For the foodie in your life, you may be finding it especially difficult to find the perfect gift, especially if they are a demanding New Yorker. Here is a list of foodie gift ideas that will please even the most pickiest person.
$50 or less idea: The fabulous gourmet will love making exotic spice rubs in this sleek Orb Pestle + Mortar. $40 aplusrstore.com
Bookish: Eric Ripert, of Le Bernadin fame, travels around the world learning new recipes and shares them with you in Avec Eric: A Culinary Journey with Eric Ripert.
Clubbing it: Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club includes a selection of cheeses with different milk types, textures and flavor profiles. $275 for 4 months murrayscheese.com
Stocking Stuffer: Brooklyn Brine Co. has taken the age-old practice of pickling and elevated it to an art form. Try the fennel beets. $10 brooklynbrine.com
Over-the-top Splurge: The Vitamix Professional Series 500 Blender is the only blender used in professional kitchens. It has several speeds and 3 pre-programmed settings for smoothies, frozen desserts and soups. $600 williams-sonoma.com
$50 or less idea: The Goldtouch Nonstick Quarter Sheets have a special coating that releases baked food, making cleaning up a breeze. $33 set of 2 williams-sonoma.com
Bookish: Clinton St. Baking Company: Breakfast, Brunch, and Beyond from New York’s Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant features over 100 recipes for muffins, scones and biscuits. $22 barnesandnoble.com
Clubbing it: Tootie’s Pie of the Month Club will satisfy the sweetest of cravings. The apple pie and buttermilk pie are ones to watch out for. $180 for 6 months tootiepieco.com
Stocking Stuffer: The Honey Lavender cookies from whimsy and spice pair nicely with a steaming cup of tea. $8 for a dozen whimsyandspice.com
Over-the-top Splurge: The legendary Kitchen-Aid stand mixers are perfect for mixing cake batter and cookie dough. Try the Commercial 5 Series for added power. $545 shopkitchenaid.com
$50 or less idea: This set of four stackable glasses and carafe are perfect for a casual dinner. $36 aplusrstore.com
Bookish: Joseph Bastianich is the man behind several famed New York restaurants and, of course, Eataly. In Grandi Vini: An Opinionated Tour of Italy’s 89 Finest Wines, he explores Italy’s famous wine regions. $17 barnesandnoble.com
Clubbing it: Enjoy wines from the up-and-coming wine region of Long Island. Waters Crest winery produces award-winning, high quality boutique wines. $165-$390 depending on wine for six shipments. waterscrestwinery.com
Stocking Stuffer: The GARCON Wine Opener, made from chrome and stainless steel, has a beautiful curved design. $35 momastore.org
Over-the-top Splurge: The Avanti 30-bottle Digital Wine Cellar will perfectly chill all those expensive vintages. $650 wineenthusiast.com
$50 or less idea: The Borner V-Power Slicer Mandoline will perfectly slice, dice and julienne fruits and veggies. $50 broadwaypanhandler.com
Bookish: Food blogger turned cookbook writer Shauna James Ahern shares her healthy recipes developed with her chef husband in Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. $21 barnesandnoble.com
Clubbing it: With Harry and David’s Fruit of the Month Club, you’ll get the freshest selection of juicy, pears, apples and strawberries delivered to your door. $200 for 6 months. harryanddavid.com
Stocking Stuffer: Grow your own fresh herbs or vegetables. Culinary Gardens seeds come with instructions. $25 uncommongoods.com
Over-the-top Splurge: For the best morning pick-me-up, consider a glass of freshly pressed fruit juice using the Breville Juice & Blend. $500 brevilleusa.com
Alina Tarkhanian is the First Course editor.