NEW YORK – For the couple who have everything, here's a Christmas gift straight from "The Jetsons": His-and-hers robots that can answer the door, help with the groceries and even read bedtime stories to the kids.
The robot duo, featured in Neiman Marcus' annual Christmas catalog, is just one of 11 fantasy gifts offered by the retailer.
Others include a limited-edition BMW 645Ci Coupe ($75,170), a gold mermaid suit ($10,000), a custom-designed ice fishing house ($27,000) and a Bombardier Learjet (search) ($7 million and up).
The catalog, first published in 1926, was originally intended as a Christmas card to Neiman Marcus' best customers. Fantasy gifts were added in 1960 to spice up the book, said Ginger Reeder, a spokeswoman.
The outrageous gifts are designed more to grab attention than pocketbooks, Reeder said; Neiman Marcus doesn't expect to sell most of them.
But some years it hits the jackpot - as in 2001, when it sold out of $10,000 packages for girls ages 6 and up that offered a walk-on role with the Rockettes (search) during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
The robots - she's in green and appears to be wearing a dress, while he's in silver and has a bigger computer - can be programmed to do many household chores.
He can answer the door, take out the garbage and walk the dog. She can carry groceries into the house, help put away laundry and read bedtime stories to the kids.
They can reverse roles, but only the female robot can leave messages. A display ticker across her chest can be programmed to say all sorts of things, like: "Honey, it's your turn to cook dinner tonight."