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Knack Shop Gift Box Service (www.KnackShops.com) – Starting at $75
Knack is a modern gifting company that allows customers to create gift boxes that match their passions. Create your own custom box, or use their pre-configured options. With the Golden Touch Cocktail Gift, you’re just a few shakes away from glamorous cocktails at home. This gleaming collection of happy hour accessories includes a gold-plated cocktail shaker and double-sided cocktail jigger, along with four metallic leather coasters in gold, copper, platinum, and pewter decorated with laser-cut geometric patterns. Another good option is The Cheese Course. This gift features a Brooklyn Slate Co. slate cheese board, a set of acacia wood and stainless-steel cheese knives, and a jar of “Girl Meets Dirt” heirloom quince cutting preserves. The 7″ x 14″ cheese board is packaged with a burlap bag alongside soapstone chalk and anti-slip padded feet. When you can’t send someone on a reinvigoring getaway, send it to them with the Just Breathe box—a lovely care package for relaxation and rejuvenation. The set includes Herbivore Botanical’s Coconut Milk Bath Soak, an air plant nestled carefully into a delicate sea urchin shell, a Paddywax Urban Concrete Amber & Smoke soy wax candle (mini matches included), and a spa-worthy natural sea sponge loofah. Any Knack gift box is sure to please.
Aervana Luxury Wine Aerator (www.Aervana.com) – $99.98
Here’s a gadget that’s designed to help people enjoy wine at its best in an innovative, effective and fun way. The Aervana Luxury Wine Aerator helps people enjoy wine the way winemakers envision. It uses a patented, advanced one-touch process that provides proper aeration with half the effort. It’s reportedly the only wine aerator designed to keep wine sediment in the bottom of the bottle and not in your glass. It also helps reduce tannins, acidity and sulfides and pours a perfect amount of aerated wine with each and every glass—it works especially great with young, tannic red wines. With it, you can say goodbye to messy decanters or aerating time delays. The gadget also boasts a sophisticated, sleek modern aesthetic, food safe materials and takes just seconds to use. Pouring is so easy. Just press the button for a perfect amount of aerated wine—every time. With the Aervana, there’s no lifting, aiming, holding or spilling. The technology allowing the simple push of a button for instant wine aeration can give you more freedom to enjoy wine in any environment, in any quantity, quickly and easily. Cheers!
Hand-Gilded Grapevine Wine Glasses (www.UnoAllaVolta.com) – $70.00
Entertain your guests in fabulous artisan style with stunning hand gilded grapevine wine glasses masterfully handcrafted in a third-generation workshop in Verona, Italy. Founder Amedeo, along with his two sons Valentino and Roberto, transform each grape wine glass into a work of art, no two glasses will ever be exactly alike. After applying stucco vines and leaves to the glass, a layer of color and gold leaf is added by hand. Once completely dry, each is hand polished to a gleaming luster. Large capacity measuring 8.5 inches tall and holding 20 ounces, this wine glass is a truly artful and elegant addition to your wine bar.
Faust Napa Valley Commemorative Graffiti Magnum (www.FaustWine.com) – $110.00
Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is celebrating its 13th anniversary vintage by partnering with noted New York City graffiti artist known only as Faust. The artist that shares his name with Faust winery is one of the most innovative and influential street artists coming out of the Big Apple today. Faust joined the winery in Napa as its “Artist in Residence,” during which time he created this piece. Faust (the wine) seeks to express the complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon and the diversity of the Napa Valley by sourcing from estate vineyards in Coombsville and Rutherford, as well as small lots from spectacular mountain AVAs such as Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain. The result is an artful palate-pleasing expression.
Fizzics Waytap (www.Fizzics.com) – $129.99
Every wonder why beer tastes so good and fresh from the brewer’s tap, but doesn’t taste nearly as good from a can, bottle or growler? It’s the foam! Fizzics micro-foam technology dramatically improves the flavor, taste and mouth-feel of any carbonated beer—both bottles and cans. Fizzics Waytap is lightweight and durable for use at home, as well as outdoor activities like camping and tailgating. With this gadget you can share and enjoy the true taste of beer the way the brewers intended, whenever and wherever you want. The Fizzics Micro-Foam Technology leverages fluid dynamics and sound. Place a can or bottle of beer into the Waytap system, and then pull the handle forward to pour the beer under pressure at a controlled rate to maintain the carbonation within the body of the beer. Then push the handle backwards to begin the sonication process, applying sound waves to control the process of converting the beer’s natural carbonation into an ideal Micro-Foam, comprised of uniformed sized bubbles with the perfect density that delivers enhanced aroma, flavor and mouth-feel. It’s available in white, black and slate grey and only operates on four AA batteries.
Man Cave Craft Eats (www.ManCaveCraftEats.com) – Starting at $7.99
For the carnivore in your life, Man Cave Craft Eats offers some edible giftables available with doorstep delivery. Feed your inner (and actual) child with Man Cave Eats’ Mac & Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Craft Sausage Links. I also love their ¡Ay, caramba! Jalapeno & Queso Fresco Craft Turkey Patties—the perfect balance of heat, seasoning and gooey cheese. For a classic, try the Chicken & Waffles Craft Breakfast Links. All will provide a unique spin for menu planning. Besides the great food, another awesome factor is that the company has a mission to fight childhood hunger through their “Bite Back” initiative. You can take comfort that your purchases extend beyond the company’s profit margin, as every product purchased equals one additional meal provided to a child in need.
Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and Pure Peppermint Extracts (www.Williams-Sonoma.com) – Starting at $8.00
These are sweet stocking stuffers or gift basket items for those who like to bake—or just enhance their treats. Nielsen-Massey Vanillas sport some of the finest extracts, flavors and vanillas in the world. A Nielsen-Massey classic, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract uses a cold, proprietary extract process to gently draw out and preserve the vanilla’s over 300 flavor compounds. Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar is a flavorful blend of gourmet baker’s sugar and the pinnacle of all vanillas—the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. To get in the holiday spirit, Pure Peppermint Extract is perfect for candy canes, ice creams and cookies. Crafted from the finest mint oils under the strictest quality standards, this extract is sure to be a mainstay in your kitchen.
Grubhub eGift Cards (www.Grubhub.com) – Prices vary
Whether you’re celebrating the holidays, birthdays or sending a gift “just because,” Grubhub eGift Cards complement any occasion. They can be customized, paired with personalized messages and sent by email or printout. And they can be redeemed right away to easily find and order food from over 11 hundred U.S. cities whenever the craving hits. Grubhub eGift Cards never expire, and can always be used to order something delicious via their website or mobile apps. Simply type in your address to discover all the restaurants that serve your area for delivery or pickup. You can also search by cuisine, restaurant name or a specific menu item and they’ll filter the results accordingly.