Plenty of overpriced tech junk masquerades as a worthwhile investment. No one needs a solid gold iPad case, a James Bond submarine car, or a jewel-encrusted... well, anything, really. Only the mega-rich can afford such status symbols and to be honest, if that's how they want to spend their money, let them. The headache of fishing a ruby out of a platinum-plated Mac Pro desktop would probably be hilarious if caught on video.
Okay, maybe we do covet some outrageously priced items ourselves. But we still want serious utility with our luxury. Practicality can still be very expensive, after all, if you get what you pay for. The items on this list do indeed cost a pretty penny, but they're far more worthy of your cash than some shiny gewgaw with the same old processing power or features that you'd get for a (relatively) measly few hundred quid.
This list contains some of the highest priced, yet worthy products we've seen this year. It's actually surprisingly hard to find extremely costly tech even among the items we've looked at this year – it seems that prices are dropping out of the high-end market, what with the on-going economic climate.
Even so, we have some impressive goodies here, including a sturdy tablet which costs the best part of two grand, and a couple of HDTVs which tip the scales at over £4,000 apiece.
So start calculating just what you can afford; it's time to see what in the wide world of luxury tech gifts you want to purchase...
LG 65LA970 (£4,499)
This 65in model from LG is a 4K (UHD) TV set that boasts loads of features: A massive IPS panel, an astounding 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution, a motorised retractable speaker bar, a full LED backlighting array, and plenty more besides. It's gorgeous, and while 4K content is currently scarce, the owner of this big screen will be set for the future.
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1 (£1,895)
Its Intel Core i5-3437U processor makes this tough tablet a solid performer for any use. Like its ToughBook ancestors, the 10.1in ToughPad FZ-G1 can take all sorts of abuse, and even in a ruggedised chassis it's still slim and light enough to take anywhere. Made for professions that abuse, it's usable by anyone.
Leica M Typ 240 (£5,100)
The Leica M camera has a body design lifted from the 1950s, but with all the modern tech a digital camera needs. That includes a CMOS image sensor delivering 24-megapixel images, all in a relatively compact full-frame body. The included copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom will get you started editing.
Soundcast Melody (£379)
Don't let the slight resemblance to a bucket fool you. The portable and rechargeable Soundcast Melody wireless Bluetooth speaker delivers a powerful audio performance – the lows are deep and the highs are crisp. What's more, this speaker is great outdoors as it's sun and water resistant (i.e. it can cope with splashes, but it isn’t fully submersible).
Bose VideoWave Entertainment System II 55in (£4,250)
Why would you buy a 55in TV from Bose, a company better known for its speakers? Because the VideoWave II sounds amazing (duh), thanks to its fantastic Wave Tunnel sound system. Oh, and the LCD panel (with LED backlighting) provides pretty spectacular video, too.