So you need to buy a gift for a snack lover. While edible items are definitely appreciated, why not get a little more creative this year? From gifts they can wear to art they can hang on their walls, here are a few inspired ideas.
Menu Verner Panton Egg Cup
Fans of hard-boiled eggs will love these cute and colorful cups by Denmark-based company Menu. The porcelain base incorporates a pattern by the late Danish furniture and interior designer Verner Panton, while the silicone lid does more than just maintain heat: flatten it out, and voilà! A place to put your eggshells.
Soft Pretzel Maker
As much as I love Snyder's pretzels, sometimes it's more fun to DIY. Enter this Nostalgia Electrics maker. The bright yellow, non-stick gadget comes with a dough cutter and makes two large or six small soft pretzels at a time in three minutes. You just have to make (or buy) your own dough.
Orville Redenbacher's Pop Up Bowl
Transform the popcorn-making experience with this genius product from Orville Redenbacher. The bag's clear top and bottom makes it easier to leave no kernel unpopped. When it's ready, just pull back the top and the bag becomes a bowl. It comes in Butter, Ultimate Butter, Movie Theater Butter, and Smart Pop! flavors.
These cheeky specimen boxes elevate cereal to an art form, showcasing everything from sugary Cookie Crisp and Cocoa Puffs to more healthful Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies. The frames are made from solid Poplar, with a birch plywood back panel. And make sure to spend time on the (very satirical) website, where you can learn more about the "oldest continuously operating cereal specimen museum brand."
"Don't Be Salty" iPhone Case
iPhone want a cracker? Protect your hardware with this Saltine-inspired phone case from Zero Gravity. Just don't try to eat it in case hunger strikes while you're on the go.
Got Snacks? T-Shirt
The perfect tee for snackers comes in 18 different colors and is made from pre-shrunk 100% cotton. Other options include pizza, candy, and, of course, bacon.
Shumai Earphone Jack
Another way to jazz up your smart phone: a shumai-shaped earphone jack from Plug Apli. They're handmade, compatible with any 3.5 mm earphone, and also come in sandwich, rice ball, and meat form.
Snacks Every Month Club
Jars of pickles. Beef jerky. Kale chips. Bacon popcorn. Another month, another salty-and-sweet delivery of snackable goodness from the aptly named, and beautifully designed Mouth.com. (Sweet options include chocolate hazelnut biscotti, molasses spice cookies, and Dutch stroopwaffles.) Best of all: every product is handmade by small-batch producers. Shipments come in a cotton tote that reads, "Open wide." Good advice.
Blackberry Farm Jam
Set on a 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee's Blackberry Farm is a romantic inn, spa, brewery, restaurant, and, yes, a working farm. Artisans preserve fruit and veggies from the on-site garden. Our favorites: Strawberry Ramp (packed with chunks of ramp) and Apple Onion, which is like autumn in a jar (one you just might eat out of with a spoon).
Best of Big Spoon Roasters
This trio of North Carolina-made peanut butter is exclusive to Food52.com's new Provisions online shop. In addition to Peanut (made with wildflower honey, organic coconut oil, and sea salt, this is not your average PB), there's Mission Almond (a rich, gritty paste made with heirloom Mission almonds) and Peanut Cocoa (you'll never want to eat Nutella again).