Not much has changed over the decades, and this year’s Christmas Book remains a creative gifts page-turner. In addition to the simple pleasures of, say, a $7,200 Fendi baguette striped mink handbag (for her) and a $3,300 Belstaff jacket (for me), there are the quintessential exotic extravagances. For example, what say you to a purple metallic Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus sculpture by Jeff Koons ($20,000)? Or, how does an overnight stay with ten of your friends in Philip Johnson’s
architectural masterpiece, Glass House ($30,000), sound to you?
Not enough you say? Well, then, just for you Neiman Marcus offers this year to make you a Master Falconer through the ultimate falconry experience that includes amongst its gift menagerie, four exotic-skin falcon hoods and a 20-karat gold-plated falcon perch resplendent with hand cut rings of lapis lazuli ($150,000).
But, what can you do when you really need to give a gift that’s a little more personal than an elephant? It’s so hard today to find that perfect gift for someone who already has every little thing. Indeed, in a down-sizing culture where plastic things mean so little because they are so abundantly available (and fill our closets to no end), more store stuff is the last thing many of your friends want or need.
We all know someone who we consider the perfect nominee for the Gift Giver Hall of Fame. You know the type. Time and again you marvel at how very thoughtful they are in selecting gifts, especially when it comes to giving one to you. It’s as if they had been listening to you all the time with only the idea of looking for the thread of your words that would lead them someday to finding you the perfect gift.
That’s the one secret common to all GGHF’s (Gift Giver Hall of Famers). They listen.
So, if you’ve been listening to a friend who talks about their travels, or a friend who’s been itching to travel for some time, there is one creative gift that Neiman Marcus can’t match: A bed and breakfast gift certificate.
B&B gift certificates are the sort of thing that say, “Hey, I’ve been listening all this time.” Choosing the right B&B is at the heart of the matter, and that decision can be guided by a couple of things. Of course, if your friend has already gushed about an extraordinary experience at a particular B&B, this would be your most efficient path to take. Find that B&B online and take a look at their website. Chances are good they offer gift certificates. If nothing is mentioned on their site, simply give them a call and chat with them about your gifting plans.
You can also get a gift certificate from a B&B at which you’ve had a particularly enjoyable stay. When you know quality, share the notion through a couple of nice nights for special friends and relations. Over time, the common experiences you will be able share with your gift recipient about the B&B will make you even closer and prove what a great gift it was.
How ever you choose to do it, just keep in mind that a B&B gift certificate is something that will certainly put you in the running as a GGHF. And in the end, who really needs a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante ($345,000)?
(Besides me, that is.)