Posted on November 15, 2006
Filed Under (General) by jennifer

I am not so sure I believe it’s better to give than receive, except in the case of charity. Let’s face it, who doesn’t like a little something around the holidays, especially from a colleague, a customer, or a business partner you’ve gone out of your way to help the past year?  For many years now, my spouse and I have either given clients and/or colleagues gifts, made charitable donations in their name, or taken them out for a meal to thank them for their efforts. It’s a nice touch that goes a long way.

So in the interest of giving, I wanted to share with you some special holiday gift ideas I have come across over the years that are sure to please even the most discerning colleague, boss, business partner, or client.

Zingerman’s — Two words: gingerbread coffeecake. I love my husband, but I really love a good gingerbread cake, and I have heard wondrous tales about Zingerman’s gingerbread. (I may even have to buy one for myself this year.) When we lived in Chicago, friends from the Midwest would rave about Zingerman’s. And now you can order their delectable gourmet treats online. This is a haute delicatessen and bakery with gourmet items and gifts you simply cannot find anywhere else. Sure, you may pay a bit more, but your clients and colleagues will thank you — and applaud your good taste.

D’Artagnan — If a client or someone you work with likes foie gras, duck, or other game, this is the place for you. I once received a gift package from D’Artagnan and happily dined on the finest duck breast for weeks. C’est magnifique!

Fairytale Brownies — Who doesn’t love brownies? This Arizona company was recently named AZ Small Business Person of the Year and turns out some of the yummiest brownies I have ever had the pleasure to eat.

iGourmet.comFounded in 1997, is America’s leading online gourmet food and gift retailer. Offering over 600 specialty cheeses, thousands of fine foods, and a complete line of exquisite gift baskets, each accompanied by detailed information and useful serving suggestions, is popular with connoisseurs across America. Forbes also named the best gourmet food website in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Wine Country Gift Baskets — Distinctive personal and corporate gifts. (I love their catalog.)

Beacon Hill Baskets — “Elegant gifts for any occasion.” I interviewed the owner, Anne-Marie Kennedy, a while back and was really impressed with her and her business. Her baskets of gourmet delights (and other things) are beautiful, creative, and delicious.  The business is located in the Boston area, so if you have clients in the Northeast, this is a particularly good (and quick) option.

Another wonderful gift idea is to give money to a favorite charity of yours or a client’s in that person’s name.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and looking forward to a wonderful holiday season…

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