Buying gifts for other food-minded folks can be tricky. Pick out the cookbook of the season and there’s a pretty good chance they’ve read it already. Buy them a bottle of some sweet small-batch gin and there’s the reasonable temptation to pour yourself a taste before wrapping. Lucky for you that you have us and we have our crack team of hungry elves tirelessly searching out the wares of artisanal goods makers, checking in with dealers in cocktail paraphernalia, sniffing out the latest from purveyors of gadgets, gastro-gear and covetable kitchenware. Yes, elves. You can’t do this without elves, people. Remember to tip the elves. They don’t ask for much. And neither do your food-nerd friends. They just want the best stuff. Which we’ve found and collected here. So go on, get giving.