Summer 2009 Gift Guide. All your warm-weather gifting needs met.
Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker and Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate Sprinkles $103.90 for both Make soft serve at home and become the neighborhood hero! We packaged this machine with good-quality chocolate sprinkles because those cheap waxy ones are yucky.
Cuisinart Stainless Steel Electric Pressure Cooker and Rancho Gordo Desert Island Sampler $173.75 for both The Cuisinart electric pressure cooker can act as either a quick cooker or a slow cooker, depending on the settings. Give it with a gift pack of heirloom beans from Rancho Gordo, including the pretty black-and-white-speckled Vaqueros.
Photosynthesis Glasses $184 for two We fell in love with these handblown glass goblets by Berkeley, California, glass blower Lee Miltier while drinking vegetable kombucha out of them at the Cultured Pickle Shop. One-of-a-kind and therefore slightly different sizes, they add major magic to any beverage. Call Photosynthesis (510-649-1977) to place an order.
Anuva Vinos Wine Club
$195 every 90 days for six wines
OR David Coffaro Dave's Wine Club $60 per quarterly shipment of three wines
Wine clubs are fun, but it's hard to know which ones are good. These two are very good, and different. Anuva's wines are from a variety of small Argentine producers, blind-selected by a jury of pro tasters in Buenos Aires. David Coffaro is a small, unpretentious winemaker from Sonoma County, California, whose big red blends are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
All-Clad LTD Nonstick Grande Griddle, Old Mountain Rooster Press, and Blis Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup $210.99 for everything pictured Indulge your inner homesteader with a griddle you can throw across two stovetop burners to cook a ton of pancakes—and other things—all at once. The old-timey rooster grill press keeps bacon flat or compresses panini sandwiches. Top your griddle cakes with maple syrup aged in bourbon barrels from Williams-Sonoma.
Droog Bottoms Up Doorbell $238 This doorbell produces the actual sound of wineglasses clinking when your guests arrive, making the evening's first toast.
My China Rim Emperor Serving Plate $275 A piece of a full china set, this charger is pretty on its own as a serving plate. The bird design and red-blue color scheme are very of-the-moment, and the gold-leaf detailing screams "rich girl."
Redondo Iglesias Bone-In Jamón Serrano and Ham Holder $294 for both Real Spanish country ham, complete with its own stand, so you can display it in your home and cut pieces off whenever you feel like it. Hell yeah.
Le Creuset 9-Piece Cookware Set $399.99 La Creuset cookware is beloved for its natural nonstick enamel surfaces, durability, ability to maintain and conduct heat evenly, and beautiful design. This set includes a Dutch oven, skillet, stockpot, casserole, and saucepan, and is a deal at this price. (Caribbean blue is pictured.)
Witches' Kitchen Set of 6 Utensils $770 Eye of newt, wing of bat, and a side of dog tongue. Hand-carved mahogany "witch's tools" from Artecnica's Design with Conscience line, made in Guatemala; the set contains pokers, forks, little spoons, a dagger, and—what do you do with the wooden hand? So mysterious.