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11 Brilliant Gifts For the Artisanal Foodie in Your Life

Cater to your loved one’s discerning tastes with a range of gifts that’ll make even the most ardent foodie’s mouth water. 

1. DELUXE DIY CHEESE KIT; $50

Give the cheese lover in your social circle hours of entertainment and access to more than 40 pounds of their beloved dairy product with this collection. The starter kit includes instructions, materials, and molds to make at least 30 batches of mozzarella, ricotta, goat cheeses, paneer, or queso blanco—all in an hour or less. 

Find it: Etsy 

2. FOODIE DICE; $24

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Even the most dedicated cooks can fall in a rut. Keep your favorite home chefs inspired with these dice from Two Tumbleweeds that dictate 186,000 possible meal combinations with die dedicated to protein, cooking methods, grains/carbs, herbs, bonus ingredients, and seasonal vegetables.

Find it: Amazon 

3. GRADY'S COLD BREW BEAN BAGS; $30

Plenty of coffee connoisseurs have upgraded their morning cup of Joe to cold brew lately but you can’t just add ice to regular old coffee for the same effect. Each of these “bean bags” makes 36 cups of Grady’s famous cold brew right in the fridge.

Find it: Amazon

4. BEST OF MOUTH SUBSCRIPTION; $60 PER MONTH FOR THREE MONTHS

If you know your gift recipient’s favorite cravings—popcorn, pickles, bourbon, for example—you can get them a specialized Mouth monthly subscription. But if you want to keep your options open, or present them with variety, the Best of Mouth will send them the best offerings from independent food purveyors each month. 

Find it: Mouth 

5. YEAR OF THE COW: HOW 420 POUNDS OF BEEF BUILT A BETTER LIFE FOR ONE AMERICAN FAMILY; $19

For your favorite foodie who wants to be more conscientious about what he or she eats, this book tells the tale of an amateur chef who buys a whole cow and spends a year cooking nose-to-tail dinners and learning about the beef industry. 

Find it: Amazon

6. COMPOST COOKIE MIX; $16

Dessert aficionados know it doesn’t get much better than Momofuku Milk Bar. For devotees who live outside of New York City or Washington, D.C., the bakery does ship ready-to-eat sweet treats, but this mix will let the recipient whip up a batch of the famed cookies whenever they want.

Find it: Momofuku Milk Bar

7. ZOKU INSTANT ICE CREAM MAKER; $26 

The rest of us are fine with store-bought goods but for the foodie who would rather churn themselves a custom ice cream creation worthy of their taste, this is the perfect gift. The single-serving sized bowl (available in six colors) makes hard or soft-serve ice cream in just minutes.

Find it: Amazon

8. ABSINTHE MAKING KIT; $45

For the adventurous DIY foodie who wants to feel like a 19th century bohemian, this kit has everything they need to turn any high-proof, neutral spirit into the “Green Fairy.” 

Find it: Uncommon Goods 

9. CHEF INSPIRED SPICEOLOGIST BLOCK; $160

A perfect mix of form, function, and variety, this handmade spice rack houses 22 glass vials of premium spices in a beautiful, engrave-able beechwood block.

Find it: Spiceologist 

10. THE WORLD KITCHEN BOX; $50

Housed in a hand-woven basket from Oaxaca, Mexico these global fair trade treats are the perfect gift for the foodie in your life who’s also full of wanderlust and goodwill. The company supports artisans around the world and monthly subscriptions are also available. 

Find it: Globe In

11. MATCHA MILK JAM; $12 

Make your giftee's friends green with envy by sharing this spreadable matcha. The creamy jam is made with just four ingredients—straus cream top milk, match tea, salt, and sugar.

Find it: William, Craftsman and Wolves

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15 Smart Gifts for Administrative Professionals’ Day
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Without the tireless work of administrative professionals, offices would surely fall apart. This holiday, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is all about showing thanks for their great contributions. It falls on Wednesday, April 26 this year, so there's still time to pick out a thoughtful gift for the people in your office who make life easier for everyone.

1. NESSIE TEA INFUSER; $13

Steeping loose tea is a lot more fun when you can create a cryptid sighting right in your mug. This dishwasher-safe, silicone tea infuser looks just like a baby Loch Ness monster that stores tea leaves in its belly.

Find it: Amazon

2. KNIGHT PEN HOLDER; $30

With this regal display, a good pen will always be close at hand. The resin knight statuette comes with its own refillable black ink pen and works as a nice reminder that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Find it: ThinkGeek

3. MIRA WATER BOTTLE; $19

Give the gift of hydration: These 17-ounce bottles are perfect for carrying water, coffee, or tea. The insulation will keep drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours, and its leak-proof top makes it a mess-free travel companion.

Find it: Amazon

4. CAFFEINE SOAP; $7

Morning showers can be a lot more energized with bars of soap charged with caffeine. The peppermint-scented soap is infused with caffeine, which can be absorbed through the skin (at roughly 200 milligrams per washing) to give a little pre-latte jolt before work. 

Find it: ThinkGeek

5. HANDICORN; $8

Downtime at the office can now mean a visit from a friendly unicorn. The five piece set comes with four hoofed feet and a unicorn head that fit neatly over most fingers.

Find it: Amazon

6. SOLITAIRE CARDS; $18

It's just like the computer game, but in real life! This deck of cards from Areaware uses the original artwork of Susan Kare from the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game. Kare even designed joker cards just for the physical set of cards.

Find it: Amazon

7. RETRO PENS; $7

Note taking is about to go old school with these cute, retro-styled pens. The set of five click-top pens come in satisfying muted colors that would dazzle any '60s corporate employee.

Find it: Amazon

8. PICTURE HANGERS; $11

These paper clips are topped with the recognizable Facebook icon, letting owners give a thumbs up or thumbs down to pictures in real life. Each pack comes with seven clips and a string for hanging up all the best pictures, and perhaps the worst reminders on deadlines.

Find it: Amazon

9. SHEEP PUSH PIN HOLDER; $14

At first glance, this is just a sheep with a lovely wool coat. In reality, this sheep is covered in white push pins that can be easily removed and replaced. The clever pin holder is great for any animal lover with a constant need for thumbtacks.

Find it: Amazon

10. CAT POST-IT HOLDER; $6

Here's another helpful animal office product: A cat that dispenses sticky notes. The whiskered feline comes with one pack of Post-Its and can be refilled with any 3-by-3-inch notepads.

Find it: Amazon

11. 30 DAY CHALLENGE; $12

This charming little note dispenser spits out encouraging words and advice. Geared toward self-care, each note suggests one thing the reader can do to slow down and enjoy each day.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

12. SPACE NOTEBOOK; $4

Jot down notes that are out of this world! This astrological notebook has a nice matte cover and an elastic band to keep it shut. The notebook comes with 256 lined pages for plenty of thoughts on the cosmos, extraterrestrials, or conference call numbers.

Find it: ModCloth

13. CACTUS CANDLES; $12

For the coworker who just can't seem to keep a desktop plant alive, these cactus-shaped candles are almost too cute to light. Each box comes with six candles in three different styles.

Find it: Amazon

14. HEAT SENSITIVE PAC-MAN MUG; $11

Pouring hot liquid into this mug is a lot like turning on an arcade game. As the mug heats up, a Pac-Man game emerges—cherries, ghost, and all.

Find it: Amazon

15. SCRATCH OFF BOOK POSTER; $35

This helpful chart recommends 100 different classic books, dating back to 1605. Each book is illustrated and coated with a gold foil design, which proud readers can scratch off to keep track of—or show off—how many tomes they've tackled.

Find it: ThinkGeek

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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Hostess
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Sure, you could just buy another bottle of vino. But if you really want to impress that friend known for their Pinterest-worthy fetes, scan this list for a unique gift they’ll want to put on display.

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1. NEIGHBORWOODS MAP COASTER; $36

Help your pal raise a glass to their beloved hometown or adopted ‘hood! Representing 14 major cities across the U.S. (plus a few in Europe), each cedar coaster in the set of four is etched with a different section of town and serves as a great conversation starter.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

2. BARREL AGED VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP; $20

Consider it a head start on the morning after breakfast. The organic syrup is aged in barrels normally used for rum or bourbon. And while it likely won’t work in a hair-of-the-dog situation, it does make for a delicious pancake topper.

Find It: Uncommon Goods 

3. SUGARFINA 3-PIECE BENTO BOX; $25

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Fill the three slots of this decorative box with a mix of your BFF’s preferred candies—anything from champagne-infused gummy bears to chocolate bacon toffee.

Find It: Sugarfina

4. POETRY MATCH STRIKER; $25

 

They’ll need a way to fire up all the gingerbread- and Christmas tree-scented candles they’re sure to receive. Help them find the light with this glass, apothecary-style jar filled with 120 four-inch matches (there’s a piece of flint on the side for striking) and printed with an inspiring phrase.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

5. ALTER ECO SEA SALT TRUFFLES; $7

Give ‘em a treat they won’t feel compelled to share with their guests. Made with Ecuadorian dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt, these truffles are the perfect salty-sweet combo.

Find It: Thrive Market

6. JANE BAKES COOKIE JARS; $10

Slaving over homemade Christmas cookies not your thing? Save yourself some time and snag a mason jar of these whole grain, high fiber confections. (Read: They’re slightly healthier.) Choose from flavors such as vanilla bean or coconut and caramel.

Find It: Jane Bakes

7. EVERY PERSON IN NEW YORK; $16

Your bestie will make room for this one on the coffee table. The 408-page tome is packed with thousands of artworks Jason Polan sketched during his mission to draw every person in New York. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig provides the foreword.

Find It: Amazon

8. HOMESICK CANDLES; $30

Provide a scent-sational reminder of their hometown. These soy wax candles (burn time: 60-80 hours) are packed with fragrances reminiscent of each state. New York’s candle has hints of the Adirondack forest, apple orchards, and pumpkin, while Michigan’s has notes of cherries and chocolate.

Find It: Homesick Candles

9. VEGA COFFEE HOLIDAY GIFT BOX; $30

A great buzz: This java is roasted, packaged and shipped from Nicaragua, where climate conditions are ideal for coffee growing. The direct-from-the-farm-to-your-cup setup keeps costs down and helps farmers earn more.

Find It: Vega Coffee

10. STATE SLATE CHEESE BOARDS; $20

Let them serve up that triple crème brie with a side of state pride. You can buy these slate boards—naturally cool to keep the fromage fresh—in the shape of any state or Washington D.C. Or take a stab at unity and buy one shaped like the whole U.S.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. VINTAGE BOOKSHELF SCRABBLE; $35

Perfect for your book club host—or just your most verbose pal—this vintage Scrabble game board folds to be stored inside a linen-wrapped book.

Find It: Amazon

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