Mother In Law’s Kimchi $20 at Essex Street Market, 120 Essex St. (betw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.), 212-777-3844
give sweets when you could give the spicy, delicious gift of pickled
Napa cabbage or daikon? Everyone brings wine to holiday parties, but the
gift of kimchi—especially when paired with one of the recipes on Mother
In Law’s website—is truly priceless.
Heartbreaker Espresso $15 at Café Grumpy, 224 W. 20th St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-255-5511 Socially
responsible and Greenpointroasted, Café Grumpy’s Heartbreaker Espresso
will help give your loved ones just the kick start they need to put up
with your bullshit every day. Also a perfect gift for a crush who needs
that extra nudge.
Wafels & Dinges Spekuloos Spread $7.95 at www.wafelsanddinges.com
Invited to a super-precious holiday cookie party? Skip
the red and green tubes of frosting and bring this cinnamon-gingerbread
spread to give the whole affair a Belgian twist. Somehow, the treat is
vegan, so it also makes a top-notch gift for anyone with an
alternativeeating lifestyle. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
& Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar $10 at Mast Brothers Chocolate
Factory, 105A N. 3rd St. (betw. Berry St. & Wythe Ave.) Brooklyn,
At this point, Mast Brothers chocolate is about as
ubiquitous in Williamsburg as taxidermy or drop-crotch harem pants.
Still, this bar, featuring California almonds roasted in olive oil and
sea salt scattered across single origin Dominican Republic dark
chocolate, is undeniably perfect, down to its nautical-themed wrapper.
We suggest buying a stack of these and doling them out whenever you
receive an unexpected present from a coworker, acquaintance or
Brooklyn Brine Pickles $10 at Cool Hunting’s Pop Up Store, 680 5th Ave. (betw. W. 53rd & W. 54th Sts.), no phone
are not your average bodega pickles. Brooklyn Brine pairs lavender and
asparagus, curry and squash in a quest to uniquely pickle any vegetable
that can be found seasonally and locally. Expand your pickle horizon
with whiskey sour pickles, chipotle carrots or kaffir lime garlic
scrapes. In 16- or 24-oz. jars, these surprisingly flavored veggies will
bring a fresh angle to any host’s table. And there’s the added bonus
for Manhattanites of not having to borough hop to get them.
Beer & Pretzel Caramels $13.25 for a dozen at Liddabit Sweets, Brooklyn Flea, 1 Hanson Pl. (at Flatbush Ave), no phone
your beer buddy’s gift this year with these caramels from local and
organic candy makers Liddabit Sweets. Brooklyn Brewery’s Brown Ale and
East India Pale Ale are infused into chewy caramel with salty chunks of
Martin’s pretzels for an irresistible morsel of melt-inyour-mouth