Whether you’re shopping for that person who is notoriously difficult or you just put off your holiday shopping for too long, I’ve put together a list of gifts that almost anyone would love to receive. The list includes top quality items for the kitchen, some staples for the home bar, inspirational books, gear for hiking and camping, and a few gifts that are sure to get a laugh.

In the Kitchen

For the Bar

Whistlepig Whiskey — For making my favorite cocktail: a Whistlepig Manhattan.

Twisted Alchemy Cocktail Gift Set — Delicious fresh mixes and juices for an assortment of other cocktails.

Reading and Personal Development

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Out on the Trail
For a Good Laugh
  • Four Seasons Mug — For those with a good sense of humor—Republicans and Democrats alike!
  • Lingua Franca Sweater (Ex. “Will you shut up man?” sweater) — Cashmere sweaters embroidered with funny or political statements in NYC. My personal favorite: “Will you shut up, man?”
  • Pajamagram — Can never go wrong with great pajamas. Very reliable company. 
  • Chicago Neighborhood Art Prints — Beautifully designed, unique gift for Chicagoans. 
  • DivvyUp Socks — Customize socks with a pet face, a human face, and just about everything else.