2006 Un-Gift Guide: Faith's Picks

2006 Un-Gift Guide: Faith's Picks

Faith is our at-large editor, covering the national scene for The Kitchen. Faith has already given us ideas for home-made gifts here and here.

The Marie Antoinette Special Edition Ice Cream Pack (Jeni's Ice Creams, $75 + shipping) is a serious indulgence, with six flavors inspired by the recent Coppola film on Marie Antoinette. The flavors include Orange Flower with Preserved Fruits & Chocolate, Toasted Brioche with Butter & Jam, Star Anise & Candied Fennel, Chestnuts & Whole Milk Yogurt, Cassis with Whole Milk Yogurt, and Pear Riesling. I've had the Orange Flower and the Star Anise and they're to die for.

This Glass Teakettle (Rare Device, $30) gives a new meaning to a "watched kettle" - waiting for water to boil has never been so interesting! This has the benefit of letting you see just where the water's at, so you can take it off just before the boil, if you are really proper about your tea.

June Taylor's Meyer Lemon and Rose Geranium Marmalade (June Taylor's Still Room, $11) is a simple splurge of a gift - the vibrant taste of high summer and citrus in one small jar. It's made in small batches under Taylor's personal attention, and I can't think of much else I'd rather find in my Christmas stocking.

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