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Holiday Gift Guide: 46 Foodie Must-Buys

By Zagat Staff
November 18, 2013

With the holiday season just around the corner, you may be starting to stress about what items you're buying (and asking for) this year. Below we've selected 46 food- and drink-related gifts, in a variety of price ranges, to give you a head start. From cookbooks, to booze, kitchen tools, gift sets and more, check out our suggestions in the slide show (and we sincerely hope you trick someone in your life with a sriracha candy cane - see slide 7).  

  • "Christmas"-Style Green and Red Chile Flakes

    The chile-obsessed denizens of New Mexico order the spicy stuff with everything (even McDonald's offers it) and a running joke is that the state question is: "Red or Green?" To avoid choosing, chile lovers can ask for a plate "Christmas"-style, which includes both colors of capsicum. With that appropriate term in mind, Albuquerque farm and inn Los Poblanos created this festive dried-chile set for the holiday season. The spicy grounds can be used to flavor oils, rubs, guacamole or anything you can think of. 

    $20 for the set at Los Poblanos

  • Tumi x Ketel One Mixology Backpack

    The Mixology Backpack from premium luggage brand Tumi redefines the meaning of “business meets pleasure.” It comes equipped with a cocktail shaker, two jiggers and drink stirrer - all made of stainless steel - plus ample storage space for bottles of booze (or, you know, a laptop). The bag is made of Italian coated canvas with black leather trim and waterproof lining, just in case things get messy.

    $695 at Tumi

  • Burrough's Reserve Gin

    Master Distiller Desmond Payne of Beefeater has created a gin that's meant to be sipped rather than mixed. Burrough's Reserve is produced in limited quantities using the original Beefeater recipe. It's first distilled in the original copper Still Number 12 used by company founder James Burrough in the mid-19th century, then aged in oak barrels. The resulting spirit has a subtle golden hue and a long, smooth finish that reveals notes of citrus, juniper and other botanicals like liquorice. Ideal as an aperitif, this is a refreshing twist for gin lovers. And with each package labeled with a batch and bottle number, it makes a thoughtful limited-edition gift.

    Suggested retail price $70; available at Master of Malt

  • Entire Jamón Ibérico Leg

    Ever since we studied abroad in Seville, Spain, where it's completely normal to have a whole jamón leg sitting around the house on a special carver, we've wanted to re-create this porky phenomenon back home in the U.S. And while we'll never really have $1,200 to shell out on this kind of purchase (the exchange rate really bites back at the moment), if you do, and if you have someone in your life who would carve slices off this fine specimen from the Cinco Jotas brand every day and savor the salty, fatty, acorn-fed deliciousness, then this is pretty much the gift of a lifetime - especially since you probably also need to buy them a carver, knife and lesson on how to slice. It's all worth it when you taste this stuff.

    $1,290.00 at La Tienda

  • Grindable Spice Mixes

    The cook in your life who has everything definitely doesn't have these grindable spice mixes from Whole Foods Market - because they're brand-new. The blends, ideally sized as stocking stuffers, are geared for different types of culinary creations. A cocoa sugar variety is meant to top coffee, while another featuring edible flowers can dust sweet or savory creations. We particularly like the Winter Baking blend, redolent of lemon zest, cinnamon and cloves, which we'd grind over hot apple cider. And Smoky Caf - with coffee beans, garlic, smoked paprika and other savory spices - practically begs to top barbecued ribs.

    $3.49 each at Whole Foods Market locations

  • Esporao Olive Oil and Vinegar Caddy

    For a gift-worthy oil-and-vinegar set, where better to turn than a winery that also makes olive oil? The DOP Moura pictured here is a blend of three olive varieties (Galega, Cordovil, Verdeal) grown on Esporao's farm in the Alentejo region of Portugal. It's grassy and lightly spicy, with a smooth rich texture. Complement that with red wine vinegar aged for six months in oak barrels to give it flavor and body. It's a big step up for these classic tableside companions - and for whatever lucky recipient you gift them to.

    $12; to order, call Triunfo Foods at 973-712-0820

  • Sriracha Candy Canes

    Deck the halls with rows of these sweet and spicy sriracha candy canes. Each pack comes with 12 wrapped candies spiked with the cult-favorite hot sauce, perfect for hanging on the tree, stuffing into a waiting stocking or stirring into a hot cup of tea for an added kick on a cold winter night. Or better yet, trick your friends and party guests who think they are just getting a run-of-the-mill peppermint candy cane.

    $8 per pack at Urban Outfitters and ThinkGeek

  • Mocubo Modular Cutting Board

    For the home chef with a penchant for obsessive organization, behold the Mocubo Modular Cutting Board - a product that often prompts a “Why didn’t I think of that?” sentiment. It’s billed as a “one-stop chop” and rightfully so. The 16-in. bamboo slab comes with three built-in food preparation drawers, so you can chop ingredients and then store them beneath the board while you work. Alternatively, it makes a great serving platter for cheese - use the containers to store crackers, nuts and grapes. 

    $39.99 at Quirky

  • Le Palais des Thés No. 25 Holiday Collection

    Instead of milk, leave Santa a steaming cup of one of these chic winter warmers. For the holidays, this renowned French tea company has five special N.25 blends laced with orange peel, red-rose petals, almond, clove, vanilla and cardamom, all mixed with your choice of black, green, white and caffeine-free rooibos teas. Each tea comes in a 3.5-oz. festive canister, color-coded to your tea of choice for $21.

    $21 per canister at Palais des Thés

  • Complete Wine Selector Paired With The Complete Beer Course

    Two great new books all about how to choose, taste, and understand wine and beer came out this year. The first, Complete Wine Selectorby Katherine Cole, breaks down wines in the simplest way possible, while still giving readers the lexicon to speak wine talk. In turn, Joshua Bernstein’s latest tome, The Complete Beer Course, does the same sort of thing, but with beer instead. Buy them as a set for a couple, or for any beer and wine lover who wants to nerd out and learn more about what they are drinking.

    The hardcover edition of Complete Wine Selector is $27.25 and the hardcover edition of The Complete Beer Course is $15.78 on Amazon. You can also find them at your local bookstore.

  • Brightly Colored GIR Spatulas

    Grab one of these super-sturdy spatulas in a plethora of colors from rosy pink to slate gray and sky blue. Straight from the minds of Samantha Rose and Christian Lester, this durable spatula is made with heat-resistant silicone that won’t melt, burn or get too hot to touch. Not only do these sleek kitchen tools make the perfect stocking stuffers or secret Santa gifts, after a few turns sautéing, stirring, mixing and folding, it will be a favorite to cook with too. As a bonus, just in time for the holidays, they are coming out with three new sizes: mini, skinny and the pro.

    $22.50 each at Gir

  • Round Pond Olive Oil and Vinegar

    If you want to impress a foodie not only with delicious condiments but also with sleek style, pick up a box of Round Pond Estate’s assortment of olive oils and vinegars. Each of the six darling and delicate bottles come filled with the winery’s own olive oils, including the Estate Italian Varietal, Spanish Varietal, blood orange and Meyer lemon. They also come with two homemade wine vinegars like the Rutherford Cabernet and Merlot blend and a Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Petit Verdot blend. You can give the whole ribbon-closed box as a present or hand out the individual bottles as a small gift to six very lucky people.

    Order this unique item straight from the winery for $55 at Round Pond Estate.

  • Savannah Bee Company’s White Christmas Gift Set

    Share the sweet life with a little honey from down south. This smart set includes an 11-oz. square of raw, Georgia wildflower honeycomb and a 12-oz. jar of the creamy, cinnamon-tinged Winter White Honey that they source from the Rocky Mountains in Idaho. The package also includes an elegant cherrywood honeycomb knife, perfect for spreading on slices of warm crusty bread Christmas morning, or any morning for that matter.

    $44.50 for the set at Savannah Bee

  • The Scarpetta Cookbook

    In between running six successful restaurants and starring on Food Network’s Chopped, Chef Scott Conant somehow managed to pen his third cookbook - and it’s an absolute must-read for Italian cooking enthusiasts. He draws from Scarpetta’s Milan-meets-Tuscany style of cuisine for the book, which shares 125 recipes broken down into six courses. Carb-heavy plates like Scarpetta’s famed (and expensive) spaghetti are complemented by recipes for short ribs and black cod. Plus, it incorporates cooking techniques and wine pairing tips from Master Sommelier Paolo Barbieri.

    $22.71 on AmazonYou can also find it at your local bookstore. 

  • The Way We Ate Cookbook

    For anyone who loves cooking, cookbooks, food magazines and blogs, this is the best gift you could get or give. Composed by photographers Noah Fecks and Paul Wagtouicz, this new book is a product of their blog, The Way We Ate, a brilliantly shot site where they picked up old Gourmet magazines and recreated the recipes, styled the food to look like the photo in the magazine and then shot the finished product. Though also chock-full of amazing food photos, the cookbook leaves the magazines behind and instead features recipes from 100 amazing chefs across the world, including Daniel Boulud, Marcus Samuelsson and Jacques Pépin.

    $22.58 on AmazonYou can also find it at your local bookstore.

  • Mrs. Prindable's Chocolate Apples

    Don’t be deceived: though this giant apple glistening with chocolate might look a little cheesy, once you cut into the immense dessert you won’t be sorry that 1) you got it as a gift, or 2) you get to eat it with the gifter. And share you will, as each luscious fruit weighs around 1.5 lbs. and serves up to about 10 people. Order holiday-themed apples like chocolate peppermint - or try one of their classics, including the milk chocolate with chunks of caramel, peanut butter and chocolate, or the jumbo caramel apple with cashews and dark chocolate.

    Get them individually at Mrs. Prindables for $22.95, or order a basket for the office, starting at $49.95.

  • Sir Kensington Gourmet Sauces

    Sir Kensington does not make the ketchup you are used to slathering on those diner french fries. No, their artisanal sauces go beyond the normal, as they use crushed tomatoes, raw sugar, vinegar and a secret blend of spices. Also try the spiced ketchup, which takes all the good things about the regular one but adds jalapeño and chipotle to the mix. With this kit, specially curated for the Andaz Holiday Bazaar, you can get those two plus Sir Kensington’s other offering, the classic mayonnaise and chipotle mayonnaise. Luckily, a dollop of these sauces will make not only your burger brighter, but also the season too.

    Individual jars start at $7 at Sir Kensington, and the $28 quartet of sauces can be bought at Andaz Holiday Bazaar, a special online event that donates all the proceeds to Women for Women International.

  • Artisan's Tea Blending Kit

    Sure, you could buy some gourmet tea for that tea lover on your list, or you could go a step further and pick up Numi’s do-it-yourself tea-blending kit. The set comes with a glass teapot, biodegradable tea sacs, and 10 organic ingredients to mix together including green tea pearls, Yunnan black tea, Bai Mu Dan white tea, lemongrass, ginger and cinnamon. It also has a little recipe booklet with the history of Numi, ideas on how to blend and what flavors prove complementary. Of course, you can throw caution to the wind and use your imagination to go wild with flavors - after all, with this set you are in control of what goes into the cup.

    Regularly $39.99 per kit, now on sale for $33.99, at Numi

  • Zojirushi Thermos

    Don’t be misled by the small size of this graceful stainless steel thermos: it can hold a lot of hot stuff and keep it that way for hours and hours - cold liquids too for that matter. Give this gift to someone who needs that jug of coffee all day long, or a cook who could use this thermos to transport sauces. Whether you choose smoky blue, matte black or silver, there are so many uses that, really, you could get this for everyone on your list.

    $42 on Amazon

  • Scrappy's Bitters Gift Pack

    Anyone who’s serious about their cocktails knows that a bitter can make all the difference. Popular ones like Angostura are all over the place, but Scrappy’s offers some more original ones. Two sets of gift packs come with four ½-oz. bottles. Gift Box #1 includes orange, aromatic, celery and lavender bitters, and Gift Box #2 has lime, chocolate, cardamom and grapefruit. They’ll add a dose of flavor to any plain drink like vodka & sodas or gin & tonics, and they offer larger sizes of all the flavors for once you decide which ones you love.

    $20.99; order on Amazon, or find a store near you.

  • Bacon of the Month Club Membership

    Expanding your bacon horizons without leaving your home might be the best gift you could give a bacon lover. Bacon Freak’s bacon of the month club memberships offer three, six and 12-month subscriptions that deliver two packages of different kinds of bacon to your door once a month. All of their bacon is rubbed by hand, and they have flavors and spices such as cajun, apple cinnamon, jalapeño, honey BBQ and vanilla bourbon.

    $145.95 for 3 months; order at Bacon Freak

  • Menu Mash-Up

    Food-related games haven't really gotten their moment in the spotlight, Farmtown excepted. Which is why we're psyched for Menu Mash-Up, which is sort of like a riff on the über-popular Apples 2 Apples (and, full disclosure, was created by a Zagat contributor). Players take turns being the diner, while everyone else creates themed menus for them using the ingredient and prep cards in their hands. Which sounds easy, until you have to figure out an appealing way to combine octopus and peanut butter.

    $22.95 at Chronicle Books

  • Wild Turkey Forgiven

    Hold on to your poultry, because this latest whiskey by the Wild Turkey folk is beyond any other product they have produced in years, which is exactly why your family and friends will thank you if you get them a bottle. But what makes this small-batch whiskey different than the others? Simple, unlike the regular Wild Turkey, this tipple is a blend of bourbon and rye, a combination that proves robust with round vanilla notes, warming cinnamon and a bit of pepper on the finish. Bring a bottle of this to the next office party and just see if all your mishaps over the year are forgiven after the first sip.

    $49.99 at your local liquor store

  • Adopt an Olive Tree From Nudo

    Sure, anyone can give a tin of artisanal olive oil this holiday season, but if you really want to show someone you care, why not get them a whole olive tree? Nudo, an eco-friendly company that sources fruit for their olive oils from groves all around the eastern coast of Italy, gives customers this very option. It feels good to be part of their project too, because not only does your unique gift help keep the olive groves going, but the recipient gets handcrafted oils made from their tree all year long, which means with each seasonal delivery, they will be thinking about how awesome and kind you are. Each tree produces approximately 100 fl. oz. of oil, and Nudo ships the goods straight from their farms to your door; or in this case, the door of your loved one.

    Rates start at $69, and you can adopt your tree at Nudo

     

  • Valrhona Chocolates

    If you want to give someone chocolate this holiday season, you should probably go all out and spring for some of the best. Enter Valrhona’s holiday collection, a handful of graceful boxes filled with their succulent bonbons. Choose from the Grands Crus Dark Chocolate Bonbon box or a small selection of their most popular flavors including salted caramel and cappuccino. Either 5.29-oz. assortment comes in a sleek red box with the stamp of Valrhona quality right on top. Also, if you shop early enough you can pick up a 2013 Advent Calendar and ring in each day of December with chocolate.

    $29.99 at Valrhona

  • Crémant d’Alsace Brut Wines

    What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a bottle of premium sparkling wine? As far as appellations go, you can’t go wrong with a bottle from Crémant d’Alsace, like the inexpensive Francois Baur Crémant d'Alsace Brut Reserve. This toasty, dry sparkler proves perfect for anyone, be that your boss, your best friend, that neighbor who walked your dog or the sweetheart in your life - no matter who they are, it will be appreciated. If you're lucky, they might even pop the cork and share a glass with you - after all, the holidays are all about giving.

    Bottles start at $24.99 at Bottle Shop

  • "Save the Wino" Wine Tote

    Rhinos are important of course, but so is a sense of humor. Oh, and wine! Luckily, this ideal gift for wine lovers embodies all of these things. As part of the L.I.F.E. Line brand, each canvas wine tote is handmade in Kenya as part of a program to promote local industry, and $1 of each purchase goes to conservancies protecting the country's elephants and rhinos. For a perfect gift, you'll want to include a bottle of wine as well.

    $9.99 at Whole Foods Market locations

  • Boulud Holiday Collection

    This year, award-winning chef Daniel Boulud has outdone himself with an array of tasty gift packages you can purchase for whoever loves quality French snacks and sweets. Choose from boxes stuffed with his signature foie gras and brioche, or satisfy someone’s sweet tooth with dark-chocolate brownies, housemade peppermint bark, iced sugar cookies and traditional canelé pastries among other treats in the Holiday Sweets box. You can also get tins filled with solely with canelé, or French macarons if you are so inclined, or go all out and splurge for the Ultimate Holiday box, which has all the aforementioned things and more. 

    Treat boxes start at $29.99 and go up to $499 for the large option. You can find them all at the Daniel Boulud Store.

  • Piper-Heidsieck and Baccarat Case

    Splurge on this limited-edition Piper-Heidsieck and Baccarat case, the perfect holiday gift for anyone who enjoys fine vintage champagne. The beautiful red-varnished wooden case comes not only with two bottles of wine, the Piper-Heidsieck 1996 Vintage Brut and the 2006 Vintage Brut, but also with two elegant Château Baccarat glasses. These flutes were created for the company by world-renowned oenologist, Bruno Quenioux, and were designed specifically to enhance the champagne-drinking experience. It’s a one-of-a-kind set for a truly special gift.

    $650 at Baccarat

  • Foodie Fight or Wine Wars Trivia/Board Games

    Wanna prove your culinary/wine expertise? These Trivial Pursuit-like games can teach any group of food fanatics or wine connoisseurs a thing or two. Each game has more than 1,000 questions, with facts ranging from culinary science to celebrity chefs, and from wine production to tasting notes. And obviously, you have to indulge in some food or wine while you play.

    $18.71 for Foodie Fight and $20.65 for Wine Wars on Amazon

  • All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-In. Fry Pan

    This is a classic and simple fry pan that any serious cook needs, and it’s made here in the U.S. All-Clad has been crafting cookware since 1971, using only American-made steel and a special bonding process. With three-ply stainless-steel layers and a lifetime warranty against defects, it’ll last a lifetime and is perfect for cooking food evenly. It’s a kitchen staple that comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from 8-inch to 14-inch.

    $94.95 on Amazon

  • Bodegas Beronia 2005 Gran Reserva

    Whether you bring this wine to a holiday party or pop it open during your holiday feast, this Spanish Rioja is a perfect option. With oak-laced fruits and toasty notes of tobacco, this rich red goes great with sharp cheddar, luscious game meat and even chocolate. The winery was founded in 1973 in Ollauri in the Rioja Alta area, and with only 50 acres of land, they have managed to turn out some amazing vinos over the decades. The best part, the wine tastes like it should cost at least $50, but they sell it for only $32. Also, if you can’t find the 2005, any of the other years are entirely acceptable.

    $32

  • Jeni's Ice Creams

    This small-batch ice cream from Columbus, OH, can be hard to find. Scoop shops throughout the Midwest and pints sparingly distributed at grocery stores can quell the cravings of this cult ice cream favorite, but the easiest way to get the exact flavors you want is to order the pints online. Can’t find the Brown Butter Almond Brittle or the Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet? No problem. Special flavors pop up for the holidays too, like Cinderella Pumpkin, Sweet Potato With Torched Marshmallows and Middle West Whiskey Eggnog.

    $12 at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

  • Lou Malnati's Deep-Dish Pizza

    Any former Chicagoan who has moved to a land that’s a deep-dish desert, or anyone who has visited the Windy City and can’t wait to go back for the pies will be in for a serious treat with this one. These frozen, buttery-crusted deep-dish pies can be shipped anywhere in the U.S., in flavors ranging from plain ol’ cheese to pepperoni & mushroom and onion & green pepper. You can add a personal message on the box too, but our guess is that anyone receiving this will be likely to tear their package open and miss it out of pure pizza joy.

    $58.99-104.99 at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

  • Vosges Dark Chocolate Caramel Bar Collection

    Peppermint isn’t the only chocolate companion that’s seasonal and festive. These fancy, carefully crafted chocolate bars by Vosges, which is known for doing things like throwing a bunch of bacon into a bar or making elaborate drinking chocolates, incorporate both caramel and a bevy of other cool ingredients. The Caramel Collection comes with 10 caramel-filled exotic chocolate bars: two smoke & stout caramel (Rogue stout & Alderwood smoked salt), two red fire (Mexican ancho and chipotle chiles & cinnamon), three black salt (with black Hawaiian sea salt) and three blood orange (with Campari).

    $65 at Vosges Chocolate

  • Tovolo King Cube Ice Trays (Perfect for Cocktails)

    Some of the best cocktail bars put one massive ice cube in their drinks. Maybe it decreases dilution of the strong drink (as Tovolo claims), or maybe it just looks cool. Either way, Tovolo makes silicone trays with six extra-large spots to create cubes that fit nicely in a cocktail glass. A definite plus of this jumbo cube size is that they pop out easily - no spending minutes digging out cubes only for them to fly out and land on the floor.

    $8.50 on Amazon

  • ThermoWorks Thermapen

    Everyone needs a handy meat thermometer during the holiday season. Help a friend cook large meat dishes to perfection for crowds with this trusty thermapen. It reads temperatures in three seconds, is waterproof, and folds up for better storage.

    $96 at ThermoWorks or on Amazon

  • Ateco 20-In. Maple Rolling Pin

    You'll definitely need one of these if you're doing any baking this holiday season. This Ateco 20-in. maple rolling pin, which is all one piece of rock maple, has no handles so you can feel the dough during rolling; it has tapered ends for easy hand placement. It’s long enough to roll out the biggest pie crust and is made for serious bakers.

    $15.20 on Amazon

  • Essence of Eli Holiday Gift Basket

    Experiencing New York City’s beloved bakery/deli/market no longer requires a trip to Manhattan. Upper East Side mainstay Eli Zabar (the guy behind Vinegar Factory, E.A.T. and Eli’s Bread) has compiled all of his favorite gourmet products into one charming package. The Essence of Eli basket is a potpourri of sweet and savory items like fresh-baked bread, imported cheeses, artisanal olive oil, nuts, granola, apricot jam and more.

    $100 at Eli Zabar

  • Nespresso UMilk

    The espresso aficionado in your life has probably been eyeing a Nespresso for quite some time, and here’s the machine worth pulling the trigger for. The UMilk, a new addition to Nespresso’s already robust product line, combines two devices in one. Attached to the back of the espresso machine is a built-in milk frother, which allows the user to froth cold or hot milk for cafe-quality cappuccinos and latte macchiatos. The machine’s sleek, compact design ensures it’ll blend seamlessly into any kitchen aesthetic. 

    $229 at Nespresso

  • A Dozen Boozy Cupcakes, Prohibition Bakery

    The perfect gift for dessert-loving boozehounds has arrived. Based in New York City’s Lower East Side, the alcoholic cupcake company Prohibition Bakery is now shipping their spirits-filled baked goods nationwide. Select from flavors like Hot Buttered Rum (brown butter, spiced rum, brown sugar), Mulled Wine (red wine, milling spices, pear brandy), Car Bomb (whiskey and Bailey’s, stout, chocolate), For the Love of Bacon (bacon, bittersweet chocolate, toffee), Birthday Cake (lemon, vodka, Frangelico) and more.

    $20; details about ordering at Prohibition Bakery

  • Olive Oil Lover Gift Box

    Italian food emporium Eataly - now with locations in Japan and Italy - is offering up a slew of fancy holiday gift boxes for food lovers, available for purchase at Eataly.com. Standouts include the Pasta Pantry box, stuffed with Spaghettoni, Linguine and the sweets-centric La Dolce Vita package. But we’re lusting after “The Olive Oil Lover” gift box, which contains a hand-picked selection of six oils for cooking, drizzling and dipping, plus a Cooking With Olive Oil book of recipes. Eataly’s co-founder Mario Batali once said, “Olive oil is as precious as gold.” We couldn’t agree more.

    $99.80 at Eataly

  • Rabbit Corkhaus

    Need a gift for the sophisticated oenophile in your life? The ‘Corkhaus’ cork storage board is it. Made of bamboo and polished stainless steel, the Corkhaus lets winos transform their hard-earned cork collection into a piece of art. Corks can be arranged to show brands, estate names and designs in organized vertical rows, so that the memory of your beloved bottle of 1996 Barolo will live on forever.

    $30 at Metrokane Store

  • Treat House Gourmet Rice Crispy Treats

    Sure, homemade rice crispy treats are thoughtful, but if given the option, wouldn’t you prefer these next-level versions from Treat House? The New York City-based purveyor of gourmet rice crispy treats opened last summer, bred from a husband-and-wife duo who whipped up the treats with their children for bake sales and fundraisers. Treat House ships nationwide. Choose from a custom assortment of mini-bites in flavors like chocolate peanut butter, caramel sea salt, birthday cake, bubble gum and maple pecan. 

    $24 for a dozen at Treat House

  • George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill

    No propane or charcoal necessary for this indoor/outdoor electric grill = the perfect gift for barbecue devotees (or cooks that hate cleaning up). The 200-sq.-in. surface comes with a removable grill plate, so there’s no need to spend time scrubbing down grates like you would on a standard gas grill. Plus, the plate’s non-stick coating eliminates the need for oil and butter, which means your steak is basically as healthy as a kale salad.

    $119.99 at George Foreman

  • SIMI Is Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Taster

    What’s better than a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon? A bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon accompanied by various wine-inspired, locally sourced snacks. Simi Winery joined forces with LA-based farm-to-table delivery service Out of the Box Collective to put together this carefully curated gift bag. Inside, recipients will find a bottle of Simi 2010 Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; a chardonnay-infused peach jam, fig and port vinaigrette; Sonoma sea salt; and more. A portion of the proceeds from each bag will be donated to Action Against Hunger. 

    $75 at Simi Winery

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