The drive to make culinary magic in the kitchen doesn't come cheap or easy. A dish is really only as good as it's ingredients and tools -- and the inspiration behind it. In other words, good cooking is often simple, but it can't really be faked. So treat the amateur chef in your life to some gourmet goodies that will help them keep their kitchen lit up through the year.
Melanie Ranger Service Trio ($140)
From Quebec-based artist-preneur Melanie Ranger comes this dramatic ceramic serving set. Simple, zen-like elegance, right? The two sturdy serving plates and bowl are fit for a party’s-worth of appetizers. Or… Doritos and leftover pizza.