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When you were a kid, did you ever play pretend?
You and your friend would pretend to be Batman and Robin and save the world from the villain—your little sister. Wasn’t that fun?
Well, today, let’s play a little game of Christmas pretend. Let’s pretend we have a billion dollars. That’s right, billion with a “b.” Money is no obstacle. Money actually grows on trees in this world.
And what a better time of the year to live in this world than the Christmas season? Because stuff costs money—or so we hear.
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So let’s have a little fun and imagine what it would be like to buy some of the most extravagant, ridiculous gifts that are currently in the marketplace and available for purchase.
Now, you might be saying, “Well, Christmas isn’t about money and stuff!” We know that, but let’s leave reality for a minute, shall we? We’ll come back to the land of budgets soon enough.
So what would you buy if you were a billionaire…. Maybe some of these gifts?
A Private Dinner for 10 By Four World-Renowned Chefs
Price tag: $250,000
Four of the most well-known chefs in the world, including Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud, will cook for you, thanks to an exclusive “fantasy gift” from Neiman Marcus. An event planner will take care of all the details, and the chefs come to your house with food and beverages in tow. If you love the church Christmas potluck, and you have an extra $249,990 to throw around, then this dinner might be an option.
Price tag: $2 million
A what? Bugattis are the most expensive cars in the world. You’re thinking a few hundred thousand dollars or so? That’s cute. Try $2 million. One version of the Bugatti will reach speeds of 267 miles per hour. Interested in one? Ask Jay Z how his Bugatti drives. Beyoncé bought one for his birthday in 2010.
A Pink Bentley
Price tag: $200,000
That’s what Paris Hilton bought herself for Christmas a few years ago. The dashboard is encrusted with diamonds, because who doesn’t love nicely built diamond-encrusted dashboards? Hope she has a good alarm system on that ride.
A Ferris Wheel
Price tag: $50,000
In 2008, the Ferris wheel from the Santa Monica Pier went up for auction on eBay with a minimum bid of $50,000. The catch? The Ferris wheel base—you know, the part that actually makes the wheel go round and round and round—was sold separately … for $135,000. But hey, for someone rollin’ in dough, it might have been a fun addition to the backyard.
A Walk-On Role in Annie: The Musical
Price tag: $30,000
For the cost of 30 baby emergency funds, Neiman Marcus can hook you up with a walk-on role in a Broadway musical! If it’s a hard-knock life for you right now, then this isn’t the best way to spend your money. But just remember, the sun will come out tomorrow!
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A Caribbean Island
Price tag: $15 million
Oh, why not. Who needs a lake house when you can buy an island in the Bahamas? For $15 million, Sandy Cay can be yours. The island is a little more than 8 acres in size and includes four houses, a private harbor, five shipping vessels, two beaches, a fitness center and much more.
New York Yankees Season Tickets
Price tag: $40,000
If you’re a glutton for punishment, you can buy Yankees season tickets in the Champions Suite for a mere $40,000. If that’s a little too pricey for your liking, you can get nosebleed seats for $1,600 for the season! The Yankees are still paying A Rod’s salary, so you know they need your money.
A Massive Yacht
Price tag: $56 million
Need a way to get to the $15 million Caribbean island you just bought? How about The Paraffin—a 197-foot-long, six-stateroom luxury yacht that comes with more amenities than a warehouse full of amenities. According to a website that currently lists The Paraffin for sale, the yacht “spends much of her year chartering around the Mediterranean and Caribbean.” Tough life.
Price tag: $1,300
Love sushi? Traveling to New York City? Are you rich? Then you might want to give Masa a try. This restaurant, located in the Time Warner Center, has an average check total of nearly $1,300. Remember, that’s the average cost. So maybe, if you don’t supersize your sushi, you can get out of the building for $800 or so.
A Trip to the Moon
Price tag: $150 million
You always wanted to be an astronaut. Here’s your chance. Excalibur, a start-up company in the United Kingdom, is planning to provide fly-by trips to the moon—and they say they have demand for 29 tickets over the next 10 years. They hope to begin taking flights in 2015, so you’ll have to wait. And, oh, go ahead and put in for vacation time. They say you’ll need six months to train for the trip.
Now, back to reality, but wasn’t that fun?
Would you go for any of these gifts if money were no object? Or what else might you buy? Leave a comment below!