When deciding what to get for the foodie / bon vivant / epicure / glutton on your holiday shopping list, the possibilities can seem endless (handy tip: quinoa – out, parsnips – in). So this year we’ve teamed up with those titans of impeccable taste over at Gilt City for these exclusive and downright delectable deals, designed to show off your good taste and, well, to make that squeezed holiday budget go just that much further.
THE MACALLAN RARE CASK
How can the happ-happiest season of all be made even happier? Well, a few days of peace on Earth, surely. But for something a little more attainable, gift your favorite sophisticated tippler with a bottle of The Macallan Rare Cask – made from only the finest 1% of its sherry oak casks. Perfect for when the weather outside is frightening.
TACHE ARTISAN CHOCOLATES, New York
Chef Marcus Sameulsson called chocolate, “one of the world’s most beloved discoveries.” So what better treat for your beloved than a visit to NYC’s exalted artisan chocolatier? And for true romantics, it’s a gift you can share on a chilly winter’s night.
MOSNER FAMILY BRANDS STEAKS
For that unrepentant carnivore on your list (or a great gag gift, if you’re friends with Morrissey). Mosner is one of the East Coast’s most respected butchers, purveyors of antibiotic-free, lower calorie cuts that are also immensely flavorful.
PUBLIC CHICAGO & PUMP ROOM
Give the gift of a fashionable hotel stay. Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC is one of Chicago’s hippest sleeps, with its sophisticated, muted color schemes and cool Jean-Baptiste Mondino photographs. And the Jean-Georges conceived Pump Room – helmed by Ross Mendoza, who has done time at JG’s ABC Kitchen and JoJo – is one of the buzziest scenes from morning ‘til night.
If your special someone loves stepping out in style, what better place than one of the ever so glamorous STK steakhouses? The DC outpost makes for the perfect post-holiday night out, a chance to come in from the cold, and eavesdrop on some hot election year gossip from nearby tables, over bubbly and prime cuts.
TRES BY JOSE ANDRES, Beverly Hills
José Andrés’ is the mad genius of celebrity chefs – so if your significant foodie other just might be asking Santa for chicken & béchamel fritters or tomato-watermelon skewers, this is the only way to go. The SLS Hotel people watching is included in the price.