Posted at 7:11 pm
The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at the holidays. So here are some great gifts for the chefs and the entertainers in your holiday plans:
Set of Hand-Pressed Glass Mixing Bowls from Kaufmann Mercantile ($$):
Sempli Cupa Vino wine glasses from Design Public ($):
Kitchen Stand for Tablets from Williams-Sonoma ($$):
Fixie Pizza Cutter from Uncommon Goods ($): (Adria, if you’re reading this, this is for Erick)
Pancake Pen from Williams-Sonoma ($): (This makes spelling someone’s name in pancakes a breeze and if you use it with cookie cutters, the possibilities are endless!)
Gusto’s Rubs of the South ($): (A great gift for BBQ-lovers and I also highly recommend putting BBQ rub on cheddar cheese and serving with crackers.)
Posted at 3:52 pm
What’s the best gift you can bring your host(ess) this holiday season? Muddy Mary’s Bloody Mary Mud ($). Seriously. Put it in a basket with a couple of pint glasses, a bottle of vegetable juice, maybe a jar of pickles, and perhaps a little vodka, and you have guaranteed that when your host(ess) is staring down all those dishes the next morning, he or she can do so with the best bloody mary on earth in hand. You’ll definitely be invited back next year!
Posted at 8:55 pm
When a package arrives at your door you know you’re not hoping for fruit, you’re praying for chocolate. Send others something they really want: brownies! I was the lucky recipient of a box of brownies from Silverland Bakery ($-$$) today and everyone in my office agreed they were (past tense because we ate them all before lunch) UNBELIEVABLE. Best breakfast ever. Silverland Bakery makes all of their decadent treats in small batches and their brownies combine melted dark chocolate liquor and a layer of semi-dark chocolate chips. They also offer S’Mores Cookie Tins ($$), which I don’t have to even try to love.
Posted at 11:17 am
These Partridge in a Pear Tree Salt & Pepper Shakers would make a great addition to anyone’s holiday table-scape. Consider these for a holiday host/hostess gift or for someone who likes to entertain. ($)
Posted at 7:55 pm
Hosting a holiday dinner is a lot of work. Give your host/hostess the next day off and earn favorite guest status with this Brunch Gift Basket from Stonewall Kitchen. It has all the ingredients of a great family breakfast, from pancakes to Bellinis! ($$)
Posted at 5:19 pm
The holidays are just around the corner and you don’t want to show up empty-handed. While a bottle of wine is nice, these lovely holiday candles from Thymes are nicer! Your host can enjoy them long after the meal is over. So if you know you’ll be making the rounds this year, consider stocking up on Brandied Pumpkin & Chestnut or Frasier Fir now. ($-$$)
Posted at 6:13 pm
I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful set of Wedgwood china from my grandmother as a wedding gift. My grandfather had given it to her early in their marriage and I’d always loved it. But what does one do with all those teacups and saucers these days?! I am using them as candles! You can put a votive candle in the cup and the cup will shelter the flame. When it burns down, you can just pop it out and it does no harm to the cup. My grandmother’s teacups are now scattered about the house and are a lovely reminder of my grandparents. If you have a set of family china and your teacups are gathering dust, consider giving teacup candles to other family members so they too can enjoy a piece of family history. Teacup candles also make great hostess gifts and you can find beautiful teacups that have long since been separated from their sets at just about any antique shop or flea market. ($)
Posted at 10:35 pm
A great host/hostess gift is bloody mary mix. Specifically, Muddy Mary’s Bloody Mary Mud. It’s the key to a great bloody mary every time. Consider adding some fun glasses, tomato juice and bottle of vodka to a basket and your host can roll out of bed the next morning and enjoy one on you.
Posted at 9:13 pm
These Personalized Placemats are a great way to class up an outdoor table with a little rustic charm.
Posted at 11:36 pm
Real whisky drinkers like it cold and undiluted. So while ice cubes only address half the problem, whisky stones solve it completely. There is a little bit of science involved but in simple layman’s terms, the soapstone stones absorb heat, keeping the whisky cold, without diluting it. Check out www.whiskystones.com for more information and to buy your whisky-lover his or her own set. These whisky stones are handcrafted in Vermont at America’s oldest soapstone workshop.
Posted at 10:55 pm
A modern slate cheese board from Brooklyn Slate is a great gift for an entertainer. Or a step up from the usual when watching the Redskins beat the Cowboys!