Last-minute holiday gifts for the food lover in your life
If you go to xmasclock.com, you can watch the seconds tick away until Christmas. Not to stress anyone out who still has holiday shopping left to do, but I'm watching the minutes fly by.
If you're still shopping for gifts for food lovers, you're in luck - especially if that person is an aspiring mixologist, a wanna-be hipster or a black and white cookie fanatic.
For Your Favorite Hipster (Aspiring or Otherwise): Cuppow (starting at $7.95)
These to-go lids are specially made for Mason jars. Available in regular size or wide-mouth, they're a BPA-free, dishwasher-safe way to turn your favorite jar into a traveling party mug.
For the (Aspiring) Hostess: Dinner Party In a Box ($50)
The folks at online magazine The Bold Italic know how to keep food-obsessed people entertained at a party. Their "Dinner Party In a Box" contains: A wooden bottle opener (because there's always a bottle that needs opening); bingo cards for adventurous eaters (trotters, uni, Spam, frog legs, duck feet, etc.); recipe cards from terrific Bay Area restaurants like flour + water and State Bird Provisions; Guittard chocolate bars and tasting notes; fortune cookies; and a "Emergency Preparedness Hook-Up Kit," including a condom and a breath mint.
For Your Favorite Drink Mixer: The PDT Cocktail Book ($25 for hardcover; $65 for the fancy leatherbound version)
Until recently, the only way to sample the drinks at PDT, named the "Best Bar in the World" last year, was to walk into an East Village hot dog stand and through a phone booth. Now, Jim Meehan, the genius behind the PDT cocktails, has put more than 300 classic and house drink recipes in one book, and even thrown a few hot dog recipes in too. If you're looking for a good, simple holiday cocktail, the PDT book has one: the gin-based Cranberry Cobbler, made with just four ingredients.
For New Yorkers with a Sweet Tooth: Holiday Black and White Cookies ($45 per dozen; $27 for 18 mini cookies)
New York City's iconic William Greenberg Desserts has been making black and white cookies since it opened 66 years ago. (As TV junkies know, the cookies were featured in a back-in-the-day "Seinfeld" episode.) This year, for the first time ever, Greenberg is offering the cookies in pumpkin- and gingerbread-spiced sweet potato flavors. Not to worry, the cookies are still black and white - it's the cakey part that is flavored and colored orange, not the icing.
For the Cook Who Has Almost Everything: Rosemary & Thyme Wreaths ($25)
These fresh herb wreaths, handmade at Stokes Farm in New Jersey, are much more adorable and holiday-spirited than ordinary plants, and just as convenient for cooking. If you have only intermittent need for the savory herbs, you can let the wreath dry; the farm claims that the dried herbs will last for more than a year. The wreaths also come in plain rosemary, or rosemary and lemon thyme. As an added bonus, they smell awesome.
For Your Inappropriate Aunt or Uncle: Party in Santa's Pants ($18)
No matter what you think this gift is about, it's even better than that: A gift bag in the shape of Santa's red pants, filled with mini booze bottles, including spiced rum, vodka, whiskey and schnapps. The airplane bottles are key for any unfolding holiday drama.