The Verge’s favorite splurge-worthy gifts for 2023

Lego Millennium Falcon

If I had unlimited money to buy myself a ridiculous and impractical gift, I would buy the 7,541-piece Millennium Falcon set from Lego. It’s a hyper-detailed model of one of the most famous vehicles in all of cinema. It would also be cool to carry the completed ship around and pretend to make it fly. — Jay Peters, news editor
Price: $849.95+

Fujifilm GFX100 II camera

Okay, I know this is an expensive camera, but it’s actually cheaper than the previous model. The GFX 100 II offers a new sensor and features like 4K video, along with updated autofocus algorithms with better subject detection. But if you buy it, you’ll probably use it mainly for photography and you won’t be disappointed. You get what you pay for. — Vjeran Pavic, supervising producer
Price: $7,499+

Samsung’s The Wall All-in-One 146-inch

If I could afford to have entire walls of screens in my house, I absolutely would. Every screen brings me closer to feeling like I’m living on the internet USS Enterprise. On my screens I see practical things such as the weather and my agenda, or more pleasant things such as my favorite photos and works of art. This would be the next logical step. – Calliope Wright, junior editor
Price: $219,999


The Thermomix TM6 is the ultimate gift for chefs. Essentially it’s a blender that cooks and stirs, but it can also steam your salmon, fry your onions, chop your veggies, grate Parmesan, whip your cream, and even knead your dough. As if that weren’t enough, it’s also a kettle, rice cooker, sous vide machine and kitchen scale! — Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, reviewer
Price: $1,499

Custom DualSense wireless controller

Not only can Battle Beaver’s custom PlayStation 5 controller be built to your aesthetic specifications, but the ‘smart’ triggers and buttons provide snappy feedback for lightning-fast response. The optional rear buttons give you a slight advantage in competitive games, but unlike the one-size-fits-all DualSense Edge, Beaver’s crisp rear buttons are built into the controller wherever you want them. – Antonio G. Di Benedetto, trade writer
Price: $219

Forme Studio smart mirror

Why go to the gym when you can take it home? The Forme Studio smart mirror comes with two front-facing cameras, allowing you to participate in live one-on-one personal training sessions without having to step outside. You can even stream on-demand classes in 4K and benefit from customized workouts. – Sheena Vasani, trade writer
Price: $2,495

A Game of Thrones (Folio Society copy)

The Folio Society brings new magic to George RR Martin’s A song of ice and fire series, which is best known as Game of Thrones. The novels feature beautiful artwork and expert binding, although this comes at a price. One volume alone costs $230, while the entire series costs a whopping $1,150. But that’s just the cost of playing Game of Thrones. — Kaitlin Hatton, senior audience manager
Price: $230

DreameBot L20 Ultra

If you’re looking for an almost completely hands-free cleaning experience, the Dreame L20 robot vacuum cleaner has what you’re looking for. He can empty his waste bin, fill his own water tank and even remove and reattach his mop pads. It is also the only robovac that gets my baseboards clean! Other highlights include AI obstacle avoidance, cleaning detection, a camera, speaker and microphone for two-way audio. — Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, reviewer
Price: $1,199.99

Vaonis Stellina Observation Station

Few things inspire more awe than gazing at the stars. The Stellina allows you to admire the cosmos without the expertise required to use a traditional telescope. In fact, you don’t even have to be near the telescope. Images are sent wirelessly to your phone or tablet, so you can capture images of nebulae and galaxies from your porch. – Sheena Vasani, trade writer
Price: $3,999

Frank Lloyd Wright Racine Signature Desk

I don’t have a chair comfortable enough to sit behind this desk. I don’t have any clothes that make it look like I belong behind this desk. I don’t have a house nice enough to warrant this desk. But given the chance, I’d like to feel like I’m in the guest room of a 1960s supervillain lair. – Tristan Cooper, social media manager
Price: $11,050

The Best of Antarctica In Depth (Ocean Endeavor) expedition

If you have money, you can take your loved ones to a beautiful island with crystal clear waters. But why go somewhere where everyone has already been? Apart from some scientists, Antarctica is the only place in the world uninhabited by humans, meaning it is full of mysteries waiting to be discovered. In my book, that makes it much more exciting. – Sheena Vasani, trade writer
Price: $9,053

Akari 1AG light sculpture

The Akari light sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are timeless lamps handmade from bamboo and mulberry paper. They are design classics that radiate a sense of calm joy and do not feel overexposed. Some look like small televisions, while others resemble friendly aliens, the moon or walking stone columns. This one looks like Totoro. They are available in a huge range of floor, ceiling and table models. I really want one. – Nathan Edwards, senior reviews editor
Price: $200

Analog bag

Of course, there are many ways to play old Game Boy games on modern hardware. But few are as charming or authentic as the Analogue Pocket, which combines a beautiful modern screen with the classic Game Boy form factor and plays original Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges. No wonder the handheld immediately sells out as soon as it becomes available. — Jon Porter, senior reporter
Price: $219.99

Maeving RM1

I’ve always wanted a ‘real’ motorcycle. The electric Maeving RM1 is certainly not, but I cannot deny the attractive appeal of the British city bike. It’s built with high-quality materials and reaches a speed of 45 miles per hour, making it perfect for cruising around town or anywhere within a 40-mile range. Who has six thousand left and knows the right importer? — Brandon Widder, senior commercial editor
Price: ~$6,356.19

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Plus

The high-end soundbar from Sennheiser is the definition of a luxury purchase. It offers 13 advanced speaker drivers, 400W of amplification power and some highly advanced 3D audio processing, giving it an unparalleled level of clarity. I’m not looking to build a real home theater system just to watch old seasons Justifiedbut maybe with the Ambeo Plus that wouldn’t be necessary. — Brandon Widder, senior commercial editor
Price: $1,049+

HÅG Capisco chair

Of all the press samples I’ve tried over the years, the HÅG Capisco chair was the one I was most hesitant to return. The stylish, adjustable office chair is undeniably unique and surprisingly ergonomic thanks to its saddle-inspired construction, which also allows you to use it in a variety of comfortable positions. Just ask The edge‘s own Jay Peters, who uses one every day. — Brandon Widder, senior commercial editor
Price: $1,088+

Le Creuset 157-piece Ultimate Cookware Set

A 157-piece Le Creuset kitchen set delivered to your home on a pallet may seem like the most perk ever, but if you have money to spare, who cares? The set comes with every kitchen item you can think of, including frying pans, skillets and saucepans, mugs, dishware, a French press, kitchen utensils and even cookbooks. – Sheena Vasani, trade writer
Price: $4,499.99

Volkswagen ID Buzz (with Ququq BusBox-4)

The Volkswagen ID Buzz is a van like no other, especially when equipped with the Ququq BusBox-4. With the compact box you can convert the retro-looking electric vehicle into a camper with a comfortable folding bed and a kitchen, including refrigerator, two-burner gas stove and table. In other words, it’s basically a house on wheels, making it perfect for digital nomads. – Sheena Vasani, trade writer
Price: ~$72,979.27+

Warner Bros. 100th anniversary studio collection

For movie lovers, the Warner Brothers 100th Anniversary Studio Collection is a dream gift, featuring 30 of the studio’s most iconic films from the past century. That means you can enjoy beloved classics like east of Eden And 2001: A space odysseybut also modern hits such as The Matrix, The shiningAnd Elvis (and all in 4K too). – Sheena Vasani, trade writer
Price: ~$305.28+

Packster2 70

If money were no object, most people would look at luxury sports cars – but not me. Give me a premium electric cargo bike with great styling, long range and great power. Give me the Packster2 70, which can also carry both of my kids, yet has a profile slim enough to lane-split all the oversized SUVs stuck in traffic. – Andrew Hawkins, transport editor
Price: $10,199

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