Food and Drink

Travel Espresso Maker

If you enjoy great espresso, consider adding this premium travel-sized espresso maker (called Minipresso) to your list of items that you bring on the road.

It weighs less than 1 pound (0.8 if we’re being specific) and has a built-in cup. If you pack lightly or travel with just a carry-on, this is going to save you a lot of space and weight compared with some of the alternatives. It’s innovative design uses a hand pump rather than compressed air cartridges or electricity, meaning you can use this pretty much anywhere without carrying any extra gear.

This video shows exactly how to use the Minipresso espresso maker:

Del Ben Primitive Knife

The Del Ben Primitive Knife was recently featured as a gift idea in Wired Magazine for its interesting design and style and this one of a kind Italian knife caught our attention for many of the same reasons that they identified.

If you’re not familiar with the company, Del Ben is an award-winning maker of kitchen knives. All of their knives are designed and hand-made in Maniago, Italy. Their products have been featured in a number of trade shows worldwide.

This particular knife has no traditional handle. Instead, the stainless steel blade is modeled after Stone Age tools, with a design that allows you to grip the back of the knife itself. The feeling of gripping the ergonomic handle of the Del Ben Knife while chopping or slicing is definitely unique and satisfying.

It also comes with a stainless steel stand to hold your knife in place when it’s not in use. Given how unique this knife looks, it might be worth displaying on a counter or shelf when it’s not in use and the included stand is perfect for this.

The knife features an 8.75 inch blade and is intended to be a general purpose kitchen knife. You can cut anything from meat, fish, vegetables, herbs, fruit and more, and the knife is washable by hand after you’re done. You can also sharpen it with a standard knife sharpener to maintain it.

Here’s a video of the knife being used to cut a few types of fish and vegetables:

The list price is $249. If you’re wondering why the Del Ben Kinfe is relatively expensive, you’re paying partially for the innovative design and style, but it’s also worth noting that the knife is crafted out of a single piece of stainless steel in Italy. You’re getting very high quality materials and careful craftsmanship for this price.

You get what you pay for with knives, and this is definitely a carefully made tool with a lot of history and thought behind the design. This would make a great gift for a chef or cooking enthusiast.

 

Wine Hive

Made in America from recycled aluminum, WineHive is a modular wine rack system. It can be built out infinitely in any direction due to the modular design… just keep adding pieces as needed.

This unique design allows you to customize WineHive’s shape depending on the space that you have available. For example, you could build a tall and narrow hive, or a very flat and wide hive, or a perfect square. You can view a lot of customer pictures/ideas on the seller’s website.

The unique idea was thought up and invented by an industrial designer from Philadelphia named John Paulick. His inspiration came from a natural honeycomb shape, and he went on to build and design the wine rack based on this honeycomb idea.

WineHive was launched as a Kickstarter campaign that quickly raised $65,000, more than 4 times the funding goal, in just 30 days of fundraising.

This round of crowd funding allowed WineHive to go into production. The team developed a patented interlocking system to bring the honeycomb shape to life and began selling their product.

The final design looks amazing and offers a wide range of customization options.

The unique 120-degree interlocking angles also provide better weight disbursement than the typical 90-degree manmade structures. This allows the final product to use less materials for the same strength and stability.

Here’s a YouTube video showing how the WineHive looks when assembled and displayed in a kitchen. It looks even better with a few wine bottles on the rack.

WineHive can enhance the look of a modern kitchen, dining room, cellar or pretty much any room that you’d like to display wine bottles in.

It’s also a great gift idea for friends or family that would appreciate innovative design and modern decor.

 

Chopstick Fork Combo

Chopsticks on easy mode, and a fork on the other end if you still can’t master it.

This gadget is called The Chork. It’s a 3-way utensil that combines:

  • A Standard Fork- Just grab the 2 sticks at the opposite end and it’ll function just like a regular fork.
  • Cheaters/Trainers – Perfect for somebody that’s beginning to use chopsticks but isn’t experienced or comfortable yet. Using the sticks while they’re adjoined together makes it a lot easier to learn and get the basic chopstick motions down. This feature makes the Chork is a pretty good gift idea for somebody that doesn’t know how to use standard chopsticks.
  • Chopsticks- Simply pinch the fork end and they’ll split apart and function as regular chopsticks. Practice on training mode and then test yourself with the two sticks separated, or use this if you’re already an expert.

Each order is a pack containing 6 Chorks.

 

Giant Wine Glass

Never pause for a refill! This enormous wine glass can hold the volume of an entire wine bottle (750ml) in 1 pour. Just don’t drop it, that amount of liquid is actually pretty heavy.

This would make a great gift idea for parties, a night out, or any fun occasion. To make it a bit more of a personal gift, there’s actually an option to engrave a custom message of up to 3 lines.

The giant wineglass is made of hand-blown glass and stands 9 inches tall.

 

Self Stirring Mug

With the self stirring mug your coffee or tea will stir itself with the press of a button. You’ll save time and you’ll never find those little pieces of sugar on the bottom again. Plus you’ll never have to use a spoon or wooden stir to mix your warm beverages.

Just pop a pair of AAA batteries inside the base, fill your mug with your favorite hot drink, add your creamer or sweatener, and press the button on the handle. The mug will do the rest for you- tiny blades on the bottom will stir your drink into a perfect frothy blend.

The self stirring mug also includes a drink-through lid for taking your tea or coffee on the go. A perfectly stirred drink is useless if half of it ends up on the seat of your car, right?

To clean the mug after use, just pour a bit of water and soap and press the button to stir the cleaning mix. The mug holds 14 ounces of liquid in total.

 

Bamboo Wine Rack

This beautiful wooden wine rack features natural bamboo and can hold up to 12 bottles. The price is reasonable too- $19.88 on Amazon at the time of posting this. The list price isn’t much more at $20.13 which begs the question of why run a $0.25 sale? Oh well.

The wine rack is made of 3 natural bamboo shelves and a bamboo base, connected by two wooden supports with an espresso finish. It’s a great way to add a modern Asian theme to any area.

 

Knife Holder

This chrome knife holder is an eye-catching way to store and display kitchen knives (although a bit violent looking..)

If you’re trying to set your kitchen apart, this is a great way to do it. It’ll definitely be a conversation starter when guests are over.

It’s also a pretty cool gift idea.

 

Bamboo Cutting Board

100% Organically grown bamboo cutting boards, from a company called The Bamboo Guys. They specialize in building high quality durable cutting boards that can take a beating and still last for years.

Their website has a wide variety of sizes and variations on the basic cutting board.

One of their best sellers is a 4 piece cutting board set that’s perfect for serving food from (cheeses, cured meats, etc.)