South Florida's Most Over-the-Top Holiday Gift Guide

Before you know it, you’ll be shopping for gifts then beautifying them with holiday-themed wrapping paper. Or you’ll spoil your loved one with an unforgettable experience. Below are the gifts someone, somewhere is going all out with. Is it you?

A decadent coconut cake from KYU Miami 

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This is not just any cake, it’s a family dessert recipe developed over many years. KYU’s executive chef, Michael Lewis, brought the recipe to the modern Asian eatery from his mother’s kitchen. It’s a gorgeous, not-too-sweet cake with coconut and cream cheese frosting sold whole with 72-hours notice. 

If your the relative hosting everyone this year, your friend or colleague is a foodie with taste buds loyal to desserts and all things coconut, this is the the perfect gift. 

Cost: $100

What: KYU’s “Mom’s Coconut Cake”

Where: KYU, 251 NW 25th St, Miami, 33127

Contact: 786-577-0150

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A photo shoot that would make the teenager in your life feel like a celeb

Claire Anderson, the woman behind the camera at Claire Anderson Photography created "Model Status Sessions." The photo-shoot package includes three hours of themed photography in a thoughtfully picked-out location, professional hair and makeup application, wardrobe styling and a free t-shirt. 

After the photo shoot, Claire, who also has graphic design experience, designs a custom heirloom album of the best moments, a wall-sized canvas photo and a "Vogue" style magazine with your teen on the cover. 

Babygirl will also be featured on Claire's Instagram account, and that's important because #followers. 

Cost: Between $2,500 - $4,000

What: Photo shoot experience with Claire Anderson

Contact: Email Claire directly at

Very expensive art from a very high end gallery 

When we called Taglialatella galleries on Worth Ave., Mr. Taglialatella told us to consider including "art of the new generation" on the list. B-Line (above) proves street art is not just for the streets. 

What: B-Line (2016), Stencil and MixedMedia on Fiberglass Brick Wall by Mr. Brainwash (1966)

Where: Taglialatella Galleries, 313 1/2 Worth Avenue-Via Bice, Palm Beach

Contact: David D. Ginn (Gallery Director), david@djtfa.con

A spa experience at The Breakers 

For four and a half hours, one or two guests can enjoy a personal steam shower, chromatherapy tub and semi-private outdoor terrace. Full services include a body scrub, a custom massage and a facial. 

Cost: $695 for two guests. Open to the public. 

What: The Breakers Signature Spa Suite Experience 

Where: One South County Road, Palm Beach

Contact: 561-659-8465

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A $1000 chocolate dessert 

Not kidding. At the Sugar Factory American Brasserie in Miami, you can dip Gold Chocolate Nuggets, Gold and Chocolate Truffles, Gold Dusted Gummy Bears, Chocolate Gold Studded Strawberries, Gold Leaf Chocolate Cupcakes, Gold Dusted Homemade Chocolate Bars and other yum-xurious treats into melted Dark Chocolate Truffle. Let each treat soak in your mouth as you sip a '02 bottle of Dom Perignon and a glass of aged cognac. The dessert must be ordered in advance and a $250 down payment is required. 

Cost: $1,000 

What: Chocolate Gold (menu item); serves up to six guests

Where: Sugar Factory American Brasserie, 1144 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach

A 'glam' set of mink eyelashes 

Why? Because friends don't let friends have short lashes. Is laying on a small bed for a few hours and getting individual eyelashes glued onto your lid every two weeks a little over the top? Absolutely. But is it worth it? Absolutely. Talk about runway ready — these babies will make you feel just as glamorous walking out of the house with lip-gloss and moisturizer as you do with a full face of makeup. 

Cost: $150 

What: The "Eyeconic Studios Glam Set" of mink eyelashes

Where: Eyeconic Lash Studio, 306 NE 2nd St., Suite 2, Delray Beach

Contact: Jae, 954-907-5655

An exotic car rental 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s exotic car collection features a program that allows renters to choose a Bentley, Jaguar or Tesla. You’re garunteed to feel like you’re on a higher level and what better time than the holidays? It’s a gift a group of friends or couple can enjoy. 


What: Top luxury car rentals at Enterprise

Where: Local pickup locations include Palm Beach International Airport and Enterprise at 2215 S. Dixie Hwy

Contact: 1-866-4-LUX-CAR,

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