Everyone wants to hang out in the kitchen, which is why it is the heart of the house. These little jars and bottles, edibles, and baubles raise the game in any house, whether you’re the cook or the one who benefits from gifting a cook.
Clean Up. There isn’t a cook alive who doesn’t think she needs more dish towels. Indulge her, with a little sass for good measure. Towels ($8.95 to $18.95), from Patina Stores, seven metro locations, patina.com
Hot List. Hot heads get very particular about their boutique hot sauces. This one made in Richfield should deliver a righteous habanero kick without burning a hole in the linoleum. Hellraising Hot Sauce ($4.99), from Kowalski’s, several metro locations, hellraisinghotsauce.com
Travel Essential. Never be caught without the ability to prepare a stiff drink. I’m not saying you should carry this in your purse even when you’re not flying, but I’m not not saying it either. Carry-on cocktail kit ($24), from Pharmacie, 2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-200-9633, pharmaciempls.com
Fancy Vinegars. It’s a luxury many home cooks go without. A bottle like this shows them they’re worth the juice. Noble maple bourbon aged vinegar ($22.99), from France 44, 4351 France Ave., Mpls., 612-278-4422, france44.com
Chocolate Fix. One bar for the table, one bar for the cook, and one bar for the best hiding spot in the kitchen. Meadowlands chocolates ($7.99 each), from Surdyk’s, 303 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-3232, meadowlandschocolate.com
Tipsy Glasses. When you can’t find the words, let these cocktail glasses do the talking. Glasses ($8.95 each), also from Patina Stores.
Urban Honey. Made from city bees, this honey is like giving the sweetest side of Minneapolis. Honey ($13.50), by Skinny Jake’s Fat Honey, also from France 44, skinnyjakesfathoney.com