Foodies are some of the most fun people to shop for, though we suggest doing so on a full stomach so as to not spend double on duplicate gifts for yourself (see slide #11, drool). Here, some of our favorite gifts for those who love to eat, cook, bake or just oogle all things culinary.
15 Gifts Perfect For Your Favorite Foodies
Adopt An Olive Tree Gift Box
All chefs, no matter how experienced, rely on olive oil in their kitchens. This thoughtful gift includes a 3-liter can of single-harvest extra virgin olive oil produced on a family-run organic farm, a decanter, and the adoption of an olive tree in Puglia (so your gift recipient can help keep small-batch production alive).
Moon Juice New Moon Pantry Starter Kit
If your foodie friend is of a wellness bent, Moon Juice is the place to shop on their behalf. We love this pantry starter kit, which includes almond butter, maca, tocotrienols, pink salt, cacao, cardamom and a cotton moon tote.
Atlas 150 Copper Pasta Maker
Forty years later, this writer's dad still talks about the homemade pasta her mom made for him on their second date. It's a fond memory, even if the results were largely inedible. Help your favorite foodie create a more palatable meal with this gorgeous pasta maker.
The Pastapedia Box
Not everyone has the time or energy to DIY their pasta, but no matter—we can think of few things we'd rather be gifted than a crate full of boutique noodles. This Eataly box comes stuffed with fifteen different regional varieties from all over Italy, and we're drooling just thinking about it.
The Pastapedia, $135
Petrossian French Country Feast
Pheasant pate might not be for everyone, but for the caviar-and-confit types on your list, this basket is a surefire win.
Cuisinart 9-Cup Food Processor
A food processor might not be the most glamorous of gifts, but it's certainly the most useful, particularly for those new to the chef game.
Henckels International Classic 8-inch Chef's Knife
Newbies also need a good chef's knife—some versions cost upwards of $300, so your gift recipient won't know whether you splurged or saved on this utilitarian gift.
Hingham Lazy Susan
If your foodie is of the type who likes to entertain others with his or her culinary experiments, this gorgeous lazy susan is a must.
Hingham Lazy Susan, $68
Himalayan Salt Block
Salt tiles are great for everything from grilling to sautéing to roasting and beyond. We especially love these for barbecue aficionados.
Pierpont Cut Crystal Caviar Server
We tend to think this is the perfect gift for mother-in-laws. Worst case scenario, it ends up as a beautiful candy dish.
Williams-Sonoma Taste of Europe Cheese Crate
The only people for whom this gift seems potentially unwelcome is those with vegan dietary restrictions—for anyone else, it's an easy win.
Sheila G’s Butter & Chocolate
First off, if you've never tried Brownie Brittle, you should order some for yourself ASAP, along with this cookbook by the company's founder, Sheila G. It includes recipes such as Brownie-Filled French Toast, Brownie Mudslide Cocktails and Brownie Doughnuts. Enough said.
Gino Angelini Pasta Sauces, Set Of 4
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone in Los Angeles who doesn't love the unassuming Angelini Osteria restaurant, which is located not far from the TZR offices. Food snobs, especially Italian food snobs, will not be disappointed with the amazing sauces sold next door at their café Angelini Alimentari, which can be ordered for delivery directly from the restaurant. The set of four includes arrabbiata, pomodorini, amatriciana and limone.
Angelini Osteria Sauces, 4 for $40 + shipping (call to order, 323-297-0070)
Mama O's Kimchi Making Kit
So, something labeled as "a delicious way to incorporate gut-friendly probiotics into your gut" probably doesn't initially sound like the perfect holiday gift but, for those who are as obsessed with kimchi as we are, it most certainly is. The best part about this gift is that the kimchi is incredibly easy to make, which will help even the least accomplished cooks feel good about their burgeoning skills.
A Black Tomato Trip
Black Tomato had us at "luxury tailor-made vacations." The company will help you plan a vacation according to your gift recipient's deepest desires—trip examples include cooking master classes with local families in Italy along with gelato making, meeting Michelin-starred chefs in Madrid along with tapas walking tours, street food tasting tours with local food bloggers on the back of Vespas in destinations such as Saigon, and more. (Feel free to send this slide directly to everyone in your family as a not-so-subtle hint of your own desires as well. We are!)
Visit Blacktomato.com for more information.