Gallery: Gift Guide: For The Ice Cream Maker

  • Ice Cream Maker, Fancy Edition


    This premium home ice cream maker has a built-in compressor so you can churn batch after batch, back to back (we've run it for six hour-long marathon churn sessions). Compressor ice cream machines are expensive, but the DeLonghi produces exceptionally smooth and creamy ice creams and sorbets. It's more compact than other machines in its class, but it's built like an ox. (Available online, $248)

    Ice Cream Maker, Budget Edition


    If you don't have $250 to spend, the Cuisinart ICE-21 is a great alternative. It has a bowl that must be chilled in the freezer for 24 hours, and it usually can't make more than one batch in a row, but unless your fledgling ice cream chef is really hardcore, this should cover his or her needs. Adding chunky ingredients is easy thanks to an open hole at the top of the machine. Though it lacks the instant gratification convenience of a compressor machine, this baby makes great ice cream at a fraction of the price. Additional freezer bowls are available separately. (Available online, $47)

    Real Maraschino Cherries


    An old school sundae is one of the best ways to enjoy ice cream, but the chemical-and-corn-syrup-soaked maraschino cherry could use some improvement. These Luxardo cherries are the real thing—some of the best preserved fruit you can buy. They're a bit pricey for an everyday purchase, but that's all the more reason to give them as gifts. (You'll win double points if the recipient is an Old Fashioned drinker.) (Available online, $16)

    The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

    Max Falkowitz

    David Lebovitz's essential book of ice cream recipes and techniques is a must-have for budding ice cream makers. He introduces a wide variety of traditional ice cream styles using modern and unique combinations of flavors and toppings. (Available online, $13)

    Quick-Pop Maker


    Homemade ice pops are cheap, healthy, and delicious, but take hours to freeze. The Zoku Quick-Pop Maker produces ready-to-eat popsicles in about ten minutes, answering the prayers of many a sweaty summer evening. You can check out a full review here. (Available online, $50)

    Mini Ice Cream Cooler


    This portable, freezable, re-usable ice cream tub is a really useful gift. With a ice-pack gel lid and insulated walls, it will keep your cool creations frozen during transportation to potlucks, picnics, and other ice cream-mandatory events. Holds one pint. (Available online, $19)

    Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae Cups

    Fishs Eddy

    Ice cream deserves its own serving dish, and these tulip cups are about the most charming option available. The scalloped edge allows hot fudge sauce to dribble down just so. (Available online, $5 each)

    Silicone Molds


    Great for making themed (or just cool-shaped) popsicles, miniature ice cream cakes, or kulfi (an ultra-creamy Indian popsicle). Silicone molds come in a variety of shapes and are easy to use, clean, and store. Fill them with just-spun ice cream or sorbet and layers of flavors and toppings. (Available online, $9)