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Neiman rolls out annual holiday bling

Associated Press / October 6, 2010

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DALLAS — For those looking to splurge a bit this holiday season, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus unveiled its annual Christmas Book yesterday with gifts including a $15,000 edible gingerbread playhouse and a $125,000 private party organized by celebrity event planner Colin Cowie.

The annual catalog, known for often outrageous items, was revealed at Neiman’s Dallas store, where some of the offerings were on display. Cowie even stood in a store window drinking tequila with two models to preview the party he’ll throw.

Neiman is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its “his and hers’’ gifts like a $250,000 houseboat for two. Over the decades, the series has included everything from airplanes to camels, and die-hard fans might like a $248,000 bracelet of diamond-and-gold charms representing past “his and hers’’ gifts.

Other items in the Christmas Book’s 84th edition: A $4,500 adult-size tricycle for three with seat and canopy fabrics by Tory Burch and a $1.5 million glass creation from artist Dale Chihuly for the bottom of a swimming pool.

With continuing respect for those on smaller budgets, Neiman has priced about half the of the catalog’s offerings under $250, as it did in 2009, said Ginger Reeder, Neiman’s vice president of public relations.

That includes tweezers adorned with crystals for $100 or a scented candle for $95.