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This post originally appeared on December 11, 2019, in Add to Cart — the weekly newsletter for people who love shopping (almost) as much as they love eating. Subscribe now.


We’re deep in gift-giving season, meaning at this point we’re all buried in gift guides. But I have to say, I’ve been enjoying the many guides this year, less for gift-giving purposes than for educational ones. Did you know that, in London at least, Aesop soap is so yesterday, and now it’s all about Mahala? Or that there’s such a thing as a cucumber basket, shaped perfectly for carrying your freshly harvested cukes? And it’s called a “trug”? Also that, for just $30, there’s a gadget that will remind you to drink water? I’m really learning so much.

Another thing I’ve learned: Turns out the thing that excites me the most this time of year is baked goods — hence today’s baked goods edition of Things to Buy.

Things to buy

  • Schlepping prepared food to someone’s home is an undeniable pain in the ass, which is why I appreciated this roundup of containers and carriers for transporting baked goods. This pie keeper from the Container Store is especially smart.
  • Three words: Republique gift baskets. The LA destination is curating gift baskets with its signature baked goods — the bounty of options includes panettone, salted caramel chocolate cake, fruit tarts, and Basque cheesecake — as well as treats from other brands, like Verve coffee and Terre Bormane olive oil.
  • A baked goods icon on the opposite coast, Levain Bakery cookies are also shippable for the holidays (along with alllllll these other baked goods).
  • For a hit of sugary goodness that won’t actually fill you up, might I interest you in a stroopwafel face mask? The self-heating masks are apparently like rubbing melted caramel directly on your face, if that sounds like something you’re interested in. (H/T to Marian Bull, who shared these on Insta.)

Things to know

  • The brand that is Alison Roman continues to grow, this time with a “Nothing Fancy Bundle” of products on the cookbook personality’s website (including a “Nothing Fancy” Baggu bag, custom matchbooks, and a “custom upstate turmeric dyed tea towel” that’s just… tie dye) that sold out in like 20 minutes.
  • Also sold out: Qdoba’s queso candle.
  • “Cool thing if you live in NYC” alert: Air’s, the glam Champagne-and-caviar destination, is selling tins of caviar for the holidays. You have to pick them up in-person at Air’s, and they’re not cheap, but the packaging is appealingly cheeky and fancy-feeling enough to inspire a trek.
  • Eater’s own Hillary Dixler Canavan was featured by Trunk Club this week, sharing some fashion advice (because what you wear to a restaurant really can matter).

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