Arienne’s Gift Guide: 6 Must-have Home + Food finds
Now that we’re grown ups, it’s time to give grown-up gifts. That’s where home and food stuff comes in. But, that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Hipsters, annoying as they may be, have really opened up the market for all kinds of artisnal, one-of-a-kind, handmade things that make awesome gifts. And, of course, there’s still plenty of mass-produced stuff I love, too! Here are some faves. — xxAT
AHeirloom State-shaped cutting board in Tennessee, $48 | Um, how cute is this? And, for a wine-and-cheese fiend like me, it’s a great way to be reminded of home — while getting drunk and full.
AHeirloom The Herringbone Walnut cheese gift box, $90 | I know I just told you that I’m a wine-and-cheese fiend, but I don’t think you understand the depths of my obsession. I could eat stinky cheese, salty salami, briny olives, oily marcona almonds and baked crackers every day without blinking. Like, err day. This gift is a dream come true.
Hampton Forge ‘Skandia’ 13-piece knife block, $129.99 | Now, the kitchen is not really my domain, but if I had a set of knives this gorgeous, you just might catch me trying a little harder to get gourmet. Or maybe not. Either way: these knives tho!
Williams-Sonoma organic white truffle olive oil, $16 | If you’ve been to my house, you’ve probably had Chris’ famous truffle popcorn. We use loose kernels, a Whirley Pop, canola oil and generous helpings of truffle oil, truffle salt and coarse sea salt. It is heaven and truffles are dirty little angels buried in the earth. Yum.
Jonathan Adler alcohol-inspired candles, $42 each | What’s almost as good as drinking champagne, vodka and bourbon? Inhaling scents inspired by three of my favorite social lubricants. Duh.
Rustic metal herb kit, $35 | Cooking with fragrant herbs you grew yourself? Ain’t nothing like that — at least, that’s what Chris tells me…