Now that Black Friday, Gray Weekend, and Cyber Monday—that somehow bled into Cyborg Tuesday—are behind us, save for that last one, it’s time to spruce up that holiday shopping list with these nine awesome food-focused gifts.
Tasting Room Wine Sampler: Don’t worry about picking out the perfect wine for your oenophiles. With these fun sets of six, two-ounce bottles, you can get a variety of sample packs like Emeril Lagasse’s favorite party wines, Michael Chiarello’s collection of Napa varietals, various pinot noirs to taste, and more. It’s a great way to compare vineyards and try new things. $22.95 to $39.95.
Beurre & Sel Cookies: James Beard Award winning Dorie Greenspan began making cookies with her son Josh as a hobby. Lucky for you they decided to grow the business and make artisan cookies to sell, which makes a sweet gift. Sample flavors like the cocoa cayenne, sesame sea salt, cranberry spice, and rosemary parmesan with the knowledge that all products are made with local butter and hand-harvested French sea salt. $10 to $14.
Vintage Tea Works: Tea is the new coffee, haven’t you heard? With this collection of wine inspired teas from this Ohio based company, you can pour your teetotalling (heh) guests a festive cup of Pu-erh Cabernet or White Tea Riesling. While they don’t necessarily taste just like a fine merlot or chardonnay, they sure smell like vino and come in sexy packaging worthy of a stocking. $15.99 to $18.99 per package.
Williams-Sonoma Cookware: For that little chef in your life, splurge for Williams-Sonoma’s new cookware set. Each pot and pan is Thermo-Clad, non-stick stainless steel, and absolutely seamless, which means a cleaner utensil and even cooking time. The whole 10-piece set runs a whopping $800, but you can also buy it piecemeal for around $100.
Campari: Sure, you can buy this iconic herbal liquor anytime of year, but what makes this holiday bottle special is reinterpretation of Leonetto Cappiello’s classic “Spiritello” poster. Campari used this poster for advertising in 1921, and for a limited time you can get this unique bottle. Not that you really need an excuse to stock up. $28.
Fat Toad Farm’s Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce: Technically called cajeta, a Mexican caramel made with goats milk, this sweet treat gets an American twist with a dose of Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Each lot is handmade in small batches with fresh goat’s milk from the herd of French Alpine dairy goats on the Fat Toad Farm in Vermont. I recommend going for the box set so you can gift one jar and keep the other for yourself. $31.95.
The Edible Selby: If I didn’t convince you with this interview to go out and get the Edible Selby cookbook, photo essay, and all around great coffee table tome by photographer Todd Selby, then you obviously are not a food nerd. Nevertheless, for the culinary geek in your life, this would make a great addition to any food porn collection. $20.24 at Amazon.com.
Gift Certificate for Joe the Art of Coffee: This West Village coffee house has been a staple since 2003, but not all of us are lucky enough to live near by. This is why a gift certificate is the answer for any coffee freak. You can use it to get their freshly roasted beans shipped to you, whittle it away on store visits, or take a barista class. Prices vary.
Corkcicle: Okay, I didn’t pick this just because it’s one of “Oprah’s favorite things,” I chose the Corkcicle because it’s ingenious. It’s a cork, with a long plastic stem filled with water attached to it. You put it in the freezer and when you have an open bottle of white on the dinner table you can just pop it in and it keeps the vino cold. No longer will you feel like you have to chug that bottle of Riesling. $24.95
Finally, gift yourself before the mess of holiday parties and endless piles of cookies. Until December 3, the popular BluePrint juice cleanse is 20 percent off with the code THANKSDRINKING. After that, you won’t feel too guilty having that fifth cup of eggnog.