Best Gifts Under $40
Maman NYC Cookies
Nutty chocolate-chunk cookies from a beloved NYC bakery. Buy: $40 for 12; mamannyc.com
Brownies from Balaboosta's Bakery
The Platonic ideal of a fudgy brownie. Buy: $30 for 12; balaboostasbakery.com
Wear your food spirit animal proudly. Buy: $22 each; badpickletees.com
4-Quart Slow Cooker
Black+Decker’s easy-to-use slow cooker comes in a convenient 4-quart size with cool-touch handles and a removable stoneware liner for simple cleanup. Plus, the chalkboard surface allows for dish titles and fun doodles. Buy: $29.99 at blackanddeckerappliances.com.
Master cocktail garnishes with this bartender's knife. Buy: $40; wandpdesign.com
I love the way this flared cup feels. The exterior is polished by hand to achieve a wonderfully smooth matte surface. Buy: $35 for 2; vipp.com.
Ice Cream Sandwich Mold
Now I can re-create the paper-wrapped treats I used to eat as a kid! $20; chefn.com
This adorable survival kit with tea and honey is the perfect gift for my sister in frigid Chicago. Buy: $25 at davidstea.com.
Heather Taylor Home Tea Towels
Mexican textiles inspire Taylor’s handwoven kitchen linens. $22; heathertaylorhome.com
Roll the dice to create new flavor combinations with ingredients in eight categories, including spirits, fruit and spice. Buy: $24 at uncommongoods.com.
Corte Donda combines cherries, oranges and kiwi with mustard oil to create a sweet and spicy sandwich spread. $22 for 10 oz.; markethallfoods.com.
Bialetti’s pot has a built-in strainer; the oval shape makes it easy to cook long pastas. $30; amazon.com.
We love Tumbador’s Nostalgia Collection of chocolate, like cream-filled Lil’ Devils. $30 for 9; tumbador.com
This lacquered bento box is sturdy, spill-proof and comes in five bright colors. $32; leifshop.com
GIR's bright, nearly indestructible silicone tools are heat-resistant to over 460 degrees. $10; productofgir.com
Rustic modern tea towels are photo printed with animals like a horned elk. $18; huset-shop.com
A pair of small bowls (one has a little spout!) perfect for sauces or dressings. $30; teroforma.com
Book jacket designer turned e-retailer Megan Wilson sells simple household items like this sturdy British oven mitt. $25; ancientindustries.com
Weber’s ceramic pizza stone absorbs moisture to make perfectly crispy pizzas and can be used on a charcoal or gas grill. $35; homedepot.com