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FOOD AND DRINK
Available at Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street, Williamsburg $20-$30 per bottle
Be honest, you’ve wanted to crush grapes with your bare feet to make wine since you were four years old. Well, provided you’ve grown up a little, now’s your chance. You’ll get several barrel-fulls of your wine for your troubles.
Easy Like Sunday Morning Blueberry Preserves
Available at Greene Grape Provisions, 753 Fulton Street, Fort Greene or anarchyinajar.com $8.75
Anarchy in a Jar sounds more like a producer of Molotov cocktails than mild-mannered Brooklyn-made jams, but breakfast might get crazy when you spread this concoction of Maine blueberries and local maple syrup on your pancakes.
Bacon Love Locket
Available at etsy.com/shop/kharaledonne Roughly $38
This bauble is perfect for a lady who likes to keep a pig-butchering chart close to her heart, but Brooklyn-based Khara Ledonne’s spherical brass lockets also enclose tiny paintings of campfires, clipper ships and kites, as well as custom designs.
The Treats Truck Baking Book by Kim Ima
Available at WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Greenpoint $21.99
Until the Treats Truck Stop opens in Carroll Gardens, convince your favorite baker to hand-deliver you a batch of Treats Trucker Kim Ima’s classic sandwich cookies, sweet-salty butterscotch bars and candy-flecked rice crispy squares.
The Great Food Series from Penguin Classics
Available at BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Cobble Hill $12 per book
This collection of 400 years of food writing includes many lesser-known titles (such as The Chef at War, written by a cook who fed British troops during Victorian times) and would be welcome in any Brooklyn food nerd’s library.
Year’s subscription to Lucky Peach
Available at lky.ph/ $28
In a sea of food magazines, McSweeney’s Lucky Peach stands out as the edgiest and manliest of its peers. The full-color quarterly was created by New Yorkers—chef David Chang, writer Peter Meehan and the producers of Anothony Bourdain: No Reservations.
One Girl Cookies
Available at One Girl Cookies, 68 Dean Street, Cobble Hill $29 for 48 cookies
Brooklyn is rife with fine bakeries, but you’ll find the prettiest gift packaging here. Delicate, bite-sized cookies stay fresh in cellophane sleeves that are tucked into boxes decorated with vintage family photos and satin ribbon.
Brooklyn Kitchen Gift Card from Academy Records
Available at Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Williamsburg name your price
Can’t decide whether to buy your beloved a knife skills class or a pile of taco dogs? These gift cards are redeemable for anything at the Brooklyn Kitchen and the Meathook, including all kitchenware, cookbooks, classes, meats and produce.
The Recipe Project by One Ring Zero, Michael Hearst and Leigh Newman
Available at WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Greenpoint $24.95
Chefs like Mario Batali and Tom Colicchio penned the recipes for this quirky coffee table book, Brooklyn band One Ring Zero put the culinary instructions to music in an enclosed CD, and food writers, including The L’s own Kara Zuaro, contributed essays.
Available at brooklynwineexchange.com $38
Distilled right here in Brooklyn and made with all New York grains, this here is sippin’ gin. Smooth and botanical, Breuckelen’s piney flavors of juniper and rosemary roll into a hint of citrus.
The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver
Available at BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Cobble Hill $65
Written by the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, this 960-page tome offers just about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about beer. A must-have for beer geeks and home-brewers.
Brooklyn Butcher Blocks
Available at Cut Brooklyn, 465 Third Avenue, Gowanus $150
A former employee of Cut Brooklyn, the much-lauded handmade knife shop, branched off to produce these handsome cutting boards in radiant red cherry wood and deep, dark walnut wood.
Maestro Homebrew Beer Equipment Kit
Available at The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Williamsburg $79.99
The holidays are upon us, and we need to get really drunk while spending as little time outdoors in the terrible weather as possible. Solution: make as much beer as you like, in 6.5 gallon batches, with this easy-to-use homebrew kit.
The Companion Box Set
Available at Brooklyn Brewery Company Store, 79 North 11th Street, Williamsburg $80
This gift set includes a signed copy of the Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster’s book, The Oxford Companion to Beer, as well as 750 mL of bottled Companion Ale—the only way you can get it in a bottle.
“We Are Happy To Serve You” ceramic coffee cup
Available at TheFuturePerfect.com, or 115 North 6th Street, Williamsburg
Brooklyn-based designer Graham Hill turned the iconic Greek-style coffee cup preferred (and proffered) by countless delis and coffee carts, and turned it reusable, making this the gift that keeps on refilling.
Life Curated, 186 Grand Street, Williamsburg $22
Seriously, tiny little winestopper sculptures of whatever sign of the Zodiac you want. These are just fucking cool.