Nothing says “you’re special” like cashmere—or more specifically, a chess-and-backgammon set made from it. She’ll unroll this portable game set—with luxurious flourishes like suede ties—on her next transatlantic flight and think of you. So much better than velvet Jenga.
The Best Gifts of 2011
Your time’s too precious to spend aimlessly trolling the mall for last-minute gifts. What you need is a surgical, directed approach to holiday shopping. What you have here: exactly that.
This is for that friend who has cut out the smokes but still wants to scent the house with the smells of an English gentlemen’s club. (You know the one.) Think notes of basil and rye with underlying hints of bourbon and tobacco leaf. Whiskey-stocked drinks cart and stodgy butler sold separately.
Apple Butter Spiked with Bourbon
This local jam-making duo are pushing the boundaries of spreadable breakfast foods. (We didn’t think it was possible, either.) This jar of Jim Beam–spiked apple butter works on pancakes or when smothering slices of toasted whole wheat. Enjoy responsibly.
He’s brawny. He’s hirsute. He... could use a good beard-wash every once in a while. Enter this old-school-looking elixir made with almond oil, rosemary and cedar that’s manly enough to soften his ruggedness. We hear that Santa swears by it.
There are people who can open beer bottles with their teeth, a set of keys or a doorjamb. Your friend the microbrew drinker isn’t one of them. However, this rough-hewn opener still gets the job done, and it looks like something you threw together in shop class. We won’t tell.