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Top 10 Gourmet gifts: Gourmet goodies for the foodie

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Gourmet Christmas gift guide

Gourmet gift shopping and giving has never been more delicious! From fun gourmet foods and drinks to novel kitchen gadgets and tools, our top 10 gourmet gifts will make sure you find the perfect goodie for your favorite foodie.

6Peet's Travel Coffee PressPeet's Travel Coffee Press

Not only is Peet's coffee out of this world, the company has designed a convenient on-the-go coffee press that your favorite coffee fanatic can take anywhere. This nifty 12-ounce caffeine press is a double walled mug that, in addition to deliciously brewing, provides insulation to keep coffee or tea hot. The mug's specially designed drinking lid flips up to drink or closes tightly to help prevent spills. It even fits in most car cup holders and is dishwasher safe. Partner it with one of Peet's amazing ground coffees (medium grind works best) and you've got yourself one much-appreciated gift.

Available: www.peets.com
Price: $14.95

7Chef'sChoice M130 Professional Knife Sharpener

Chef'sChoice M130 Professional Knife Sharpener

Most kitchen aficionados love, love, love their knives, considering them to be the most important tool in the kitchen. If giving a quality knife set to your gourmand isn't in your budget, consider the Chef'sChoice M130 knife sharpener, which professionally sharpens, steels or strops all brands and types of knives; straight edge or serrated, kitchen, Asian style, sports and pocket knives in just seconds. Three stages make it possible to obtain a "better than factory" edge quickly and effortlessly. Using these stages in different combinations produces custom edges, suited to a particular cutting task. Built-in, high precision, user friendly elastomeric angle guides guarantee fool-proof sharpening. The M130, available in four colors, comes with a three year limited warranty and is UL and Canadian Approval.

Available: www.chefscatlalog.com
Price: $149.95

8Oneida Chef Soft Touch 13-pc Knife Set

Oneida Chef Soft Touch 13-pc Knife Set

If the foodie on your holiday gift list can't get enough cutlery, indulge her with this stylish and super sharp 13-piece knife set. Each piece has a special Soft Touch grip handle that is ergonomically designed to be comfortable, full in hand, and prevents slipping. Other features like forged bolsters and brushed high carbon stainless steel blades make this set a sturdy and long-lasting addition to any cutlery collection. Set includes: 8-inch chef, 8-inch bread, 7-inch Santoku, 5-inch utility, 3-inch paring, and six 4.5-inch steak knives, plus a set of 8.5-inch shears and a storage block. Knives also come with a lifetime warranty.

Available: www.oneida.com
Price: $79.99

9Green Street Kitchen UtensilsGreen Street Kitchen Utensils

For the eco-conscious gourmet, Green Street's (green and green-colored) kitchen tools are handy in the kitchen and good to the environment. All of Green Street utensils are made from recycled plastic water bottles and carefully manufactured to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels and thus decrease the company's (and cook's) carbon footprint. Products are made from 100 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable. Choose from solid and slotted turners and spoons.

Available: www.kitchencollection.com
Price: $3.99 each

10Dry Spice

Dry Spice

With more people cooking at home and becoming more adventurous with their herb and spice choices, keeping these prized seasoning ingredients fresh is not only necessary for delicious dishes, but it also helps the home chef save money. Dry Spice – a small flavor saver canister – is a revolutionary new kitchen gadget that keeps dried herbs and spices aromatic and flavorfully fresh for up to one year. Best yet, you can even use Dry Spice to preserve coffee, tea, crackers, chips and other dry goods.

Available: www.dryspice.com
Price: $8.99 for 10 dry spice canisters

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