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The Any Occasion Add to Cart Gift Guide: Summer Edition

An updated list of recommendations from Eater’s shopping newsletter

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Eater’s shopping newsletter, Add to Cart, spotlights the latest in cooking tools and drinks; merch for a good cause; and all the tableware and food-themed home goods that I would very much like to own (and thus, that I hope will pique your interest enough to click that “add to cart” button). But there are also times when you already know you want to buy something — housewarmings, birthdays, paydays, and days when you just feel like supporting a small business — and just need to be pointed in the right direction. For that, there’s this post: Think of it as a consistently updated gift guide and home base for the Add to Cart universe.

Here, you’ll find a collection of items mentioned in the newsletter that are still shoppable, organized into five categories: cookware and home goods, clothing and merch, food, and drinks. Be sure to check back — I’ll be adding new things to buy every season — and subscribe to Add to Cart to start your week with shopping inspiration sent straight to your inbox.

Cookware and Home Goods

Standout kitchen tools, tableware, and home decor that strike the right balance of form and function

A set of cutlery

Occasional Object by Virgil Abloh

  • $650

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The late designer Virgil Abloh partnered with Alessi, the Italian housewares company behind the bird whistle tea kettle, among other iconic designs. The result — Occasional Object — debuted at Milan design week and consists of an industrial-looking stainless steel knife, fork, and spoon, plus a carabiner that holds them together. Only 999 pieces were made. 

A platter

Sona Home Platter

  • $198

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The designs at new homegoods line Sona Home would make for quite the photogenic dinner party. (Imagine placing these chutney pots at each individual place setting.) The brand comes from Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Maneesh Goyal and is inspired by the custom dishware the two had made for their New York City restaurant Sona.

A ceramic spoon rest and wooden spoon

The Whole Grain Family & Spoon Rest

  • $115

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Great Jones partnered with Sherród Faulks of Deep Black on a spoon rest and accompanying wooden utensils. The set comes with the ceramic spoon rest in blueberry or olive, and a ladle, spatula, and slotted spoon. It’s a splurge, but that’s precisely what might make it a nice gift. 

A brass vegetable peeler

The Forever Peeler

  • $28

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Material, the direct-to-consumer designy kitchenware brand, has a new product. The Forever Peeler is billed as the last vegetable peeler you’ll ever need. It certainly looks better than most other peelers out there, coming in three stainless steel shades with replaceable blades.

Vegetable cutters

Vegetable Cutters Set

  • $10

Prices taken at time of publishing.

You don’t have to create elaborate bento box lunches to appreciate the fun of radishes, carrots, and even butter that’s shaped like stars, hearts, bears, and more. Bettina Makalintal says these vegetable cutters not only make food cuter, but add an element of mindfulness as she makes simple meals.

A cast iron Our Place pan

Our Place Cast Iron Always Pan

  • $155

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Our Place launched a cast-iron version of its popular Always Pan this week in six enamel shades. It comes with a few cast-iron accessories too (a wooden spatula so you don’t damage the pan, silicone handles so you don’t damage yourself), making it a particularly nice starter set for someone new to cooking with cast iron.

A frying pan

CRUXGG Blue Steel Fry Pan

  • $70

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The latest kitchen gear from Ghetto Gastro and Crux is a line of pre-seasoned carbon steel pans. CRUXGG calls the line Blue Steel, which refers to the blue-annealing process that makes the pans resistant to rust.

A Le Creuset bread oven

Le Creuset Bread Oven

  • $290

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Legacy cookware brand Le Creuset also has a new product in its lineup: The Le Creuset bread oven, made from the brand’s traditional enamel cast iron. Home cooks have long made no-knead bread in a Dutch oven, the kitchen tool for which Le Creuset perhaps known best, but this new oven, consisting of a pan and domed lid, promises maximal rise and a golden crust.

Two rolled napkins

Atelier Saucier Napkins

  • $78

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Atelier Saucier is the latest fancy cloth napkin brand to cross my desk. The brand takes a fashion-inspired approach, dropping new linen collections with the seasons. A set of four in creamsicle would be a lovely addition to a summer table. They also monogram, if that’s your thing.

Three small candles

Lucali x Joya 3 Votive Scented Candle Set

  • $76

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Famed Brooklyn pizza spot Lucali has partnered with Joya on a slew of scented candles. Erbe E Aromi has notes of basil, heirloom tomato, oregano, rosemary, and thyme; Al Forno aims to mimic the scent of a brick oven; Caffè Corretto is modeled after the caffeinated alcoholic drink for which it’s named. There’s also a limited edition Aglio candle, designed to smell like garlic sizzling in olive oil.

A stack of cups

Maruhiro x A24 Ceramic Set

  • $45

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Indie entertainment company A24 partnered with Maruhiro, a brand of Hasami pottery, on some cute cups and saucers, seemingly just because. In bright colors — there’s pink, yellow, red, and white — the sets are unlike the more subdued traditional Hasami porcelain line.

A set of four clear wine glasses

Victoria James 4-Piece Wine Glass Set

  • $80
  • $115
  • 31% off

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Victoria James, sommelier and author of Wine Girl, partnered with Lenox on a line of wine glasses. Unlike most other wine glasses, these are designed according to terroir, rather than grape. On Instagram, James explained: “One glass is for warm regions where ripeness, richness, and elevated levels of alcohol and body call for a little wiggle room. The other glass is for cooler regions where more delicate aromas, leaner body and lower levels of alcohol and oftentimes racier acidity, means you need something a bit more focused and honed.”

A set of two colored glass goblets

Calypso Glass Set

  • $405

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Elazar Sontag wrote about the elaborate glass goblets, both vintage and not, that are more art objects than drinking vessels — and potentially worth the splurge for the right person. Rosemary Home sells vintage Venetian blown-glass goblets individually, or you can get a similar look with these sets of two designed by Milan-based Serena Confalonieri.

Wine Club

  • $75

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Clothing and Merch

The cutest food-themed clothing, restaurant merch, and brand collabs

A steam beer beanie

Anchor Brewing x Culk Steam Beer Merch

  • $26

Prices taken at time of publishing.

San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company has released some merch tied to its annual Steam Week, which commemorates what is widely considered to be the country’s first handcrafted beer: Anchor Steam. The brewery partnered with clothing company Culk on the line, which includes tees and a bucket hat plus a crewneck sweatshirt and beanie. 

White pants with food illustrations

Custom Food Pants

  • $275

Prices taken at time of publishing.

These custom food pants are very fun. I’ve been daydreaming about the foods I’d request to have drawn on a pair of white Dickies, asking myself which ones meet in the Venn diagram of foods I really, really like and foods that look good illustrated. Mashed potatoes, for example, only fall into the former circle, but Goldfish could be cute. 

Velvet shoes with caviar adornment

Stubbs & Wootton Caviar Slippers

  • $650

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Bettina Makalintal has declared the look of the summer to be seafood kitsch, thanks to the many brands adorning their designs with cocktail shrimp, seafood towers, tinned fish, and the like. These peak-preppy Stubbs & Wootton shoes are a prime example.

A person does a salad-themed puzzle at a table

Le Puzz Food-Themed Puzzles

  • $32

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Le Puzz is now selling its second series of puzzles, and as with the first line, there’s more than one with a food focus. The salad shot on Big Sally is a collaboration with food stylist Tyna Hoang, who recently worked on Eric Kim’s highly regarded cookbook Korean American; Have a Groovy Day includes a recipe for a fake chicken salad; and Sweet Tooth is ideal for the person who’s all-in on gummies.

Mister Parmesan Bucatini Hat

  • $38

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Mister Parmesan, as the Los Angeles Times describes it, is a “comical new source of apparel for pasta lovers.” The line of (mostly) hats decorated with the names of pasta shapes was co-founded by Samuel Schiffer, the lead pasta maker at Pasadena’s Semolina Artisanal Pasta. Thy the bucatini bucket hat.

A bottle of bistro waters perfume

D.S. & Durga Bistro Waters

  • $190

Prices taken at time of publishing.

On the heels of its instantly sold out pistachio perfume, D.S. & Durga released a perfume inspired by restaurants, specifically the bistro vibes described by Jason Diamond in this GQ article from last year. Bistro Waters is a “savory perfume water” with top notes of lime flower water, coriander seed, and pear.


From starter ingredients to complete meals, all the food that’s fit to gift

A bottle of Yellowbird sriracha

Yellowbird Sriracha

  • $26

Prices taken at time of publishing.

There may be a Huy Fong sriracha shortage, but you can easily just buy a different brand of sriracha, which is defined by its thicker texture and ingredients that include red jalapenos and garlic, not by a green cap and rooster logo. Yellowbird Sriracha, from the Austin-based brand which also makes other hot sauces, is a worthy replacement.

Two rocky road cookies sliced in half

Levain Rocky Road Cookies

  • $29

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Levain Bakery launched a limited-edition rocky road cookie flavor just for summer (at least that’s the plan). The dark chocolate cookies, with cashews and marshmallows, are available to order online in gift boxes, and they’ll also be for sale in the bakeries, which now span 11 locations in five cities.

A collection of Patagonia Provisions products

Patagonia Pantry Stocker Box

  • $110

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Dayna Evans interviewed the co-founder and head of Patagonia Provisions, the growing pantry arm of outdoorsy clothing brand Patagonia. It all started with wild salmon, but now there’s beer and pasta made with Kernza (a low-gluten grain that Patagonia Provisions incentivized farmers to grow), and, naturally, a whole host of tinned fish. For those who want a primer on the sustainability-focused brand, the Patagonia Provisions pantry stocker box is a good place to start.

Brightland and Dear Bella gift set

Dear Bella x Brightland Gift Box

  • $65

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Rebecca Flint Marx rated the best and worst vegan ice creams, and Dear Bella got top marks for its “fantastic” flavors and “spot on” texture. The LA brand conducts frequent collaborations with other food world-favorite brands. Right now, you can get a Brightland x Dear Bella gift box that includes two pints of Brightland Champagne vinegar peach crisp ice cream, along with petite bottles of Brightland olive oil and vinegar. 

Pecan log rolls

Pecan Log Roll Gift Box

  • $19

Prices taken at time of publishing.

On Eater Atlanta, read about how Stuckey’s new CEO is planning a revival of the Southern roadside stores that hinges on the pecan and the Stuckey’s pecan log roll, a nougat candy with maraschino cherries, dipped in caramel and then rolled in chopped pecans. For those not within driving distance of the remaining stores, Stuckey’s sells pecan log roll gift boxes, as well as other nuts and candy tins, on their website. 

cat-themed snacks

A Cat-Themed Snack Box

  • $70

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Japanese snack box brand Bokksu is doing themed gift boxes, and my absolute favorite is themed around cats. That’s right, cat cookies, candies, cappuccinos, and other non-alliterative cat-shaped snacks. 

“The Miller’s Daughter” Pantry Pack

  • $75

Prices taken at time of publishing.

For the avid home cook and baker, receiving one of Hayden Flour Mills’ new pantry packs would be no less delightful than opening a cat-themed Japanese snack box. The Phoenix-based mill, co-founded by Emma Zimmerman, author of The Miller’s Daughter (one of spring’s most-anticipated cookbooks), is selling collections of the flours that the book features. I maintain that a cookbook plus ingredients is one of the best gift ideas around. 

A jar of chile crisp

Bowlcut Chili Crisp

  • $14

Prices taken at time of publishing.

While we’re on the subject of condiments, there’s a new chile crisp brand entering the fray. Bowlcut comes from three children of Chinese restaurant owners. They also make a Char Siu BBQ sauce.

Four boxes of cascatelli pasta

Cascatelli Gift Set

  • $55

Prices taken at time of publishing.

One of the best Christmas gifts I received this year was a Sfoglini subscription, and the pasta brand just restocked its cascatelli gift set to ship in time for Mother’s Day. It includes four boxes of the cascatelli by Sporkful pasta, plus a dish towel and recipe booklet.

A bottle of smoked mushroom garum

Noma’s Smoked Mushroom Garum

  • $24

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Years after the beginning of the pandemic kicked off the trend in full force, Copenhagen’s Noma is the latest restaurant to start selling pantry products. The first in a line of upcoming Noma pantry products is a vegan and gluten-free smoked mushroom garum. Chef René Redzepi’s version is available to pre-order on the Noma Projects website starting March 1.

A chocolate bar

Casa Bosques x Megumi Arai Awase Chocolate

  • $38

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Chocolate company Casa Bosques partnered with textile artist Megumi Shauna Arai on a chocolate bar meant expressly for gifting — the $38 bar, flavored with beetroot-stained dried apples, saffron, and tarragon, is wrapped in a beet-pink Arai textile.  

Four bags of Poppy popcorn

Poppy x Spicewalla Popcorn

  • $32

Prices taken at time of publishing.

For those looking to inject some new life into the snack section of their pantry, Popcorn brand Poppy has collaborated with Spicewalla on a bundle of four fancy popcorn flavors: chai masala, white cheddar, piri piri, and garlic and herb.

Two bottles of Graza olive oil

Graza “Drizzle” & “Sizzle” Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • $35

Prices taken at time of publishing.

There’s a new DTC olive oil brand FYC. Graza launched with one finishing oil and one meant for cooking, designed to be affordable enough for liberal use in the kitchen. Both versions come in fun squeeze bottles too, and after receiving a sample, I’m ready to make the Sizzle bottle a go-to. 

A bottle of garum and its box

Matiz Flor de Garum

  • $29

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Eater recently published a guide to everything you could want to know about garum, a versatile fermented fish sauce that’s been used as a condiment since Roman times. It includes a few options to buy, but this one from Spanish company Matiz seems like the easiest to snag at the moment.  

A tin of sardines, can of salmon and tin of cod liver

Minnow Tinned Fish

  • $14

Prices taken at time of publishing.

There’s no stopping the tinned fish trend. The restaurateurs behind popular New York City restaurants Hart’s, Cervo’s, and the Fly announced last week that they’re selling their very own collection of tinned fish. Called Minnow, the line launched with tinned salmon, sardines, and cod liver, and is available at the restaurants as well as directly from the Minnow website. 


Intriguing cans and bottles, both alcoholic and non-

Masienda coffee

Masienda Coffee

  • $20

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Masienda, a brand that specializes Mexican masa and all of the cooking accessories one could need to get into the category, from molinos to tortilla presses, is selling a coffee collection for the first time. Two bean blends are sourced from Mexico City brand BUNA, and Masienda is stocking a signature mug from Oaxaca studio La Chicharra Cerámica.

Four cans of Ghia

Lime & Salt Le Spritz

  • $60

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Nonalcholic aperitif brand Ghia has a new canned spritz flavor. Lime & Salt joins ginger and the original rosemary-yuzu flavors, as a summer third option. Ghia calls it “crisp and salty, like a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean.”

One glass of white wine and one glass of red wine

Eater Wine Club

  • $70

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Every month, Eater Wine Club ships out boxes of two or four wines, selected by the Eater team’s favorite sommeliers across the country. Eater Wine Club membership also comes with a newsletter and invitations to virtual hangs where that month’s expert will go deeper on the box’s theme. 

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