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[GIFTED] Oyster Tasting Journal 

There's a quote that says "He was a brave man that first ate an oyster" and damnnnnnn that rings true when you look at them.  Oysters rank HIGH up there on the "World's Ugliest Foods" list, which is why so many people patently refuse to eat them.  Screw those scaredy cats—anyone who slurps their first oyster is hooked.  They're delicious, they're light and fresh, and they basically have zero calories.  Find a seat at an oyster bar and have a guilt-free happy hour snack, why don't you?

And once you get obsessed (which you will), you'll become more well-versed on which types of oysters are the best (East Coast all the way, baby), which are sweeter, which are brinier, which are massive, and everything else.  Since there are so many deep sea nuances associated with oyster-ology, you might be well-served to start documenting your briny adventures, with this Oyster Tasting Journal ($5, 33 Books).  


[GIFTED] We Rub You Sauces

Created by a sister duo who grew up in a Korean family, We Rub You Sauces ($10 per bottle, Mouth) offers modernized takes on traditional Korean sauces and marinades, like spicy and sweet Gochujang or Korean BBQ sauces.  If you want to spice up your boring, healthy weekday dinners with something a little different, grab a bottle and try it on for size.     


[GIFTED] Hangar 1 Vodka 

The craft cocktail revolution has a firm grip on our generation, so showing up to a party with a bottle of Grey Goose is fine, but doesn't make anyone as excited as it used to do.

"What the fuck?!" you might be thinking. "Grey Goose has been proven to be the most premium vodka out there and I'm gonna look like a BALLER when I show up with it."  Sure, no one's gonna be MAD if you show up with a bottle of Grey Goose, but nobody's really a brand loyalist anymore, instead leaning into the desire of wanting to try something new each time, and it doesn't really matter whether it's craft beer or a new "small batch" spirit.    

So, show up with something new, like a bottle of Hangar 1 Vodka.  Crafted in an old airplane hanger in California (hence the name) it's high-quality without being high-cost, and comes in a really cool bottle, which let's be real, everyone appreciates. 


[GIFTED] The United States of Pizza

There is no meal more crowd-pleasing than pizza.  You could be having a Mexican stand-off around the holidays with your sister's new boyfriend whom you hate with the passion of a million burning suns, but order a pizza and fast-forward to the two of you shoving cheesy dough in your mouths and developing a tenuous friendship.  Whether you're at a hipster restaurant eating a pizza that's all trussed up with fancy ingredients or secretly partaking in grease-soaked Dominos from the comfort of your couch, pizza is always just what the doctor ordered.  And what leftover tastes better than pizza?  No contest—piping hot slices and cold day-old slices both taste great.

And so, to celebrate everyone's favorite doughy indulgence, we have The United States of Pizza ($22, Amazon).  Part history lesson, part travelogue, and part cookbook, The United States of Pizza explores regional pies from all across the country providing recipes on how to recreate them at home.  Dig in.     


[GIFTED] Pinnacle Pumpkin & Pecan Pie Vodkas

I know what you're thinking.  Flavored vodka is disgusting.  But listen up, mofos: the time for disgusting flavored vodkas is around the holidays.  Why?  Because of the following reasons:

1. HOLIDAYS ARE STRESSFUL: You have so much shit to do, so many places to go.  You're seeing your family a lot.  You need alcohol, and now is not the time to be picky.

2. EVERYONE WANTS TO BE FESTIVE: Only around the holidays can you be yelled at for "being lame" for opting for a simple beer instead of whatever crazy festive concoction the holiday party host cooked up.  

Try to be open-minded this season.  Pick up a few bottles of Pinnacle Pumpkin & Pecan Pie Vodka and make a few festive cocktails.  If you make them right, you won't be able to taste the alcohol, which means your uptight aunt who "doesn't drink" just might get super wasted and make things interesting.  Good luck out there.