$25 and under culinary gifts: Holiday gift guide 2013

Treat every food lover on your list with these affordable goods.

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    Two-piece chevron gray marble and ernie set

    The hand-cast iron cutter—paired with a chevron-etched marble slab—has enough heft to cut through the thickest of cheese rinds. At CB2, various locations throughout the city; visit cb2.com. $21.90.

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    Kuhn Rikon Serrated & Paring Knife Set

    These colorful, polka-dotted carbon-steel cutters will add pop to even the most basic knife block. At houzz.com. Four for $22.

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    The shot flask

    This dapper flask is equipped with a stainless steel shot glass for all your spontaneous celebration needs. At uncommongoods.com. $25.

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    Ooma bowls

    Tired of juggling separate bowls for chips and dip? This double-chambered vessel balances on just one hand, ensuring smooth snacking for your favorite sports fan. At uncommongoods.com. $25.

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    Faceted wood bottle stopper

    Available in black walnut or light maple, these modern, reusable stoppers are a stylish way to put a cork in it. At leifshop.com. $22.

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    Lékué Minute Cake Set

    For your baking-challenged bestie, pick up this set of bright, microwave-friendly silicone bakeware—they can have their cake-in-a-mug and eat it, too. At lekueusa.com. $15 for four

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    Bike multitool

    This sleek, cycle-shaped key holder doubles as a bottle opener. At uncommongoods.com. $16.50.

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    TruBee Beeswax-dipped bordeaux

    Housed in Italian glass wine bottles and sealed with pure beeswax, all this Tennessee-bred raw honey needs is a festive bow for a sweet hostess gift. At trubeehoney.com. 9oz bottle $22.

  • Peppermint brittle

    Release your inner Thor with this whimsical take on the holiday favorite: There’s a hammer pressed into the slab of crunchy, chocolate-dipped toffee. At Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com). $15.50.

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    Barrel-aged-cocktail kit

    Up your home cocktail game with this aging kit, which includes an oak stave from the Hudson Valley’s Tuthilltown Spirits distillery. At tuthilltown.com. $12.50.

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    Credit card cutlery

    Tossing together a salad at your desk is an easy task with the foldable knife-and-fork set by Dutch designer Ineke Hans. At shop.cooperhewitt.org. $10.

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    Ash-wood cutting board

    Made from Minnesota hardwood, this tree-ring carving board is rustically gorgeous enough to repurpose as a serving platter for cheese and charcuterie. At shopterrain.com. $20.

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    The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

    Get a whiff of this—Richard Betts’ unpretentious wine tome guides novices through basic vino components with sixteen scratch-and-sniff illustrations. Barnes & Noble, various locations throughout the city; visit barnesandnoble.com. $17.99

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    Chocolate pie chart

    Crunching numbers just got a whole lot sweeter with this geeky treat, which divvies up dark, white and milk chocolate by percent. At chocolate-editions.com. $20.

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    Joseph Joseph Prep & Serve

    This space-saving, multipurpose kitchen product is a preparation bowl, colander and serving piece all in one, ideal for rinsing and serving pasta or rice without dirtying an extra dish. At josephjoseph.com. $13.

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    Basil hatch plant

    Crack open the top of this adorable porcelain egg to grow a basil plant. At Owl & Thistle General Store, 720 Franklin Ave at Park Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (347-469-0432, owlandthistlegeneral.com). $11.95.

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    Royce’ Nama Chocolate “Champagne”

    For the boozy rendition of its richly dense truffles, the beloved Japanese confectionery infuses cacao-and-cream squares with Pierre Mignon bubbly. At Royce’, 509 Madison Ave between 52nd and 53rd Sts (646-590-0650, royceconfectusa.com). $18.

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    Bronze bamboo spoons

    Add an exotic edge to teatime with these twee metallic stirrers, with handles that chicly resemble stalks of bamboo. At leifshop.com. $12

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    Cold brew two-pack

    Tired of bland java? This handsomely packaged cold brew—made from seasonal Counter Culture beans—comes as a ready-to-drink beverage and buzz-boosting concentrate. At slingshotcoffeecompany.com. $17.

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    Beer tasting tool kit

    Can’t tell the difference between a lager and a porter? Grab a few cold ones and organize a blind tasting with this handy kit, which includes bottle covers and tasting profiles written by Beervana blogger Jeff Alworth. At uncommongoods.com. $18.

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    Joie mini cheese slicers

    These impossibly affordable slicers—less than three bucks for the trio—will brighten up the cheese board with their cheery neon handles. At worldmarket.com. $2.99.

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    Time-M Matryoshka Timer

    Modeled after classic nested Russian dolls, this kitschy, wind-up timer will charm the flour off your babka-baking giftee. At perpetualkid.com. $14.99.

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    Grow your own olive tree

    Pals with green thumbs will appreciate this miniature tree, which stays small enough for urban windowsill gardens. At nudoadopt.com. $7.49.

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    Cornflake peppermint cookies

    For this holiday special, sweets maven Christina Tosi adds crushed candy canes to her chewy cereal-and-chocolate-studded treats. At Union Square Holiday Market, Broadway at 14th St (milkbarstore.com). $12.

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    Korean BBQ marinade

    Spiked with garlic and black pepper, these aromatic sauces from Smorgasburg vendor We Rub You are available with or without an infusion of spicy gochujang. At werubyou.com. $9.

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    Coop’s MicroCreamery hot fudge

    Turn a scoop of humdrum vanilla ice cream into a delightful sundae with this luscious, molasses-sweetened hot fudge. At Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleecker St between Leroy and Morton Sts (212-243-3289, murrayscheese.com). $9.99.

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    Japanese cast-iron bottle openers

    These beautiful, weighty openers are hand-forged by Japanese craftsman Nobuho Miya. At poketo.com. $25.

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    Owl’s Brew Pink & Black

    Pair this refreshing cocktail base—a blend of darjeeling, hibiscus, agave, strawberry and lemon juices—with a bottle of your go-to poison for a spirited gift. At brewlabtea.com. 32oz bottle $15.99.

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    NY Shuk harissa

    Spice up your home cooking with this piquant chili pepper paste, brightened by a splash of white-wine vinegar. At nyshuk.com. $13.

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    Grammar-rules plates and mugs

    Serve up a grammar lesson with this witty ceramic tableware. At uncommongoods.com. $12.50, $14.

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    New Orleans chili bar

    Cayenne peppers from South Louisiana’s bayou country add kick to these addictive dark-cocoa bars from Chicago chocolate maker Wild Ophelia. At wildophelia.com. $3.99.

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    Miss Lily’s sauces

    Add island flavor to roasted meats with these piquant jerk sauces and marinades from the Caribbean diner. At misslilys.myshopify.com. $21.

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    Brooklynese “Sawlt & Peppa” pair

    Pour on a dose of Kings County ’tude with this fun condiment set. At Fishs Eddy, 889 Broadway at 19th St (212-420-9020, fishseddy.com). $13.95.

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    PB&J s’mores

    Inspired by two childhood classics, pastry chef Clarice Lam dips a raspberry jam-filled s’more into milk chocolate to create this exquisite treat. The bite is finished with a dusting of crushed peanuts and fleur de sel. At bakingbean.com. $12.

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    Swirly Twizzlie rolls

    For its updated take on the Tootsie Roll, Portland, Oregon’s Quin Candy adds locally harvested sea salt to the dark-and-white-chocolate twists. At quincandy.com. $6.

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    Stackable lunchbox

    Black + Blum’s modern lunch pail features airtight containers that stack into a space-saving column. The microwave-friendly set is armed with a reusable spork and comes with a carrying strap. At uncommongoods.com. $24.

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    Pickett’s ginger-beer syrup

    Add zip to homemade Moscow mules and dark and stormys with this zingy syrup. At mouth.com. $16.

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    Davis’ Famous’ Pistachio Crack

    This sea-salt-sprinkled, nut-studded brittle—teeming with vanilla, brown sugar and espresso—is so addictive, you’ll willingly sacrifice your fillings for another bite. At By Brooklyn, 261 Smith St between DeGraw and Douglass Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-643-0606, bybrooklyn.com). 8oz tin $15.

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    Fine & Raw Chunky Bonbons

    The small-batch Brooklyn chocolatier uses single-origin Ecuadorian beans for these decadent truffle-filled slabs, in dark chocolate or cacao-and-coconut varieties. At Fine & Raw, 288 Seigel St at Bogart St, Bushwick, Brooklyn (718-366-3633, fineandraw.com). $7.

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    Colorado Crafted Steamboat Box

    This sweet-and-savory sampler features Colorado-bred snacks, including the Chip Peddler’s crunchy, surprisingly subtle salt-and-vinegar crisps; Helliemae’s buttery sea-salt caramels; and Olomomo’s smoky, chipotle-and-mango kettle-roasted almonds. At coloradocraftedbox.com. $25.

  • Gingerbread snowflake loaf

    Lemon-infused honey keeps this cinnamon-spiced cake delectably moist. At Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com). $18.

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    Lotta Odelius retro kitchen jars

    Enliven kitchen countertops with these cheery, ’60s-inspired stoneware jars, topped with microwave– and dishwasher–friendly acacia lids. At scandinaviandesigncenter.com. $21.

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    Joseph Joseph Nest Utensils

    This colorful utensil set—comprising spatula, ladle and spoons—is ingeniously held together with magnets in a compact, self-supporting base. At josephjoseph.com. $25.

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    Ostrich snack sticks

    Showcasing birds from Andover, New Jersey’s Roaming Acres farm, this gamey ostrich-and-turkey blend—spiced with coriander and nutmeg—is a healthy, adventurous alternative to jerky. At farmtopeople.com. $7.95 for two.

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    Big Sur and Blood Orange Marmalade Duo from Happy Girl Kitchen

    Infuse summery California into chilly Gotham with this jam duo: one, a sweet, limited-edition blend of mandarins, oranges and Meyer lemons; the other, a punching, tart blood-orange spread. At food52.com/provisions. Two 8oz jars $24.

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    Gold-dipped porcelain spoon set

    This trio of gilded, stocking-ready utensils has the luxe look down, all for only two Hamiltons. At leifshop.com. $20.

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    Sfoglini Bronx Brewery BxB Radiators

    The Brooklyn pasta makers update sauce-catching radiatore with spent grain from the brewery’s flagship Pale Ale—the barley malts lend the ruffles a roasted flavor that pairs well with hearty ragùs. At Alphabet City Beer Co., 96 Ave C between 6th and 7th Sts (646-422-7103, abcbeer.co). $8 for 1lb bag.

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    Smith cocktail napkins

    The irregular nubs of these handmade linen cloths—edged in poppy coral—are prime for catching every spilled drop and dribble. At eatboutique.com. $24 for six.

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    Fruition’s chocolate-coated, orange-scented cranberries

    The Catskills bean-to-bar chocolatiers coat plump cranberries with orange-oil-infused Peruvian dark chocolate and powdered sugar for this tart festive treat. At tastefruition.com. 5oz jar $12.

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    Saucy by Nature Polish kimchee relish

    This spicy, tangy topping—well suited to wintry roasts—stews together pickled local cabbage and earthy mushrooms with sweet tomatoes and prunes, with a pinch of cayenne for a tongue-tingling kick. At saucybynature.com. Two 6oz jars $12.

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    Beer box

    Give beer-loving pals a different kind of six-pack: these boozy bonbons feature single-origin cacao infused with seasonal craft brews. At Nunu Chocolates, 529 Atlantic Ave between Third and Fourth Aves, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (917-776-7102, nunuchocolates.com). $12.

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    Bunches & Bunches Oaxacan mole sauce

    Use this intense mole—a blend of New Mexico chilies and pasilla de Oaxaca—to dress up ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Available at Dean & DeLuca, various locations throughout the city; visit deandeluca.com. $15.

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    New Yawk Baking Co. dulce de leche cookies

    Buttery cinnamon-and-clove-spiced discs are held together by a milky caramel spread. At Brooklyn Fare, 431 W 37th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (brooklynfare.com). $6.

  • Chocolate Message in a Bottle

    Three types of Valrhona chocolate make up this decadent hot-cocoa mix. At Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com). $9.25.

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    Leopold jigger

    Cocktail geeks will appreciate the precision of this handsome stainless-steel jigger, produced by the barware experts at Cocktail Kingdom. At Cocktail Kingdom, 36 W 25th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-647-9166, cocktailkingdom.com). $18.95.

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    Torrone

    Orange-infused honey lends a fragrant aroma to this nutty Italian confection. At nudoadopt.com. $15.



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    Bitters bottle

    With a beveled glass bottom and cork dasher, this dispenser is a stylish addition to any home bar. At Cocktail Kingdom, 36 W 25th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-647-9166, cocktailkingdom.com). $19.95

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    Donovan’s Cellar maple-chili relish

    The locally minded picklers jazz up cucumber-and-onion relish with fiery serrano and jalapeño chilies, soothed with a swirl of sweet maple syrup, apple cider and honey. At Campbell Cheese & Grocery, 502 Lorimer St at Powers St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-387-2267, campbellcheese.com). 15oz jar $10.99.

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    Wally wallet bottle opener

    Ditch the college key chain: This sleek, lightweight opener slips easily into a wallet. At uncommongoods.com. $12.

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    Aqua stainless-steel colander

    For the resident pasta fiend of your inner circle, this robin’s-egg-bright colander can fit five quarts of macaroni in its stainless-steel hull. At worldmarket.com. $9.99.

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    Lark Spiced Chocolate Krinkles

    These crunchy seasonal cookies—in stock through the end of December—are packed with bold winter flavors, including blood orange and crystallized ginger. At larkfinefoods.com. 7.4oz box $9.

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    Sweet. almond-oat sandwiches

    Bookended by subtly sweet almond-oat shortbread, these sandwich cookies are filled with luscious vanilla or chocolate cashew-cacao-butter cream. At sweetbyjana.com. $12.95 for seven.

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    Saucy by Nature Coffee BBQ sauce

    Add a tangy jolt to cold-weather brisket with this baster-ready sauce, flavored with freshly ground coffee beans and sweet molasses. At saucybynature.com. 12.7oz bottle $11.

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    TruBee Honey American honey trio

    A holiday special, this sampler crate features three flavors of all-American raw honey, harvested in Tennessee: a floral, amber-hued Coastal Spring; a lemony Wildflower Summer; and a spreadable, whipped Tennessee Snow variety. At eatboutique.com. Three 6oz jars $24.

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    Seinfood Monk’s and Marble Rye posters

    Seinfeld-repeat watchers will get a kick out of these graphic posters inspired by Jerry and the gang’s go-to haunts, including Monk’s and Schnitzer’s Bakery. At seinfood.bigcartel.com. $20 each.



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    Kuhn Rikon Double Balloon Whisk

    This bulbous, stainless-steel whisk not only looks futuristic-cool, but its springy head intensifies whisking power, and double wires make for even fluffier meringue. At houzz.com. $16.


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    Kuhn Rikon Mini Cleaver

    This poppy, razor-sharp cleaver comes in handy for small jobs like slicing cheese or chopping herbs. At houzz.com. $14.



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    Pocket utensil set

    Stop stockpiling the plastic stuff. This sturdy tool—which combines a knife, a fork, a spoon and a bottle opener—splits into two for easy on-the-go eating. At uncommongoods.com. $16.

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    Blackberry Farm ramp kraut

    This kimchi-inspired kraut gets its delightfully unusual tang from young Appalachian ramps plucked from Great Smoky Mountains. At blackberryfarm.com. 8oz jar $18.50.

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    Fatty Sundays Pretzel Brittle Trio

    This brittle—coated in dark, milk and white chocolate—has all the hallmarks of an addictive holiday snack: crunchy, salty, sweet and with a jolly smattering of sprinkles. At fattysundays.com. $22.95.

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    Pepper2mint drinking chocolate

    San Francisco chocolate maker Tcho spikes this standout hot-cocoa mix with peppermint oil and Indonesian cubeb peppers. At tcho.com. $11.95

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    Thirst-Aid water + beverage tote

    Adventurous types will love the rugged nature of this foldable canvas pouch. At tote-able.com. $24.95.

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    Rapacki & Sons smoked kielbasa

    This cured-and-cooked Polish sausage is packed with juicy, grill-charred pork and beef, all inside a satisfyingly snappy casing. At farm2kitchenlongisland.com. 2lbs $19.99

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    Tumbador peppermint rocher

    These irresistible mint clusters are enrobed in 72 percent cacao. At tumbadorchocolate.com. $20.

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Two-piece chevron gray marble and ernie set

The hand-cast iron cutter—paired with a chevron-etched marble slab—has enough heft to cut through the thickest of cheese rinds. At CB2, various locations throughout the city; visit cb2.com. $21.90.


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Sam K

The Smoked Mole sauce by Chef Mark Slawson from Bunches & Bunches is one of my favorite flavors in a jar or anywhere! The smoky flavor is to savor and wow, and then savor again the next time it's what we are having for dinner! Highly agree, best culinary gifts.