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Neiman Marcus Unveils Over-the-Top Holiday Catalogue

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The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was revealed last week, touting its own frugality with price tags topping off at $250K, rather than the millions of years past.  Never fear, there's still a $25K cupcake car and an airplane up for sale.

For those existing in a world, recession or not, where sugar plum fairies are probably real, the Neiman's Christmas Book offers up a bonanza of magical Christmas gifts.  The Fab Finds section has cheap junk like iPhone cases, manicure sets and portable radios for around $200 a pop, while Little Gems are practically free at less than $100.  However, our personal favorite has to be the cupcake car (price listed above), which is exactly what it sounds like: a giant cupcake that you can spin around and drive up to 20 miles per hour. 

The opus get of this year's book is a "dinner with literature" for $250,000, proceeds of which go to the charity organization First Book.  The Algonquin Round Table grants two commoners the chance to dine with minds like satirist Christopher Buckley, cartoonist Roz Chast, Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell, writer-performer Anna Deavere Smith, presidential beer buddy Henry Louis Gates Jr., sisterly wits Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, actor John Lithgow, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, TV journalist George Stephanopoulos, and his actress wife, Ali Wentworth.

Had we known about these prizes sooner, we may have been better behaved - you've got to be really nice for this stuff. 

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