big batch of red walnuts from the farmers' market). But when we saw it, we thought it was an oh-so-lovely stocking stuffer that's practical, too. There's only one problem with the one pictured above. It's currently out of stock, unfortunately. And the company, Cox & Cox, is in England, so you'd be paying a pretty price for shipping. But their website is worth browsing; there are all kinds of beautiful home goods and some really pretty kitchen items. • Cox & Cox website Never fear, though. We found another walnut key, made by Alessi, that we think is just as cool (maybe even more so, with it's shiny, heart-shaped edges). And while it's a bit more expensive, it's available in the US.
• Nut Splitter/Walnut Opener, $21 from Alessi. Obviously a good, old-fashioned nut cracker will do the trick, too. But this keeps the shell in tact and makes it less likely to crush the nut inside. What do you think? Related: How to Roast and Peel Chestnuts (Image: Cox & Cox)