Smoked salt is a great idea! Not to get too of topic, but my favorite way to do mac and cheese is with the addition of truffled pecornio and a sprinkling of truffle salt on top–I’ll have to try it with the smoked salt now. Thanks for the ideas!
Tim ~ I am being very serious here – I wait all year for YOUR holiday list because it’s so eclectic and wonderful!! All things I want for myself but there are also gifts for people I love. Had no idea about the Ikea kitchen towels until they were on this list last year – have a drawer full of them now . . . and I’m still coveting the aprons you highlighted. Awesome job!
This is hilarious: “I’m really into home fragrances (eww, I can’t believe I just typed those words–sorry).”
And i must agree with you about Kanye’s album. Loved his performance on SNL, too — when he is pressing like one button on the keyboard and all those crazy ballerinas are surrounding him. ONLY Kanye could get away with it. in conclusion: thanks for these ideas!!
So happy to see Bleu Mont Dairy on the list. Wisconsin cheddar deserves the love. I was thinking about stopping off at Bleu Mont on my way home for Christmas … you’ve inspired me to commit to the plan!
i want to GIVE every single fabulous gift you have labored over (obviously with love & creativity!) for this post….
i want to RECEIVE every single fabulous gift you have labored over (obviously with love & creativity!) for this post.
Thanks for all of these kind comments, folks.
Annie, yeah, I believe Anthropologie would carry that whale. And yes, plants are nice gifts, especially if they are easy to care for and you know the person is a plant-friendly.
The match holder and twine are perfect. So simple and elegant. Who knew twine could be elegant? I’ll definitely have to stock up for when I send out my treats. I totally agree with the music too. Usually I just let my Frankie Valli station on Pandora do the picking, but now that we’re in the holiday season I can’t listen to anything but Sufjan Stevens’ Songs for Christmas.
i concur with everyone here that your list is a beautiful one. i’m not having any luck with the links to the match holder or the stoneware bakers (which i’d seen in red at crate & barrel, but i love the muted colors of the ones you pictured and i’m not seeing those on their site).
if anyone can help i’d be much obliged.
Momo, bummer, but it seems like the matches sold out. Here is the shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jensa?ref=pr_profile maybe you can contact and see if they will become available again? I also saw them for sale at this shop: http://www.fly-bird.net/index.html maybe you can call and ask? (they are not on website)
I called Crate & Barrel and it seems as though the bakers sold out online but may still be available in stores. Soooo, perhaps try calling a few stores and seeing if someone can ship?
What a fascinating array of gift ideas for Christmas. Love the idea of Divine Twine. I made a couple turkey breast roulades for Thanksgiving and I had to ask the butcher for twine to put the whole thing together because I didn’t know where to get it. He was very nice about it – but who wants to have to go to the butcher every time you need it.
Wow! I am so honored that Jo Snow Syrups made your gift guide. Thanks so much! I absolutely love the Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar. We carry it at Provenance Food & Wine where I also work. I tend to sample it out & to myself alot! And smoked sea salt. I could put it on everything. It adds such a great flavor….hmmmm…possible new syrup idea. I will have to start playing.