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For the discerning Christmas shopper, neckties are out and camels are in
Jeannette Bruce
November 27, 1967
If Aunt Minnie gives you another one of those neckties again this Christmas, get yourself another aunt. This year stores all over the country are fairly bursting with more imaginative gifts, particularly for sportsmen. They range from the practical to the exotic, from the cute to the kooky, and may cost (if the Neiman-Marcus catalog is an accurate index (anywhere from $7 for a floating fishing knife (complete with knife blade, can opener and bottle opener) to $4,125 for a pair of his and her camels "for people who have been promising themselves to slow down."
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November 27, 1967

For The Discerning Christmas Shopper, Neckties Are Out And Camels Are In

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Woolf Brothers of Kansas City can supply the satisfaction of a full game bag and none of the trouble. For $100 they will sell you two stuffed wild ducks and a pheasant that look as if they were freshly shot. They come suspended from a leather thong so that they may be hung on a wall. Woolfs has also imported from Italy two ceramic items. One is a caricature of a horse reading a copy of a racing form ($100). He is gray, wears a yellow hat and a red blanket. His companion is a jockey in cerise-and-black silks, sitting on a park bench, and, like the horse, reading a racing form.

Hall's of Kansas City will provide, for those who care to send the best, an imported English croquet set made of lignum vitae, an extremely hard and heavy wood. The balls are weighted, the mallets are oversize, the wickets are die-cast, and the whole thing comes in a magnificently carpentered wooden box for $185.

Farther east, in classy Lake Forest, Ill., where the cab company has charge accounts, and the supermarket wall-to-wall carpeting, a shop called the Outdoorsman offers chilly football spectators a flask that is also a hand-warmer ($11).

In Birmingham, Mich. The Sportsman shop is stocking up on decorative and useful animal pelts—zebra hides, African fox, serval cat, leopard, cheetah and Australian possum. Hides sell for $50 and up. A cheetah rug costs $200, the leopard $350. Furniture throws start at $300.

New York's Hammacher Schlemmer offers a sauna-bath outfit for $695 that can be plugged in at home or in your office. Also available: a demountable sports car that can be assembled with a half dollar as the only tool necessary. It is a two-passenger, four-hp vehicle, topped with a striped canopy and capable of 20 mph ($500). For an extra 50� they'll throw in the half dollar.

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