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These Christmas Gifts Can Only Be Described As Fantastic!

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The 2013 Neiman Marcus Christmas book is out! And, once again, the catalogue offers up gorgeous photos of every woman's fantasy of designer shoes, evening gowns and leather goods.  There are gifts priced under $100 but for real fun, check out the gifts in the Fantasy Gifts heading.  There are eight offerings ranging in price from $11 thousand to $2 million! 

Check out this video of the Bespoke Global Falconry Companion.  

For $150,000, you get a20-karat gold plated perch, hand-carved stands, a luxury carry case for the bird and another for the table chair and afore mentioned equipment.  There are also exotic skin hoods, a hand sewn glove, not to mention, the handmade backgammon board, the crystal decanters for your liquor and cigar box and cutter.  But this package does not include the bird!

Would falconry be a little too effete for you?  How about something edgier?  NM offers the hand built "Wild Child" by Indian Larry. This is THE motorcycle built for the Discovery Channel's series, "Biker Build-Off" and considered the pinnacle of his career.  The price? $750,000. 

If you want hand built, rare and four wheels.  Check out this Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.  For $344,500, you'll be the proud owner of one of only 10 such cars in the world.

In the ultimate in outdoor entertainment, check out this "201" big screen TV and audio system.  This thing actually comes up from underground and then unfurls.  This kind of state of the art technology will set you back $1.5 million.  But you can upgrade the outdoor loud speaker system, to one that also emerges and retracts into the ground. That will up the final price to $2.6 million and change.

Finally, check out the item, Neiman Marcus calls "Roughing it."  This is an adventure package that starts with a 25 carat rough cut diamond. You'll get to fly to London to the Debeers diamond headquarters, dine with the CEO and then from there fly to Namibia to see where your diamond's origins.  From Africa, you'll fly to New York to meet with jewelry designer Maria Canale.  She'll transform that rough cut diamond into a ring that will be unique not only in design but because it comes with the story and memories of your journey.   The price?  Just under $2 million.

Frankly, my fantasy costs far less.  I love this $2,000 Roland Mouret dress.  But alas, that price would kill my credit card and would make it really difficult to climb into the news van.  ;)

 


 

It's officially the Christmas season as Neiman Marcus's Christmas Book is unveiled.  That gift guide always provides fodder for fantasy and farce as legions peruse the pages of over-the-top offers.

This year the hotly debated topic of most ridiculous gift seems to be alternately favoring the $150,000 Global Falconry Companion,  the more than $344 thousand Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, or the irresistible $1.85 million "diamond experience, " this year's most expensive fantasy gift.

Call it extravagant, but  the buyer gets a 25-carat rough diamond from which to make a personalized ring with the help a of jewelry designer, a trip to De Beers' headquarters in London and to Africa to trace the stone's origins.

That makes the Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System seem downright cheap starting at a measly $1.5 million.

If you want to do a little shopping, fantasy or otherwise, take a look at the wish book here.

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