Do you have someone in your life that’s obsessed not only with cooking but with food as a whole? You’ve got a classified foodie on your hands. And you’re in luck, they’re so much fun to shop for.
Some might believe that buying a gift for your favorite foodie can be tough since they probably already have most of the equipment they need. You’ll be surprised to discover that buying something they’ll appreciate and actually use is a lot easier than you might think
There are a ton of unique gifts that most chefs don’t have at home and would love to unwrap no matter the occasion. With that being said, we’ve rounded up 22 of these unique, highly-rated gifts for foodies below to help with your search.
1. Great Jones The Dutchess Cast Iron Dutch Oven
A cast-iron dutch oven is one of the most versatile pieces of cookware someone can have in their kitchen. And your giftee doesn’t have one already, Great Jones’ Dutchess dutch oven is a fantastic option to get them started. The oven is smartly designed for today’s era of cooking with features like spacious hands for lifting, compatible with all stovetop burners, oven-safe to 500, and even can double as a roasting pan. Oh, and there’s pretty much a colorway for everyone.
2. Cultiver Jude Linen Apron
All good home cooks or bakers need an apron. More function than fashion, it’ll keep their precious clothes from getting messed up and allows for handy placement thanks to its included pockets. The heavyweight linen will keep cooks cool while still managing to provide good protection from stains and spills.
3. Wolf Gourmet High-Performance Stand Mixer
If you really want to spoil someone this year, Wolf Gourment’s High-Performance Stand Mixer is a quick and easy way to bring one of the tools that the pros use into the home. Which its impressive 7-quart capacity and three different attachments (flat beater, whisk, and a dough hook), seasoned bakers will be able to mix goods with incredible ease and speed thanks to the 500W motor. Plus, it just looks downright amazing, no matter the kitchen.
4. Snowe Marble Cheese Board
A sharp-looking cheeseboard never goes out of style and few look better than this marble version from Snowe. With its hexagonal shaped design and impressive surface area (10-inch width by 14-inch length), there’s plenty of room to load up on delicious meats and cheeses for pre or even post-dinner snacks. Plus, it’s ergonomically designed to make carrying it from the kitchen to the coffee table a breeze.
5. Breville Joule Sous Vide
If you have a cook in your life who loves making steak, fish, pork or chicken, they need a sous vide. Capable of perfectly cooking most meats, a sous vide allows your cook to make a perfectly cooked meal every single time. The Breville app further helps those cooks by allowing for remote cooking via Bluetooth and WiFi. Plus, this version even works with Amazon Alexa.
6. Nakedwines.com Subscription
Nakedwines.com isn’t your typical wine subscription service. The service is sort of like Shark Tank but for vino, as Nakedwines.com themselves are pitched a bunch of different wines from independent vineyards. If it’s approved, the winemakers get an advance to make it and sell it directly to Nakedwines.com customers (known as “Angels”) for a really affordable rate, including up to 60% off some bottles. Basically, it’s a quick and easy way to get really unique, higher-end wines, making it a perfect gift for the wine enthusiast in your life.
7. Oyster Mushroom Log Kit
We love Uncommon Goods because of all the truly unique products they offer. Case-in-point: this Oyster Mushroom Log Kit feels like something we’ve never seen before and is, well, decidedly out of the ordinary. Oyster mushrooms, in particular, are great to add to any meal thanks to their sweet and mild flavor. This kit will allow your cook to grow right in the comfort of their kitchen where they can turn around and harvest them when it’s time to add them to a meal.
8. 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.
9. 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 for easy color-coding to avoid cross-contamination. Each knife comes with a matching color blade guard, whether your favorite foodie wants them on display or tucked away in a drawer, they’ll never have to worry about cutting their fingers when reaching blind-eyed.
10. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Frank’s Red Hot not enough for your favorite foodie? No worries, they can make their own themselves with this DIY hot sauce kit. They can either follow the instructions or start experimenting on a whim with various spices, kinds of vinegar and peppers all given inside the kit. It also comes with six bottles where they can create customizable flavors. Bored inside during quarantine? They can also use this kit for a fun family hot sauce competition.
11. Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker Grip
For foodies that love a good cup-o-joe, we recommend a pour-over coffee maker like this excellently crafted, aesthetically-pleasing coffee maker from Bodum. Because there isn’t any paper involved, essential oils that are typically trapped in the filter of your average coffee maker make it straight into your cup. It’s also double-wall insulated and made from thermal shock-resistant Borosilicate glass to ensure no matter how piping hot you enjoy your caffeine, the glass won’t break. It makes brewing coffee a fun experience, and produces an exceptional wake-up call — made just to your liking.
12. Mantova Olive Oil Sampler
This four-pack of olive oils include garlic, basil, lemon and chili olive oils to experiment with as your favorite foodie experiments with new dishes in the kitchen. This set is from Mantova, so they’ll be getting olive oil straight from real Italian olives that are pressed and bottled in the boot-shaped country itself. Aside from being tasty, these olive oils are also great for healthy dieting and weight management, too.
13. Cotton Blues Sea-Salted Caramel Swirl Cheesecake
Our very own e-commerce editor Tyler Schoeber recently brought this cheesecake to his Thanksgiving dinner, and boy, it was a hit. “I’m a sucker for a good cheesecake, but I’ve genuinely never had a cheesecake this delicious in my entire life”, he mentions. This is a fluffy yet heavy-as-hell Mississippi-made cheesecake that’s quite literally giving any NY-made cheesecake a run for its money. Bring this bad boy to your Christmas dinner and understand why it gets the hype it does.
14. Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank
If you tell a foodie all they need to spice up their time on the grill is a little bit of salt, they’d probably never talk to you again. But we mean it, all they’re going to need to spice up their time on the grill is some salt! This Himalayan salt plank, that is. We know what you’re thinking, won’t the block crack on the stove? Nope, Himalayan salt is stable as hell and holds temperate with ease. So, all they’ll have to do is throw some veggies, chicken or whatever else they’re cooking directly on top, and get cooking. The flavor provided will change their grilling game.
15. Prepworks Collapsible Cupcake and Cake Carrier
Bakers will never have to worry about transporting their cakes and cupcakes ever again. This versatile cupcake holder makes transporting baked goods of any kind a breeze, with removable shelves and a collapsible design that stores easily when not in use. Our suggestion: gift this carrier by filling it with actual fresh-baked cupcakes for a memorable and sweet gift.
16. Just Ripe Fruit Bowl
This fruit bowl separates ready-to-eat fruit from their not-so-ready counterparts. How, you ask? Simply place the ripe fruit at the top of the bowl to let everybody in the house know they’re ready to eat and slip that unripe fruit in the bottom in a ventilated glass container until it’s their turn at the top. While this an excellent gift for foodies, it’s also great for foodies with impatient kids.
17. 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. It’s perfectly designed for any 750ML bottle and is easy to grasp for no-spill pours every time. Bonus: get an accompanying wine club subscription to get them started.
18. Splash Wines
Speaking of wine clubs, we’ve recently fallen in love with our current go-to bulk wine supplier Splash. Splash Wines has both curated and build-your-own-case options for half the price the regular wine subscriptions tend to go for. I mean, a supreme sampler of 15 bottles of wine for just $105? That is a steal we can absolutely get behind. Your foodie (or, wine-o, for that matter) will be utterly shocked and thrilled to get one of these. You may even get a bottle out of it yourself as a thank you!
19. W&P The Popper Collapsible Popcorn Bowl
Who doesn’t love a delicious bowl of movie theater popcorn? Gift this collapsible popcorn bowl to any popcorn lover you may know and rid extra waste caused by individual microwavable popcorn bags. All this bowl needs is some kernels and a microwave to get going. Throw the kernels in, add your desired amount of salt and butter, any other toppings and POP! Your giftee will have freshly microwaved popcorn in no time. When it’s time to store it, the bowl collapses in on itself so there’s no need to trying to find the room for another bowl in the house.
20. Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine
A unique item that foodies don’t typically 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 $65. There are thousands of raving reviews on Amazon after people have used this pasta machine for themselves, saying it has changed the way they’re cooking their favorite Italian dishes forever. Looking for a specific attachment for that specific pasta shape you’re really craving? Don’t hesitate to check out some of their attachments listed in the description.
21. 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. Hey, it ain’t a full-fledge pizza oven, but it’s a fun addition to any kitchen and gets the job done. Pizza always comes out delicious, so it makes a great gift for pizza lovers, cooks, and entertainers alike.
22. Made In Nakiri Vegetable Knife
Those who are wondering why they might need a vegetable knife have never used Made In’s stunning Nakiri Knife. A staple of Japanese cuisine, its straight and symmetrical knife provides the precision cuts you’ll need to make your veggies look perfect. Great for chopping and dicing, in particular, its stainless steel construction ensures a long-lasting life. Oh, and it comes in three different colors that are sure to look great no matter the kitchen.