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2017 Holiday gift guide: fantasy gifts


The holiday season is all about fantasy. When it comes to gifts, no one does over-the-top better than Neiman Marcus. Each year, the retailer offers its annual list of gifts to capture our wildest dreams.

This year marks the final list curated by Ginger Reeder, the woman who has served as the NM fantasy gift gatekeeper for the past 21 years. The offerings include a first-class flight to Paris with a trip by private car to Champagne to create your own personalized cuvee that will set you back $150,000 or matching his and her Rolls Royce Limited Edition Dawns priced about $440,000 to $446,000.

Just so the fantasy stays a bit grounded in reality, a portion of each NM fantasy gift is donated to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which brings art-enriching experiences to children nationwide. Read on for more fantasy and luxury gifts from Neiman Marcus and other retailers.

Dolce and Gabbana Handpainted Smeg refrigerator, $50,000, Neiman Marcus: Here’s a collaboration that doesn’t come around often. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have partnered with Italian appliance brand Smeg to create a limited edition of nine unique refrigerators. The 1950s-style single-door refrigerators feature hand-painted designs by various artists working in collaboration with Dolce and Gabbana. But hurry, one style has already sold out.

Jura Giga 5 Automatic Coffee Center Espresso Maker, $5,600, Williams Sonoma: Satisfy a house full of java junkies with this speedy and efficient coffee center. With two ceramic burr grinders and two heating systems, the Giga 5 can brew two coffee drinks at the same time and starts with just the push of a button. Barista specialties include latte macchiato and cafè mélange, and you do not have to move your cup from the start of making the drink to the finish.

VIP Ryder Cup experience for four, $250,000, Neiman Marcus: In September 2018, golf enthusiasts can grab three friends and take a trip to Paris to see the best golfers from Europe and the U.S. compete as special guests of U.S. Team Captain Jim Furyk. The package includes a first-class flight, private car service, deluxe accommodations, dinners, a personal concierge and premium tickets to the Ryder Cup along with private time with Furyk. There’s even a swag bag with U.S. Team gear for all attendees.

Aerin Shagreen Chess Set, $3,250, Saks Fifth Avenue: Play chess in style with these streamlined pieces in black and gold-plated zinc. The set comes in a shagreen box with brass detailing. Coming from the world of Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of Estee Lauder, this is a chess set designed to last for generations to come.

Madame Alexander dolls for a year and Dollhouse by Kidkraft, $8,000, Neiman Marcus: Doll lovers will get a special surprise with a monthly delivery of dolls from Madame Alexander and a limited-edition Grand Anniversary Dollhouse by Kidkraft complete with accessories and furniture. The first shipment in December includes eight dolls and the dollhouse. Each month after, the recipient gets one doll including Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” and more.

Global Dining Domination tour by Truly Experiences, $100,000 for two, TrulyExperiences.com: Give foodies the trip of a lifetime with this international dining tour that takes them to six of the 50 best restaurants in the world. The trip includes first-class flights to Girona, Spain; Cape Town, South Africa; Lima, Peru; San Francisco; Tokyo and Melbourne, Australia, and four-night stays in each location. Dining comes with a culturally immersive experience through hand-picked activities in each city.

Ace of Spades GO Electric Bike, $3,300, Electrabike: Spring for an electric bike to get him or her from here to there. This all-terrain bike has Bosch parts throughout — motor, charger and battery. The bike fully charges in 6.5 hours and can hit a maximum speeds of 20 mph.

Stephen Webster Experience and 7.2-carat emerald, $300,000, Neiman Marcus: When basic jewelry just isn’t enough, send her and a friend off to Zambia for two days to explore the emerald mines with jeweler Stephen Webster. Later, join Webster in his London studio to craft the perfect custom piece using a 7.2-carat emerald.


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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.