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There's a reason why food-related gifts are so popular around the holidays. Everyone's gotta eat, and honestly, who's going to turn their nose up at a bag of locally-roasted coffee or budino from Barbuzzo? Sourced from indie boutiques, here are 12 gifts for your friend who likes to spend time in the kitchen, whether they're the ones in front of the stove or person being served.
- Off-duty, this Ceramic Owl Tea Set ($52 at Steap on 18th Street) will look adorable perched on a kitchen shelf.
- Actual orange slices lend their beauty to these Preserved Orange Earrings ($28) by Philly artist Zoe Einbinder.
- From Omoi Zakka Shop, Tadahiro Baba's Monkey Bottle Opener ($38) is hand-forged from cast iron.
- One swipe of these Wine Wipes ($7.95 at Pinot Boutique) will restore your pearly whites to their pre-wine or -coffee condition.
- Keep your cans and bottles chilly with these one-size-fits-all bottle insulators by The Freaker, $6.57 at Wayne's Flag Lady Gifts.
- From Fairmount boutique Ali's Wagon, this Beer Lover's Gift Basket ($70) will blow their socks off with four USA-crafted glasses made from old Corona bottles, an engraved bottle opener, and an illustr
- Even when empty, Rifle Paper Co.'s Heirloom Recipe Boxes ($149.95 each at Old City's Scarlett Alley) spruce up bare countertops.
- Coffee roasted by Fishtown's ReAnimator Coffee Roaster has a home at the Old City boutique United By Blue. [12-oz bag of coffee, $14]
- From Glenside's Heirloom Home and Studio, theses Porcelain Berry Basket ($18.95) are meant to hold fruit, but we can see these functioning as catch-alls
- For your friend who enjoys dipping stuff into melted cheese and chocolate (who doesn't?), Manayunk's Petit Gourmand has you covered with this Vintage Dansk Mel
- Created by the hands of Philadelphia artist/woodworker Ben McBrien of Farmaus, this Reclaimed Walnut Cutting Board and Bowl Set ($175 at Art Star) is almost too pretty to use. Almost.
- Buy a six-pack ($45) of Barbuzzo's insanely good Salted Caramel Budino, and just try to resist hoarding them all for yourself.