A good gift is hard to find. What do you get someone when you aren't sure what to get them and they appear to be able to get what they want. There are the wine lovers, the beer lovers, the chefs, the cigar smokers, etc.
Always nice to bring a bottle of wine to a party, not nice to bring store bought dessert when the person cooks. But, how about a birthday party?
My latest find of the moment is Gourmet Chocolate of the Month. This particular site also links to their other sites such as Beer, Wine, Cigars, Cheese and Flowers of the month. So you can pick a different option depending on the person. I like the chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate....well at least I think everyone loves chocolate. This particular gift can be given in different ways. One month, 3 months, 6 months, one year, etc. Also, the chocolate comes from renown boutique chocolatiers from all over the world.
I go in stages. Right now, I'm into the chocolate. Hey, next year, I might be sending something completely different. But I'm digging the chocolate.
We (that would be Josh, Fred, Jessica and Emily since I could care less) are Mets fans. Fred told me that they were selling off the chairs as the stadium is closing down. He thought we should really buy the chairs. A bit of nostalgia. I got online and bought 2 green chairs. The orange were already sold out. They are really for Josh, the biggest fan of them all.
Sort of a funny thing to own but in the end, I am glad we will have a little bit of the Mets to call home.
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