When Money Is No Object: Splash Some Cash on These High-End Gifts

Here's a list of local products you can buy while the rest of us continue to dream

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Acclaimed furniture maker Greg Klassen makes hardwood tables with built-in “water features.” His latest Archipelago Series is inspired by aerial views of island chains. Each design highlights rare cuts of burly wood to create the appearance of scattered islands surrounded by expanses of water. The wood’s natural edge is left raw, offering the illusion of depth as you venture beyond the shore. $8,950

The extravagant offerings of Seattle’s TCS World Travel aren’t for everyone. But if you’ve got the scratch, you can satisfy someone’s itch to travel the world in style. TCS’s Around the World package is a 24-day, nine-destination excursion taking in such sites as Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Great Barrier Reef, Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal. Your hotels are the finest, your meals the tastiest and your airplane a private Boeing 757 limited to 80 passengers. $85,950

Blown-glass water pipes crafted by Bellingham’s Mothership Glass have sold at auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars. It may take a Ph.D. in physics to grasp the mechanics, but according to Mothership’s press material, the Straight Fab Torus model shown here delivers “a smooth, consistent pull. The vapor’s journey begins with Mothership’s custom 14mm joint before traveling down the front of the piece and into the main percolation chamber containing the ‘Seed of Life Perc,’ which comes in three-, four- or five-seed iterations depending on the ultimate size of the piece. The water is propelled sideways through precisely crafted jets into the ‘torus’ section, where the spinning vortex is formed before draining back down the middle to replenish the ever-flowing river
of the Torus.” Got it? Get it. MSRP $8,000

Jon Rimmerman, founder and owner of Seattle-based Garagiste Wine, will curate a two-case (24-bottle) presentation that includes everything the wine-lover-to-be would require to begin or add to a new collection. Rimmerman, described by The New York Times as a “wild raconteur of wine,” will include examples of small-production wines — sparkling, red, white and dessert varieties — from around the world and, of course, Washington state. $995

It’s easy to be drawn to the glass sculpture of Coupeville native Jason Christian. While the next Year of the Dragon doesn’t occur until 2024, Christian’s Lucky Dragon 13 stands ready to represent, should you plan to celebrate early. A longtime member of Dale Chihuly’s boathouse team, Christian explores the intricate decorative techniques of Venetian-style glassblowing. $6,100

Olympia’s Bob Kramer Knives occupies a top rung in the world of knifemaking. The swirling aesthetic of the Damascus technique Kramer achieves on his high-end cutting utensils involves a painstaking process of creating “sandwiches” of two or more types of steel. This one was commissioned for MOHAI’s Edible City exhibition and incorporates material from a meteorite found in South America. Kramer produces in small numbers, so you have to buy through an auction process. $25,000-$30,000

With our traffic beyond nightmarish, consider giving an electric commuter bike. The RadCity, designed by Seattle’s Rad Power Bikes, is available online as a kit or fully assembled at its Ballard store. It’s powered by a 750-watt Shengyi motor integrated into the hub of the wheel to provide a smooth but rapid boost as you climb steep hills. The battery regnerates as you apply the disc brakes on the way down. It comes with LED lights front and rear, a speedometer, battery-life gauge, USB port for recharging your phone and a 48-volt battery pack that will take you a conservative 25 to 40 miles at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. $1,699