ARCHIVED  November 1, 1995

Gift ideas abound for that special executive

‘Twas the month before

Christmas

And all through the state,

People were worried

About their gift’s fate

Unique gifts for executives,

Where can I go?

The Northern Colorado

Business Report,

Surely they’ll know!

The holiday season is once again upon us, and with it that annual anxiety of gift buying. Instead of buying another tie or fruitcake, here are some unique gift ideas that are sure to surprise that special executive in your life.

Many executives find that their work becomes too stressful at times, and a gift that gives relaxation would be perfect. Acupuncture, located in Fort Collins, offers an assessment of what is wrong with a person from a Chinese medicinal perspective.

According to Hippocrates, “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” The initial visit to the clinic involves a review of your case history and a 20-minute acupuncture treatment for $60, with each follow-up visit costing $60. Visits last for 45 minutes to an hour, and gift certificates are available.

A relaxing day at the spa can also do wonders for the stressed-out executive. Inspirations Professional Hair Care and Day Spa offers gift certificates that can be used for an invigorating aroma facial. The facial will cost $40, and for $110, one can spend five hours receiving a facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, hair conditioning and make-up application.

Alleviation of stress can also be accomplished in the convenience of your own home, thanks to the fine line of materials at EsScentuals in downtown Fort Collins. EsScentuals carries the fine line of Essential Elements, designed to soothe your body from head to toe.

In addition to their many products of aroma therapy, they also offer the Buckwheat upper-back and neck-massage pillows. These pillows can be thrown in the microwave with the frozen dinner after a hard day at the office, and relaxation is only two to three minutes away. The pillows stay warm for 45 minutes, and range in price from $19.50 to $27.50.

If that special executive is of the more adventurous sort, a hot-air balloon ride would make a great gift. Dragon Fire Ltd. offers the best possible way to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the foothills, for $100 an hour per person. If the outdoor type is willing to wait until the weather warms up again, the Fort Collins Kayak School offers individual instruction, with the first lesson costing $75 for eight hours of instruction, and $25 for two to three hours of river instruction.

For the executive who needs to get away for awhile, an exciting trip can be found at your local travel agency. Carlson Travel Network-Adventures Awaiting Travel Service offers numerous excursions, including a two-week African safari trip through the game parks of Kenya. A $5,000-per-person fee covers food, lodging, airfare, and some of the most amazing pictures that you will ever show your envious friends. An Amazon river trip can be purchased for $2,500 and will last for a week to 10 days.

That special beer or wine lover in your life would be ecstatic to own his or her very own home-brewing or wine-making kit. The Brew It Co. offers a wide variety of brewing and wine-making accessories, for the novice and the experienced. Beginner kits can be purchased for $38 to $47, with deluxe models costing $60 to $70.

Mother Lode Gallery and Boutique Bravo offer an extensive collection of holiday gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah. One interesting conversation piece would be a 12-foot-high totem pole from northwest Montana, made in 1968, with the artistry done by Joe Lintz. This remarkable gift could be yours for $5,700, and as a special, it is now 20 percent off.

Nature’s Own Imagination also has a wide variety of gifts, including a unique collection of cast and original fossils from various time periods. One particularly interesting cast comes from a fossil of the Jurassic period, more than 200 million years ago. The original is now kept in Berlin, and the species is known as the Archaeopteryx, which is the link between birds and reptiles. This cast can be purchased for $150. Other original fossils range from $2,800 to $3,500.

Those are but a very few of the many gift ideas to be found in Northern Colorado. The most important factor in finding a gift for that special person in your life is to decide what they like the most, and then let your imagination go to work. With a little work and creativity, it won’t be hard to find a gift that will make your special executive exclaim,

Wow what a gift,

What a wonderful sight!

Merry Christmas to all,

And to all a good night!

‘Twas the month before

Christmas

And all through the state,

People were worried

About their gift’s fate

Unique gifts for executives,

Where can I go?

The Northern Colorado

Business Report,

Surely they’ll know!

The holiday season is once again upon us, and with it that annual anxiety of gift buying. Instead of buying another tie or fruitcake, here are some unique gift ideas that are sure to surprise that special executive in your life.

Many executives find that their work becomes too stressful at times, and a gift that gives relaxation would be perfect. Acupuncture, located in Fort Collins, offers an assessment of what is wrong with a person from a…

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