Thursday Dec 15 2011
Service, restaurant gift certificates make a great ‘local’ gift
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
Some say there is more than one way to give a gift during the holiday season. Roseville resident Angela Kummerle says that while gifts of the latest technological gadgets are fine, sometimes it is good to think outside the box. “It is nice to give,” she said. “But there are so many other ways that we can give and at the same time support our local vendors.” Kummerle said that gifts supporting local school events such as crab feeds, yearbook sales and tickets to fundraisers are one way to give to loved ones, and give back to the community. “In the last few years, I’ve seen different events fall by the way side because they are not well enough attended,” Kummerle said. “There’s not enough demand, so they end up having to do something else.” Kummerle said that giving the gift of time with your family is also a thoughtful and cost-effective way to give a gift this holiday season. Amanda Nichols, owner of Sleek Salon in Roseville, said that in the past, she has given babysitting gift certificates to her sister so that she can have a date with her husband. “I try to be more creative for people and think of things they need, but wouldn’t necessarily think of for themselves,” Nichols said. Nichols said that in addition to the babysitting certificate, giving a gift certificate from a local restaurant also helps to facilitate and enhance “date night.” “I think a restaurant is nice,” Nichols said. “I have done that a lot for my sister in the past, and friends.” Most Roseville restaurants offer gift cards, including Crush 29, Suede Blue, Gingers, Mas, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Johnny Garlic’s. Nichols said she has also given gifts such as house cleaning for her mom, lawn service or dance classes for her niece. But, she says, giving the gift of pampering, such as a massage or spa treatment, is perhaps one of the best gifts you could give to a busy loved one. “A lot of moms don’t take time out for themselves,” she said. “Getting (pampering) as a gift forces them to realize that they do need to remember about themselves every once in a while.” Nichols said supporting local restaurants and small businesses is a good way to be creative with gift giving while keeping money local. Kummerle said people get too wrapped up in giving electronics and expensive gifts during the holidays. “Those things are nice, don’t get me wrong,” she said. “But how much more do we really need?” Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.