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That’s a Wrap: The Culinistas Holiday Gift Guide 2020

This year we’re all about spreading holiday cheer anyway we can, even if we can’t be together in person. We’ve done the hard part for you and hand-selected our favorite party favors in each of our Culinistas markets — from L.A. to NYC and even our newest market, Washington D.C. — that will warm the hearts and homes of your nearest and dearest.

We’ve even got a little something for you, gift giver. Purchase a Culinistas gift certificate of $250 or more for someone special in your life and we’ll send you a FREE set of our 10 Grove kitchen linens. Now, that’s our kind of gift exchange. 

P.S. — Speaking of gifts that keep on giving, we’re honored to be featured in GOOP’s gift guide this year! Check us out here.

NYC

We’ve never been this excited about fruit, but Oishii Strawberries ($50 for a pack of 8) are truly something special. Oishii’s signature Omakase Berry — which up until recently could only be found in Michelin-starred restaurants — is described as a “deep, sensory fruit experience,” and we couldn’t agree more. 

Go ahead: spice things up this year. Our La Boîte Spice Set ($75) from New York’s spice guru Lior Lev Sercarz is the gift that gives nuance & depth to every dish. Send your loved ones the highest quality za’atar, urfa, sumac, cayenne, and solstice blend of cardamom, allspice, and sumac. It’s New York City’s best-kept secret, and now you’re in on it.

The epitome of cool, this November 19 Japanese Carafe ($79) in blue is our go-to holiday hostess gift. Function meets fashion meets hydration in the form of this modern glass carafe with matching glass that rests on top. It’s the perfect guest room water station but also works with a festive bottle of red!

The Hamptons
We love The Loaves & Fishes Cookbook ($18), straight from our favorite gourmet shop out east. It’s 200 simple recipes for those busy days when you just need something quick and easy and delicious to get on the table. 

We are all about maximum comfort these days, which is why you’ll find us slipping into these fun and fancy Stubbs & Wootton Distance slippers ($500) on the regular. In addition to giving this luxe gift, you’ll also be giving back: For each pair of COVID-19 slippers sold, the company is donating all proceeds to charities helping both those on the frontline and those who have been affected most.

It’s no secret we’re crazy about our Kosterina Olive Oil Set ($81), and for good reason: Kosterina is farmed, harvested, and bottled to maximize polyphenol content. For the uninitiated, foods rich in polyphenol can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, slow the aging process, and even aid in fighting some cancers. Simply put: Food you can feel good about.

Pro-tip: Order a three-pack of our olive oil to have on hand as the perfect housewarming gift as you socially-distance party hop this holiday season! It’s like purchasing three beautiful, delicious gifts in one. 

L.A.

If you aren’t dining out these days, get a little taste of your favorite restaurant at home. With notes of vanilla, tangerine and jasmine, Destroyer Whole Bean Coffee ($17) is 12 oz. of heaven. Dubbed the “younger, more extroverted brother” of cult favorite L.A. spot, Vespertine, Destroyer‘s coffee is the perfect way to start the morning. 

We are suckers for beautiful, hand-crafted ceramics, and this line of Robert Siegel Studio Dame – Pourers ($54) is no exception. If they look familiar it’s because chances are you’ve seen them in your favorite restaurant, from Rustic Canyon to Le Comptoir. We’re smitten.

Our friends at Lola James Harper, the French lifestyle-through-scents savants, created the Lola James Harper x Culinistas Studio Candle ($50) just for us and we can’t get enough. With notes of carrot, rose and cardamom, it’s the perfect way to warm up the kitchen without even having to turn the oven on. 

Washington, D.C.

This gorgeous new book, Good Drinks ($23), is our favorite cocktail book of the year. Author Julia Bainbridge has compiled the most intoxicating (and stunning) alcohol-free cocktails from some of the hottest restaurants across the country. It’s a whole new way of drinking, minus the hangover. Champine, anyone?

For the person in your life who has taken up baking during the pandemic, The Sourdough School Sweet Baking Cookbook ($50) and its gut-friendly recipes will take things to the next level. The recipes, from author and “queen of sourdough” Vanessa Kimbell, also rely on natural sugars where possible. If you play your cards right, you might just get something sweet in return as a thank you.

There’s no better way to say “Welcome to town” than with a Culinista Welcome Kit ($125). Give a new neighbor the gift of our aesthetically pleasing-yet-functional glass containers, our favorite Kosterina olive oil, and our La Boite spice kit. It’s the perfect starter pack going into the New Year.