The annual season of Christmas shopping doesn’t have to bankrupt us and shouldn’t involve mortal danger as our fellow shoppers start throwing elbows and haymakers amidst growing department store crowds and increasingly aggressive discount prices. Here are 7 gifts, each costing under $35.00, that are certain to be appreciated by those who enjoy eating and drinking in style. And each of them can be purchased online with minimal fuss and no time wasted in long checkout lines.
FOR THE NATTY EXECUTIVE:
Boss Bib – From $29.99
Help you favorite foodie protect the front of his or her finery with this attractive item. It unfolds to cover one’s entire chest and midriff, and to bear the brunt of any food that might spill from a fork or spoon on its way from your plate to your mouth.
FOR THE TEA GOURMAND:
Tea aficionados will appreciate this four-tin sampler of exotic teas. The set includes 0.9 oz. of each of the following brews.
- Thé du Hammam: a fruity blend of berries, roses, green dates and orange blossom.
- Thé des Moines: a unique blend of green and black tea, plants and flowers, inspired by a Tibetan recipe.
- Fleur de Geisha: a refined combination of Japanese green tea with cherry blossom.
- Thé des Lords: Earl Grey with strong bergamot, enlivened by safflower petals.
FOR THE SWEET-TOOTHED SOPHISTICATE:
Olive & Cocoa Aussie Licorice Crate – $34.00
Licorice lovers should adore this candy box bursting with 6 oz. each of three luscious licorice flavors: Strawberry, Green Apple, and Mango flavors await inside an attractive wooden crate wrapped with a festive ribbon.
FOR THE ASPIRING MAD MAN/MAD WOMAN:
Carry On Cocktail Kit – $24.00
“You Are Now Free to Cocktail About the Cabin” states the website for this product that helps devoted tipplers deviate from the mundane roster of available airline cocktails. Collecting a combination spoon/muddler, small-batch bitters, cane sugar, a drink recipe card, and even a linen coaster inside a compact tin, this gift gives you everything except the liquor and will help make that next long plane trip a bit more bearable for someone you care about.
FOR THE CHOCOLATE-LOVING OENOPHILE:
Brix Wine-Pairing Chocolates – $34.00
This great gift set includes four artisan chocolates specifically blended for pairing with wine: Milk, 46% cacao (for lighter reds and dessert wines); Smooth Dark, 54% cacao (for fruit-forward wines, light cabs and pinot noirs); Medium Dark, 69% cacao (for cabs, Bordeaux, peppery zins and syrahs); and Extra Dark, 70% cacao (for bolder cabs, old vine zins, baralos and malbecs).
FOR THE ORGANIZED SPACE SAVER:
This stackable table set from Peleg Design saves space and de-clutters dining room table, kitchen counter, or wherever it gets place. The set includes two ring-shaped ceramic shakers for salt and pepper, and one bottle for olive oil, and cuts an eye-catching figure certain to draw compliments.
FOR THE CARNIVORE WHO LIKES IT HOT:
ManCrates.com Spicy Jerkygram – $24.99
This gift set crafted with meat eaters in mind will bring your favorite carnivore three varieties of tender, hand-cut strips of steak marinated in a devilish cocktail of habaneros, chipotle peppers, jalapenos and a wicked blend of fiery spices: Chef’s Cut, Country Archer, and Krave. Perfect for those who aren’t afraid of a little spice.