You know the holiday season is here when the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is released. The highly anticipated gift catalog is the ultimate source for one-of-a-kind luxury gifts and experiences.
This year’s 88th edition features a wide range of extraordinary gifts and premium experiences, including His & Hers: Vilebrequin Quadskis, a 100th Anniversary limited edition Maserati Ghibli S Q4 and an Ultimate Mardi Gras experience.
The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was first published in 1926 as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. The book has since evolved into a legendary source for the world’s most exclusive holiday gifts.
If you’re curious as to how the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is made, check out this Racked interview of Neiman Marcus’s Ginger Reeder who works to select and curate the special gifts you see in the book each year.
In the meantime, here are some of the best and most expensive fantasy gifts from the 2014 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book:
“HIS & HERS” 2014 VILEBREQUIN QUADSKI
Jet ski meets ATV in this Quadski duo. Hailed as the world’s best high-speed amphibians, they convert from water cruisers to land lovers in just under five seconds. Contrary to the Vilebrequin turtle print, your Quadski quickly accelerates up to 45 mph on land or water, thanks to its 1300cc BMW engine. With every His & Hers Vilebrequin Quadski purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
Price: $50,000 each
TANQUERAY NO. TEN IMPERIAL SHAKER BY JASON CRAWLEY
Mix one part superb craftsmanship with a jigger of history and splash of style and what do you get? The world’s coolest cocktail-making machine. Recreated from a nineteenth-century drawing under the guidance of spirits impresario Jason Crawley, the 6’-tall Imperial Shaker oozes authenticity, from its cast iron, brass, copper, and silver materials to the elliptical shake created by the crank. A one-year supply of Tanqueray No. Ten® and personal cocktail education session for up to twenty guests with a Tanqueray mixology expert is included. With every purchase of the Tanqueray No. Ten Imperial Shaker, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
VANITY FAIR ACADEMY AWARDS EXPERIENCE
You and a very special guest are cordially invited to play the part of Hollywood royalty during the film industry’s most celebrated weekend. The star treatment begins Friday at the luxe Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, your home for the next three nights. Saturday’s agenda is packed with special excursions, drinks at the famous Sunset Tower, and dinner at Chateau Marmont. Oscar® day kicks off with pre-party spa pampering and culminates with entrée to the night’s most coveted event: The Vanity Fair Party where you’ll mix, mingle, and revel with silver-screen legends past and present. Hair, makeup, wardrobe styling by Neiman Marcus Style Advisor Catherine Bloom, and jewelry on loan are all provided for this once-in-a-lifetime evening. With the purchase of the Vanity Fair Academy Awards® Experience, Neiman Marcus will donate $400,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
100th ANNIVERSARY NEIMAN MARCUS LIMITED-EDITION MASERATI GHIBLI S Q4
Like the North African wind for which it’s named, the Ghibli is undeniably hot and powerful. Sensuous curved lines punctuated with an aggressive grill and bold triple vents perfectly illustrate the car’s unique marriage of elegance and sports car verve. The 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine (produced in collaboration with Ferrari) catapults you from 0 to 60 in a mere 4.7 seconds. Q4 all-wheel drive means you remain fully in control no matter what the driving conditions. In gorgeous Grigio Maratea, your car is one of 100 extraordinary vehicles built to mark the Italian car company’s 100th anniversary. A centennial-exclusive combination of premium exterior and interior options further sets you apart. On sale beginning promptly at noon EDT on October 22, 2014.
ULTIMATE MARDI GRAS EXPERIENCE FOR SIX COUPLES
If Mardi Gras has always been a dream, there’s no better time than February 2015 to experience the city’s ultimate carnival. Hosted by noted New Orleanians, this five-day adventure offers a truly authentic, luxury experience for you, your significant other, and five of your favorite couples. You’ll stay in the heart of the French Quarter at the luxurious Audubon Cottages and enjoy world-class dining experiences: a jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace, dinner at the city’s largest restaurant and Mardi Gras museum, Arnaud’s, and a special Valentine’s Day meal at renowned Gautreau’s. Your hosts will invite you into their homes (each of architectural distinction) for cocktails. You’ll receive behind- the-scenes tours of local art galleries and attend a private concert and dinner at the legendary Preservation Hall. The trip culminates with a lundi Gras evening ride in the spectacular Orpheus Parade, followed by the black-tie Orpheus Ball. Laissez le bon temps rouler! With the purchase of this trip, The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country will make a gift of $10,000 to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Foundation.