What's the first gift handed out every holiday season? Why, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, a compendium of all things luxury and giftable that's famous for it's over-the-top, one-of-a-kind "Fantasy Gifts." Every year these gifts become progressively more, well, fantastical.
Besides wondering who actually buys these drool-worthy items, I always enjoy flipping through the pages and imagining myself taking the luxury trips, riding the high-speed vehicles, and wearing the couture accessories that Neiman’s deems dreamworthy. This year, the Christmas Book features a trip to the edge of space, a trunk filled with vintage finds from fashionista Iris Apfel, and a private tour of Italy with jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno. Not to mention a motorcycle trip along the California coast with Keanu Reeves and a maharajah-style trip to India.
So, if you think you’ve made the top of Santa’s “nice” list this year, why not chance it and ask him for one of these Fantasy Gifts? Pro tip: it might help to let him know that a portion of the proceeds from each gift goes to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
World View Exploration at the Edge of Space—$90,000
This fantasy starts in 2016 with a behind-the-scenes look at a World View test flight. You spend three nights at the Miraval Resort in Tucson, Ariz., and three days with the flight’s chase and recovery team, plus you get a private tour of Biosphere 2 with World View CEO and original crewmember Jane Poyter. Not enough? In 2017, you and five companions hop on a pressurized capsule that lifts you 100,000 feet above Earth with a high altitude balloon. Now that is what we call a worldview.
Dream Trip to India—$400,000
India’s rich culture, delicious food, and amazing people have always drawn me to dream of traveling throughout the country. This year Neiman’s list offers a luxury trip to India for the bargain price of $400,000. For 12 days, you and a guest can travel in private planes and vintage cars to luxury hotels and restaurants in Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai. The package includes guided historic tours through landmarks like the Taj Mahal, private cricket lessons and even a private dance lesson on an actual Bollywood movie set. But, Neiman’s, just to let you know—you had me at India.
Iris Apfel for Bajalia Trunk of Accessories—$80,000
Iris Apfel’s status as a fashion icon was sealed in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited a retrospective on her vibrant, eclectic collection of haute couture through the decades. If that wasn't enough, the 93-year-old fashionista was immortalized in Iris, the 2014 documentary on Apfel’s life and style. This year, Neiman’s gift list features an ikat-embellished trunk filled with vintage finds and accessories handpicked by Iris and handcrafted by women around the world. As if that weren’t enough of a draw, the gift includes lunch and a styling session with Apfel herself.
Arch Motorcycle and Ride Experience—$150,000
This fantasy includes not only a custom motorcycle but also a two-day ride along the California coast with bike designers Keanu Reeves (yes, that Keanu Reeves) and Gard Hollinger. The pair teamed up to build the KRGT-1, their first production bike, which has crazy-awesome specs and has been called "the Zen of Motorcycle design." More importantly, imagine the amazing conversations about Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure you could have with Keanu after a day of cruising the California coast.
Italy Tour with Ippolita and Artemest Craftsmen—$150,000
This dream gift immerses you in Italian art and design, guided by jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagnom of the covetable and collectable line Ippolita. On the seven-day VVIP art tour of Florence and Venice, Rostagnom will take you through local studios and workshops where you'll meet acclaimed artists and delve into the forefront of Italian art and design. You'll also have special access tours of museums and (of course) plenty of authentic Italian cuisine.