Handmade kitchen gadgets, delectable treats, and more for the gourmand or avid home cook.
We fell for this tray
It was meant to be merely a prop, but we fell for this leather-handled tray sold by Heath. Walnut tray, $275; 14 by 21 1⁄2 in.; heathceramics.com.
More gifts for the home and garden enthusiast
A new heirloom
A hand-thrown bowl from Heath Ceramics of Sausalito, California, doesn't just elevate salad--it's a new heirloom. Classic Holiday Salad Set bowl and tongs, $160; heathceramics.com.
Zingy Mexican moles are an exception
Our food editors rarely go for jarred sauces, but these zingy Mexican moles are an exception. $36 for 3 (15 oz.) jars; bunchesandbunches.bigcartel.com.
Packs a smooth wallop
Wylie Howell corn whiskey, distilled in Northern California, packs a smooth wallop. The stellar hooch is named after the maker's bootlegger grandpa, who graces the jug. $119; wyliehowell.com.
Will keep for weeks
Insert this wine preserver's needle through the cork, shoot argon into the bottle, and pour a glass. The rest will keep for weeks, if not months. Coravin 1000 system, $299; coravin.com.
Worth its salt
With a smart swiveling lid, this container is worth its salt. Olive wood salt keeper, $50; williams-sonoma.com; Bright Alaea salt, $7.50 for a 2.3-oz. jar; atthemeadow.com.
Softer and more absorbent with each wash
Drying power plus staying power: Linen tea towels hand-printed in the Bay Area get softer and more absorbent with each wash. $24 each; studiopatro.com.
A warm, deep sweetness
Made with raw honey by a beekeeping family in Utah, these slightly chewy caramels have a warm, deep sweetness. Honey caramels from $8 for a 1⁄4-lb. box; beesbros.com.
Soft, chewy French-style fruit candies
A nine-piece sampler of soft, chewy French-style fruit candies from San Francisco's Tout Sweet includes tingling winter flavors like negroni, raspberry fig, and passion fruit. Pâte de fruit, $9; toutsweetsf.com.
Step up even the most basic six-pack
Perfect to share a home brew, this customizable Western red cedar beer caddy can also step up even the most basic six-pack. From $40; gifts.redenvelope.com/gifts/6pack-wooden-beer-holder-30109009.
Just big enough for spiked cider
Sturdy with a spout, these enameled pans are just big enough for spiced (or spiked) cider or soup for two. Enamel Saucepan, $15; worldmarket.com.
Three cheeses a month
Cheese club membership
Some very tasty gift options: Members of the Venissimo Cheese Lovers Club receive three cheeses a month from the San Diego shop, along with just the right accoutrement--say, the perfect cracker. $65/month; venissimo.com.
Two medal-winning wines each month
Wine club membership
A San Francisco fave
A San Francisco fave, Ritual Coffee Roasters delivers the caffeine--12 ounces of special seasonal blends--without the crowds. $20/shipment; ritualroasters.com.
The gift that keeps on giving
Get your favorite home cook the gift that keeps on giving (and hope you'll be invited over to taste the results). Choose from the favorites on our food editors' bookshelves, from a collection of garden-fresh recipes to the latest from San Francisco's incomparable Tartine Bakery.