The 60+ Best Gifts for Foodies in 2021
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 professional chef, a tasting set of tequilas should do the trick.
Kids will love the Monster Pop Molds from Tovolo and the tasty 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.
MOMA Collection Rainbow Chopsticks
Make their next sushi feast or bowl of ramen a little more fun with this bright and cheerful collection of rainbow-hued chopsticks.
Goldbelly Cookie Subscription
Keep the goodies coming with a monthly subscription to the best baked goods from around the country, from gooey stuffed cookies to Italian classics. And if cookies aren't their speed, you can opt for BBQ, pie, ice cream, sandwich or pizza subscriptions, too.
Williams-Sonoma Classic Striped Towels
These substantial Turkish cotton towels stand up to years of dishwashing duty—and have been beloved by professional chefs and eager amateurs alike.
Beeswax Food Wraps
Give the earth-conscious chef a set of three sizes of beeswax wraps to help seal and save their latest culinary creations—the wraps can be washed easily with soap and water and reused for the next day's dishes.
Shun Classic Blond Santoku Knife
A santoku knife's ultra-thin blade makes it perfect for clean slices and fine cutting work. Handmade in the area of Japan noted for its samurai sword craftsmanship, Shun's santoku knife features 34 layers of stainless steel, honed to a perfect edge.
Emile Henry Ruffled Pie Dish
Let your baker friends showcase their pie-baking prowess with this classic French pie dish. The deep ruffles make it easier to serve out each slice, and its clay composition helps distribute evenly for a perfectly baked crust in every pie.
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 Collection to Celebrate is just the thing for the cheese lover in your life. This box includes a selection of their very best cheeses, including a nine-ounce wheel of the spreadable bloomy-rinded Harbison, a six-ounce wedge of nutty raw milk Alpha Tolman, and a 12-ounce wedge of their award-winning Bayley Hazen Blue.
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 palate 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.
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.
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.
Vitamix Food Processor Attachment
Before now, the only thing your Vitamix blender couldn't do (other than your taxes) was slice, finely shred, or mince in the way a food processor is meant to. No longer—this new genius attachment turns your prized blender into the world's best dicer, slicer, chopper, and dough knead-er. It comes with three blades (a multi-use blade, a small shredding blade, and large shredding blade) that will save you endless hours of prep work in the kitchen. For easy cleanup, all components are dishwasher safe.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Hot & Spicy Pajamas
To add a little spice to the year’s end, Whisps is bringing its Hot & Spicy flavor to loungewear with the introduction of limited-edition “work pajamas” to heat up your WFH outfits. The sweatshirt and shorts sets are hand tie-dyed orange and screen printed by LA-based artisans with spicy little sayings that are all too applicable and relevant to 2020: “You’re on mute” and “These are my work pajamas.”
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, or, 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.
KIND Holiday Cube
Filled with 20 tasty bars, this cute little cube makes a perfect present for any snack lover (including you!). Each of the box's sides falls away to reveal your bars, making it easy to eat, distribute, and enjoy. Made with delicious ingredients like nuts, fruit, and dark chocolate, these bars are a gift that you whole family will love snacking on—so long as you share.