Having the right tool for the job is crucial, whether you’re working in the workshop, garage, or even the kitchen.
You need your space to prep everything, all the necessary tools, and a few appliances to fully get the job done. Whether you’re getting a meal together for family and friends on the stove, in the oven, or outside on a grill, there are so many useful gadgets and tools to add to your kitchen.
But foodies aren’t just interested in kitchen prep — we can guarantee the foodie you need a gift for also likes to splurge on a meal every now and then at a nice restaurant, too. Don’t worry, we kept both of these interests in mind when putting together our ultimate foodie gift guide. From science-themed cookbooks to gift boxes that have it all, these are the best gifts for foodies they’ll be delighted to get this holiday season.
The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained
Before becoming a food writer, Nik Sharma was a molecular biologist. In his latest cookbook, Sharma harnesses his scientific background to explain why and how flavor operates so that home chefs can create meals that pack a punch.
Bambusi Premium Bamboo Cheese Board Set
Do the foodies you know already own charcuterie boards? Probably. Would they be stoked to have another one? Definitely. This bamboo set includes four cheese knives that are conveniently stored in a hidden drawer. The 9-by-9-inch surface is complemented by grooved borders perfect for holding crackers, nuts, pickles, and other snacks.
MasterClass Annual Membership
For the home chefs who have everything, give the gift of learning from the culinary greats on MasterClass. Select a single class led by The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller, Yotam Ottolenghi of London’s Nopi, famed Mexican chef Gabriela Cámara, and others, or let them watch them all with an annual membership.
Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Electric Smoker
$122.17 (24% off)
If your giftee is more into smoking than grilling (or wants to try their hand at it), the USA-made Big Chief won’t fail them. It’s the best electric smoker we’ve used and excels at maintaining steady temperatures for perfectly smoked meats time and again.
Anova Precision Cooker Nano
Sous vide cooking sounds fancy, but even a novice can master it with the help of an immersion circulator. The 750-watt Nano can cook five gallons at a time and promises temperature precision down to a tenth of a degree. What’s more, the device can be remotely controlled using the Anova app, which comes with helpful tips and plenty of recipes.
Mike’s Hot Honey (2 Pack)
Any food will love the sweet/heat combo of this condiment. It’s made of honey infused with chili peppers, and we can attest that it’s delicious on pizza, fried rice—anything, really.
Keurig Coffee, Latte, and Cappuccino Maker
$169.24 (15% off)
Want coffee that’s just as good as what you get at the neighborhood coffee shop? Well, this Keurig is serving up all kinds of goodness to start your mornings. Not only does it brew coffee, but it also has cups to make delicious lattes and cappuccinos. And the process is simple: insert a K-Cup pod in the machine and it automatically starts brewing.
The reBoard Cutting Board
This BPA-free and dishwasher-safe cutting board from Material Kitchen has reimagined plastic in the kitchen. It uses zero virgin plastic and is helping to create a more sustainable home kitchen. This cutting board comes in seven different colors, and you can make your foodie gift a set of three for $80.
The new Perfect Pot from Our Place — makers of the Insta-famous Always Pan — is the perfect gift for foodies short on kitchen space, It’s designed to take the place of all your pots and can boil, bake, crisp, or steam. We like that it’s compatible with all cooktops, too.
Smart WiFi Air Fryer
This Cosori air fryer is highly-rated and compatible with over 100 recipes, so there is no shortage of cooking fun. We also like that it’s a smart air fryer, which means your recipient can adjust its settings, and monitor their meals, all from a smartphone.
ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer
ThermoPro’s TP20 is the fail safe that any novice or master griller will appreciate. The dual-probe system tracks temperatures from two cuts of meat (or two parts of the same cut) and feeds them to a wireless monitor outfitted with an alarm, timer, backlit LCD screen, and 300-foot range. The preset USDA-approved doneness levels ensure medium rare doesn’t accidentally become well done.
Tincup Rye Whiskey
Spicy yet smooth, Tincup’s latest whiskey is made with 95% rye and 5% barley, then aged for three years. Tobacco notes are balanced by a hit of caramel on the nose and finish. We like it just as much neat as we do in a twist on the classic Old-Fashioned.
Stanley Stay-Hot Titanium Multi-Cup
We can’t decide how we like using Stanley’s new Multi-Cup best, but we can tell you it’s hardly left our side since we first unboxed it. The insulated vessel holds 10 ounces of any hot or cold beverage and doubles as a beer koozie. Plus, the titanium design is sleek, featherlight, and ultra-durable.
KitchenIQ Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener
A dull knife is a dangerous one. This sharpener from KitchenIQ fits on the edge of a countertop and has two sharpening settings for fine tune-ups or knives that need more TLC. And at $6, it makes a great stocking stuffer.
Imperia Manual Pasta Maker Machine
We’re not one to turn down any sort of pasta, but nothing beats the fresh stuff. This nearly 8-pound behemoth from legacy pasta machine manufacturer Imperia is made from high-quality steel and comes with a metal plate for feeding pasta sheets into the manual roller or cutter.
Callaloo Subscription Box
Introduce home chefs to Caribbean flavors with Callaloo, which Trinidadian founders Malika and Jamila Augustine adopted from the term that refers to several leafy green vegetables popular in the region. The monthly subscription service will deliver six to eight different seasonings, condiments, sauces, snacks, or other goods straight to their kitchen.
Ooni Karu Portable Pizza Oven
Come spring, the Karu is sure to be the star of any socially distant backyard pizza party. It runs on wood or charcoal and has a removable stone baking board. Ooni designed the 26.5-pound Karu to pack down and includes a carrying case so pizza lovers can whip up a freshly fired pie from anywhere.
Honey-Can-Do 16-Inch Pizza Stone
This 16-inch pizza stone is safe to use in, yes, ovens, but also in broilers and on grills. And it’s not just for making pizza—cookies, bread, and pastries are all fair game.
Kitchen Tea Towels
The unique and fun design of these dish towels are guaranteed to brighten any foodie’s day (and their kitchen). Even if their kitchen is already well-stocked with tea towels, these work for the bathroom, too.
Daily Harvest Custom Gift Box
No time for meal prep? Daily Harvest has you’re foodie covered. With the custom gift box, they can pick nine different items from a selection of pre-made meals such as smoothies, bowls, soups, or flatbreads. (The smoothies are our personal favorites.)
Hot Sauce Kit
For the foodie who also happens to love spice, gift them this hot sauce-making kit. It comes with ingredients to make seven different hot sauces, and instructions to help your recipient craft the perfect concoctions.
Indoor Herb Growing Kit
If the foodie in your life loves to cook, gift them this stylish herb-growing kit. It comes with nine different herbs in seed form, and nice planters that will look great on any window sill.
Winc Wine Subscription
As any food and wine lover would tell you, you have to taste a lot to find your preferences. Winc sends four bottles of the good stuff, tailored to your recipient’s tastes, in each box. Choose from a 1-, 2-, or 3-month subscription or select your preferred gift card amount.
BLK & Bold Coffee Blend, Dark Roast
The difference between good coffee and great coffee is all about the beans. BLK & Bold’s signature dark roast is certified fair trade and rich enough for at-home espresso. Plus, the two 12-ounce bags are a gift that gives back. The Iowa-based company donates 5% of profits to initiatives that support at-risk youth.
Delish Here For The Food T-Shirt
Most foodies aren’t afraid to flaunt their obsession with delectable meals and mouth-watering drinks. No one will question their allegiances when they sport this unisex T-shirt, made from polyester, rayon, and cotton for additional softness.
‘The New Craft of the Cocktail’ by Dale DeGroff
Dale DeGroff is squarely at the center of the craft cocktail resurgence. This year, he follows up on his much-lauded The Craft of the Cocktail with this updated edition that features 100-plus new recipes that will delight and inspire any aspiring mixologist.
The Milk Bar Sampler
Satisfy your favorite foodie’s sweet tooth with this Milk Bar sampler. From truffles, to cookies, to even a piece of pie, this package has everything anyone could possibly dream of.
Start your days off strong with smoothies made from a NutriBullet. It’s strong enough to blend whole foods such as nuts, berries and vegetables to make smooth and delicious drinks that will keep you full until your next meal. It’s our favorite personal blender for its solid power and affordable price.
Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
This large, pre-seasoned cast iron skillet is the perfect addition to your kitchen tools and gadgets. Its 12-inch diameter provides enough space for cooking multiple items at once, or one large meal. The longer, curved handle also allows for better leverage, easier handling, and keeps your hand farther away from the heat.
In our in-house testing, we rated this pick as the best value option on the market.
Cuisinart Knife Block Set
A kitchen isn’t complete without a full knife block set to make meal prep easy. This set contains everything you need for cutting, slicing, dicing, chopping, and carving — it comes with 12 pieces, including scissors.
Takeya 2-Quart Cold Brew Coffee Maker
The BPA-free plastic carafe of this Takeya cold-brew maker fits most refrigerator doors, so users can fill it, store it, and enjoy an extra-strength caffeine jolt the next day. Its air-tight and leakproof lid means they won’t lose a drop on the way to their travel mug.
SodaStream Fizzi Classic Carbonator
Your friend that can’t stop chugging La Croix will love an at-home carbonation machine. SodaStream’s best-selling Fizzi comes with a carbonating cylinder with enough CO2 for 60 liters. They’ll be making their own White Claws with a simple touch of a button.
Vintage-Inspired Food Ornaments
These food ornament sets are perfect for any lover of brunch, ramen, coffee, bagels, burgers and more. They look so real they’re almost too good to be true (or, actually, fake).
‘New World Sourdough’ by Bryan Ford
Bryan Ford had one mission in his new book: to expose readers to the world of sourdough beyond the stereotypical Tartine country loaf. In New World Sourdough, the Afro-Honduran baker and blogger writes about the legacy of natural fermentation throughout the Americas, including his Honduran roots, and includes plenty of recipes for good measure.
Antarctic Star 24-Bottle Wine Cooler
Wine connoisseurs know the ideal storage temperature for wine (55℉) is a good deal warmer than the average refrigerator. Antarctic Star’s Wine Cooler can be set as low as 40℉ for serving whites or up to 61℉ for reds. Even better, the freestanding machine operates quietly.
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