This Year's Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is Just As Insane As You'd Expect
Among the pickings: a $400,000 trip to India, a motorcycle designed and built by Keanu Reeves, and a $90,000 balloon ride.
There are people out there who actually buy the gifts suggested by Neiman Marcus's outlandish annual Christmas Book—in fact, items sell out almost every year. And with each new issue, the offerings just keep getting more luxe. For what it's worth, there are actual giftable items in the book, but the Fantasy Gifts are what catch our eye year after year. Read on for five of our favorite picks from the book—you'd better believe they're on our fictional holiday list—and then head over to T+L Journeys for our own personalized picks.
Arch Motorcycle and Ride Experience
Don't let the name fool you—this is actually an opportunity to own a motorcycle designed and built by Keanu Reeves and then actually go on a ride with the actor himself. All of this can be yours for the not-so-small sum of $150,000.
World VIew Exploration at the Edge of Space
Remember that balloon that'll take you 20 miles above Earth? For $90,000 Neiman Marcus will actually send you to space in one of these. The ride also comes with a three-night trip to Tucson, Arizona for a test flight in 2016—the actual flight takes place the following year. Even better, Neiman Marcus will donate 1,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
Italy Tour with Ippolita & Artemest Craftsmen
One lucky person will get to embark on this private tour of Italy, lead by jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno. Expect personal introductions to local artists, workshops tours, VIP museum tours, and, of course, delicious Italian food. This tour: $150,000. Expanded appreciation for the Italian arts: Priceless.
The Orphan Barrel Project
Otherwise called the ultimate grab bag of ultra-rare whiskey. For $125,000, you and five friends will head to the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky for a bout of barrel hunting and tastings. The Orphan Barrel Project was kicked off to share rare whiskeys discovered in abandoned distilleries (i.e. once these whiskeys are gone, they're gone forever). You will also receive 24 bottles from eight different Orphan barrel bourbons, a bespoke whiskey cabinet, and the chance to create two of your own variants.
Iris Apfel Trunk
The purchaser of this fantasy gift will get a trunk full of vintage finds and accessories from the 94-year-old style icon, Iris Apfel. Even more, you'll also get to have lunch with the fashionista followed up with a personal styling session. The price for the ultimate wardrobe: a somewhat more reasonable $80,000 when compared to the other options.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.