If you’re already over the seasonal foods, festive cocktails, and holiday gatherings of December, then your mind is probably thinking about presents. Lots and lots of presents. ‘Tis the season for giving (and receiving), after all. Luckily for you, the Chowhound editorial team has got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of everything on our wish list this year, as well as the products we’re buying to surprise our favorite people. The greatest gift of all? All of our picks are under $50, so you can save money and spend more on yourself. Frankly, you deserve it.

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Carleigh Connelly, Director of Chowhound


What I Want:  Table in a Bag“I know, I know…winter hasn’t even officially started yet, but I’m already thinking about spring and getting back to my outdoor dining routine. Once picnic weather rolls around, this mini pine wood table in a bag will be my ‘post-work, must-escape-New-York-craziness’ savior that will make even my unfinished Brooklyn roof feel like a dinner oasis.”


What I’ll Be Gifting: Ember Ceramic Mug “Yes, it’s hard to justify spending $80 on a mug (I’m breaking the $50 rule) when you can essentially drop 20 bucks on a thermos and get the same ‘keep your coffee warm’ results—but, if you know someone who is an everyday coffee drinker, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than protecting their daily cup of joe from the woes of lukewarm mediocrity.”

Joey Skladany, Senior Content Producer


What I Want: The Spice Lab Sea Salt Collection“There’s no greater offense in life than unseasoned food. This 11-bottle kit, featuring all types of innovative salts from Hawaii, will guarantee that I’m never thrown in culinary prison.” 

Chocolat Moderne

What I’ll Be Gifting: Chocolat Moderne Avant-Garde Bars “You can never go wrong with chocolate and these gourmet bars are no exception. Offering complex and surprising flavors like Spicy Hazelnut Gianduja and Blood Orange Bergamot, they’re not only delicious but super fun for your (what’s sure-to-be overworked at this time of year) palate.”

Marcela Benitez, Community Manager


What I Want: White Truffle Paté“White truffles are my favorite. It is an item I don’t mind getting multiple times, plus anyone who gets me this has a very special place in my heart.”

Heritage Distilling Co.

What I’ll Be Gifting: Spirits Advent Calendar “I love advent calendars and I like giving the holiday gifts to my friends in advance, so it’s a perfect gift for my friends who love booze!”

Jessica Gentile, Associate Editor

Bed, Bath & Beyond

What I Want: Minions Sandwich Cutter “Most people are sick of Minions. I am not most people. In fact I like those dumb, ubiquitous yellow creatures so much that I want my sandwiches cut into their shape. What better way to jazz up a peanut butter and banana sandwich? (That’s their preferred fruit of choice, don’t you know.) than with their goggled outline of their face? I swear I’m a grown-up.”


What I’ll Be Gifting: Minions Pie Face Game “This Russian roulette-style pie in the face game is a perfectly acceptable (and hilarious) use of whipped cream. It also happens to have Minions on it. But no matter who gets pied, it’s a blast for the whole family. You’ll feel equal pleasure if it hits the face of your adorable two-year-old cousin or Trump-loving uncle. Because schadenfreude is the gift that keeps on giving.”

Jen Wheeler, Associate Content Producer


What I Want: Cougar Gold Cheese “I’ve been wanting to try Cougar Gold cheese for a few years now, but have never gotten around to ordering it for myself, so I’d be thrilled to get it gift-wrapped. Why? It’s supposed to be super delicious and has a certain amount of cachet; it comes in a huge can, which seems fun and also makes it easy to ship and gift; and the name makes me chuckle.”

Alma Chocolate

What I’ll Be Gifting: Alma Peanut Butter Box “My gift-giving MO is generally to assemble lots of different smaller food items, including chocolates, and I always like to go local. Alma Chocolates is fantastic, and I especially love their Thai peanut butter cups (the classic chocolate-PB combo, but infused with coconut milk, ginger, lime, and Thai chiles), so would probably gift their peanut butter cup set, but really, you can’t go wrong with any of their stuff!”

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