A statistic caught our eyes recently: during the pandemic months of 2020, one of the fastest-growing product categories was . . . wait for it . . . aprons. Which makes total sense when you think about it. All that sourdough bread and focaccia garden baking; all those cakes and cupcakes. The holiday meals that had to be done in your kitchen instead of someone else’s. The market for aprons is red hot right now! Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has the rundown on the cool new aprons and kitchen attire out there right now for every taste and interest – these would be perfect luxury gifts for the holiday – or just something nice you can do for yourself right now. Enjoy!
Is someone on your gift list a great cook? Or a passionate foodie? Or both? We asked our Food Editor Nicole Douillet to help us suss out the best luxury gifts for cooks, people who love to grill and foodies. Here’s her curated ultimate luxury holiday gift guide with the best ideas for foodies and passionate cooks, including kitchen appliances, cookware, grills, experiences and great gifts under $50.
Sometimes the greatest luxuries in life are the simple ones. Salt. Butter. And really good bread. Maybe with a drizzle of phenomenally good local honey. Or a spoonful of artisanal jam or jelly. But what are the best gourmet brands and bakeries for a life-affirming fresh loaf of bread? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy shares where to find the best artisanal bread and local gourmet bakeries in the world.
Hosting Thanksgiving at your house? Or spending the day at someone else’s home, but need a side dish or a dessert to contribute to the feast? Or perhaps you have a vegan or vegetarian guest and you want to serve them something they’ll love, but don’t have the skills/time/cookware/patience to make it yourself? No worries. Here are the best places to order gourmet mail-order Thanksgiving food online this year, including appetizers, turkeys, side dishes and desserts. And no, it’s not cheating. These are so good, your fellow guests will be forever thankful to you for not trying to make them yourself.
Sending a fancy gourmet pie for the holidays can be a fantastic luxury gift. Or even just an excellent micro-luxury for you to arrange for your own food joy this holiday season. If you’re all in on this idea, what are the best luxury gourmet sweet and savory pies to order by mail? Our ace correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of the 12 best gourmet mail-order pies to order online right now, just in time for the holidays.