Winter 2008 Gift Guide. There's never been a better time to give.
Handpresso $155 For picnics, bus rides, or anywhere the coffee jones strikes, there's the portable Handpresso. It uses the same technology as a bicycle pump, so all you need is hot water, some wrist action, and an espresso pad to brew a cup on the spot.
Mono Filio Teapot $155 This modern teapot allows the tea leaves to float freely in the water, ensuring a perfectly flavorful brew; and the inner basket can be removed, meaning you'll never overbrew.
City on a Plate Collection 2 $180 for a set of four Map out your next culinary vacation at the dinner table. Or just eat off these plates because they look beautiful.
Amenity Textiles $191 for everything shown here The nature-inspired prints of these hemp and organic cotton textiles are easy to mix and match.
Caroline Swift Bone China Spoons and Bowls $140–$250 We discovered Caroline Swift's delicate ceramics thanks to Design*Sponge, and remain smitten. The bone china bowls look paper thin but will withstand use as serving pieces. The spoons are just as darling, adding an elegant touch when paired with the bowls.
King Arthur Flour Mix ’n' Magic Baking Club $375 This is an ideal gift for people who love to bake but don't have much time. They'll get a monthly batch of high-end baking mixes for a year. That way, it'll be a lot easier to whip up some whole-grain cinnamon buns, creamy coconut cupcakes, or garlic grilling bread.
Pod 1 Tray with Butcher Block $545 This beautiful, functional, and solid butcher block is made with nonporous, mildew-resistant, nonstaining Corian—heat- and scratch-resistant, too. And it's balanced off nicely by a raised bamboo board.
Gold Aves Dinnerware $555 for everything shown here The classic Olde Avesbury pattern by Royal Crown Derby is treated in gold, and suddenly we're having visions of sharing court with Marie Antoinette.
Breville Ikon Burr Grinder and Breville BES820XL Espresso Maker $599.90 for both Great equipment makes a great cup of coffee, and one of the most important pieces is a burr grinder. Take it a step further by adding Breville's semiautomatic espresso machine with options for automatic or manual brew.
Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club Silver Membership and Elephant Bottle Opener $48–$665.40 A selection of unique beers, chosen by the late noted beer critic Michael Jackson, is sent out once a month. Many of the brews are not distributed in the United States, while others are bottled exclusively for the club. Alert your giftee to his or her upcoming gift with this bottle opener from Jorgen Moller.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Limited-Edition Twin 1731 4-Piece Knife Set $1,400 Do we really think you should pay $1,400 for three knives in a leather carrying case? No. But you might want to, and you might have someone who would love to see this set under the tree. Each knife has a single-piece blade constructed of Cronidur 30 steel—the same steel used in the aviation and space industry. You could probably buy an airplane instead.