Nut butters, but better

Peanut-butter shoppers are used to choosing between crunchy or creamy. Unfortunately, they also often have to decide between tasty or natural. West Philly's PB & Jams bridges that divide with simple, all-natural nut butters sweetened with local honey or spiked with sea salt. Try the Classic PB or the spiced Hot or Not variety.

Classic PB, $6.50, and Hot or Not Peanut Butter,
$7, at or Milk and Honey Market, 4435 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia

Fresh and nonalcoholic

 If you're expecting teetotalers (or kids) at your New Year's bash, you may want a fresh alternative to the same-old sparkling cider. GuS - short for grown-up soda - offers options like Meyer lemon or ginger ale that's made using fresh ginger.

-Samantha Melamed
GuS Ginger Ale,
$1.99 at DiBruno Brothers, 1730 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 215-665-9220

Rack 'em up

When holiday entertaining clean-up is more than your dishwasher can handle, it's good to have temporary reinforcements. Enter the Cubodira, a cutting board and collapsible dish rack married in one polyethylene-and-stainless-steel package. The dish rack folds flat when empty, for use as a cutting surface or for storage.