Want to live in showy luxury like a Bravolebrity? There’s a catalogue for that.
The annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out! The high-end gift catalogue is nearing 90 years old now, and was originally published in 1926 as a sort of holiday card to very good customers. Now, it’s mostly known for its so-called “fantasy gifts” that attract big media attention. (OK, we’ll bite!)
Here are a few of the most most over-the-top gifts we’re drooling over.
Iris Apfel Trunk: $80,000
"More is more, less is a bore!" That’s the style mantra of 94-year-old fashion guru Iris Apfel — and a concept we can totally get behind. This gift comes with an ikat-embellished trunk — upholstered with hand-loomed fabric from Uzbekistan — packed with vintage finds and accessories handcrafted by women globally and inspired by Apfel’s personal collection. Pieces come from Nepal, Turkey, India, Afghanistan, Tibet, Haiti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ecuador, South Africa, and Rwanda. The package also includes lunch and a styling session with the design icon.
Neiman Marcus Mustang: $95,000
The 2015 Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Mustang Convertible commemorates Mustang's 50th anniversary… and can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. The car has a race-inspired dual-exhaust system, lightweight forged 20-inch wheels, and a special custom-covered body. Of course, you’re not on your own after you pick up your new whip: The package also includes a two-day Ford Racing School Course so you can learn to be a race car driver. No shame in your midlife-crisis game!
The Orphan Barrel Project: $125,000
The original idea behind this project was to share otherwise-forgotten barrels of rare whiskey discovered in old rickhouses and distilleries. Each release is hand bottled—and there’s absolutely no more where they came from. The package includes a gift for you and five friends to the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky — with luxe accommodations all the way, of course — to taste recently discovered bourbons, and make two totally custom unique Orphan Barrel variants to be hand bottled with labels designed just for you. You'll then receive 24 bottles to take home — including your very own creations — along with a bespoke cabinet to house your fine collection.
Arch Motorcycle Ride: $150,000
Actor Keanu Reeves and custom bike builder Gard Hollinger make up Arch Motorcycle Company, and their first production bike can be yours. The KRGT-1 is framed in steel and aircraft-grade billet aluminum with carbon-fiber fenders and front cowling, and has a 124-cubic-inch V-twin engine that produces 121 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque. You don’t even have to really be sure what any of that means to enjoy the second part of the present: a two-day ride experience for you and a guest along the California coast with Reeves and Hollinger, complete with first-class airfare, beachfront hotel stay, and private car service from the airport. Talk about an excellent adventure.
Exploration at the Edge of Space: $90,000
This two-part adventure starts next year with visit to a test flight for high-altitude balloon voyage company World View. The Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona will host you for three nights while you spend your time with the flight's chase and recovery team, and tour Biosphere 2 with original crew member and World View C.E.O. Jane Poynter. The following year, you and five (seriously lucky) buddies will experience 360-dregee views of the planet as a high-altitude balloon lifts your luxe pressurized capsule 100,000 feet above Earth. Uh, best Instagram snap ever?
Dream Trip to India: $400,000
You could book a commercial flight to India and browse TripAdvisor to figure out what’s good. (Yawn.) But why do that when you can travel the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book way? Oh yes, for a scant $400,000 (making it the priciest score in the book), you can nab a 12-day trip for two via O'Harani Luxe Experiences, during which you’ll travel in private planes and vintage cars to the finest hotels, restaurants, and experiences. Think historic tours, private cricket lessons, and a dance lesson on a private Bollywood movie set. You might call it the Taj Mahal of holiday gifts. Now get packing!