Saturday, October 24, 2009

RICH YUNG REPORT: Neiman Marcus 2009 Christmas Book released

The 2009 Christmas Book was released Tuesday by luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas.

The 83rd edition continues Neiman Marcus’ longstanding tradition of offering its customers the ultimate in awe-inspiring gifts.

But this year, perhaps a sign of the tough economic times, the million-dollar gifts are gone and 40 percent of the items are priced at under $250.

The most expensive is a sports aircraft for two. For $250,000, it flies below 10,000 feet and comes with a trailer for fast loading from water or land.

Gerald Barnes, president and CEO of Neiman Marcus Direct, said the 2009 edition “raises the bar to new heights, featuring items at the highest levels of quality and technology.”

This year’s limited edition car is a 2010 Jaguar XJL super-charged sedan, priced at $105,000. Neiman Marcus customers will be the first to be able to purchase the car, which comes with a five-piece set of luggage that matches its leather interior.

For $200,000, you and a guest can dine at the legendary Algonquin Hotel, New York, with celebrities such as Christopher Buckley, Nora Ephron, John Lithgow and George Stephanopoulos.

Eco-friendly trends are also apparent, with Neiman’s 2009 offerings including the world’s fastest electric motorcycle for $73,000, and a $12,000 sustainable design art chandelier, made from recycled glass.

Via AJC - Bizjournals, Dallas - Dallasnews