Gun bottle opener
The heft of this rusted, cast iron gun model—whose trigger guard functions as a bottle opener—imbues the decapping of an IPA with the drama of a Western standoff. Available at Broadway Panhandler, 65 E 8th St between Broadway and University Pl (212-966-3434, broadwaypanhandler.com). $19.95.
These bright emerald, anisey pops, from Austin’s Lollyphile, have none of the spirit’s bitterness and all of its sexiness. Available at lollyphile.com. Four for $10.
Japanese style gold jigger
Bling out your favorite cocktail geek’s stocking with this gilded bar measure. It ain’t all good looks, though—while most commercial jiggers can turn out uneven shots, the drink nerds at Cocktail Kingdom manufacture these tools, with a narrower V shape for better precision and less spillage. Available at cocktailkingdom.com. ½oz and ¾oz jigger $15.95, 1oz and 2oz jigger $16.95.
Limited Edition Askinosie and Intelligentsia Coffee Sipping Chocolate
Two artisanal titans—lauded roaster Intelligentsia Coffee and small-batch chocolatier Askinosie—teamed up for this standout hot chocolate–java mix, a veritable mocha in a canister. Available at askinosie.com. 6oz $15.50.
Smoked nib brittle
This dangerously addictive brittle features 67 percent cacao nibs, smoked in the same wood stove where Tennessee pork man Allan Benton prepares his famous country hams. The initial caramel crunch yields to smoldering, savory chocolate, with light hints of fruit. Available at Bedford Cheese Shop, 229 Bedford Ave at North 4th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-7588, bedfordcheeseshop.com). $13.
Droga Peppermint Peppies
Los Angeles confectioner Droga gives York’s iconic silver-wrapped treat an elegant update: Fragrant minty slabs are covered with rippled dark chocolate and a shock of the crushed red-and-white candy. Available at the Plaza Food Hall by Todd English, 1 W 59th St at Fifth Ave, concourse level (212-986-9260, drogachocolates.com). Twelve-piece box $17.50.
Gold soup can
Use this stylish ceramic vessel, inspired by disposable products, to store tea, sugar and other dry goods. Available at Future Perfect, 55 Great Jones St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-473-2500) • 115 North 6th St at Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-6278) • thefutureperfect.com. $18.
Mikkeller To Via From
Copenhagen’s cultish gypsy brewer brings back its giftable holiday beer with a festive champagne cork—this year it’s a light, spiced porter with chocolate and malt notes. Available at Good Beer, 422 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave (212-677-4836). $16.99.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon Sorghum Vinaigrette
This top-notch salad dressing combines two Kentucky icons: Southern sweetener sorghum syrup and Woodford Reserve bourbon. Available at Depanneur, 242 Wythe Ave at North 3rd St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-227-8424, depanneurbklyn.com). 8.4oz $14.
Calabrian chilies and paprika add a smoky depth to these porky links. Toss a string in your bag before traveling for the holidays. Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, 283 Amsterdam Ave between 73rd and 74th Sts (212-877-4800) • 903 Madison Ave between 72nd and 73rd Sts (212-517-7700) • salumeriarosi.com. Six links (about 12oz) $19.
Trade in your truffle oil for this fragrant Italian honey, which showcases the prized mushroom’s delicate flavor more elegantly. Available at gilttaste.com. 2.82oz $19.95.
Elegant and practical, this unbreakable plastic decanter is also superaffordable. Available at MoMA Store, locations throughout the city (momastore.org). $13.
Poorfarm Pure Vermont maple syrup
Bright, citrusy notes pep up the caramel character of this spirited maple syrup. The slender bottle easily slips into a stocking (leaving plenty of room for nestling other goodies). Available at Lucy’s Whey, Chelsea Market, 425 W 15th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-463-9500, lucyswhey.com). 8oz $12.
Peanut cocoa butter
This craveworthy spread—a blend of stone-ground chocolate, wildflower honey and roasted nuts—is the best peanut butter we’ve tasted in ages. Available at Greene Grape Provisions, 753 Fulton St at South Portland St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-233-2700). $13.79.
Blue and brown bowl
Fading from sky blue to acorn brown, this bowl’s exterior resembles nothing so much as a robin’s egg. Inside, minute cross-hatching lends a textured look, but it’s smooth and glossy to the touch. Available at Korin, 57 Warren St between Church St and West Broadway (212-587-7021, korin.com). $6.20
Farmstead goat’s-milk caramels
Raw goat’s milk from Vermont’s Big Picture Farm lends a creamy mildness to these succulent, award-winning caramels, infused with bourbon vanilla and dusted with sea salt. Available at Lucy’s Whey, Chelsea Market, 425 W 15th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-463-9500, lucyswhey.com). 3.2oz $12.
Dirty Dick’s Hot Pepper Sauce
Fiery-food fiends will get hot for this standout sauce, an enlivening, complex mix of habanero chilies brightened with pineapple and mango. The pauseworthy name also makes for some cheap jokes around the Christmas tree. Available at Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave between 15th and 16th Sts (212-242-2630, dicksonsfarmstand.com). 5oz $7.50.
Hamburger kitchen timer
The fuddy-duddy kitchen timer goes darling with this Pop Art burger shell. Available at kikkerland.com. $6.
Mama O’s Premium Kimchi Paste
Ferment your own kimchi—or just spice up soups, stews and stir-fries—with this spice blend, from the popular Lower East Side brand of Korean snacks. Available at Greene Grape Provisions, 753 Fulton St at South Portland St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-233-2700). $8.99.
Old-fashioned tart server (in French blue and bright fuschia)
This dreamy acrylic dessert server is made in an array of saturated colors. Available at leifshop.com. $18.
The Jam Stand You’re My Boy, BLUE-berry Bourbon Jam
Think artisanal Brooklyn jams are so last year? Booze might change your mind: Sunny blueberry preserves get hair-of-the-dog treatment via a dousing of bourbon. Slather it on buttered toast in the morning or dab it on pound cake at night. Available at multiple locations (thej.am). 8oz $8.50.
Compartés Infinite Dream chocolate bars
This new line of bars from Los Angeles chocolatier Jonathan Grahm features single-origin cacao, a variety of flavors (almond, waffle cone, crispy rice) and hypnotic, Warholian packaging. Available at compartes.com. $9.95 (3.5 oz) per bar.
Psycho Diagnostik coasters
Analyze your drinking buddy with these colorful Rorschach-printed coasters, from the imaginative French design firm Atypyk. Available at atypyk-e-shop.com. Ten for $14.71.
Keep your holiday vodka slugs frosty with this novel ice tray, which produces an endless (and easily disposed-of) supply of shot glasses. Available at fredflare.com. $12.
Beer shot glass
The ultimate barfly accessory, this pint glass has a built-in shooter. Toast with a shot of something brown, then flip it over to fill with your brew of choice. Available at highwave.bigcartel.com. $19.
Claudia Pearson tea towel
Brighten your kitchen with pretty textiles celebrating local fruits and veggies, from Kings County illustrator and Brooklyn Flea vendor Claudia Pearson. Available at Whisk, 933 Broadway between 21st and 22nd Sts (212-477-8680) • 231 Bedford Ave at North 4th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-7230) • whisknyc.com. $16.
Bobble water bottle
Enviro-enthusiasts or thrifty drinkers can filter water on the go with this dual-purpose bottle. Available at Green Depot, 222 Bowery between Prince and Spring Sts (212-226-0444, greendepot.com). $9.95.
Country cutting mats
Cross-contamination prevention gets a fun look via these funky cutting mats, separately made for meat, fish, veggies and poultry. Bonus: The thin plastic sheets won’t hog your cabinet space. Available at kikkerland.com. $12 for four.
Foodie-ism gets the graphic-novel treatment with this outrageously fun tome from medium-hopping culinary celeb Anthony Bourdain. The glossy panels depict a blood-spattered dystopic future in which haute cuisine rules and people are willing to kill for a hot reservation. Sound familiar? Available at Barnes & Noble, locations throughout the city (barnesandnoble.com). $25.
Add a dose of Brooklyn pride to your morning cawfee with this adorable sugar bowl. Available at Fishs Eddy, 889 Broadway at 19th St (212-420-9020). $13.
Snow and Pearl Cup
Iridescent as a fish’s belly, this stunning drinking cup will brighten any drab office desk. Available at leifshop.com. $14.
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Diners looking for upscale Italian in Midtown East will want to look into DeGrezia. Before you even think about dinner, you’ll have to peruse the restaurant’s expansive list of more than 450 wines. As for food, everything is made in house, from the pasta to the bread. To start, try the grilled octopus with haricots verts and roasted red potatoes ($19) or sweetbreads pan-seared with mushrooms and marsala wine ($16). Go for some of that homemade pasta with the pappardelle with wild boar and rosemary ($24) or the spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce ($23). For your second course, perhaps the boneless quail stuffed with sweet Italian sausages and wrapped in pancetta will tempt you ($34), or maybe you’ll go for a lighter dish of roasted pork tenderloin, cannellini beans and broccoli rabe ($29). If you make reservations for a party of eight or more, you can also opt to order off the family-style prix fixe menu (starts at $75).
Venue says: “Celebrating authentic Italian cuisine, fine wines, and exceptional service since 1986!”