Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Craziest and coolest gifts from Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book 2012
The book features luxury items, even for your chickens.
DALLAS The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book has become a beloved staple of the holiday season. Since the first edition was published in 1926, the Christmas Book provides delicious eye candy in fashion and home décor, and wows consumers with high-end gifts of unparalleled magnitude. Much has changed since the ‘20s, but there is no doubt Neiman Marcus’ taste in luxury has held steadfast.
Some of the items, particularly some of the “fantasy” items, are astounding. Check out our favorite picks and oversold choices below.
Too cool: Private dinner for 10 catered by four famous chefs — $250,000
Invite friends and family over for a one of a kind dining experience. Neiman Marcus will send world renowned Chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jerome Bocuse, and Richard Rosendale to prepare an in-house meal for up to 10 guests. As if that weren’t enough, the world’s first female Maestra Tequilera, Señora Gonzalez, will join them and entertain the party with tequila samplings. Every attendee receives an engraved crystal bottle when all is fed and done.
Too posh: Walk-on role as Annie in Broadway’s Annie: The Musical — $30,000
Neiman Marcus is giving consumers a chance to star in a Broadway musical without ever having to audition. For a pretty penny, anyone can mimic the cute little redheaded orphan Annie in the musical rendition of this classic. The Christmas Book does not specify if buyers have to look like Annie, be in the same age range, have a good voice, or any acting experience, but they will get to schmooze with the show’s producer at a five-star meal after the show.
Too cool: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody Tailgate Trailer — $150,000
This nifty little trailer is not only sleek looking; it is fully stocked with elegant glassware, a flat-screen TV with BlueRay capabilities, a surround system, and a year’s supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye. Talk about bringing the party with you — you'll never go thirsty on a camping trip or tailgate party again.
Too posh: “Poetic Wish” watches and trip — $1.09 million
These “his and her” watches from Van Cleef & Arpels are divine in design and paired with two-person trip oversees to Paris and Geneva. While the deal sounds like a keeper, the price tag is a breaker. Granted, $10,000 from each purchase will go to The Norman Mailer Center, which supports writers who challenge readers’ perspectives on the world. But is that enough to spur donors into action? Hotel reservations may or may not be included.
Too cool: Neiman Marcus/Target Mystery Package Deal — $3,500
Neiman Marcus and Target are in a too-good-to-be-true relationship and inviting patrons to reap the benefits. In their Christmas Book package deal, the fashion empires bring an exclusive collection featuring 24 elite designers right to your front door 50 separate times. All designers are members of the Council for Fashion Designers of America. Act fast, as only five of these gifts are redeemable.
Too posh: 24-karat gold and gem clip-on earring collection — $4,110
Everyone loves something sparkly, and designers Jose y Maria Barrera understand that. Their high-class line of dangling accessories is beautiful, to say the very least, and uses the most precious stones. However, to invest in all nine pairs (because you know you can’t live without one of them) costs almost as much as one semester at the University of Texas. Single pairs run about $450 each.
Too cool: Mink and fox capes — $1,595 and $1,995
Ladies love the chilly weather because it means they get to wear their most prized outer layers, many of which include fur. Neiman Marcus styles of this season are exquisite and, as always, fashion forward. The La Fiorentina brown multi-dyed mink hooded cape and the Sofia Cashmere cape with black-dyed fox fur are two great examples of the 21st century fur coat.
Too posh: Suede and tie-dye fox fur handbag — $5,595
No one is undermining the impeccable style of Jimmy Choo, however, this fur-clad handbag is more of an art piece than it is a functional part of a wardrobe. One minute out in the bustling world near open drinks, sloppy food, or sweaty crowds could ruin this delicate accessory. The white leather strap is a great finishing touch, but again easily tarnished.
Too cool: Mobile cinema i20 projector and battery pack — $150
This tactile accessory to an iPhone or iPad provides all the multimedia needed to enjoy a movie, music video or homemade masterpiece. All you need is a blank wall and some free time to experience the art of cinema. No more clunky projectors or tangled chords. The picture appears at a size up to 50 inches and the battery pack enables viewers to keep on watching with a low battery.
Too posh: Versailles-inspired mini hen farm —$100,000
Should your chickens be living in a nicer space that you are? Perhaps if they produce golden eggs, the answer would be yes. The most luxury chicken coop on the market provides animals with a multi-level nesting area, “living room” for nighttime roosting, a broody room, a library filled with chicken and gardening books and an elegant chandler. Unfortunately the cost does not include a maid service for this barnyard mansion.
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