Monday, December 3, 2018

Florida Citrus: The Perfect Gift When You Don’t Know What to Gift

It’s that time of year again—the time when you need to find and buy gifts for… well, it sometimes seems like just about everyone.

When it comes to some recipients, this task is easy. I love nothing more than picking out fun new toys for young children. And everyone knows the satisfaction of finding the perfect, unexpected item for someone whose tastes you know well. For others, a simple gift card to a favorite store is just right.

The Ones You Get Stuck On

But what about that favorite teacher whose tastes you don’t know? Those new business clients who need a gesture of appreciation?

How about the aging relative who literally has everything… and then some? Then there’s the acquaintance who did you that big favor. You need something for her, but you’ve never been to her house. What would be right?

Unfortunately, there are so many ways to go wrong when you need to buy a gift for someone you don’t know well.

Books and music? Too personal.

Gift cards? Not personal enough!

Accessories, jewelry, and the like? It’s just impossible to predict other people’s tastes and preferences.

Bath items and lotions? Many people avoid these items due to disliking strong scents.

As for knick-knacks and decorative items, most of us have way too many of these already. (If you haven’t been trying out the current trend of decluttering, it might be time to start! For instance, have you heard of Marie Kondo’s “life-changing magic of tidying up” or of “Swedish death cleaning”? Both can make your life calmer, simpler, and more peaceful.)

Is Food a Good Option?

So… no entertainment items, no personal care, no clothes, no knick-knacks. What’s left? We often fall back on tradition and go with the old favorite: food.

In lots of ways, this is a great choice. After all, who doesn’t like food? Cookies, chocolate, candy—yum. Plus, there’s something about the tradition of celebrating the holidays this way that feels warm and genuine.

But…let’s face it. This can be a minefield! 45 million Americans diet every year. Twelve to thirteen percent report food allergies. And about 60% are on a restricted diet of some kind: low-carb, vegan, gluten-free, paleo...and the list goes on.

About to give up? Here’s where we come in.

Florida Citrus: The Gift Everyone Can Enjoy

While these food restrictions do rule out most traditional holiday food gifts, here’s one virtually every single person on your list can have: sweet, juicy, healthful Florida citrus, like our oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit.

Even the most restrictive diet is likely to allow fresh citrus! Allergies to it are very rare.

Plus, enjoying a sweet orange or tangerine is not going to cause any worries about not eating well. Instead, your gift recipient can feel good about enjoying a gift that’s completely guilt-free while also being truly delicious.

At a time when heavy, calorie-laden treats are all around us, a holiday gift of Florida citrus is a truly brilliant choice. Our delicious, juicy oranges and grapefruit can be enjoyed by all. They won’t blow anyone’s diet or make anyone feel sorry that they ate them. They certainly won’t be hidden away in a closet, and they won’t end up regifted or need to be donated to the thrift store.

And afterwards? No one will have to “declutter” anything but a few peels.

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