I'm totally sold when it comes to Williams and Sonoma. I buy into the whole deal when I walk into the store and I salivate over the catalog when it comes to call. Even if I go there to buy gifts, I end up buying things for myself too.
I've been keeping an eye out for good foodie gifts this Christmas and I would be extraordinarily happy to get any Williams & Sonoma gift, especially this one: The Zoku Quick Pop Maker. I saw this in the catalog and immediately went on-line to check it out. After I watched the video of it I was totally sold, and I want to make some popsicles no matter WHAT the weather is outside.
Zoku Quick Pop Maker, $49.95
I have to mention here that W&S is the only company to carry this product! Believe me, I checked.
I love their hot chocolate-- So creamy and chocolatey-intense. I've bought this a few years in a row now for myself and for friends.
Hot Chocolate with Pot $39.95 (chocolate only $19.50)
And here's the link to more gifts under $50 at Williams & Sonoma
(I'm drooling again over sticky buns and chocolate croissants on that page. If only I could guarantee their amazingness after crossing the ocean!)
Last year I bought, for myself, an 11 Cup cuisinart food processor that was on sale at Macys.com. I am so glad I did. I saw that they are on sale again, and don't you deserve one?
11 Cup Cuisinart Food Processor $130
My last recommendation is for a cast iron skillet. I think everyone should be cooking in cast iron and stainless steel now that I've read so much about non-stick pans and the hazard to your health. I try to cook only in my cast-iron. If you keep it well-seasoned it is really just as good as your non-stick pan. The best deal I found was Amazon.com!