Since its founding 100 years ago, the artisans at the Steuben glassworks in Corning, New York, have earned worldwide acclaim through their incredible attention to detail and constantly updated roster of designs. These craftsmen are central to the Steuben process: It is they who liquefy the chunks of pure optical glass then individually form each piece using centuries-old tools and methods. After each item is created, it is slowly cooled in annealing ovens, then cut, polished, engraved by hand, and minutely inspected. If it passes the test, only then is it signed with a diamond-tipped pen. If not, it’s melted down, and the artisans must start again.
Steuben’s artisans have been producing exquisite barware in the company’s Corning, New York, facility for over a century, using a unique formula that ensures the pieces are exceptionally pure and free of visual imperfections. See for yourself with the Neptune old-fashioned and highball glasses, which have a welcome heft, and the Tulip white-wine stemware, which boasts an elegant shape. The Petal Cut decanter is a perfect entertaining staple, as well as a great hostess gift. And the Tipsy Martini glass — well, it just anticipates pretty much guarantees a good time to come.
They’re snobby about salt, they proselytize about kale, and they actually own more than one type of cheese knife: We’re talking about the gourmand. And, being experts, they’re tough to shop for. You just have to dig a little deeper than corn holders and slotted spoons to find an implement that they don’t yet own. We’ve got you and your foodie friend covered with this array of top-shelf utensils, kitchen linens, and a few classes and trips of interest. Plus we’ve got kid-friendly foodie gifts for the little epicurean in your life (who isn’t quite old enough to handle a paring knife).
If you love to entertain—or you simply enjoy mixing proper cocktails—then a well-stocked bar is a requirement. To that end, we’ve rounded up tray tables (especially perfect for small spaces), specialized glassware, crystal decanters, and an array of wine and cocktail tools. And in case you like your mixers fresh, we threw in a couple of juicers; there's even a nifty, retro ice crusher.
The work of San Francisco–based designer Jiun Ho is infused with his love of travel to exotic locales. Whether a handmade kamagong ebony wood bowl from the Philippines, a nineteenth-century Chinese stone Fu Dog, or a red lacquer bench from his line with Bolier & Company, each piece reflects his elegantly global aesthetic. And don’t miss Ho’s favorite Thai resort and Calvin Klein fashion picks.