Inexpensive, last-minute gifts for food lovers

Consumer Reports News: December 21, 2012 09:08 AM

Got someone on your list who loves good food? Consider one of these products, all of which did well in our recent tests. Even better, they're inexpensive, ranging from $6 to $60.

Trader Joe's California Estate olive oil. Just $6 for a 16.9-ounce bottle. It was excellent in our tests: strong, complex, and very fresh-tasting. It pairs especially well with bread and salad, our testers say.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates cabernet sauvignon and Bogle chardonnay.
Both scored Very Good in our wine taste tests and were just $10 per bottle. We assessed 2008 and 2009 vintages, respectively, though more recent vintages shouldn't differ very much.

Norman Love Confections Signature Gift Box.
At $49, it offers 25 excellent candies that include unusual fillings such as peanut butter and jelly, as well as truffles, creams, nut bits, and fruit purées. Shipping is extra and pricey ($36). See our reviews of other chocolates.

Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 blender and food chopper.
Excellent at making smooth icy drinks, chopping foods, and puréeing soup, the $60 machine has interchangeable containers and blades that make the combo blender and food chopper easy to use.

Want more healthy gift ideas? See what's on the wish list from our health experts.

Joel Keehn

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