Holiday Gift Guide: Food & Travel

by Rona Berg

Spa Girls

Spa Girl Cocktails and St-Germain joined forces recently to launch a limited edition Spa Girl Spritzer Gift Set available for the holidays, and you will not want to miss this. It contains a crystal cocktail carafe for mixing, along with a 750 ML bottle of Spa Girl Cucumber, Peach or Pear Vodka; 375 ML bottle of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur; and recipe card to keep the cocktails flowing. $39; wineglobe.com

Exceptional Wood

Made in Montana, this gorgeous four- piece set, called the Essentials, will be cherished by anyone who loves to cook. Made with hard maple, Mexican ebony and more, it includes two large flat multipurpose tools for everything from stirring to sauteeing; a scraper for deglazing, serving and cast-iron cooking; and a large spreader, perfect for nut butters, scooping squash and avocado, and more. It will become an instant family heirloom. Instructions are included on how to care for these beauties for years to come! $58; earlywooddesigns.com

Eco-Friendly Bubbly

Toast the arrival of 2021 with a bottle from Maison Perrier-Jouët’s non-vintage cuvee range—now available in an eco-friendly gift box. Inspired by the chalky subsoil of their vineyards and cellars, the boxes are made from 100 percent recyclable natural fibers sourced from certified forests, and embossed using a special technique that minimizes the use of ink. Choose between Grand Brut, Blason Rosé and Blanc de Blancs. Starting at $50; perrier-jouet.com/en-us/champagnes

Hybrid Cookware

When celebs like Halle Berry, Eva Longoria and Cameron Diaz don’t want their eggs and cheese to stick to their pans, they turn to HexClad Hybrid Cookware. The PFOA- free, dishwasher-safe cookware’s patented laser-etched hexagon design creates a surface that’s non-stick and easy-to-clean for restaurant-quality dishes. Choose from pan and pot sets, or the new 13-piece ultimate collection. Sets start at $399; hexclad.com

Organic Duo

This gift set from the renowned French olive oil company, Oliviers & Co., features their Organic Premium Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and the Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain, plus a stainless- steel pourer, in a good-looking box. An excellent gift for a discerning palate! $39; oliviersandco.com

Stackable Stocking Stuffers

The Republic of Tea Holiday Tin Stackables come in festive flavors like Peppermint Bark, Dream By the Fire, Comfort and Joy— perfect for sipping this holiday season! This will become your tea- drinker’s delight! $15; republicoftea.com

Ayurvedic Truffles

Ethically and sustainably sourced, these Elements Truffles, Ayurvedic chocolate gifts sets, with flavors like raisins, cayenne, cinnamon and Ayurvedic superfoods, are organic—some are vegan, but all are delicious!—and the company donates 25 percent of profits to organizations that help the holistic development of children in India. $40; elementstruffles.com

Big Spoon

Big Spoon Butters—almond, peanut, pecan and more—are made to order in small batches in North Carolina. Try an almond butter variety four-pack, the choices are endless! Non-GMO, they source from sustainable farmers, have a close to waste- free process, use only recycled and non- toxic paper labels, and use only cruelty-free cleaning products. They are also packaged in recyclable and reusable glass jars. $35; bigspoonroasters.com

Salt of the Earth

The right salt can add a perfect flavor to any meal. Saltverk’s Flaky Icelandic Sea Salt, sourced from pristine seawater, has zero carbon footprint, and is sure to enhance any meal, with flavors like Arctic Thyme,  Birch Smoked and more. Produced with 100 percent geothermal energy from the Westfjords of Iceland. The single jars are an ideal culinary stocking stuffer. From $11; saltverk.com

Mix it Up

These organic artisanal cocktail mixers are a great house gift for anyone attending a socially distanced holiday party this year. Even if it’s just your immediate family, these delicious mixers come in six flavors (we love The Lemongrass), along with gift sets, and they are created by two women who know how to make cocktails more fun than ever. $16 and up; rootcrafted.com

Be Prepared

The Gerber Gear Armbar Cork is fantastically designed to handle everything a pocket knife can do and more: it features a corkscrew, foil cutter, pry bar, bottle opener, and can/package opener. It also includes a one-hand opening, fine edge blade and scissors. Small but sturdy, the Armbar is perfect for a day hike, and will become the new favorite tool! $39; gerbergear.com

Savor the Season

For the host with the most this holiday season, bring along the gift that keeps on giving. Vervana’s new Dipping Essentials Olive Oil Gift Set showcases top-quality certified organic olive oil, dipping spice blend, a rustic olive wood bowl, and a small olive wood spoon. $60, vervana.com

Best Breakfast

An irresistible selection of the Woodlife Ranch five-pack Maple Syrup Sampler—from light to dark amber— packaged in a rustic box, is a delicious treat from the family-owned working farm in the Berkshires. For a real breakfast treat, send the Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix! $35;
woodliferanch.com

Customizable Cases

Stand out among the travel crowds with your totally customizable hardcase ROAM suitcase. Choose from one of four sizes, then personalize everything from the colors of the wheels and zippers to the monogram—all included in the price. The high-quality cases are also lightweight and have compression systems, washable linings, ergonomic handles and other useful features. Starting at $495; roamluggage.com

All-In-One Daypack

Two things can be certain about the Resin Daypack from Gregory: It will lighten your load! Made of completely recycled materials, PVC-free coated fabrics, and conscious construction to reduce the impact on the future of our environment, it’s the perfect pack for work or a day hike. Weather-resistant, with a laptop sleeve and front-handle, and available in three sizes. From $99, gregorypacks.com

Breathe Easy

From airplanes to the grocery store, wearing a mask is part of our new reality. Using thoroughly tested short-wave ultraviolet LED light, this handy A.I.R. Solo Personal UV Respirator device helps keep those masks—whether cloth, surgical, or N95—sanitized and free from any live viruses, pathogens or bacteria that might get trapped in their fibers. The soft silicone device is worn under your regular mask, with the LED light pointed away from the face for safety. $120; theairdevice.com

Wander Gloves

Safely touch shared public surfaces like elevator buttons, door handles and ATMs with these antibacterial gloves that are machine washable and reusable—which helps cut down on the use of disposable latex pairs. The gloves also have touch-screen functionality on the index finger and thumb, and come with a carrying case to help avoid cross-contamination. Available in lilac and gray. $29; lindsayalbanese.com

Travel Series Set

Celebrate favorite travels—and keep a list of your bucket-list destinations—with this set of four notebooks from noted publisher Assouline. Each 32-page mini-notebook features the cover of one of Assouline’s popular travel tomes, highlighting sunny spots such as Mykonos, Ibiza, Capri and the Amalfi Coast. $30; assouline.com

Plaid Patterns

Lightweight, cozy and super-soft, there’s no better way to layer up this winter than with the Outdoor Research Sandpoint Flannel Shirt, which easily dresses up or down, for men and women. A range of colorways makes for a very seasonal gift, not to mention the most important part—it’s durable, warm, breathable and features UPF 50+ sun protection. $79, outdoorresearch.com 

Magical Wipes

For the constant traveler, these compressed towelettes make feeling fresh on the go simpler than ever. Just add to water and voila!—an aromatic, cleansing experience that serves as the perfect pocket-sized, biodegradable, stocking stuffer! $18; functionalbotanicals.com 

Super Klean Kanteen

The reusable stainless steel bottle now has a new iteration. The TKWide, created to replace the previous Wide bottle, is made with more insulation and a rounded lip. It is truly the new improved version of what it seemed needed no improvement! Plus, it comes in a range of cute colors and cool sizes. The perfect gift for almost anyone—for the desk, a hike, camping, travel and more. $28 and up; kleankanteen.com

Survival System

Ninety-five percent of all survival situations are resolved within 72 hours, but those first 72 hours are critical and can make all the difference in the world. The SEVENTY2 Pro Survival System is packed expertly and thoughtfully to cover food, water, shelter, warmth and much more. Keep it in the car or take with you in the wilderness. $565; unchartedsupplyco.com

Stocking Stuffers

Stuff holiday stockings with this circulation-boosting pair of Vive Wear Life socks. Designed by an orthopedic surgeon, these high-tech medical compression socks use embedded silver and copper nanoparticles to create over 10mV of microcurrents to promote circulation, ease nerve pain and help prevent blood clots—making them ideal for both traveling and long work-from-home sessions. $39; vivewear.com

Hello, Handsome

Made from merino wool, the thin men’s River Run Hoodie will keep him snug and warm, without any added bulk. Perfect for anyone who spends time outdoors—fishing, hiking, camping, climbing—the River Run Hoodie layers well and will also keep sun and sweat off  the skin, and keeps the wearer dry all day. $129; voormi.com

Crazy Cozy

Made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled material, the Nomad from Selk’bag is a wearable sleeping bag made for any outdoor experience—camping, adventuring, sitting around the fire pit, or even staying cozy indoors—with recycled zippers, balaclava adjustable hood, leg vents, elastic hand enclosures and multiple pockets! Designed for extreme conditions with performance and mobility in mind— you’ll never find yourself out in the cold. $249; selkbagusa.com

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