From must-have kitchen tools to artisanal treats, these gourmet gifts will have even the most jaded foodie salivating.
Professional Series 750 Blender by Vitamix
The perfect tool for mixing everything from soups and purees to smoothies and fresh juices, this top-of-the-line Vitamix blender is built by hand and features five precise speed settings. $649.95.Williams-Sonoma, Rampart Commons, 702-938-9480
A best-kept secret by coffee connoisseurs, Stumptown offers a variety of globally sourced beans, including this batch from Guatemala, which showcases floral notes and tinges of lavender, melon, and honey. $36 for 12 oz.
Birchwood 6” Chef’s Knife by Miyabi
A high-quality chef’s knife can last a lifetime and this standout model from Miyabi is made of 101 ultra-thin layers of steel that can be used to easily cut, dice, and chop meats and vegetables—a true kitchen necessity. $239.95. Sur La Table, Fashion Show, 702-732-2706
Why give one gift when you can give 12? Surprise your favorite cheese monger with this year-long subscription to Pastoral, which includes two delectable samples per month, along with detailed narratives about the cheeses’ origins and how best to pair them with other foods and drinks. $499.99.
elBulli 2005-2011 by Ferran Adrià
Whether you know him as The Master or a distant pioneer of molecular gastronomy, it’s undeniable that Ferran Adrià has had a profound influence on modern cuisine. This 2,700-page account of all of the dishes served at the chef’s legendary restaurant, elBulli, is a must-have item for every gourmand. $520.75. barnesandnoble.com
13” Signature Cast-Iron Deep Skillet by Le Creuset
Few cooking tools are as versatile as the cast-iron skillet. Gift this classic edition from Le Creuset and expect a steady stream of irresistible dishes to come your way, from quiches and Dutch baby pancakes to pork chops and herb-roasted chicken. $160. Williams-Sonoma, Summerlin, 702-938-9480
Paillette Wine Decanter by Kim Seybert
The aeration benefits of using a decanter are hotly contested by a sizable contingent of wine experts. Regardless, the stunning construction of this embellished Kim Seybert piece is simply too beautiful to resist. $182.Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200
Tell your friends to don their best toques as Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong is gearing up for another year of his exclusive cooking classes, during which participants will prepare a three-course meal under his watchful eye. $135 per person. Bellagio, 866-906-7171
Ultimate Truffle Collection by Godiva
The sweet tooth on your list won’t be able to resist this gorgeous 80-piece set of the leading chocolatier’s signature truffles; for your sake, let’s hope she likes to share. $165. Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show, 702-731-3636
PHOTOGRAPHY VIA MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL (EXECUTIVE CHEF CLASSROOM)