Have a loved one that’s hard to buy for? Neiman Marcus has done the ground work for you with its annual Christmas Book, an edit of gifts following the department store’s philosophy ‘anything goes’.
There are gifts for her and him and a selection curated by Ken Downing, the store’s fashion director, which we’d all agree are unique but still in the range of normal for Christmas giving.
But then there are the fantasy gifts, a collection of gifts so out-of-this-world (both in concept and price) only oligarchs, oil magnates and royal heirs could take them seriously.
At the top end is a US$1.85 million (yes, you read that correctly) international diamond experience where the lucky recipient is flown to London to be given an uncut De Beers diamond, a private tour of the Crown Jewels and enjoy dinner with the CEOs of De Beers and Forevermark. They are then whisked to Namibia to explore the diamond’s origins before flying over to the US for the diamond to be set by jewellery designer Maria Canale. We assume all travel is at the pointy end of the plane.
On the ‘lower’ end is a US$30,000 glass house experience, a US$20,000 Jeff Koons sculpture and an $11,000 exercise bike.
Our pick, if we had a spare US$344,500 to bestow on a loved one is the Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, one of only 10 in the world. It is hand built with a 100% carbon fibre shell and comes with customised leather luggage to fit in the trunk. What’s more, for each purchase Neiman Marcus donates $3,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, so really it’s only a US$341,500 extravagance. In our dreams.