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Gourmet Christmas gifts

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Must-buy gourmet gifts

If you are starving for Christmas gift ideas for the foodies and gourmets on your holiday shopping list, we've got a mouthwatering menu of cookware, kitchen gadgets, food, and drink on which to feast your eyes. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, these gourmet Christmas gifts will give you a head start in checking your food-loving family members and friends off your Christmas shopping list.

Starfrit 8-Piece Alternative Cookware Set

For the green gourmet, the eco-friendly chemical-free die-cast Alternative Cookware set is made of 99 percent recycled aluminum that can be used on all stovetops, including induction. The cookware's extra thick base never warps, buckles or bends and delivers even heat distribution for evenly cooked food that tastes great and is healthy for the environment. The 8-piece set includes a 10-inch saute pan with lid, 1.7-quart sauce pan with lid, 3-quart sauce pan with lid, and 5.3-quart sauce pot with lid, all with a nonstick surface that is easy to clean.

Retail: $120 for 8-piece set

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Green Cooking Pot Specialty Red Apple Cooking Pot

All of the eco-friendly enamel-coated cookware from Green Cooking Pots is brightly colored and gorgeous, but the green company's Specialty Cast Iron Red Apple Cooking Pot is too chic to pass up. Free of chemicals and eco-crafted to absorb and distribute heat evenly, this red 2.5-quart apple-shaped novelty pot can simmer soups, braise meats or vegetables, or even bake bread. Safe for stovetop and oven use, the Red Apple Cooking Pot can also sit on the kitchen counter as gourmet décor.

Retail: $67

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Ergo Chef and Guy Fieri Knives

An exciting new release from ErgoChef and celeb chef Guy Fieri, The Knuckle Sandwich Series includes two knives: 8-inch chef knife with crisscross crusher and 5.5-inch utility knife, which Fieri nicknamed the "Dragon Dagger." Both chef-sharp knives are forged and feature a black and red handle with a flame-wave design, and each blade is etched with the "Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich" logo. Ergo Chef knives are made of high-carbon German stainless steel for long edge life, durability and stain resistance and include a quick garlic and nut crusher on the grip. The kitchen kings on your gift list will love these stately knives.

Retail: $76 for chef's knife; $45 for utility knife

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Ingrid Hoffmann 3-piece Cutlery Set with Case by Furi

Sporting a more feminine look, the Ingrid Hoffman 3-Piece Cutlery Set is as stylish as it is useful. The stainless steel set includes a 4-inch paring knife that reads "peel", 5-inch serrated utility knife that reads "slice", and 6-inch Santoku knife that reads "chop". Knives feature a rubberized reverse-wedge grip, which helps resist forward hand slippage during use, and they come in a colorful case that is easy to locate or transport.

Retail: $24.90

Wolfgang Puck Set of 2 Colored Electric Peppermills

Delivering ultra ease in grinding peppercorns, salt and other whole spices, the Wolfgang Puck Electric Peppermills are also colorful eye-catching kitchen tools that deserve a place on the counter or table. Featuring effortless, pushbutton operation and adjustable settings, these grinders even have illuminated bases to provide a clear view of food while seasoning. Sleekly designed in stainless steel and ABS plastic, grinders come in black, turquoise, red or orange, and are battery-operated (batteries included).

Retail: $26.90 for set of two

Simplehuman Sink Caddy

For the home chef who loves to entertain and needs a more efficient way to tackle the after-party cleanup, the stylish stainless steel Simplehuman Sink Caddy comes to the rescue. Designed to stay put on the sink with four suction cups and a wire ledge hanger, your entertaining gourmet will have her cleaning tools conveniently within reach and without worry of the caddy crashing into the sink. The caddy can tote brushes and sponges and features a raised plastic divider that separates sponges and scourers for a faster dry and even stores them in a tiered position, making them easier to grab for a quick spill.

Retail: $16.99

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Simplehuman Sink Mat

When the holidays arrive, home chefs love to set the table with the crystal and fine china, which are typically not dishwasher-safe. The new Simplehuman Sink Mat makes dishware cleanup after special occasions a breeze. In two sizes, the mats have a soft rubber surface that is gentle on glasses and dishware, plus rubber feet that ensure they stay in place in the sink. Mats are also designed with a raised platform that keeps mat above the sink floor so water flows freely, which will prevent mildew. Raised corners and edges keep dishes from hitting the sink wall and chipping, and a convenient stainless steel handle makes it easy to lift the mat out of the sink for easy access to the drain or disposal unit.

Retail: $12.99 for 12.8x11.3-inch (small) sink mat; $16.99 for 16.3x12.8-inch (large) sink mat

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Starfrit Apple Pro Peeler

For the gourmet that has everything…except an apple peeler than can strip an apple in five seconds or less with a razor sharp stainless steel blade. The retro-transparent Apple Pro Peeler has a spring loaded adjustable arm that can accommodate a variety of apple shapes and sizes. The peeler also features suction grip feet for stability and plastic protectors for both blade and spike holders. Perfect for apple pies, applesauce, and apple slices, the Apple Peeler Pro includes three blades, an apple divider for easy cutting and a recipe booklet.

Retail: $14.95

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US Wellness Meats

With the growing eco-savviness of home chefs, a gift certificate from US Wellness Meats will be an extra special Christmas treat for the gourmets on your gift list. A family-owned business, US Wellness Meats is a delicious source for grass-fed beef, lamb, bison and goat, as well as grass-fed butter and cheese, free-range poultry, honey, organic nuts and many other wellness products. readers can get 15 percent off orders that are under 40 pounds by using promo code NYC2009 when they check out!

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Calvisius White Sturgeon Caviar

What's a gourmet gift list without caviar? The exquisite (and sustainable) Italian malossol white sturgeon caviar from Calvisius is an elegant gift that will likely be opened immediately to turn those humble Christmas nibbles into show-stopping canapés (or to make Christmas breakfast extra special). Delicious and creamy-tasting, characterized by an amber to brown hue, this caviar is medium-sized and has a lovely nutty flavor that can lavishly pair with many foods.

Retail: $61 for 1-ounce tin

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Nudo: Adopt An Olive Tree

Nudo: Adopt-An-Olive Tree is a novel gift for the foodie who has everything. Nudo is a family-run co-operative of olive groves dotted around a small hilltop village in the Marche region of Italy, offering the unique chance for olive oil enthusiasts to own a little piece of the Italian countryside. Instead of just buying olive oil for your favorite gourmets, adopt a tree in their name. You can choose a specific olive variety and your food-loving friends or family members can follow the progress of the tree for one year, and (literally) taste the reward of your holiday investment. Adopting a tree comes with a personalized adoption certificate and booklet that describes the tree, four 500ml tins of first cold press extra virgin olive oil from the tree in the spring (mid-April), three 250ml tins of infused extra virgin olive oil (i.e. lemon, chile, orange) in the fall, and an open invitation to come and visit, hug or water the tree in person.

Retail: $150 for adoption package

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Gran Duque Crema de Alba Gift Set

A truly luscious, indulgent liqueur, Gran Duque's Crema de Alba, made from Gran Duque de Alba Solera Gran Reserva, exudes cream, vanilla and cacao flavors, and can be enjoyed chilled straight or simply on the rocks. The Crema de Alba Gift Set gives your spirit-loving gourmet a beautifully-crafted 750ml bottle of Crema de Alba Crème Liqueur and a stylish glass snifter that will delectably add to any festive, romantic or relaxing evening.

Available: Fine liquor retail locations and websites
Retail: $19.99 for gift set

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Wyndham Estate BIN 555 Sparkling Shiraz

A fun and festive Australian scarlet red sparkler with the delicate effervescence of Champagne, the Wyndham Estate BIN 555 Sparkling Shiraz has rich berry fruit flavors, spices and soft tannins. A beautiful bubbly change from sparkling whites or classic Champagne, this sparkling red wine can be elegantly paired with the Christmas turkey, or rich meats and game dishes.

Available: Fine liquor retail locations
Retail: $18 for 750ml bottle

Wyndham Estate BIN 555 Sparkling Shiraz

Personalized Corzo Tequila bottle label

Whether for a hostess or a connoisseur of fine spirits, a 750ml bottle of Corzo Tequila that sports a special personalized message up to 54 characters makes for a thoughtful and unique holiday gift. The stunning, award-winning angularly-shaped bottle becomes the definition of "holiday spirit" with the addition of a complimentary custom engraved metal label, designed especially for the Corzo Silver, Reposado or Anejo bottles.

Retail: Corzo Silver ($47.99), Corzo Reposado ($52.99) and Corzo Añejo ($56.99); label delivery is free of charge and takes approximately one to three weeks.

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Numi Dancing Leaves Teapot

Numi's Dancing Leaves Teapot provides the finest handsewn Flowering Tea leaves and flowers offered together in a 14-ounce glass teapot. Teapot comes with one of each of the following Flowering Teas: Flower Jewel, Starlight Rose, Dragon Lily, Emerald Sun, and Golden Jasmine. A novel, beautiful gift for a tea lover, this is an exquisite treat.

Retail: $28.99 for teapot and 5 blossoms

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Godiva Coffee

Gourmet coffee is always a welcome Christmas gift, especially when it's boasting richly balanced, wonderful flavors. Godiva Chocolatier just launched a new line of truffle-inspired specialty coffee that includes luscious bags of French Vanilla, Hazelnut Crème, Chocolate Truffle and Caramel. Made of high-quality medium roast beans, these dessert-caliber coffees will turn mornings into the most beloved time of the day.

Available: Grocery stores and supermarkets nationwide (visit to find a location near you)
Retail: $8.99 per 12-ounce bag

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Hot Beverage Caddi

An award-winning drink gadget, the CADDi is a stylish hot beverage carrier that keeps hands free to use keys, text, or carry cookbooks, grocery shopping bags, or even luggage. Coffee and tea drinkers can simply slip their steamy cups into the CADDi wrap and tote it around with one finger while they multitask through their daily drink. The CADDi not only comes in a fun array of colors and designs, it's also eco-friendly as it saves the waste of disposable collars and drink trays.

Retail: $5.50 each

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