Shopping for someone with special interests can be tricky, especially if its not an interest that you share. We’ve rounded up gourmet gift ideas for every passionate eater on your gift list. Whether they love to cook, or only love to eat, this gift guide is tailored to the precise tastes of an exacting foodie. Our guide includes some budget-friendly items, as well as bigger presents that are appropriate for your partner, parents, or grown children. Read on to see some great birthday and Christmas gift ideas for women and men who love great cuisine.
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1. Le Creuset 20-Piece Cookware Set
The holidays are the perfect time to pick up a new cookware set for your favorite foodie. There are lots of ways you could go, but we’re partial to Le Creuset, since it is durable and versatile. The Le Creuset 20-Piece Cookware Set is available in lots of great colors, including Palm (pictured above), Marseille (blue), Flame (orange), and Dark Cherry.
This is an especially nice gift for your mom, or for a younger family member who just got their first place. The kit contains everything you need to outfit a kitchen from scratch, including lots of utensils and cookware/bakeware.
Want to see more options? Read our guide to the best cookware sets, or check out the latest home and kitchen deals from Amazon. A six-piece set from Le Creuset is also available for those working with a tight holiday shopping budget.
Price: $799.95 (41 percent off MSRP)
2. Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Coffee Lovers Care Package
People who are passionate about food usually have a palate for appreciating great coffee as well. This coffee lover’s care package is packed with coffee, and things that go great with coffee. You can see some alternatives in our guide to the best gift baskets for men.
3. ‘What to Drink With What You Eat’
This book is a great gift for any foodie who loves to eat, loves to drink, but doesn’t always know what drink to pair with a dish. This guidebook has tips on pairing food with beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Want to find a different gift for the wine enthusiast in your life? You can shop our recommendations for the best red wine, moscato wine, and best wine openers. You can also browse more affordable bottles of wine here.
Price: $23.49 (33 percent off MSRP)
4. Vitamix Standard Blender (Certified Refurbished)
By now, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that being a foodie isn’t cheap, and that means most gifts for foodies are quite expensive. Thankfully, the prestigious Vitamix blender is available as a certified refurbished product, so you can save some money. It’s an awesome gift for anyone who loves smoothies or soups. The refurbished Model 1811 has a commercial-grade motor, and it’s backed by both a five year full warranty and 30-day guarantee.
Want to learn more about Vitamix blenders before you make a decision? Check out our guide to the best Vitamix blenders.
5. KitchenAid KSM155GBSA 5 Quart Artisan Design Series Mixer With Glass Bowl
I have many fond childhood memories of baking with my mom and her dependable KitchenAid. Her old model was plain white. Today, these mixers come in pretty much every color you can imagine. The Artisan Design Series mixer works with any KitchenAid attachments designed for a five quart machine. Prices for these machines may vary by color. I’m a sucker for the color pictured above, Sea Glass, but Plumberry, Raspberry Ice, and Toffee are also nice options. You can shop all the colors via the “buy it here” link below. These mixers come with a burnished metal flat beater, a burnished metal dough hook, and wire whip. They are backed by a one-year warranty.
Want to go the extra mile? Grab an attachment for making pasta or ice cream from our list of the best KitchenAid attachments.
Price: $314.99 for the color pictured above (32 percent off MSRP)
6. ‘Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza’
Shopping for someone who loves baking, or just loves carbs? This artisanal guide to bread and pizza comes from the mind of respected Portland-based baker Ken Forkish. This is the rare cookbook that is equally well-suited to beginners and experienced bakers. In addition to great recipes, the book helps readers learn to think on their feet, and adapt existing recipes to suit their unique kitchen or time restraints. We recommend throwing in a bag of 00 flour, which is the best kind of speciality flour for making pizza (and pasta, for that matter).
Need another great gift idea for your favorite baker? How about one of the bread machines we recommended in our guide to the best bread makers?
Price: $20.82 (41 percent off MSRP)
7. Foodie Fight: A Trivia Game for Serious Food Lovers
If there’s one thing a foodie likes more than actual food, it’s talking about food. This fun party game lets gourmands earn bragging rights, and prove who really has the most culinary knowledge. The game features over 1,000 questions on topics ranging from culinary science and celebrity chefs to food history and exotic cuisine.
Looking for a gift they can actually cook with instead? Try something from our list of the best indoor grills.
Price: $18.67 (19 percent off MSRP)
8. Dorkfood Sous-Vide Temperature Controller
Cooking sous vide literally means cooking “under vacuum.” In this style of cooking, choice cuts of meat, seafood, or poultry are placed in a vacuum sealed bag, and cooked in water bath very slowly over many hours. The resulting food is tender, evenly cooked, and quite different from food cooked in an oven or on the stove. I just picked up my first sous vide machine this year, and I can’t wait to start experimenting with it.
Sous vide is incredibly popular right now, and home cooks finally have access to sous vide technology that’s affordable and user-friendly. In addition to a vacuum sealer, the main thing home cooks need to cook sous vide is an immersion circulator, or a similar product that keeps the water bath at a constant temperature. The Dorkfood Sous-Vide Temperature Controller is a safe, and surprisingly affordable way for home cooks to start cooking sous vide. And since it costs so little, you’ll have enough room in your holiday shopping budget to pick up a copy of Modernist Cuisine at Home, to inspire their sous vide adventures.
Still confused about how the whole “sous vide” thing works? Check out our in-depth guide to the best sous vide machines for home cooks, which compares different sous vide machines, and explains a little bit about how and why chefs choose the sous vide method.
Price: $99 (10 percent off MSRP)
9. Philips AirFryer With Rapid Air Technology
The AirFryer is cool because it uses less oil than deep frying. That means less fat in your foods, and less oil to clean up and dispose of. It’s also got dishwasher-safe parts. In short, this is the perfect holiday gift for a foodie who is trying to eat a little healthier, or for foodies who hate doing dishes.
Not sure whether a deep fryer or air fryer is best? Check out our detailed guide on deep fryers vs. air fryers to learn more.
Price: $199 (20 percent off MSRP)
10. French Cheese Sampler
What could be more perfect for a foodie than food? And French food, at that. This cheese sampler includes a variety of French cheeses: Camembert, Comte, Tomme de Savoie (a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese), and Buchette Nostalgie (a soft goat cheese).
Looking for a less perishable gift idea? Try something from our list of the best gluten-free snacks. You can also shop our carefully curated holiday gift guides, or check out the latest home and kitchen deals from Amazon, and find a great gift for your favorite foodie that way.
Need more help finding great holiday gifts? Visit our Gifts page for thoughtfully curated gift guides, or check out our Toys page for gift ideas for your kids. You should also check out our collection of long-format gift guides: Best Gifts for Women and Best Gifts for Men, and the Heavy Christmas list.