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381 pounds of gingerbread

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Posted: 2 pm ET

Everyone could use a bit of fantasy during the holiday shopping season, and Neiman Marcus comes through yet again with its annual Christmas Book of unique gifts.

The Christmas Book has been around since 1926, but this is the 50th year of the legendary His and Hers gifts. To mark the occasion, the store commissioned a $248,000 charm bracelet crafted from one-of-a-kind pink, blue and orange marquise-cut diamonds.  Each of the charms represents a His and Hers gift from the past, including a sarcophagus, an ostrich, a vintage motorcycle and a Chinese junk. Only one will ever be made, according to the catalog. The His and Hers gift this year is a $250,000 houseboat.

Pool installation designed by glass artist Dale Chihuly

Other notable gifts this year include a privately-commissioned installation for the bottom of your swimming pool designed by glass artist Dale Chihuly (shown in the photo at right), for a cost of $1,500,000, and an exclusive-edition Camaro convertible (only 100 were made) for $75,000. All 100 of the cars sold in three minutes when they went up for sale in October, according to a post in Luxist.

For the sugar-loving kiddies, there is an edible gingerbread playhouse for $15,000, handcrafted of 381 pounds of gourmet gingerbread and 517 pounds of icing. It stands more than 6 feet tall, and even has a lollipop tree inside.

For those of us with a holiday spending budget that's well below the cost of any of these gifts, we can still dream.

What is your fantasy gift this year?

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