Perusing NYC’s Whisk this past weekend in search of a simple birthday gift for a culinary-minded friend who seems to have everything, I was at a loss. After 30 minutes of frustration, I noticed a beautiful tea towel with an illustration of edible herbs and flowers — from epazote to lavender — by local illustrator Claudia Pearson. Printed on 21″ by 32″ flour sack cotton and available in a range of designs themed on seasonal produce, no one could have enough of these little charmers!

Claudia Pearson Tea Towels, $16.00 on