The Very, Very Nice List

Neiman Marcus' 2019 Christmas fantasy gifts start with haute doghouse for $70,000


NM Fantasy Gifts dog house
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
NM Fantasy Gifts Aston Martin
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
NM Fantasy gifts Louboutains
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
NM Fantasy Gifts fashion week
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
NM Fantasy Gifts Boucheron
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
NM Fantasy gifts Italy
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
NM Fantasy gifts Staple shoe
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
NM Fantasy gifts makeup
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
NM Fantasy Gifts Gulf Stream Prive
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

If Doggie Dearest wants to sleep in the Taj Mahal, then the Taj Mahal she shall have. A $70,000 bespoke doghouse is just the start of the over-the-top "fantasy gift" list that Dallas-based Neiman Marcus unwrapped from its famous Christmas Book on October 17.

Other premium presents for 2019 include a chance to design custom Louboutins in Paris ($125,000), a foodie trip to Italy ($200,000), a Fashion Week experience ($250,000), a chance to go behind the scenes at Boucheron ($695,000), a sneaker collab with Jeff Staple ($110,000), the chance to star in a professional makeup video ($400,000), and a 007 Aston Martin designed by James Bond himself, Daniel Craig ($700,007).

Shockingly, the fantasy gifts this year are on the more affordable end, with everything priced in the five- and six-figure range. There's no $9 million luxury yacht or $1.5 million rose gold plane. There's also no outrageous his-and-hers gift.

But for the first time ever, Neiman's offers a fantasy gift exclusively for InCircle members: a trip around the world in a private jet, worth $575,000. NBD.

The Christmas Book also includes hundreds of gifts at more normal price points (like a Bey Berk Cigar Humidor for $165 and a Funboy Holiday Inflatable Snowmobile for $99) — but who cares about the ones we can all afford? Bring on the Moët & Chandon Vending Machine for $35,000 and the Versace Punching Bag for $1,550.

As has become tradition, a portion of the fantasy gift purchase price will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which supports art experiences for children nationwide.

Here's a closer look at the 2019 fantasy gifts, with descriptions as they appear in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

---

Custom Pet Paradise by Rockstar Puppy and Denise Richards
Does your dog feel most at home in a Cape Cod beach cottage or a Brooklyn brownstone? Maybe his style’s more midcentury modern with a traditional twist. In any case, make your pampered pet feel right at home in a one-of-a-kind doghouse, produced in collaboration with Rockstar Puppy, purveyors of a luxe canine lifestyle, and actress/animal lover Denise Richards. Houses are designed to your specifications inside and out, and nothing is off limits. You’ll share your vision with Jessica Clark, the creative mind behind Rockstar Puppy, discuss the design with Denise via video chat, and then Rockstar Puppy will work its magic, bringing your unique creation to life. ($70,000)

007 Aston Martin designed by Daniel Craig
Fulfill your secret agent fantasies in an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera designed by 007 himself, Daniel Craig. Available in a run of seven — naturally — each limited-edition car comes in a beautiful inky blue and features a powerful twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 engine, producing immense torque and extraordinary in-gear performance. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also receive one of only seven limited-edition, all-platinum Seamaster Diver 300M OMEGA timepieces — each featuring a unique hand-engraved case back — plus tickets to the world premiere of No Time to Die, the 25th installment in the James Bond series. ($700,007)

Create a Couture Pair of Christian Louboutins
Imagine jetting to Paris to paint the town red à la Christian Louboutin. You and a guest will visit the designer’s favorite haunts and browse the original Christian Louboutin boutique on rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, where you’ll select five pairs from the latest collection. Next, you’ll visit the designer’s atelier and work with the atelier director and a group of master artisans to design your very own one-of-a-kind custom couture shoe. Wine and dine at Michelin-starred restaurant Divellec, enjoy a show at the legendary cabaret club, the Crazy Horse, and call it a night in a two-bedroom signature suite at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Paris, an award-winning, five-star hotel on chic rue Saint-Honoré. After you’ve bid Paris au revoir and returned home, your one-of-a-kind pair of shoes and an original sketch of the design from Mr. Louboutin himself will be delivered to your door. ($125,000)

Experience Fashion Week like an Industry Insider
Your fashion fantasies will come to life as you and a plus-one jet to New York City to join a Neiman Marcus insider at Fashion Week. Sit front row at four of the week’s most coveted shows — you’ll get to pick a look from each designer — hobnob with designers backstage, and reminisce over the view from the front row with cocktails in hand at Neiman Marcus at Hudson Yards. You’ll enjoy five-star treatment from doorstep to red carpet, and you’ll look good while doing it, thanks to hair, makeup, and styling courtesy of Neiman Marcus. ($250,000)

Behind the Scenes Experience with Boucheron
A treasure trove awaits at 26 Place Vendôme in Paris, home of Maison Boucheron since 1893. Meet Creative Director Claire Choisne and enjoy exclusive access to the house’s workshops and design studio, where you’ll get an up-close look at the artistry that goes into creating each spectacular piece. Take home the exclusive Perle Au Trésor, a precious objet d’art that opens to reveal a necklace, bracelet, and two brooches. Then, retire in style with luxury accommodations, including two nights at Le 26, Boucheron’s stunning Place Vendôme apartment. You and your guest will be among the few to stay in the highly exclusive apartment, which was added during a recent refurbishment of the historic building, formally known as Hôtel de Nocé. ($695,000)

A Very VIP Taste of Italy
Take a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two kicking off in Modena, Italy. Visit the Pastificio Di Martino factory, where you’ll learn the art of Italian pasta making from third-generation pasta maker Giuseppe Di Martino. The next day, enjoy a cooking lesson from Chef Massimo Bottura, followed by dinner at an exclusive table inside the wine room of his three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Osteria Francescana. Continue with a guided tour of the local markets, all while driving exotic cars through the Emilia Romagna region, aka “Italy’s Motor Valley.” ($200,000)

Kick it in Tokyo with Sneaker Legend Jeff Staple
This is your chance for all-access to the mastermind of cool collaborations, Jeff Staple. You’ll head to Tokyo to meet the designer and streetwear icon for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Visit Jeff’s favorite boutiques, enjoy a private dinner with Jeff at his favorite restaurant, Narisawa, and stay at Aman Tokyo, a five-star hotel conveniently located near the shopping hubs of Ginza and Shibuya. Then, every collector’s dream: Throughout 2020, you’ll also receive a minimum of eight Staple collaborations, each with a signed letter of authenticity from Jeff himself with the option to have each piece signed. ($110,000)

Star in a Makeup by Mario Instagram Video
It’s every beauty junkie’s dream come true: an hour in the chair of makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. Travel to meet up with Mario for a personalized makeup session, and see for yourself why celebrities around the world book him a year in advance. He’ll do your makeup using some of his favorite products from Neiman Marcus, and you’ll be featured on his Instagram channel, where he’ll showcase your ultimate beauty look. You’ll also receive tickets to The Masterclass, Mario’s sought-after makeup master class, including a special meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Mario. Finally, you’ll receive a special package with some of the products Mario used during your glam experience. ($400,000)

InCircle Around the World
Circle the World with InCircle will take customers aboard a Privé Jet to five world-class destinations with luxury accommodations. Guests will stay three nights at each location, then board the private jet to set off to the next location. The luxurious adventure begins at Kasbah Tamadot near Marrakech, Morocco; then off to Lefay Resort & Spa near Dolomiti, Italy; next IceHotel in Sweden; then Jade Mountain in St. Lucia; and the trip culminates at The Lodge at Blue Sky in Utah. ($575,000)