Monday, December 10, 2012

A Foodie Christmas

As Style Producer for The Chew and Producer (and big sister) of The Urban Grocer on Cooking Channel, I find that family and friends expect a food related gifty. So, to help me AND you de-stress from shopping anxiety, here's a quick & easy, food-skewed buying guide for the Mario, Michael, Daphne, Carla and Clinton in your life. 

FOR MARIO, A Coffee, Wine or Olive Oil Lover
** The Workmate, The Boss, The Neighbor who gets your mail

I Am Not A Paper Cup - $9.95
An eco-friendly thermal cup that is great for grabbing your favorite hot beverage on the go. This witty design turns an everyday disposable cup into a double walled, reusable, porcelain cup with a silicone lid & writable chalkboard surface. Dishwasher & microwave safe.

3 Bottle Neoprene Wine Tote Bag - $29.95
This 3-bottle neoprene wine tote bag is a stylish solution to Bring-Your-Own, in a fashionable black messenger bag style with The Wine Enthusiast logo silk screened in white. Nearly weightless, the neoprene 3 bottle wine tote uses the same material for wet suits to insulate your wine bottles at cellar or fridge temperatures without clinking or shattering. Features adjustable and detachable shoulder strap, padded carrying handles and 2 gel packs. Black only.

Nudo - Adopt An Olive Tree - $69

Straight from your very own adopted Italian olive tree, friends will receive four seasonal personal cold press virgin olive oil from their tree!

FOR MICHAEL, For The Meat and Spice Man
**Your Dad, Your Brother, Your Boyfriend, Your Hubz

J.K. Adams Pig Cutting Board - $34.95

  • Crafted from sustainably harvested North American maple, durable enough to withstand daily use yet gentle on knife edges.
  • Has a convenient hole for hanging.
  • Doubles as a presentation piece.
  • Made by the venerable J.K. Adams Co. of Vermont, specialists in finely made wooden kitchen wares.

Flameless Grill Smoker - $39.99

The only wood chip smoker box that generates flavor-enhancing smoke without producing flames, resulting in more concentrated, robust flavor. 
Magnetic BBQ Dry Rub Spice Kit

FOR DAPHNE, A Health or Beauty Nut
**Your Besties, A Stocking Stuffer

Snooty Roots - $40
Snooty Roots is a Chef Inspired Kitchen Ware line created by Southern California Chef Meg Hall.  Their first product is an odor neutralizing 6.5 oz. Eco-friendly Coconut Wax Kitchen Candle. Nothing revives a room quite like a bunch of mint. Light this candle to bring the sweet mint flavor to the kitchen after a meal of lamb or other meats. The fresh bounce of mint and the odor neutralizing technology in this candle make it an ideal companion in the kitchen. An acts as a moisturizer as it melts for kitchen sink pruning.

Minerva Vintage Flap Apron - $29.99
 Simple, sexy lines frame this textile feathered in espresso-brown owls with white topstitch tailoring and occasional lime green peepers. Perfect for the new wife, or the happy homemaker. 

BareMinerals Cool As Ice Lip Set - $25
This collection of cool, edgy Marvelous Moxie Lipglosses will take you from one gathering to the next in shades of electric pink, sparkling opal, and more. With one swipe, you’ll experience the rush of lush, fuller-looking lips with vivid color, a minty sensation, and superior shine. Infused with natural ingredients, exotic oils, botanical extracts, and antioxidants, this refreshing formula smooths and hydrates lips for superior comfort. No need to reapply—your full lips won’t quit.

FOR CARLA, A Sweet Tooth
** Your kids, The Nieces and Nephews, A Roomie

Cocograph - $14
Cocoagraphs are artisan chocolate bars printed with edible Polaroid-style photographs. Calling to mind nostalgia for years past, these charming confections are completely custom, printed with any photograph, logo, or image of your choosing.

Color Spatula - $22.50
Available in eleven bright and vibrant colors this spatula by GIR is a baker's favorite. You can use it to mix, fold, sauté, and stir foods at any temperature up to 464°F.  The Spatula’s strong flexible blade easily scrapes and stirs and is made of heavy-duty molded silicone.  It won’t get hot to the touch; melt or burn is easy to clean and is dishwasher-safe.

8-Piece Red and White Fondue Set - $16.95

Ideal for dipping chocolate and your favorite melted cheese sauce, this fondue set needs nothing more than a single tea light candle and five of your favorite fun peeps. Also comes with six stainless steel forks.

FOR CLINTON, A Stylish Holiday
** The Chic Fashionista/o, Your Stylish Sibling

Barrel Aged Cocktail Kit - $12.50
Barrel-aged cocktails haven't exactly exploded as a trend, but they're still novel. You can do it at home if you have the wherewithal (and space) for a full barrel. Tuthilltown has a much simpler solution: a bottle with a single barrel stave that will ably lend its woody accent to your next negroni.

Banana Republic Infinity Link Necklace - $59.50
Give your friend or chic sister the gift of gold. Don't be surprised if she get loads of compliments while wearing this oversized, 10k gold-plated chain link necklace with a favorite white tee or LBD.

Guess what? It's that time of year. And everyone needs a Christmas Sweater.


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