Here we are again with some gift-giving ideas for that person in your life who really knows how to live when it comes to eating and drinking. Each of these items can be yours for less than $80.00, and can be purchased with ease online. Don’t brave the shopping crowds, long checkout lines, and terribly inadequate parking space availability without taking a look below.
FOR THE BLOODY MARY MAESTRO:
Olive & Cocoa Bloody Mary Crate – $68.00
Put a gourmet twist on the classic Bloody Mary with this ingredient collection that arrives in a handsome wooden crate. It includes two 8-0z. bottles of sour pickle brine, Bloody Mary concentrate, ghost pepper hot sauce, key lime juice, and even sweet corn rimming salts. Just add tomato juice and spirits, and you’ll be drinking in no time.
FOR THE BUDDING HOT STONE COOK:
SteakStones Sizzling Starter Set – $78.01
This starter set lets one cook meat and seafood right at the dinner table on a piping hot lava stone. You just heat the stone first in the oven, then replace it in its bamboo cradle, and get your sizzle on. More elaborate sets go for higher prices, but this gift makes a great introduction to hot stone cooking.
FOR THE HASSLE-FREE COCKTAIL MIXMASTER:
This barware set from Brooklyn, New York-based The Mason Shaker comes with a muddler, a double jigger for pouring full and half shots, and a chic cocktail shaker fashioned from a mason jar. Included is a copy of Shake: A New Perspective On Cocktails, written by Eric Prum and Josh Williams, founders of W&P Design, creator of the Mason Shaker. Bring cocktail-making ease out of the bar and into the home of someone you love this holiday season.
FOR THE BOSS-LEVEL KITCHEN MULTITASKER:
Stirio Hands-Free Stirrer – $62.46
This programmable stirring device is like an extra pair of hands in the kitchen. It fits a variety of pots, and is equipped with adjustable clamps and an adjustable stirring blade, as well as a nearly silent motor. Able to run for about one hour on a single battery charge, it can go on and on, and do so without harming non-stick surfaces.
FOR THE ENGLISH CASEOPHILE:
Aged Stilton Cheese – $69.95
Stilton is traditionally served after dinner with a fine port or Sauterne, fruit and nuts—a perfect ending to a holiday meal. This aged Stilton from the Long Clawson Dairy in Melton Mowbray is aged for three months and lives up to the variety’s characteristic blue veining, rich, complex flavors.