The clocks have turned back and the leaves are falling which means the white stuff is just around the corner. And for merchants, the white stuff means the green stuff as we enter the busiest shopping phase of the year.
In spite of all the turmoil in the world, analysts are predicting another blockbuster year this Christmas and retailers are pulling out their A game to capture those important holiday dollars.
One luxury retailer, Neiman Marcus has been dazzling the public for 90 years with its Christmas Book. And while Neiman Marucs is defined as a luxury department store, the Fantasy Gift section is really what defines an opulent Christmas.
For 2016, NM has really gone over the fantasy edge with experiences including a walk on role in a Broadway show, quarterback training with Joe Montana and a classic collection of children’s books with a six figure price tag.
The analysts tell us that wealthy and future wealthy people are valuing experiences over actual items so our picks are a little biased towards changing the soul, but we couldn’t resist including one really shiny item!
Shiny and fast – A classic Christmas Gift
While owning a private plane can convey a certain degree of elite status, owning a Cobalt Valkyrie-X in Rose Gold conveys a different message entirely. This one of kind aircraft is considered the fastest piston engine plane in the skies. The powerful yet efficient 350 horsepower engine propels the Valkyrie-X to 230 miles per hour and and range of 1,150 miles.
The cabin is finished in Alancatra suede and has a practical 3 person layout with a large canopy for breathtaking views as you streak across the sky. Room for golf clubs and skis make this the perfect getaway vehicle for your getaway.
The lucky owner of this 1.5 million dollar ‘gift’ will be making statements on the ground as well as at 10,000 feet.
The Neiman Marcus edition includes 2 years of 24/7 technical support in the United States and is scheduled for delivery in 2017.
The Ultimate Sleepover!
Trend sensitive fashionistas and shopaholics will appreciate this experience from Neiman Marcus. Imagine yourself and 11 friends spending the night at the flagship store in the city where it all started, Dallas.
A luxurious once in a lifetime experience is on the agenda with a night filled with fashion, food and memories. NM’s own fashion director, Ken Downing will be on hand with spectacular fashion presentations while you and your fiends enjoy the most creative food offerings from the on hand mixologist.
Red carpet specialists, Le Métier de Beauté will be creating their celebrity styles for the group with luxury facials, mani/pedi’s and the like. Guests get to take home a loot bag filled with the brand’s super high end beauty products.
Luxury monogrammed pyjamas from NM and more opulent goodies are included in the package ensuring the memory does literally last forever. $120,000 which includes a donation to a Neiman Marcus charity.
Quite possibly the ultimate gift for music lovers
We’ll start of by saying this once in a lifetime experience is priced at half a million dollars but for those that are into music or just being seen, attending The Grammy’s might just be worth the price tag without having to smash guitars or sign contracts.
Neiman Marcus has made exclusive arrangements for possibly the best experience offered in 2016. A VIP trip to the Grammy’s starts off with a stay for 2 at the ultra luxurious Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Aside from tickets to the awards show (which are not available to the public), the two recipients will walk the red carpet, get a very exclusive back stage tour, $2,000 in NM gift cards for fashion and a one of a kind Gibson Les Paul ’59 Reissue Guitar.
Catherine Bloom who is a well known personal shopper to the stars will help out with the red carpet fashions and will make sure those gift cards are well spent. As in the usual Neiman Marcus style, a donation will be made to a musically related charity to round out the experience.
American Express Black Cards are surely accepted (and possibly needed) for these ultimate gifts.
By Doron Levy Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media