Neiman Marcus: gifts that give back

Neiman Marcus is the gift that keeps giving. Not only is the luxe retailer out with its Christmas Book, complete with new fantasy items, but The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation has pledged to support The Boys & Girls Club of America youth arts programs, which serve 4.3 million children through 4,300 clubs nationwide. 

Neiman Marcus will be donating $750,000 over three years to the 43 clubs in areas where Neiman Marcus stores are located. The clubs include the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, thanks to the presence of Neiman Marcus Westchester in White Plains.

One way to contribute to the foundation is with a fantasy gift for you or a special someone (or two). How about 12? That’s how many the 74-foot solar-powered Serenity Yacht sleeps (including a crew of four). This is a state-of-the-art creation — the largest solar-powered yacht in the world — complete with an interior by Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing. He has included lots of closet space, because the yacht includes a shopping spree — all for a cool $7.1 million, $50,000 of which will go to Neiman Marcus’ foundation.

That is just the beginning of over the top. How about the top of the world? You’ll enjoy sunrise at base camp on Mount Everest as part of a “Wonders & Wellness of the Indian Subcontinent Experience” that will have you “roughing it” in luxury lodges with wellness gurus and yogis, courtesy of bespoke travel purveyor Black Tomato. With your $630,000 purchase, the foundation will receive up to $45,000.

For others it will be “Mission Possible” as they get to play secret agent in Las Vegas on a three-day, two-night espionage adventure put together by The Invictus Experience. Best of all, you’ll be jumping out of planes, racing supercars and doing whatever else is required to fulfill the mission with veterans of the Special Operations Forces. We doubt that anyone will be disavowing this mission, particularly since the $315,000 price tag includes a $25,000 donation to the foundation and $5,000 donations to Mission Volant and Warfighter Made, serving vets and wounded warriors respectively.

One of our favorite fantasies features Sloane Stephens, 2017 US Open women’s singles champion, who graced WAG’s August cover and our US Open salute. For $555,000 you can attend the four Slams — the US, French and Australian Opens and Wimbledon — as Stephens’ guest, sitting in a VIP box, hitting with her and getting goodies signed by her. The price tag includes a $30,000 donation to the foundation.

Can’t do a fantasy? Neiman Marcus has more than 823 gifts, from a Melville Santa Beard Lollipop for $10 to a McLaren Ride on Car for kids for $395.

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