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Christmas Book Unveiled

Ho ho haute! Neiman Marcus puts Santa to shame with 2013 fantasy gifts

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Now that Neiman Marcus has released its 87th annual Christmas Book, the holiday shopping season has officially begun. The blow-your-mind fantasy gifts are bigger and better than ever this year, destined to satisfy even the most persnickety recipient.

This year Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from each fantasy gift purchase to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide.

These are the eight items that have us writing to Santa, promising to be especially nice.

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Bespoke Global Falconry Companion

Even if you have partaken in the ancient sport of falconry, you have never done it quite like this: custom trunk; 20-karat gold-plated perch; hard-carved stands; leather perch scale; and hand-sewn glove, anklet and exotic-skin hoods by preeminent falconry hood maker Ken Hooke. Furniture and other must-have accoutrements for your adventure include Chatwin chairs, foldout table by premier designer Richard Wrightman, handmade backgammon board from Alexandra Llewellyn, lead crystal decanters, and cigars and matching cigar cutter by David Linley.

Price: $150,000

Feel good: For every purchase, $1,500 goes to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation

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The Glass House Experience

This gift was love at first sight for us. Enjoy an overnight stay in the New Canaan, Connecticut weekend residence of world-renowned architect and art patron Phillip Johnson. The Glass House and its bucolic surroundings are yours to explore, and up to 10 of your nearest and dearest can join you at Johnson’s table for a locally sourced meal fit for a king.

Price: $30,000

Feel good: All proceeds go toward the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation, which supports Club Glass House, a program that provides educational tours to children.

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“His & Hers” 2013 Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System

Imagine this: You click a button, and your television emerges from its discreet, underground cache, telescoping upward and unfolding to reveal its mega 201-inch C SEED screen. This package includes the whole kit and kaboodle, with state-of-the-art speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, and a special movie package featuring up to 300 flicks. Two Apple mini iPads serve as the remotes — one for him and one for her.

Price: $1.5 million

Feel good: For every purchase, $10,000 goes to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation

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Diamonds are Forever Neiman Marcus fantasy gift

Forevermark Ultimate Diamond Experience

Diamonds are a girl's best friend; however, not all diamonds are created equal. As the owner of this 25-carat rough Forevermark diamond, you’ll travel to London and then deep into the heart of Africa to discover where your stone began its journey more than 1 billion years ago. Now that is one history lesson we wouldn't mind partaking in.

Price: $1.85 million

Feel good: For every purchase, $10,000 goes to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation

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Ciclotte Neiman Marcus fantasy gift

Ciclotte

Working out has never looked so chic. With 12 levels of resistance, this sleek and functional exercise machine gives the fitness guru on your list a top-notch workout — and he won't want to hide it away in a closet.

Price: $11,000

Feel good: For every purchase, $1,000 goes to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation

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Indian Larry's "Wild Child" Motorcycle

Have a need for speed? This beautiful bike was hand built in Brooklyn for the Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off series. “Wild Child” is considered the pinnacle of Indian Larry’s artistic achievements.

Price: $750,000

Feel good: For every purchase, $7,000 goes to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation

 

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Jeff Koons' Dom Perignon Balloon Venus

When art and bubbly come together, it's a beautiful thing. Designed in celebration of the Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003, this incarnation is based on one of the latest works from Koons’s "Antiquity" series called Balloon Venus.

Price: $20,000

Feel good: $1,000 goes to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation


 

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The Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

This sexy, elegant ride is one of only 10 in the world. How's that for a unique gift that no one will ever be able to top? This Vanquish Volante sports a 100 percent carbon fiber shell — the first ever in Aston Martin’s history — allowing for a much lighter car with greater torsional and structural rigidity, while enhancing safety, performance and handling.

Price: $344,500

Feel good: For every purchase, $3,000 goes to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation