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How to Get a Head-Start on Holiday Gifting

Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 11:27AM

How to Get a Head-Start on Holiday Gifting

This year, get a head-start on holiday gifting so that you can unwind and enjoy the season with ease—minus the last-minute mall runs and overnight shipping! Fortunately, the perfect gifts might be closer than you think. Just read on as we share a few of our favorite ideas.  

Get crafty

The best gifts are the ones with a personal touch, so why not consider gifting friends and family some of your handmade creations? This is a great way for kids to get involved in the gift-giving process, or for you to embrace your creative side with beautiful artwork or designs.

Make a culinary keepsake

Do you have a family recipe you swear by during the holiday season? A great gift is a custom-carved cutting board featuring that recipe for a practical (and sentimental) touch for anyone who loves to cook.

Head to local farmers markets and fairs

To find something truly one-of-a-kind, head to local farmers markets and fairs before hitting the store for sales. You might just find something really special for the people on your list, like handcrafted gifts and artisanal treasures. At this time of year, there are many such events to visit—one coming up is New Smyrna Beach’s Coastal Christmas Market on Canal Street, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

Give the gift of good food

In our book, one of the greatest gifts you can give is that of delicious food! It’s not just the flavors you’re gifting, but the promise of quality time spent enjoying a meaningful meal—ideally with some equally great company, too!

For foodie gifters, one flavorful option is a recipe-in-a-jar. If you have a favorite recipe, perhaps a famous cookie or go-to brownie, you can assemble the dry ingredients for it in a jar, add a ribbon and recipe tag, and give it to someone you love! This way, they can simply add it to a bowl, mix it with the right ingredients and enjoy homemade goodness wherever they may be.

Feeling ambitious? You can also create a homemade cookbook featuring your favorite recipes. This is an especially sweet gift for children and loved ones who no longer live at home—because they can still feel at home by preparing and enjoying warm, delicious flavors.

Another delicious gift that requires a little less prep work? A Stonewood Grill gift card! This go-to gift provides the recipient with a satisfying meal in a warm, welcoming environment they are sure to love. It’s perfect for family, friends, coworkers and, well, just about everyone on your list—in fact, if you do pick out a gift card for everyone on your list, you’ll receive something special, too! Now through Dec. 31, you will receive $20 in bonus cards for every $100 gift card purchase. In our book, that’s holiday shopping done right.

These meaningful gifts are sure to deliver smiles, laughs and lots of memories! From our family to yours, we hope you have a very happy start to your holiday season.

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