Thursday, November 17, 2011


The Christmas Book



Dancing Fountains from WET Fantasy Gift

The company behind some of the world's most famous fountains will bring its magical waterworks to private residences. Founded in 1983 in Sun Valley, California, WET is the foremost pioneer in creating state-of-the-art fountain technology. In displays that include The Fountains of Bellagio and the world's largest fountain, The Dubai Fountain, WET has mesmerized people with the beauty of moving water. Now, for the first time ever, WET will create a personal scale fountain showcasing two of its amazing underwater robotic nozzles dancing as a couple, just for you. You will delight in the joyful movements made by the elegant duo as they whirl, twirl, sweep, and bow—sometimes in unison, sometimes as counterpoints, but always with engaging grace. These beautiful fountains will thrill onlookers for a lifetime, while their purchase will touch the lives of hundreds. NM will donate $10,000 of the proceeds to Water.org, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries.

Online Only Experience: Guest Choreographer at The Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas

      A second opportunity by WET will grant one person the opportunity to become one of the very few people in the world who has created a masterpiece for The Fountains of Bellagio. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will allow you to collaborate with the extreme choreographers of WET and co-create a piece that will be played and replayed for tens of thousands of Las Vegas fans. It begins with a trip to WET's corporate headquarters in Sun Valley, California, where you'll tour The Campus with founder and CEO Mark Fuller. You'll visit the company's secret Idea Playground and get a rare view of some of their upcoming work with water, fire, and any other wonders their team of designers and scientists can imagine. You will then work with WET's principal choreographer to select a musical piece appropriate for The Fountains and take a crash course in VirtualWET™, the proprietary software that simulates the movements of the waters as the choreography develops. Next, you'll fly to Las Vegas for a private tour of The Fountains' vast mechanical room, and before your show makes its debut, you will dine at one of the Bellagio's finest restaurants, enjoy its celebrated "O" show by Cirque du Soleil®, and unwind in its Presidential or Chairman's Suite. As with the home installation, this experience will not only captivate your audiences but will also touch the lives of many. NM will donate $5,000 of the proceeds to Water.org, the aforementioned U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries.      

Dancing Fountains from WET

Guest Choreographer at The Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas


Neiman Marcus-Edition Hacker-Craft Speedboat Fantasy Gift
Chart a glamorous course in what is considered by boating enthusiasts worldwide to be the gold standard of pleasure boating. Entirely handbuilt in the USA, this 27-foot, solid mahogany wonder is the result of 1,400 hours of meticulous craftsmanship. Underneath 15 coats of handbrushed varnish and premium mahogany sits a glistening Mercury Marine 8.2 High Output 425-horsepower engine-CE, also compliant for use in Europe. A custom-designed bow burgee, gold-leafed waterline, underwater lighting, and deep violet bottom are among the rich details exclusive to the NM edition, which will feature the name you bestow it in gleaming 23-karat gold leafing. The ultra-posh, customized interior includes cream-colored seating with purple piping, a monogrammed humidor, topnotch refrigerator, GPS, and premium stereo sound system. No detail is left to chance—not the embroidered button-down shirts for you and your crew or the sterling silver plaque that graces the cockpit, notifying passengers that they are aboard the Neiman Marcus-Edition Hacker-Craft. Also included are the all-important sea trial, commissioning, and instructions in operation and maintenance. Lastly, you can board knowing that a portion of your purchase is benefiting a great cause. For every speedboat sold, NM will make a $3,000 donation to the Double H Ranch, a program that provides year-round support for families with children affected by life-threatening illnesses. Cofounded by Paul Newman and Charles R. Wood, the ranch offers unique camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, and empowering. Edition of 10.
Neiman Marcus-Edition Hacker-Craft Speedboat


Daytrip to Stone Barns Farm Fantasy Gift
This idyllic farm is located just 25 miles north of Manhattan in the countryside of Pocantico Hills, New York. The lush 80-acre complex features rolling pastures and cultivated fields, where farmers raise livestock and grow a lush bounty of crops. Its mission is simple: Improve the way Americans eat and farm. Within this picturesque compound resides the critically hailed restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which offers multiple-course farmers' feasts prepared from the day's harvest. If all of this sounds too delicious to resist, then you'll love the experiences we have planned for you—two of which are available only to our online customers. 

Gather six friends and head to the farm, where your group will participate in a hands-on learning experience. Farmer Jack Algiere will host an "edible garden lesson" and help participants plot their own home-based garden. Next, you'll receive a cooking demonstration from Chef-Kitchen Director Adam Kaye, followed by a four-course lunch featuring the best seasonal ingredients. The purchase of this package benefits the nonprofit Stone Barns Center with 100% of the proceeds.         

Luxury Weekend for Two
If a single day simply isn't long enough to absorb all this farm has to offer, join us for an unforgettable weekend. It begins with a full-access, behind-the scenes tour of the farm followed by a hands-on cooking lesson using farm-fresh ingredients. Later, you and your guest will enjoy dinner prepared by executive chef Dan Barber at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. To be sure the meal is truly memorable, you will receive a handwritten keepsake recipe card recording your menu. Your accommodations for this experience will be at the exquisite Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. As with the daytrip, the purchase of this package benefits the nonprofit Stone Barns Center with 100% of the proceeds.         

"Build A Hive"
Honeybees are one of the building blocks of verdant, sustainable agriculture, and their presence is vital to the farm at Stone Barns. If you can't make a trip to the farm yourself, you can still make your presence felt by giving a gift that will help keep the honeybees happy and productive. In return, as a symbol of what your generosity will make possible, you will receive a jar of honey as well as a certificate of thanks printed on plantable seed-paper.                

Daytrip to Stone Barns Farm
Luxury Weekend for Two
"Build a Hive"


Assouline Custom-Built Library Fantasy Gift
The publishing house renowned for its beautiful volumes and cultural perspective is offering the ultimate enriching addition to your home: a bespoke library. From floor to ceiling and wall to wall, every nuance of this room will reflect the company's brilliant style—through custom carpeting, objets d'art, and beautifully framed prints—as well as your intellectual viewpoint. When the decor is complete, the shelves will be lined with a one-of-a-kind Assouline collection, consisting of 250 current and vintage volumes in the genre of your choice. You'll enjoy published works from the world's foremost artists, photographers, writers, architects, interior designers, and fashion and culinary masters. Get ready to ditch your high-tech tablet and kick back with a real book in the comfort of your very own literary haven. With this purchase, NM will donate $2,500 to First Book, an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides access to new books for children in need throughout the U.S. and Canada.        
Assouline Custom-Built Library


International Flower Show Tour Arranged by JetWay Private Air Fantasy Gift
Botany buffs rejoice—we've handpicked an extraordinary vacation just for you. Round up nine friends and head to Europe's most celebrated flower shows, organized by the exclusive private jet-chartering company, JetWay Private Air. Your journey begins May 12, 2012, where you'll hop across the pond in first-class style on a Gulfstream G-IV—with a JetWay representative as your group's guide, concierge, and wine aficionado. Your tour will begin in Merges, Switzerland, at The Tulip Festival, where Lake Geneva provides a sparkling backdrop to 300 varieties of some 100,000 tulips. Later, rest and relax in luxury at the Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa. Next, you'll fly to Athens, Greece, home of the Kifissia Flower Show, a lavish display of more than 2,000 native and foreign plant species. After a lovely promenade, enjoy superior accommodations at Hotel Grand Bretagne. Your next stop: Avignon, France, where the Altera Rosa Festival awaits. Famed for its 1,000-plus heady blooms, the garden boasts an extensive collection of established rose breeds, which comingle with 30 new species introduced each year. Afterward, head to the Hotel d'Europe Avignon, where you'll kick up your walking shoes in exquisite style. Finally, you'll visit London, England's renowned Chelsea Flower Show, site of The Daily Telegraph Garden, an award-winning illustration of how to gracefully blend traditional and modern horticultural design. Later that night, you'll bask in the beauty of the historic Goring Hotel. This opulent package includes two nights and three days at each destination, gourmet in-flight meals, private ground transportation, and flower show tickets. With the purchase of this memorable excursion, NM will donate $5,000 to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, an organization devoted to increasing the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes.

International Flower Show Tour Arranged by JetWay Private Air


Dream Folly Fantasy Gift
Ever wish you could cross your arms, bat your eyes, and escape to a serene place all your own? Well, your wish is our command. Our "Dream Folly" is inspired by the classic 1960s TV show I Dream of Jeannie. Starting with a sturdy 18-foot-diameter yurt—a structure invented centuries ago by ancient Mongols—"Dream Folly" is the ideal simulation of a genie's posh bottle. The purveyor of this haven is Rainier Yurts. Founded over 100 years ago, the Seattle-based company first provided tents and camping supplies for prospectors headed north for the Alaskan Gold Rush. Today, many would agree that procuring your own "Dream Folly" is the equivalent of striking gold. The structure consists of a mixed-grain interior lattice system, a Sunbrella® exterior lining, and a plexiglass door and dome. The roof is made from vinyl-coated polyester with an acrylic top coat for extra durability. But it's the interior that goes beyond your wildest, most decadent dreams. Let's start with the pièces de résistance: a bevy of one-of-a-kind, down-filled pillows from renowned designer Rebecca Vizard. For the uninitiated, Vizard built a workshop in her rural hometown of St. Joseph, Louisiana, where she and a group of craftsmen create these plush accessories—all by hand—from the finest textiles. To give you an idea of the remarkable workmanship, artisans meticulously remove embroidery and trim from antique garments, tapestries, and scrollwork, dating as far back as the eighteenth century. These exquisite "appliqués" are then hand-embroidered onto velvet cases and accented by sequins, beading, and hand-bordered metallic galon and corded trim. In addition to the pillows, Vizard designed every detail of this space and selected colors to evoke the bubbles of a warm, soothing bath. The room's other noteworthy embellishments include linen wall coverings by Coleman Taylor Handpainted Textiles in Montgomery, Alabama, and a custom, handcrafted crystal chandelier from New Orleans-based Julie Neill Designs. Since we're in the business of granting wishes, you can choose a different color scheme and decor from the ones depicted here. But why bother? There's no improving upon perfection. Simply ask for this dream getaway, and we'll have it installed on your estate grounds in the blink of an eye. For every retreat sold, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The "Dream Folly" stands 12'5" tall with an 18' diameter.

Dream Folly


Johnnie Walker Private Scotch Tasting Fantasy Gift
In 1820 in Kilmarnock, Scotland, an enterprising young man named Johnnie Walker created powerful scotch blends that remain unrivaled in taste to this day. Now you can experience the smoothness of these perfectly aged libations during The Ultimate Scotch Tasting—your chance to host a truly exceptional gathering in the comfort of your own home. You and 20 guests will be entertained by an authentic Scottish bagpiper, while a Master of Whisky relays the history and palatable attributes of the five premium marques in the Johnnie Walker® portfolio: the Blue, Black, Gold, Red, and Green Labels. You needn't lift more than a snifter, as a top-notch event planner will be on hand to orchestrate the entire evening. Guests will leave with a custom-engraved bottle of Johnnie's premium-blend Blue Label for their personal enjoyment. The best part? 100% of the proceeds from this tax-deductible event will go directly to amfAR™, The Foundation for AIDS Research—now that's something to raise your glass to! Five available.

Johnnie Walker Private Scotch Tasting


Tom Burr Table-Tennis Table Fantasy Gift
Noted artist Tom Burr has showcased his tremendous talents in exhibitions at top museums and galleries around the world. Now he brings his modern aesthetic to your home in the form of this beautifully rendered table-tennis table, which also doubles as a contemporary work of art. Originally, the game of table tennis was favored by 19th-century British society before staging its most recent comeback among hipsters, families, and serious competitors alike. Just one summertime visit to Manhattan's Bryant Park, where a lively thwacking sound can be heard amid laughter and glee, confirms this theory. But you needn't travel to NYC to join in the fun. This limited-edition table, perfectly sculpted from a distinctive choice in material—black rubber—turns ordinary sporting equipment into the sublime. As Burr notes, "I like the notion of rubber. It has low-key glamour, like that of a sports car's bumpers and guards. And, quite simply, rubber makes the balls bounce—more bounce for your buck." It's a win/win situation: For each table sold, Neiman Marcus will donate $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's mentoring leader in changing children's lives for the better, forever. The table measures 9'L x 5'W x 30"H. Call 1-877-9NM-GIFT for more details. Limited edition of 10.
Tom Burr Table-Tennis Table


The Ferrari FF, bespoke for Neiman Marcus

  • 651-horsepower V12 engine
  • Proprietary, lightweight 4WD system (4RM™)
  • 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.7 seconds
  • Top speed of over 200 mph
  • 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission for seamless automatic shifting
  • Production limited to just 10 Ferrari FFs, bespoke for Neiman Marcus
  • Each car identified by a numbered interior plaque and unique exterior color called "Grigio Caldo"
  • Interior features soft-touch semi-aniline leather with matching custom luggage set
  • Comfortably seats four adults
  • Class-leading 16 cubic feet of trunk space
  • Assurance of Ferrari's complimentary seven-year maintenance plan
  • Enrollment in the 2012 Ferrari Winter Driving Experience in Aspen, Colorado
  • The 2012 Ferrari FF, bespoke for Neiman Marcus, is priced at $395,000*
    The Ferrari FF

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