VIP’s Gift Ideas: Discriminating, Daring, Divergent

By Lee Rennick

There are those on every Christmas list that are easy to find a present for, and then there are those who take just a bit more thought. These are the people in our lives who have everything, are connoisseurs of the fine, love new ideas, or who are willing to try something adventurous. Here are a few ideas for those friends, family members, or business associates who have tastes that are discriminating, daring, or divergent from the crowd.


For Her

You can never go wrong treating a woman to a spa day. Every mom, sister, daughter, aunt, or grandmother likes to be nurtured for a few hours. UMedi Spa at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic offers great packages, like the Executive Package that includes a 50-minute massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. Additional services include the ultra-hot cool sculpting, as well as resurfacing and rejuvenation procedures, and just about everything else that helps a woman feel beautiful.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but having something designed just for them is even more special to a woman. At Bell Jewelers, their designer, Bob Lanier, can create a custom piece of jewelry for the special woman in your life that is as unique as she is. He has won a number of awards for his creations.

This year, boots are made for walking. Any fashionista worth her salt will smile on Christmas day when she opens a pair of over the knee boots, booties, hikers, or military style. E. Allen, Lizard Thicket, Trendy Pieces, Bella’s, Versona, Jewell, and Dillard’s have shared with us an assortment of boots sure to please.


For Him

If you have a risk taker in your life, the hottest ticket is wild boar hunting. Caryonah Hunting Lodge in Crossville offers luxurious cabins and home cooking. The game offered include Russian wild boars and other exotic species, including rams, buffalo, and elk.

Golfers can improve their game with the Blast Golf 360, a stroke and swing analyzer that attaches to their club or putter and then sends swing information to their smart phone. It can be found on Amazon, and in local sporting goods stores.  

Like women and shoes, men have to have a watch for every activity. J. Mullins Jewelry offers the best made sports watch in the industry, Reactor watches. As Reactor says on their website, “…we wanted to push well beyond what the watch industry had to offer and create a product that would truly set a new standard. Bold components, uncompromising quality and unconventional styling have combined to create REACTOR.”


For The Home

Give those on your list with an eye for fine interior design, and a love of elegant home fashions, a set of organic linen sheets from Daffodilly Design. They are like sleeping on a piece of heaven and are perfectly divine for summer and winter slumber. The Peddler also offers sumptuous linens for the home, including fine cotton sheets and delicate silk comforters that feel like a cloud sure to lull anyone into a sound sleep.

For those who are always looking for something different, The Peddler also offers Bird Seed Bird Houses. Yep, they are edible birdhouses (with a wood house underneath). They come from a company called, appropriately, Mr. Bird. The company also makes small edible wreaths, ornaments, and miniature snowmen.

Handmade benches from Quinn’s Mercantile are the perfect item for those on your list who are proponents of the Maker Movement. These benches are made locally out of old pallets, but fit perfectly with farmhouse, vintage modern, and transitional interior design.


For The Kids

Adventureworks Nashville West, which is housed in Kingston Springs, offers zip lining through the forest at Fontanel. Their website tells us that “Zippers sail through the air on steel cables, secured in a safety harness and attached to a zip pulley system.” They are open year around. Or for a multi-dimensional experience, explore the many other adventure options they offer in Kingston Springs, like the Aerial Challenge.

Drones are the hot item this holiday season. Versions can be found for every age over eight, including adults, and at every price point. JC Penney at Stones River Mall will be carrying them for the holiday season, as will everyone from Walgreens to Amazon.

The Dance Store in Murfreesboro has an idea for all those little ballet dancers out there, dance lessons.  Checkout their website for a list of local and regional dance studios. These studios not only offer ballet, but many offer hip hop and other contemporary dance styles seen on shows like So You Think You Can Dance. And the dance store has all the dance supplies you will need!


For Friends and Family

Gather up a group of friends or family and go on a Holiday Lights Limo Ride. Five-O Sedan and Limousine Service is a local family owned company that offers concierge services. Give them a call and have them set up a tour of the best home Christmas light displays in the area. Don’t forget your hot toddies, or for the younger crowd, hot chocolate, and a collection of your favorite carols to play in the background as you view the lights from the back of a stretch Lincoln Town Car.


For The Art Lover

Murfreesboro is full of fine art, if you haven’t hit the Boro Art Crawl, it is a must before the holidays. The next Crawl will take place on Friday, December 9th. If you missed the annual Studio Tour in November, some of these artists will show their fine art and fine crafts in the old Henry’s Florist space. And dreamingincolor and Quinn’s Mercantile carry an eclectic array of merchandise that is sure to appeal to those on your list who like one-of-a-kind gifts.

While on Murfreesboro’s city square, stop by Daffodilly Design, where you will find the fine artworks of Mary Miller Veazie, Patty Burks, Tiffany Foss, Carol Williams, and Emory Duke.


For the Fine Beverage Lover

Murfreesboro Wines and Liquors is the only liquor store in Middle Tennessee with a temperature-controlled room for fine wines and champagnes. To start the New Year right, wrap up a collectors box of Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne. The champagne dances on the tongue with a touch of effervescence and a delicate flavor of white fruits, lemons, and spring flowers.

Beer drinkers looking for new flavors will want to try Unity Vibration Kombucha Beer from Tennessee Craft Distributors right here in Murfreesboro, and also available at Murfreesboro Wines & Liquors. It is offered in four flavors, Bourbon Peach, Raspberry, Elderwand, and Ginger.

For those who collect fine wines, Murfreesboro Wines and Liquors offers individual bottles of Opus One wine for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013 and a flight of Opus One containing the years 2007 through 2009. Opus One is the joint creation of Château Mouton Rothschild winemaker Lucien Sionneau and Robert Mondavi’s son Timothy. It is a wine held to the highest standards of craftsmanship, a collector’s item.

Bourbon drinkers, Short Mountain Distillery, located just outside Woodbury, is offering private label Tennessee Bourbon. They sold out of their small batch bourbon last year, so get yours right away. They will even print your own private message, logo or name right on the bottle.


For The Foodie

Harmony Lane Farm and Creamery, located in Smithville, has been offering their goods at Mufreesboro’s many Farmer’s Markets over the summer, including the uniquely tasty goat’s milk fudge. Over the holidays their gift products include their Chèvre Goat Cheese in plain, garlic and herb, chive and dill, Smithville spice, and Cumberland Cherry and orange. The Smithville spice has just a hint of heat and is great in omelets.

Famous for their pork sausage and strawberry fields, Batey Farms is now offering homemade strawberry jam made from berries from their fields. This and other products are available at their on farm retail store open Fridays from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Once there, pick up some local honey and other farm-fresh products.

The place to go for great gift baskets is, of course, Country Gourmet. While no one can resist their great chocolates, they also carry an assortment of some of the best Made in Tennessee products to make into one of their creative baskets or boxes. These products include Lovelace Café biscuit mix, Tru Bee Honey, and Nashville Jam Company goodies.


For A Healthy New Year

 I Love Juice Bar offers a free App to use to sign up for one of their three cleansing programs: Essential Cleanse, Juice to Dinner, and Core Cleanse. Cleanse participants drink a full glass of fluid every hour—alternating back and forth between the juices provided, and water. For those who need at least one full meal, the ‘Juice to Dinner’ cleanse offers a kale and quinoa salad to have at the end of the day. If you give a loved one an I Love Juice Bar’s cleanse program, they can choose to pick up their juices daily or a three-day supply.


Happy Holidays to all, and don’t forget the gift wrap!