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 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, too—there's the perfect splurge here for you, too, whether you're a foodie or just like a good bite.
Charred Wood Bread Board
This gorgeous handmade wooden board is perfect for creating epic boards for entertaining—charcuterie, s'mores fixings, breakfast goodies, and more.
Olli Ella Picnic Basket Bag
Help them next-level their alfresco dining experience with this charming seagrass bag that makes it easy to take their picnic feast to go.
Microplane Zester and Spice Mill Set
Give them the perfect tools for seasoning their next great dish. The spice mill can be adjusted for the perfect grind of nutmeg, pepper, or cinnamon, and the zester works beautifully to create fine flecks of citrus peel, hard cheeses, or chocolate to top their masterpiece.
Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker
For the loved one who got really into sourdough over the pandemic, this machine can help simplify their baking routine. This machine has separate settings for gluten-free and other bread types, a system that releases fruits and nuts at just the right moment in the kneading and proofing process, and a mixing paddle that automatically retracts before baking so you don't get that funny indent in the finished product.
Joseph Joseph Dimple Ice Cream Scoop
The ice cream fan in your life will adore this easy-to-use scoop—the metal edges make it easy to scoop through even the hardest ice cream, the dimpled surface helps you release the scoop easier, and the collar catches any drips to minimize mess. Bonus: Unlike many top scoops, this one is top rack dishwasher safe.
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 wheel of the spreadable bloomy-rinded Harbison, a wedge of nutty raw milk Alpha Tolman, and one pound of their Cabot Clothbound Cheddar.
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
Your favorite chef is 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 work their magic in the kitchen.
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.
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 time-saving 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, 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 birthday or 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 check their page for the latest seasonal versions.
Hot & Spicy Pajamas
For a spicier gift, 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 relatable: “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.
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.
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.
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.
Greenomic Good Hair Day Pasta
Clever packaging shows off noodles in a variety of colors and textures.
This fan-favorite Yeti mug features a double-wall of vacuum insulation to ensure your foodie's beverages or soups stay exactly at their intended temperatures. The scratch, peel, and fade-resistant rambler comes in 12 colors and can fit 14 ounces of hot or cold liquids for the foodie on the go.
Frantoio Muraglia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
There’s no better gift than one you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself. Take this gorgeous bottle of olive oil: We know we’re supposed to buy and use the good stuff, but it can be a financial strain for those of us who cook every night—which makes this bottle an ideal holiday gift for food-lovers and culinary enthusiasts. Not only do you get a liter of some of Italy’s finest extra virgin olive oil but the gorgeous jar it comes in, too. Re-use it to hold future olive oils—opaque bottles like this help prevent light damage, which can decrease antioxidants.
Tartine, by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson
This reissued cult classic has fresh photography and 68 new recipes. The photos are just as beautiful to look at as the dishes will be delicious to eat.
Olivewood Salt Keeper
One of the most important culinary lessons you’ll learn is to season every layer while you’re cooking. Nothing makes that easier than keeping your favorite salt right on the counter next to the stove in a great-looking container. This olivewood box holds six ounces of salt and has a swiveling lid with a magnetic latch so your salt stays protected and secure.
Artisanal Pesto Set of Three
Crafted in small batches according to European tradition, these pesto sauces pair deliciously with classic olive oil for dipping fresh bread. The trio includes a Tuscan Fresh Basil Pesto, an Olivada Olive Pesto with a hint of lemon, and Sun-Dried Tomato using vine-ripened California tomatoes. Pair the gift with a delicious loaf of ciabatta bread and you'll be the favorite gift-giver for sure.
Tovolo Monsters Ice Pop Molds
Are your little ones (or you) tired of the same ol' snack options? They’ll flip for this fun take on ice pops that combines their love of monsters, dessert, and a DIY activity. Fill the flexible silicone “sleeves” with juice or ice cream, insert each into the included tray, and freeze for about three hours to create a creepy-looking frozen treat. The kit is compact (the tray fits in the freezer door) and cleanup is a cinch (it’s all stackable for easy storage).
Lillet, the Podensac, Bordeaux-based distillery, has been around since the late 19th century. But just a few years ago—in 2011—the company introduced its first new flavor in over 50 years: a bright, blush-colored aperitif that will make any sophisticate swoon. Made with a blend of wines and orange and berry liqueurs, the award-winning drink has a slightly floral, slightly sweet flavor that is delicious on its own. Or, give it to your favorite mixologist friend and see what he or she can come up with. Might we suggest pouring it with some champagne for a luxurious cocktail? Cheers.
Tipsy Scoop Liquor-Infused Ice Cream, Pack of Four Pints
What’s better than a four-pint pack of unique, small-batch ice cream sent right to you door? Boozy small batch ice cream sent right to your door. Tipsy Scoop continues a long family tradition of making artisanal ice cream but ups the ante by spiking each batch with your favorite cocktail flavors. With combinations like Tequila Mexican Hot Chocolate, Raspberry Limoncello Sorbet, and Cake Batter Vodka Martini, you’re sure to find a new favorite scoop. Give a quartet of these ice creams along with a four-pack of Guinness for the ultimate ice-cream float. Sorry, kids, this one’s just for the grownups.
The Homemade Gin Kit
Bring your friends some holiday spirit with this homemade gin kit. In just 36 hours, plain vodka becomes small-batch gin—a libation that’s so much more celebratory than the usual bottle of wine. The process is easy enough—the budding mixologist just needs to infuse vodka with the pre-measured tins of juniper berries and botanical mix (which includes coriander, rosemary, lavender, rose hips, allspice, fennel seed, lemon peel, greens cardamom, Tellicherry black pepper, and bay leaf.) Each kit makes two 375-milliliter glass bottles of the spirit, so there’ll be plenty to go around on New Year’s Eve. Our food editors suggest serving it with a splash of tonic and a wedge of lime.
Cured Boulder Small Cheesemonger’s Choice Set
No matter who the recipient is—a party host, a mother-in-law, a close pal—it is hard to go wrong with this savory gourmet selection. The set comes with three different cheeses, along with crackers and peach jalapeño preserves with the option to add cured salami for $10 more. To upgrade the gift even more, add in some fresh fruit and a cheese board.
DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit
If there’s no good Asian market near your foodie, he or she probably has a hard time locating high-quality mochi. Give a dual gift of an at-home activity and delicious dessert with this easy-to-use kit, which includes everything needed to make the Japanese treat using any ice cream flavor already in the freezer.
KitchenArt Select-A-Spice Auto-Measure Carousel
Sometimes recipes call for a specific amount of certain spices, and this spice rack not only includes those spices but also allows for precise measuring with the built-in dial tool. While the entire rack rotates so a home chef can easily spot what's needed, each of the 12 compartments is also detachable for even easier access to the necessary ingredients. These spice carousels can be mounted under a cabinet or a shelf, or you can stack multiple on top of each other for even more spice storage. Although they're made of plastic, the champagne finish looks similar to stainless steel and will match with the kitchen appliances your giftee already owns.
Instant Pot Accessories
Kick up your foodie’s Instant Pot capabilities with a comprehensive set of accessories, including basics like parchment papers and kitchen tongs to cooking hacks like an eggs bite mold and recipe cheat sheets. Who knows? Maybe the set will encourage some creativity and they’ll discover completely new things to make in their Instant Pot.
Easy Fermenter Wide Mouth Lid Kit
Fermenting produce or making kimchi and sauerkraut requires a bunch of materials. This kit covers that, with three easy lids featuring waterproof airlock technology and an extractor pump. The lids are compatible with wide-mouth mason jars and the set even comes with a lifetime subscription to the brand’s Fermenting Club online community.