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Eating out frequently can be expensive, which is why having a friend who knows how to cook is someone to be cherished in this city. Show that person how much you care by giving them a cookbook, such as Chef Jody Williams’ Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food. The West Village venue became an instant neighborhood hit because of its warm and inviting atmosphere and delicious food. Chef Jody Williams is spilling all the secrets to recreating your very own Buvette at home in her photo-filled cookbook.
The Strand, 328 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 473 1452
New Yorkers are always caffeine-deprived and in a hurry. Luckily, whomever you give a Zoku’s Iced Coffee Maker to (no judgement if you gift this one to yourself) will be neither of those. This stainless steel mug turns piping hot coffee into a chilled beverage in minutes. The mug comes with a lid and drinking straw for easy caffeine consumption on the go.
The holiday season isn’t always snowy and bright when we want it to be, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make a snowman — or better yet, eat one. Gift a box of L.A. Burdick’s delicious white chocolate snowmen. They are made with clementine and dark chocolate ganache that is then dipped in white chocolate and topped with a dark chocolate top hat.
L. A. Burdick Chocolates, 5 East 20th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 796 0143
As if the classic cheese and crackers combo wasn’t already a winning pair, Beecher’s just made it even better. Beecher’s Signature Pair gift set includes one pound of their Flagship cheese, crackers, and a jar of Thai chili dipping sauce to spice things up.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, 900 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 466 3340
New York winters are rough on the hands, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle on gifting a boring bottle of lotion. DAVIDsTEA lotion is infused with their Cardamom French Toast tea and offers a creamy layer of moisture to protect against New York’s whipping winds. This one is for the tea lover and breakfast lover in your life.
DAVIDsTEA, 275 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 414 8599
Give your loved ones the pleasure of holiday treats without the guilt. For the dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, this Katz’s Delicatessen chocolate egg cream candle will be right up their alley. The candle is poured in New York City and smells just like the real thing. It’s a delicious mix of silky chocolate and effervescent seltzer. Besides, who wouldn’t want their apartment smelling like a soda fountain?
Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 254 2246
Have friends that love to entertain? Oliviers & Co.’s bread dipping set is a win for both guest and host. The gift set comes with Olivier’s and Co.’s herbaceous five herb olive oil, a spout for the olive oil, a salt and herb mix, and a ramequin. The party will be dipping away in no time.
Oliviers & Co., 412 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 973 1272
If you have family or friends outside of New York, chances are they’ve never had a real bagel. Do them a favor this holiday season and gift them Russ & Daughters’ New York Nostalgia gift package. For the price, you definitely get your money’s worth. The package includes their famous hand-sliced smoked salmon, smoked sable, house-cured pickled herring fillets in cream sauce with pickled onions, all natural cream cheese, hand-rolled bagels, rugelach and a piece of marbled halvah. This is all packed inside of a reusable Russ & Daughters tote bag.
Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 475 4880
Friends don’t let friends dish out big bucks for a milkshake. Instead, they gift them a milkshake glass for the holidays so they can make milkshakes at home for a fraction of the price. Fishs Eddy’s Milkshake Recipe Glass has all the instructions printed right on the side of the glass, which is marked with measurement lines and cute retro pictures to make this recipe foolproof.
Fishs Eddy, 889 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 420 9020
If you have that one friend that insists on taking the cardboard coasters from bars, do them a favor and give them a beautiful set of coasters from Coming Soon, located on the Lower East Side. Each coaster is packed with various shapes and colors and sits beautifully as a little piece of art without even having a mug on it.
Coming Soon, 37 Orchard Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 226 4548