Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Mom

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We're on the hunt for these.

What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Mom.

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You know what Mom wants you to make her for Christmas? Reservations. The old joke's a true one. Get a babysitter (if applicable) and take her out to her favorite fancy restaurant. If you insist on being more creative, here are a few ideas that will stuff her stocking in style.


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Cocktail Lovers' Anti-Gift Guide: What NOT To Get

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Just say no.

Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column.

There are some really cool stocking stuffers for aspiring bartenders. Then there are some things that you would think are awesome, but are no better than a lump of coal. This week, here are three things you should think twice about giving.

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- Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Aspiring Bartender
- Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Beer Lover

The Bar10Der
The Bar10Der is a ten-in-one (see what they did there?) Swiss Army Knife-like bar gizmo that, according to their website, "turns you into a master mixologist in minutes" for only $50. This one item has on it (deep breath) a jigger, muddler, juice reamer, barspoon, strainer, channel knife, zester, knife, corkscrew, and bottle opener. Most of the tools are useless because they are either too small (the stirrer), unbalanced because they're strapped to a big gizmo (the knife), or both (the strainer). The only parts I'd actually use are the jigger and the bottle opener. Fifty bucks for that? Oh hell no. This is as likely to make you a master mixologist as a Swiss Army Knife is going to make you a military mastermind.

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Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Wine Lover


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From retailer websites: moet.com, sempli.com,wineenthusiast.com. Wine monkey photo by Kate Crowley.
Get ready to make the wine lover in your life very happy.

What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the wine lover.

See also:
- Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Beer Lover
- Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Aspiring Bartender
- The Secret to Safe Egg Nog
- Maynard James Keenan Archives

"Wine Monkey" wine cover, $9.99 at BevMo
Fun and funky this wine cover doesn't monkey around. Based off of the sock money character by Fred, this knit cover slips over all types of bottles including champagne. It is sure to bring a smile to any party host's face and ensures the party-thrower won't forget which bottle you brought.

Sempli "wobble" cupa vino classes, $52 for a set of two
Everyone always needs new wine glasses and these are sure to stand out from the average stemmed set. The glasses are hand blown and the "wobble" design assists in swirling and oxygenating the wine when you set the glass down. Just don't drink too much or the wobble might start to get to you!


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Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Bachelor

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Photos courtesy Tilted Kilt, The Bachelor's Kitchen, Williams-Sonoma
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Bachelor.

Oh to live the bachelor lifestyle, where 20 is the new 30, flat screens double as decor, and drinking in the shower is completely acceptable. But what do you get the man who has everything (served from a takeout box)? Here are our top five food-friendly gifts for your favorite single man.

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Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Meat Lover
Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Foodie


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Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Vegetarian

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Photos courtesy Nami, Olivastro, & Chakra 4 Herb and Tea House
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Vegetarian.

The Grinch isn't the only who's gone green this holiday season. Chances are you have a few friends that lean toward the more leafy lifestyle. And if you yourself are not among the growing vegetarian community, never fear - we've got your shopping guide right here.

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Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Dessert Lover

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What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Dessert Lover.

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- The Eight Strangest Holiday-Themed Food and Drink Items

Some people never tire of eating dessert. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snack: it's all sweet all the time. If that sounds like one of your beloved family members or friends, these five gifts are a perfect fit. If you'll be enjoying a holiday feast with them, go all out and complement one of these giftable treats with a special order dessert for a super sweet celebration they'll never forget.

Candy mixed bag from Smeeks
Put together the perfect selection of nostalgic favorites and hard-to-find candies at Smeeks, recently relocated to UNION at Biltmore, where you can also pick up sweets from Whoopie Baking Co. to add to your gift bag of goodies. Old time candies that will make your parents' and grandparents' hearts swell include Abba-Zaba, Charleston Chew, Mallo Cups, Chuckles, Sky Bar and C. Howard's Violet. Smeeks also stocks locally made creations, including Goodytwos Toffee and Tracy Dempsey Originals, and hard-to-find items from out-of-state, including Whimsical Candy's handmade sea salt caramels and the three-day labor of love, La-Dee-Dahs.


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Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Gardener

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Photos from JuiceCore.com, Minifarmbox.com and Gardeners.com
Gifts of cheer for the garden lover.

What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the home gardener.

Raised bed garden kit, $159 and irrigation, $39 at minifarmbox.com
Raised beds are pretty easy to make and there are so many kits but we like this one best. Its made from FSC Certified US Cedar, is pretty easy to assemble and the irrigation kit connects directly to hose or sprinkler system.

Gift certificate to Baker Nursery
Baker's is an institution in the Valley and with everything from garden decor and vegetable plants to live lady bugs and fertilizer a gift certificate is the perfect fit. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable plus, you can feel extra good about supporting a local business. (Looks like you can also purchase one online!)

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- Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Meat Lover
- Five Favorite Metro Phoenix Shops for Bakeware and Serveware

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Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Foodie

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What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Foodie.

They've been to all the new restaurants, know the difference between a beefsteak tomato and an heirloom tomato (and are happy to tell you about it), and fetishize big city food scenes with zero guilt. They're foodies. And if you've got one on your holiday list this year, here are five gifts that will satisfy even the pickiest of them.

See also: - Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Food Geek
- Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Beer Lover

- Shopping Spree at the Phoenix Knife House

If your foodie is also a cook, or even an aspiring one, chances are they know a good set of knives are the most important tools in the kitchen. And whether they're in the market for new knives or simply need to get their current ones in tip-top shape, a shopping spree at the Phoenix Knife House in Arcadia is a fun (and functional), holiday treat.

Specializing in Japanese and custom professional kitchen cutlery, hand sharpening, and repairs, Phoenix Knife House carries around 300 knives in addition to knife rolls, sharpening stones, chef jackets, utensils, and books. As beloved as his shop is proprietor and ex-chef Eytan Zias who's happy to help customers with what they need and, more importantly, steer them away from what they don't.


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Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Meat Lover

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Photos courtesy Joe's Real BBQ, Amazon, and Etsy.
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Meat Lover.

We all know that person. The person whose love affair with meat is much more than just a dinner preference. His or her deep-seated passion for all things carnivore has marinated over the years, seasoned with cookouts, barbecues, and the impulse purchase of a meat smoker. For the protein partisan in your life, we've put together a list of savory gifts that any serious meat-lover would enjoy.

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-Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Food Geek

Gift card to Joe's Real BBQ
Thanks to Joe Johnston and the founding of Liberty Market, Joe's Farm Grill, and of course, Joe's Real BBQ, Gilbert has become a destination for hungry locals in search of honest-to-god real food. Joe's Real BBQ cooks its meat in Oyler pits that burn locally grown pecan wood , delivering signature flavor in an atmosphere that speaks to Arizona's agricultural history- no wonder it's been the go-to meating spot for almost 15 years.


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Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Beer Lover

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What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on yours. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the beer lover.

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Sam Adams Utopias
A beer lover will never turn down a nice bottle, and there are few nicer than this yearly release from Boston Beer Co. At 29 percent ABV, Utopias is considered the strongest "true" beer in the world, blending beers as old as 19 years and aging them in casks that previously bourbon, rum and port. Just make sure you really like the person you're buying for -- the brew kettle-shaped bottles run around $200 each.
Price: $140-$200, depending on where you get it


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