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Remember that feeling of panic when Christmas is days away and you have no gifts wrapped? Not this year! We're introducing our 2014 holiday gift guides -- with ideas for everyone on your list, arranged by personality and price.

Today: Got a friend who only drinks Ecuadorian coffee, or one who will only drink whiskey from a whiskey glass? Don't panic -- you don't have to be an expert in coffee, cocktails, books, or specialty foods to find the perfect gift for someone who is. That's where we come in.

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For the Coffee Lover

Perfect For: Your friend who only drinks pourover coffee, can explain the ideal number of bars of pressure for brewing espresso, and grimaces when you order a peppermint mocha latte.  

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Our Picks: A "Let's Brew" t-shirt to wear their coffee pride on their sleeve; a nutty, caramel-tasting blend from Counter Culture Coffee; or a handsome brass pour-over stand that's prettier than any coffee maker.

 


For the Cocktail Connoisseur

Perfect For: Your co-workers who care if a cocktail is shaken or stirred, has a preferred brand of gin, and can explain what bitters are in their sleep. 

Our Picks: Copper Moscow Mule cups that they wouldn't buy themselves; a cap that turns a mason jar into a cocktail shaker so they can mix a good drink anywhere; or a magnetic bottle opener that will make their friends envious.


For the Book Worm

Perfect For: Your cousin who owns more than 20 back issues of Gourmet magazine, has read The Omnivore’s Dilemma twice, and keeps a dog-eared copy of The Joy of Cooking in his or her kitchen.

Our Picks: A signed cookbook dedicated to every possible way to prepare eggs; Genius Recipes: the smartest, most talked-about recipes paired with beautiful photography; the bible of pie from a beloved Brooklyn bakery.


For the Food Lover

Perfect For: Your sibling who has different olive oils for cooking and baking, loves anchovies, argues passionately over hot sauce brands, and can talk for hours about cheese.

Our Picks Sheet: An unusually shaped, saffron-infused pasta with a fun Italian name; a jar of caramel made saucy with gin and lime; Mountain Rose apples with a secret -- a bright pink interior.

See all the gift guides here!

Photos by James Ransom

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