Of all the items sent to my desk for consideration this year, the 4 Rivers Smokehouse brisket-scented candle is easily my favorite. I realize that a candle wafting hickory-smoked beef scents around the room might not be for everyone. I can tell you that the smell is subtler than you might think, if that makes any difference. But I can also say that if you have a barbecue lover in your life, this makes for one fun and fantastically unique holiday gift. $16.95 at

If you're more into the meat than the candle, you'll love their brisket. In fact, it's the best brisket I've ever had.