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The Ultimate Gifts, Period.

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The Ultimate Gifts, Period.

As my astute colleague Kate Heddings has noted, magazines and newspapers have been bombarding us all with gift suggestions. To simplify matters, here are the only 12 gifts you'll really need, also known as the Food & Wine Editors' Edible Gift Guide in our December issue. We polled the staff for their biggest successes and came up with our list of the most delicious, most failsafe, most irresistable crowd pleasers ever. A few highlights:

1. Need to win over your kids' teachers? Go with Tina Ujlaki's Best Ever Nut Brittle.
2. Overstaying your welcome with the relatives? Give them Kate's Cardamom-Spiced Crumb Cake. Present it in the porcelain casserole you bake it in, along with a bag of fresh-ground coffee and some rich cream, and you'll be sure to get invited back next year.
3. Just dropping by for drinks? Take along Melissa Rubel's addictive Rosemary-Maple Cashews; they’ll disappear before you leave the party.
4. Want to bring the drinks? Put together Nick Fauchald's Mock Gin and Marcia Kiesel's Pickled Pearl Onions, and you've got a glorious evening of Gibsons.
5. Got an overproductive Meyer lemon tree? (not a common predicament, but one I once enjoyed) Make this simplest Meyer Lemon Marmalade. It’s ok if you find it’s too good to give away; consider it a gift to yourself.

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