Published On: Oct 19 2011 09:58:45 AM CDTUpdated On: Oct 07 2014 11:30:13 AM CDT
Each year, New York retailer Neiman Marcus offers some over-the-top "fantasy gifts" as part of its annual Christmas Book. Take a look at this year's pricey offerings:
Custom Locket and Trip with Monica Rich Kosann ($100,000) -- Your three-day journey toward your heirloom's creation begins in the German historic town of Idar Oberstein, home to some of the world's finest gemstone cutters. There, you'll join forces with jewelry designer and photographer Monica Rich Kosann at the workshop of Constantin Wild on a quest to find -- and design -- the perfect locket. Together you'll select a stone and collaborate on your creation. The final version, and a hand-painted rendering of your piece, will then make the journey to your home soon after. In the meantime, you are welcome to visit Kosann in New York City, where she'll photograph you and your family for the very portrait that will be kept and prized in your locket.
100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Maserati Ghibli S Q4 ($95,000) -- The 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine (produced in collaboration with Ferrari) catapults you from 0 to 60 in a mere 4.7 seconds. Q4 all-wheel drive means you remain fully in control no matter what the driving conditions -- even snow. There's nothing ordinary about a Maserati, but your particular car, in gorgeous Grigio Maratea, is one of 100 extraordinary vehicles built to mark the Italian car company's 100th anniversary.
The House of Creed Bespoke Fragrance Journey ($475,000) -- Your quest to fragrance utopia begins with two first-class tickets to Paris -- close to Fontainebleau, near the House of Creed atelier -- where you'll meet with sixth-generation Master Perfumer Olivier Creed to create the ultimate custom scent. While in The City of Light, you and a guest will dine with Olivier, enjoy five-star accommodations, white-glove car service, private tours, and other experiences befitting the royally amazing you. Six months later, your custom scent will arrive.
Vanity Fair Academy Awards Experience ($425,000) -- The star treatment begins Friday at the luxe Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel -- your home for the next three nights. Saturday's agenda is packed with special excursions, drinks at the famous Sunset Tower and dinner at celeb favorite Chateau Marmont. Oscar day kicks off with pre-party spa pampering and culminates with entrée to the night's most coveted event: the "Vanity Fair" party, where you'll mix, mingle and revel with silver-screen legends past and present. Hair, makeup and wardrobe styling by Neiman Marcus Style Advisor Catherine Bloom, and jewelry on loan are all provided for this once-in-a-lifetime evening.
Tanqueray No. Ten Imperial Shaker by Jason Crawley ($35,000) -- Recreated from a nineteenth-century drawing under the meticulous guidance of spirits impresario Jason Crawley, the 5-foot-tall Imperial Shaker oozes authenticity, from its cast iron, brass, copper and silver materials to the elliptical shake (versus a pedestrian up-and-down shake) created by the crank. A one-year supply of Tanqueray No. Ten and personal cocktail education session for up to 20 guests with a Tanqueray mixology expert are included.
Leontine Linens Home Trousseau ($55,000) -- Your induction to true luxury living begins with a personal in-home visit from founder Jane Scott Hodges, author of "Linens: For Every Room and Occasion" Together, you will select bed, bath and table linens for every room in your house -- from the master bedroom to the pool house -- to create a perfectly appointed home. With the purchase of the Leontine Linens Home Trousseau, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
Preston Bailey Peacock Floral Sculptures ($25,000-$65,000) -- Event planner to a who's who of celebrities, royalty, CEOs and athletes, Preston Bailey is globally celebrated for his ability to transform ordinary spaces into something truly magical. Now you can transport his genius to your own residence with a glorious peacock available in two sizes: A 6-foot-tall garden version with a 10-foot-long tail composed of silk flowers and seasonal plantings, and a 3-foot-tall indoor version with a 5-foot-long tail made of silk flowers.
The Slot Mods USA Ultimate Slot Car Raceway ($300,000) -- Pole position -- and the checkered flag -- are yours with this 100 percent authentic 1:32 scale model of your favorite track. Iconic structures, pit crews, period slot cars and more help get you into the action while integrated track cameras capture and display it on mini screens. Need help revving up the crowd? Racing legends, such as Vic Elford and David Hobbs, will co-host your inaugural race night party.
His & Hers Vilebrequin Quadski ($50,000 each) -- Jet ski meets ATV in this Quadski duo, which you can only purchase through Neiman Marcus. Hailed as the world's best high-speed amphibians, they convert from water cruisers to land lovers in just under five seconds. Concerned about speed? Contrary to the Vilebrequin turtle print, your Quadski quickly accelerates up to 45 mph on land or water, thanks to its 1300cc BMW engine.
Ultimate Mardi Gras Experience for Six Couples ($125,000) -- Hosted by noted New Orleanians, this five-day adventure in February 2015 offers a truly authentic, luxury experience for you, your significant other and five of your favorite couples. You'll stay in the heart of the French Quarter at the luxurious Audubon Cottages and enjoy world-class dining experiences: a jazz brunch at Commander's Palace, dinner at the city's largest restaurant and Mardi Gras museum, Arnaud's, and a special Valentine's Day meal at renowned Gautreau's. Your hosts will invite you into their homes (each of architectural distinction) for cocktails. You'll receive behind-the-scenes tours of local art galleries and attend a private concert and dinner at the legendary Preservation Hall. The trip culminates with a Lundi Gras evening ride in the spectacular Orpheus Parade, followed by the black-tie Orpheus Ball.
To view this year's Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, including the fantasy gifts, click here.
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