Need a way to pass the time while you're stuck at the house this winter? Why not brew your own beer? The Northern Brewer Starter Kit ($80) includes most of the tools you need to get started, including two six-gallon buckets — one for fermenting, one for bottling — a fermentation lock, tubing, a bottle filler, brush, and capper, 144 bottle caps, a hydrometer, sanitizer, instructions, and a tutorial DVD. All you need are ingredients, a 2.5-gallon or larger kettle for brewing, and a whole bunch of empty bottles — and if you're considering buying this, we're guessing those won't be too hard to come by.
Turn any drink into a bacon-flavored treat with these Effervescent Bacon Drink Tablets ($4). Arriving in an handy portable tin, these wonderous cousins of Alka-Seltzer start dissolving the second you drop them into a glass of water, juice, soda, booze, or milk (gross), filling your goblet with the succulent flavor of bacon. Also great as a stocking stuffer, or for freaking out your vegetarian friends.