Buying a gift for the food lover in your life can be challenging. They’re always smelling things, and their condiment collection takes up multiple shelves. They’re the person who orders for the table (whether you agree or not), and they know how to make an elaborate layer cake. You can’t give them something expected, like an Instant Pot. It’s safe to assume they already own every mug ever made or sold at Anthropologie. And don’t even think about getting them a Dutch oven: They already have one in a signature color.
To make things easier, we’ve put together a handy and wide-ranging gift guide for all kinds of cooks, bakers, food lovers, coffee enthusiasts, and wannabe wine snobs. That said, if this list still doesn’t cut it, get them a good old-fashioned gift certificate — because there’s nothing foodies love more than control. Go with either Food52 or Williams Sonoma, which will cover all the bases.
If They’re Old School
For the Person You Only Just Started Seeing
If They’re Gluten Free
For the Person Who Swears You Can Only Get Decent Pizza in New York
For the Person With a Serious Sweet Tooth
For the Person You Live With
If Their Favorite Part of Traveling Is Exploring New Cuisines
Issue 01 — It’s Personal + the Pandemic
This new, biannual printed food magazine celebrates Black women and femmes in food and wine. The first issue features 35 women throughout the diaspora.
For the Person Who Weighs Their Coffee Beans
Ratio Six Coffee Maker
If this person is your spouse/partner/sidepiece, or if you’re feeling particularly generous, get them this gorgeous, well-designed electric pour-over coffee machine by Ratio. It’s the sexiest coffee machine on the market, hands down. Don’t worry, you review watchdog — it’s highly rated, too. Just remember: order by December 15 to get it by Christmas.
For the Person Who Could Be on The Great British Bake Off
Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence
Claire Saffitz’s Dessert Person is for the baker who toggles between chocolate chip cookies and 18-tier croquembouche (if you know, you know). The photographs beam off the pages, so even a baking novice will want to show off this cookbook on the coffee table.
If They Already Own the Great Jones Dutchess
Great Jones Hot Dish
There’s a new casserole dish in town from Instagram-favorite Great Jones, and it’s as cute as the rest of the line. Combine it with the ingenious gift of a bag of frozen tater tots and you’re halfway to having someone else make you actual hot dish, the greatest gift of all.
If They Have a Condiment Shelf Full of Hot Sauce
PINKMILKLONDON Lamp Work Chilli Pepper Earrings
Spicy handmade earrings for a spicy person.
If You’re Not Quite Sure What They Want
Jasper Hill Farm Cheese-Tasting Box
Everyone likes cheese. Second maybe only to chocolate, this is your safest bet.
For the Chef Who Puts a Squeeze of Lemon in Everything
MAISON MARGIELA Replica Under the Lemon Trees Fragrance
This fragrance from Margiela smells fresh and subtle, not like you spilled lemon juice all over yourself.
For the Person Who’s Still Very Much Into Kale
Vejibag Starter Kit
Crisper drawers only get you so far. Store delicate greens and any other vegetables likely to wilt in the fridge in these Vejibags — thick, organic cotton sacks that you dampen before storing. It extends the life of vegetables by days, or, in the case of cabbage, weeks.
For the Spice Collector
For the Plant Mom or Dad
The Magnolia Company Lemon and Lime Citrus Trees
A lemon/lime tree bears fruit every six months, and every six months that would be very exciting for whoever you give this little tree to.
For the Undefeated Cookie Swap Champion
Heilala Vanilla Bean Paste
Not all vanilla extract is the same: Heilala’s is beloved by chefs, fancy pastry people, and regular folks who just make a lot of cookies. Their goopy vanilla paste will leave these lovely black vanilla bean specks in whatever you bake, plus it gets bonus points for being ethically-sourced.
For the Aspiring Wine Snob
Parcelle Vacation Wine 3-Pack
This set of three wines hails from dreamy Mediterranean islands: Santorini, Sardinia, and the Canary Islands. All three taste like being on vacation, a thing people used to do.
For the Person Finally Delving Into Sourdough
Shori Bake Banneton Bread Proofing Basket Set of 2 Round 9 Inch + Sourdough Bread Making Tools Kit
This set has everything they need to make the perfect loaf. Add a dry starter to your order so they don’t have to figure out how to make their own.
For the Coffee Lover Who Has All the Gear
Stumptown Hair Bender 5 lb Bulk Coffee
The gift of nice coffee is classic, but how about the gift of five pounds of coffee all at once? An airplane pillow-sized 5-pounder of Stumptown’s crowdpleasing Hair Bender costs $75, lasts about a month in a two-person coffee-loving household, and is most likely fresher than what you find at grocery stores.
For the Messy Chef
Anthropologie Trudy Apron
Because splatters, drips, and splashes are inevitable.
For the Aesthete
Eat Nunchi Cheesecake
You’ve probably spotted Lexie Park’s cakes all over Instagram. The jiggly pastel-hued confections are made with flavors like peach, lychee, and persimmon. They’re only available for local pickup in Los Angeles and tend to sell out fast — currently, the week of Christmas is not available, but she does tend to have extras that pop up on her Instagram account.
For the Friend Who Doesn’t Drink
Just because they can’t enjoy a glass of wine over Zoom with you doesn’t mean they should be stuck sipping on club soda. These slightly bitter, slightly sweet spritzes have no alcohol but offer the same satisfying feeling of drinking a balanced cocktail.
For the Aperitivo Aficionado
Lo-Fi Aperitifs Gentian Amaro
Mix with some sparking wine and a splash of soda for a pre-dinner beverage that goes great with prosciutto and fancy Parmesan.
For the Spicy Food Connoisseur
Fly by Jing Sichuan Pantry Essentials
This collection of sauces, spices, and peppers will keep them busy for months. Try the Zhong sauce with dumplings and sprinkle the Mala spice over meat as a marinade (it also makes for a delicious popcorn topping). The chili crisp is literally good on anything. And lastly, the peppercorns and chilies can be transformed into your own chili oil or incorporated into recipes like mapo tofu.
For the Person Who Insists on Manning the Grill
Ooni Koda Pizza Oven
This portable pizza oven is for home cooks who mean business.
For the Person Who Was Forced to Learn to Cook During Lockdown
Pineapple Collaborative The Olive Oil
Tasty, bright-tasting olive oil that they won’t mind displaying on their counter.
For the Noodz Lover
For the Person Who Wishes They Were in Portugal
Fishwife Wild-Caught Smoked Albacore Tuna (3-Pack)
This new tinned-fish company started by Becca Millstein and Caroline Goldfarb is fun, playful, stylish, and tasty and does limited-edition drops. Their salmon is already sold out, but you can still get the tuna.
For the Person Who Appreciates Little Luxuries
Weck 6 Mini Tulip Jelly Jar With Glass Lids 6 Rings and 12 Clamps
Grab a few of these jars and fill them with spices like vibrant Aleppo pepper, fancy saffron, or truffle sea salt. They make for lovely small gifts that feel special.
For the Person Who Uses Their Freezer for Ice-Cream Storage
Valentine’s Day Ice-Cream Bundle
This 70-year-old family-run dairy is a master at balancing smooth and crunchy textures for optimal chunk-burrowing with a spoon. This sampler includes four delicious ice-cream flavors, plus a pint of ready-to-bake Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough.
For the Person Who Loves to Serve Piping-Hot Food
Bartleby Leather Objects Leather Trivet
Serve your perfect roast chicken or hearty beef stew by placing your Dutch oven on this elegant trivet. Made from leather, it’ll be a piece that will last over the years and will look equally as good sitting on your dining table.
For the Person Who Believes in Cooking With Flair
Living Steel Leather Oven Mitts
Made in collaboration with New Hampshire artisan Linny Kenney, these hand-dyed vegetable-tanned leather gloves are meant to age beautifully while protecting your hands from hot surfaces.