30 Lesser Known Luxury Items

Random Observation/Comment #720: My new favorite thing to do is visit neighbors and look for cool gadgets I can buy. I totally want that Dyson lamp. Yea, they make lamps.

Why this List?

I don’t like expensive things, but I do invest in awesome things that bring me joy and perceived luxury. The most expensive thing on the list is probably the couch. Here’s stuff I have that I’m so glad I invested in. These certainly elevate my house into my home.

If you want to see all of these, I’ve created an Amazon buy list.

  1. Bidet toilet seat – I have both the Korean Lotus ATS-908 ($599.00) and lesser known cheaper Inus brand ($194.99). We’ve been spoiled with heated toilet seat with a bidet since our first place in NY. If you don’t have one, it’s truly a game changer.
  2. Aeropex Aftershokz bone conductor headphones ($129.99) – I forget I have these on anymore, but I use them all the time. Bluetooth and long battery life to last a whole day.
  3. Oculus quest 2 ($250) – Recent purchase, but I love the flexibility without the wires. Still getting my table tennis fix and trying out some really great ideas.
  4. Gas fire place ($$$ + labor) – One button turn on and off is super convenient. This is added in the mortgage and not sure how much it would cost to get it wired up.
  5. Nice chef’s knife ($250) – Just did an upgrade to a beautiful piece recommended at a local shop. I’m also thinking about a Chinese meat cleaver-like blade.
  6. Scotch set with decanter and bar cart ($99.95) – I don’t have this particular model, but look how cool this looks. doesn’t need to be super fancy, but I do take pride in a well stocked liquor selection
  7. Me undies underwear ($24 per month) – I’ve done a full conversion of all my underwear to me undies after a year-long membership and I’ve never been happier.
  8. Long sleeve comfy sleeping shirts and comfy sweatpants ($30) – I have about a dozen of these breathable long sleeve shirts that I love. I believe they’re the knockoff Costco version of the underarmor winter running shirts. Highly recommend the uniqulo sweatpants which got a lot of wear throughout this pandemic.
  9. Good hiking boots ($150) – I’ve been wearing the same Salomons since August 2020 from REI. Good traction and easy to put on. I’ve removed tying shoelaces from my life.
  10. Warm slippers ($23)- I rotate out slippers every 4 or 5 months because I’ve worn them all the time through the pandemic. These $23 ones on Amazon are super comfy.
  11. Comfy throw blanket ($30) on a comfy couch ($7k+) – This just makes my day. Get the biggest size. I can always rely on sitting on a comfy couch (which we got from Arhaus and just love it).
  12. Silk pillow cases ($16.99) and pillow with the cold gel ($34.99) – Great for breathability and always love sleeping on a slightly cooling pillow.
  13. Body pillow ($23.99) and weighted blanket ($39.99) – Just got the weighted blanket recently and you either love it or you hate it. I personally love it. I have always used a body pillow as a blanket.
  14. Sonos arc and sub ($1498)- I’m not an audio snob, but it’s never a bad idea to invest in a nice sound system.
  15. High quality mic setup – Not only is this a great conversation starter, but it improves my voice quality with all these zoom calls
  16. Good coffee and Jura A1 coffee machine ($799) – Part of the pandemic improved skills is brewing better coffee. Choosing high quality beans and grinding them fresh. We have a ninja coffee machine that I use daily. I just bought the Jura A1 coffee machine which grinds the coffee beans fresh.
  17. Fake plants ($100+) – Only because I can’t take care of real ones. I think plants are so underrated for liveliness of a space. Even a few air plants hanging up will tie it all together. We bought these locally instead of everything from Amazon
  18. Hammock ($100)- My wife was right – I can fall asleep immediately with this hammock and it has served me well for multiple naps
  19. Weekly cleaning crew ($140) – I’m so happy for splurging weekly on getting a dusting and vacuuming. We still put things away, but this is worth the cost
  20. Herman Miller Sayl chair ($700) – I spend enough time at my computer to have a comfortable chair in my life
  21. Snow blower – I don’t have this yet, but I don’t know why I don’t because it could have saved my back and wrist with the big snow storm we had earlier in the year.
  22. Power gate for car – Out of all the features, this is the one that makes me the most happy. Yes I can auto-start from my phone, but the trunk opens at the touch of a button.
  23. True sight cruise control – I have gotten so lazy with driving that I literally use cruise control all the time. The Subaru has True Sight which will set car speed and distance with the car ahead of you.
  24. Central cooling and heating – Growing up in a small house with Asian values of not using an air conditioner, I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have climate control. This is a luxury for a majority of people.
  25. Bath tub and bath salts – I get it now. It’s nice to just soak a bit and listen to an audiobook.
  26. Second fridge ($1000s) – This is my beer fridge. I love my beer fridge.
  27. Smoker/grill ($600-1500) – This will be an upcoming purchase as I realize all Dads will eventually get into some type of meat smoking and grilling phase. BBQing is peak Dad. I’ll probably get an alternative to a Traeger like a Camp Chef or Rec-Tec
  28. Instax film camera ($119.95) – The camera is not expensive, but the film is where they get you. I think it’s an incredible (and quickly expensive) party gift. I get infinitely more joy looking at a physical photo then just a digital one.
  29. Order a chef ($250 per person) – Relatively inexpensive for the per person cost and great for special occasions. We did a 10-person party for less than $2500. 5 hours covering 4 appetizers, 2 main dishes, dessert, and wine/beer pairings. Full clean up and everything.
  30. Daycare in walking distance – If this isn’t a luxury, I don’t know what is.

~See Lemons Like Nice Things