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Holiday gifts for the 1%: Neiman Marcus offers henhouse, Paris trip

October 09, 2012|By Shan Li
  • Some pampered chickens will enjoy a $100,000 henhouse offered by the Neiman Marcus holiday catalog.
Some pampered chickens will enjoy a $100,000 henhouse offered by the Neiman… (Neiman Marcus )

Luxury purveyor Neiman Marcus has unveiled its annual holiday catalog chock-full of gifts from the relatively affordable to the enormously expensive (and goofy).

Among the highlights -- a posh henhouse, inspired by France's Versailles Palace, for the world's most pampered chickens. Priced at $100,000 (delivery not included), the deal includes a library full of books, an "elegant" chandelier and a custom-built garden.

"You've always fancied yourself a farmer -- now thanks to Heritage Hen Farm, you're doing it in the fanciest way possible," says the catalog.

But the present that will gouge the biggest hole in your wallet is a pair of "his and hers" watches from Van Cleef & Arpels for just over a $1 million (give or take a few thousand).

Along with the timepieces, which depict lovers torn apart by fate, the package also includes two business-class tickets to Paris and Geneva to tour the jeweler's boutique and watchmaking workshops.

Other gifts in the catalog's "fantasy" section include a $250,000 dinner for 10 prepared by four of the world's most renowned chefs including Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud, and a McLaren 2013 Spider convertible for $354,000.

Neiman Marcus has traditionally offered a few outrageous gifts every year to garner publicity and hype its more inexpensive options. The category first popped into the retailer's catalog in 1959 with a Black Angus steer that could be presented alive or delivered in steak form on a silver serving cart.

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