Personalized coffee spoons
Let the the latte-loving "J. Alfred Prufrock" fan in your life measure out his or her life with these charmingly rough-hewn, hand-pressed personalized coffee spoons.
Available from Etsy.com seller Sycamore Hill for $16.50.
One of my all-time favorite flavor boosters, The Filling Station’s delicious espresso balsamic vinegar adds the perfect smoky punch to salads, marinades, and even desserts. (Grilled peaches with espresso-balsamic reduction? Don’t mind if I do.) Paired with a tin of TFS’s espresso salt, this gift pack is sure to perk up any cupboard.
Espresso vinegar is $9.95 for 6.8 ounces, espresso salt is $9.95 for 4 ounces. Both available from The Filling Station.
First edition of Out of Africa
A stunningly captivating book in its own right, this classic tome centers around life for a strong-headed divorcee on her coffee farm in colonial Kenya. Written under the pseudonym Isak Dineson by Danish baronness Karen von Blixen, the novelistic memoir captures not only the trials and tribulations of farming itself, but also a slice of African life under British influence in the early 20th century.
Copies available from AbeBooks.com.
Jeni's Splendid's “Black Coffee” ice cream
The genius of Columbus, OH’s beloved Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream’s version of this sweet coffee treat is that the grounds are steeped directly in the cream that becomes the confection, giving the pint a great, up-front coffee flavor most coffee ice creams lack.
$12 per pint, available from jenisicecreams.com.
Steampunkish hand-crank coffee grinder
This cool hand-crank grinder will let your favorite DIYer put some elbow grease into his or her morning cup. With a threaded base, this antique-looking portable cruncher can be attached to any standard canning jar (though it comes with its own), making it ideal for home, office, or outdoorsy brewing.
Available for $65 from lehmans.com.
Stand-alone milk steamer and frother
While no machine will ever replace the artfully crafted microfoam a top-notch barista can create, sometimes you just want to sip an au lait at home in your pajamas, know what I mean? Give the gift of years’ worth of cappuccinos with this milk-steaming and -texturizing gadget.
$59.99 from capresso.com.
Handmade coffee-filter wreath
Homey? Yes. Arts-and-craftsy? Undoubtedly. But they’re also kind of unexpectedly lovely, and make a great gift for perennial holiday decorators—these rings don’t leave needles everywhere.
Available from Etsy.com seller Boo Bah Blue, among others.
Designy espresso set
Parisian designer Fellina Sok-Cham dreamed up this perfect espresso-serving set, with a bamboo tray that dismantles to become individual saucers for six hip-to-be-square demitasse cups. Tiny notches that act as spoon rests in the cups’ top rim is a clever touch.
Available for $55 from momastore.org.
Coffee detox scrub
When you’re not extracting those little beans, you may as well exfoliate with them. This body scrub smooths skin with ground Kona coffee, sugar, and coconut oil, so even if you’re not feeling as refreshed as after your morning Americano, at least you’ll still look like it.
$28 for 13 ounces from sephora.com.
Donating money to a worthy coffee-related cause ups your karmic points in addition to saving your loved ones the counter-top clutter caused by a new gadget. Investigate caffeinated charity institutions like Coffee Kids, Bikes to Rwanda, and the cancer-prevention organization Grounds for Health to find one that matches your loved one’s top concerns, be they social, environmental, or sustainability focused.