St. Nick and snowflakes are just around the corner which can mean only one thing: the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out!
If you feel like a little splurge, the, “2018 wish list of the world’s most imaginative gifts,” has nearly 300 pages and includes almost 900 gifts across a rolling price range.
There’s a $658 Chiara Ferragni Skateboard, and a $260 Frosted Art Bakery Exclusive Gold-Bar Cake.
Half the gifts will set you back around $250, although there are a few $20 gifts sprinkled here and there.
But each year it’s the uber-deluxe, Fantasy Gifts that garner all the eyeballs.
“We are thrilled to debut this season’s Fantasy Gifts,” said Jim Gold, President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus Group. “It is a joy for us to continue this time-honored holiday tradition of offering gifts and experiences that capture the imagination of our wonderful customers.”
Want a glimpse of what you can have the privilege of spending a small fortune on this year? Take a gander:
A $7.1million, 74ft, Neiman Marcus Edition Serenity Solar Yacht
Ever wondered how much the world’s largest solar powered yacht costs? How about $7million dollars? Oops, for those counting pennies, it’s actually $7.1million, my bad.
This super-sized dinghy is 74 feet of unadulterated sea-going pleasure, including three levels and four main cabins.
Made by Serenity Yachts, this joy ride has more than 1,100 square feet of solar panels to boost it along at top speeds of 20 knots. Let’s hope the sun doesn’t take a siesta with pirates nearby!
The inside décor was overseen by Neiman Marcus’ very own Fashion Director, Ken Downing, so you know the visuals will be tasteful yet stunning. And, once you’re back on land, you have a Neiman Marcus shopping spree to revel in.
Discover India, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives…for $630,000
If terra firma is more your thing, how about Neiman Marcus’ Wonders & Wellness Journey land excursion to Nepal, India, Bhutan, and the Maldives? Compared to the Serenity Solar Yacht, it’s a mere pittance at just $630,000. Chump change!
Designed for a cozy quartet of just four lucky people, the Taj Mahal is on the itinerary with VIP access a given. Along the way you’ll be treated to the intellectual musings of noted historian William Dalrymple as well as Buddhist scholar Shantum Seth.
But wait, there’s more! For the mystics among us, the Journey is a match made in heaven (so to speak). During your 30-day trek you’ll set foot inside Kila Nunnery for a blessing from native healers, chopper to Taktsang Monastery, and gab with Hindu priests and monks. It’s a spiritual smorgasbord!
Fulfill your fantasy of becoming a secret agent
At just $315,000, this James Bond-inspired thrill package organized by The Invictus Experience is a bargain compared to some of the other Fantasy Gift stocking stuffers offered up this year.
Forget the Jones’ down the block! If you’ve ever wanted to keep up with the Bonds, as in James and Jamesetta, this is the package for you.
First off, you and three of your closest friends jet set to Las Vegas where you’ll enjoy all the goodies you’ve seen splashed throughout the movie franchise: McLaren and Ferrari rides, good times shooting at everything in sight with your very own machine gun, and to top it all off, firing your pistol from high flying copters while you make your getaway!
As an added bonus you have the option to rip up the desert sand in a High-Performance Off-Road Vehicle or jump with a Military Free Fall Team from 12,000 feet. And to make sure you look picture perfect as you skirt death and danger, a hand-tailored suit is thrown in for good measure (pun intended).
Larger-than-life animal sculpture by Bjørn Okholm Skaarup
Ever wanted to see the great art in Florence, Italy? Well now you can! For just $200,000 you, too, can have any animal figure of your choice cast in bronze. You thought we were talking about DaVinci? Don’t be silly!
Danish sculptor Bjorn Okholm Skaarup is the creator of the 15-foot bronze Hippo Ballerina on display at the Lincoln Center in New York City and he’s waiting for you in Florence to cast a forever memento of your cat, dog, rhino, or whatever beast your heart desires.
Oh, and if you still want to catch the frescos and abundant art pieces scattered throughout this beautiful city, feel free to stay as long as you like, because airfare is included in this creative package.
One-of-a-kind outfit by Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald designer
Fans of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald can supplement their movie-going experience with a one-of-a-kind costume piece stitched by the film’s designer, Colleen Atwood.
You and a guest will spend the day chatting with the four-time Oscar winner while she eyes you up and down for the purpose of creating a bespoke outfit for the ages, just for you.
For $300,000 lunch is included, so brown-bagging it isn’t a worry. But there is an epic swag bag with your name on it! Ok, so not literally your monogrammed initials on it, but still a fabulous sack stuffed full of Fantastic Beast memorabilia.
Included swag starts with a collection of Fantastic Beast wands from The Noble Collection, a selection of Fantastic Beasts books, and an autographed movie poster.
No matter what little Fantasy Gift you go with, you can feel exceptional and magnanimous at the same time. As an added bonus, Neiman Marcus will make a generous donation to various charities when each Fantasy Gift is purchased. What’s not to like?
Whatever Fantasy Gift caught your fancy, don’t linger too long: each present is a one-of-a kind treasure good only for a limited time.