There are people whose jobs require them to know where to find items to suit every taste at every price--classic, chic, surprising, fantastic, outré or all of the above at once. Who better, then, to turn to for inspiration when it comes to gift shopping than these arbiters of style? We asked a legion of creative professionals in the worlds of food and design to share the names of some of their favorite stores and some of their favorite food- or drink-related gifts. This list of amusing, practical or indulgent presents for the kitchen, dining room or bar should help you get a head start on your own holiday shopping.
GEOFFREY BEENE, FASHION DESIGNER
Outlook: "I believe in quality at the right price." Shop pick: Museum of Modern Art Design Store (44 W. 53rd St.; 212-767-1050). Gift choice: A chic and useful triangular trivet in silver and blue aluminum ($35).