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Best Buys

Caught Dad trying to regift that croquet set you gave him last year? Take heart. Our holiday gift guide is full of expert picks — covering gadgets, décor, toys and more — that everyone on your list (and maybe you, too) is guaranteed to love.

Author JACQUELINE DETWILER

GIFT GUIDE: FOOD & DRINK

Expert Pick
TASTE MAKER

Former “Top Chef” contestant Sam Talbot, executive chef of Surf Lodge in Montauk, N.Y., and Imperial No.9 in New York City, is a huge fan of PolyScience’s The Smoking Gun, a handheld cool-smoker that can add smoke flavor to everything from oysters to butter. “The other day I had these berries picked fresh in Amagansett. I smoked them with a touch of cinnamon, Truvia and olive oil,” he says. “They were amazing.”
$125 / www.cuisinetechnology.com

WORTH ITS SALT
There are few things that wouldn’t look fancier when placed atop this brick of Himalayan pink salt. It not only works as a serving dish, but also subtly cures the edges of whatever you put on it, from fruit to sushi. Just keep it away from your horse.
$62 / www.atthemeadow.com

TO YOUR HEALTH
A bottle of wine doesn’t usually reveal much about the giver beyond his tastes. That’s not true of this 92-point Napa cabernet, as 100 percent of its purchase price is donated to cardiovascular research. Don’t you look nice?
$95 / www.ehlersestate.com

ON A ROLL
Anthropologie’s rolling pin and dish are so adorable, you might be tempted to relegate them to the “look but don’t bake” part of your cupboard. Don’t! The classic Americana pattern becomes doubly charming when dusted with a layer of flour.
$18 (pin), $36 (dish) / www.anthropologie.com

CULTURE CLUB
The Cheese for the Connoisseur package from legendary NYC fromager Murray’s Cheese comes with soft Cremont, nutty Austrian Hittisau, Fromage de Meaux and other varieties, plus gourmet extras like pickled figs. Watch your fingers.
$84 / www.gilttaste.com

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