Don't Be A Grinch

Five great holiday gifts for your client
This story first appeared in the November 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Forget that tired fruitcake-instead, try one of these unique holiday gifts to light up your clients' December holidays:

1. Warm customers' hearts by making donations (of any amount) to their favorite charities on their behalf.

2. For the client who takes barbecuing seriously, try a personalized barbecue brand. These nifty, customized gadgets from Texas Irons Barbeque Brands ( let you make your mark on all things grilled. Costs: start at $19.95.

3. Make your client master of his or her own domain-domain name, that is. Register the personal or business domain name before a cybersquatter gets it. At, you don't have to have ISP info handy. Costs: $35 per year.

4. Give your favorite client a little bit of heaven by naming a star after him or her. Find out more at Costs: start at $48.

5. For super-special VIPs, give a taste of the good life. A week of great eats from a personal chef will cost about $250 for three meals, each of which serves four people. Use the Personal Chef Finder at

Note: The IRS limits the amount that can be deducted for business gift expenses. Consult with your tax advisor for restrictions.

Gwen Moran is president of Moran Marketing Associations, a public relations and marketing communications agency in Ocean, New Jersey, and founder of, a marketing information resource. E-mail her at

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