Spend Christmas like a Lottery winner with the most extravagant shopping list – The News

Spend Christmas like a Lottery winner with the most extravagant shopping list – The News


 Stunned Steve and Lenka Thomson claimed their huge £105million ­Euro-­­­Millions jackpot this week – just in time for Christmas  The pair say they want to use their money to do good, with builder Steve adding: “It’s so much, I’m going to be generous sensibly.”  So have they seen all the inventive ways they could treat themselves and others this Christmas? From diamond-encrusted baubles to £20k cards, we look at how they could spend their cash if they really wanted to go wild this year  £82,000 diamond-encrusted bauble  If Steve and Lenka are struggling to know how to decorate their home ahead of the festive season, they need look no further than the world’s priciest bauble  It costs a cool £82,000 but that price includes an impressive 1,578 sparkling diamonds  The dazzling decoration, which took more than a year to design, is set off by two gold rings, which are sprinkled with 188 rubies  The bauble was created by Embee Jewels of London, and Hallmark Jewellers.  It was originally sold to raise money for the National Autistic Society in 2010  £2.8m floral wreath  Should the couple be looking for natural beauty, they could consider something like this OTT £2 8million wreath, designed by Finnish florist Pasi Jokinen-Carter.  The festive fancy was laden with 32 diamonds and 16 rubies, which were extravagantly placed among blooming lingonberry, laurus and blueberry stems  The only downside: it lasted just 12 days. They can probably afford to commission a new one  £403,653 Christmas dinner  The best turkey comes at a price most of us would find hard to stomach  One 9kg free-range bird from Copas Traditional Turkeys would set you back a whopping £153 due to its “old-fashioned” upbringing and “superior eating quality”  Steve and Lenka could wash it down with some of the world’s most expensive plonk: a six-litre bottle of has previously been sold for £380,000  They could finish with the world’s priciest Christmas pud, soaked in 200-year-old Cognac and topped with a gold coin – a tasty £23,500  £125,000 trip to Lapland & dinner with Santa  Forget popping down to your local grotto, Steve and Lenka could go the whole hog with a blow-out trip to Lapland  A travel firm previously offered the world’s most luxurious Christmas break, which would set you back a wallet-busting £125,000 for nine days  The trip included highlights such as a luxury private jet, a husky sled ride, a stay in a hotel made of ice and the chance to see the Northern Lights  During the holiday guests could also enjoy a private dinner with Santa Claus himself at his cottage  £295 crackers  Fortnum & Mason is ensuring that Christmas goes with a bang with their pricey festive offering of six for £295  The trad green-and-red design may be beautiful but the retailer says “it really is worth pulling them apart to reveal the wonderful delights hidden inside”  With their luck, Steve and Lenka would no doubt find a range of awesome baubles inside  £7m Christmas tree  Christmas isn’t complete without a well-decorated tree but there’s no need for Steve and Lenka to make do with what’s on offer at their local lay-by or garden centre  If they wanted to go barking mad, they could buy the world’s most expensive fir  The tree, which cost more than £7million, was originally displayed in the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi in 2010  The 13m tree itself “only” costs £7,800 but it is adorned with jewellery and 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds and sapphires, alongside baubles and lights  It still holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensively decorated tree  £104,000 advent calendar  This year, two jewellers have launched advent calendars that contain more than just chocolate  High street store Beaverbrooks is selling a calender that has a platinum diamond ring worth £26,000 behind one of its doors  Meanwhile, Tiffany’s luxury calendar contains 24 gifts priced between £100 and £13,000 — and it comes with an eye-watering £104,000 price tag  But Steve and Lenka need to be quick if they want one. Just four have been released worldwide and only one is going on sale here  £20,000 card  After winning so much money, the Thomsons could begin to make good on their promise to be generous to their friends and family, by sending them the world’s costliest Xmas card  This card, which fetched £20,000 at auction in 2001, was first posted in 1843 – sent by Christmas card inventor Sir Henry Cole to his grandmother  Hand-coloured by London illustrator John Callcott Horsley, it is believed to be one of only 12 remaining from a batch of 1,000 originally lithographed  When it comes to presents, the wrapping can really put the seal on what is inside Steve and Lenka could buy their luxury gift wrap from Rebekah Chol, who sells paper covered in Swarovski crystals  If they wanted to keep things simpler, Rebekah also offers a range of personalised boxes, starting at £1,000, left  She puts on the crystals by hand – and one heart box with red gems took her three weeks to complete  £21,000 mince pies  Chef Ben Tish baked pricey six mince pies for the Taste of Christmas charity raffle  The sky-high snacks were stuffed with truffles, manuka honey and goji berries, then wrapped in 24-carat gold leaf

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