Spring 2013 Gift Guide
Umbra Napa Wine Rack: At $30, you get a piece of art that also holds wine bottles. I’ve seen some wine racks that cost three times as much, but don’t capture the simplicity and elegance of the Umbra. My favorite feature is that these babies are stackable, so you can buy three or four and create a mini wine cellar in your pantry.
bobble iced: For just $9, you get something that’s sleek, practical, and environmentally responsible. It’s BPA free, has a spill-resistant lid, a reusable straw, and dishwasher safe. That means if you’re a klutz like me but want to be green, here’s your chance.
T-Fal Thermospot Griddle: $45 for an electric griddle? Sounds good to me. Spring is the time of year when I get hesitant over whether or not to have gatherings because of the weather. “Oh here, come over for my barbecue… never mind, it’s raining…” will never happen again! Just bring the party indoors. For this price, it sure beats heating up the whole house with the oven on, too!
Theo Chocolate: These chocolates not only are organic and fair trade, but they’re delicious. Can chocolate change the world? Probably, but I just like the name. I get to go around imitating Bill Cosby shouting “Theo!”
Starbucks Verismo: This is the most expensive item on the list, but considering that it brings a Starbucks into your home, $199 certainly isn’t outrageous. I did a more extensive article on why I love the system, but it’s definitely something you want to get for the Starbucks lover in your life.
Kitchen Table Bakers Crisps: Nothing says spring like snacking on the porch or deck while watching the sun set. That is, unless it’s raining like hell and you have to stay inside. Either way, these crisps are made completely of cheese so they’re the perfect light and flavorful way to wine down a Spring evening. Wine? Was that a Freudian slip? Probably, considering I like eating these with a glass of wine… from the bottle stored in my Umbra wine rack. See what I did there?
IMUSA Granite Molcajete: At just $20, you can bring the traditional Mexican cooking instrument home. I love to use mine to make fresh guacamole, but it’s also awesome for serving ceviche in. It’s so rustic looking, that you can even leave it on the table as a centerpiece. Remember, you can't make authentic guacamole with lima beans and Ritz crackers.
Lake Champlain Truffles: A good truffle will take all your worries away, I say. I rhymed. You could say I was a poet but I’m not even aware of it. Damn. Anyway, these are some delicious chocolate truffles made using sweet Vermont butter, local cream, and gourmet chocolate. Is your mouth watering yet?
Uncommon Goods Mojito Kit: I’m telling you that for $30, you can have a chemistry set for adults. Instead of making baking soda and vinegar foam, you can make a delicious mojito from scratch! You can deconstruct and reconstruct the classic drink in various forms! You can make mint caviar bubbles, or make a cloud of flavor (sorry, no camera flash vodka shots here, though). This really brought out the 10 year old science nerd in me again, and it got me buzzed. Win-win.