CHOW’s 2006 Holiday Gift Guide

Americans spent $31.7 billion buying stuff last December. How much of that went for smoothie makers, shrimp butlers, and joke barware unloaded at summer rummage sales is unknown.

To keep you from trafficking in this black market of holiday detritus, CHOW has assembled over 80 gifts that we certainly wouldn’t kick out from under the tree. We think we’ve got the best kitchen gadgets, coolest cookbooks, tastiest tidbits, most stunning tableware, and a few wild cards that we just like. And if any of them end up at a tag sale, let us know. We want to snag ‘em.

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