If you had unlimited cash, would you buy a water-propelled jet pack? How about a walk-on role in a world-famous musical?
This and more is available through Neiman Marcus' 2012 Christmas catalog. This marks the 86th anniversary of the over-the-top luxury goods book, and this year, the company is including charity donations in its goody bags.
Here are this year's top-dollar offerings:
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS "POETIC WISH" WATCHES & TRIP
A tale of love found and lost inspired the "Poetic Wish" watches from Van Cleef & Arpels. Mini works of art on the outside and exemplary displays of technical watchmaking behind the dial, these masterpieces are in need of their own happily ever after. The buyer lucky enough to purchase these watches will also receive two business-class tickets to Paris and Geneva to tour the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique, atelier, and watchmaking workshops. Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 for each His & Hers 2012 gift sold to The Norman Mailer Center, which supports writers who challenge readers' perspectives on the world around them. (starting at $1,090,000; page 74)
HERITAGE HEN MINI FARM
This Versailles-inspired Le Petite Trianon house is the poshest hen house ever imagined! The custom-made multilevel dwelling features a nesting area, a "living room" for nighttime roosting, a broody room, a library filled with chicken and gardening books for visitors of the human kind, and, of course, an elegant chandelier. The environment suits your specially chosen flock well as you notice the fresh eggs awaiting morning collection and nearby, you pick fresh vegetables or herbs from your custom-built raised gardens. For every Heritage Hen Mini Farm purchase, NM will donate $3,000 to The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that protects genetic diversity through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds.
($100,000; pages 64-65)
PINEL & PINEL ARCADE PS TRUNK
The ultimate gaming toy for the man or woman who has everything, the custom-made Pinel & Pinel Arcade PS Trunk is all you need for an evening of high-adrenaline entertainment. Encased in luxurious calfskin, this trunk furnishes you with Formula 1™ racing seats with Thrustmaster T500 RS Force Wheel, a selection of 24 PlayStation®3 games, Bluetooth® wireless music system, motion-detection camera, 2 SingStar® microphones, and much more. An evening might also begin with a little karaoke sing-off blasting through the unparalleled 1800-watt sound system. For every purchase, NM will donate $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's mentoring leader in changing children's lives for the better, forever.
($90,000; page 66)
ANNIE: THE MUSICAL WALK -ON ROLE
The lucky buyer of this exclusive gift will be taking the stage in one of theater's most beloved plays, ANNIE: The Musical, to help the adorably good-natured orphan and her canine companion teach the world that perseverance and unwavering hope can change lives. After your curtain call, you'll sit down with one of the show's producers for a celebratory five-star meal. The proceeds of this gift will be split equally between PEDIGREE Foundation, whose mission is to help dogs in need find loving homes by providing grants to shelters and dog rescues, and Pajama Program, which provides new pajamas and books to children in need, many waiting to be adopted.
($30,000; page 67)
BULLEIT WOODY TAILGATE TRAILER
Tailgating will never be the same now that your Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer is on the scene. Designed by interior designer Brad Ford, it's impressive on the outside, but what's on the inside truly astounds: sleek leather furnishings and details from Moore & Giles, rich wood finishings (handcrafted from reclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks), elegant glassware, and a top-notch entertainment system, including a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray Disc™ player, and a state-of-the-art sound system, plus a one-year supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye. Bulleit To Go, a second gift offered by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, includes a limited-edition handcrafted flask, a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon signed by founder Tom Bulleit, and a leather-bound edition of The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy. Ten percent of the proceeds from the purchase of the Bulleit Woody Party Trailer or Bulleit to Go will benefit amfAR™, The Foundation for AIDS Research. (Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer, $150,000; page 68; Bulleit Handcrafted Flask, $1,500; information available online only)
Finally, technology has caught up with your fantasy about jetpack flight! One part sci-fi, three parts British secret service agent, and 100 percent pure adrenaline rush, your water-propelled jetpack is about to send you soaring. Your JetLev package includes jetpack, boat unit in NM Exclusive color with graphics, hose/control cable assembly, jetpack stand, 2 helmet radios, 2 FRS radios, remote throttle-control transmitter, CFI 1 Pilot Certification Training & Safety course. For every JetLev R200 sold, Neiman Marcus will donate $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, an organization that helps young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
($99,500; page 69)
If this is all too much, you can always download the NM Gifts app: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/category.jsp?itemId=cat33900734
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