Check out our 21 handpicked food gifts for everyone on your list
Who doesn’t love a food-related gift?
And it seems like finding a good food gift should be simple. But that’s not always the case.
Whether you start shopping early or leave it to the last minute, sometimes you still come up short.
So, this is where our 2021 Holiday Food Gift Guide offers ideas for all the foodies on your list. We have ideas for cocktail lovers that include a homemade gin kit; for coffee lovers who like a variety of brews; for kids who want to relax and snack and for those who want to cook and bake; for families and friends who like boxed sets; and for those who could use some new or replacement kitchen essentials.
For the Foodie Who Likes a Drink with Dinner
For the ones who always want to try a new cocktail to those who want to add a unique flavor to a much-loved drink to those ambitious ones who like to make their own liquor, we’ve got you covered.
The One-Bottle Cocktail ($12): Perfect for those who like adventure, but just with one spirit. Maggie Hoffman’s book includes sure-to-be favorites like Gorilla Monsoon, Boogie Nights, Garden Gnome, Je Ne Sais Quoi, French Concession, and The Gincident. Each cocktail is based on one spirit mixed with unique ingredients including green beefsteak tomatoes, five-spice powder, lemongrass, chai, cream soda, harissa, marshmallow cream, fennel, or aquafaba.
Root 23 Simple Syrups ($30): For those less inclined to try a whole new cocktail, these simple syrups let you add a new flavor to an old favorite. Select from two different simple syrup four-packs (vanilla ginger, cherry almond, maple cinnamon, and grapefruit basil or cherry almond, pear rosemary, grapefruit basil, and cucumber habanero).
Homemade Gin Kit ($50): Can you really turn vodka into gin??? Yup! With this kit, the transformation takes just 36 hours. The kit includes two glass bottles with corks, a strainer, recipe card, and tins of juniper berries and botanicals to create your own small-batch gin.
For the Foodie Who Can’t Get Enough Coffee
If you or anyone on your list loves coffee as much as me, then these gifts are right up their alley.
Bodum Chambord French Press ($50): Coffee made with a French Press just tastes better than coffee made in a traditional drip maker. Why? Because you get a much fuller-bodied flavor with a French Press. You’re not just passing the water over the coffee grounds for a brief moment. You’re allowing the coffee grounds to steep in the water. And there is no paper filter drawing out the oils and flavors of the coffee. This French Press from Williams-Sonoma comes in five elegant colors.
Personalized Coffee Scoop ($28): A perfect stocking stuffer for your coffee lover, this scoop can be personalized with a name or a special message. You can also add a coffee tamper and a bag of coffee if you choose.
Amber Lewis for Anthropologie Jayme Mugs ($56): This set of four porcelain coffee mugs are perfect for the coffee lover who cherishes their morning coffee ritual. The contrast between raw and glazed finishes is simple and elegant.
Coffee Subscriptions: If you’re really looking to get on the good side of the coffee lover on your list, why not get them a coffee subscription? Both Trade and Deadstock offer customizable subscriptions. Trade coffee subscriptions start at $13 per shipment and offer 400+ coffees from America’s top roasters with flexible delivery options. Portland-based Deadstock coffee subscriptions start at $19 per shipment and you can choose the subscription length (# of shipments).
For the Foodie Who Happens to be a Kid
For the Kids Who Just Want to Chill
Holiday treats are always fun stocking stuffers and these two options are sure to please.
Hot Cocoa Spoons ($35 for 9 spoons): You’ll get three each of milk or dark chocolate adorned with crushed peppermint, sparkle sugar, or mini marshmallows. Seems like you should be able to grab something like this last minute, but they do tend to sell out, so grab them sooner, not later!
Mini Cupcakes ($32 for 25): If you’re looking for a smaller sweet treat, these mini cupcakes might just be the thing. Flavors include PB&J, cookie dough, chocolate chip pancake, toasted cinnamon, chocolate caramel crumble, and more!
For the Kids Who Want to Get Their Hands Dirty in the Kitchen
If you’ve got kids on your list who are adventurous in the kitchen, not only will these gifts cultivate their culinary interest, they’ll taste great as well!
S’mores Maker ($50): What kid wouldn’t want to make s’mores year-round? With this s’mores maker, they can gather round the table and still enjoy this campground treat without the campfire.
Star Wars Cookie Cutters ($35 for a 22-piece set): Young Padawan will race to the kitchen to bring their favorite Star Wars characters to cookie life with these cutters. If you have a Star Wars fan who also likes cookies, this may be the best gift in the galaxy.
Edible Science Experiments You Can Eat ($13): Here is a step-by-step guide for young cooks that combines the fun of science and the fun of cooking. The edible experiments come with photos, diagrams, scientific facts, sub-experiments, and more.
DIY Ravioli Kit ($45): For a bit more advanced young cook, a DIY Ravioli Kit will really let them play with their food while also creating fresh pasta. The kit contains a ravioli stamp and everything else you need to make pillows stuffed with porcini mushrooms, cheese and an earthy truffle oil finish.
For the Foodies Who Like Variety in Their Gifts
Having a few good food gifts on hand during the holidays is essential, so stock up on some of these items. They’re great for host/hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or gifts for co-workers.
Hammond’s Candies Gift Boxes (prices vary): A 101-year old Denver tradition, Hammond’s has been a part of our family Christmas my entire life. We used to go to the factory every year for candy canes and ALWAYS for their Straws. There’s something sweet here for everyone on your list. And if you have anyone on your naughty list, they also offer Candy Coal for their stocking. If you’re in the market for some nostalgic candy (Pop Rocks, Astro Pops, Wacky Wafers) or gum (Black Jack, Beemans, Clove, Fruit Stripe), Hammond’s has you covered!
Pink Champagne Cake Bites ($25): For the foodie who enjoys the bubbly (you know who you are…), these champagne-infused cake bites are covered in a layer of white chocolate. Share them or slip them into your own stocking. We won’t tell!
Raaka Small-Batch Organic Chocolate Library Gift Box ($30 for 3 bars, $50 for 8 bars): You had me at library! And the flavors! Bite into Cabernet Sauvignon, Bananas Foster, Green Tea Crunch, Bourbon Cask Aged, and more. This is perfect for the foodie who wants ALL the chocolate AND wants to read about how it’s produced.
Baklawa Box ($36): For the foodie who loves Middle Eastern sweets, order this Baklawa Box. The 2-lb box includes 4 Burma pistachio, Baklawa walnut, Baklawa pistachio, bird nests, bassma, ballouri, mini roses, and 10 mini fingers, and includes a pouch of ground raw pistachios for decorating. You can also find Sesame Cookie and Ma’moul tins as well as spice sets, Lebanese olive oil, and hummus, Za’atar dip, and Fattoush kits. Also, be sure to check out Maureen’s website for a slew of Lebanese recipes and her Rose Water & Orange Blossoms cookbook.
Bushwick’s Kitchen Sriracha Sampler Gift Box ($45): For the foodie who likes everything hot, this set Includes Gochujang Sriracha, Super Spicy Gochujang Sriracha, Curry Sriracha, and a Bushwick Kitchen Tea Towel.
For the Foodie Who Wants or Needs Kitchen Essentials
To round out our holiday food gift guide, we’ve selected three kitchen essentials sure to please the foodies on your list.
Microplane Spice Mill and Zester Set ($35): With a quick twist of the spice mill you’ll grind hard spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to a coarse or fine grind with ease. The microplane zester/grater is perfect for zesting citrus and grating hard cheeses, garlic, whole spices, root vegetables, ginger, horseradish, and even chocolate.
Bee’s Wrap Reusable Food Wrap ($15-$65): Bees are the best and these reusable beeswax wraps eliminate the need for plastic wrap! Choose from individual wraps, rolls, or packs. There are also specific-use wraps for bread and cheese, baking, and more. The wraps can be washed with soap & water and be ready for the next day’s meal.
Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven ($50): Perfect for soups, stews, casseroles (hot dishes if you’re in the Midwest), and for roasting, frying, sauteing, and steaming or just plain boiling water for pasta, every kitchen needs an enameled cast iron Dutch oven. The enamel offers a non-stick cooking surface while the cast iron heats quickly and provides consistent temperature while cooking. This lower-cost option makes a great gift for college students, new home owners, new apartment dwellers, and newlyweds. Choose from six colors.