Catalog gifts at both ends of spectrum




Ordinarily, I get all bent out of shape about Christmas catalogs arriving in my mailbox before Halloween. I am willing, however, to make exceptions for two retailers: Neiman-Marcus and Lehman’s.

Neiman-Marcus, of course, is the high-end retailer known for high fashion with prices to match, with a catalog that always includes a “fantasy” section full of gift ideas just perfect for the gazillionaire who has everything. This year, for example, you can pick up an outdoor entertainment center with 201-inch screen and 7.1 digital surround sound for a cool $1.5 million (plus shipping and handling).

Lehman’s is the Kidron, Ohio purveyor of the practical (and portal to the past, to take this alliteration thing to the point of the preposterous), with a catalog that caters to the Amish and other plain folks. For example, you can pick up what appears to be the Cadillac of cider presses for $1,495 plus $175 freight.

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