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Oct 3, 2011 05:28 PM

My assistant says my "impressive" gift ISN'T. Help, please?

Need a gift for a client who has just spent a bunch of money with me - kind of a housewarming-type gift. They are a super-nice Jewish couple in their 60's. He's a brain surgeon.

I was planning to take over a bottle of Dom Perignon at the conclusion of the job. The two times I did this before, the people seemed to REALLY like it.

But my admin told me Dom Perignon isn't that impressive...that I should get Cristal. Well, first of all, Cristal is twice the price and more than I wanted to spend. And secondly, Cristal just makes me think of rappers. I'm sure it very good...but I just think Dom has that WOW factor, which is what I'm going for.

So my first question is...IS SHE RIGHT? Is Dom Perignon NOT that impressive?

And if you think I shouldn't get it, please suggest know...classy.

I know they like good food and she has mentioned that she loves chocolate.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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  1. I would rather receive the chocolate myself.

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    1. re: JEN10

      Well me too because I don't even drink!

      But my question is not really about what YOU or ME would like. What I am looking for is something that has the WOW factor for this particular couple.

      Do you maybe know of some super high-end chocolates that would impress and delight them?

      1. re: Bliss149

        For absurdly expensive and eye-catching chocolate, check out Richart:

        Getting back to the bubbly, I'd love to get a bottle of Dom..or Cristal..or Perrier Jouet....or Veuve Cliquot....or my own favorite -- Billecart-Salmon Rose. Beautiful wine with a very cool name.

        1. re: Bob W

          +1 on Billecart. It is unusual and fun and luxe, all at once.

          1. re: Bob W

            I second Billecart-Salmon Rose. Not only is it very good the champagne itself is beautiful to look at.

            Why not give both, champagne and good quality chocolates? Now that's impressive,

            Good luck.

            1. re: Bob W

              Completely agree w/ Bob W !!! But, without sounding like a snob, are you looking for something impressive, or just a very recognized name Bliss149?

              1. re: MRS

                Late reply...but...both impresive AND recognized. Because if it's not recognized as either expensive or very well-chosen, then it's not impressive.

                I wanted to get them something that is in line with the amount of money they are spending with me, which is going to be something like $8-10k. And I want them to KNOW that it is in line with that amount of money.

                The other possibility that invino, Bob W. and others down-thread have convinced me of is that if it's really GOOD, it doesn't have to be really expensive. The fact that it's so good is the impressive part.

                And after learning a little more about them, I now think they WOULD probably know that Cristal is not just for rappers but is in fact much more expensive than Dom and a better champagne.

                But when you don't have a lot of information or when you know that the person isn't well versed in wine, I still believe Dom is always a safe choice.

        2. Are you sure they drink? I know a couple of people in recovery who would not want to receive alcohol. Very high end chocolate seems like a better idea.

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          1. re: Glencora

            does Teuscher do express delivery? only available retail in a few US cities last I saw.

            1. re: hill food

              I saw something on another board about champagne truffles from Teuscher. They actually make those from Dom Perignon. And they ship FedEx 2 day starting at $19.

              But you like the Teuscher, hill food?

              You think that would be a good choice?

              1. re: Bliss149

                I dunno, I'd rather have the drink, but with so many chocolates mass-marketed (and massively meh) it was just a suggestion if that's the route you take. when I lived in SF there was a T store between home and work and it was SO tempting to blow my lunch money on a tiny box of 4 little truffles. granted if you have an artisan in your area, that might be better and I'm not claiming T's is the best, but...

                if you stick with champagne Veuve Cliquot is another good choice (several grades of quality) or hey why not a nice bottle AND a nice box of chocolates?

                Cristal does smack of the bling-bling life - have your ass't. arrange delivery by his'n'hers go-go dancers.

                1. re: hill food

                  There is no T store in this place. I can only imagine the temptation that would be.

            2. re: Glencora

              Yes, they drink.

              And I know SHE likes chocolate. But not sure if he does.

              Can you suggest some super-fancy impressive chocolates?

              1. re: Bliss149

                Take a look at the chocolatier blue website. They're gorgeous and delicious. Not sure if they're fancy enough for this situation.

                1. re: Glencora

                  thank you, Glencora. I WILL take a look.

              2. re: Glencora

                Glencora, speaking of recovery, a hotel I worked at in college put out little bottles of Cognac every night at turndown. We had a group called "The Friends of Bill" come in and we put 200 bottles of Cognac and chocolate on every pillow while they were at dinner. 5 minutes before they were going to go up to their rooms, we found out FOB was an Alcoholics Anonymous group. Our GM sent every employee up in a mad dash to get the alcohol out, not knowing if we would be responsible for somebody falling off the wagon after years of recovery. It was kind of funny in retrospect.

                1. re: Ziv

                  Gah! That could've been awful. It is funny to imagine you all running around, though.

                  1. re: Ziv

                    It sounds like an episode from Frasier. Good catch, whoever did the discovery and subsequent recapture.

                    1. re: Ziv

                      Oh yeah... the 'friends of' anybody is pretty much a code for a 12-step group of some kind. Good catch.

                  2. 1. As much as I LOVE a good bottle of Dom, if you have already brought over two bottles you've kinda worn out the wow factor by now.

                    2. I'm with you when it comes to Cristal and rappers. It reminds me of a bit they did on Robot Chicken, "The Black Cristal".

                    My thought would be to give them a gift certificate for the services of a kosher private chef for a night.

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                    1. re: PotatoHouse

                      I've done two bottles of Dom for OTHER PEOPLE - none for them.

                      Missed the bit on Robot Chicken...but that's really all I know about that brand - that rappers like it.

                      Kosher private chef is a good idea. Thank you!!

                      And keep 'em coming, please.

                        1. re: PotatoHouse

                          To the OP I would be impressed with a gift of Dom.

                          To PotatoHouse:The Dark Cristal is hilarious. Thanks!

                          1. re: AreBe

                            You're right - that is way too funny

                            And here's a link to a story about Roederer's CEO comments about Crystal being associated with rappers.


                            1. re: AreBe

                              whoa!!! that was funny. thanks!

                        2. re: PotatoHouse

                          and why the heck Cristal, because it implies 'bling', and the word itself is rappable? I guess I prefer erring on the side of caution with such a handsome gift, what a shame though.

                          1. re: lilgi

                            they lost my interest when the artists began calling it 'Crissy"....*shudder*

                          2. re: PotatoHouse

                            PotatoHouse, I'd have to be a lot more jaded than I am to not be impressed when somebody brought me a bottle of Dom- I'm thinking maybe after thirty or forty bottles I might be a little less enthusiastic about their bringing it, but i'd still really, really appreciate it.

                          3. I think a bottle of Dom is a wonderful gift. Not everyone wants to or can spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on dinner or a present. I'd be thrilled to receive Dom Perignon. And I agree that Cristal is too "rapper".

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                            1. re: Njchicaa

                              Well, I guess partly I'm just looking for someone to agree with me! LOL. So thanks Njcicaa!

                              To me, one thing that makes a nice gift is to get someone something they wouldn't splurge on for themselves. At least not often.

                              And I have to admit, if I'm going to spend $100+, I kinda want them to know that it's not just a $30 bottle of wine or box of chocolate, know what I mean?

                              1. re: Bliss149

                                Yes, I do like it when someone agrees with me but I'm open to other opinions, honest.

                                1. re: Bliss149

                                  Frankly, I'd spring for the Dom. While chocolates are nice, regardless of how expensive they are, they're never going to have the "wow" factor that a wonderful bottle of pricey champagne will.

                                  Forget your assistant - go with the champagne.

                                  1. re: Breezychow

                                    Thank you, Breezychow.

                                    She said her mother and sister both said "meh" so I thought I'd ask some people that I KNOW have loads of good taste and sophistication.

                                    1. re: Bliss149

                                      Never take advice from someone who uses the word "meh," . . . or the phrase "to die for."

                                          1. re: Tripeler

                                            hmmm...well those words are kind of hard to avoid. So I guess you guys would say MEH to a yummy sammy that is to die for.

                                            Actually, I prefer "sammich" to "sammy" which is probably even worse!

                                          2. re: Karl S

                                            Guess I have to drop that word...

                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                              How can you not say "yummy" and "to die for" and "meh" once in a while?

                                              That's a tough one.

                                              1. re: Bliss149

                                                If you say them ironically, it's ok. 8>D

                                                1. re: Bob W

                                                  If she wants to be really ironic, she can give her wonderful clients a six-pack of PBR.

                                    2. re: Bliss149

                                      Your last sentence says it all. I'd give them the Dom. Why? Because almost everyone recognizes that it's expensive and would understand that by giving it, you want to convey that you think well of them and wish to express your gratitude. I would avoid anything that one would need to be very knowledgeable to appreciate. People have pockets of knowledge in most things, but Dom is one of the things that is universally recognizable.

                                          1. re: Bliss149

                                            I am personally on a campaign to get rid of "to die for". I just don't understand why anyone would say that! It tempts fate!

                                  2. Hi,

                                    The fact that you are considering a gift indicates to me that you are quite caring. I think they would be impressed if you made something for them. You have the financial means to simply purchase expensive Champagne for them, but I would imagine they may be more impressed by a gift you put some time into creating for them. If they love chocolate, maybe make some chocolate covered strawberries or something like that?

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                                    1. re: Fowler

                                      Thanks, Fowler!

                                      You know I would love to make them a beautiful meal. I used to do that sometimes for marketing events...I'd do a homemade lunch. I really enjoyed doing it and I think people liked it a lot more than take-out.

                                      BUT last time I did food I noticed a DOG HAIR in the food. Me - I'm kind of used to the occasional dog hair and it doesn't bother me. But after that I said I wouldn't do any more homemade food as long as I have this longhaired English SHEDDER in the house. :)

                                      1. re: Bliss149

                                        LOL, I am never bothered by dog or cat hair. Human hair is another story.