Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Five Exclusively Unique Gifts For 2009

The Stirling Club Courtier has created its top five exclusive gifts for 2009. All of them represent some of the most exclusive finds that people are talking about this year, and all of them include an element of originality, including the price.

Along with our top five quick picks, The Stirling Club is sharing several of its upcoming special events for the next two weeks. Like the exclusive gift picks, they all represent events that you cannot find anywhere else in Las Vegas. Enjoy!

1. Life-Sized Lego Sculpture of You, $60,000

Nathan Sawaya is considered the world's foremost independent LEGO artist, using LEGO exclusively as his art medium of choice. When he isn't touring along with The Art of the Brick museum show, this freelance artist accepts commissioned work from individuals, corporations, and almost anyone with a good idea. During the holidays, some of those good ideas include building a life-sized LEGO sculpture of anyone, based on nothing more than measurements and a few photos.

2. Limited Edition Fighter Motorcycle, $110,000

There are only 50 P120 Fighter Combat motorcycles available, with 45 of them being offered in the 2009 Neiman Marcus Christmas book. Featuring a 120-cubic inch radial twin engine that delivers 160 horsepower, the ride is described as informed, pure, and explosive. It's yet another success for Confederate Motor Company, which was founded in 1991 to create the most holistic, avant-garde process in motorcycles.

3. Stuart Weitzman Tanzanite Heels, $2 million

First spotted at the Le Vian party in Las Vegas, these silver leather designer heels flaunt 185 carats of tanzanite and 28 carats of diamonds. The shoes were the collaborative efforts of Stuart Weitzman teamed with jeweler Le Vian. Given the exclusivity of this single pair, you might have to settle for one of the other wonders from Stuart Weitzman, who is responsible for designing five of the world's top ten most expensive shoes.

4. One Night in the Royal Penthouse Suite, $65,000

As much as it would be nice to attribute it to Las Vegas, the world's most expensive suite is the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, up from $33,000 per night last year. The four-bedroom suite occupies the entire top floor of the hotel and has bulletproof windows and doors. The suite is popular with international diplomats. The hotel itself overlooks the imposing panorama of the Geneva Harbor at Mont Blanc. In Las Vegas, the current ooshest publicly available suite is the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at The Palms, which runs as high as $40,000 per night.

5. Holiday Membership Gift at The Stirling Club, $200*

Admittedly self-serving to include membership at The Stirling Club as one of the most exclusive gifts of the year, the Holiday Membership Gift is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a member of a premier private club in Las Vegas. This special gift, which is only available through an existing member, is ideal for referred family and friends. The membership does require a modest administration fee* (no initiation fee) and monthly dues, based on the level of membership they prefer.

You can discover the property amenities at The Stirling Club site, but the real benefits of membership tend to be what happens here all the time. Here are some highlights over the next two weeks. (Reservations are required.)

• Designer Sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3. This special member event features up to 80 percent off fashions from Versace, Just Cavalli, Galliano, Torras, and others. The sale also includes some rare and exclusive gems and settings selected by Fred Paris.

• Chanco - Rahman Piano Duo, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. Aileen Chanco and Raja Rahman have been performing together since they were students at The Julliard School, which is one of the one of the world's most prestigious performing arts conservatories.

• Kids Art Class, noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. Taught by 'Art Classes for Kids,' this special family event in the North Lounge teaches children (and those young at heart) how to paint gingerbread houses, reindeer, poinsettias, of abstracts for the holidays.

• Member Holiday Open House, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. Set in the Stirling Room, this festive members-only event includes complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

• Hanukkah Dinner, starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11. A special Hanukkah dinner and Menorah lighting will take place in the member dining room. A special menu insert will also be available during the holiday.

These events are all in addition to regularly scheduled live entertainment, Sunday brunches, and Monday night football parties in the cigar bar. For more information about any events, please refer to the The Stirling Club newsletter.

For non-members interested in becoming members and then taking advantage of the Holiday Membership Gift program, please contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director, at 702.784.4603.
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