May 10, 2012 10:30 AM
Meg writes: "I have a friend who cannot stand putting metal flatware in their mouth. They ask for to-go forks at restaurants and they have these day-glo kids forks and knives from Ikea at home. My dear friend is about to turn 32 and we've been trying to set them up for a while, but I can't imagine them bringing a date over and then offering up these children's utensils. So, what I'm looking for is a birthday gift of some sort of alternative to metal flatware - plastic, bamboo, etc. Something that looks nice and wouldn't be embarrassing to use in front of other people. Something that a guest could use too, and not think it's strange."
Hey Meg! It's Jane. There's certainly plenty of non-metal flatware out there in the cheap-and-disposable department, but options that are built to last longer than a backyard barbecue can be a tougher find. I put my shopping sleuth skills to the test and rustled you up what I hope are a few fun possibilities!
1. Polycarbonate Acrylic Flatware ($8 for set of 4 pieces)
2. Lekue Twin One Knife and Fork Chopstick Set ($17)
3. Core Bamboo Modern Cutlery Set ($9 for three pieces)
4. Saber Frosted Acrylic Flatware ($6 per piece)
5. Highbury Teak Flatware ($29 for four pieces)
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Crazy Jane here: I'm a New England girl with couture tastes and a Salvation Army budget who usually ends up wearing flannel. My shopping forte: finding the impossible dream. Throw your tough stuff at me and let me go bloodhound on it. When not playing on Outblush, I'm probably yelling at my cats, getting a backrub from my hot teacher husband, or trying to turn anything animal, vegetable, or mineral I can get my hands on into booze.