Pour It On
"Organic maple syrup spiked with bourbon or vanilla is fantastic not only with breakfast, but in a glaze for roast pork or a sauce for wild salmon."
Bourbon Barrel Matured and Tahitian Vanilla Infused maple syrup gift pack, $50
"Because the cocoa content of this handmade Belgian chocolate is off the charts, it's extremely satisfying-one square a day is enough."
Box of eight bars, $84
Pierre Marcolini Chocolatier; www.marcolinichocolatier.com
The Playful Plate
"These stoneware dishes have a gorgeous glaze and a nice sense of humor. The designer works with potters in Peru and is active in aid to Artisans, which links local craftsmen to commercial markets."
Apple, $65, and pear, $55
Jonathan Adler; www.jonathanadler.com
"There's nothing worse than having to wrestle with your steak because you don't have the proper knife."
Twelve stainless steel knives in black case, $50
Gourmet Settings; www.costco.com for stores
Caffeine with a Conscience
"I like waking up with coffee that hasn't been doused with lots of pesticides. This company buys beans at a fair price from workers who aren't exploited."
Peruvian French Roast, $11
Bean Trees Fine Organic Coffees; www.beantrees.com