Let’s be honest here, the holiday season centers around one thing: eating (oh, and drinking, if we’re being technical). Since gift-giving is a prominent complement to all that food, it’s also the perfect time of year to give some amazing gastronomically-themed gifts. For all of you who still have some shopping to do (no judgment), here’s our roundup of the best ones:
1. The Beer Box from Nunu Chocolates: Naughtier than the Ganache Assortment but nicer than the Booze Box, this craft-beer-infused treat can go in everybody’s stocking. And since it’s made on-site at their adorable Boerum Hill shop, you can indulge while feeling virtuous about supporting local business.
2. Smoked Bluefish Pate from Mermaid’s Garden: This just-opened Prospect Heights sustainable seafood market is the stuff of fish fanatics’ fantasies, from lobster pot pie to Siberian sturgeon caviar. Picking the bluefish over the smoked salmon rillettes adds an unexpected twist to your gift (though the salmon is a stellar choice, too).
3. The Signature 4-Pack from The Jam Stand: With names like “Razzy Gabby & a Side of Jalapeno” and “Sweet WINO-nion”, it’s tough to pick just one of these jams (and that’s before we even get into flavors). Luckily, with the 4-pack, you don’t have to choose.
4. Adopt An Olive Tree from Nudo: Far from the let-down of sponsoring a star for someone (come on, it really doesn’t do anything), this ingenious program sends the giftee a bottle of oil made from their tree every season. And since it supports an olive farm in central Italy, your gift injects an international flair into supporting small farms
5. Any of the Shortstack Editions: These gorgeous, hand-bound booklets bring attention and expertise to individual ingredients that are often taken for granted. Each edition provides background and recipes that reveal the transcendent power of, say, eggs, or sweet potatoes.
6. A Year of Bi-Weekly Kitchen Letters from Provisions by Food52: If you have a friend who needs inspiration to start cooking more, this is it: this subscription delivers your giftee two hand-written letters and two recipes from a prominent chef every month for a year. Make sure you offer to come taste-test!
7. Steel Triangle Dinner Bell from Best Made: Sure, it’s a bit pricey and perhaps a little too hip for its own good, but it’s got the right idea: meals should be a time when everyone comes to the kitchen and enjoys food together. And if you get to make a bunch of noise gathering people, even better.
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8. Pickles Every Month by Mouth: We make our own darn good pickles over here at Bark, but you know what they say about never having enough pickles. Plus, with an endless variety of pickle-able delights (Okra! Fennel! Cherries!) delivered each month, it’s sure to be a source of inspiration as well as tastiness.
9. Cyclone by Quirky: We’re not looking to mess with the magic of our dogs, but this spiral hot dog slicer just looks too fun not to try. And we’re always on board for something that allows for more condiments.
10. Mason Jar Ketchup and Mustard Containers from your crafty self: Speaking of condiments, how cool are these? Sure, mason jars are played out, but this is an iteration we’ve yet to see, and they’re pretty great. Though you can buy them at any number of online purveyors, the elements are simple enough that you can put them together from scratch.
…and a Bonus:
The no-fail, always-pleases, perfect mix of cool, practical, and delicious: A Bark gift card.