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Best Gifts of the Year

We’ve gathered our editors’ 10 favorite gift ideas from 2007—everything from wine-inspired spa products to light-as-air macaroons.
Aspen Kettle Corn

Aspen Kettle Corn

Anyone who visits Aspen should buy a bag (or four) of Jeff White’s addictive kettle corn, which he sells at the city’s Saturday outdoor market and, now, online (aspenkettlecorn.com).

Truffle Teas

Truffle Teas

A healthy new way to kill a chocolate craving: Mighty Leaf’s truffle teas. The Mocha Pu-erh Truffle combines aged tea leaves and cacao nibs ($16 for 4 oz; mightyleaf.com).

American Raw Milk Cheese

American Raw Milk Cheese

Aged for more than 60 days, these unpasteurized cheeses are both legal and incredibly good. Try Dairy’s Everona Piedmont, a buttery sheep’s-milk; Jasper Hill’s Bayley Hazen Blue; and Twig Farm’s Goat Tomme.

Sophisticated Sweets

Sophisticated Sweets

New Mad Mac macaroons from former Fauchon pastry chef Florian Bellanger are wonderfully airy (from $4; madmacnyc.com).

Bowls of Gold

Bowls of Gold

Tiny holes let light pass through British designer C.J. O’Neill’s Solas Coinneal “Pierced Gold Leaf” bone-china bowls (from $140; 214-242-5110).

Italian Jam

Italian Jam

Luxardo, known for its liqueur crafted out of real marasca cherries from Padora, has made an easy transition—maraschino cherry jam. Its superconcentrated version is nicely sweet and tart ($20 for 13 oz; markethallfoods.com).

Premier Cru Beaujolais

Premier Cru Beaujolais

Beaujolais Nouveau is too fruit-punchy for our taste. We prefer a deep, vibrant Beaujolais from the 10 cru villages. Look for the 2005 Guy Breton Vieilles Vignes Morgon ($26), 2005 Potel-Aviron Chénas ($17) or 2005 Terres Dorées Fleurie ($22).

Vinotherapy

Wine-Inspired Products

Avon’s Planet Spa Napa Valley Vineyard collection includes an exfoliating body polish ($9.50) made from red wine and grapeseed extract; the foot soak ($6.50), designed for at-home pedicures, contains crushed grapeseeds for sloughing away dead skin (avon.com).

Plantable Cards

Plantable Cards

This letterpress card from Gilah Press + Design is made of paper embedded with wildflower seeds, so the recipient can plant it and watch it grow. $6; starsandinfinitedarkness.

The Centerpiece

The Centerpiece

Vine Floral & Event Design, new in Manhattan, combines sunflowers, dahlias, apricots and beets in its signature rich monochromatic style. From $250; 212-722-5706 or vinenyc.com.

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