The Ruby Spoon Holiday Gift Guide 2014

forest feast

The Forest Feast. This was my favorite cookbook this year. A gorgeous book with beautiful photos and water colored font, as well as deliciously simple vegetarian recipes.


Voluspa candles in Santiago Huckleberry. If you remember last year’s gift guide, I love Voluspa candles! They come in varied sizes, and smell amazing.


I had to sneak this one in here too. The Capri Blue hand poured candle in Volcano is another favorite and comes in different colored jars.

dick taylor

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate. Small batch, bean-to-bar, exquisite chocolate from Northern California. I’m forever spoiled. Dominican is my favorite. (Thank you Tony, for introducing me!)

bar tools

If you need a bar tool set, this is it. The Saddle Leather bar tool set from Pottery Barn makes cocktail-making that much more fun. I love looking at them as well as using them.


A great stocking-stuffer for the writer, blogger, list-maker, etc. Moleskine Volant pocket notebooks fit in your pocket or purse. I’m a paper/pen nerd, and these just feel nice and are lovely to write in.

lip whips

Dare I say an upgrade from last year? These limited edition Kari Gran lip whips (Naughty & Nice) are perfect for the season. Nice is a sparkly blush champagne (my favorite of the two) and Naughty is a shimmery deep plum.

pour over

I give you permission to roll your eyes, but this brass and American walnut pour over stand is a thing of beauty. The King of pour over stands for the coffee aficionado.

transport tote

Madewell Transport Tote. I love Madewell bags (and jewelry, jeans and everything else…) and the transport tote seems to be a popular bag of theirs. It’s well constructed, roomy, comes in multiple colors and can be monogrammed. I love my Glasgow Satchel, but this lovely bag has been on my wishlist for a while. Perfect for daily toting, or weekend travel.


Handmade ceramic mugs from Kaufmann Mercantile. This expertly curated store is just plain cool and is a great place to shop for all manner of gifts.


RMS Beauty Living Luminzer. There is a reason this must-have product has reached cult status in the beauty world. This is what I like to call, “glow in a jar”. It is very concentrated and lasts forever, and it is organic and all natural. I love RMS products and have been using them for years. I’m on my 3rd jar of this magic stuff.

pine syrup

I haven’t tried this Dram Pine Syrup yet, but once I heard about it, I’ve had it on my radar. Made with hand-foraged Colorado pine, organic sugar, spring water and spices, I can hardly wait to use this to put a Christmas spin on my Old Fashioneds.


I came across these studs in a magazine a while back and thought they were gorgeous. Far and Wide Collective has an assortment of colors, but I especially love the gold plated lapis lazuli, tourmaline and emerald studs.

hot chocolate

What is Christmas without hot chocolate? Especially hot chocolate spiced with ginger & cinnamon. It is sourced by La Boite in NYC, a spice lab created by former chef  Lior Lev Sercarz who is a genius with spice blends. David surprised me with one of La Boite’s  collectible tin of biscuits earlier this year, and it was a treat indeed. This hot chocolate I imagine is no exception.

titan peeler

The Titan Peeler. This beast makes short and easy work of any kind of vegetable peeling as well as making the perfect swath of citrus peel for your cocktails. (It also comes with a julienne peeler) You’ll never go back to that old, dinky peeler.

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