My friend Deb actually alerted me to this next gift suggestion. She was raving about a shop that specialized in flavored oils and balsamic vinegars, letting you taste test them right in the shop! Turns out that these shops are franchised and I found one right here in Greenville, SC; they have a lot in Pennsylvania, too – West Chester, Doylestown, Bethlehem, and at the Pittsburgh Public Market. These shops give you recipes and ideas for using these oils in new ways – like, cinnamon-pear balsamic over ice cream, or walnut oil mixed with black cherry vinegar for a salad dressing. Even if you can’t find one of these particular specialty shoppes, a lot of upscale markets have these types of gourmet oils and vinegars. This is exactly the kind of thing that great cooks LOVE, and it’s a perfect hostess gift. I’m not even gonna tell you how much I spent in Palmetto Olive Oil Co. but I am set for last minute gifts for quite a while!