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    Neiman Marcus fantasy gifts

    Tight holiday budget? Maybe for many, but Neiman Marcus continues to offer the height of extravagance in its 2010 Christmas Book, which lists eye-popping gifts for as much as $1.5 million.

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    World’s wildest Christmas gifts -

    Tough times? Tight holiday budgets? Maybe for many, but Neiman Marcus continues to offer the height of extravagance in its 2010 Christmas Book, which lists gifts costing as much as $1.5 million. Yet even though the catalog has been around for 84 years, it's keeping up with the times: This year customers can access and order gifts using a new iPad application. 50th anniversary His & Hers charm bracelet This year marks the 50th anniversary of His & Hers gifts in the Christmas Book, and Neiman Marcus is marking the occasion with this one-of-a-kind bracelet whose diamond and gold charms have been crafted into the shape of 11 His & Hers gifts from past years, including a windmill, an airplane, a hot-air balloon and a Chinese junk. Price: $248,000

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    Customized Marfa, Texas, experience -

    The little West Texas town of Marfa -- population 2,121 -- has become a mecca for art, architecture and nature. This gift offers three days and four nights of immersion in Marfa, crafted for two by a personal concierge. Event alternatives include private art tours, a glider trip above the desert, an observatory visit, a park excursion, and a private party to meet local artists, along with gourmet meals, luxury accommodations and a set of prints from a Marfa artist-in-residence. Price starts at $9,500 per couple (not including transportation).

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    Dale Chihuly pool installation -

    This gift offers a privately commissioned art installation by renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly measuring up to 22 by 12 feet -- at the bottom of your swimming pool. The recipient will also be able to work with the artist’s studio to get a rare inside look at Chihuly’s creative process. Price: $1.5 million

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    Handmade gourd ukulele -

    For this gift, guitar maker Danny Ferrington -- who has been hand-making instruments for the likes of George Harrison, Keith Richards, and Chrissie Hynde since 1975 -- will create classic four-string concert ukuleles, using split gourds as the bodies. Ferrington will build each ukulele from scratch, with hand-selected woods for acoustics and balance and rich mother-of-pearl inlays. Price $6,000

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    Edible gingerbread playhouse -

    This edible playhouse is handcrafted from 381 lbs. of gourmet gingerbread and 517 lbs. of royal icing by the confectioners at Dylan’s Candy Bar. Standing 6.6 feet high by 5.25 feet wide by 4.1 feet deep, it includes giant cookies, lollipops, gummies, mints, gumdrops and a candy-encrusted roof, plus a lollipop tree inside. Price: $15,000

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    Leica M9-NM camera -

    Limited to a worldwide edition of 50, the Leica M9 Neiman Marcus edition is the world's only digital rangefinder camera, with interchangeable lenses and a full-frame 18-megapixel sensor. The body is covered in ostrich leather trim, with matching strap; the LCD screen is covered by sapphire glass. Price: $17,5000

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    Private party by Colin Cowie -

    A-list event planner Colin Cowie will craft a party in your home for up to 75 guests, featuring Tequila Avion cocktails from mixologist Yusef Austin, gourmet food prepared by chef Todd English, and music mixed by celebrity DJ Donna d'Cruz. As a keepsake, they will all sign a bottle of Tequila Avion. Price: $125,000

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    2011 Neiman Marcus edition Camaro -

    Limited to an edition of 100, this 2SS model Camaro convertible has a 6.2-liter V8 engine and the purchaser’s choice of a 426-horsepower six-speed manual or 400-horsepower six-speed automatic transmission. Other features include tri-coat exterior paint, convertible top highlighted with a silver painted windshield, and leather interior with red accent. Price: $75,000

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    Tory Burch trike -

    This family chariot for three is hand-built by Worksman Cycles and designed by fashion creator Tory Burch. In the back, two passengers can ride on plush bucket seats with swivel armrests, seat belts, a footboard, and a retractable canopy top. And if the driver tires of pedaling, a flip of a switch activates a clean-energy electric drive system. Price: $4,500

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    MetroShip houseboat -

    With a 48-by-12-foot open floor plan and 7-foot-high interior ceiling, the MetroShip houseboat is open and airy during the day, with waterproof hardwood floors and double-glazed windows, while it glows at night thanks to maintenance-free translucent thermal aluminum walls. Features include a Bang & Olufsen stereo, high-definition projector, handmade kitchen cabinets, Viking refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher, Gaggenau in-cabinet oven and cooktop, spa bathroom and twin 60-horsepower Honda outboard engines. Price: $250,000

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    A holiday tradition -

    The Christmas Book has been a holiday tradition with Dallas-based luxury retailer Neiman Marcus for 84 years, offering whimsical, one-of-a-kind gifts at often eye-popping prices. This year's edition marks the 50th anniversary of the catalog's famed His & Hers fantasy gifts.