If the way to a foodie's heart is through their stomach, these are the gifts that will make them fall in love.
Combining the unimpeachable (see what I did there?) foodie cred of Momofuku's David Chang and the irreverent voice of McSweeney's mixed with Anthony Bourdain, Lucky Peach is the new must-read quarterly with a take on culinary culture that's both thoughtful and slightly subversive.
Lucky Peach subscription, $28, at mcsweeneys.net.
If gifting a bottle of wine feels a little impersonal, adding a sock monkey wine sleeve will remind your friends how cute and thoughtful you are.
And then they might not notice when you drink all the wine. That's what we call win-win.
Sock Monkey Wine Sleeve, $9.95, at Sur La Table
If Apple was going to design an espresso maker, this would be it. Stylish and sleek, it heats in 25 seconds, alerts you when the water is low and automatically shuts off after a few minutes of inactivity, saving energy.
Nespresso Pixie espresso maker, $249.95, at Williams-Sonoma.
Buying someone cake mix is the gift equivalent of saying "Here, bake this for me." Do not attempt unless it's the new, ultra-luxe, ultra-delicious cake mix from Vosges. Don't forget to include some Vosges chocolate bars (and maybe some flowers) as well.
Vosges Love Goddess cake mix, $12-18, at Central Market.
Anyone who has tasted Hong Kong's incredible egg waffles knows that neither Belgian waffles nor French crepes can quite satisfy the craving.
Nordic Ware Egg Waffle pan, $49.95, at Williams-Sonoma.
If the Founding Fathers didn't want us to put everything in the shape of Texas, they would have made it a square like the rest of the lame states. How better than to celebrate than with a Texas filled with almond-pecan Florentines?
Almond Florentine gift boxes at Expressions Fine Chocolates.