Ten Best Christmas Gifts For Women Who Love Food & Booze
Get her something good this year. Or else.
Christmas is only a week away, friends. That means if you haven't shopped for the lovely lady in your life, you'd best get into high hustle mode.
If you're shopping for someone into food and drink there's that slippery slope on what to get her. While an fire engine red Le Creuset cookware set might garner a look of intense delight, a toaster oven might get you a nasty stare.
Best to let us do all the searching and simply choose one (or several) from this list.
10. Salt Scarf
Sure, you can get her a t-shirt with some cool saying, but this red scarf, bearing a quote from Nelson Mandela, is stylish, versatile, and just plain 'ole cool. $15 at Flavourgallery.com.
9. Philosophy High Tea Tidings
This proper little kit isn't exactly edible, but it's so close. A gift box contains raspberry almond scone shower gel/shampoo, lemon cream body lotion, and wild berry jam lip gloss. $24 at Sephora.
8. Gourmet Olive Oil & Vinegar Set
This little shop in Cocoa, Florida, infuses 100 percent pure extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars with fruits and spices. Purchase individual bottles of basil or porcini mushroom-infused oil or lemon or cherry-infused vinegar ($15.95 and up), or splurge for a sampler of six oils and six vinegars ($79.90). Priority shipping free on all orders of four bottles or more, ensures that the oils arrive before Santa. Fromolivesandgrapes.com
7. Wokstar Cooking Class
Local Miamian Eleanor Hoh holds interactive classes where you'll learn some simple techniques and secrets to wok cooking while sipping Proscecco. During the class, you'll eat what you prepare. The next class is December 29 or purchase a gift certificate and let her choose the date. Classes are $65 at EleanorHoh.com.
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6. Butterfly Straw
If you're shopping for one of those women who just looks perfect all the time, you'll probably notice that she uses a straw for everything -- wine, coffee, probably even soup. Look, you've got to make sacrifices to have perfectly shaped lips. This sterling silver butterfly straw ups the ante. Because if she's wearing head to toe Prada, she should not allow her lips to touch plastic. Added bonus: Put the straw in the freezer for the coldest sipping you've ever encountered. $250 at Tiffany and Co.
5. Le Creuset Cookwear Set
Not only are they gorgeous to look at, these enamel-coated coast iron pots are versatile, going from the stove to the oven to the table. Set of six, $549.95 at Williams-Sonoma.
4. Bliss Spa Treatments
The only downside we can see from enjoying your food and drink with gusto is the inevitable slight weight gain that comes from too many six-course pairing dinners. That's why Bliss Spa invented their fatgirl treatments. The good people at Bliss will pummel and wrap your extra few into submission. The result is an instantly toned look and healthy, soft skin. $125-$180 at Bliss Spa. We recommend getting a gift card and letting her choose from treatments like the love handler, the fatgirl scrub, and the fatgirl firm. Bliss Spa at W South Beach Hotel.
3. Kah Tequila
Assuming, of course, we survive the Mayan apocalypse, she's going to want to celebrate on Christmas. Kah is the Mayan word for life. We just know it's great tequila that comes in the coolest day of the dead skull ever. Kah Reposado $64.99 at Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar.
2. Nespresso Machine
The ultimate gift for the caffeine addicted. Put a pod into this stylish machine and out comes a perfect espresso every time. The frother turns out hot or cold foam for coffee drinks. Pixie bundle $279 at Nespresso Shop on Lincoln Road.
1. Chocolate Diamonds
You know she loves chocolate, so go one better than a box of Godiva with a chocolate diamond ring. A "chocolate" solitaire is surrounded by chocolate and vanilla diamonds, totaling 1 1/5 carats of sparkles. $2,799 at Jared Jewelers. Other styles (and prices) available.
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