The 16 Best Gifts for Foodies in 2020

Fun and delicious options for people who love to cook and eat

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Our Top Picks
Best for Busy Foodies:
Instant Pot Duo Plus at Amazon
"It’s really a multi-function kitchen appliance that covers all the bases for a busy foodie."
"Ensures the plants thrive in any weather, eliminating the need for a green thumb."
"Seamlessly transitions from the stove to the oven and can even be used on the grill or over a campfire."
"Eliminates the need for fumbling with traditional corkscrews and makes uncorking a breeze."
"It immediately turns any individual can or bottle of beer into a draft beer."
"Allows you to choose grind setting, grind time, and number of shots or cups, for the perfect grind, every time."
"Cooks pizza at a rate that’s 20 times faster than other types of pizza or baking stones."
Best for Meat Lovers:
Breville Joule Sous Vide at Amazon
"Keeps water at the perfect temperature, so a meat-loving foodie will never overcook protein again."
"If you’re shopping for a foodie who loves to host, this will make an excellent addition to their kitchen."
"If you’ve got a grillmaster on your list, this will help them take things up a notch."

They say the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach—and that’s something that’s especially true for a foodie. The good news is that if you have a friend or family member who loves gourmet food, high-quality ingredients, and/or kitchen gadgets, there are so many options out there. The bad news is that finding the perfect gift can take a lot of work and research. But wait—there’s more good news!—we already did all of that work and research for you to come up with this list of the best gifts for foodies. No matter what kind of foodie you’re shopping for, you’ll find something here that fits.

Best for Busy Foodies: Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot may be categorized as a pressure cooker, but it’s really a multi-function kitchen appliance that covers all the bases for a busy foodie. As the name implies, the Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1 moonlights as nine different kitchen appliances: a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, saute pan, steamer, egg cooker, warmer, and sterilizer.

And not only is it versatile, but it also cooks food up to 70 percent faster than other cooking methods, making it the perfect gift for the busy foodie on your list.

Best for the Clean Eater: Click and Grow The Smart Garden 3

If you’re searching for a gift for a clean eater, or anyone who values the taste that fresh herbs can bring to a dish, the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 is the perfect choice. This self-watering indoor herb garden comes equipped with energy-efficient LED grow lights that ensure the plants thrive in any weather, eliminating the need for a green thumb. And it looks cool, too.

Click and Grow also offers over 50 pre-seeded plant pods—like basil, cilantro, lavender, strawberries, and chili peppers—that your foodie friend can choose from when it comes time to replant.

Best for the Home Cook: Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet With Assist Handle

Because of its excellent heat retention and even heating during cooking, cast iron is a go-to choice among professional chefs, but every foodie who likes to cook at home should have one, too. This Lodge Cast Iron Skillet comes pre-seasoned with 100 percent vegetable oil, so it’s ready to sear, bake, saute, broil, fry, or grill right out of the box. It also seamlessly transitions from the stove to the oven and can even be used on the grill or over a campfire.

The 10.25-inch model is the perfect size for cooking for small families, but if you’re buying for a single foodie or a foodie who likes to cook for a bigger crowd, you can take your pick from any size between 3 and 15 inches.

Best for Wine Lovers: Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter

If you’re shopping for a wine lover, the Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener eliminates the need for fumbling with traditional corkscrews and makes uncorking a breeze. With a single charge, the cordless bottle opener can uncork up to 30 wine bottles, each bottle taking only a few seconds to open. It also comes with a foil cutter that sits nicely and compactly behind the bottle opener in the recharging base.

Best for Beer Lovers: Fizzics DraftPour Beer Dispenser FZ403

Any beer lover can appreciate the perfect carbonation and head on a nice cold draft beer, but, usually, you can only get one when you go out to a restaurant or a brewery or when you have an elaborate keg set up in your own home. But the Fizzics DraftPour Beer Dispenser completely changes the draft beer game. It immediately turns any individual can or bottle of beer into a draft beer with a creamy, micro-foam head that helps enhance aroma, mouthfeel, and taste. The best part? It utilizes the beer’s own carbonation and doesn’t require the use of CO2 tanks, so it’s really a gift that keeps on giving.

Best for Coffee Lovers: Breville The Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Bean Grinder

Nothing gets a coffee lover going in the morning quite like the smell of freshly ground beans, but manually grinding them isn’t always a welcome job, especially before that first sip of coffee. Enter the Breville Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Bean Grinder. This automatic coffee grinder, which holds 16 ounces of coffee beans, houses an LCD screen that allows you to choose grind setting, grind time, and number of shots or cups, for the perfect grind, every time. You can also pick from 60 different grind settings—from superfine espresso to coarse French press.

And it comes in three different colors—brushed stainless steel, cranberry red, and sesame black—so you can choose the option that best matches your recipient’s kitchen aesthetic.

Best for Pizza Lovers: Baking Steel The Original Baking Steel

The Original Baking Steel is marketed as “an ultra conductive pizza stone,” but it does so much more than that, too. The 14 x 16 x 1/4-inch unbreakable steel stone not only cooks pizza at a rate that’s 20 times faster than other types of pizza or baking stones, it can also be used as a stovetop griddle, an induction plate, or a cold plate (after spending some time in the freezer). It can also be used to cook fresh loaves of bread.

If you have a pizza lover or bread maker on your gift list, your search ends with the baking steel.

Best for Meat Lovers: Breville Joule Sous Vide

Sous vide, which prevents moisture loss and allows precise monitoring of temperature, is often hailed as the perfect way to cook meat, from steak to chicken to roasts, and this Breville Joule Sous Vide makes the process easy. It’s powered by 1,100 volts that heat up water faster than most other options on the market and comes equipped with temperature control technology that keeps water at the perfect temperature, so a meat-loving foodie will never overcook protein again.

It’s also WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, so it not only allows cooking from anywhere, but it also offers the ability to connect to an app that displays cooking in real-time, showing visual doneness and exactly how the food is cooking at any given time.

Best for the Host: Picnic at Ascot Deluxe Malvern Cheese Board Set

If you’re shopping for a foodie who loves to host—or just really loves to assemble and eat charcuterie boards—the Picnic at Ascot Deluxe Malvern Cheese Board Set will make an excellent addition to their kitchen. The 13 x 17.5 x 1.75-inch bamboo board features an extra-large serving area surrounded by a curved cracker well that extends around the entire perimeter of the board. It also has a hidden drawer that houses four stainless steel cheese cutting and serving accessories: one fork, one spreader, two knives, and four cheese markers.

Best for the Grillmaster: FreshJax Organic Grilling Spice Gift Set

If you’ve got a grillmaster—or a wannabe grillmaster—on your list, this FreshJax Grilling Spice Gift Set will help them take things up a notch. The set includes five different spice blends, including citrus pepper, smokey Southwest, fresh bay, pepper habanero, and the aptly named grill master, that are made from high-quality, organic ingredients. In addition to its grilling set, FreshJax also offers a seasoned sea salts set, a keto set, and a hot and spicy seasonings set, to name a few.

Each purchase also helps fight childhood hunger. FreshJax, a small family-owned company, donates some of its profits (as well as meals) to charities that help feed hungry children across the nation.

Best for Sweet Tooths: Ackermann Maple Farm Barrel Aged Sampler Pack

Maple syrup is nature’s gift for a foodie with a sweet tooth, and once they try this barrel-aged sampler they'll never go back to anything else. Ackermann Maple Farm, a small family-run farm in Vermont—one of the birthplaces of maple syrup—created this sampler pack to showcase four of its barrel-aged, infused maple syrups—bourbon, rum, whiskey, and cinnamon whiskey. While the syrups are infused with the rich flavors of the oak barrels, they're completely alcohol-free, so they're safe for foodies of any age.

If you want to venture outside of maple syrup, you can also opt for the bundle, which includes a maple syrup of your choice, a 1/2 pound of maple cream, and a bottle of pure maple sugar—all produced and bottled on-site by the owners themselves.

Best for the Baker: KitchenAid Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer KSM75SL

Without a doubt, every baker’s kitchen needs a KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer. The 10-speed electric stand mixer includes a 4.5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl, flat beaters, a whisk, and a dough hook—all the essentials for creating the perfect doughs and baked treats. 

The abilities of the mixer extend far beyond baking, too. KitchenAid offers several attachments, from pasta makers to meat grinders to food processors, so the mixer can become a multi-purpose tool for foodies of any kind.

Best for the Cheese Lover: Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker

Fondue is any cheese lover’s dream and this Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker helps make dreams come true. The 6 x 10.5 x 7-inch BPA-free set includes a base, 3-quart bowl, temperature probe, eight fondue forks, and a fork rack—everything you need for a fondue party. 

Of course, like any great fondue pot, it has an adjustable temperature probe with eight settings that help it easily transition from cheese recipes to other types of fondue recipes. Because of this, it can be used with oil, broth, and chocolate, making it a great gift for chocolate lovers, too.

Best for the Pasta Lover: Marcato Design Atlas 150 Pasta Machine

There’s nothing better than fresh pasta, but if you don’t have the right tools, making it can be pretty time-consuming. That’s where the Mercato Design Atlas 150 Pasta Machine comes in. Right out of the box, this chrome-plated steel, manual pasta machine, deemed the “Ferrari of the pasta machine world” by Cook's Illustrated, can roll and cut dough for lasagna, fettuccine, and tagliatelle. You can also purchase attachments to make spaghetti, ravioli, linguine, pappardelle, and more.

Best for the Gourmet Cook: TruffleHunter Truffle Oil Selection Gift Set

If you’re searching for a gift for a foodie with a more advanced palate, the TruffleHunter Truffle Oil Gift Set will help satisfy even the pickiest taste buds. It comes with three 3.4-ounce truffle oils—black truffle oil, white truffle oil, and English truffle oil—that are made with the highest quality truffles and cold-pressed olive oil. The oils can be used as a marinade, dressing, or seasoning, or drizzled on pizza, pasta, or risotto as a finishing oil. And since a little goes a long way, it’s a gift that will last.

Best Subscription Box: Try The World Food Subscription Box

If you’re not really sure what type of palate your foodie friend has, the Try The World subscription box is the ultimate solution. Each month, your gift recipient will receive a box that’s curated with gourmet foods, drinks, and snacks from different countries around the world. Each item is sourced from its country of origin.

Try The World also makes an effort to choose items from small, family-owned companies that maintain traditional production methods.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a multi-function kitchen appliance for the foodie in your life, you can’t go wrong with the Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1. If you want something that will tickle your recipient’s taste buds, opt for the FreshJax Grilling Spice Gift Set or the TruffleHunter Truffle Oil Gift Set.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Lindsay Boyers is a certified holistic nutritionist with extensive nutrition knowledge and food and beverage-testing experience. She’s developed over 1,000 original recipes and is constantly on a mission to find the healthiest, best-tasting options and ingredients across all food and drink categories.

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