Eight Giftable Spirits

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by Karen Day, Ami Kealoha and Julie Wolfson For booze-hounds and casual tipplers alike, a quality bottle of the sauce makes an always-appreciated gift. Choose display-worthy packaging too—from opulent crystal to a melting box——and you've made the whole scene merrier. Layering hints of mulled cherries, strawberries and raspberries intermingled with spicy cinnamon and clove, Patz & Hall's 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($38) pairs well with traditional holiday meals. Add a Gräf & Lantz Quiver wine carrier ($126) to dress it up as a gift for favorite oenophiles. A limited edition of 400, Macallan housed their 57-year-old single malt whiskey in a decanter designed by French crystal authority Lalique. Double hitting both our penchant for Scotch and for over-the-top objects, the $15,000 bottle ranks high on our "if-someone-wins-the-lottery" wish-list this season. Owned by funny man Dan Aykroyd, he packages his Crystal Head vodka in a skull bottle made by Milan-based Bruni Glass. Strong but sweet, the smooth black Kraken Spiced Rum begets an ambrosial drink either mixed or sipped neat. Just in time for the holidays, Belvedere launched a limited edition silver bottle to encase their classic, high-quality vodka. To help out holiday party planners, they also recently launched the Belvedere Bar, an online feature offering signature cocktail recipes and mixing tips—such as celebrating the end of this decade with a Connaught Mule. Design Miami's Designer of the Year Maarten Baas teamed up with centuries-old champagne producer Ruinart for a gift box celebrating the 50th anniversary of its prestige cuvée, Dom Ruinart with a nod to Baas' melting collection. Included in the box (a gift in itself), a customized Dom Ruinart 1998 and two Maarten Baas’ flutes add a surreal touch to drinking one of our favorite beverages. To order contact Ruinart. Collaborating once again with Australian designer Marc Newson, Dom Pérignon's new molded Black Box totes a bottle of their bubbly keeping it perfectly chilled on the way to its destination with chic lime green accents. Retailing for €200 in France, it will debut in other markets around the world come January 2010. Image via Selectism

Goods for Good Holiday eCards

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Designed by five NYC- and London-based graphic artists and illustrators, nonprofit Goods for Good's holiday ecards one-ups others with images that we like a little better than standard Hallmark fare. The project adds humor and gorgeously hand-rendered graphics to the usual eCard concept of eliminating environmental concerns about sending holiday greetings and offering procrastinators a chance at spreading last-minute joy. Artists include Jayson Atienza, Ayca Koseogullari, Ava Morton, Alessandra Olanow and Julia Pott, who each donated their time and talent designing these cards, whose proceeds provide much needed supplies, clothing, health and hygiene products to vulnerable children in Africa. A simple $10 donation affords soap for 450 nursery school children, for example. With nine original images to choose from, it's a chic and easy way to give holiday cheer and support to those in need. Head to Good for Goods to see all of their cards.

Filson

Cloth Dog Coat

$70

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$70 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $70 Filson Shelter Cloth Dog Coat Keep your dog protected from the elements with this trusty coat. With its oil finish, the coat repels rain and the wool lining keeps your dog warm. Velcro secures the jacket in place and allows for size adjustments. Available from Filson for $70. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Filson Shelter Cloth Dog Coat Keep your dog protected from the elements with this trusty coat. With its oil finish, the coat repels rain and the wool lining keeps your dog warm. Velcro secures the jacket in place and allows for size adjustments. Available from Filson for $70. Keep your dog protected from the elements with this trusty coat. With its oil finish, the coat repels rain and the wool lining keeps your dog warm. Velcro secures the jacket in place and allows for size adjustments.

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Nine Gifts for Media Hounds

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For Internet-heads who never turn off MSNBC and read magazines all at the same time, these gifts from CH's guide offer quality alternatives on topics from drinking to Walken and everything in-between. Keep abreast of favorite canine recipes with the "Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook." For the super stylish canine, "Dogs in Vogue" gives a photographic view into the lifestyles of the rich and famous and their owners. When travel proves both expensive and harmful to the world, pick up "Wake Up and Smell the Planet" for easy tips to get and stay green. For the exquisitely tailored friend, the "ABC of Men's Fashion" has a thorough background neatly alphabetized for better reading during that long layover. "How to Drink" highlights a different time honored tradition, and a decidedly merrier one. The esoteric, painfully hip among us will appreciate "Christopher Walken A to Z." And while you're at it, watch the complete United Artists 90th Anniversary Prestige Collection on that transatlantic flight or even longer holiday dinner. And don't forget Neff Knit Headphones to listen for that aunt who won't appreciate Carrie after the Christmas duck. And for a little rest from the information overload, bone up on sleep, that every dwindling natural resource, with "Little Nemo in Slumberland."

Brooklyn Brew

Brooklyn Brew Kit

$40

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$40 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $40 Brooklyn Brew Kit Get your drink on this holiday season and make it yourself while you’re at it. The Brooklyn Brew Shop provides the supplies you need to make your own beer — make this Chesnut Brown Ale recipe for fireside sipping. Available from Brooklyn Brew Shop starting at $40. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Brooklyn Brew Kit Get your drink on this holiday season and make it yourself while you’re at it. The Brooklyn Brew Shop provides the supplies you need to make your own beer — make this Chesnut Brown Ale recipe for fireside sipping. Available from Brooklyn Brew Shop starting at $40. Get your drink on this holiday season and make it yourself while you’re at it. The Brooklyn Brew Shop provides the supplies you need to make your own beer — make this Chesnut Brown Ale recipe for fireside sipping.

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Gifts That Make the World Go ‘Round

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The planets, the sun, eggs, bowls and the white house all share the excellent property of roundness. Globular gifts from our gift guide have good feng shui, showing that special person you really care. The Balloon Lamp delivers exactly what it claims in a low-powered LED oval. For a lunar light, the Moon in My Room is a detailed replica of the moon with remote control and CD tour. The out-of-this world gift pairs great with some extraterrestrial sounds using the Balloon USB Speaker, a handy rechargeable device that lasts 4.2 hours. Working nonstop gets new meaning with Around Clock, a time teller that resembles rolled up measuring tape with a new twist on measuring hours and minutes. The silver spoon denotes wealth, particularly in the mouths of babes, but Barking Irons Jewelry gives the utensil a stylish redesign. Forged from 10th century spoons, the necklace is a modern twist on the old classic. Enter "cool hunting" at checkout and receive 15% off any order placed between December 12-19. Stumped on an unforgettable thank-you for that former religion prof who invited you to his weekend retreat in Venice for vino and quiet sunsets? The Seven Deadly Sins Gift Set is the brainchild of luxury papermaker Mrs. John L. Strong and master parfumer Douglas Little. The results, a series of hand-engraved note cards and seven perfumed candies, each based on one of the seven deadly sins makes a wonderfully dark gift.

Lineaus Athletic Company

Lineaus Athletic Company

$260

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$260 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $260 Lineaus Athletic Company Lineaus Athletic Company, based out of the artist’s enclave Marfa, Texas, makes old-world-style leather sporting equipment, including medicine bags, medicine balls, foot and rugby balls and squat bars. Handmade by Lineaus himself using the best materials, his beautiful work will last a lifetime. Available from Lineaus Athletic starting at $260. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Lineaus Athletic Company Lineaus Athletic Company, based out of the artist’s enclave Marfa, Texas, makes old-world-style leather sporting equipment, including medicine bags, medicine balls, foot and rugby balls and squat bars. Handmade by Lineaus himself using the best materials, his beautiful work will last a lifetime. Available from Lineaus Athletic starting at $260. Lineaus Athletic Company, based out of the artist’s enclave Marfa, Texas, makes old-world-style leather sporting equipment, including medicine bags, medicine balls, foot and rugby balls and squat bars. Handmade by Lineaus himself using the best materials, his beautiful work will last a lifetime.

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Tuthill Town

Tuthilltown Spirits

$45

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$45 Tuthilltown Spirits Keeping alive the pre-Prohibition tradition of small-batch distillation, NY-based Tuthilltown Spirits use fresh cider from nearby orchards to produce vodkas, whiskeys, rum, eau de vie, brandy and infusions. Available online for $45. Keeping alive the pre-Prohibition tradition of small-batch distillation, NY-based Tuthilltown Spirits use fresh cider from nearby orchards to produce vodkas, whiskeys, rum, eau de vie, brandy and infusions.

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Red, the color of passion, AIDS awareness and half of most Christmas decorations, also makes a wonderful hue for a gift—for those reasons and more. Here, we highlight the rouge and cherry of the Cool Hunting Gift Guide. For your grab-and-go gifts, the vegan-friendly, PVC free Kling Bags make a earth-friendly gift in Ferrari red. To individualize a pocket gift, DB Clay Puzzle Wallets are handmade and one-of-a-kind. DB Clay is also offering CH readers a 15% discount just by entering the code "coolhunting15" at checkout. Your crimson-obsessed, jet-setting cousin will salivate over the Galaxy Travel Set. This neat device has an alarm clock, currency converter, calculator and LED light so you're never out of sync. The whimsical Kate Cusack Zipper Pin effortlessly combines fashion and fun. Here's just the thing to help Great Aunt Mildred move past her George Foreman Grill obsession: the Mario Batali Panini Grill. This stylish deep red kitchen accoutrement makes delicious sandwiches without cluttering your countertop. The insult-happy third cousin will appreciate the F*CK Snow Globe, combining holiday spirit and profanity in one nifty package. Gibson's Dark Fire Electric Guitar makes the analog/digital union a whole lot more rock 'n' roll. Sweet teeth will find epic satisfaction in Ribbon Candy Snowflakes and Zöe's Chocolate Co. Handmade Candy Cane Gift Box, both offering a deliciously novel take on the classic candy cane and celebrating a scarlet streak.

Powermat

Powermat Wireless Charging Station

$20

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$25 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $25 Powermat Wireless Charging Station Not only does Powermat consolidate devices, but it adds wireless capabilities so you can toss your phone, iPod, camera or a slew of other gadgets onto it for no-fuss power. While the forward-thinking device does require using Powermat cases and docks, here’s to encouraging manufacturers to integrate the technology into future products. Available from Amazon starting at $20. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Powermat Wireless Charging Station Not only does Powermat consolidate devices, but it adds wireless capabilities so you can toss your phone, iPod, camera or a slew of other gadgets onto it for no-fuss power. While the forward-thinking device does require using Powermat cases and docks, here’s to encouraging manufacturers to integrate the technology into future products. Available from Amazon starting at $20. Not only does Powermat consolidate devices, but it adds wireless capabilities so you can toss your phone, iPod, camera or a slew of other gadgets onto it for no-fuss power. While the forward-thinking device does require using Powermat cases and docks, here’s to encouraging manufacturers to integrate the technology into future products.

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Fine & Raw

Fine & Raw Chocolate

$7

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$7+ width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $7+ Fine & Raw Chocolate We love Fine & Raw’s raw chocolate confections because they please both chocophiles and vegans alike. Selections range from the Chunky Coconut Bonbon to their various gift boxes. Available from Fine and Raw starting at $7. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Fine & Raw Chocolate We love Fine & Raw’s raw chocolate confections because they please both chocophiles and vegans alike. Selections range from the Chunky Coconut Bonbon to their various gift boxes. Available from Fine and Raw starting at $7. We love Fine & Raw’s raw chocolate confections because they please both chocophiles and vegans alike. Selections range from the Chunky Coconut Bonbon to their various gift boxes.

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powerHouse Books

Inside: The Chelsea Hotel

$39

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$33 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $33 Inside: The Chelsea Hotel Photographer Julia Calfee has lived and taken photos in NYC’s famed Chelsea Hotel for four years. This book captures private and public moments of the Hotel’s residents and guests. Available from Amazon for $39. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Inside: The Chelsea Hotel Photographer Julia Calfee has lived and taken photos in NYC’s famed Chelsea Hotel for four years. This book captures private and public moments of the Hotel’s residents and guests. Available from Amazon for $39. Photographer Julia Calfee has lived and taken photos in NYC’s famed Chelsea Hotel for four years. This book captures private and public moments of the Hotel’s residents and guests.

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Zoe's

Zoe’s Chocolate Co. Handmade Candy Cane Gift Box

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$24.50 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $24.50 Zoe’s Chocolate Co. Handmade Candy Cane Gift Box 8 of Zöe’s handmade candy canes in a fancy red box. With bells. Available from Zöe’s from 18.00. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Zoe’s Chocolate Co. Handmade Candy Cane Gift Box 8 of Zöe’s handmade candy canes in a fancy red box. With bells. Available from Zöe’s from 18.00. 8 of Zoe’s handmade candy canes in a fancy red box. With bells.

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P'kolino

P’kolino Art Set

$20

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$20 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $20 P’kolino Art Set New from P’kolino, this art set includes 12 markers, 12 triangle crayons and 16 hexagon colored pencils. They are made in Europe by Jovi and are non-toxic, low odor and use food dye inks, making them safer for children. The colors are vivid and very durable for your drawing pleasure. Available from P’kolino for $20. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> P’kolino Art Set New from P’kolino, this art set includes 12 markers, 12 triangle crayons and 16 hexagon colored pencils. They are made in Europe by Jovi and are non-toxic, low odor and use food dye inks, making them safer for children. The colors are vivid and very durable for your drawing pleasure. Available from P’kolino for $20. New from P’kolino, this art set includes 12 markers, 12 triangle crayons and 16 hexagon colored pencils. They are made in Europe by Jovi and are non-toxic, low odor and use food dye inks, making them safer for children. The colors are vivid and very durable for your drawing pleasure.

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Ige

Birds of a Feather Mobile

$65

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$65 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $65 Birds of a Feather Mobile Comprised of laser-cut walnut plywood, this elegant mobile looks as nice hanging over a crib as it does anywhere else in the home. Made in L.A. by designer Helene Ige. Available from Ige for $65. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Birds of a Feather Mobile Comprised of laser-cut walnut plywood, this elegant mobile looks as nice hanging over a crib as it does anywhere else in the home. Made in L.A. by designer Helene Ige. Available from Ige for $65. Comprised of laser-cut walnut plywood, this elegant mobile looks as nice hanging over a crib as it does anywhere else in the home. Made in L.A. by designer Helene Ige.

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Six Gifts for the Hard-to-Please

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When the scrooge in your life refuses to join the festivities, give them a good dose of the holiday spirit with a donation to Heifer International, which provides livestock to families in need. Meanwhile, the sweets-obsessed cousin will bask in the glow of raspberry rose truffles from Compartes Chocolatier. Aunt Helga invites you to the Scottish mansion of her new husband, a member of parliament. How to thank her for such generosity? Kimberley Selwood Jewelry provides the perfect blend of fine craftsmanship and elegant design. And when her daughter Kimberley, the anti-consumerism poli-sci major, demands to know how you're shrinking your fossil fuel footprint, whip out Ellen's Non-Consuming Gift Ideas, a website that offers eco-friendly alternatives to all that stuff. The steampunk enthusiast monastic third cousin that never leaves his log cabin in Oregon will undoubtedly appreciate a one-of-a-kind robot sculpture from Bennett Robot Works. His thrifty wife, meanwhile, will love these Tear Drop Tagua Earrings. No matter what the occasion, the Cool Hunting Gift Guide has just the right knick or knack for every person in your life. Stay tuned as we unveil more goodies from our vault.