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All the aromatics you’ll need for a fine distillation are included in this Williams Sonoma DIY gin kit, as are two pretty corked bottles and stainless steel equipment
All the aromatics you’ll need for a fine distillation are included in this Williams Sonoma DIY gin kit, as are two pretty corked bottles and stainless steel equipment

Five fabulous treats and eats for the foodie on your list Add to ...

This is the golden age of holiday gift shopping for foodies. Never again resort to grabbing a box of drug-store chocolates; the online world is your oyster – which, by the way, you can order online, as well as DIY cheese-making kits, single estate teas and artisanal wild game jerky. Here, five serious treats and eats for the foodie on your list:

Organic Coconut Sugar

Coconuts give us butter, meat, flour for gluten-free baking, even mulch for the garden, as well as this product: sugar. It has a deep, rich, burned sugar flavour with just a wee hint of its origins, so it’s good in coffee, tea, cooking and baking. And it’s Paleo-approved. $7.50 from www.gracefoods.ca

Stone Spice Grinder

From British designer Tom Dixon this more sensual version of a mortar and pestle is crafted in India from a solid block of Morwad marble – named after the village in Rajasthan where the stone is quarried. The hefty polished brass-clad grinding ball has a cast-iron core. We think it’s pretty enough to sit on display, even if it never grinds a single peppercorn. $140 from www.dwr.com

Gin-Making Kit

DIY is so satisfying; DIY gin is intoxicatingly so! Start with your favourite vodka; all the aromatics you’ll need for a fine distillation are included, as are two pretty corked bottles and stainless steel equipment. Online exclusive, $78 from www.williams-sonoma.com

Hybrid Isaura Porcelain Dinner Plate

We love the vaguely unsettling tension created by the melding of east and west and mismatched sizes in this unique, fine bone china - which was conceived by CtrlZak Art and Design Studio, based in Milan, and crafted by Seletti in Tangshan, China. Several designs in plates and bowls, $69 each from www.burkedecor.com

Brass and Walnut Pour-Over Coffee Brewer

This elegant caffeine-making device is handmade in Colorado of heat-resistant glass, American walnut and solid brass – think of this as coffee-making as art. The cone – made by Hario – slides up and down to accommodate any size of vessel, from demitasse to super big gulp. $211 from www.kaufmann-mercantile.com

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