Holiday Gift Guide: Food and Wine

We live in a small apartment in Manhattan. It’s the kind of place that whenever you buy something new, something else has to go.

Living in tiny spaces for more than 20 years has made me especially sensitive to the fact that many people really prefer gifts that, as my dad says, “you don’t have to dust.” When that is the case, food and wine gifts are usually just the ticket!

Here are a few tasty gift ideas I am sharing on TV segments this season. These segments, and this post, are sponsored by featured companies:

  • The yummy Tasteful Gift Combo from Omaha Steaks includes filet mignons, top sirloins, boneless pork chops, potatoes au gratin, and caramel apple tartlets - and it ships for free!

  • I love stocking up on wine for hostess gifts or whenever you need to come up with a special last-minute gift. For those who enjoy red wine, St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel is a full-bodied red that pairs nicely with holiday fare such as roasted meats and hearty appetizers. One of my favorite white wines for gifting (and enjoying) is Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay, a versatile wine that pairs well with everything from appetizers through main courses. The crispness of this wine is also a nice match for creamy holiday dishes such as buttery mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Of course, packaging up the wines in gorgeous gift boxes or bags makes the gift even more special.

  • Novice and experienced cooks alike will love an assortment of San-J Asian Cooking Sauces. They are easy to find in grocery stores, and can be used for marinades, stir-fries, dipping, and more. I especially love the Orange Sauce and Thai Peanut Sauce, which we use to sauce meats and vegetables. Since they are also gluten-free and kosher, they are suitable for many people on your list.

  • Giving the gift of time - in the form of restaurant gift cards - may also be just what someone needs. Plus, when you buy $50 in gift cards from Red Lobster this season, you get a $10 bonus card you can use for yourself in January!