If you're searching for a perfect holiday present - and you've already rejected the one-of-a-kind Kevlar-bodied Porsche 911 GT1 available for $1.1 million at www.menstoys.com - here are some other unusual suggestions:
How about wearable art? Icon shoes are original works of art for the feet. Five hundred pairs of each style are signed and numbered by the artist and retail for $500 apiece. "Print" editions sell for $260.
Available in men's sizes 3 to 12 and women's sizes from 5 to 14, the soft leather shoes come in front and side-lace styles.They're available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Other outlets are listed at www.iconshoes.com
If you'd like an "instant" party delivered to your door on New Year's Eve, Clambake Celebrations (www.clambake-to-go.com) offers 5 pounds of softshell clams for $90 and Fulton Street Market online (www.fultonstreet.com) has four 1-1/4-pound live lobsters for $79.95.
Help preserve history and promote conservation by planting a tree descended from one that has historic associations. A seedling of the last tree known to be planted by Johnny Appleseed, for instance. Or trees growing on the sites of famous battles. $35 from www.oldtrees.org
Sit by the fireplace and toast marshmallows in style with a wood-handled marshmallow roaster with extended shaft ($8 at Restoration Hardware stores).
Displaced Southerners can get a taste of home with 5 pounds of boiled peanuts packed in a gunnysack, for $22.50 from www.boiledpeanuts.com
You'll find more ideas at www.catalogcity.com
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