15 Outrageous Gifts for The 1%



If you’re tired of being pigeonholed with the rest of us 99%-ers, know that there are plenty of gift ideas to flaunt your status.

And for those who can’t afford $1 million on a dancing water fountain, stop and take a look at some of the most outrageous gifts that people are actually buying:

  • 1. Limited Edition Rickshaw, $2,200 1 of 15
    1. Limited Edition Rickshaw, $2,200
    The hardest part won't be affording this India-inspired rickshaw, but finding someone to pedal you around the city.
    Buy from: Anthropologie
  • 2. 2011 Dream Folly, $75,000 2 of 15
    2. 2011 Dream Folly, $75,000
    Talk about the ultimate mom cave, this backyard hide-out is inspired by the 1960s TV show "I Dream of Jeannie," and includes an 18-foot diameter yurt, hand-made textiles and a handcrafted crystal chandelier. (Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 out of the $75,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.)
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 3. Dancing Fountains from WET, $1,000,000 3 of 15
    3. Dancing Fountains from WET, $1,000,000
    Your backyard is beautiful, but you know what it could really use? An elaborate fountain with two underwater robotic nozzles dancing as a couple — twirling, whirling and bowing through the water, in what looks like a Las Vegas attraction. Except that it's in your backyard. (On a positive note, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 out of the $1,000,000 to, which provides safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries. Because while some families are scouring for clean drinking water, you have water dancing outside of your window.)
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 4. Tom Burr Table-Tennis Table Fantasy Gift, $45,000 4 of 15
    4. Tom Burr Table-Tennis Table Fantasy Gift, $45,000
    Anyone can get a table-tennis table at a local sporting goods store. But how many have one designed by the artist Tom Burr, doubling as a structural piece of art? (For $45,000, I better be able to drive this thing.)
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 5. Bonzini Babyfoot Barbie Foosball Table, $24,999.99 5 of 15
    5. Bonzini Babyfoot Barbie Foosball Table, $24,999.99
    When a Barbie doll just isn't enough.
    Buy from: FAO Schwartz
  • 6. Kettler ’53 Chevrolet Vette Collector’s Pedal Car, $1,119.99 6 of 15
    6. Kettler '53 Chevrolet Vette Collector's Pedal Car, $1,119.99
    This is almost as much as I spent on my first car. Yet it's for a toddler.
    Buy from: FAO Schwartz
  • 7. Red Beard’s Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse, $52,000 7 of 15
    7. Red Beard's Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse, $52,000
    There are tree houses, and then there are backyard pirate ships.
    Buy from: Posh Tots
  • 8. Assouline Custom-Built Library, $125,000 8 of 15
    8. Assouline Custom-Built Library, $125,000
    Doesn't every child need his own custom-designed library (built around your "intellectual viewpoint"), including 250 current and vintage books in the genre of your choice? (NM will donate $2,500 to First Book, which provides new books to at-need children in the U.S. and Canada.)
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 9. Hacker-Craft Speedboat, $250,000 9 of 15
    9. Hacker-Craft Speedboat, $250,000
    When an ordinary boat just won't do, this 27-foot solid mahogany boat is the "gold standard of pleasure boating." And a steal at a measly $250,000.
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 10. Godiva Swarovski Luxury Box of 60 Chocolates, $125 10 of 15
    10. Godiva Swarovski Luxury Box of 60 Chocolates, $125
    This box of chocolates (which costs over $100) is covered in hand-placed Swarovski crystals.
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 11. Glace Apricots, $84 11 of 15
    11. Glace Apricots, $84
    A tin of apricots for $84. That's all.
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 12. Lalique Amber, $2,300 12 of 15
    12. Lalique Amber, $2,300
    A statue made from amber crystals, destined to collect dust.
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 13. MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Salt & Pepper Set, $245 13 of 15
    13. MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Salt & Pepper Set, $245
    For the person who, literally, has everything — yet still needs to spend almost $250 on salt & pepper shakers.
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 14. Assouline Publishing Chanel Book Set, $2,500 14 of 15
    14. Assouline Publishing Chanel Book Set, $2,500
    You could buy this set of Chanel books for over $2,000, or you could just wear something from Chanel.
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus
  • 15. International Flower Show, $420,000 15 of 15
    15. International Flower Show, $420,000
    If you want a taste of how the 1% lives, then here's a chance to live it. For far less than a dancing water fountain, you can be privately chartered across the pond (with a guide who also serves as your concierge and "wine aficionado."), only to land at The Tulip Festival in Switzerland, where you'll see over 10,000 tulips. After a few days there, you'll fly to the Kifissia Flower Show in Greece, then the Altera Rose Festival in France, and finally the Chelsea Flower Show in London. You'll spend two nights and three days at each destination, with complimentary ground transportation and flower show tickets. Now that's living the life.
    Buy from: Neiman Marcus

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