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‘Tis not even Halloween, but ’tis already the season for the splurge-minded folks at Neiman Marcus to grace us with the insane 2016 Fantasy Gifts Guide.
We begin with a history lesson. In 1959, Stanley Marcus shocked holiday shoppers with a preposterous gift idea in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book: a Black Angus steer, delivered on the hoof or in steaks, accompanied by a silver-plated serving cart. The publicity stunt didn’t just create buzz. It actually scored sales, and ever since, Neiman Marcus has annually delighted shoppers with a whimsical, outlandish holiday guide called Fantasy Gifts.
Over the years, the lists of extravagant proposed presents have included signed Jeff Koons artwork, luxury cars, a diamond-finding adventure, custom fragrances, a motorcycle trip with Keanu Reeves, and a US$150,000 falconry kit. Suddenly those pockets feel a little shallower, don’t they?
This year’s crop of Fantasy Gifts does not disappoint. Behold, the full jaw-dropping list:
Walk-On Role In The Broadway Musical Waitress
Cue the curtain: this is the moment in the spotlight the star in your life deserves – a walk-on role in Broadway’s tastiest musical, Waitress. In addition to the thrills and chills of appearing on a Broadway stage, the gift comes with four premium show tickets, a meet-and-greet with the Waitress cast, and a Waitress-themed pie-making lesson with the show’s pie consultant. The only thing more delicious will be the rave reviews back home.
Curated Collection Of Award-Winning Children’s Books
Neiman Marcus offers a collection that spans almost 80 years and appeals to all generations. Each of the 36 books in this singular collection is a winner of the Caldecott Medal, an honour bestowed each year since 1938 to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children” as voted by the Association for Library Service to Children. This once-in-a-lifetime library is composed entirely of first editions and early printings, all in original dust jackets.
A Week Of Luxe Living At Three English Estates
The lucky giftee and seven intimates – or you and seven people you wish to impress royally – will live like dukes and duchesses for a week in a trio of country estates. Guests will occupy their days with helicopter rides, meals from Michelin-starred and celebrity chefs, clay pigeon shooting, polo lessons, supercar drives through the countryside, and other elegant pursuits. The three estates included are Alnwick Castle, Wilton House, and Blenheim Palace.
One-Day Private Quarterback Camp With Joe Montana
Four-time Super Bowl winner. Three-time Super Bowl MVP. Personal coach for a day? Yes, yes, and absolutely. Give the gift of smoother moves and sharper thinking through a private quarterback camp with none other than “Joe Cool.” The recipient and three cronies will train for a day in the San Francisco Bay Area with the one and only Joe Montana, the record-breaking National Football League quarterback who led some of the most famous game-winning drives in NFL history. A photo with the Pro Football Hall of Famer and a personalised football are included as souvenirs.
INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition
The best way to get from point A to point B is stylishly. Neiman Marcus has teamed up with INFINITI for the INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition, a 400-horsepower head-turner in stunning Solar Mica paint. Here’s a peek at what’s included: exclusive carbon fibre fender vents, fog-light finishers, mirror caps, and rear spoiler. Gleaming red brake calipers. White leather seats and a matching white leather weekender bag. A 3.0L V6 Twin Turbo engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, manual shift mode, and downshift rev matching. Only 50 are available, making this an exceedingly rare gift.
For The Pessimist: A Mattress With Built-In Lockbox
Your favourite prophet of doom can sock it all away in superior – and stealthy – style, while everything goes you-know-where in that handbasket. This king-size mattress holds a cleverly camouflaged lockbox, safe from fire and virtually impenetrable. The lockbox is opened only by one of a million-plus possible combinations, and is removable, too, should things get really grim and your defeatist needs to flee.
For The Optimist: A Bracelet That Brightens The Future
Founded in 2007, Akola is a nonprofit organisation that empowers marginalised women to become agents of transformation in their families and communities around the globe. This bracelet – handmade from paper, glass, and gold – is a reminder that you are helping to change lives when you support Akola. For the sunny-minded optimist, it’s the most hopeful gift of all: an investment in the future.
Exclusive Grammy Awards Experience
For a certain someone in your life, music isn’t just the food of love – it’s a fully scored, fully savoured feast. Give that number-one music lover (and his or her lucky guest) an experience that will play on and on: a head-spinning trip to the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The tune-happy two are off to Los Angeles in mid-February, complete with airfare, transportation, a sumptuous stay at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, and two $1,000 Neiman Marcus gift cards. The recipient will also take home an official 59th Annual Grammy Awards poster autographed by show talent and a gold Gibson Les Paul ’59 Reissue guitar.
Cobalt Valkyrie-X Private Plane In Rose Gold
The Cobalt Valkyrie-X will be one of the fastest piston aircraft in the world when it debuts in 2017. With a shape that is raindrop sleek and a 350-horsepower engine, the Valkyrie-X will whisk its pilot and three passengers along at speeds of up to 230 mph, with a range of up to 1,150 ground miles. The private-club interior features hand-stitched leather seats and suede-like Alcantara, plus plentiful storage for golf clubs, skis, and suitcases. To make the gift even more exclusive, the Neiman Marcus edition wears an exclusive rose-gold coating and boasts a one-of-a-kind interior colour scheme.
Slumber Party At The Dallas Neiman Marcus Flagship
For the recipient and 11 of her BFFs, it’s a girls’ night in at the Neiman Marcus flagship in Dallas. The celebrants will slip into Neiman Marcus-print pajamas (personalised with monograms), play in the Precious Jewels Salon, and screen fashion flicks surrounded by Valentino, Givenchy, and Chanel. Drinks and dinner are provided, along with gift bags and a team from Le Métier de Beauté performing facials, makeovers, manicures, pedicures, shampoos, and blowouts.
His & Hers Lily Pulitzer Neiman Marcus Island Cars
For island lovers everywhere, Neiman Marcus offers thoroughly modern updates of the surrey-topped little lookers that zipped around Monaco, Nice, and Cannes in the 1950s and ’60s. These highly bespoke versions feature tough composite bodies, stainless steel fittings, powerful and clean electric motors, long-range batteries, and a sound system with Bose speakers and Bluetooth capabilities. His Island Car comes in crisp, custom green. Hers is pretty in pink. Both come bedecked in authentic Lilly Pulitzer prints, not only for the seats and removable fabric tops, but for totes, towels, his swim trunks, and her caftan, too.