Food & Drink
Gifts for foodies and cocktail hounds
An online shopping guide for those who live to eat
Published: November 14, 2012
Who wants to stomp the mall, especially at this time of year? But then again, schlepping all over town in order to virtuously buy only from local makers … well, that can be kind of a drag too. Forget it! Gift cards for everyone!
OK, settle down; it's entirely possible to shop for all your loved ones without ever leaving the comfort of your kitchen counter. Forthwith, a buying guide for those on your list who live to eat (and drink).
1. First off, you'll need holiday cards. This sassy Xmas-appropriate number ("You can roast my chestnuts anytime") was designed by local graphic artist Sarah Blacksher at Lure Design, and is available online from L2 Design Collective. ($4.25; l2designcollective.com)
2. Another design-savvy gift comes out of the Brooklyn mini-empire of Tina Roth Eisenberg, creator of the TeuxDeux app and blogger at Swiss-Miss.com: Tattly temporary tattoos give cool illustrations semipermanent status on your skin. The "kitchen utensils" set by Julia Rothman makes a perfect stocking stuffer for a cook. ($5 for set of two; tattly.com)
3. The Perfect Pickler is a cheap, easy-to-use Mason jar topper that enables home cooks to make pickled and fermented foods out of, well, almost anything. Fresh, homemade raw-culture sauerkraut and kimchi is healthy; buying something made and marketed by a local business owner (Winter Park's Bill Hettig) is healthy for the community. (various models, starting at $19.50; perfectpickler.com)
4. Yes, it's from Brooklyn. Yes, we're all tired of hearing about Brooklyn. But Morris Kitchen ginger syrup is made of magical glitter nectar, falling-star tears and powdered unicorn horn: It is dark, rich and better than your ginger syrup will ever be, and it will improve anything from ice cream to pork roast to a rum cocktail. ($13; regiongeneralstore.com)
5. Alex Ott's new recipe book, Dr. Cocktail: 50 Spirited Infusions to Stimulate the Mind and Body, comes over kind of woo-woo on first perusal. If the New-Agey homeopathic angle isn't your thing, try to overlook it, because these are some of the tastiest, most creative cocktail recipes I've encountered this year. (cover price $17; currently $11.50 at Amazon.com)
6. For drinkers serious about their Scotch, try Soiréehome's Tilt "chilling sphere," a stainless-steel orb you keep in the freezer and plunk into your drink instead of ice. It won't dilute that precious amber single-malt, plus it looks kind of mod and Bond-villainish. ($17.99;
7. Between the adorable boxes and the delicious flavors – apple-cinnamon, bourbon and pretzel-rolled Guinness are especially nice for ringing in the Yuletide – Wondermade marshmallows make irresistible gifts, but trust me on this: You should buy an extra box for yourself. ($7.50; wondermade.com)
8. Hand-printed linen tea towels, an Etsy classic, strike a balance between the utilitarian kitchen gift and the indulgent one: undeniably useful, but also pretty. I like one patterned with whales from Enormous Champion ($25) and the Eucalyptus print from Moon Tea Artwork (left, $14), but there are dozens of choices of pattern and price point. (various prices; etsy.com)
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