THE COUNTDOWN: Holiday Gift Guide

Sponsored By: TAG Heuer  

Christmas begins December 25 at 12:01am worldwide

This Christmas, put luxury in the palm of your loved one's hand——literally—with one of these lavish gifts and experiences, centered on the hands and wrists.

Hand Yoga at Daya House

Nestled by tranquil Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, this yoga retreat offers the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate in the new year. A 10-day program packs in yoga, dance, hikes in the Guatemalan Highlands and even lessons in Mayan history. But the real treat are the classes in mudras (Sanskrit for "to bring forth delight"), a yoga practice focusing on hand gestures to enrich wellness. People who practice hand yoga believe each finger represents a different element: The thumb is fire, index finger is air, your middle digit is akasha (ether), the ring finger is earth and your little finger represents water.

This gift definitely keeps on giving: Once you learn them, mudras can be performed at your desk, in the car or anywhere else you can't bring a yoga mat. ($900 until December 31, then $1000)

TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11

The watch of choice for "King of Cool" Steve McQueen, this sleek TAG Heuer timepiece reflects the heritage of the legendary Monaco Grand Prix. The first automatic chronograph, the Monaco Calibre 11 is also the first square-cased watch that's water-resistant. And with a sapphire glass case and black perforated calfskin strap, it's the perfect accompaniment to any look. ($5,900)

Iris Ring by Mario Laz

Jewelry designer Jesse Marlo Lazowski is renowned for the inspired keepsakes and charms she creates for her brand, Marlo Laz. This eye-catching ring, for example, was inspired by ancient talismans from the Near East and its 14 karat gold base is complemented with an all-seeing eye made of onyx (for protection), pink sapphires (for energy) and opals (for spontaneity). We dare you to look away. ($2,800)

TAG Heuer Link Calibre 5 Automatic

When you need a timepiece that will take you from Monday morning at the office to Friday night on the town, the TAG Heuer Link Calibre 5 Automatic can't be surpassed. It combines comfort and elegance with an alternate finishing steel S-shape bracelet, sapphire case back, and a power reserve of nearly 40 hours. ($6,450)

Osmo Pocket

If your giftee is serious about taking video, a smartphone just won't cut it. The new DJI Osmo Pocket, a dazzling 12-megapixel camera you can hold in one hand, offers cinematic flourishes like motion-lapse, night shots and panoramic filming, and eliminates shakiness with a gimbal that stabilizes the lens along three axes. The Pocket works alone, or you can connect it to your smartphone or other accessories for more granular control.

At 4oz., its light enough to carry in your pocket and the USB-C port makes charging and sending photos a breeze. ($349)

Manicure and hand massage at ESPA Life

Our hands are among the most expressive parts of our body, but they're also the most abused. Give your giftee's mitts the reward they deserve with some TLC at the ESPA Life spa at London's Corinthia Hotel—They're soothing services are tops with both discerning male and female clientele.

An hourlong manicure includes meticulous cuticle work and nourishing products to condition and repair the nails. ESPA also offers reflexology massage, using reflex points on the hands (and feet) to tackle stress and other problems throughout the body. Best of all, your loved one's appointment includes access to the indoor swimming pool, sauna, ice fountain, heated loungers and private sleep pods. (Manicure $100, massages starting from $188)