A Christmas List for George Smiley: 5 Food Gadgets for Secret Agents
What to buy for the neighbor you suspect is a secret agent? The question plagues us every year. He's quiet mostly, always watching. He's obsessed with "the Soviets." Also there's that fog that hangs perpetually around his house. So probably not a holiday sweater. Your gift must be something he can use, something that appeals to his worldly sensibilities, something that says, "I know but I won't tell, even if they waterboard me." We've scoured the internet for espionagical kitchen gadgets that do just that, you'll find them listed in the dossier following the jump.
5. Cocaine Heroin Salt and Pepper Shakers:
Salt and Pepper, Alias Cocaine and Heroin
Understand that a secret agent cannot use normal salt and pepper shakers. Secret agenting is about misdirection. A target must only see what the agent wants him to see -- specious trails of bread crumb and mismarked bottles. Thus, these salt and pepper shakers labeled "Cocaine" and "Heroin," which are made from fine bone china in Staffordshire, England, like all the classy secret agent shit.
Matroyshka Measuring Cups
4. Matroyshka Doll Measuring Cups:
The secret agent's penchant for things disguised as other things is well documented and understandable. To him, dissimulated devices are simply more relate-able. Less documented however is his love baking, which reportedly has something to do with the intersection of science and art but there's no way to be quite sure. Coupled with his fixation for Russia, measuring cups disguised as nesting matroyshka dolls seem the perfect gift. In sizes ¼, 1/3, ½, 2/3, ¾ and 1 cup he can measure dry ingredients in furtive style!
3. Graffiti Martini Shaker:
We understand he likes it shaken, but can't risk obvious cocktail paraphernalia. (The cocktail shaker is pretty much a henchman's favorite poison receptacle.) How about this nifty cocktail shaker disguised as a can of spray paint? Stainless steel construction, complete with built-in strainer and removable label full of drink recipes.