Food and Beverage
Last-Minute Holiday Gifts
By Kate Mulcrone
November 17, 2011
With a world of online offerings, picking out holiday business gifts at the last minute isn’t quite the sin it used to be. Here are a few great ideas that are only a click away.
Nothing’s cozier than a bed-and-breakfast, and a voucher program from Maritz Rewards Direct gives a night away. Each Charming Getaways Experience features a one-night stay with breakfast for two people in one of four regions: California, the Great Lakes, the Northeast, and Texas. Fifty B&Bs participate in the program—properties from historic homes, to rustic ranches, to quaint Victorian inns. The recipient uses a guidebook to select a B&B and then books directly with the establishment. Each experience is all-inclusive. Travel expenses are not included. www.awardhq.com
There’s nothing like a massage after hard work—unless you think your employees prefer facials. Spa experiences are ideal gifts because the recipients can enjoy them at their leisure. SpaFinder’s gift certificates can be redeemed for massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and other services at more than 3,700 properties worldwide. Gift certificates are available in $100 denominations. www.spafinder.com
Omaha Steaks’ top sirloin steaks are undoubtedly for foodies. They’re also relatively healthy, since sirloin has fewer calories and less fat per ounce than many other cuts of beef. Omaha Steaks selects grain-fed beef, ages it, and then cuts and trims each steak by hand. Its Private Reserve collection has top sirloins that are lean and carved from the center of the loin. A mail-order package includes four eight-ounce sirloins.
The thrill of driving an exotic sports car is now available for mortals. The Dream Car Tour experience from Maritz Rewards Direct lets recipients drive up to five different dream vehicles from a fleet of stunning sports cars for a half-day. They’ll learn about the unique driving characteristics and handling techniques for each vehicle—including the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Ferrari F430, and Callaway C16—and then ply their skills on the road!
Select dates vary by location, and both morning and afternoon sessions are offered in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Recipients must be at least 25 years old, hold valid U.S. or Canadian driver’s licenses, and be able to drive cars with manual transmissions. Prices vary by city.
Since 1950, Legal Sea Foods has been serving up the freshest lobster, clams, and fish this side of the Atlantic. Now you can share the gifts of the ocean with your employees, as Legal Sea Foods’ gift cards are available in denominations from $25 to $200 and redeemable online or at any of its more than 30 restaurants on the East Coast. www.rymaxinc.com
Made from scratch, the brownies, cakes, and cookies from Dancing Deer Baking Co. have been lauded by the New York Times
, the Today Show
, and Good Morning America
, among other popular media. For this year, its Signature Holiday Brownie Sampler packs four units each of rich, gooey chocolate chunk, caramel pecan, peanut butter, and cappuccino-flavored brownies into a cheerful holiday gift box. Dancing Deer also has a holiday business gift guide that features options from $20 to $150 that fit every budget and can be personalized to promote the brand or business. www.dancingdeer.com/businessgifts