We are food experts here at Wholefully, and we know exactly what all the foodies on your gift list want! Check out our list of the best gifts for foodies.
As a heavily food-focused site, we couldn’t let a gifting season go by without talking about our favorite foodie gifts. You know we have plenty of foods, kitchen tools, and cookbooks to recommend! If you have a foodie on your gifting list, read on!
Our expansive list of gifts for foodies will help make your gift shopping easy. We cover every price range in our gift guide—from stocking stuffers and small gifts under $5, all the way up to fancy, beautiful cookware and appliances. They are all great choices!
What makes our 2021 guide to gifts for foodies the best ever?
We have personally tested the items on this list! Our Wholefully team bought these items, tried them in our own kitchens, and are pumped to recommend them! We don’t accept freebies for our gift guides, so you can trust that we actually use and love everything on this list.
On our list, you’ll find a balance between items from big box stores and gifts from small businesses. We also included lots of gifts from diverse companies, like BIPOC-owned companies, woman-owned companies, and LGBTQ+-owned companies. Happy shopping!
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Cookware Gifts for Foodies
- Lodge Enameled Dutch Oven—I’ve had this Dutch oven for years, and it is just as beautiful as it was when we first bought it. And it’s a good thing, too—we use it so often, it pretty much lives on our stove and is visible all the time.
- 12-Cup Stainless Steel French Press—This baby holds over a quart of tea or coffee, and it stays hot for hours, thanks to the double-wall insulation. Plus, because it’s stainless steel, it’s never going to shatter on you!
- Dansk Kobenstyle Saucepan—The unique shape and beautiful wooden handle is what initially sold me on this saucepan, but the feature that really sealed the deal? The lid serves double-duty as a trivet!
- Lodge Cast Iron Skillet—If I was stuck in the middle of nowhere and could only have two cooking tools, I’d choose a good knife and a cast iron skillet. They hold up for literally decades, retain heat really well, and are great for cooking nearly everything!
- Epica Stainless Steel Kettle—This may be the most-used small appliance in our kitchen. We love that it is stainless steel inside and out, it heats up quickly, and it can keep water warm for several hours.
- KitchenAid Hand Mixer—Everyone fawns over the KitchenAid stand mixers, and we do love ours, but this hand mixer is actually our go-to. It’s just so much more convenient than hauling the stand mixer to the counter. Plus, it takes up less space, and it works incredibly well.
- Immersion Blender—There are so many uses for an immersion blender—it makes pureeing soups a breeze, is the best tool for making your own mayo, and gets you smooth sauces and dressings in a snap.
- Instant Pot Accessories—Most folks know that Instant Pots are great gifts for foodies, but if your favorite foodie already has one, make sure they can make the most of it with this must-have accessory kit. These accessories make the Instant Pot SO much more versatile.
Kitchen Gear Gifts for Foodies
- Wooden Spoons—Are these not the most beautiful utensils you’ve ever seen? Made of teak and finished with olive oil, these wooden spoons will get nonstop use in your kitchen.
- Frozen Herb Starter Trays—Freezing fresh herbs in the summer is so much cheaper than buying the little packs of herbs in the winter! While you can find herb freezing trays in metal, plastic, or silicone styles, I personally prefer the silicone—it makes it so easy to pop out the cubes once they are frozen!
- Glass Mixing Bowls—We ADORE these mixing bowls. They are sturdy, not too heavy, and nest so nicely that they don’t take up a ton of space in the cabinet. Plus, they come in every size you could possibly need!
- Cheese Board Platter—A good cheese board is the perfect combination of “took no time to put together” and “looks impressive and like you worked really hard at it.” This slate cheese board platter is our favorite starting point.
- Wood Handle Cheese Knife Set—These bamboo handled cheese knives are great for serve-yourself cheese boards. Pair these with the slate platter above (and maybe even some fancy cheeses!) for a cheesy-themed gift, or give them on their own.
- Stripe Chef’s Apron—This apron has held up to all my cooking messes (and there have been lots). It is thick, sturdy, and cute.
- Chopper—For the folks who cook in bulk or do a lot of canning, a heavy duty chopper can be such a time saver. We love this one for its high quality, multiple blade options, and ability to go through the dishwasher.
- Berry Colander—A little ceramic colander filled with already-washed fruit is a welcome sight when you open the refrigerator.
- Thrive Market Membership—Imagine if Costco and Whole Foods had a baby, and all that gloriousness was sold online for discounted prices. That’s Thrive Market! Memberships to Thrive are great gifts for all the foodies in your family.
- ButcherBox—We’ve been loyal ButcherBox subscribers for years, and it’s a wonderful gift for the grill master or meat lover in your life.
- Penzey’s Gift Boxes—We’ve never met a spice or spice blend from Penzey’s that we didn’t like. Any of the gift boxes from their extensive line would be a great choice.
- Essential Sauce Collection from Essie Spice—Essie Bartels mixed together unique ingredients and traditional West African cooking methods to create her four flavorful, complex, spicy sauces and rubs. Get the big set as its own gift, or use the Mini Spice Essentials set as a stocking stuffer.
- Siete Hot Sauce—We love everything that Siete makes, but their hot sauce is a really top notch stocking stuffer.
- Signature Trio Gift Set from Trade Street Jam Co.—The jams from Trade Street are vegan and free of preservatives or added sugar, so they are thinner than a traditional jam. Which makes them perfect for using in sauces and glazes! Try one of their individual flavors, or get this gift set, which includes their Blueberry Lemon Basil, Smoked Yellow Peach, and Strawberry Chipotle and Fig flavors.
- Bacon in a Box—We all have a bacon aficionado in our lives, and this gift box is just the perfect gift for them. It’s packed with four different small-batch, specialty bacons to try.
- Good Food for Good Spicy Ketchup—This spicy ketchup is incredibly addictive. It’s the best with a giant pile of fries.
- Gochugaru Chile Pepper Flakes—These pepper flakes are a great stocking stuffer for the person who loves a little heat! These are the BEST sprinkled on some pizza.
- Infused Raw Honey—While the ginger root honey was the solid favorite, we really loved every honey we tried from the small, Black-owned company, Zach&Zoë.
- Barrel Aged Maple Syrup—Pancakes just got a major upgrade! This small batch maple syrup producer works with regional spiritmakers to age their syrup in spent bourbon, brandy, and rum barrels. The resulting flavor is absolutely incredible. We recommend the Starlight Applejack Maple Syrup (Starlight is a distillery local to us here at Wholefully)!
- Burger Marinade and Sauce—If you’ve never used a burger marinade, you (and your patties) are seriously missing out. This nine-spice marinade and its accompanying burger sauce will improve your burgers from the inside out.
- Wild Smoked Favorites Gift Box—This box is for the salmon-lover on your list. These goodies from indigenous-owned companies are packed full of amazing flavor.
- Limoncello—Cocktail fans will love this sweet, citrusy homemade limoncello. There are free printable labels included!
- Applewood BBQ Mushroom Jerky—Jerky? Made out of mushrooms? YUP! This vegan jerky tastes like the real thing (maybe even better)!
- Bourbon Barrel Kentucky Soy Sauces—These are the only microbrewed soy sauces in all of the United States! These are traditionally fermented using ingredients produced just miles from the brewery.
- M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar—Give the gift of easy baking with this cookie mix in a jar. The resulting cookies are deliciously chewy and tender.
- Hot Sauce—This one’s for the spice lovers! Make your own flavorful hot sauce as mild or as hot as you want with our homemade hot sauce recipe. Plus, we include free printable labels to make gift wrapping super simple.
- Bourbon Barrel Chili Kit—Bourbon Barrel foods is a local-to-us company, and we love everything they make. This combo of their condiments, spices, and salts is a great way to make your favorite foodie’s chili recipe cook-off ready.
- Universal Yums Snack Boxes—This might be our favorite product on the entire list. Each month, you get a box of curated snacks from a country around the world. It’s a super fun way to explore geography and culture around the world—and you get some tasty treats in the meantime. This would be a great gift for a family with young kids! Bonus: This link gets you $5 off your first order.
- Soup Mixes in a Jar—In a season when we can feel overloaded by sweets, a savory gift can be a nice change of pace. These soup mixes are both affordable and delicious.
Stocking Stuffers/Small Tools
- Microplane—Every foodie needs a microplane, and this is our favorite we’ve ever used. It works beautifully to zest citrus fruit, shred Parmesan, or grate nutmeg. It makes a wonderful stocking stuffer!
- Onion Goggles—You might think I included these just to make people look silly, but these onion goggles really do help cut back on the tears while chopping onions! The only downside is that they don’t fit over glasses, so keep that in mind.
- Appetizer Spoons—Beyond being useful for serving up condiments, we love to use these for little taste tests as we’re cooking so that we can get the seasoning just right.
- Silicone Whisk Set—I honestly use these whisks almost daily. The silicone means I can use them without worrying about scratching my cookware, and the tines are smooth enough that food doesn’t get stuck in the head of the whisk.
- Canning Pin—Honestly, does it get any cuter than this sweet enamel pin? Gift this one to the canners in your life!
- Garlic Chopper—This handy little gadget has made garlic chopping such a breeze in the Wholefully test kitchen! Just drop some cloves in, close it up, pull the string, and you have perfectly minced garlic. This makes a great stocking stuffer!
- Love People, Cook Them Tasty Food Magnet—Need something to round out a stocking? Try one of these magnets, available in four colors!
Kitchen Project Gifts for Foodies
- DIY Fermentation Kits—Fermentation is the current trendy foodie hobby, and if you are new to it, it can be a bit overwhelming. No worries! These DIY kits give you everything you need to get started.
- Sprouting Jar—If you aren’t growing your own sprouts already, you definitely should—they are a super affordable and healthy way to grow your own veggies year-round. This jar makes the process simple.
- Microgreens Starter Kit—No garden? No problem! Your loved one can grow microgreens at home on their own countertop. This is perfect for the plant lover, health nut, or foodie!
- Mushroom Growing Kit—These little kits make it so easy to grow your own mushrooms at home. It’s a fun winter gardening project for kids or grown-ups!
- Jubilee—This was easily our favorite cookbook of 2020 (and we read A LOT of cookbooks). Toni Tipton-Martin does a beautiful job of weaving African American food history with modern-day takes on traditional foods from Black culture. The photography is wonderful and the writing is rich, interesting, and enlightening. This is a cookbook you can both cook from and enjoy reading by the fire.
- Notes from a Young Black Chef—Top Chef alum Kwame Onwuachi comes to us with a coming-of-age memoir that spans from his childhood, to his time spent living in Nigeria, to opening and closing his restaurant. Throughout the book, he details the challenges of being a chef of color in the culinary world, and talks about how his race and his food experiences intersect.
- Cool Beans—If you’ve ever been bored by a pot of beans and rice, you need a copy of Cool Beans. With 125 recipes like Garlicky Great Northern Beans and Broccoli Rabe Over Toast, Black Bean Sopes, and Curried Chickpea Pancake with Mushrooms, you’ll never lack for inspiration again. Gift this cookbook to the vegetarian or omnivore whose shelves are always stocked with jars of beans.
- New World Sourdough—Intimidated by sourdough? Don’t be, thanks to this cookbook. It’s packed with tips for getting started, unique recipes, and a relaxed attitude to make sourdough baking approachable.
- Mostly Plants—Many folks are trying to eat less meat to help with our climate change crisis, but for a lot of us, it just isn’t sustainable to go fully plant-based. This cookbook gives tons of great plant-centric recipes without the need to completely abandon meat or animal products. The photos are beautiful and the recipes are top-notch!
- From the Oven to the Table—Get this cookbook for the foodie in your life who loves a fancy restaurant and Bon Appetit magazine. These recipes are beautifully crafted, but a touch on the intricate side. Cooking recipes from this book is a love story!
- Eat a Peach: A Memoir—Chef David Chang, of the Momofuku restaurant group, talks about his path to creating a restaurant empire, his depression and bipolar I disorder, and his love for the kitchen in his memoir, released in September of this year.
- Lateral Cooking—This cookbook is really more of a handbook, teaching readers the formulas that underlie nearly every type of recipe, and how to riff on them to create your own dishes. Gift this one to the cook who wants to learn to improvise in the kitchen.
- Indian-ish—This is a cookbook that you’re going to be cooking out of every week. Every recipe we’ve tried has been incredibly flavorful while also being simple and approachable to make. Gift this one to the cook who wants to add some Indian-inspired dishes to their repertoire.
- Ruffage—We are loving this cookbook for breathing new life into our vegetable recipes. For each vegetable, there are 2-3 main methods for preparing the produce, plus multiple variations per method. So if you want to make cauliflower puree but don’t have the pork cutlet to go with it, you can try the browned butter and orange zest version with salmon, or the cheesy version with chard and roasted tomato. Gift this one to the cook who loves to cook seasonally, and wants some new ideas for using their produce.
- How to Cook Everything—Every foodie should have this cookbook in their kitchen. If your favorite foodie didn’t get it for college graduation or their wedding, make sure they get it this year!
- Cook It In Your Dutch Oven—If From the Oven to the Table sounded like a good concept, but you wanted something a little more casual, this book from America’s Test Kitchen is for you.
- Painted Spoon Rest—These spoon rests are beautiful, ethically produced, and sustainably made. A win all around!
- Bee’s Wrap—Ditch the plastic wrap in favor of these reusable sheets of beeswax-coated cotton. They fold and bend to fit your sandwiches, avocado halves, snacks, or leftovers, and seal tight to themselves.
- Cloth Bowl Covers—Another way to ditch the plastic wrap is to opt for these fabric bowl covers for stashing leftovers, batters, or salads in the fridge. These come in a set of two different stretchy sizes, so they will fit most mixing bowls.
Whew! That was a long one—we hope you’ve got gifts for all the foodies on your list covered now. Happy shopping!
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