Boska Holland Beechwood Cheese Curler ($42)
A friend gifted me with this cheese curler, and I’m in love. It makes fabulous ribbons or little rosettes of cheese. Add a great hunk of hard cheese and some good balsamic vinegar for instant entertaining success.
Oysters for Life Crate ($175)
Spoil someone with the gift of fresh oysters and help keep our waters clean by sponsoring a crate. The Oyster Company of Virginia will deliver two-dozen fresh oysters right to your recipient’s door and your sponsorship helps to fund cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea ($8.50)
This is pretty much the smell of the holidays, beautifully packaged and delightful to drink. It’s spicy, a little sweet and scents whatever room you’re in with Christmas spirit. I suggest buying by the dozen; it’s a great hostess/teacher/neighbor treat.
Scanpan Green Tek Cookware ($60-$150)
Scanpan is the first company to completely eliminate the use of harmful chemicals from nonstick pans. I gifted these to my mom last Christmas and they cook evenly, hold up with use and give me a little peace of mind.
Cultivate Wines The Feast 3-Pack ($80)
This outstanding company gives back in tremendous ways, what’s better than drinking great wine and doing a little good at the same time? The Feast is a California blend of Merlot and Cabernet and is a good match for your holiday feasts.
Le Creuset Five-Quart Braiser ($285)
With rounded edges and a shallow, wide surface area this braises beautifully. There’s room for your meat to move around and your sauces to simmer evenly. It’s pretty enough to go from oven or stove to the table and is one of my favorite kitchen items.
Bodegas Dios Baco Jerez-Xeres Sherry Oloroso ($25)
For the cook, gift them something special for their pantry. This sherry enhances whatever you’re cooking, be it sautéed mushrooms or demi-glace. And it’s good enough to drink on it’s own. Cheers!
Martha Stewart Collection Biscuit Cutters, Set of 7 ($10.99)
These have two different sides, allowing you to cut plain or scalloped edges and come in a variety of size. The best part for me is that you can throw them in the dishwasher.
The Cook Apron by Valerie Rice ($99)
For the fashionable foodie, this apron is a hit. Equal parts chef jacket and iconic wrap dress, it keeps you covered in the kitchen and allows you to answer the door in style.