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Le Palais des ThésFor serious tea drinkers, no

Le Palais des Thés

For serious tea drinkers, no simple bagged variety will do. Les Palais des Thés offers its seven most popular loose teas in display-worthy metal containers ($23 each); check the website for a number of other gifts, including a green tea box set ($50) and Teas from Around the World set ($65). (us.palaisdesthes.com)

Holiday gifts for foodies

Food-lovers and cooks are so fun to buy for, you might just see something for yourself on this list.

Le Palais des ThésFor serious tea drinkers, no

Le Palais des Thés

For serious tea drinkers, no simple bagged variety will do. Les Palais des Thés offers its seven most popular loose teas in display-worthy metal containers ($23 each); check the website for a number of other gifts, including a green tea box set ($50) and Teas from Around the World set ($65). (us.palaisdesthes.com)

Samuel Adams UtopiasImpress -- and delight -- the
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Samuel Adams Utopias

Impress -- and delight -- the beer-lovers in your life with a bottle from Samuel Adams' 10th anniversary batch of its Utopia, a strong, rich beer that holds its own alongside fine ports and cognacs. The 2012 batch has been aged 19 years in wood barrels. ($160 suggested, samueladams.com)

Fat Toad Farm caramel sauce From Fat Toad
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Fat Toad Farm caramel sauce

From Fat Toad Farm in Vermont comes caramel sauce made with the farm's own goat's milk. The artisanal sauce, Original Caramel and Vanilla Bean Caramel, can be drizzled over a hunk of Brie with sliced almonds or swirled into brownies or pound cake before baking. You can also do the simple thing and spoon some over ice cream. ($4.50 for a 2-ounce jar, $10.95 for8 ounces, $36.95 for 36 ounces; fattoadfarm.com)

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Brooklyn Slate Co. cheese boards These eye-catching slate
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Brooklyn Slate Co. cheese boards

These eye-catching slate cheese boards come in three sizes -- 7 by 12, 10 by 14 and 12 by 18 inches. The Red Hook-based company even includes a soapstone pencil so you can note cheese types right on the food-safe boards. ($25, $29 and $42, brooklynslate.com)

Plain T This boutique premium tea company based
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Plain T

This boutique premium tea company based in Southampton packages artisan tea assortments perfect for gift-giving. If you can't visit stylish Tea Loft, a converted historic ice house with a tasting bar and showroom, you can order the individually crafted teas. A box of assorted green teas includes 2 ounces each of Jasmine Pearls, Finest Sencha and Green Mint is $18. The herbal box includes 15 pouches of chamomile, mint leaves, and rooibos maracuja (passionfruit) for $16. (plain-t.com)

Johar's Bollywood Chutneys Made in Syosset from family
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Johar's Bollywood Chutneys

Made in Syosset from family recipes that founder Pavan Johar inherited from her Punjabi grandmother, Bollywood Chutneys spice up grilled or broiled chicken, fish, lamb, or beef. Mix some chutney with plain yogurt and you have complexly flavored dip for vegetables or pita chips. Or order a sampler pack of hot cilantro, spicy mint pomegranate, and crimson chili chutneys for $20.97. (bollywoodchutneys.com)

Elizabeth David's ChristmasWith gorgeous illustrations, this anthology of
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Elizabeth David's Christmas

With gorgeous illustrations, this anthology of holiday foods is a gift that provides inspiration. ($54.95, foliosociety.com/book/EDC/elizabeth-david-christmas)

Mercado reusable bags A better farmers market bag,
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Mercado reusable bags

A better farmers market bag, the Mercado is built to protect all those fruits and veggies. Of nylon mesh and cotton canvas, numerous pockets create spaces just for delicates, bottles and even keys, plus the straps are adjustable. ($24.99, quirky.com/products/78-Mercado-Farmers-Market-Bag)

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Monte's Ham Monte Mathews, a retired advertising executive
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Monte's Ham

Monte Mathews, a retired advertising executive and ham aficionado, started a second career as a pork purveyor after discovering flavorful nitrate-free hams made from heritage breed hogs raised organically in Seneca County. In addition to holiday hams, Mathews sells gift baskets packed with Long Island-made delicacies. Send a Pride of the East End willow hamper ($38) packed with a jar of Monte's Ham Original Glaze (crafted in his organic kitchen on the North Fork), a jar of red wine jelly and a jar of white wine jelly. Or go whole hog and order Monte's "Pride of the Empire State" basket, which includes a boneless half ham, glaze and a tin of fancy cloves ($140). montesham.com; the Empire State basket is also available at williams-sonoma.com)

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"True Blood: Eats, Drinks and Bites from Bon Temps"

Fans of the HBO series won't be able to wait to sink their teeth into the 85 bayou-country recipes by Marcelle Bienvenu inspired by scenes from the show.

Colavita hot chili peppers in oil What do
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Colavita hot chili peppers in oil

What do you give a fire-eating friend who can't resist that extra jolt of hot pepper? Try these pretty crimson chili peppers from Colavita. What makes their fiery piquancy all the more appealing is their smooth finish, thanks to the olive oil marinade. Think of them as colorful components of an antipasto plate. Or, cut into small pieces, they can take a sandwich or burger into another, hotter, dimension. ($7.99, ibfoods.com)

Ceriello antipasto gift basket Putting together an antipasto
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Ceriello antipasto gift basket

Putting together an antipasto plate has never been easier. The antipasto "basket" at Ceriello Fine Foods -- packaged in a reusable green colander -- contains artichoke hearts, Italian tuna in olive oil, grilled asparagus spears, imported sharp provolone, dry sausage (one hot and one sweet), roasted red peppers, sweet stuffed peppers, Gaeta olives, pepperoncini, anchovies and one box each of imported grissini breadsticks and taralli. With five New York locations. ($60, ceriellofinefoods.com)

Whale Kit tablet holder Cooks are increasingly using
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Whale Kit tablet holder

Cooks are increasingly using their iPads and other tablets in the kitchen, and simply leaving them on the countertop leaves them vulnerable to dirt and getting knocked about. The Whale Kit from Octa, which attaches the tablet via suction and adjusts to multiple angles, offers a solution with a handy "tail" so chefs can transport it about without worrying about messy hands. ($49.95 at octa.com; also available on  amazon.com)

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Payard gift box Mais, oui, you know what
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Payard gift box

Mais, oui, you know what to give your favorite epicure with a serious sweet tooth. Something French. With chocolate. And, if possible, by a pastry chef with cachet. All criteria met with Francois Payard's Sweet Romance gift box. Included are a 12-piece box of macaroons, 16-piece collection of chocolates and a 16-piece box of praline truffles. ($100, payard.com)

Nespresso U espresso maker With a slim design
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Nespresso U espresso maker

With a slim design that's ideal for kitchens with minimal counter space, the Nespresso loads espresso capsules, then brews and ejects, automatically. In black, cream, orange and gray. ($199.95, williams-sonoma.com)

The Crushed Olive gift boxes The Crushed Olive
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The Crushed Olive gift boxes

The Crushed Olive can put together customized gift box samplers with 60-millileter bottles of its specialty olive oils and vinegars. Consider spicy harissa olive oil for couscous, stews and soups or espresso balsamic to glaze a pork roast. One possible six-bottle combination includes basil, harissa and wild mushroom-infused olive oils, as well as Sicilian lemon, espresso and fig balsamic vinegars. With stores in Huntington, Stony Brook and Sayville. ($35, thecrushedolive.com)

American Cheese There's no better selection of domestic
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American Cheese

There's no better selection of domestic farmstead cheeses than at Erin Nicosia's little West Sayville shop. Nicosia will put together an "everything but the cheese" gift package to suit any budget (minimum $35) that can include crackers, mustard, chutney, cheese-wrapping paper and a slate or wooden cheeseboard. Why not add a gift certificate for the cheese? This package includes Brooklyn slate cheese servers, Boska cheese wire, Formaticum cheese paper, olive oil and sea salt crackers and local chutney and stone-ground mustard. (americancheeseshop.com)

Babycakes cake pop maker Babycakes keeps home cooks
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Babycakes cake pop maker

Babycakes keeps home cooks on trend with a number of easy-to-use devices -- pie pop and waffle stick makers, and now the flip-over cake pop maker. Bake 12 pops at a time in the non-stick device, rotating them with a quick turn for even color. ($39.99, thebabycakesshop.com)

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Soy sauce from Sur La Table: Kishibori Shoyu
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Soy sauce from Sur La Table: Kishibori Shoyu

Pure artisan soy sauce is slowly fermented in 100-year-old barrels on a small island in Japan's inland sea. It's unadulterated and preservative free. It may seem an eccentric gift, but will be much appreciated once the bottle is open. ($15.95 for a 12-ounce bottle, surlatable.com)

Naturally Free Looking for a gluten-free gift? Christine
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Naturally Free

Looking for a gluten-free gift? Christine Mitchell will create a gift box or basket from her wide collection of gluten-free specialty foods such as GF pizzelles, Snickerdoodle cookies, fortune cookies, pumpkin spice muffin mix, shortbread, chow mein noodles and spaghetti. Christmas-themed boxes costs an additional $4 to $5; baskets $8 to $15. In Smithtown. (naturallyfreefood.com)

Bobble Jug Filtered water is always on hand
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Bobble Jug

Filtered water is always on hand -- stylishly -- with the slim Bobble Jug. Holds 64 ounces and comes with one filter. ($19.99, waterbobble.com)

Empire State Cellars Based in Riverhead, this wine
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Empire State Cellars

Based in Riverhead, this wine club gives exclusive access to the best of bottled New York. The ESC Wine Club is curated by Lenn Thompson, editor-in-chief of the New York Cork Report. He will carefully select a variety of wines from than 300 wineries across New York State. Try new varietals and discover small vineyards. The club offers four membership options, all of which ship six times a year and afford members myriad benefits. Packages range from 2 bottles ($20 to $40) to 6 bottles ($120 to $180). (empirestatecellars.com)

Azienda Agricola Mancini pasta If Armani designed pasta,
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Azienda Agricola Mancini pasta

If Armani designed pasta, it might turn out like this macaroni. The factory is situated right in the middle of the Mancini wheat fields in central Italy. The pasta is extruded through bronze dies, which lend it a pleasingly rough texture, the better to marry with sauce.($6.99, pastamancini.it)

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Love-on-toast stamp Declare your feelings with the love-on-toast
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Love-on-toast stamp

Declare your feelings with the love-on-toast stamp. ($6 online only, urbanoutfitters.com)

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