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In case you haven't seen a calendar lately, I should let you know that a very important gifting holiday is approaching quickly. So quickly in fact you may not have enough time to research, buy, receive, and wrap the gifts you need. But you need not worry--we've already done some of the work for you. We've put together a list of five great last-minute gifts that are sure to please the food lovers on your list. You still have time to buy them and have them shipped to you (at least for most places in the country). Just be sure to double check before pressing, "Buy!" if you need an arrival by the 24th. Happy shopping!
For the Choco-aholic: A Chocolate Gift Basket of Cheer
Lake Champlain Chocolates , a Vermont-based company, uses only the best ingredients in their confections. Their chocolates and sweets are creamy, flavorful, and bright. No waxy chocolate here. It's the real deal. If you're looking for a smaller gift that's still special, try their Spruce Tree Chocolate Truffles ($39). A box of 11 dark and milk chocolate truffles is ideal for sharing--or not. We won't judge. If you select 2-day delivery, today is your last day. If you select Next Day delivery, you can wait as late as Monday--but don't. Just go ahead and order. ($140, lakechamplainchocolates.com ) | Photo: Lake Champlain Chocolates
For the Gadget Guy (or Gal) : A Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Hamilton Beach sure knows how to create gadgets that make us giddy, and this petite counter-top contraption is no exception. It makes homemade breakfast sandwiches in the time it takes you to wash your face and brush your teeth. We even came up with a recipe you might want to try. Order it from Amazon, select 2-day shipping (it's free if you're a Prime member), and it'll be winging its way to you in no time. ($30, amazon.com) | Photo: Randy Mayor
For the Experimenter: If your loved one has ever whipped her own butter, simmered her own stock, or canned a bounty of later-summer beans, she's looking for an adventure in the kitchen. With Williams-Sonoma's , she can experiment with a whole other realm of do-it-yourself cookery. They sell several do-it-yourself cheese kits, including DIY cheese kits , Mozzarella/Ricotta , Feta , and even Goat . She has to buy the milk for the project (you can find goat's milk at farmer's markets and even some grocery stores); the kit has everything else to make her a total cheese convert. Order by tomorrow for standard delivery; by Monday for rush. Queso Fresco (Starts at $23.99, williams-sonoma.com) | Photo: Williams-Sonoma
For the Entertainer: Metallic is so on-trend right now, and if enjoying a nice glass of sweet spirits has ever been out of style, no one told me. That is what makes West Elm's set of so fabulous: Your gift recipient can be stylish while sipping on her Sazerac. Win-win. Today is the cut off for standard shipping. You have until Monday for rush. 4 double old-fashioned glasses with metallic geometric prints ($34, westelm.com) | Photo: West Elm
For the Cookbook Collector: The Chew hosts Michael Symon, Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, and Clinton Kelly bring their practical approach and humor to a new any home cook will appreciate. The recipes are reassuring and tip-heavy, so even novice cooks could benefit from this book. More experienced cooks will discover tricks they never heard of, with easy recipes worth your regular rotation. You can select select 2-day shipping (it's free if you're an Amazon Prime member). cookbook ($20, amazon.com). | Photo: ABC