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SPY Guide: The Best Gifts For Foodies

Best Gifts for Cooks: Unique Gifts
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* Unique, thoughtful gifts that foodies will love (and actually use)
* Makes great housewarming and dinner party gifts too
* All affordably priced under $100

Buying a gift for the foodie in your life can be tough. They probably already have most of the equipment they need, making it hard to buy something they’ll appreciate and actually use. Luckily, there are a few unique gifts that most chefs don’t have at home, and would love to unwrap this holiday. We rounded up nine of these unique, highly-rated gifts below to help with your search.

1. HelloFresh Subscription

Whether you’re sending a subscription to a busy friend, introducing a new couple to the joys of cooking, or helping an elderly parent save time on meal planning, there are plenty of reasons why a food delivery program makes a great gift. We like HelloFresh, who are making it increasingly easy (and affordable) to get cooking.

HelloFresh delivers fresh ingredients to your door so you can cook up something easy and delicious every night. All the ingredients are pre-measured (eliminating any confusion) and the easy-to-replicate meals all take less than 30 minutes to make. Choose from 10 new recipes weekly and choose meal plans according to your diet — there are options for vegetarians, health conscious calorie counters and even large families. What we like: there’s zero commitment. Pause or skip a week when you want. Cancel anytime.

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HelloFresh is currently offering 50% off their rates, with plans starting at just $4.99 a serving. Customize a plan for your friends and loved ones this month, so they can start the new year off with some good food and good fun.

  

2. Cuisinart 12-Piece Knife Set

This $21 Cuisinart knife set has 4.5 stars and almost 4,000 reviews because they outperform expensive high-end knives. Along with adding a pop of color to any kitchen, the knives allow easy for color coding to avoid cross-contamination.

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3. Barista Warrior Pour Over Coffee Maker

For foodies that love a good cup-o-joe, we recommend a pour over coffee maker like this one. It makes brewing coffee a fun experience, and produces exceptional coffee – made just to your liking.

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4. Mantova Olive Oil Sampler

This four pack of olive oils includes garlic, basil, lemon, and chili olive oils to experiment with in the kitchen. This set is also from Mantova, so you’re getting olive oil from real Italian olives that are pressed and bottled in Italy.

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5. Prepworks Collapsible Cupcake and Cake Carrier

Never worry about transporting your cakes and cupcakes again. This versatile cupcake holder makes transporting your baked holiday goods a breeze, with removable shelves and a collapsible design that stores easily when not in use. Our suggestion: deliver it with actual fresh baked cupcakes in it too, for a memorable and sweet gift.

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6. Le Chateau Wine Decanter

Decanters can take a bottle of wine from good to great, and they look chic displayed on the dining table. This one from Le Chateau is made of 100% lead free crystal, and hand blown for a high-end look. Bonus: get an accompanying wine club subscription to get them started.

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7. Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine

Another unique item foodies don’t usually have in their arsenal (but would love to own) is a pasta maker. This one is made in Italy using quality stainless steel, and is reasonably priced at just under $75.

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8. TableTop Chefs Pizzarette Oven

This pizza oven allows you to enjoy the fun preparation and delicious taste of a real pizza during house parties or family pizza night. It’s a fun addition to any kitchen, and makes a great gift for pizza lovers, cooks, and entertainers alike.

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