The 50+ Best Gifts for Foodies in 2020
From ambitious home bakers to cocktail-obsessed hosts, we’ve rounded up a collection of one-of-a-kind gifts for foodies in your life. We sipped, snacked, and sorted through hundreds of samples to weed out the less-than-stellar items so you can feel confident wrapping up any one of the picks on our list, whether as Christmas gifts, birthday presents, or just-because surprises. We found beautifully designed and crafted kitchen equipment guaranteed to inspire anyone to get creative. Marble rolling pins, hostess gifts, the latest kitchen gadgets, and even new ways to keep ingredients fresh will have recipients leafing through cookbooks and planning a feast.
There are gifts for the more adventurous cook, like a bottle of fine olive oil (don’t worry, they’ll know when and where to drizzle it), as well as flavorful salt and seasoning sets to enhance any dish. If you’re shopping for beginners or cooks who are on the more timid side, Julia Turshen’s book Small Victories might just supply the courage necessary to get into the kitchen and get down to business. And if they’re more of a spirits enthusiast than a wannabe processional chef, a bourbon advent calendar should do the trick.
Kids will love the Monster Pop Molds from Tovolo and rainbow chocolate bark, and everybody will swoon over a speculoos twist on the classic s’mores. For the hungry bartenders in your life, we’ve even got boozy ice cream and edible flowers they can use to dress up their concoctions or big batch cocktails.
No matter what you choose, don’t forget to treat yourself in the coming months, too. There's no better time than the holidays to whip up a sweet treat, whether you’re a self-categorized foodie or just like a good bite.
Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding
Dreams do come true. Magnolia Bakery’s cups of golden pudding perfection are finally available outside their West Village bakery’s doors—if fact, they're shipping their famous banana pudding nationwide. Layered with sweet vanilla wafers and fresh banana slices, their dreamy-creamy banana pudding is the most desirable dessert on planet Earth (maybe) with devoted fans that span across the world. Gluten-free loved ones can go for the GF rendition; or, for a more seasonal option, try the Pumpkin Gingersnap Banana Pudding Combo Pack.
Sushi Shokunin: Japan's Culinary Masters by Andrea Fazzari
Consider this a must-have for sushi enthusiasts. The brand-new stunning book from the luxe publishers at Assouline presents 20 of the most celebrated sushi masters on the Japanese food scene, profiled by the James Beard Award-winning photographer and author Andrea Fazzari. Each chapter will introduces your foodie friend or family member to a new sushi master and restaurant, capturing their expertise, artwork, and dedication that illustrates their status as the world’s finest culinary shokunin (loosely defined as “artisan”).
The GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 12 Years
Loved ones who pride themselves on having a refined palette know what we're talking about when we say that this stuff is liquid gold. GrenDronach Single Malt Scotch is aged in the best Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks for a minimum of 12 years, which gives it a rich, soft, and oaky flavor peppered with notes of fresh pear and vanilla and a smooth finish.
Wisconsin Cheese Artisan Award Winners Cheese Board
This Wisconsin Cheese Artisan Award Winners Cheese Board gift will instantly elevate your foodie friend's holiday. This package features three hand-selected, award-winning Wisconsin Cheeses,—Prairie Sunset by Roth, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, and Wisconsin Apple Smoked Cheddar—all packed alongside a wooden bamboo cutting board.
Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Whether she'll be hosting a smaller crowd this year or hunkering down and staying in her home guest-free for the holidays, she's going to need some high-quality speakers to get her own *personal* party started. This standalone bluetooth speaker offers immersive 360° sound (great for podcasts), booming bass, one-touch controls, and it'll keep your loved ones company as they cook, bake, and decorate Christmas cookies or gingerbread houses.
Avocado Toast Tee
Chances are, your foodie friend is highly familiar with the deliciously cult-y delicacy known as avocado toast. Honor their obsession with this super cute T-shirt from the produce pros at California Avocados, the best-quality 'cados you'll find in the U.S. We can’t promise it will get them to the front of the brunch line, but they'll still feel like a star in this soft and comfortable 100 percent cotton tee.
Equal Parts Stock Pot
This 8-quart covered stock pot makes cooking for a crowd incredibly easy. Why? Because it's pretty enough to go straight from the oven (it can withstand temps up to 450°F) and on to the table for serving, which means one less dish for your loved one to have to clean. Better yet, it's built to neatly stack for storage. Buy it in black, cream, red, navy, or light blue.
Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker
Any cold brew coffee addict will tell you there are two major shortcomings about their favorite drink. First, that it's super pricey to purchase at any coffee shop. Second, that making it from scratch takes forever (who can wait 12 hours for caffeine?). This automatic cold brew maker solves both problems: it serves up super smooth, strong DIY cold brew in as little as 25 minutes.
Breville the Smart Oven Air
As we continue to cook at home more than ever before, keeping our kitchen appliance arsenals stocked with tools that save time is vital. For your loved one's sanity: the Breville Smart Oven Air. This countertop oven does so much more than toast—it bakes, broils, roast, warms, reheats, slow cooks, dehydrates, and more. Cooking plenty of pizzas these days? There's a setting for that. Trying your hand at homemade bread baking? Push the Proof button. And if healthy cooking is feeling like a struggle, she'll go gaga for the air fry setting.
Jasper Hill Farm's the Vermonter Cheese Tasting Kit
Brought to you by one of America's highest-quality artisan cheesemakers, Jasper Hill Farm's Vermonter kit is just the thing for the cheese lover in your life. This box includes a pound of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, a wheel of Willoughby (a buttery, earthy, and complex washed-rind cheese), a pound of nutty raw milk Alpha Tolman, a mini wheel of soft Harbison, Jan’s Crisps, and maple-scented Squirrel Stash Nuts.
André's Best Seller Swiss Chocolate Gift Box
André's is a 65-year-old, third-generation owned family business based in Kansas City (where it's a local legend). The Swiss confiserie has perfected the art that is luxury hand-crafted chocolates. This gorgeous gift set includes an array of their top sellers: Chocolate Orange Peels, Sel des Alpes Caramels, Signature Milk Chocolate Almonds, Signature Dark Chocolate Almonds, Sel des Alpes Dark Chocolate Almonds, and Extra Dark 80% Chocolate Almonds. Consider this box the ultimate, most decadent indulgence to treat the chocolate lover in your life with.
Bourbon & American Whiskey Advent Calendar
What better way could your bourbon- and whiskey-loving friend count down to the holidays season? There are 24 different whiskeys from across America behind the doors of this spirited advent calendar, from boutique producers to world-renowned brands. Your loved one can expect flavors that range from light and creamy to rich and complex.
Grounds and Hounds Coffee Subscription
Twenty percent of all profits from this fair trade, sustainable coffee company are donated to help rescue dogs in need. The range of gift subscription options is incredibly wide: they have several types of light, medium, and and dark roast beans available, as well as hot chocolates and single-serve pods. Blends have super cute names, too—think Belly Rub and Good Boy Dark Roast—sure to put a smile on the face of your loved one before their way-too-early morning walk with their pet.
What can't this smart kitchen appliance do? The Thermomix TM6 is the ultimate gift for your foodie friend or family member—it can perform over 24 functions and techniques, meaning it can cook you an entire gourmet meal, hands-free, from start to finish. From chopping and mixing to weighing ingredients, sautéing, browning, blending, boiling, and more, you can consider this device your personal sous chef. Best part? It has a log of over 50,000 integrated recipes that all come with guided cooking, so even if you've never cooked a day in your life, you can expect restaurant-quality results.
Stonewall Kitchen Farmhouse Breakfast Gift
This festive Farmhouse Breakfast kit means your loved one will have everything he or she needs to cook up a perfect holiday pancake or waffle (or both) brunch with all the fixings. Items included in the cheery box are Stonewall Kitchen's Farmhouse Pancake and Waffle Mix, Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, and Maine Maple Syrup, plus a tea towel for wiping up any potential sticky situations.
GOOPGENES Nourishing Repair Body Butter
If your loved one adores cooking, we're guessing her hands could use some serious R&R after washing all those pots and pans. Treat her (or him) to this incredibly nourishing body butter, designed to leave skin more moisturized for 72 hours. It's made from a blend of bacuri, cupuaçu, and shea butter and enriched with caviar lime, jojoba, and mulberry leaf extract. The result? A soothing, citrus-scented cream that'll leave her hands silky soft.
Brava Smart Oven
This genius timesaving oven will help your loved one get healthy and delicious meals on the table with ease. How, you ask? Brava utilizes pure light cooking technology to roast vegetables in half the time, poach eggs with ease, sear steaks without overcooking them, and so much more. And thanks to Brava’s chef-developed recipe programs that are built into the machine, every meal turns out perfectly every time (hands- and fuss-free). It's an ideal gift for those who love to eat well this holiday season, especially as we're all cooking more at home.
Tanteo Tequila Minis
This kit for four pint-sized bottles of tequila includes the entire Tanteo portfolio, making it the perfect holiday gift for the spice enthusiast or tequila lover in your life. Tanteo Tequila is a 100 percent agave tequila distilled, infused, and bottled by hand in Juanacatlán, Mexico at the only distillery owned by its co-op of agave farmers. Options include spicy Jalapeño, smokey Chipotle, super-hot Habanero and higher proof Blanco. Spicy margaritas, anyone?
California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil For Baking in Sweet Vanilla
You know you have to use good olive oil for drizzling on pasta, sautéing veggies, and making pesto—but don't forget that high-quality EVOO is a top-notch ingredient in baked goods, too. This brand new olive oil from California Olive Ranch is perfect for blending into bundt cakes, bar cookies, or any other sweet treat where vanilla flavor shines. You truly haven't lived until you've drizzled it over vanilla bean ice cream and fresh berries.
Little Belgians Speculoos S'mores
Little Belgians' Speculoos S’mores Kit provides a dessert just like the classic—cookie, marshmallow, chocolate—but so much better. The brand swapped the standard graham crackers for warmly spiced, intricately printed speculoos cookies with vanilla marshmallows and rich dark chocolate. There’s no need to wait until summer to enjoy these sophisticated sandwiches; enjoy them in front of the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa or invite guests to assemble their own at your next dinner party. To make indoors, build sandwiches in the classic style, wrap in foil, and bake in the oven (or nestle in the embers of your fireplace) until the marshmallows are soft and the chocolate is melted.
This brand new wine brand from Cameron Diaz and Katherine Powers champions ingredient and nutritional transparency. Their rosé is to die for—think Provence in the summertime. It's light, crisp, and fresh with notes of melon and zest.
Crate and Barrel French Kitchen Marble Rolling Pin With Stand
Professional bakers and chocolate makers love marble work surfaces because the stone remains cool to the touch. Marble rolling pins, like this one from Crate and Barrel, make easy work of rolling dough because it too stays cool, so your buttery pie dough won’t melt before you get it into the pie plate. Cold doughs yield under its healthy weight, so no need to go back and forth in the fridge while you’re cutting out cookie shapes. Each rolling pin is one of a kind due to the natural variance in the marble and comes with its own rubberwood stand so it can rest right at home on the counter.
Breville Joule Sous Vide
Sous vide devices seem to be the latest “it” cooking tools, beloved for their ability to cook foods evenly because of the low temperatures and long cooking times. Breville’s Joule sous vide is one of Amazon’s best sellers, racking up nearly 1,000 five-star reviews, and is Bluetooth and WiFi compatible for easy use and syncing up with the accompanying app.
Mike’s Hot Honey
Made in Brooklyn, this bottle of spicy-sweet goodness makes a welcome addition to just about any dish. Use it to balance a mustardy salad dressing, drizzle it over fried chicken, o, do like they do in the borough and squeeze it over a pepperoni pizza (trust us—it works). Stuff a bottle of the hot honey sauce into a Christmas stocking or use it as part of a homemade chili-lovers gift basket by wrapping it with a variety of your favorite artisanal hot sauces or chili oil. But don’t worry, Mike’s Hot Honey is just a little bit spicy so it’s appropriate for all ages.
RBT Cheese & Knives Set
This knife-and-serving-board set tackles any cheese shape or texture.
If your foodie likes hosting, these decorative and edible flowers are a great and unique gift. Sprinkle these colorful botanicals on everything from stews to baked goods for an artistic touch or even leave them floating atop of teas and cocktails. When hosting dinner parties, the colorful accoutrements can dress up a cheese board or even give store-bought dishes a personalized touch.
Runamok Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
Even if you've procrastinated shopping your gifts for foodies until now, you can still get a bottle of authentic Vermont Maple Syrup delivered before Christmas Day. Your foodie friend will appreciate the hint of Bourbon in the sweetener (sans alcohol), and the decorative glass bottle will be a pretty addition to any kitchen shelf or countertop.
Le Creuset Oval Dutch Oven
Time to upgrade your foodie’s Dutch oven game with fan favorite brand Le Creuset. The enameled cast iron kitchen tool is durable and perfect for slow-cooking, braising, and roasting, and is sure to become a staple in the recipient's kitchen. Choose from multiple sizes and colors, or you can even opt for a round shape instead of oval.