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It's true that the 12 Days of Christmas are officially from December 25 to January 5, but maybe you need some gift-giving inspiration now instead of after the big day. And who better than a chef to give gift advice for all the cooks in your life. Our 12 Days of Christmas starts today, with the fabulous and funky Carla Hall.
The Chef: Carla Hall, Owner of Alchemy (Washington, D.C.), finalist in Season 5 of Bravo TV's Top Chef
The Gift: "There are a couple of directions I go in when giving holiday gifts. My first go-to gift would be a kitchen tool. I'm not a tool-chick, but I feel that every kitchen should have certain basic tools, other than knives, that serve more than one purpose or are used regularly – a microplane, a good peeler (not a harp peeler), a serrated peeler, a benriner (not that I'm cheap, but an inexpensive mandoline) and metal tongs."
Where to Find It: Williams-Sonoma.