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Great Gifts $25-50

Here are some wonderful gifts for $25-$50 to excite your friends and family!

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  1. AdHoc Champ Champagne Stopper

    AdHoc "Champ" Champagne Stopper

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    $45.00

    Why It's Cool: Preserves the bubbles, looks great, takes up very little space in the drawer or fridge

    There are at least 2 major issues with Champagne stoppers: they take up too much space on your refrigerator shelf and in your drawer and they’re awkward to use. Often they simply don’t work, because they cannot withstand the pressure from the bottle. And many are just plain ugly.

    Now you can banish all those issues from your bar!

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  2. AdHoc Pisa Cheese Grater

    AdHoc "Pisa" Cheese Grater

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    $27.49

    Why It's Cool: Very smooth and natural operation

    There are so many times that we all want freshly grated cheese on some dish: for us, last night it was grilled eggplant slices. Tonight it’s haricots vert. Every other night it’s Zucchetti alla Colbrook - the summertime substitute for real pasta. And when we can go back to real pasta, oh yeah!  .... yum!

    But how do you apply really fine, really focused freshly grated cheese, not too much, but on the plate, on the food? Flat graters work, but not always so neatly. So what do you do?

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  3. Pepe

    AdHoc Chili Mill

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    Why It's Cool: It cuts (not grinds) dried chilies into tiny pieces to add a hit of flavor to any dish

    The “Pepe” Chili Mill from AdHoc features the unique SchneidWerk® cutting mechanism - a special stainless steel blade that cuts your choice of dried chilis against sharply etched teeth - so that you can enjoy the more intense, “fresh” flavor of real chilis, even when dried, instead of merely crushing long-dried pepper flakes onto your dish! Freshly cut = more flavor!

    And the Voyage offers the same features and benefits, in a sleek compact highly-portable design … so you can have your own chilis conveniently available wherever you are … in your picnic basket, at your favorite restaurant, on your popcorn at the movies, etc. … yes, we know folks who love their chilis anytime, anywhere! And the Voyage from AdHoc makes it possible.

    It’s all that simple: put the dried chilies of your choice into the storage portion of these Cool Tools - either the acrylic chili-shaped top of the Pepe or the simple smaller, more portable container of the Voyage - and turn the top. The unique SchneidWerk® cutting mechanism is the heart of these Cool Tools. You can cut the chilies into the removable base to measure before adding to your dish, or you can remove the base and cut the chilies directly onto your plate or dish. Then replace the base - it acts as a cover - to avoid making a mess on your table or countertop.

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  4. AdHoc DuoMill Pure

    AdHoc DuoMill Pure

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    $49.99

    Why It's Cool: Both salt and pepper in one tower with 2 adjustable ceramic mills; great functionality and beautiful too!

    Salt and Pepper: essential ingredients in almost every recipe, and therefore in every kitchen and on every tabletop! And there are so many ways to ‘deliver’ these ingredients to your food … we offer electric (Piper’s primary faves!) and manual (Kennedy’s personal preferences!) But the good ones have a few things in common:

    • rapid, consistent and evenly distributed throughput,
    • adjustable grinders for individualized preferences,
    • comfortable ease of use, and
    • no messy “leave-behind” on your countertop or tabletop.

    Over these 5+ years of searching worldwide for truly Cool Tools, we’ve learned a lot, our requirements have become stricter, and the possible field of acceptable choices has narrowed. But this product truly is one of the best! And it’s from one of the first companies we worked with when we started our business!

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  5. Confessions of a Serial Entertainer by Steven Stolman

    Book: Confessions of a Serial Entertainer by Steven Stolman (signed by the author)

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    $29.99

    Why It's Cool: Witty, entertaining and informative book about how to be a gracious, relaxed and confident host.

    We love cookbooks and have a huge library of them, but it’s not something we’ve chosen to carry at Colbrook Kitchen… until now. But then, this isn’t just a cookbook--it’s a guidebook for anyone who invites people over (or would like to) and wants to do it with a maximum of style and a minimum of stress.

    Steven Stolman, clothing designer, former president of Scalamandre Fabrics, author, and self-proclaimed serial entertainer, shares his secrets, not only of how to be a gracious host, but how to be a great guest as well. Steven is the author of 40 Years of Fabulous and Scalamandré: Haute Décor. And he's our cousin!
    He freely admits to using lots of shortcuts and packaged products to make life easier, and these tips and many others are part of the wit and wisdom that fills these pages and will make everyone from the novice to the veteran party thrower a more confident and successful host. And along the way Steven shares recipes for everything from Pimento Cheese through Chicken Milanese to Sorta Strawberries Romanoff.

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  6. Camerons Mini Stove-Top Smoker

    Camerons Mini Stove-Top Smoker

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    $34.99

    Why It's Cool: Delicious smoked flavor... indoors... fast and easy!

    We love smoked food, starting with pork barbeque (there is no other kind, you know!) and evolving to include chipotles of a variety of chilis, and smoked tomatoes for homemade ketchup and tomato sauce. And all manner of fish, poultry and meats! But these have been major day-long projects in the Big Smoker - done very low and slow for hours. So it doesn’t get done as often as it might, because it’s a bit of a hassle.

    No longer! We’ve found an indoor stovetop solution that enables you to have smoked whatever, whenever, in a remarkably short time! And you can use it on your outdoor grill too!

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  7. Carré Olive Wood Dip Olive Boat

    Carré Olive Wood Olive Boat

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    $40.99

    Why It's Cool: Easy to both serve and retrieve olives in a warm, beautiful presentation

    The Olive Boat from Carré is an excellent example of the combination of functionality and design: the “beauty” that we look for in a Cool Tool.

    This classic design makes serving olives - whether cured or straight out the jar - easy and convenient. Olives line up neatly in the Olive Boat and can be retrieved easily from either end … and refilling even while your guests continue to enjoy them is quite simple. Cleanup is doubly simple: as with any good piece of wood, no soap or water required. Simply wipe away the excess oil, while leaving behind whatever oil is naturally absorbed by the wood, to achieve the double benefits of cleaning and seasoning. You’ll use this frequently in your home, and it makes a great gift!

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    Carré Salt Keepers

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    Why It's Cool: Beautiful way to hold salt for kitchen or table / Double Salt Dish is great if you have two kinds of salt or salt and pepper

    As we’ve said often before, we love salt! We cook with it, and we dress our dishes with it. So we always want some salt - and sometimes two varieties - immediately at hand in the kitchen. There are many designs of salt dishes, but two design features are preferable in a salt dish: it should have a cover, to protect from moisture and food, and it should look good, because it is constantly on display on your countertop. And on this last essential point, there are few things more beautiful than the wood grain in olive wood.

    These olive wood salt dishes are being offered in both traditional and innovative designs, both with exceptional functionality … both very Cool Tools!

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  9. Charles Viancin Clover Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Clover Silicone Lids and Bottle Stoppers

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Almost every Charles Viancin Design evokes a wonderful season or holiday … and so we’re excited to bring you the Clover … a symbol for St. Patrick’s Day, especially as it is celebrated here in the US. We have 4 products in this design - two for food and two for drinks: a seemingly appropriate 50/50 division for this holiday. These are lovely and effective tools, and make great gifts!

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  10. Charles Viancin Crystal Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Crystal Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin has launched another new and innovative design: this new Crystal design is the first silicone lid with Charles Viancin style coupled with the ability to see through lid to your contents inside.

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the Crystal lids at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Crystal Bundle: 1 large 11", 1 medium 9", 1 medium-small 8" and 2 XSmall Drink Covers 4.5" (~$47 value) = $44.99
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  11. Charles Viancin Dahlia Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Dahlia Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin's launched another new and innovative design: this new Dahlia design has mavelous detail on the petals!

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the dahlia items at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Dahlia Bundle: 1 Oblong, 1 large, 1 medium, 2 x-small pink, 2 x-small blue, and a set of Glass Markers (~$62 value) = $56.99
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  12. Charles Viancin Fruit Stand Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Fruit Stand Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin has launched another new and innovative design: this new Fruit Stand design has a different fruit for each size, each with great detail

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the Fruit Stand items at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Fruit Stand Bundle: 1 large 11" Raspberry, 1 medium 9" Strawberry, 1 medium-small 8" Blackberry and 1 Small 6" Blueberry (~$40 value) = $38.99
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    Charles Viancin Grape Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin's launched another new and innovative design: this new Grape design has mavelous detail on the leave section, and grapes to grab!

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the grape items at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Grape Bundle: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, 2 x-small, 1 wine stopper, and a set of Glass Markers (~$53.50 value) = $49.99
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  14. Charles VIancin Poppy Collection

    Charles Viancin Poppy Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Bold and beautiful: those are the only words to describe Charles VIancin's Poppy Collection. Gorgeous fire engine red with a black center...these certainly won't get lost in your refregerator and they'll make a great statement if you're taking a dish to a pot luck gathering.

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order one of our Bundles, and get a nice assortment at a savings!

    Money saving bundles:

    • Bundle 1: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 1 small (~$44 value) = $39.99
    • Bundle 2: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 2 x-small (~$44 value) = $39.99
    • Oblong Big Bundle: 1 10"x14" Oblong, 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, 1 small, 2 x-small, and 1 wine stopper (~$73 value) = $68.99
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  15. Sea Collection

    Charles Viancin Sea Collection Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    We do love the creativity that Charles Viancin exhibits in his new designs every year. (And, yes, unlike Betty Crocker, Charles VIancin is a real person... a very handsome tall Frenchman who is inspired by nature!) But when we saw this year's designs at the show in January, we were literally blown away. With the Sea Collection Charles has gone from recreating the beauty of nature to capturing its intangible qualities as well. Whether you have a house at the beach (or you're visiting someone who does: these make great gifts!) or just want to bring the calm beauty of the sea into your home, this collection is truly, mind-blowingly beautiful!

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order one of our Bundles, and get a nice assortment at a savings!

    Money saving bundles:

    • Bundle 1: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 1 small (~$46 value) = $43.99
    • Bundle 2: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 2 x-small (~$46 value) = $43.99
    • Big Bundle: 1 large (Coral), 1 medium (Sea Shell), 1 medium/small (Starfish), 1 small (anemone), and 2 x-small (~$55 value) = $51.99
    • And you can add a beautiful Seashore Towel from Michel Designs for just $8.49 when you buy any of the Sea Collection Bundles.
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  16. Grape Cutting Board

    Charles Viancin Silicone Cutting Boards

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    Why It's Cool: Flexible to deliver cut food to pan or bowl, doesn't move on counter as you cut, dishwasher safe

    When we reviewed the Charles Viancin Lilypad Cutting Board, just over 1 year ago - wow! time is flying! - we talked about the many choices of cutting boards, including the fact that we all probably have several, in various sizes and materials, in our kitchen. Everybody has to face these choices. Piper has written a Cool Tip on this subject and, in prior first cutting board reviews, we summarized the basic criteria for making these choices:

    • Size: it should big enough that the cut food doesn’t fall off, but small enough that moving it doesn’t constitute exercise;
    • Sturdy: it shouldn’t move or curl while in use;
    • Durable: it should be firm enough that cutting on it won’t gouge it to shreds, but not so hard as to damage your knives;
      Convenient: it should be the right size - or sizes - and it should be dishwasher safe, so that we can be sure it’s really clean the next time we use it; and, finally,
    • Beauty: it should be beautiful in your kitchen - or wherever you use it - because, as  William Morris said, you should “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

    And now Charles Viancin has taken another step to assure that you can satisfy all these criteria with two simple products in two designs: the Silicone Cutting Boards in both medium and small in both Grape and Poppy designs.

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  17. Charles Viancin Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    I’m pretty much a disaster when it comes to plastic wrap; it seems to stick to everything except the bowl I'm trying to cover.  And the green side of me hates to use it once and throw it away. If you're like me, you'll love these Charles Viancin Lids.

    Can't decide which design you like best? Join the crowd! Order one of the Mixed Bouquet Bundles, select the design for the large lid, and we'll choose the designs for the other sizes to give you a mixed bouquet of lids!

    Money saving bundles available in one design or in a Mixed Bouquet:

    • Bundle 1: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 1 small ($44 value) = $39.99
    • Bundle 2: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 2 x-small ($44 value) = $39.99
    • Big Bundle: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, 1 small, 2 x-small, and 1 wine stopper ($55 value) = $49.99

    Make your choice in the drop-down menu below ...

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  18. Charles Viancin Silicone Snowflake Lids

    Charles Viancin Silicone Snowflake Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    I’m pretty much a disaster when it comes to plastic wrap; it seems to stick to everything except the bowl I'm trying to cover.  And the green side of me hates to use it once and throw it away. If you're like me, you'll love these Charles Viancin Lids.

    The Snowflake design is the essence of winter in beautiful blue and white, with each lid in a different, but coordinating color.

    Money saving bundles:

    • Bundle 1: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 1 small ($44 value) = $39.99
    • Bundle 2: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 2 x-small ($44 value) = $39.99
    • Big Bundle: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, 1 small, 2 x-small, and 1 wine stopper ($55 value) = $49.99

    Make your choice in the drop-down menu below ...

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  19. Charles Viancin Tomato Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Tomato Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin has launched another new and innovative design: this new Tomato design just screams summer and makes our mouths water for the real things!

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the Tomato lids at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Tomato Bundle: 1 large 11", 1 medium 9", 1 medium-small 8", 1 small 6" and 2 XSmall Drink Covers 4.5" (~$56 value) = $53.99
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    Charles Viancin Value Sets

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    $30.99

    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's oven safe...and now at an outstanding price!

    We all love Charles Viancin silicone lids: they’re beautiful, they’re useful, they’re effective, and they’re wonderful to own and to give as gifts. In addition, they’re “green” (reusable, recyclable, etc.) and take up very little space. And now (drum roll) for a limited time (drum roll again) they are even more reasonably priced!

    Those lovely folks at Charles Viancin have put together Value Sets in a few of the most popular designs and in the most popular sizes. Each set contains ... 1 large (11”/28cm), 1 medium (9”/23cm), 1 medium small (8”/20cm), and 2 x-small (4”/10cm) lids (drink covers) in one design; all beautifully packaged. Buy several: at least one for you, and several more as gifts; these prices won’t last forever!

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