They say the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach—and 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.
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 multifunction 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 kitchen appliances: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sauté pan, steamer, egg cooker, warmer, and sterilizer. Not only is it versatile, but the manufacturer says it cooks food up to 70 percent faster than other cooking methods, making it an ideal gift for the time-pressed foodie on your list.
Price at time of publish: $124
What’s Included: Multicooker with removable inner pot, locking lid, detachable power cord, two sealing rings, steam rack | Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 13.4 x 12.9 x 12.2 inches | Capacity: 6 quarts | Weight: 11.46 pounds
Click & Grow The Smart Garden 3
If you’re searching for a gift for anyone who values the taste that fresh herbs can bring to a dish, the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 is a great choice. This self-watering indoor garden comes equipped with energy-efficient LED grow lights that ensure the plants thrive in any weather. It looks cool, too.
Click and Grow offers more than 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. True green thumbs can try filling the plant cups with potting soil and seeds of their choice instead.
Price at time of publish: $80
What’s Included: Self-watering tank, two lamp extension arms, three biodomes and soil pods with basil seeds | Material: Plastic | Dimensions: 18.5 x 11.8 x 4.7 inches | Capacity: Three plant pods | Weight: 2.65 pounds
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
choice among professional chefs, but every foodie who likes to cook at home should have at least one cast iron pan. This Lodge Cast Iron Skillet comes pre-seasoned with 100 percent vegetable oil, so it’s ready to sear, bake, sauté, 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 an ideal size for cooking for small families, but if you’re buying for a single foodie or someone who likes to cook for a bigger crowd, you can take your pick from any size between 3 and 15 inches.
Price at time of publish: $35
What’s Included: Skillet | Material: Cast iron | Dimensions: 16.12 x 10.68 x 2 inches | Capacity: 8 cups | Weight: 5.35 pounds
"Weighing a pound less than competitors puts this Lodge skillet in a class of its own, and we’re more likely to reach for this pan time and again." — Gayle L. Squires, Product Tester
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 compactly behind the bottle opener in the recharging base when you’re not using it. You’ll need to plug in the base when you want to recharge the bottle opener, but the wall outlet is removable to keep your countertop tidy when it’s not charging.
Price at time of publish: $30
What’s Included: Electric wine opener, recharging base, foil cutter | Material: Plastic | Dimensions: 14.96 x 5.51 x 5.32 inches | Capacity: 30 bottles per charge | Weight: 1.75 pounds
"We were able to open a wine bottle in a matter of seconds. The opener is extremely easy to operate." — Sage McHugh, Product Tester
Fizzics DraftPour Beer Dispenser
Any beer lover can appreciate the even carbonation and head on a nice cold draft beer, but you usually only get one when you go out to a restaurant or a brewery or when you have an elaborate keg setup in your home. The Fizzics DraftPour Beer Dispenser 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 a CO2 cartridge or tank, so it’s really a gift that keeps on giving.
Price at time of publish: $125
What’s Included: Dispenser with tap handle, faucet, and drip mat; USB adapter and wall plug | Material: Reinforced plastic | Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.5 x 10 inches | Capacity: 12-ounce to 750-mL cans and bottles | Weight: 4 pounds
Adoric Ice Cube Trays Silicone, Set of 2
Cocktail lovers choose each element carefully, from the glass to the garnish. These Adoric Ice Cube Trays let them pour their concoctions over the oversized cubes or ice balls that catch eyes in glossy magazines and classy bars. The lower tray forms 2-inch cubes, and the two-piece ice ball tray can rest on it, making it easy to freeze up both styles to use at a party.
Big ice blocks and balls do more than just look stylish: They melt more slowly than smaller cubes, so guests can chat and sip without watering down their drinks. The dense silicone of each tray is designed to last through many uses and is easy to clean even if you decide to infuse the ice with fruit or herbs.
Price at time of publish: $15
What’s Included: One cube tray, one ball mold, funnel | Material: Silicone | Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.7 x 2 inches | Capacity: Six cubes and six balls | Weight: 13.4 pounds
Breville The Smart Grinder Pro
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 18 ounces of coffee beans, houses an LCD screen that allows you to choose grind setting, grind time, and number of shots or cups for your preferred grind, every time. It also lets the user pick from 60 grind settings, ranging from superfine espresso to coarse French press. It comes in nine colors—including brushed stainless steel, cranberry red, and sesame black—so you can choose the option that best matches your recipient’s kitchen aesthetic.
Price at time of publish: $350
What’s Included: Coffee grinder, two portafilter holders, cleaning brush | Material: Stainless steel, plastic | Dimensions: 16.3 x 12.5 x 8.5 inches | Capacity: 18 ounces | Weight: 6.4 pounds
"When we used the coarse grind with our cold brewer, the liquid drained cleanly, and the fine residue was no more than we’ve seen with commercially ground coffee." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Breville Joule Sous Vide
Sous vide, which prevents moisture loss and allows precise monitoring of temperature, is often hailed as the best way to cook meat, from steak to chicken to roasts, and the Breville Joule Sous Vide makes the process easy. It’s powered by 1,100 volts that heat water faster than most other options on the market and comes equipped with temperature control technology that keeps water at the right temperature, so a meat-loving foodie will never overcook protein again. It runs via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, so it not only allows cooking from anywhere but 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 moment.
Price at time of publish: $250
What’s Included: Electric sous vide cooker, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth controlled | Material: Stainless steel, polycarbonate | Dimensions: 13 x 4.1 x 4 inches | Capacity: 10-plus gallons | Weight: 1.28 pounds
"Once the water was warm, it held the temperature and did right by our salmon, which we cooked for the recommended 40 minutes; the device really shined, however, when we prepared pork chops later in the week." — Hailey Eber, Product Tester
FreshJax Organic Grilling Spice Gift Set
If you’ve got a grillmaster—or an up-and-coming grillmaster—on your list, this FreshJax Grilling Spice Gift Set will help them take things up a notch. The set includes five spice blends—citrus pepper, smokey Southwest, fresh bay, peppered habanero, and the aptly named grill master—all made from organic, non-GMO ingredients. In addition to its grilling set, FreshJax offers a seasoned sea salt set, a keto set, and a hot and spicy seasoning 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.
Price at time of publish: $25
What’s Included: Five spice blends | Material: Glass, plastic | Dimensions: 8.75 x 4.25 x 2.25 inches | Capacity: About 1.5 ounces per jar | Weight: 1.5 pounds
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 alcohol-free, so they're safe for foodies of any age.
If you want to venture outside of maple syrup, you can opt for the Traditional 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.
Price at time of publish: $40
What’s Included: Four bottled syrups, gift box | Material: Glass | Capacity: 2 ounces per bottle
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 BPA-free2 set includes a base, 3-quart bowl, temperature probe, eight fondue forks, and a fork rack—everything needed for a fondue party.
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.
Price at time of publish: $80
What’s Included: Fondue pot with base, fork ring, eight forks, temperature probe, electrical cord | Material: Stainless steel, nonstick interior | Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 6.1 inches | Capacity: 3 quarts | Weight: 5.75 pounds
"The set was so fast and easy to use, we considered making fondue a regular meal." — Sharon Lehman, RDN, Product Tester
Marcato Design Atlas 150 Pasta Machine
There’s nothing better than fresh pasta, but without the right tools, making it can be pretty time-consuming. That’s where the Marcato Atlas Classic 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. For a larger gift package, you can purchase attachments to make spaghetti, ravioli, linguine, pappardelle, and more.
Price at time of publish: $82
What’s Included: Machine body, crank, clamp | Material: Chrome steel, plastic | Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 7 inches | Capacity: 150-mm-wide dough sheets | Weight: 5.42 pounds
"At first, we weren’t sure whether homemade pasta would be worth the effort, but…we found that it was more tender and absorbent than store-bought pasta, making for all-around tastier dishes." — Tierney McAfee, Product Tester
Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set
A love of eating garlic doesn’t always mean a love of handling it. This Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set makes easy work of the prep chore. The peeler tube clears away the garlic skins in seconds, and you can use the heavy-duty, stainless steel press to crush peeled or unpeeled cloves. The press’s large handles are comfortable to hold and squeeze, and the large chamber can hold several small cloves. A small brush can help clear away skins while pressing a lot of unpeeled garlic, but once the job is done the press can go straight in the dishwasher.
Price at time of publish: $15
What’s Included: Garlic press, peeler tube, cleaning brush | Material: Stainless steel, silicone | Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches | Capacity: 1-inch clove | Weight: 9.6 ounces
"The garlic is finely minced, but the yield is 25 percent of that of some other tested presses for an unpeeled clove, and half for a peeled one. Almost as much additional garlic squeezes up over the plunger and gets caught in the top handle." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
IKEA Adelsten Mortar and Pestle
Cooks who play with spices will want to grind their own, and nothing beats the scent of whole spices freshly ground in a mortar and pestle. Granite pestles often require an hour or so of seasoning, or conditioning, before they’re food ready, but the marble IKEA Adelsten Mortar and Pestle can be put to use after a quick rinse and dry. It even has two grinding surfaces: a shallow mortar for a recipe’s worth of a whole spice and a larger bowl that can handle everything from spices and garlic to pesto and guacamole.
Price at time of publish: $20
What’s Included: Double-sided mortar, pestle | Material: Marble | Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 3.75 inches | Capacity: 5 tablespoons (small bowl) and 2 cups (large bowl) | Weight: 6 pounds
"The pommel handle of the pestle in this set fit nicely into my hand and was easy to hold without getting tired. The marble set did a great job of getting basil and garlic creamy in the lightly ridged bowl, but could also crush whole spices to powder." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
Taylor Precision Products Compact Digital Scale
Gardeners can spend a lot of time weighing their harvest, whether measuring berries for canning, freezing broccoli in portions for soup, or boxing up pounds of still-dirty potatoes. The Taylor Precision Products Compact Digital Scale that can measure from 0.1 ounces to 11 pounds is handy for all these uses, as well as everything from baking to blending spices. Its small size makes it easy to store, and the removable stainless steel platform makes cleanup a breeze. A bonus feature of this scale is its tare function, which resets the scale to zero after setting a bowl on it or between ingredients.
Price at time of publish: $22
What’s Included: Scale, removable platform, two AAA batteries | Material: Stainless steel, plastic | Dimensions: 8.07 x 6.54 x 1.46 inches | Capacity: 11 pounds | Weight: 19.04 pounds
Tramontina Nesting 11-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
A foodie with a small kitchen will appreciate this complete cookware set that takes up minimal space. The 11 pieces (six pans and five lids) of the Tramontina Nesting Cookware Set all sit in a tidy stack of less than 12 inches. When stacked, the lids tuck inside the pans, where their silicone rims rest softly against the pans’ nonstick interior.
The smooth enameled exterior comes in a few colors that can brighten or blend in with a kitchen’s theme. It’s a good choice for a first-apartment housewarming or for someone whose one-off pans hog limited space. A six-piece set featuring just saucepans and lids is also available.
Price at time of publish: $170
What’s Included: Three 1.25-, 2-, and 3-quart saucepans with lids; 3-quart casserole and 4.75-quart saucepot with lids; 12-inch sauté pan | Material: Aluminum, stainless steel, silicone, nonstick interior | Dimensions: 15.12 x 14.37 x 14.25 inches | Capacity: 12 inches, 1.25 quarts, 2 quarts, 3 quarts, 4.75 quarts | Weight: 19.4 pounds
"With this set, the heavy-gauge aluminum heated rapidly and evenly, even over medium heat, and the pan responded promptly when I turned down the gas burner beneath it." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
W&P Peak Silicone Everyday Ice Tray With Protective Lid
Foodie parents often want to make their own purees and juices once their child can start eating solid foods. The individually molded compartments of the W&P Peak Silicone Everyday Ice Tray make it easy to freeze a couple of portions each of applesauce, sweet potato, and other purees in a single tray and easily pop out just the desired cubes for a meal. It’s sometimes sold as a two-pack set, and the silicone lid helps it stack on an additional tray or two.
The tray and lid are made of BPA-free silicone and has been LFGB certified4, a more rigorous European food-safety test than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration standard. Larger portions are possible with the W&P Cup Cubes Freezer Tray.
Price at time of publish: $16
What’s Included: Tray with lid | Material: Silicone with steel frame | Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 1.6 inches | Capacity: 1 ounce per cube | Weight: 8.2 pounds
"The cube size was ideal for many glass shapes and sizes, and I liked that I could easily remove just the cubes I wanted without touching the others." — Julie Laing, Product Tester
Ecolunchbox Splash Box Lunch Kit
Busy foodies want to eat well at the office, on the road, or between meetings, making a lunch box essential. The Ecolunchbox Splash Box Lunch Kit pulls all the basics together, hitting top marks for functional, sustainable, and stylish. The stainless steel food container with leak-proof silicone lid is large enough to hold a sandwich and fruit or a full salad. It comes with a small bamboo spork, and both fit neatly in the organic cotton lunch bag. You can choose from six marine-inspired designs and colors, and additional containers can be added for side dishes.
Price at time of publish: $51
What’s Included: Food container with lid, lunch bag, bamboo spork | Material: Stainless steel, silicone organic cotton, bamboo | Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 4.5 inches | Capacity: 3 cups | Weight: 8 ounces
Greenmile 6 Pack Canvas Reusable Grocery Bags
Although reusable bags have become commonplace, ones that don’t break down into microplastics and can withstand many heavy loads can be hard to find. Gift this set of Greenmile Canvas Reusable Grocery Bags, and you’ll have happy shoppers who won't need to resort to a disposable sack at the checkout counter. Each all-cotton bag is made of heavy-duty canvas and has a wide base and long handles, making it comfortable to carry it over a shoulder and load with bulky goods. Greenmile says each bag can hold up to 40 pounds, and the washable cotton means the six bags can be kept in steady rotation.
Price at time of publish: $33
What’s Included: Six bags | Material: Cotton | Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 7.5 inches | Capacity: 40 pounds | Weight: 5.5 ounces per bag
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 varieties—black truffle oil, white truffle oil, and English truffle oil—that are made with high-quality truffles and cold-pressed olive oil. The oils can be used as marinade, dressing, or seasoning or drizzled on pizza, pasta, or risotto as finishing oils. Since a little goes a long way and the oils have a shelf life of at least a year, it’s a gift that will last.
Price at time of publish: $31
What’s Included: Three bottled oils | Material: Glass | Dimensions: 8.27 x 8.27 x 2.36 inches | Capacity: 3.4 ounces per bottle
Try The World Food Subscription Box
If you’re not really sure what type of palate your foodie friend has, the Try The World Countries Subscription Box is a solid solution. Each month, your gift recipient will receive a box curated with gourmet foods, drinks, and snacks from different countries around the world. Each item is sourced from its country of origin.
The company’s gift plan lets you select one, three, six, or 12 boxes for a one-time payment. Alternatively, you can gift an auto-renewed subscription plan. Try The World makes an effort to choose items from small, family-owned companies that maintain traditional production methods.
Price at time of publish: $49
What’s Included: Seven to eight items per box | Material: Food and beverages | Capacity: One to 12 boxes
Bean Box Coffee Sampler Subscription
Even the pickiest coffee drinkers on your gift list will get excited about the Bean Box. The subscription service pulls from a broad range of small roasters across the country and can be customized. The Bean Box Coffee Sampler subscription bundles four sample bags of coffee a month, letting you send any roast or one that suits the sippers’ tastes. You can also choose whole bean or ground and how long to run the subscription. Bean Box also offers single-purchase tasting boxes with tea, coffee, and chocolate and a Coffee of the Month Club.
Price at time of publish: $24-$258
What’s Included: Four bags of coffee per box | Material: Whole bean or ground | Weight: 8 ounces | Capacity: One to 12 boxes
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 bamboo board features a 12 x 18 inch cutting surface 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, and two knives.
Price at time of publish: $80
What’s Included: Serving board, four serving utensils | Material: Bamboo, stainless steel | Dimensions: 17.5 x 13 x 1.75 inches | Weight: 7 pounds
Doña Rosa x Masienda Tortilla Press
Mexican food at home would be incomplete without nice, flat tortillas to complement the meal. The Masienda Doña Maria Tortilla Press can help in achieving the ideal tortillas. Its simple design makes it easy to use and effective. The sturdy press flattens dough evenly thanks to a control lever and lifts away with two burly helper handles but is still light enough to move around the kitchen with little effort.
Flattening a tortilla has never been easier, but this press, designed in partnership with a Oaxacan tortilla maker, is a limited-edition model, so make sure to snag one while you can for someone who loves to cook Mexican cuisine.
Price at time of publish: $95
What’s Included: Two-plated press with lever | Material: Powder-coated cast iron | Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.75 x 3 inches | Capacity: 6.5-inch diameter | Weight: 10.4 pounds
"Heirloom masa and supplies company, Masienda, partnered with legendary Oaxaca tortilla maker, Doña Rosa, to create this gorgeous, adjustable, limited-edition, hand-crafted tortilla press." — Adriana Velez, Senior Editor
All The Restaurants Restaurants from New York to Paris
All the Restaurants features prints hand-drawn by artist John Donohue of iconic restaurants in New York, Paris, and London. The sketches have a simple quality to them, with one or two minimal pops of color that make the prints great as wall decor. The pieces are all drawn in ink within 20 minutes with no corrections, as Donohue works “strictly from life.” These drawings are giclee prints, which ensure high-quality and unique, raw illustrations that can bring the essence of city life into a room. The website’s large collection lets you view drawings of New York, London, and Paris restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine, or alphabetically, making it easy to find your foodie’s favorite haunts.
Price at time of publish: $95
What’s Included: Limited-edition print | Material: Giclee print on museum-quality paper | Dimensions: 5 x 7 or 9 x 12 inches
"In 2017, artist John Donohue had a Herculean idea to sketch every NYC restaurant in 12 months. As of 2021, he is still at it. Gift someone one of his prints and 10% of the profits will go to charity." — Todd Coleman, Creative Content Director, Social
Harry & David Grand Favorites Gift Basket
If you’re looking for a gift basket packed with variety that will wow, this is the one. Harry & David is the go-to when you want to gift a friend or family member with gourmet and delicious goodies, and this ultimate food gift basket steals the show each time. It’s filled with favorites, including sweet and salty Moose Munch milk chocolate popcorn, hickory smoked summer sausage, and even a chocolate swirl cake. So whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a foodie or wanting to send a gift nearly anyone would truly enjoy, you can’t go wrong with this option.
Price at time of publish: $140
What’s Included: 9 Royal Verano pears, Moose Munch milk chocolate popcorn, hickory-smoked summer sausage, sharp white cheddar cheese, party snack mix, three-seed crackers, raspberry galettes, pepper and onion relish, chocolate swirl cake, milk chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate truffles (coffee, cherry, raspberry, almond, all dark, milk chocolate), milk chocolate mini mints
"Everything was so tasty. I even found new products that I love, like the pepper relish and summer sausage. I feel like there's true variety in the basket—from savory to sweets—that hit all the right notes." — Lauryn Bodden, Editor
Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Charcuterie Collection
When building a cheese tray, you want a mixture of sweet and savory with a little crunch. Sweet Grass Dairy’s Cheese Charcuterie Collection gives you delicious and handcrafted cheeses that are perfect for a delightful gathering or party of one. This collection consists of cheeses for all palettes, including ones with earthy, creamy, and tangy notes. It also comes with sliced and ready-to-serve salami and fruit preserves to pile on the delectable sourdough flatbread with your cheese of choice.
Price at time of publish: $147
What’s Included: Double-cream cheese, farmhouse cheese, blue cheese, pimento spread, black pepper salami, fruit preserves
Magnolia Bakery Best of Magnolia Bakery Small Sampler Pack
Magnolia Bakery started as a small bakery in the West Village neighborhood of New York City and quickly became a favorite for locals and tourists. Skip the line and send the sampler pack to the sweets lover in your life; the collection includes the classic banana pudding recipe with fresh bananas and crushed vanilla wafers swirled throughout, as well as two of the bakery's famous cupcakes topped with swirled buttercream frosting.
Price at time of publish: $45
What’s Included: (2) 16-ounce classic banana pudding cups, (1) chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream, (1) vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream
"There were two containers of banana pudding that were sweet, but didn't feel artificial." — Alice Sungurov, Producer
Vosges Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection
What’s more luxurious than a dark chocolate truffle bursting with flavor? Not much. Vosges Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection is packed with 16 decadent dark chocolate truffles ranging in flavors from sweet, savory, floral, fruity, spicy, and earthy. The collection includes a stunning range of dark truffles ranging from 62 to 75 percent cacao. You can feel confident in gifting this world-class chocolate as the company, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, is woman-owned and makes it a point to create pure chocolate recipes without excess sugar or artificial flavors.
Price at time of publish: $50
What’s Included: 16 dark chocolate truffles ranging from 62% to 75% cacao
"They were really chic, each with a vibrant peppering of flavor on top: matcha, paprika, coconut ash, and more. If I had to pick just one way to describe them, it would be that they look expensive." — Taylor Rock, Editor
Levain Bakery Signature Cookie Assortment Gift Box
Not all cookies are baked equally, and Levain Bakery takes it to the next level. Levain Bakery is another NYC-based bakery that quickly grew a cult following. Its thick, ooey-gooey cookies are what dreams are made of. They come in classic yet delicious flavors, such as chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, and oatmeal raisin. Each comes pre-made; just pop them in the oven for a few minutes to warm them up and enjoy a magical cookie-eating experience.
Price at time of publish: $29-$79
What’s Included: Choose from a 4-, 8-, or 12-pack with 4 cookie flavors: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, and oatmeal raisin
Numi Organic World of Tea Collection
Giving the gift of tea provides a flavorful experience and sends a friend or family member a cup of comfort, too. This tea collection includes nine worldly flavors, including a sleepy chamomile lemon, an energizing Moroccan mint, a classic aged Earl Grey, and more. Each tea comes in a ready-to-brew bag that keeps each blend fresh and bursting with flavor. These blends are created using fruit, flowers, and spices that are ideal for both warm and iced teas.
Price at time of publish: $24
What’s Included: 5 bags each of breakfast blend, aged Earl Grey, golden chai, mate lemon, jasmine green, gunpowder green, rooibos, Moroccan mint, chamomile lemon
Harry & David Snack Box
Everyone’s got their own snacking style, and Harry & David’s Snack Box has something for everyone. Whether you enjoy snacking on caramel popcorn, savory smoked summer sausage, or prefer to grab a handful of almonds, cashews, and pecans, this kit has a treat for you. Reviewers love this snack collection for its versatility and affordable price point, allowing you to give the gift of gourmet flavor without stretching the budget.
Price at time of publish: $30
What’s Included: Moose Munch premium popcorn, hickory-smoked summer sausage, sharp white cheddar cheese, mixed nuts, three-seed crackers, and hot honey mustard
Hickory Farms Blooms & Bites Wine Gift Set
It’s always happy hour somewhere, right? With Hickory Farms Blooms & Bites Wine Gift Set, you can enjoy a refreshing glass of rosé no matter the time of day. This gift set gives you everything you need to create a relaxing and joyful happy hour atmosphere, including delicious eats, including salami, cheese, and flatbread crackers. You’ll also enjoy the refreshing scent of the sparkling grapefruit candle as you alternate between taking sips of wine and grabbing bites from the cookies and cream and lemon cupcake jars.
Price at time of publish: $95
What’s Included: Sparkling grapefruit candle, seed bomb, Classico dry salami, Mission jack blend, sea salt flatbread, strawberry fig jam, sour peach hearts, cookies and cream cupcake jar, lemon cupcake jar, 1 bottle of Ilo California rosé wine
Milk Bar Birthday Cake
When you can't be there to celebrate in person, sending a Milk Bar Birthday Cake is the next best thing. This decadent three-layered delight is ready to party with its funfetti-flavored cake, creamy and irresistible frosting, and blast of colorful sprinkles. Reviewers of all ages rave about this cake and love the amazing and not-too-sweet flavor in each bite. While this dessert is worth the hype, it runs on the expensive side since shipping is not included.
Price at time of publish: $62
What’s Included: 1 three-layered birthday flavored cake
Spoonful of Comfort Just Because Gift Basket
Whether you need to send a care package or provide a cup of comfort to a friend in need, Spoonful of Comfort has you covered. The Just Because Gift Basket is filled with cozy classics, including delectable soup, along with flaky rolls and cookies to give anyone a much-needed lift. Choose from a variety of fan-favorite soup flavors, including Italian wedding, chicken noodle, tomato basil, garden vegetable, broccoli cheddar, or chicken and wild rice soups, and pair it with a chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, or oatmeal raisin cookie.
Price at time of publish: $85
What’s Included: Choice of one 64-ounce soup, 6 rolls, 6 cookies, ladle, and personalized notecard
Williams Sonoma Infused Olive Oil Gift Set
Give the gift of flavorful olive oils with Williams Sonoma Infused Oil Gift Set, which includes four bottles of award-winning extra virgin olive oil made using California olives, with flavors including basil, blood orange, roasted garlic, and white truffle. Use them to top off pizza, marinate chicken, or as a complementary dip for warm bread.
Price at time of publish: $40
What’s Included: Includes four 3.4-ounce bottles (one of each flavor) of aromatic basil-infused olive oil, blood orange-infused olive oil, roasted garlic-infused olive oil, and white truffle-infused olive oil
Eastern Standard Provisions Co. Gourmet Soft Pretzel Gift Box
You don’t need to plan a trip to the mall to enjoy a tasty soft pretzel—you can just order them from the comfort of your home with Eastern Standard Provisions Co. Gourmet Soft Pretzel Gift Box. This collection includes a variety of 20 soft pretzels along with five salts to top them off with, including white truffle, lemon rosemary, chili lime, and everything spice. These gourmet pretzels were on Oprah’s Favorite Things list in 2019, and online customer reviews back up how delightful and delicious they are to receive as a gift.
Price at time of publish: $69
What’s Included: 20 soft pretzels (various sizes), classic pretzel salt, white truffle salt, lemon rosemary salt, chili lime salt, everything spice
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 (view at Amazon) or the TruffleHunter Truffle Oil Gift Set (view at Amazon).
What to Look for in Food Gifts
You can be a food lover and not love cooking—and you can love to cook but not go for lots of trendy appliances. What are your friend's preferences like on a day-to-day basis as it pertains to food? If you're shopping for someone who loves the latest gadgets or appliances, consider an appliance such as a sous vide immersion circulator or Instant Pot. Those who are curious about food and love travel might enjoy a food subscription box more so than a fancy wine bottle opener or a fondue maker.
For those who are just getting started in the kitchen but have fallen deeply in love with cooking, you can't go wrong with well-regarded basics, such as cast-iron pans or a great coffee grinder. But many seasoned food and beverage lovers would love to receive a more sophisticated gift, such as a wine bottle opener or a beer dispenser.
All of these gifts are attractive options, depending on the recipient you've got in mind. But they have to fit within your budget, right? No matter what you're looking to spend, there are options at almost every price point on this list. From $20 for basic kitchen equipment such as a skillet or wine bottle opener to Instant Pots and sous vide immersion circulators topping $200, there's a range of options for your budget.
What happens if a pressure cooker runs out of water?
The short answer to this question is that it won't. Most pressure cookers, such as an Instant Pot, need a minimum of a cup of water in order to generate enough heat for the food to cook properly and have built-in safety mechanisms that will shut it off if an insufficient amount of water is added.
Is sous vide cooking safe?
As long as you're sticking to the proper cooking times and temperatures, sous vide cooking is completely safe. The rule of thumb is not to let the food cook in water below 130 F or so.
What is so special about cast-iron skillets?
One of the main reasons people love cooking in cast-iron skillets is that they get very hot and retain that heat. It's recommended, however, to preheat your skillet before using it so that it's as hot as possible, rotating it periodically while it preheats so that it's evenly heated. (This is especially important if you are going to be searing any kind of meat.) A cast-iron skillet is also great because it can effortlessly transition from the stovetop to the oven—not every skillet can do that.
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Lindsay Boyers is a freelance food writer and functional nutritionist who has authored more than a dozen books and cookbooks. She covers food and kitchen products for The Spruce Eats, researching and testing gadgets to find the very best for our readers.
Julie Laing has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years and published her first cookbook, "The Complete Guide to Pickling," in 2020. She writes for several national websites and has a weekly newspaper column named after her Twice as Tasty food blog, where she shares recipes and tips for making good food from scratch year-round. Julie loves to gift food and kitchen tools, from freshly ground spice blends and her personal sourdough starter to her favorite cookware.