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Delicious Ideas for Holiday Giving

This season, give (or put together) a gift set for your favorite cook or food lover

Fine Cooking Issue 75
Photos: Scott Phillips
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Cheese-tasting made easy

With a cheese board like this one, your guests won’t need to guess which cheese is which— just identify each by writing directly on the slate with chalk. To build on your gift, give a cheeseof- the-month club membership or a high-quality cheese knife along with the board.

Vermont slate cheese platters, $17 to $30 at JKAdams.com.

Personalize a wine gift

We’re sure that any wine lover will appreciate the tools in this set, which include a corkscrew, foil cutter, dripstop ring, and more. But even more fun is the bottle-shaped space inside that lets you add your favorite wine (or any wine you know the recipient will love).

Metrokane Add-a- Wine-Bottle Gift Set, $29.95 at IWAwine.com.

A decorating kit with all the basics

We love how easy it is to wrap and give this cake decorating set: All the pieces are packed right in a 9-inch cake pan. Perfect for any baker or novice cake decorator, the 14-piece set comes with pastry bags, decorating tubes, pastry tubes, a coupler, an offset spatula, and a bowl scraper.

Cake decorating set, $34.95 at SurLaTable.com.

An elegant presentation for olive oil

Now that we’ve used this drizzler, we’ll never bring a not-so-pretty bottle of olive oil to the table again. Just place your finger over the hole in the top of the wand to hold in the oil; then lift the wand out of the glass dispenser and remove your finger to drizzle a thin stream of oil over risotto, salads, or crusty bread. To make an extra-special gift, give the drizzler along with a bottle of high-quality estate olive oil.

Dalla piazza olive oil drizzler from Swissmar, $24.95 at BroadwayPanhandler.com.

A serving piece for little foods

This narrow porcelain olive boat makes a jazzy addition to a serveware collection. We’d top off the gift by boxing it up with a jar of fancy brined olives, but it’s also great for presenting other nibbles (like nuts and candies), too.

Small porcelain olive boat, $8.99 at Target.com.


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