10 Holiday Gift Ideas 2006
Presents For Pampered People
Cirrus Access Flight Program
is perfect for any aspiring pilot. Cirrus Design, manufacturer
of the world's best-selling airplane, has made learning
to fly all the more safe and affordable. With the Cirrus
Access program you can give someone the gift of flight.
For a one-year period, the recipient will benefit from an
on-call pilot (Certified Flight Instructor) who can give
all the instruction needed to earn a private pilot's license
or simply fly to a business meeting or family weekend getaway.
Learn more about the Cirrus
SR22 and Cirrus
Spa Treats For Two Budgets
Want to send your sweetheart to the other side of the globe
for the ultimate pampering session? "Dheva" is
Sanskrit for "celestial being," and the majestic Dheva
Spa at The Dhara Dhevi in Thailand
will certainly treat guests like one. Directed by a highly
experienced husband-and-wife team of doctors, the spa includes
treatments such as the steam bath with Alaska mint, the
Oriental Body Glow and personal Ayurvedic diagnostic sessions
to determine which procedures each guest's body needs the
If your pockets aren't deep enough for a plane
ticket, try a Bliss spa product. The holiday season is a
killer for tootsies, and Bliss hopes to remedy the situation
with their Mistle-Toes
Pedicure Kit. This festive set inspired by their signature
spa pedicure contains soothing treats for the feet and holly-berry
red nail polish.
Travelpro Platinum 5 Expandable
for business or leisure travelers, this Platinum
5 rolling suitcase includes a combination lock, leather
ID tag holder, hanging toiletry kit and a folding garment
bag. For globetrotters who like to keep their belongings
in sight, the suitcase features an extra-long handle plus
a rotating lever which allows you to push the case instead
of pulling it. Worried about fitting in holiday gifts? This
line has a no-tip feature for heavy bags and an expandable
main compartment for 30 percent more space.
Marqués de Riscal
Looking for a unique gift? How about two nights at the
"City of Wine?" Located in the heart of the
Rioja wine region in Spain, the Hotel
Marqués de Riscal is no ordinary overnight
destination. The original Marqués de Riscal winery
was transformed by architect Frank Gehry into the City
of Wine after a $77-million, eight-year renovation project.
In addition to the original winery, the 24-acre property
includes the hotel, wine library, restaurant, banquet
rooms, rooftop bar and lounge, a Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, and meeting and conference centers.
Stash Tea's Yixing Teapot
This whimsical teapot draws upon China's ancient Yixing traditions to create a flavorful cup of tea. Made of porous clay, the pot absorbs the flavor and scent of your favorite fine blend. Each whale yields about two sizeable cups, or ten ounces. The teapot can also be purchased in the lizard or dragon design, each depicting a beautiful representation of Yixing artistry that is great for enjoyment and décor.
DELUXE WINE TOTE
the destination is a picnic lunch for two or a dinner party,
this elegant tote will transport your favorite wine lover’s
essentials in style. The one-bottle deluxe
wine tote by OmniPresents Gifts includes two glasses,
a corkscrew, napkins and a stopper. If you’re feeling
ultra generous, complete the set with a special bottle of
The Soul of a New Cuisine
Send a loved one on a trip to Africawithout
them leaving their favorite chair. In his latest book, The
Soul of a New Cuisine, chef Marcus Samuelsson of
New York's famed Aquavit shares his very personal journey of rediscovering the land
of his birth as well as understanding the complexities and
traditions of African cooking. The tome contains more than
200 recipes from Morocco to South Africa. Perhaps this gift
will result in a tasty "thank you" dessert.
Bond DVD Sets
your favorite wannabe action star can spend a good part
of 2007 studying the master of the craft: Bond, James
Bond. Unforgettable settings, villains, girls, gadgets,
cars, music and all those other intangibles are what
make Bond a modern cultural icon. That's why the four
Bond Ultimate Collection DVD sets are the perfect gift
for any film fanatic or Bond buff. Vol.
1 and Vol.
2 are currently available for purchase while Vol.
3 and Vol.
4 are available for preorder.
Who wouldn't want to repeat that great lobster scene in
"Annie Hall?" Live
lobsters make a great present for the person who’s
tried every food gift from mail-ordered filet mignon to
jelly of the month clubs. Although it’s not a gift
that keeps on giving year-round, this 2.5- to 3-pound Jumbo
Maine lobster will satisfy any hungry seafood-lover on your
list. To best enjoy this gift, it’s suggested that
you actually decide to be tough and cook it (instead of
letting it run amok in your kitchen like Woody Allen).
Full Body Scans
that time of year again where diets are dumped and health
concerns are thrown to the icy wind in favor of cookies
and filling holiday dinners. Give that 11-month-of-the-year
health fanatic a gentle reminder with the gift of a full
body scan. Full body scans are conducted at centers
nationwide, can serve as an early detection tool for
heart disease and certain cancers as well as other abnormalities.
Just make sure you give this generous gift to someone
who will interpret the motion as, “I care,”
and not as, “You don't need that extra cookie."