Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

Best Food Gifts of 2017, According to NorthJersey.com

The season of stylish 2017 gift-giving trends continues here on “Design Your Lifestyle”! In this article, we feature another wonderful list of gifts for the 2017 holiday season – this time, centered around food, the kitchen and kitchen design.

The list, compiled by NorthJersey.com (part of the USA Today Network), is a fine collection of food items, pantry items, cutlery, glassware and sweets. Much like the previous list we featured, we selected Esther Davidowitz’s piece for its scope of options, selective nature and inclusivity (there’s a little something for everyone on your list). Ms. Davidowitz serves as the Food Editor for NorthJersey.com, and her expertise certainly shines here.

Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)
Try a pickle subscription as a cool 2017 holiday gift idea! (Photo credit: Wiki Commons)

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

We’ll admit a little bias – as we’re based in northern New Jersey, this list is of particular appeal to us. Each item on the list is created by a local artisan, shop or chef in the northern NJ area. However, that doesn’t exclude the rest of you – a majority of these items are available to buy online, or to ship directly to you through the individual storefront or merchant.

The intent of this article is not only to inform holiday gift buyers, but to support local business and small businesses during the 2017 holiday season – a concept we absolutely love. As Esther Davidowitz explains in the opening to her article:

Of course you can show your appreciation with a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers, but if your host is a food lover (isn’t everyone?) consider giving a food gift. Not just any food, but rather a treat that isn’t just delicious but also made in North Jersey. This way you can nourish your host and support your local businesses simultaneously.

That’s the kind of smart, stylish thinking that we can get behind when it comes to 2017 Christmas shopping and holiday shopping in general, Esther!

Here are a few of our favorite gems from Ms. Davidowitz’s list of 2017 food gifts and kitchen gifts, as featured on NorthJersey.com.

Selections from Esther Davidowitz’s 2017 Food Gift Ideas

1. Pickle Subscriptions from Pickle-icious

We know this one made you look twice – and that’s why we love it. Never mind that Pickle-licious is well-known in northern New Jersey as a go-to for pickle lovers – the store ships nationwide and offers a variety of pickle options in 3 and 6-month subscriptions. Pickle-icious offers subscriptions in quart and gallon sizes as well. What’s not to love?

2. Essie Spice Blends, Essie Spice

Essie Spice Blends are a tremendous way to introduce yourself to the flavors of west Africa in a genuine way. Owner Essie Bartels grew up in Ghana and sources all of her core spice blend ingredients from west Africa directly. Essie’s spice blends have achieved enough acclaim to be available in northern NJ Shoprite and Whole Foods locations – so they certainly have a place in the kitchen of any adventurous, flavor-loving cook.

3. Custom Handmade Cutlery, EDGES Custom Cutlery

EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.
EDGES Custom Cutlery Sommelier Collection, 2017.

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” already know all about our obsession with EDGES Custom Cutlery, one of the finest unique, hand-crafted cutlery houses in the United States. Rather than talking about the EDGES collections again here, check out what we’ve said about them in the recent past!

4. Chocolate Ganache Leather Notebook, Sook Pastry

Sook Pastry’s “The Notebook” isn’t just another chocolate gift assortment for the holidays. “It’s a gift of a lifetime,” owner Izzy Yanay told Esther Davidowitz in her article. Not only do you get a beautiful assortment of chocolate ganache pieces, but you receive them in a stunning faux-leather memory box that you can re-purpose after eating your treats!

For the rest of Esther Davidowitz’s wonderful list of 2017 holiday food and kitchen gift ideas, please visit her full article on NorthJersey.com!

Stylish, Unique Father’s Day Gifts for 2016

What He Really Wants for Father’s Day 2016

Tie clips. Argyle socks. A pack of disposable razors. Sure, it seems harder to shop for your dad (or the father of your kids) on Father’s Day.  Father’s Day 2016 is right around the corner, and finding that perfect Father’s Day gift appears trickier than ever.  Do you turn to new technology? Is a classic piece of clothing the way to go? Or do you rely on “Old Faithful”, the good old brown leather wallet?

In the spirit of Summer 2016’s creative-yet-comfortable style, let’s try a little harder for dear old Dad this Father’s Day, shall we? The trick is to not stray too far outside Dad’s “comfort box”, but approach his 2016 Father’s Day gift with a renewed sense of creativity.

But how do you be unique with your Father’s Day present without going overboard? How do you make sure Dad will love (and use) his gift without giving him something he already owns a million of?

Don’t worry – as always, we’re here to help you “Design Your Lifestyle”! In this case, let’s compile a short-but-superlative list of useful and unique gifts for Dad as “his day” approaches (Father’s Day in the U.S. is Sunday, June 19, 2016 this year.)

So forget that pair of socks! Let him buy his own razors! Here’s a short list of 2016 Father’s Day gift ideas that we guarantee you won’t find on any other website!

Unique AND Useful Father’s Day Gifts for 2016

Copper Moscow Mule Mug (and Ingredients)

The Moscow Mule is unquestionably the “IT” drink of Summer 2016. Also known in some circles as the “Vodka Buck”, the Moscow Mule has a simple recipe: 4 ounces of ginger beer, 1 1/2 ounces of vodka, a quick dash of lime juice and a lime garnish. It’s truly a cocktail worthy of any world-class home bar.

A traditional Moscow Mule copper mug makes a unique 2016 Father's Day gift! (Photo: Geoff Lane, Wiki Commons)
A traditional Moscow Mule copper mug makes a unique 2016 Father’s Day gift! (Photo: Geoff Lane, Wiki Commons)

What sets the Moscow Mule apart as a truly trendy cocktail is its presentation: Moscow Mules are generally served in a copper mug, over ice. As a result, the traditional Moscow Mule copper mug is a hot commodity among savvy cocktail drinkers – and a very cool gift for Father’s Day!

For the dad in your life who enjoys staying current (and refreshed) with a cocktail in the summer months, pick up a copper mug and the ingredients for a Moscow Mule. Our pick is the functional and attractive Double Wall Moscow Mule Copper Mug from Uncommon Goods. The double-wall design lets Dad enjoy his Moscow Mule without condensation, ensuring his 2016 Father’s Day cocktail won’t get watered down or warm up in the heat.

EDGES Custom Cutlery – The Monarch

For a dad that’s in need of “that ONE knife” for his kitchen and barbecue, look no further than the Monarch by EDGES custom cutlery. With its patented 8″ AEB-L Stainless blade, exceptional fluidity and ergonomics, and signature dovetail butt design, the Monarch by EDGES is truly a master’s chef knife that’s perfect for any serious home chef.

What sets EDGES apart from other cutlery lines is simple: each piece is custom-crafted and one-of-a-kind, ensuring that your dad’s Father’s Day 2016 knife is the only one like it in the world. A truly boutique, world-class cutlery design brand, EDGES cutlery can be made to order from the ground up – from handle material and color to decorative pins, no two pieces will ever be the same.

If the dad in your life is the king of the kitchen or grill, give him the one knife he’ll be drooling over for years to come.

Natural Material Watches – Sleek Blue-Collar Style

Yes, we said “sleek style” and “blue collar” in the same phrase. But in this case it makes perfect sense, thanks to the Analog Watch Co., creators of fine watches inspired by nature. For the dad in your life who loves nature, innovation, or perhaps just the look of wood or stone, it’s high time you incorporate that into his personal style!

The Teak & Bamboo watch from Analog Watch Co. - perfect for Father's Day 2016! (Credit: Analog Watch Co.)
The Teak & Bamboo watch from Analog Watch Co. – perfect for Father’s Day 2016! (Credit: Analog Watch Co.)

We were blown away by the ingenuity of Analog Watch Co.’s wooden and stone watches – imagine, a flexible wooden watch strap! – and couldn’t help but make a long list of the men (and women) in our lives who would love these.

As an added bonus, Analog Watch Co. has a “one for one” policy in terms of the environment (i.e., for every tree used in production, they plant another). Also, their watches are 80% biodegradable! If your dad is Earth-conscious, into natural personal style, and in need of a truly unique accessory, give him a conversation starter for years to come with one of these watches!

Be Unique With Your 2016 Father’s Day Gift!

Whether you select a Moscow Mule copper mug, EDGES custom cutlery, natural material watch, or another item, make sure your 2016 Father’s Day present to dad reflects the style and design trends of Summer 2016: comfortable yet courageous, unique yet useful.

From all of us to all of you, Happy Father’s Day 2016!