Prices vary, Jenisicecreams.com
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, a small ice cream chain in Columbus, Oh., is something of a Christmas miracle. Take, for example, their seasonal Buttercup Pumpkin & Amaretti Cookies, for which heirloom pumpkins are roasted and blended with cream and crumbled Italian cookies. Or, if you prefer, long-time favorite flave, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, which is salty, sweet, and wholly delicious. Who else does that? And why Columbus? Who knows? Who cares? Order as many or as few as you want, or have Jeni select nine tubs for $90. You're worth it.
Renzo Piano has become the go-to architect in recent years for many museums looking to expand—the Morgan Museum & Library, the new Whitney Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago—but he designed this stainless steel serving set for Iittala set to be more human-scale. The utensils have a nice weight and wood handles for an easy grip.
$47 for 8.4 oz.; CheeseStoreBH.com
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Prices vary, Cowgirlcreamery.com
Cowgirl Creamery, opened in California's Point Reyes in 1997, has a veritable bounty of American cheeses that aren't dyed orange. Order a one-off gift box, such as the American Classics collection (triple-cream Mt Tam, Humboldt Fog, and Pleasant Ridge Reserve) for $77, or push the boat out and buy someone you love a membership to the Cheese All the Time Club: a pound of cheese plus an accompaniment every month for a year. Yes, it's pricey at $579, but don't you know someone you love much?
Prices vary, Montesham.com
Here’s an idea: eat like a king this holiday, and feel good about it. For every purchase you make from Monte’s Ham, a portion of the profits will go to City Harvest and other organizations that fight hunger. Made in a certified organic kitchen on the north fork of Long Island, Monte’s nitrate-free smoked hams are made from farm pastured hogs and glazed with a blend of Dijon mustard, orange marmalade, brown sugar and spices. A 13-15 lb. bone-in all natural ham, complete with a 16 oz jar of Monte’s Ham Original Glaze, is $189.
$22 for 750ml bottle; 42below.com
Vodka is a versitile contender in the world of seasonal tippling. The smooth richness of 42 Below vodka works well in any cocktail or mixed drink, but, with its soft aroma of aniseed and its finish with just a hint of sweetness, can also be just as enjoyable on its own over a couple of ice cubes. Cheers.
For a twist on the classic Cranberry Vodka:
Use 1 1/2 parts 42Below Vodka
3 parts cranberry juice
1 part grapefruit juice
Build into an ice filled highball glass and garnish with a lime.
$40 for 750ml bottle, smallbatch.com/basilhaydens
Cocktails are synonymous with the holidays, and nothing warms up a holiday party like a nice whiskey. Basil Hayden's 8-year is a light bodied whiskey with a hint of spice, tea and peppermint. Exactly what the season requires.
$635, available at Armani/Casa
In certain nations (we’re looking at you, Russia), it’s customary to take a tug of something strong before braving the wintry elements. Try partaking from this stylish chrome and leather flask by Armani. The subtle curve will match your body’s contours, in case you want to slip something restorative inside your jacket pocket.
$14.95 for a set of 2, william-sonoma.com
The key to any cocktail is keeping it perfectly chilled. This oversized ice cube tray does just the trick, making 4 2-inch cubes to slowly keep your drinks cooler longer.