crop in boutique bicycles. Eighteen hand-built and designed models for men and women — all with Brooks leather saddle seats — are offered in various frame types.
www.britishbicycle.com

Sparkling Italy tour $3,800
Sur La Table’s “Prosciutto & Prosecco” seven-day tour begins at Italy’s Gastronomic Library at Academia Barilla in Parma with a class featuring master chefs, then moves to the Apennine Mountains, home of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and into prosciutto, wine and prosecco country. Travel is April 7-13; a $450 per-person deposit is required, and five-star hotel and food are included.
(800) 243-0852, www.surlatable.com

Lladro lamp $700

Designed by sculptor Virginia González, Lladro’s handcrafted porcelain Naturofantastic-Hanging Lamp is partially gilded to create a warm, intimate glow. Made in Valencia, Spain.
www.lladro.com

Magnetic wallpaper $128 and up
Sian Zeng’s ingenious, adorable wallpaper — Hilary Duff has it in her home’s nursery — has a magnetic primer coat, which accommodates magnets that come in cute shapes: a flying pig, owl, hedgehog or frog. A 10-meter roll costs $104. Framed 20-by-20-inch art boards ($128) that come with magnets also are great for story-loving youngsters.
www.Sianzeng.bigcartel.com

Aerin Beauty Holiday Collection $130
Launched by the granddaughter of Estee Lauder, Aerin Beauty, a line exclusive to Neiman Marcus, is dedicated to making makeup “effortless.” The Holiday Palette ($70) is a convenient selection of saturated, shimmering neutral eye shadows matching any skin tone. Lipstick and gloss ($30 each) last a long time.
Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton St., S.F., (415) 362-3900, www.neimanmarcus.com

Sofia Cashmere throws $800 to $1,150
Sumptuous, generously proportioned cashmere throws — available in diamond, wave lattice and cable weaves — add elegant comfort to any decor.
Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton St., S.F., (415) 362-3900, www.neimanmarcus.com

Art in a Box subscription $150 to $600
Oakland’s Compound Gallery presents the art version of community-supported agriculture, delivering art (instead of produce) to doorsteps for $50 per month. Buyers describe their aesthetic tastes and Art in a Box carefully chooses, and sends, unique works by local artists for customers to keep.
Compound Gallery, 1167 65th St., Oakland, (510) 601-1702, www.artinabox.net

Alexander McQueen sunglasses $139
The slight cat-eye shape of these shades both flatters the face and evokes a 1960s Jackie O. style, while the glowing, geometric sun ray design gives them art deco flair.
Solstice Sunglasses, 846 Market St., S.F., (415) 543-4100, www.solstice.com

Handmade hanging pods $38 to $375
Sculpted by San Francisco ceramicist Jo Boyer, these wall pods evoke nature and can stand alone or frame precious mementos.
Paxton Gate, 824 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 824-1872, www.paxtongate.com

Reserva Jamón Ibérico de Bellota Ham $950

Fermín’s holiday bone-in limited reserve ham is the ultimate foodie gift. The free-range, acorn-fed pork from western Spain is aged for four years, with temperatures constantly moderated by curing masters, resulting in melt-in-your-mouth perfection. A wooden, swivel-grip jamón holder with knife is also available for $199.
(800) 710-4304, www.tienda.com

Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon $70
Produced in a limited batch, this Kentucky bourbon has been aged for more than
11 years by Buffalo Trace Distillery. The 100-proof spirit boasts fig, caramel, oak, tobacco and fruit notes.
(800) 658-8149, www.drinkupny.com

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