When it comes to holiday shopping, there are usually a few folks that deserve something a little extra special. People like your amazingly loving parents, your super-supportive best friend, or your inspiring boss that’s always happy to drop what she’s doing to offer advice when you need it. These are the people that make life better and the ones who should absolutely be celebrated during this season of love and gratitude.
Thus we’ve compiled a list of 10 fabulous and totally splurge-worthy gifts to spoil all the favorite people on your list. Whether that special someone loves to cook big meals for her friends, lives for trying new exotic dishes and flavors, or is avid about conserving food waste and protecting the environment, the trick is to figure out the passion that lights him or her up, and pick out something that shows them just how much they mean to you.
Brown Butter Bourbon, Passion Fruit, and Maldon Sea Salt with Vanilla Bean are just a few of the flavors in this cool limited-edition caramel collection created by 12 top Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chefs. (We're talking heavy-hitters like Michael Mina, David Kinch, and Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park!) With proceeds benefitting the James Beard Foundation, you can let your favorite sweet tooth know she’s indulging for a good cause.
Handcrafted by artisans in Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico, this hand-hammered copper tray is a one-of-a-kind gift for your favorite dinner party hostess. Completely food safe, the tray can be used as a serving piece, but would be equally lovely displayed as a decorative centerpiece on her dining table.
This chic and functional compost bin will look elegant on any kitchen counter, making it easy for your most eco-minded friends to set aside their produce peels and coffee grounds (while still keeping the kitchen smelling fresh). Handmade from salvaged wood, the discreet stainless bin inside is even dishwasher safe! Going green never looked this good.
With luxurious flavors like Chocolate Almond Allure and Cocoa Cardamom Seduction, this designer tea collection from Talbott Teas will appeal to your most sophisticated friends. Along with 9 tins of gourmet loose tea, the elegant set also includes a ceramic tea set, an engraved tea scoop, and natural paper filters so they can mix and match their own perfect blends.
Need to make an impression? Surprise the important folks (read: bosses, in-laws) on your list with the Top Shelf gift basket from legendary NYC cheese shop Murray's. Packed in a rustic wooden box, this comes filled with a selection of their best hard and soft cheeses, Jamon Serrano, a Spanish fig almond cake, and more.
Have a friend who is still upset he never got to dine at El Bulli? Set him up with his own molecular gastronomy kitchen from Molecule-R! This set includes an instructive cookbook with 40 illustrated step-by-step recipes, as well as all the ingredients, additives, and tools he'll need to whip up his own Ferran Adria-like creations.
Ninja Ultima Blender Plus, $259.99
Leafy kale, nuts, ice--the super powerful (and dishwasher safe!) Ninja Ultima can easily handle anything your smoothie-lover throws in it. The blender also comes with single serve attachment cups that allow you to whip up individual portions of smoothies, soups, or salad dressing, without having to dirty the entire pitcher. And with all the force and speed of the uber-trendy Vitamix at 1/3 the price, this splurge will leave you with enough cash to treat yourself, too!