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wasabigelatine’s 2009 holiday gift guide

This year, it’s twenty items for $20 or under. Enjoy!


Honey and honey mustard gift set – $12, Chicago Honey Co-op.  Located on Chicago’s West Side, Chicago Honey Co-op practices sustainable beekeeping and honey production while providing jobs for the city’s underemployed. This gift set is a great way to sample their products and support the organization.

Metropolis Coffee poster – $20, Metropolis Coffee (1039 W. Granville). Renowned Chicago rock poster designer Jay Ryan created a limited-edition run of prints for Metropolis, a perfect gift for the music fan/caffeine junkie in your life.

Drink mug – $17, shophorne.com. These beautifully crafted porcelain mugs are embossed with the word “drink” and hold about twelve ounces of your favorite beverage.

Askinosie sipping chocolate – $12.99, Fox & Obel (401 E. Illinois). Rich and velvety. Not meant to be chugged.

Truffle Truffle pumpkin spice truffles – 4 for $8, truffletruffle.com. Sweet little nuggets of holiday spices — cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg — from a delicious new Chicago chocolatier.

Toothpiks – $5.95, CB2. Much more interesting than wooden sticks, and they’re reusable, too.

Salt Sampler – $13, Tabula Tua (1015 W. Armitage). This colorful package includes Brittany Gray, Pacific Sea, Hawaiian Coral and Alder Smoked sea salts.

Sweetness by Sarah Levy – $20, Sarah’s Pastries & Candies (70 E. Oak, 111 N. State).  Sarah’s heavenly chocolate buttercream recipe — silky, deceptively light, with just the right amount of sweetness — is included in her first book along with recipes for other decadent goodies.

Food, Inc. DVD – $13.49, Amazon.com. Ok, this is sort of a feel-bad gift. Slip it into the stocking of your Big Mac-gorging uncle or something.

Flock of Chicks – $20, Heifer International. From Heifer International’s website: “Heifer helps many hungry families with a starter flock of 10 to 50 chicks. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year – plenty to eat, share or sell.”

Pig Cooking Lid – $18, momastore.org. It looks like a melted puddle of pig, but it’s actually a silicone cover you can use on the stove or in the microwave. Steam is vented through the pig’s nostrils. Cute!

Sir Francis Bacon Brittle – $16, deananddeluca.com. The bacon-with-everything trend is on the verge of overstaying its welcome, but the clever name alone makes it worth buying.

Root Beer Brewing Kit – $17.99, Museum of Science & Industry. Tasty fun for all ages.

Bone Chillers ice cube tray – $9.99, target.com.  These may scream Halloween, but I think of “Zat You, Santa Claus?” by Louis Armstrong — bone chilling winds, clacking jaws, etc.

Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea – $10.99, Whole Foods. Here’s a unique non-alcoholic alternative to Champagne — delicate and more sophisticated than sparkling apple cider, and the beautiful bottle is worth keeping.

Tea towel – $9.50, fawnandforest.com. I always think of tea towels as either flowery and frilly or plain, but this one’s modern print is exactly (and predictably!) to my liking.

Shocked bottle opener – $14.50, Greer (1657 N. Wells). Stop using your teeth — let this adorable gape-mouthed bottle opener do the work for you.

Blis bourbon barrel matured maple syrup – $19.95, blisgourmet.com. Maple syrup of this complexity is ideal for cooking as well as pouring over pancakes.

Imbibe! by David Wondrich – $16.29, Amazon.com. This book is a fascinating, engaging history of the American cocktail and a must-read for any cocktail enthusiast.

Regan’s orange bitters – $6.99, Drinks Over Dearborn (650 N. Dearborn). These difficult-to-find orange bitters will add the x-factor to a martini and street cred to anyone’s liquor cabinet.

2 Comments

  1. Josh wrote:

    Bone chillers Ice Cube tray!

    Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  2. Joan wrote:

    Great list!! My favorites are the sipping chocolate. flock of chicks, and the shocked bottle opener! The pig lid is cute too :8)

    Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

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