The world of food is a lot like fashion. It has its own terminology (try Googling the difference between a "chef" and a "cook"), breakout trends (hello, avocado toast), and endlessly quotable icons (whether you're more of a Julia Child than a Gordon Ramsay probably depends on the day). Like your wardrobe essentials, the staples that make up the foundation of a home chef's kitchen can be enhanced, and can grow to incorporate trends — but rarely change. So, while all this may make it seem that much harder to find Valentine's Day gifts for foodies, it actually gives you a set of rules to play by.
Start out with those staples. Durable cookware, adaptable tools, a set of reliable, razor-sharp kitchen knives — these are the gifts you may feel like your foodie already owns, but may actually thrill them the most. After all, why settle for just any bag when you could be carrying a Birkin?
Exactly who makes the Birkin bag of knives is up to debate (and foodies do, passionately), but a $155 trio of knives from Material is a surefire way to make your foodie's day. Debuting late 2017, the relatively new kitchenware company consistently makes waves thanks to its sleek, beautiful, and high-quality products. The set of three knives is a good way to affordably elevate a tool your foodie probably uses every day; the set comes with Material's version of the traditional chef's knife, a serrated knife, and a paring knife.
If your food-obsessed Valentine's kitchen is already decked out with the latest and greatest, snag them the trendiest. Milk Bar — makers of the sprinkle-covered, Instagram-famous birthday cake that won over the internet during its 'Chef's Table' scene — offers nationwide delivery. Plus, the bakery is offering $10 flat rate shipping for items in its Valentine's Day Shop, which naturally includes the iconic cake. All you have to do now is tell your foodie you're in charge of dessert.
Ahead, nine more ideas of what to get your food-loving Valentine this year, in addition to the knife set and birthday cake's links. Valentine's Day only comes once a year, so your favorite foodie should have their Insta-famous cake (and eat it, too).
Party For Two
Tell your Valentine you've got dessert covered this year. This gift set from Milk Bar comes with a miniature Birthday Cake and a dozen Valentine's-themed Birthday Cake Truffles.
Large Marbled Baking Dish
Some home chefs value their food's presentation as much as its taste. Gift your Valentine with a unique, high-quality baking dish like this one from TOAST; they'll be happy to brag it's made with a fifteenth century Turkish marbling technique.
Magazine & Digital Access
Looking for the foodie equivalent to 'Vogue'? For just $5 you can gift three months of 'Milk Street Magazine', a beautifully-photographed, ad-free collection of recipes and articles by chef Christopher Kimball and his team.
Reviews for this vegan, organic, and paleo chocolate hazelnut spread say it's just as good as it looks.
Japanese Cross Back Linen Apron
Made of European flax linen, this easy-to-wear, minimalist apron is a bestseller from a Lithuanian Etsy shop called MagicLinen — which has a 5-star average from over 4,000 reviews.
Le Creuset Pie Bird
This whimsically old-fashioned stoneware piece from Le Creuset doesn't just look cute. It also acts as much-needed ventilation for pies, releasing any steam as they bake.
Chemex Brew Guide Poster
You may have spotted a bottle of Stumptown Coffee's cold brew at Whole Foods. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Stumptown Coffee is an icon in the coffee scene, and a screen-printed poster from them could make any fan's day.
Kitchen Utensil and Tablet Holder
Innovative, functional, *and* stylish; this modern utensil holder keeps your tablet safe and countertop tidy.
Maison Boissier La Vie En Rose Gift Box
Legendarily loved by Victor Hugo, Paris-based Maison Boissier (or simply Boissier) has been honing its ability to craft beautiful chocolates and confections since 1827.
The Knives, The Trio, Blush
A good set of knives can change anyone's at-home cooking game. This set by Material is made with Japanese steel that was cryogenically tempered at the edge... and they come in *blush pink*. (Plus black, gray, and beige, if pink isn't your Valentine's style.)
The Sweet Talker
Baked by Melissa
There aren't many people who can resist one of Baked by Melissa's tiny cupcakes, and this box comes with a curated assortment of all the perfect Valentine's Day flavors.