Saturday, December 5, 2009

50 Gifts Under $50: Food and Drink (#31-40)

Here we are for day #4: Food and Drink. I dedicate this category to my dad who always asks for gifts you can eat or drink. They are really the best types of gifts because they are more like experiences since they are consumed and something you can enjoy with loved ones. That is, unless you like to drink whole bottles of wine by yourself....which in case you should probably get some help.

Remember the rules:
  • It can cost no more than $50 before sales tax.
  • It must be something fairly luxe and fall into the category of an item that the recipient may wish to have but out of practicality would never spend their own money on.
  • It must be relatively easy to find (either online, national retailers, or adequate substitutes are available).
  • Finally, it has to be something I would love to receive or would personally give to a friend or family member. I would never recommend something I wouldn't pony up for myself.

Here are my 10 favorite gifts under $50 to eat or drink. Enjoy!

I was accidentally given this bottle when I thought I had ordered a pino grigio at Le Bilboquet, and it has turned into one of my favorite wines.
La Crema Pino Noir two bottle set - $50

I feel like Marie Antoinette when I eat these: so lovely and decadent.
Kee's Chocolates French Macaroons on Thompson St. - $2.45 each for large, $7 for a wonderful mixed bag of small macaroons in amazing flavors.

The perfect way to add elegance for dinner in with your honey or make a night spent at home feel special.
Reidel Grape Pino Glasses - $49 for set of two

For the friend with the sweet tooth who abhors Swiss Miss.
Norman Love Black Sipping Chocolate - $20

Definitely for the pickle connoisseur. Ever since the pickle festival I have been obsessed. Spicy is the way to go if you love serious heat + salt + crunch.
McClure's Pickles - $12 per jar

Everyone should have a bottle of bubbly chilling in the fridge for a special occasion...or to just celebrate Fridays...or when Vogue has arrived (I actually did that once, and yes, it was fabulous).
Veuve Cliquot half-bottle champagne- $30

Sweet + salt is the ultimate flavor combo. The sea salt and chocolate really set the taste buds off and is perfect when you don't know if the person loves sweet or savory. This is something completely indulgent and not expensive.
Vosges Barcelona Bar - $8

Leave the plates plain white (food look gross on colored plates), and have fun with graphic prints on the cups.
Bo Concept Cups - $10 each

Once again, satisfies sweet and savory. Bacon peanut brittle fo the ultimate bacon lover.
Sir Francis Bacon Peanut Brittle - $16

My favorite glassware of all time: sophisticated, modeled after products way more expensive, and perfect to move away from the dreaded plastic cups...a huge "no" in chicness.
Marta Barware - $2.50 each

Day 1 - For Her
Day 2 - For Home
Day 3 - Mixed Bag


  1. The Marta glasses are great - I love mine! Great call...

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  3. I love the Marta glasses...and I love that I don't feel bad if one breaks since they are like $3 a piece.


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