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The most delicious wish list: Perfect gifts for food lovers


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batali pizza oven
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Food lovers comes in all stripes: Crafty bakers, chefs, expert hostesses, wine lovers, coffee addicts and plain, old-fashioned epicureans. Luckily this list has gifts for them all.

Whether used to hold whiskey, to decant wine or to display oil and vinegar, these glass bottles with round wooden stoppers have an apothecary vibe that sets them apart. $19-39, at West Elm.

Pick up the ultimate hostess gift just by strolling the aisles of Revival Market, stocked with locally sourced goods like Galveston sea salt, pickles, loaves from Slow Dough Bread Co. and jarred goodies, like this house tomato chutney.

Forget the grill: If Gwyneth Paltrow says an outdoor pizza oven is her favorite luxury, who are we to disagree? Homemade pizza truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Mario Batali Vesuvio pizza oven, $9,661 at outdoora.com, or price upon request at batalibrickoven.com.

The uninitiated should know that grinding your own spices is a tough and time consuming ordeal. But adding a mortar and pestle for your fave foodie's countertop offers a quick and convenient way to bring intense flavors out of herbs. Marble mortar and pestle, $99.95, at Williams-Sonoma.

What do Charlie Palmer, John Besh, Cat Cora and Bryan Caswell have in common? They all attended the Culinary Institute of America, which has recently released an exhaustive app for iPhone and iPad with techniques, recipes and videos.

Don't forget to pick up a tablet holder from Williams-Sonoma so the chef-in-training can use it safely while cooking. The Professional Chef app by the Culinary Institute of America, $49.99, at iTunes.

For the ultimate Texas food getaway gift, check into The Inn at Dos Brisas for a meal at Texas' only Forbes Travel Guide-rated restaurant.

Buy your favorite foodie the luxury they feel too self-conscious to buy for themselves: Gourmet salts. The adorable test tube packaging is a nice bonus. Salts of the World test tube set by The Spice Lab, $35, at Uncommon Goods.

Good for entertainers — or anyone who just likes to feel fancy when they eat cheese. Combine a slate board with some cheeses from the Houston Dairymaids and you've got a solid gift. Slate cheese board, $69, from Vivaterra.

Based in Houston, CocoBebez chocolates are wafer-thin discs of unexpectedly complex flavor, including bacon bites and sea salt, ancho chipotle cinnamon, hickory smoked almonds and sea salt and a decadent dark chocolate. The chic individual boxes ($8.75) make great stocking stuffers, or go for the set of four ($35). At Central Market, cocobebez.com.

Buying someone a food processor is like gifting a vacuum cleaner: You better be SURE that it's on their wish list, and it better be the Mercedes-Benz of appliances. Luckily the Cuisinart Prep 9 food processor fits that description. $179.99, at Bering's.

For the girl who worships at the altar of Zooey Deschanel, the cutest, twee-est measuring spoons for all her home-baked goodies. Pop-print measuring spoons, $18, at Anthropologie.

Mad Men hasn't been on the air since June, but vintage-styled bar carts offer all the fashionable day-drinking inspiration anyone could ever need. Bar cart, $120, at buy.com.