For the chocoholic in your life: K+M Extravirgin Chocolate
As if the Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller needed a celebrity endorsement to promote his products, one of America’s OG influencers, talk show host maven Oprah Winfrey, included his K+M Extravirgin Chocolate four-pack gift box in her annual Favourite Things list for 2017. In lieu of cocoa butter, K+M chocolates are made with gourmet, organic extra-virgin olive oil from artisan Armando Manni and single-origin cocoa beans. The gift box comes with an assortment of flavors including milk, dark and milk chocolate, and holiday flavours which include dark peppermint, and winter spice. US$49.95 (RM205). Click here to check them out.
For the wine lover: Leather wine tote bag
This Alto Wine Bottle Picnic Tote from Dooney & Bourke is a handsome leather bag designed to hold two bottles of wine, thanks to separate compartments. Not only will the wine lover in your life be the chicest wine shopper at the liquor store, they’ll also be able to use it to transport hostess wine gifts and carry bottles for picnics and barbecues in the summer. US$295 (RM1,211). Get it here.
Gift for the hostess with the mostest: Kate Spade salt and pepper shaker
Scored an invitation to a fancy holiday dinner party hosted by a fashionista with impeccable taste? Show your appreciation with this chic salt and pepper shaker from Kate Spade, and you’ll be sure to secure a repeat invite next year. US$30 (RM123). Click here to order.
For the budding at-home chef in your life: Sous vide precision cooker
Know an at-home chef who loves gadgets and is a culinary perfectionist? Give them the gift that comes with the guarantee of a perfectly cooked meal: a sous vide cooking tool. Long used in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens, sous vide machines cook foods in a water bath at precise temperatures for hours at a time. The results yield consistently, perfectly cooked foods. For the at-home chef, the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker turns any pot into a sous vide machine. The device is a standalone immersion circulator that heats the water and circulates it around the pot to maintain precise temperatures. US$149 (RM611). Click here for more.
For fans of Britain’s domestic doyenne: At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking
Fans of Nigella Lawson will be able to feel like part of her entourage with the release of her latest cookbook, which features recipes she cooks regularly for her friends and family. At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking is the latest title from the British doyenne, released in September. The book features simple, hearty, comfort foods, like chicken fricassee and sticky toffee pudding, and new twists on old classics: hummus is made with white miso, Victoria sponge is spiced with cardamom, marmalade and creme fraiche, and pavlova is perfumed with rose and pepper. $35 (RM144). Check it out here.