better holiday gifting

The gift giving season is upon us once again. So you may be asking yourself, “What am I going to get for the special people in my life?” Here are a few suggestions to help manage the gift-giving conundrum.

Knowing that most of us splurge on food during the holidays, help your gift recipient get back to better eating with a gift of convenience and good health. Meal Kit services such as Blue Apron and Sun Basket deliver all the ingredients to make a delicious meal, right to your door in recyclable, insulated containers – making it a breeze to prep, cook and enjoy.

If they are interested in adding homegrown veggies to their dish, a garden tool gift set will come in handy. Most sets include a convenient carrying tote, gloves and up to six garden tools. To help protect knees and backs, include a garden kneeler to make tending those veggies fun again. Flip the kneeler over to convert it into a comfortable seat.

For the gift that keeps on giving, a subscription to a monthly box club is a wonderful option. Each month, your gift recipient will receive a package and remember your thoughtfulness. My club of choice is Explore Local Box (, which features locally made food and products from a different U.S. city each month. Delivered right to your door, it’s like a national food tasting tour without leaving town!

For the woman who always appreciates a piece of jewelry, why not gift a custom bracelet or necklace. Spell out a saying or a word (Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend) in Morse Code with dot and dash beads on a necklace or bracelet to create a distinctive gift. Another option is a customized saying or word in Braille. is a good place to begin your search.

Prefer an experience as a gift? Well then it’s fortunate we live next to the Big Apple. Give the art lover in your life the EmptyMet Tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. View the museum’s most famous exhibits without having to navigate around hoards of people. For 90 minutes before opening to the general public, your gift recipient will have a VIP tour led by a museum guide. It’s an experience to remember.

For the man in your life, try the 5-in-1 Tool Pen. This handy gadget features a screwdriver, capacitive touch stylus for smart devices, an integrated bubble level, ruler, and pen with clip. Easy to use, easy to store and convenient for the man on the move.

With these gifts, fear of re-gifting will all but disappear. Happy Holidays!

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