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Throwback: Thumbing through the 1979 Neiman-Marcus Christmas Book

Posted: 5:30 AM, Nov 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-28 05:31:24-05

INDIANAPOLIS — According to Neiman-Marcus, nothing captures the excitement of holiday shopping like its annual Christmas Book, which the retailer has published for more than 90 years.

The Christmas Book features a plethora of outrageously expensive luxury items most of us would be unable to afford.

Former RTV6 reporter Reid Duffy took Indiana viewers through the Neiman-Marcus Christmas Book in 1979.

The first item Duffy found for sale was a satellite dish and not the type that could be mounted on your roof. No, the dish offered by Neiman-Marcus had to be installed in your backyard.

The cost? Just $36,500.

While the satellite dish may have been too impractical for some, Neiman-Marcus also offered cheaper items, including a bagel-shaped paperweight for just $10. Also, toothpaste with unique flavors like bourbon or scotch.

If you prefer a more theatrical gift, you could’ve enlisted the services of master chimney sweeps Dee and David Stoll. For $3,000, the pair would not only sweep your chimney but also perform a few songs.

If his and her gifts were more your style, Neiman-Marcus offered his and hers dirigibles at just $50,000 apiece.