If you're looking for a last-minute gift for your favorite gourmand or amateur chef, there are quite a few unusual and exotic choices waiting on www.ChefShop.com that can arrive as fast as the next day. A quick search will find real wasabi powder, Frog Hollow chutney made from four kinds of Asian pears and chocolate for drinking grown on organic farms in the Dominican Republic.
For those with more demanding tastes, try the $105 antipasto hamper, filled with sun-dried tomatoes from Abruzzi, baby artichokes and peppers from Tuscany, and truffle-flecked sheep-milk cheese and smoked sardines from Portugal. Truffle-filled dried figs dipped in chocolate certainly would please somebody, as would one of the gorgeous Japanese cast-iron Tetsubin teapots. There are even small supplies of the fabled Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey fruitcakes, if you hurry.