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Gifts for food lovers: Hello Kitty toaster, Compartes chocolate club, bacon crate

Hello Kitty toasters, Compartes chocolate club and more holiday gifts for food lovers

If you're still looking for holiday gift ideas for food lovers, we've got you covered. From Hello Kitty fans to sushi enthusiasts, here are suggestions for everyone on your list. And if you decide to buy the giant Mason jar cocktail shaker for yourself, that's OK too.  

Hello Kitty toaster: If you’ve got a hard-core Hello Kitty fan in your circle of friends (who doesn’t?), he or she will appreciate this Hello Kitty toaster oven. Each morning, said fan will be able to start his or her day with Hello Kitty’s sweet face browned into two slices of bread. The toaster features seven shade settings and four toasting modes, including one for Hello Kitty bagels. From $21.26 at www.amazon.com.

Wine and cheese tote: For the stylish outdoorsman or frequent Hollywood Bowl concertgoer, this tote bag is fully insulated with thermal foil and comes with a divided compartment designed to hold two bottles of wine. There’s also a wooden cutting board, cheese knife, two acrylic goblets, coordinating cotton napkins and a wooden-handle corkscrew bottle opener. $38.50 at www.thewinebag.com

Handpresso: If you know a coffee fanatic, he or she may like this hand-held espresso machine. Instead of having to leave the office for coffee, your giftee will think of you lovingly when using the Handpresso to make an espresso, cappuccino, Americano or latte at his or her desk. The machine just requires ground coffee or E.S.E. pods, hot water and a few hand pumps. $129.95 at www.thegrommet.com.

Ice shot glasses: Now that you’re an adult, you need to take shots of liquor the proper way. There’s no more shooting back room-temperature shots of vodka out of a Dixie cup in someone’s dorm room. Show your friends you’ve grown up, even if it’s just a little, with these shot glass ice molds for icy-cold shots every time. They’re the perfect gift for the recent college grad or for the lifelong shot-taker in all of us. $8.20 for four at www.amazon.com.

Kate Spade sushi iPad Air case: Ask Angelenos what their favorite food is, and nine times out of 10, they’ll say sushi. This iPhone case is perfect for sushi fans who will appreciate a little sushi porn on the regular. Plus, sushi is expensive. So maybe your friends will appreciate this sushi-covered case in place of a $200 gift certificate to that new omakase place they’ve been dying to try. $59 at www.katespade.com.

Giant Mason jar cocktail shaker: Regular Mason jars are for amateurs. Why not shake up four drinks at a time instead of one? This giant jar will help your favorite cocktail maven whip up a batch of mint juleps fit for a crowd in no time. The embossed glass Mason jar comes with a custom screw-on collar, strainer cap and lid. $29.95 at www.cooking.com.

Bacon crate: This is the end all, be all gift for bacon lovers. The wooden crate is stuffed with bacon jerky, bacon popcorn, bacon salt, Sir Francis Bacon peanut brittle and bacon sunflower seeds. And it comes with a mini crowbar you’ll actually need to open the crate. $59.99 at www.mancrates.com.

Chocolate of the month club: Nothing says "I love you" like a box of chocolate. But if you have a real chocolate lover on your list, the Compartes chocolate-of-the-month club will keep him or her fully stocked with handmade chocolates all year round. For April, a selection of Easter-themed treats. July means sweet summer berry- and fruit-studded chocolates and truffles. And during the holidays, gingerbread and cinnamon latte truffles and more. $499 for full year at www.compartes.com.

Gin making kit: If your friend is a liquor snob, don’t buy him or her just any bottle of gin for the holidays. This kit comes with a stainless steel strainer and funnel, a 2-ounce tin of botanicals, 2-ounce tin of juniper berries and two glass bottles with corks for the finished product. All your friend will need to get started is some vodka and a little creativity. We dare your gin snob friends to turn their noses up at this one. $54.95 at www.williams-sonoma.com.

Beer nerd game: Sure, your friends enjoy throwing back a couple of beers, but how much do they really know about their favorite drink? Whether they’re beer experts or just casual drinkers, they can have some fun with a nerdy beer board game with questions about stouts, hops, brewing techniques and a blind taste test. From $35 at www.amazon.com.

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