Dreaming of Fantasy Gifts

Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy these drool-worthy fantasy gifts.

While a pair of socks is always handy, and those silk pyjamas undeniably soft, the joy of unwrapping a nondescript gift all-too-often ends in mild disappointment. Yes, by all means it is a first world subject we speak of, but there are gifts out there that will no doubt deliver on the feeling of ecstasy not experienced since you received your dream Malibu barbie and sportscar, Christmas circa 1991. Call them outlandish, fantastical or far-fetched – these are the calibre of cadeaux we dare to dream about.

1. Vanity Fair Academy Awards Experience Neiman Marcus
Lights, camera, action! For the meagre price of $580,000 you and a special guest will be cordially invited to play the part of Hollywood royalty during the film industry’s most celebrated weekend. The star treatment will begin on the Friday at your home throughout the three day affair – the luxe Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel. Saturday’s agenda is packed with special excursions, drinks at the famous Sunset Tower, and dinner at celebrity favorite Chateau Marmont. Oscar day will kick off with pre-party spa pampering and culminates with entrée to the night’s most coveted event: The Vanity Fair Party where you’ll mix, mingle, and revel with silver-screen legends past and present. Needless to say, hair, makeup, wardrobe styling and jewellery on loan are all provided.
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2. The World’s Most Luxurious Christmas Crackers VeryFirstTo
Cast aside the miniature pack of cards and plastic screwdriver set, you won’t be surprised to find the likes of luxury super yachts and diamond necklaces amidst the ‘goodies’ in VeryFirstTo’s Ultimate Christmas Crackers. You’ll be hoping you don’t pull the bad end this time round with magnificent crackers that mean you could be going home with a sparkling ‘Diamants Légers’ Cartier necklace or an 18-carat rose gold Breguet Tradition wristwatch. There’s also a top-of-the-range Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe up for grabs, or the ‘1 Like No Other’ trip of a lifetime, while the most expensive prize up for grabs is the Predator 84 yacht from Sunseeker – the key fob is hidden in one of these luxury-packed crackers.
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3. The Bag Subscription Net-a-Porter
If you want to know what $35,000 will buy you – a very happy better half is what. As part of their holiday shopping experience launching five fantasy gifts, Net-a-Porter’s bag subscription is just one of the extravagant offerings with the rights to one luxury bag each month for a year. From the ultimate tote to the party-perfect clutch, you can choose your favorite styles via your own dedicated Personal Shopper. If your significant other doesn’t exhibit a penchant for this particular fashion article however, there’s also the gift of unlimited store credit that is yet to be assigned a purchase figure.
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4. The Ultimate Shoe Subscription Mr Porter
With the sartorial yearly subscriptions not just reserved for the lucky ladies out there, Mr Porter’s Ultimate Shoe Subscription is an exclusive gift for any well-heeled man. Every month of the year the lucky recipient will get to choose a pair of stylish shoes gifted from the wide range of brands and styles available on their discerning website. Personal Shoppers are also on hand in this instance to give expert style advice and help the recipient build their ideal shoe collection.
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