Gift Guide: For the Hot Dog Lover

Hot Dog of the Week

A unique hot dog feature each week from hot dog connoisseur and cartoonist Hawk Krall!

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Don't know a dog-lover? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed.


hdgg_stress01.jpgArchie Mcphee Stress Weiner: Stressed out by holiday madness? Pick yourself up a stress weiner from the amazing Archie McPhee catalog. Also available are corn dog air fresheners and a full line of bacon-related novelty products, all great stocking stuffers. Available online at, $3.50

hdgg_statue.jpgSix-Foot Tall Hot Dog Statue: You know that crazy anthropomorphic hot dog statue squirting itself with ketchup and mustard that seems to show up in front of every hot dog stand from New Jersey to Japan? You can now have your very own! A more affordable three-foot version is available. Available online at, $650

hdgg_kraig.jpgHot Dog - A Global History: One of the most comprehensive books about hot dogs published so far, and probably the most up to date. Author and food historian Bruce Kraig covers not only American hot dog styles but variations from all over the world. Available online at, $10.95

hdgg_hkprint02.jpgHot Dog of the Week Art Prints:
Decorate your kitchen with high-quality giclee prints of regional hot dogs! The best artwork from my Hot Dog of the Week column here. There are now 12 different designs available, including the recent Detroit Coney and Danish "Polser" Hot Dog. Available online at, $27.00

hdgg_chicago.jpgGiant Chicago Hot Dog Print: Want to start a whole collection of hot dog art? These huge (23" x 31") hand-printed four-color screenprints come from Chicago-based poster designers Delicious Design League. Also plenty of non-hot dog related prints in their store.Available online at, $40.00

hdgg_kit03.jpgDetroit Coney Kit: Itching for a real Detroit Coney but nowhere near Michigan? No problem. Detroit's legendary American Coney Island will ship you a Coney Kit complete with a dozen Dearborn sausage natural casing dogs, buns, Coney sauce, and even an onion. Available online at, $49.99

hdgg_vienna.jpgVienna Beef's Ultimate Hot Dog Stand In A Box: This is the ultimate Chicago hot dog lover's gift. It includes: a table top hot dog cart, four-dozen Vienna Beef hot dogs and buns, two condiment sets, a Vienna Beef hat and apron, hot dog sign, a giant poster and 16 paper hats. Kits without the stand are also available. Available online at, $799.99 (yeah, it's a splurge)

hdgg_bens.jpgBen's Chili Bowl Holiday Sampler: For the month of December only, Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington D.C. is offering a holiday gift pack containing 16 half smokes, two pounds of chili, and a Ben's 50th anniversary tote bag. Also available: a full line of Ben's Chili Bowl products and apparel. Available online at, $49.99

hdgg_NEbuns.jpgNew England-Style Hot Dog Buns: Craving that New England hot dog experience? Famous Foods has New England style hot dog buns as well as bright red natural casing hot dogs, and NY System Hot Weiner spice mix.Available online at, $5

hdgg_shirt.jpgHot Dog Shirt: From outlaw printmaker Sean Star Wars comes this awesome screenprinted hot dog shirt. One color on a silver 100 percent cotton American Apparel t-shirt.Available online at, $15

hdgg_program.jpgA Hot Dog Program DVD: Rick Sebak's 1999 hot dog documentary is a terrific look at American regional hot dogs, visiting Pink's in Los Angeles, Varsity in Georgia and Rutt's Hut in New Jersey among others A must for any hot dog lover.Available online at, $19.95

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