If you love giving practical gifts during the holiday season, chances are good that you’ve purchased multiple kitchen items over the years. Kitchen gadgets and appliances are sure to get plenty of use, but they might be splurges that your loved ones wouldn’t normally buy for themselves.
But if you’re buying gifts for foodies, in particular, they probably already have standby gifts like air fryers and fancy espresso machines. In that case, out-of-the-box gifts are your best friends. Think hard-to-find spices and seasoning blends; cookbooks from their favorite chefs and food personalities; niche gadgets, such as crepe makers; and when all else fails, subscription boxes or gift baskets.
OXO Brew Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker
What It Is: This coffee maker makes cold brew concentrate that’s less acidic than other cold coffee options. The brewing container doubles as a storage container for the cold brew concentrate, complete with a stopper to keep it fresh.
Why the Foodie in Your Life Will Love It: Sure, they already have a coffee maker. But do they have a cold brew maker? This appliance will take their morning coffee game to the next level, with a 24-ounce brewing container that can make multiple servings simultaneously.
Price: $34.99 at Amazon
French Kitchen Marble Cheese Dome
What It Is: If you want the best in storing and serving cheese, a dome is the way to do it. The dome will keep cheese at the ideal humidity level, and it’s visually stunning at dinner parties.
Why the Foodie in Your Life Will Love It: Nothing says “gourmet” like a marble and glass cheese dome. If your family member loves entertaining, this will help them do so in style.
Price: $69.95 at Crate & Barrel
Healthy on You Savory Beats Spice Collection
What It Is: With Spanish seasoning, French seasoning and dried porcini mushroom powder, this spice blend gift set has something for everyone. And it’s ready to be wrapped in a stylish bamboo gift box, complete with a mini spoon.
Why the Foodie in Your Life Will Love It: This gift set will elicit smiles for the product names alone — think “You’re So Spain” and “Cini in a Bottle.” And every home cook could use more seasoning blends in their arsenal.
Price: $44.95 at Healthy on You
Proctor Silex 38400 Electric Crepe Maker
What It Is: This appliance comes with a nonstick griddle that can make crepes, as the name implies. But it can also make eggs, quesadillas, pancakes and more.
Why the Foodie in Your Life Will Love It: You might think your food-loving friend has everything, but they probably don’t have a crepe maker. It’s the gift they never knew they needed — and it will leave everyone else jealous.
Price: $44.99 at Amazon
Rifle Paper Co. Herb Garden Crossback Apron
What It Is: This machine-washable apron features a chest pocket and a utility loop to hold everything they need while cooking and baking. And the floral pattern is too eye-catching to resist.
Why the Foodie in Your Life Will Love It: Have you ever seen such a beautiful apron — and one that’s functional at that? It’s almost too pretty to cook in. Almost.
Price: $115 at Hedley & Bennett
Le Creuset Signature Skillet in Thyme
What It Is: Le Creuset’s newest colorway, thyme, is perfect for cozy fall and winter meals. The brand’s signature skillet features enameled cast iron that stands up to high heat (both on the stovetop and in the oven) and is easier to clean than traditional cast-iron skillets.
Why the Foodie in Your Life Will Love It: Pretty much everyone who likes cooking has heard of Le Creuset. Show them you’re on top of food trends (and committed to gifting durable products) by gifting something in this in-demand new hue.
Price: $220 at Le Creuset
Chef Ludo’s Cali Reds Trio
What It Is: Los Angeles-based Chef Ludo’s set of three California-produced red wines is perfect for the vino in your life. The gift set features a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Zinfandel and a red blend.
Why the Foodie in Your Life will Love It: If your friend loves serving wine with their home-cooked meals, a wine gift set is the answer. You can never have too many bottles of wine on hand.
Price: $55 at Wine Insiders
Wisconsin Cheese Nibbler Gift Crate
What It Is: This set of five Wisconsin-produced cheese varieties includes two types of cheddar, colby, gouda and edam.
Why the Foodie in Your Life Will Love It: Wisconsin is the United States’ cheese capital, so what better gift for a cheese lover than a gift set of assorted cheeses? They’re perfect for entertaining a dinner party — or for a solo snacking sesh.
Price: $49 at Wisconsin Cheese Mart
Snacking Bakes: Simple Recipes for Cookies, Bars, Brownies, Cakes and More
What It Is: This cookbook, which hits shelves on November 7 and is available for preorder, features actually attainable dessert recipes. With dozens of recipes that only require one bowl to prepare, home bakers can make swoon-worthy cookies and bars without the rigamarole.
Why the Foodie in Your Life Will Love It: Do you have a friend who loves cooking but is intimidated by baking from scratch? This cookbook is a great way to ease into the baking side of things.
Price: $22.50 at Amazon
Sur La Table Online Cooking Class
What It Is: Sur La Table’s Zoom cooking classes cover dinner, dessert and everything in between. Even if your pal is a cooking expert, there’s sure to be at least one category they could stand to learn more about.
Why the Foodie in Your Life Will Love It: If your friend has all of the cooking tools and gadgets they could ever need, a cooking class is the next best thing. You can never have too many recipes in your arsenal, and Sur La Table’s classes include everything from pasta-making to pumpkin spice macarons.
Price: $29 at Sur La Table
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