To Taste's holiday gift guide (pt. 2)

The perfect gift is in here, promise

How was your week? Did you celebrate Thanksgiving in some new, different way? (I made Cornish game hens with truffle butter and stuffing and a bourbon cocktail. For three people.) Did you celebrate it at all? Are you ready to move on to The Holiday Season™? Good. Cause I’m back with part two of this year’s gift guides! (Check out part one, in case you missed it.) This time I’ve suggested some awesome gifts organized by the men, women, kids on your list…and some for stockings. Having said that, there is nothing on the list for men that a woman wouldn’t love, and vice versa.

Still stumped? Reach out! I love coming up with gift ideas.

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As for what to cook, I’ll be back next week with recipes and my charming, biting wit.


Stocking Stuffers

Little bits and pieces to add to a gift or smoosh into a stocking? Got it.

For every (cute) face mask Minna sells, they donate one to an organization in need…win-win

A box set of fantastic sea salts to play around with: flaky sea salt, thyme sea salt, activated charcoal salt, and a smoked salt (above)

This Italian cheese candle, perhaps with a side of actual Italian cheese…?

Any / every chocolate bar from Raaka should be considered, but I am partial to their sea salt and their bananas foster bars

Palais des Thés is well-known for offering some of the world’s best quality teas and their Earl Grey is no exception

Swanky cocktail napkins, coasters, or engraved notepads (with a twist) from Alexa Pulitzer

A sleek and collapsible popcorn popper, because our weekend plans include a lot of Netflix while we’re still safer-at-home


For the ladies

For the woman who’s as fancy as she is feisty: black truffle arrabbiata pasta sauce from Truff (and really, really good pasta)

Wrap her up in a soft and beautiful throw blanket, handwoven in Oaxaca, Mexico, while you make dinner

Two cookbooks to transport her, like Bitter Honey (above) and In Bibi’s Kitchen

Bring a bit of the dreamland that is Flamingo Estate home with a gift set: a copy of the gorgeous new book Resident Dog and an herbaceous candle

A cream-of-the-crop ice cream maker for homemade cookies ‘n cream on demand

Pre-made Manhattans in a bottle from the iconic Savoy? Yes, why yes she will

Heretic Parfums’ dirty vanilla scented gift set because as we’ve established, she’s fancy and fiesty

A bonded teak 7-piece knife set with a sleek, clear magnetic holder because she means business in the kitchen


For the guys

Treat them to a cast iron sauté pan, cast by hand in France with a modern, matte black look and an almost indestructible build (at top)

Some chill in a bottle: vanilla CBD oil to take directly or add to his food

Dos Hombres mezcal and a set of recycled Moroccan rocks glasses

Continue his coffee education with single origin beans from Tanzania or Costa Rica

A decidedly minimal bath scrub, with Dead Sea salt, grapefruit, and coconut oil. Cause dudes like smoother skin, too

This bright and bold chess-and-checkers 2-in-1 game board, because he binged The Queen’s Gambit

Lodge Dutch oven, which fares better in most test kitchens than other higher end Dutch ovens, in fire engine red. A classic for a classic

A gift set of Bar & Cocoa’s best sea salt chocolate bars, which are “technically” for him but are really for you


For the kids

Set their table with a map of the world placemat, but, like…cooler

Feed their curiosity about food early on with books like Kalamata’s Kitchen and The Greatest Table (two of my son’s favorites)

For kids that want a part of the action: a Le Petit Chef knife and peeler set and In the French Kitchen with Kids cookbook

Ponytail holders with glittery French fries because you love them as much as they love fries

An adorable wooden play coffee maker, so they can get your order right as soon as possible

Pizza temporary tattoos, which are definitely not practice for the real thing

A t-shirt that says “Smash garlic and the patriarchy” because you’re their example. (Or a baby onesie that says “root for girls”)

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Lots of love and happy Mariah Carey season,