The “most wonderful time of the year” is slowly approaching, and while you don’t have to take your holiday decorations out from storage just yet, retailers are no longer wasting valuable pre-Christmas time and have already put forth their gift ideas. Among them is Neiman Marcus, which has been sending out its annual Christmas Book for the past 91 years. This year’s 2017 Christmas Book and Fantasy Gifts selection is quite impressive, to say the least.
The former is absolutely perfect for the travelers in your life, especially if your holiday gifting budget allots for a $1.6-million New Year’s Eve party for 300 people at the top of the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City’s Times Square. Here’s what you’ll get for that modest investment: 150 premium rooms to fill for two nights, a private dinner and party with premium drinks on December 31, and, of course, a chance to have the best ‘grams of the Times Square ball drop at midnight, which is, let’s face it, priceless.
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In case you’re not completely sold on that idea (although we can’t see why not?), other travel highlights from the Fantasy Gifts list include an aerial photo session with fine art photographer Gray Malin that comes with a $35,000 price tag — a steal compared to the Times Square party. You and a friend will take an hour-long helicopter ride over Los Angeles and Malibu with Malin, who will take photos and then print, sign, frame, and send them back to you in a few weeks.
If you’ve recently had Paris on your mind, why not opt for the Sisley-Paris experience worth $60,000? It includes a two-night stay at the iconic Four Seasons Hotel George V, a rejuvenating spa day at the new Maison Sisley, and $8,000 worth of customized Sisley products. Hey, it’s the holidays, so you may as well splurge a little (or a lot) and Airbnb the City of Light some other time.
And while these are all wonderful gift options for your loved ones, if you prefer something more, let’s say, budget-friendly, Neiman Marcus hasn’t forgotten about you either. Actually, half of the 780 gifts in its 300-page Christmas Book are less than $250. Here are 10 gifts we think would make any traveler happy.