Each year for the last eighty-five the upscale department store Neiman Marcus has issued a Christmas book; a catalogue of gifts available for their finest clientele. Among the items listed in the annual Christmas book in previous years are their famous cookies, specialty jewelry, and one-of-a-kind delights like a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in your own back yard for a cool $1 million.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the His & Her Fantasy Gifts Neimen Marcus instituted to bring a new element into luxurious spending for the holidays. When the category began in 1960 the gift was matching His & Hers Beechcraft airplanes costing $176,000. Today's offering for the His & Her gift is the MetroShip Houseboat costing $250,000.
After turning our introspective eye inward at the beginning of the week to identify the "great joys" and "little luxuries" we revel, it's time to open the floodgates of our imaginations and construct our own Fantasy Gift catalogue that incorporates the luxuries we'd all love to possess. The sky (or beyond) is the limit! Working together to "fill the pages" of our fictitious booklet may be even more fun than actually getting any of this stuff - well, not really, but we have the opportunity to make our Fantasy catalogue now, most do not have the means to buy this stuff!
Think as outrageously as you can, but try to make it what you would really love to own in your wildest fantasies, not just something expensive but you could care less about. Let's personalize this creation. Are you a baseball fan, a car enthusiast, a jewelry lover? Do you adore fashion, electronics/technology, or toys? Are exotic vacations your thing? Are music, art, or the written word your passion? Identify where you would spend your money and make a page or two of offerings you would love to see in a Christmas Fantasy Gift book tailored to you. For each person who responds we'll have a more luxurious catalogue! What could be more fun than getting in touch with your ultimate wants?
Join me and post your Christmas gift (or Chanukah or whatever gift-giving holiday you observe) fantasy list here. Be specific and, if you are so inclined, include the prices you think the items you mention would go for in reality. Let's start the window shopping this holiday season in our own catalogue!