Gift of the Month clubs
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A popular gift in the last several years is a membership to a Wine or Cheese or Sausage of the Month club. For a flat fee, you get six months or a year of inventive, artisanal, imported deliciousness shipped to your door. But before you get too excited about giving someone the joy of apple-smoked bacon and Italian cave-aged Fontina, consider that a long-term, food-based gift could ultimately become an annoyance. After indulging at the holidays, your meat-loving friend might have decided he's going vegan, or that he'll finally listen to his doctor and stop drinking. Your mom may be committing to a weight loss program but crumbles at the sight of cheese. Your gift could easily become the torment that keeps on tormenting.