Neiman Marcus unveiled its The 2017 Christmas Book and legendary Fantasy Gifts, curated from a list of hundreds of submissions. The 91st edition of this renowned book continues Neiman Marcus’ unmatched tradition of offering a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even the wildest of dreams come true.
The arrival of the Christmas Book marks the official start of the holiday shopping season. Here is a peak inside the pages.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE KNICKERBOCKER HOTEL IN TIMES SQUARE Imagine experiencing New Year’s Eve on a rooftop above New York’s Time Square with 299 of your nearest and dearest. Toast to 2019 mere feet from the most famous ball of them all. It could only happen atop The Knickerbocker Hotel, a bastion of society and style since 1906, now fully reimagined for a new era. The giftee will have 150 premier rooms to fill for two nights at The Knickerbocker. On December 31, 2018, the sky-high private party will brim with premium drinks, a sumptuous passed dinner, a spirited DJ, and that brilliant ball drop – the most exciting minute in the world. More than a billion people will see it, but only a few will see it like this. With the purchase of The Knickerbocker New Year’s Eve experience, $80,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one experience. ($1,600,000, page 140)
GRAY MALIN AERIAL PHOTO ADVENTURE Go up, up, and away with fine-art photographer Gray Malin. Famous for his sunny, saturated aerial scenes, Malin will host a private one-hour helicopter jaunt for two over the beaches of Los Angeles and Malibu. Malin will click away at the agreed-upon scene, then have a post flight Champagne toast with Malin to replay the day just shared. In a few weeks, select an edited photograph for Malin to print, sign, frame, and send – and perhaps to inspire dreams of new adventures. Hotel room provided for the two-night stay. With the purchase of the Gray Malin experience, $5,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one experience. ($35,000; page 129)
MADAME ALEXANDER DOLLS FOR A YEAR AND DOLLHOUSE BY KIDKRAFT Your gift begins with a December delivery of eight darling dolls by Madame Alexander and a limited-edition Grand Anniversary Dollhouse by KidKraft. For the following 11 months, another doll comes – everyone from Wonderland’s curious Alice to the ruby-slippered girl from Kansas and her little dog, too. Storybook heroes, princesses, European royalty… imagine the diverse and delightful conversations they’ll inspire in the meticulously designed dollhouse – complete with accessories and furniture. The best is saved for last: the final doll will be customized, first collaborate with a top Madame Alexander designer and then choose the doll you want and how you want it to look. With the purchase of the Madame Alexander gift, $500 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to ten packages. ($8,000; page 130)
Olympia Le-Tan designs witty, wonderful clutches that reflect her obsession with embroidery and literature. Work with her to create six bespoke handbags of your choice during a trip to Paris.
YOURS & MINE ROLLS-ROYCE LIMITED-EDITION DAWNS In a Rolls-Royce Dawn, every journey is an experience accompanied by silky smooth acceleration, steering, and braking, wrapped in unparalleled Rolls-Royce Motor Cars craftsmanship. These V12-engined beauties, designed by the brilliant Rolls-Royce Motor Cars team in Goodwood, England, are inspired by two of the most glamorous locales in the world: Lake Como and Saint-Tropez. The ‘Dawn Lago di Como’ features a crisp Selby Grey-and-black interior of hand-sewn leather, complemented by a brushed aluminum dashboard. The ‘Dawn Saint-Tropez’ has an equally sumptuous interior of Seashell leather, accented with bright orange Mandarin and chocolaty Dark Spice, with a dashboard and doors paneled in rich Canadel open-pore wood. Both Bespoke commissions are hand-crafted at Goodwood, home of Rolls-Royce in the South of England. Though the Dawns are distinctly different, they both feature lustrous Silver bonnets and sleek Silver fabric tops, which disappear, silently, in mere seconds. The only decision left: Which one is yours and which one is mine? With the purchase of the Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Dawns by Rolls-Royce $1,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Limited production of 20 vehicles available. Reserve this car by calling 800-970-0986, beginning promptly at 8AM EDT on November 2, 2017. (Blue $439,625 or Orange $445,750, page 135)
SISLEY-PARIS EXPERIENCE AND $8,000 OF PRODUCTS Enjoy a pampering experience in Paris by Sisley at the company’s world headquarters. Three days and two nights will be spent at the legendary Four Seasons Hotel George V, a rejuvenating spa day at the new Maison Sisley, and $8,000 worth of customized Sisley products. Even the epicurean delights during the three-day adventure will be heady: a snack in Sisley’s secret, clients-only café and a private lunch with a member of Sisley’s founding d’Ornano family in their famous apartment. With the purchase of the Sisley experience, $5,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one experience. ($60,000, page 131)
RYDER CUP EXPERIENCE WITH JIM FURYK Enjoy a very VIP week at the Ryder Cup. Come late September 2018, the giftee and three fellow enthusiasts are off to Paris for one of the world’s greatest sporting events, wherein 24 of the best players from Europe and the United States face off on the greens. As guests of U.S. team captain Jim Furyk (a 17-time PGA Tour winner and nine-time Ryder Cup participant), the lucky four will score first class airfare, private car services, deluxe accommodations, dinners, a personal concierge, four premium tickets to the weeklong Ryder Cup, and—the hole in one—private time with Furyk himself. As if the stories from the spectacular Le Golf National course aren’t souvenirs enough, there also will be gift packages with U.S. Team gear for all. With the purchase of the Ryder Cup experience, $10,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one experience. ($250,000, page 137)
STEPHEN WEBSTER EXPERIENCE AND 7.2-CARAT EMERALD Head off to the largest single producer of emeralds in the world, Gemfield’s Kagem mine in Zambia, with master jeweler Stephen Webster. Behold raw emeralds being processed in the sorting house. Retell it all over dinner at the mine’s lake house. Then, indulge in two dreamy days at The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara and journey to the thundering Victoria Falls. Next, head to London and the renowned Connaught hotel. Spend the day with Webster in his studio collaborating on turning a magnificent 7.2-carat emerald into a one-of-a-kind piece. That evening, savor a private dinner with Webster and his wife, Assia. Once home, be on the lookout for a dazzlingly personal piece and its final sketch signed by the designer himself. With the purchase of the Stephen Webster experience, $40,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one experience. ($300,000, page 133)
EXPERIENCE CHAMPAGNE AND CREATE PERSONALIZED CUVÉE WITH ARMAND DE BRIGNAC Kick things off with a first-class trip for four to Paris and a stay at Rosewood’s Hôtel de Crillon with a 12-course dinner at L’Ecrin. Next, a private car will take you to meet with the 13th-generation winegrowing family behind Armand de Brignac. Tend the vineyards, sample the reserves, stroll the private cellar, and help create your own cuvée. End the day with a helicopter flyover of Champagne’s villages and vineyards. Then, spend the night at Domaine Les Crayères, a majestic chateau, with a dinner at the three-Michelin-star L’Assiette Champenoise before enjoying Paris for one more glorious day and night. The fun doesn’t end there. Delivered to your door: 12 bottles of each of the five Armand de Brignac champagnes to savor until your bespoke bottles are ready. And when the time comes, 24 bottles of the personally finished cuvée, each inscribed with the giftee’s name. One Armand de Brignac experience is offered by Pencils of Promise, which will retain any profits from the sale of this Fantasy Gift for its charitable initiative that provide educational opportunities for children in the developing world. Gift limited to one experience. ($150,000; page 127)