When it comes to shopping for foodies, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. From tasty condiments to home-cooking gadgets to accessories for entertaining, there’s a dizzying variety of choices for those who love to eat and cook. To help, we’ve curated the coolest, most delectable items you can get for the culinary-minded members of your gift list.
We’ve rounded up the best additions for the pantry, the kitchen, the bar cart, and the dining room to help make cooking, eating, and entertaining a truly special experience. From delicious viands like onion jam or chili crisp-flavored smoked salmon to handy tools like a wine preservation kit or a pizza oven, and even services like a monthly cheese subscription, there is something for every type of food-lover in your life. To make this list, we looked at products across all categories, finalizing selections based on price, utility, and wow factor.
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Here are 23 gifts—ranging from $14 to $599.95 (as of the time of publication)—to give to foodies this year.
Jams and jellies are par for the course when it comes to holiday gifting, but this onion jam from Stone Hollow Farmstead is an unexpected, savory addition to any pantry. Made with caramelized Vidalia onions, roasted garlic, and a bevy of peppers, it’s delicious and versatile, perfect for spreading on a sandwich or adding to a charcuterie board.
Linen tea towel
When it comes to outfitting a kitchen, there’s always a need for elegant but useful linens. These tea towels from Orient Linen Co. are as beautiful as they are functional, made of a super-absorbent German linen-cotton blend in a gorgeous checkered blue and red print. At 20″ x 39″, the tea towels are extra large, perfect for handling any and all kitchen escapades; they also feature a handy metal finger loop for hanging.
Buy now: $15 at Orient Linen Co.
Sardines and mussels gift box
Tinned fish is having a moment. From sardines and anchovies to mussels and clams, all kinds of culinary creativity can be stoked by cracking open a can of preserved seafood. That’s why this sardines and mussels gift box from La Curiosa, a Spanish company that specializes in conservas, is a gift that can be enjoyed by everyone, from the super dinner party host to the casual nosher.
Honeycomb in a tray
Honey is always a sweet gift, but you can take it to another level when you offer this honeycomb tray from the Savannah Bee Company. Each tray is filled with a full sheet of Acacia honeycomb, the hexagonal pockets of wax created by honey bees to store their honey. It’s an undeniably charming way to serve honey that looks great on a cheeseboard or dessert plate.
Price: $20.97 – $37.20
Whether your loved one loves to cook, loves to eat, loves to read, or just loves the allure of a beautiful hardcover for the coffee table, the charms of a cookbook are for everyone. And there’s an excellent crop of new cookbooks this year. Eric Kim’s Korean American: Food that Tastes Like Home is a celebration of both his experience growing up as a first-generation Korean American in Atlanta and the food that shaped that upbringing, while Rick Martinez‘s Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture From My Kitchen in Mexico is a beautiful ode to the vast range of Mexican cuisine, in which he traverses 32 states, 156 cities, and 20,000 miles of his home country in a delicious, memory-filled literary journey. Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David’s My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef dives deep into the African diaspora and showcases the true diversity of American cuisine, while novice and experienced bakers alike will swoon over Erin McDowell’s toothsome dishes and charming style in Savory Baking: Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Everything In-Between.
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Smoked salmon with chili crisp
Savory smoked salmon and piquant chili crisp make for an unexpected but tasty combination. A collaboration between cult favorite brands Fishwife, a woman-owned tinned fish company, and Fly by Jing, a Chinese food and condiment brand, this smoked salmon with chili crisp is a perfect a host gift or stocking stuffer.
Make-your-own hot sauce kit
For the heat enthusiast in your life, there’s no more sensational gift than the opportunity to create their own scorching condiments with a DIY hot sauce kit. Equipped with ingredients like dried chipotle peppers and chili powder, instructions, bottles, and labels to personalize, each kit yields six individual hot sauces, giving your loved one plenty of opportunities to get spicy.
Buy now: $42 at Uncommon Goods
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Stainless steel ice cubes
While these Georg Jensen stainless steel ice cubes serve a practical purpose—keeping your drink cold while preventing it from getting watered down—they’re also a style statement. Featuring a sleek, sculptural oval shape and a mirror-polished surface, these shining ice cubes will be a welcome addition to the bar carts of design obsessives and aspiring mixologists alike.
Sicilian olive oil
Although olive oil is a common staple for most kitchens, this extra virgin olive oil from Sicily elevates the everyday. Made of Nocellara del Belice and Cerasuola olives, the oil is cold pressed in Sicily within hours of being picked for a super fresh and green product with a buttery flavor and notes of tomato leaf and bitter almond. An added bonus: the olive oil comes packaged in a beautifully designed 3-liter tin, which, in addition to preventing oxidation, makes an aesthetically pleasing addition to any kitchen countertop.
Brass recipe box and cards
Price: $69.95 for recipe box, plus $14.95 for a set of 20 recipe cards
An old-school method for keeping track of family recipes gets a modern update with this gorgeous, sophisticated solid brass recipe box. Paired with hand foil-stamped and letter-pressed recipe cards, it’s the perfect gift for a loved one looking to preserve family food history or file away their own favorite creations for posterity.
Cheese of the month club
Price: subscriptions start at $75 per month
The only thing better than receiving a chunk of delectable savory or sweet cheese is receiving multiple cheeses monthly. Give the gift that keeps on giving with a subscription to the “Cheesemonger’s Picks of the Month” club by Murray’s Cheeses. With a subscription, your recipient will get 3-4 cheeses, hand selected by a Murray’s expert cheesemonger every month.
Buy now: $75 per month at Murray’s Cheeses
Ombré serving platter
Looking for a gift for someone who loves to host? They will turn heads when they entertain with this striking platter from Jono Pandolfi. Handmade and finished in a colorful ombré glaze, this medium-sized oval platter works just as well for charcuterie and small bites as it does for a whole bird and branzino.
Buy now: $85 at Jono Pandolfi
Rainbow fish weight
While fish weights, sometimes called grill presses, were originally designed to ensure that a fish’s skin stayed crisp and its meat cooked evenly, they are a cooking tool that anyone—even people who don’t love fish—would be excited to add to their kitchen collection. With their ability to aid in the process of searing steaks or frying up grilled cheeses, a fish weight makes for an infinitely useful accoutrement. This fish weight from Chef Josh Niland, which clocks in at 3.5 lbs, is made of sleek stainless steel and has a cool holographic finish, making it as beautiful as it is handy.
Buy now: $95.95 at Josh Niland
For the baker in your life (or the eater with an affinity for sweet treats), consider this simple yet elegant cake stand from Hay. Made of lead-free crystal glass, it’s the perfect way to showcase desserts, and it’s available in either playful mint and pink or blue and beige.
Wine preservation system
Your favorite vinophile won’t have to worry about letting a good bottle of wine go to waste after you give them this Coravin wine preservation system. With this set of two stoppers and a pivot device, an opened bottle of wine can be preserved for up to four weeks, ensuring even the last glass tastes as good as the first.
Take tea time to the next level with this luxurious matcha set from Ippodo Tea, a family-run Japanese tea company that’s been running their business out of Kyoto since 1917. Each kit has everything you need for a perfect cup of matcha from the comfort of your home, including a rich and smooth matcha, a tea bowl, a bamboo ladle, a whisk and whisk stand, and a strainer.
Wine and cheese picnic basket
With this wine and cheese picnic basket, one will never have to think twice about what to bring to a romantic rendezvous in the park or a beach or garden party. Stocked with wine glasses, a corkscrew, a bottle stopper, cloth napkins, a cutting board, and a cheese knife, this lined wicker basket is as handsome as it is practical and can even be monogrammed for an added personal touch.
Buy now: $179 at Mark & Graham
If your loved one has a healthy nostalgia for all things from another era, they’ll be enchanted by this retro-style toaster from Smeg. While it features the sleek and compact design reminiscent of a 1950s kitchen, it has all the advances of modern technology. The enamel finish comes in 10 color options, from bubblegum pink to lipstick red.
Handcrafted knife set
If you’d like to get someone in your life a durable gift for their culinary pursuits, a knife set is a great place to start. This 5-piece set of stainless steel blades with classic blonde wood handles from Shun makes a great foundation for any kitchen; featuring a paring knife, a utility knife, a chef’s knife, a honing steel, and a bamboo knife block, each piece is handcrafted in Japan and made to last a lifetime.
Personal pizza oven
Few things will please a crowd more than homemade pizza, and with a personal pizza oven, turning out a pie is easier than ever. This portable, outdoor Ooni Koda oven can cook a 16″ pie in 60 seconds and features a gas ignition and adjustable heat control. An added incentive to gifting this pizza oven to someone you love? The promise of fresh pizza in your future.
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