The 43 Best Gifts for Foodies and Food Lovers
No matter their jam, we’ve found the perfect gift for any foodie in your life—from kitchen gadgets to high-end ingredients, there’s a foodie gift for anyone.
Food may be the ultimate comfort gift that appeals to so many people—especially foodies. The great thing about gifts for foodies is that there is a vast number of gifts available for people who just love food and all things food-related. On the other hand, that can make the selection process a bit more challenging as you decide what the perfect gift will be.
Foodies have all kinds of interests: Some love to get in the kitchen and experiment with flavors, some love to learn, and some want to grow their own ingredients. Others just enjoy reaping the benefits of those who do the cooking. Wherever the foodie in your life falls on this food spectrum, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the best gifts for foodies with our ultimate foodie gift list. It includes everything from small appliances and unique flavors to cookbooks and must-have gadgets. You might even treat yourself to a gift from this list!
The Best Gifts for Foodies
Browse through these products to get the inspiration you need for the best gifts for foodies. You’ll find the perfect gift for a family member, friend, or neighbor.
Gifts Under $25
1. FANCY SALT: Maldon Salt
Maldon Salt continues to gain popularity. It packs a natural powerful punch of salty flavor and manages to look elegant at the same time. It includes zero additives and can elevate everyday cocktails and dishes with its clean, fresh taste that’s sought after by health-conscious eaters. Sea salt flakes are the perfect gift for foodies and cooks.
2. FOR THE DESSERT LOVER: HEILALA Vanilla Bean Paste
HEILALA brand vanilla bean paste makes for a unique gift: It’s a spoonable paste that can be substituted for regular vanilla extract, and since it’s processed differently, it won’t leave food with a dark amber color. That’s handy for making light-colored cupcakes and cakes. The flavor tends to be even more intense than vanilla extract, too.
3. FOR THE GARLIC LOVER: Norpro Large Garlic Baker
Roasted garlic: It’s aromatic and delicious. Help foodies achieve perfectly roasted garlic with the handy Norpro garlic baker made from a terra-cotta clay pot. Not only does it hold up to baking in the oven but the interior is glazed for easy cleanup by hand or with the help of a dishwasher.
4. FOR THE SPICE LOVER: Momofuku Chili Crunch
Add a little spice to your foodie’s palate with Momofuku’s Chili Crunch. From chef and Momofuku founder David Chang, it’s a restaurant-tested, highly rated spicy and crunchy chili that adds a ton of flavor and heat to any dish. Made with three Mexican chilis, dried garlic, and shallots, this chili gives a sweet-smoky punch of flavor to dips, salads, tacos, eggs, and dozens of other foods. It’s the gift foodies will rave about for weeks to come.
5. FOR THE BREAKFAST LOVER: Dash Mini Waffle Maker
As much as we all love a good Belgian waffle maker, sometimes we just need a little waffle to go. The Dash Mini Waffle Maker is a great gift for foodies who appreciate smaller or more portable portions. Not to mention it’s perfect for those who live in smaller apartments or dorms but miss having homemade waffles. Your giftee will love how easy it is to use and the snack-size waffles it makes.
6. FOR ITALIAN FOOD LOVERS: Heirloom Kitchen by Anna Francese Gass
This book by Italian Anna Francese Gass is a lovely gift idea for foodies who love Italian food. Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women includes many beautiful photos alongside delectable recipes and historical tidbits. It’s not just a recipe book; it’s also a journey through old Italian kitchens with the women who fed generations on home-cooked food. This book can pass on legacies to foodies who love heirlooms.
7. FOR THOSE WHO WANT MINIMAL MESS: Handmade Monstera Leaf Spoon Rest
Balancing a spoon on the edge of a saucepan only works so well. Gift your favorite foodie with a beautiful and helpful cooking accessory. This handmade Monstera leaf spoon rest will help keep their stovetop clean and tidy since this spoon rest can quickly be washed when dirty. When it’s not in use, it’s pretty enough to sit on the counter as decor.
8. FOR THE FOODIE WHO CAN’T DECIDE: Foodie Dice
If you need a gift for foodies who love spontaneity, then choose this fun game of Foodie Dice. Each die has six options that correlate with a different aspect of cooking a meal: a protein, vegetable or side dish, herb, flavoring, and cooking method. It’s a great way to inspire a new dish or to practice creative cooking without a recipe.
9. FOR THE BOOK LOVER: A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain made a name for himself as a distinguished, experienced food writer. As a record of his trip around the world to find “the perfect meal,” his book A Cook’s Tour shares and celebrates all his incredible travels and the meals he enjoyed. This book is the perfect gift for someone who loves to experience others’ views and finds inspiration from them.
10. FOR THE NATURE LOVER: Bee’s Wrap – Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps in 3 Sizes
The effort to be more sustainable and environmentally conscious is a never-ending journey. Help an earth-minded foodie in their quest to leave a smaller footprint by gifting them with these Bee’s Wrap reusable food wraps. They’re handy for collecting food or covering bowls of food in the refrigerator. And since they’re reusable, foodies only need to wash gently and dry them before using again.
Gifts $25 to $50
11. FOR THE PICKLE LOVER: The Noma Guide to Fermentation by René Redzepi
Healing the gut has become an essential dietary tool for people learning about good health practices. The book The Noma Guide to Fermentation has put together a comprehensive collection of techniques and guidance for fermenting foods at home to aid in good gut health. Readers will find far more than just kimchi and sauerkraut included. For foodies who are serious about their health, this book is worth buying.
12. FOR THE SAUCE FANATIC: Homemade Sauce Press
Foodies can toss out their bottles of preservative-filled pasta sauces once they receive this cool gift. With this homemade sauce press, foodies can press not only tomatoes but also apples and other foods to a silky consistency which is achieved thanks to the built-in strainer that keeps seeds and skins out of the pressed sauce.
13. FOR THE BUTTER LOVER: The Original Butter Bell Crock
Cold or dry butter is incredibly aggravating to try to spread on a piece of toast. Solve this annoying problem with the Butter Bell butter crock. It keeps butter at the perfect spreading consistency and temperature to maintain freshness when foodies need it most. The best part? The crock is an adorable ceramic piece that looks like it came straight from a French country kitchen.
14. FOR EASY GRATING: Grate Plate Handmade Ceramic Grater
Grating food can get messy quickly. Cheese, garlic, and spices can fly everywhere or get stuck inside the grating tower. Solve this frustrating challenge with this handmade ceramic grater that’s perfect for grating small items and keeping it all contained. Small ridges have been artistically designed into the bottom of the plate. Foodies can either use the included tool or their hand to push food across the plate and grate it without so much mess.
15. FOR THE FRUIT LOVER: Berry Buddy
We all know it’s important to wash berries before eating them, but it’s equally important not to let them sit in moisture; otherwise mold can grow more quickly. This Berry Buddy looks like a large teacup, but it’s thoughtfully designed to hold berries while they’re rinsed. The holes in the sides release the water into the saucer, which pours it back into the sink out of the spout. Then the berries can be left on the counter in this conversation-starting stoneware.
16. FOR THE AVID COOK: Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer
Most foodies carefully watch over their sauces, but it’s easy to get distracted or busy with a multi-step meal. This automatic pan stirrer is designed to automatically keep the sauce stirred and prevent burning or (hopefully) curdling. And the timer makes it easy to keep track of how long it’s been on the stovetop.
17. FOR THE GUAC LOVER: Molcajete
The key to a great mortar and pestle is the overall weight. That’s why this molcajete is perfect for upping the grinding game for foodies who love to make their own guacamole, crushed herbs, or smashed garlic. It’s made of volcanic rock, so not only is it strong and sturdy but it’s also cool enough to use for serving.
18. FOR THE TRUFFLE LOVER: Urbani Truffles Italian Black Truffle Olive Oil
Many foodies love the trendy, high-quality items that are often found in high-end restaurants. This bottle of Urbani Truffles Black Truffle Olive Oil is worth every penny and will delight the recipient with how thoughtful it is. Black truffles are a coveted item that restaurateurs enjoy putting on their menu to share a more exotic, rich flavor, and this bottle means foodies can experience that at home.
19. FOR THE CHOCOLATE LOVER: K+M Holiday Gift Box
Kick the boring traditional chocolates to the curb and give a foodie an experiential box of chocolate bars. This holiday gift box from K+M could suit any luxury gifts for foodies category. The flavor pairings in each bar are intense but not overwhelming. Foodies will enjoy sampling the dark citrus, milk chocolate winter spice, milk coffee and sea salt, and dark chocolate peppermint flavors.
20. FOR THE HONEY LOVER: Savannah Bee Company Tupelo Honey Flute
Not all honey is created equal, and Savannah Bee Company’s honey proves that. It’s perfectly sweet with an intensely golden color and buttery texture thanks to the raw unfiltered properties of this beautiful, rich honey. Since it’s raw honey, foodies will appreciate the natural health benefits that raw honey provides. You’re safe to assume this gift will be an unexpected delight.
21. FOR THOSE WHO LOVE NOODLES: Handmade Noodle Bowl with Chopsticks
Most foodies love to have creative gifts geared toward food. This handmade noodle bowl easily falls into the creative category. It’s a deep handmade bowl that includes chopsticks plus two holes and two notches designed to carefully hold those chopsticks when not in use. The clever design keeps those chopsticks handy and secure.
22. FOR THE WORLD TRAVELER: Try the World Gift Boxes
Know a foodie who loves to travel—or wishes they could? Buy them the gift of foods from around the world! Try the World’s gift boxes include snacks or boxes with a variety of gourmet foods that are carefully curated from countries around the world. You can choose how many boxes to send (and which kind) starting at $29 a box. It’s the perfect surprise gift you can’t get anywhere else!
Gifts $50 to $100
23. FOR THOSE WHO DINE AL FRESCO: Collapsible Side Server & Bowl
For a romantic night in, foodies can re-create the ambiance of tableside service at a restaurant with these beautiful tableside servers and bowls. The tripods are just the right height for most tables, and they collapse easily for storage when not in use. Foodies can save space on a small table by serving food in these hand-turned bowls that will probably become a conversation starter.
24. FOR THOSE WHO NEED KITCHEN BASICS: Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
Any kind of nonstick cookware is basically a must for kitchen convenience nowadays. So if your foodie loves to cook, and their pots and pans have seen better days, surprise them with this helpful gift. This set of nonstick cookware by Vremi includes four saucepans, two fry pans, and several utensils that will round out any foodie’s basic cooking arsenal. They’ll love how easy these pans are to clean when compared to their old, worn-out pans.
25. FOR THE WINE LOVER: Winc Gift Card
The odds are good that you know a foodie who loves pairing great food with the perfect wine. In this case, gift them with a subscription to Winc. They’ll have access to suggestions from wine experts before selecting a few wines they’d love to try at home. You can opt to give a month’s worth of wine, but for the true wine enthusiast, there are also options for 3- and 6-month subscriptions.
26. FOR THE JUICE LOVER: Countertop Citrus Juicer
Go retro with this countertop citrus juicer for the foodie who can’t get enough fresh citrus juices in their life. Though it’s a manual citrus press, it’s designed to make the juicer do the work rather than the human. They’ll be able to press more juice without fatigue and reap the benefits of fresh, vitamin-filled juice each morning.
27. FOR THE CHEESE LOVER: Murray’s Monthly Cheese Club
Stinky, smooth, sharp, or subtle; cheese is such a critical ingredient for elevating food or complementing flavors. For cheese lovers, give the gift of access to Murray’s monthly cheese club. The hard part will be choosing which club to join: mac and cheese, cheesemongers, or the cheese variety clubs. Whichever option you choose, you can trust it’s high quality, fresh, and delicious.
28. FOR THOSE WHO ENTERTAIN OUTDOORS: Chill and Serve Outdoor Cheese Board
Is your foodie blessed with the chance to entertain guests on an outdoor deck or patio? Then they’ll appreciate this considerate gift. It’s an outdoor cheese board that comes with a mesh dome that keeps pesky insects away from the contents. The other unique feature is that the slate disc is designed to keep food chilled longer than normal so your giftee can enjoy food at the ideal temperature.
29. FOR THOSE WHO LOVE DIPPING: Cuisinart Electric Fondue Set, 3 Qt.
The Cuisinart Electric Fondue Set makes fondue night so simple that foodies will wonder why they didn’t get one of these before. No more candles or chafing dishes—just reliable electricity from a reliable brand. With this fondue set’s impressive 1,000 watts of power, they’ll be able to evenly heat cheese, chocolate, soup, and oil all evening long. Make their next dinner party a smashing success with this great gift for foodies.
30. FOR THE DIYER: DIY Gift Kits Hot Sauce Making Kit
If you know foodies who love next-level spice, you can fuel their creativity and cravings with this unique DIY hot sauce making kit. From ancho pasillas to the incredibly hot ghost pepper, this kit includes recipes and ingredients that are sure to make one’s eyes water. Heat-loving foodies will enjoy creating hot and hotter mixes to challenge their friends to flame-throwing duels of spicy dipping sauces.
31. FOR THE BARBECUER: Hedley & Bennett Denver Crossback Apron
This Denver apron is Hedley & Bennett’s top-selling apron, which means your foodie just might need this gift, too. It’s made of durable cotton rather than the more flimsy cotton you often see available. This apron will suit foodies well if they love extra pockets or they tend to get greasy while working over the grill.
32. FOR THE PRO: Zwilling Pro Slim Chef’s Knife, 7″
Upgrade a foodie’s kitchenware with this ultra-sharp chef’s knife from Zwilling. It’s slimmer and lighter than Zwilling’s typical pro chef knife, which means it might be exactly what foodies need to avoid fatigue while chopping and dicing. The smaller, ergonomic design also makes it a great size for smaller hands. Help a foodie out with the more tedious work with this pro chef knife.
Gifts $100 to $250
33. FOR THOSE WITH MANY KNIVES: Leather Knife Roll
Foodies who are chefs take their kitchen tools seriously. If they have their own set of knives that they take to work, then they need a way to carry them safely. This leather knife roll makes a perfect gift idea. It’s a personalized, custom knife roll that’s sure to attract the envy of other chefs. Each roll is handmade and includes a shoulder strap for easier transport.
34. FOR THOSE WHO LOVE OLIVE OIL: Brightland – The Essential Capsule
The foodie with discerning tastes will really appreciate this thoughtful gift. Brightland’s The Essential Capsule set includes the company’s two popular extra-virgin olive oils and two raw vinegars, all made with their own unique flavors. What makes these extra special is that the olive oils come from California heirloom olives and the vinegars are made with California grapes, oranges, and blackberries. The flavors are so richly pungent that your foodie will crave another set after they use the first one.
35. FOR THE PASTA FANS: Marcato Atlas 150 Classic Pasta Maker
Making pasta can be intimidating to any cook, but foodies know there are tools to make it so much easier. Surprise your giftee with their own upscale Marcato Atlas Pasta Maker that practically guarantees incredible pasta noodles every time. It’s perfect for rolling out the ideal strips of pasta dough for making ravioli and is compatible with a dozen other cutting attachments. Bring Italy to anyone’s kitchen with this pasta maker.
36. FOR THE MEAT LOVER: J.K. Adams Reversible Carving Board
Cutting boards are typically a ho-hum gift, but not when they’re as functional and high quality as this one. This J.K. Adams reversible carving board has two sides: one with stylized grooves to collect any grease from a fine piece of roasted meat, and the other with just a flat surface for cutting and slicing anything else. Despite the size, it’s lighter than expected without sacrificing quality.
37. FOR PERFECTLY COOKED MEAT: Breville Joule Sous Vide
If you know a foodie who envies the tools available in restaurants, this Breville Joule Sous Vide could be a perfect option. With little effort, they’ll be able to evenly cook food using one of the most technologically advanced sous vide models available. They’ll love the slim size, its ability to work in shallow water, the visual display, and the wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. You’ll be the gift-giving hero!
38. FOR THE PLANT LOVER: Brighter Blooms Meyer Lemon Tree
If you know a foodie with a sunny patio or indoor room, surprise them with their own Brighter Blooms Meyer lemon tree. They’ll love having access to their own home-grown lemons. And they’re not just any lemons! Meyer lemons are a unique hybrid lemon and mandarin orange that’s aromatically sweet and more flavorful than traditional lemons. This self-pollinating tree will bring years of fresh fruit to your favorite foodie.
39. FOR THE HERB LOVER: AeroGarden Harvest Elite Indoor Garden
Fresh herbs are a staple in the kitchen of any foodie, but sometimes space is at a premium. With this indoor garden and grow light, they’ll be able to enjoy the aroma and flavor of fresh herbs without sacrificing much counter space. In fact, this little garden grower is so attractive that they could put it anywhere they have a few inches of space. Best of all, it’s a hydroponic system that can be programmed to keep the herbs alive even when they’re on vacation.
Gifts $250 and Over
40. BEST-IN-CLASS COOKWARE: Le Creuset Oval Dutch Oven
Le Creuset is another iconic brand name for kitchen accessories, and its oval Dutch oven is perhaps the most iconic item in its great product line. It’s a 5-quart pot that’s perfect for cooking a batch of chili, simmering stew, frying doughnuts, or baking crusty bread. Modern pots just can’t quite match the superior heat retention that these cast-iron pots have, which is why it makes a great gift for foodies who love to cook.
41. FOR THE BAKER: KitchenAid Artisan Mini Plus 3.5- Qt. Stand Mixer
KitchenAid mixers are practically a household necessity. Whether the foodie you know is an avid baker or not, they’ll appreciate having this sleek KitchenAid mini stand mixer at their disposal. This one is smaller than the traditional model, which is perfect for beginner cooks and bakers—or for any small kitchen. But don’t worry, it can still handle a large batch of cookie dough.
42. FOR THE GARDENER: Lettuce Grow – The Farmstand
Do you know a foodie who doesn’t have a yard but wishes they could have a garden on their balcony? Then check out this coveted Farmstand by Lettuce Grow. It’s a stackable, self-watering, self-fertilizing planter that looks incredibly elegant compared to traditional planting pots. The design is so ingenious that even black-thumb gardeners have a better chance at successfully growing their favorite vegetables and herbs anywhere there’s enough sun.
43. FOR THE PIZZA LOVER: Ooni Koda Oven
One of the ultimate gifts for foodies could be their own pizza oven. Mastering the art of a pizza is made easier with this popular Ooni Koda Oven. All they’ll need is a propane tank to heat up the interior. Foodies will enjoy making pizzas of all kinds—and testing what other foods and vegetables can be grilled in this portable pizza oven.
How to Choose the Best Gifts for Foodies
It can be slightly overwhelming to choose from all the best gifts for foodies. There’s a seemingly endless number of options to sort through, but you can use these ideas to help narrow your search.
- Does the recipient love to cook or bake? Foodies who spend time in the kitchen have an endless curiosity for flavors, flavor pairings, and even kitchen gadgets designed to make the process easier.
- Are they just beginning to explore the world of food and all it has to offer? They might love diving into books all about cooking or foods from around the world. Alternatively, they could be thrilled to receive their first kitchen appliance, cookware, or other must-have tools and accessories.
- Does the foodie you know just love to taste foods that are already prepared? This recipient might love receiving a monthly subscription to a food or wine club.
How to Get the Best Deals on Gifts for Foodies
Food is always in season since it’s a rather essential tool for sustaining life. That means there are deals for foodie gifts happening throughout the year. But as with most gifts, these items tend to have deeper deals around the holidays—especially at the end of the year. The great thing about gifts for foodies is that you won’t have a difficult time finding a gift in stock or on sale throughout the year, but it might still take some planning.
For regular Amazon shoppers, try using CamelCamelCamel. It’s a site that tracks the price history of items sold on Amazon so you can see if the current price is a good deal. Otherwise, using CouponCabin is another wise option to find the best deals online for foodie gifts. It scours the internet for any active coupon codes or gives you cash back if you purchase through their site. No matter when you need to purchase gifts for foodies, there are plenty of deals to find online.