Although the holidays are a time for home parties and family food traditions, you may also want to give a gift with a food theme in mind. You can order many of our picks online, or find goodies at a local Long Island shop. Be assured that those on the receiving end will relish the thought.
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Compiled by Erica Marcus, Corin Hirsch, Peter M. Gianotti and Pervaiz Shallwani.
Bagel of the Month club
Ex-Long Islanders tend to miss their bagels. It was for them that Andrew Hazen created the Bagel of the Month club, which ships hundreds of bagels monthly throughout the United States. Baked at Bagel Boss in Hewlett, they're vacuum sealed and shipped via priority mail anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. $40 for a one-off package of 13 bagels or $400 for an annual subscription -- and you can mix and match from 11 flavors, plus bialys. More info: bagelofthemonth.com.
Starbucks January refill tumbler
Gift your Starbucks addict a whole month's worth of coffee or tea. The chain's Black and White Reusable Coffee and Tea Refill Tumbler, $40, invites the bearer to bring the mug to the store for one free grande brewed coffee or hot tea every day of the month in January. Available only at Starbucks retail locations beginning Nov. 21. More info: starbucks.com.
Tasty One-Top induction burner
This free-standing induction burner is sure to be the gift of the season for anyone enchanted by (and who isn't) those 1-minute Tasty videos shared on facebook. The One-Top connects to an app on your smart phone via Bluetooth. Click on one of 1700+ recipes and start cooking. The burner automatically adjusts temperature and power settings to match the recipe instructions. It can track time and temperature to let you know when it's time to flip your burger. Order it with a coordinating, 4-piece, induction cookware set and you'll have everything you need to sauté, fry, slow-cook and sous vide. The Tasty One-Top doesn't ship until November. To get one, pre-order at tastyonetop.com for the sale price of $149 (the price jumps to $175 after November). Order with the cookware set for the sale price of $184 ($225 post-sale).
Gustiamo's Viva Italia box
Since 1999, Bronx-based Gustiamo has scoured Italy for the absolute best specialty food items. The Viva Italia box, attractively packed in a wooden crate, contains dried chickpeas from Umbria, sea salt from Sicily, Antichi Uliveti Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sardinia (2016-17 harvest), bucatini from Gragnano (near Naples, the birthplace of dried pasta), San Marzano tomatoes from the banks of Vesuvius and chocolate-hazelnut spread from Piedmont. Price: $85 at gustiamo.com/viva-italia
Custom wine caddy
Good for looks, or for carrying a gift of wine. The vintage-look caddy can be emblazoned with the family name. Price: $39.99 at personalcreations.com.
Wood's maple syrup
The Wood family has been working their acres of maple trees since 1920, now tapping more than 5,000 trees. Albee Wood, the fifth-generation owner, is focusing on specialty products, such as cinnamon-swirl maple cream, syrup infused with a hint of incendiary ghost pepper and this maple syrup redolent of hickory and oak smoke, great for pancakes and also for sweetening barbecue sauce and cocktails. An 8-ounce jug is $15.99 at Whole Foods in Lake Grove, Jericho and Manhasset. More info: wholefoodsmarket.com
Custom platters from Harbor Cheese & Provisions
Harbor Cheese & Provisions is the nom de fromage of Jessica Affatato, an independent cheesemonger who sells at farmers markets and organizes private tastings and classes on Long Island. She also makes exquisite custom cheese platters and ships them. All platters include a seasonal selection of artisanal cheese, plus charcuterie and fruit. Prices range from $85 (for a platter that feeds 6 to 8 people) to $120 (12 to 15). Order platters and follow Affatato's whereabouts at facebook.com/HarborCheese. Email her at email@example.com.
For Proust, it was a bite of a madeleine. For the rest of us, it might be candy necklaces, Pop Rocks or Laffy Taffy that evoke memories of childhood. Those sugary treats are not lost entirely to history -- you can find boxes of vintage candy, labeled simply "1960s," "1990s," etc., at Kitchen Kabaret in East Hills for $11.99 each. More info: 516-484-3320, nassaucandy.com.
It sounds too good to be true, but thousands of people swear by Instant Pot, this all-in-one countertop appliance that transforms from a pressure cooker to a slow cooker, steamer, sauté pan, or yogurt-maker at the push of a button. Versatile programming includes 3 slow cooker settings, 3 temperatures for sautéing, and special settings for steaming, stews, beans, and rice. A 24-hour timer lets you assemble your dish and delay cooking so it's ready to eat when you are. The newest (and most expensive version) has Bluetooth connectivity, so you can cook remotely, monitoring cooking progress using your phone or tablet. Available in 6- and 7-quart sizes from $80-$160 at store.instantpot.com as well as on Amazon, Walmart and Target.
Lazzaroni Amaretti di Saronno cookies
Lovers of Lazzaroni Amaretti di Saronno cookies probably already have a surfeit of the distinctive red tins in various sizes. So why not broaden the collection with tins bearing Italy's most famous landmarks? The Rome tin features the Colosseum; Florence, the Duomo; Venice, gondolas across the canal from the church of Santa Maria della Salute. Each 10.6-ounce tin (about 50 cookies) is $9.99 at Iavarone Bros. in New Hyde Park, Wantagh and Woodbury. More info: ibfoods.com
If there's a chocophile on your list, make the trip to Smithtown's Yottabyte, a candy store that stocks an unparalleled selection of artisanal international chocolate. There's a rotating selection of dozens of bars, most of which are so beautifully packaged you won't even have to add a bow. Among the chocolatiers represented are Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé from Hungary, Marou from Vietnam, Omnom from Iceland, French Broad from North Carolina and Raaka in Brooklyn. Bars range from $8 to $12 at Yottabyte in Smithtown. More info: 631-656-9800, yottabyteme.com.
Michele Portoghese pasta
For the Italophile in your life, these beautifully packaged pastas need nothing more than a bow to be gift-appropriate. The Tuscan manufacturer, Michele Portoghese, started out in the '70s making cookies, then branched out to pasta, all of which is extruded through bronze dies (for a pleasingly rough finish) and slowly dried for maximum al dente texture. Both the cappelletti and farfalle are $5.99 (for 1.1 pounds) at Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace in East Meadow, Massapequa, Port Jefferson Station, Port Washington and Smithtown. More info: uncleg.com
Rikyu Japanese teapot
Ornate cast-iron Japanese teapots called tetsubin date back to the 1600s, possibly because they release a healthy trace of iron into tea as it steeps. You can find a selection from the Japanese company Rikyu at BEE Organic in Huntington, from $45 and up. More info: bee-organic.com.
Super sharp and super cheap, Inoxbonomi knives are the workhorses of many an Italian kitchen, used for both preparation and steaks. The stainless-steel serrated blades never need sharpening, and the handles come in a variety of colors: red, white, green, orange, yellow and brown among them. A package of six 9-inch knives is $7.99 at Iavarone Bros. in New Hyde Park, Wantagh and Woodbury. More info: ibfoods.com
Windfall Orchard Ice Cider
Looking for an alternative to Sauternes? Ice cider, or dessert wine made from apples, is fundamentally American and beguilingly different. The elegant, small-batch version from Windfall Orchard in Cornwall, Vermont, uses 38 apples. Price: $27 for a 375ml bottle. More info: edenciders.com.
Taylor 'Just Another Minute Timer'
The Taylor "Just Another Minute Timer" ensures those cookies are ready. It presets another 1, 3, or 5 minutes during the countdown to open the oven. The timer includes a magnet and a stand. Price: $9.99. Available at Target.
PackIt Holiday Wine Tote
The PackIt Holiday Wine Tote is dressed for the season. What counts even more is the built-in, freezable gel that keeps your gift cool. Just refrigerate the tote overnight and you'll have an ice bucket on the go. Price: $15.99. Available at packit.com.
The season's most adorable cooking tool has got to be the ÄGGCØDDLER, Swedish for egg coddler. Butter the inside of this porcelain cup, drop in an egg and any seasonings you desire, secure the lid with the silicone strap and drop into a pot of simmering water. Within minutes you'll have a perfectly cooked egg. Small size (1 egg capacity) is $23; large (3 eggs) is $29. ÄGGCØDDLER comes in a variety of pastel colors at aggcoddler.comwhere accessories and recipes are also available.
Wine Enthusiast artisanal decanters
Wine lovers sometimes compare vino to music. These limited-edition, artisanal decanters from the Wine Enthusiast riff on that theme, taking on the shapes of musical symbols and terms - treble, crescent, bass and contour. Price: $99.95-$149.95, or $399.95 for all four. More info: winenthusiast.com
If you didn't think that there was such a thing as cult Japanese mayonnaise, you've never heard chefs (among them, Momofuku's David Chang) extol the virtues of Kewpie. Founded in 1925 by Toichiro Nakashima, Kewpie is looser than American mayos, contains more egg yolks as well as rice vinegar and yeast extract for more umami flavor. Giving this as a stocking stuffer really puts you in the know. A 12-ounce squeeze bottle is $4.49 at H Mart in Jericho. More info: 516-513-5050, nj.hmart.com/stores/jericho.
Gran Capirete reserve sherry vinegar
Balsamic gets all the glory, but sherry vinegar -- lighter, drier and less overwhelming -- is much more versatile in the kitchen: Use it in salads, of course, but also to lend an ineffable spark to sauces and soups. Produced in Jerez, Spain, by José Páez Lobato, this Gran Capirete reserve vinegar gets it mahogany color and rounded, balanced flavor from spending 50 years in oak barrels. The 8.33-ounce bottle is $11 at Salumi Cafe & Market in Massapequa. More info: 516-620-0057, salumibarli.com.
Espinaler canned seafood
Spain has a long tradition of refined canned food. Founded in 1896, Espinaler started as a Barcelona tapas bar and, over the years, the proprietors began to can some of the food served. Now Espinaler has a full line of canned seafood, including silky albacore tuna belly in olive oil ($23.99 for 4 ounces) from the Cantabrian Sea (the "elbow" between Spain and France). And, if you've always scoffed at canned shellfish, try Espinaler's tender, briny razor clams ($18.99 for 4.2 ounces) and cockles ($32.99 for 4.2 ounces), both from estuaries on the Galician coast of Northwest Spain. Available at The Fish Stop in Centerport. More info: 631-683-3474, thefishstops.com.
Fresh snails from Peconic Escargot
Even if you're an escargot lover, chances are you've never tasted a fresh one--virtually all snails in the United States are imported, canned, from France or Southeast Asia. But this year, Peconic Escargot began raising snails in a greenhouse on the North Fork to supply local restaurants. The company also ships them direct to consumers, in or out of the shells. Four dozen in-shell snails are $36 at peconicescargot.com, which also contains tips and recipes.