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2010 gift guides: for the kitchen

by Kristina Gill


Nothing makes me happier than giving a unique gift, or one that has taken significant personal investment.  I have divided my guide into two parts.  The first part are all samples of work that some of my favorite artisans make.  The images you see are just representative of their work.  I have worked with almost all of them throughout the year on commissioned pieces for myself and friends and really enjoy the collaborative process.  The second part is about enabling someone to give or personalise, so I have included ideas about things you can make or find yourself, or you can give to people who may in turn appreciate making and giving something on their own. –Kristina

1. Items for the kitchen + furniture, handmade from reclaimed wood and fallen trees, by .  Pictured:  Olive wood cutting board (starting at €60), olive wood salt cellars (€50 each).  2.  Cup and saucer by . ($70)  3.  Handmade porcelain products by .   Visit website for new products.  4.  Christmas ornaments made from the discarded wood pieces from Andrea Brugi’s work.  By 5.  Inscribed plate by , set of two (120).  6.  Espresso cup (powder, $22), small dinner plate (dust, $47), dipping bowl (white, $35).  Three of five new shades of white introduced by this year.  Find the perfect color to match your friend’s interior.  7.  Espresso cups with gold stars and dessert dishes by . (Contact for details)  8.  Zinnia soap dish by .  9.  Maple flour scoop by .  For prices for custom pieces, please artist.


1.  Hard to find initials, or interesting typography.  Pictured large aluminum letter, found .  K is not easy to find!!  2.  A contribution to a worthy cause that you know your friend cares about, in your friend’s name.  An example here based on food, .  3.  cookbook.  Bake a great loaf, wrap it and take it to someone.  4.  .  Pictured “Art Depot” by Kristina Gill.  5.  cookbook by Lara Ferroni.  Bake and deliver, or have them waiting when family and friends come over.  6.  A gift subscription to a magazine.  The gift will come throughout the year!  Pictured, Australian Gourmet Traveller.  7.  by Nigel Slater.  All about fruit, all about dessert.  Bake something with winter bounty to take along to a party.

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