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Neiman Marcus' Christmas Book Unveiled



    Neiman Marcus 2010 Christmas Book Unveiled

    Looking for the expensive or outrageous this Christmas? It can be found in the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, including a new sleigh for Santa -- a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010)

    The 84th edition of Neiman Marcus' famously extravagant Christmas Book features everything from a $4,500 Tory Burch-designed tricycle to a glass pool floor worth $1.5 million.

    The annual reveal of the luxury retailer is always one of our favorite pre-holiday moments, and this year NM has topped itself with a catalogue of fantasy gift items -- fantasy in the sense that they're (let's face it) more gimmick than realistically gift-worthy. Take, for instance, the $248,000 commemorative charm bracelet or the 2011 Chevy Camaro fully loaded for a cool $75,000.

    Execs point out that for the second year in a row, due to the rough economy, half the items are priced less than $250, 63 are $100 or less -- which actually seems to make the pleasure of perusing the over-the-top trinkets even guiltier, because that category includes a pair of $100 bedazzled tweezers. But it's not all totally ridiculous: While a nearly-$10K, three-day art tour of the Marfa, TX seems a bit over-the-top, we're definitely pining for the Dylan's Candy Bar Gingerbread Playhouse. It's only $15,000, and we've been really, really good this year.

    As long as you take these over-the-top trinkets with a grain of salt -- we are, after all, talking about tequila parties, ukeleles and a luxury houseboat (amenities include a Nintendo Wii!) -- you can enjoy the Book and resign yourself to your own real holiday bounty of a Starbucks gift card and a sweater set.