top gifts for 2009
Don Julio 1942
Aged at least two and a half years, this silky smooth tequila is made from 100% agave. It’s one of the few tequilas that’s made for sipping instead of shooting. And no, “body sips” don’t count
The Beertender, designed by Krups, finally gives you a chance to be your own bartender and serve up ice cold Heineken that tastes just like it does at your favorite local watering hole. Tip jar sold separately.
Lou Malnati’s Pizza of the Month Club
Unless you live in or around Chicago, you’re being deprived of the buttery awesomeness that is true deep dish pizza. But, Lou Mahati will ship you two of his monstrous, authentic pies every month for a year. Try the “crustless,” which replaces dough with sausage
Johnnie Walker Blue Personalized Bottle Engraving
Get your own bottle of Blue-one of the world’s rarest scotches-engraved with your own special personal 45 character message. Ours says “We’re not the father!”
Tabasco Tub of Flavor
Most gift baskets are packed full of leathery sausage and mystery cheese, but this galvanized tub is literally packed with just about everything that bears the Tabasco logo. From crackers to sauces, you’re going to need a lot of milk to get through it.
Wyndham Estate Black Cluster Shiraz
Big and bold, this South Australian Shiraz has powerful notes of oak spice and dark berry. Pair it with anything from BBQ to lamb to cheese for an easy party beverage upgrade
Skillet Bacon Jam
You’ll want to stick with grape when making PB&J, but this smoky spread is perfect for burgers. Skillet takes a pile of bacon and renders it down with a mixture of spices until all that’s left is a brown glob of salty heaven.
Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition
Peaty, smoky and flat-out awesome, this Islay scotch is the epitome of a real man’s whiskey. The Distillers Edition is double matured in sherry casks to give it a hint of raisin and vanilla on a very smooth finish.
This gold medal award-winning new gin is produced in small batches in a hand-hammered gin-head pot still. We don’t know what that means, but this has a clean finish of coriander, juniper and citrus.
Port Ellen 30 Year-Old Scotch
The ultimate whiskey-lover’s gift, this is from the Port Ellen distillery which closed down in 1983. There’s only 5,916 bottles left from this “ghost distillery”, so get it while you can
FRS Energy Drinks
This Lance Armstrong-endorsed energy supplement takes a break from the typical high-caffeine, high-sugar formula and is instead spiked with a non-jittery antioxidant called Quercetin. And the best part: so far it hasn’t caused us to run shirtless on the beach with Matthew McConaughey.
One of the few artisanal Mezcal’s on the market, Fidencio is made with a rare smoke-free (“sin humo”) technique that gives this a smooth and crisp finish. It’s shippable or mixable. Your choice!
Vita-Mix 5200 Deluxe Package
Vita-Mix blenders allow you to blend thick, dense ingredients that would bring other blenders to a halt. With a 64 oz. container and speeds ranging from 11 mph to 240 mpg, this blender provides consistent power regardless of load.
Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker
This 18.5 inch charcoal smoker creates an authentic smokehouse flavor at home. Smoke a whole turkey and an entire ham at the same time with this porcelain-enamled steel smoker
Shun Ken Onion Santoku Knife
The process involved with making this unique looking blade is a lot like the one used to make Samurai swords. 16 layers of SUS410 High Carbon Stainless Steel are pounded to 3/1000th of an inch and bonded to a VG10 core. Translation: Don’t use it drunk.
Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
Allow your wine to breathe, and it will open up and release intended aromas and flavors. The Vinturi Essential Win Aerator performs perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass