You waited too long, and now you’re in the grocery store wondering if cheap candy from the checkout line can suffice as a present if you put a bow on it.
Not to worry, friend: We’ve been there, too, so we developed a super-simple, procrastinator-friendly system with which you can buy online and then pick up at one of our many stores countrywide. We have something for everyone, from the sweet tooth to the design freak, the coffee aficionado to the serious cook. Here are some of our staff favorites, featuring something for someone you love at every price point.
Who doesn’t like a hot beverage of her choice in the wintertime? A beautiful mug is a classic for a reason. This gold monogrammed number is made of durable porcelain, is microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and is just the thing for the tricky coworker or difficult-to-please niece.
Got someone in your life who always smells yummy? Give her something that always smells yummy. Lavender and cedarwood, conjoined in a candle, boast a sort of snow-covered-New-England-estate vibe (think: Little Women) vibe that conjures a roaring fire and cozy naps for even the most cynical.
Every year our staffers taste all the peppermint bark on the market to make sure ours still reigns supreme. (Spoiler alert: It does.) That’s thanks to a custom Guittard chocolate blend, triple-distilled oil of peppermint, and zero shortcuts. We shower the white chocolate “bark” with a flurry of real peppermint chunks, and the result is something that will keep your loved ones coming back for more.
Marble and brass, together, make anyone feel stylish. This ivory-and-gold classic is a cheeseboard nonpareil, and an instant classic on a holiday table that looks just as good set out with charcuterie and sliced baguette at birthdays or other parties. It’s an ideal gift for the frequent host or hostess in your life.
Folks who love their French presses know that they’re as good at making gorgeous coffee as they are tricky to clean and—often—ho-hum to look at. That’s why any lover of French press coffee will go googly-eyed over these beautiful Le Creuset options. They’re as pretty in the U S of A as they would be at a Parisian café, and they make mornings that much more delightful.
Every avid home cook should have a Santoku knife. Oval-shaped indentations along the cutting edge prevent sticking and reduce friction, making it ideal for slicing vegetables, raw fish, meat or even potatoes. Wüsthof’s 7-inch blade and iconic white, ergonomic handle combine to make this the sort of gift a food lover will get very excited about. It’s a lovely addition to a kitchen.
Cast-iron is a favorite of home cooks because of its ability to retain and transfer heat. This stunning Staub gratin pan is no exception. Available in “truffle” or “grenadine,” it’s pretty enough to transport you to Lyon in the summertime, eating quenelles and drinking white wine as the sun sets.