Holiday shopping season seems to come earlier and earlier every year, so unlike previous years where I’ve waited until after Thanksgiving to post my gift guide, this year I somehow managed to get it done early so you can take advantage of all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales (you’re welcome!)
I scoured the internet for the best gifts for the foodie in your life, and have divided this massive gift guide up into sections for anyone who loves to cook, loves to bake, loves to eat, loves to drink, or loves to entertain (I mean, it’s basically five gift guides in one.) Did I go overboard? Probably. But I hope someone out there finds it useful.
I originally set out to update my 2018 gift guide (hello, broken link city!) but ended up replacing many of the products with new ones. I thought it’d be quicker to update an existing gift guide versus creating a brand new one, but then it somehow managed to devour hours of my time.
Everything in this gift guide is something I either own and love, or would love to own (I even pulled some of these gems right from my own wishlist).
Happy shopping (and even happier eating!)
(Note that this post is not sponsored in any way and no brands have paid to be included here, however we have worked with some of the brands here as part of past/present brand partnerships. There are also affiliate links in this post, FYI. And if you’re reading this post in RSS or email you might want to click through for easy clickable links to every item on this list!)
Love to Cook
Le Creuset 5 1/2 Qt Dutch Oven — From soup and stock to braised meat and bread, a Dutch oven is one of the single most practical pieces of cookware you can own. I love the durability of Le Creuset (and lets face it, I’m a sucker for the colors like this gorgeous Sea Salt that is so on brand). For a lower cost version that’s just as durable, check out this one by Lodge.
Just Peachy Dish Towel — Bring a little fruity flavor to your kitchen with these gorgeous (and absorbent!) tea towels designed by yours truly.
Lightable Latkes Candle — If you love the smell of cooking latkes like I do, this candle will let you have that all year round. I mean, what’s not to love?
Tortilla Press — Store-bought tortillas don’t hold a candle to homemade. Tip: this thing is HEAVY to either have it shipped directly to the recipient or bring it in person.
Stainless Steel Salt Cellar — This is the single most practical salt cellar you’ll ever use. Don’t waste your money on a salt mill, instead, this easy-pinch salt cellar is far more practical for cooking (fill it with some Diamond Crystal kosher salt and you’ll be cooking like a pro in no time!) If you’re looking for a pepper mill, this Puegeot Carbon Graphite Aluminum Pepper Mill is simply stunning.
Anchor Glass Storage Containers — We have two sets of these and have used them daily for years; a set of good quality glass storage containers will last you years (and they don’t hold smells and stains like plastic ones). Choose either lime green or turquoise silicone lids.
Japanese Suribachi Mortar & Pestle — This Japanese style mortar and pestle has fine ceramic grooves on the inside that do quick work of making paste out of whatever you’re working with, from sesame seeds to herbs and garlic.
Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker — I had to really talk Taylor into getting a rice cooker, but now he loves it and uses it constantly. This one is on the higher end as far as quality and cost, but it plays a cute song when your rice is done which is darn adorable (and it also, you know, produces perfect, fluffy rice every time).
KitchenAid Mini Food Processor — I adore this mini food processor, and find myself reaching for it far more often than my full size one. It’s light weight and compact, and not to mention gosh darn cute especially in the Ice Blue color.
Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel-Aged Soy Sauce — East meets west with this Kentucky-made soy sauce aged in what else? Bourbon barrels. We love this soy sauce for a perfect dip or drizzle (we use the regular old stuff when heat is involved). It’s like a finishing salt or good olive oil in that way.
Pizza Stone — A home oven simply can’t come close to a wood-fired pizza oven, but with a pizza stone, you can come close. This stone is our personal favorite, it was a wedding gift from our cousin and is practically blackened from use, but these things last forever. Put it in the preheating oven at least 45 minutes before you plan to bake to let the stone get good and hot.
Staub Mini Cocottes — We love mini cocottes, from individual pot pies to baked mac ‘n cheese to French onion soup, they are wildly versatile. I’m in love with this vibrant royal blue color too!
GIR Silicone Ladles — These silicone ladles are seriously magic, allowing you to scoop and scrape out every last bit of soup from the pot. You’ll never use a hard plastic or metal one again! Might I suggest a set with one Ultimate and one Skinny and you’re good to go.
Microgreen Growing Kit — I’m not shy about my love of microgreens, but they’re often hard to find in stores. This kit allows you to easily grow your own at home in less than 2 weeks, no special lighting required (I put mine in the kitchen window). It comes with seeds for alfalfa and broccoli microgreens, but once you get started there are many other varieties you can try.
ChefAlarm Digital Thermometer — For cooking, baking or grilling, a good thermometer is worth its weight in gold. This one has a corded probe that’s oven and grill safe so you can monitor the temperature of your turkey or roast without opening the oven. If you’re looking for a plain instant read digital thermometer, the Thermapen is just the ticket.
Love to Bake
OXO Digital Food Scale – If you care at all about accuracy when you’re cooking or baking (you should), a kitchen scale is a necessity. I’ve basically stopped using measuring cups entirely for flour since a scale is so much more accurate.
Marble & Brass Cake Stand — You’ve just baked a gorgeous layer cake… don’t do it a disservice by displaying it on a plain old plate. This gorgeous gold and marble cake stand will transform your cake into the centerpiece it truly is.
Fluted White Ramekins – These 4oz ramekins are the perfect serving size for creme brûlée (they’re the same ones I used in my recent pistachio creme brûlée recipe), the shallow dimensions allow for an ideal brûlée-to-creme ratio. While you’re at it, you may as well get a kitchen torch too!
Aluminum Deep Cheesecake Pan with Removable Bottom — Forget springform pans, these thick aluminum cheesecake pans will produce perfect cheesecakes every time! I also regularly use these for coffee cakes and other deep cakes where the removable bottom comes in handy. Might I suggest getting a set with a 6-inch, 8-inch, and 9 or 10-inch to fit every size cake.
Marble Pastry Board — whether you are a pastry chef or a budding food photographer, these marble boards are the best. Perfect for kneading breads, chocolate and candy making, and keeping pie crust dough cool.
Linen Apron — This is my favorite apron for photos. The pinstripe pattern adds a subtle texture to the backgrounds of images, and the drape of the linen is lovely. Second favorite: Hedley & Bennett (y’all know I have a thing for ampersands).
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer — Every cook worth their salt needs a stand mixer. It’s one of the most versatile items in a baker’s kitchen. If you’re looking for a good 10 years worth of gift ideas, get them a mixer this year and then one of the various ridiculously practical attachments each year thereafter (like the ice cream maker, pasta maker, or spiralizer).
Nordicware Brilliance Bundt Pan — Hello, beautiful. This heavy duty Nordic Ware bundt pan in a bold starburst design is drop-dead gorgeous, and also bakes a darn fine bundt. I recommend liberally spraying it with a floured baking spray to ensure a perfect release.
Two Slices of Pie Print — I adore this colorful pie art print by artist Laurel Greenfield. Reminds me a bit of a modern Wayne Thiebaud (RIP).
Marble Rolling Pin — The heavy weight of this marble rolling pin makes rolling out doughs a breeze, the marble stays naturally cool (to keep the butter in your pie flaky), not to mention it’s downright gorgeous. It comes with a matching wood stand so it won’t roll away in your cabinet or on your countertop.
Tulip Cupcake Papers — Make your homemade cupcakes and muffins look like they came straight from a professional bakery! These gorgeous tulip papers are available in gorgeous bold colors as well more natural brown and white.
Nordicware Geo Cast Cookie Stamps — These gorgeous cookie stamps are perfect for soft sugar cookies or gingerbread (psst… you may want to get your hands on these now as I’ve got a recipe coming in December you don’t want to miss!)
The Cookie Dough Lovers’ Cookbook — Shameless plug, but I really do think our cookbook makes a great holiday gift!
Love to Eat
Blueberry & Lemon Notepads – I’ve turned some of my favorite photos into notepads! The perfect size for list-making or note-taking, printed on quality recycled paper in vibrant colors. Choose between a set of 2 or 4.
Matte Gold Flatware Set — Gold is the new black, and these matte gold utensils are drop dead gorgeous. The matte finish also makes them perfect for photography (no awkward reflections!)
Hot Pepper Gradient Art Print — One of my own photos, now available printed in a beautiful custom frame (pick your size and frame color). This would look great hung up in your kitchen!
100 Percent Pure Fruit-Pigmented Lip Glaze — This natural fruit pigmented lip glaze is less thick and opaque than lipstick, but still gives you a lovely tinted lip without any of the dryness. Natural pigment from fruit? I’m sold!
Seed + Mill Bestsellers Halva Trio — Halva is a a traditional Middle Eastern sweet candy made from sesame paste. This delicious-sounding sampler features three best-selling flavors: Pistachio, Sea Salt Dark Chocolate and Toasted Sesame. Yum!
Grilled Cheese Socks — Funny how as a grown up you actually like getting socks for Christmas. Well, as long as they’re awesome socks, like these grilled cheese ones! Socksmith also has some other awesome food-themed socks including sushi, mac and cheese, and even pancakes!
Piecework Food for Thought Puzzle — Hey puzzle people! This company makes some absolutely stunning food-themed photo puzzles, all with a challenging 1000 pieces to keep you occupied for a while.
The Shortbread Shop Pistachio Shortbread — This stuff is amazing. I don’t often rave about pre-packaged cookies (I’d rather bake my own) but I’ll admit I can’t even come close to making shortbread this good. While the pistachio is my favorite, the other 6 flavors aren’t too bad either (wink wink).
I’m Real Face Masks — These ‘delicious’ food-themed face treatment masks are sustinence for your skin! The tomato, red wine, and broccoli (yes, broccoli!) masks are my personal favs.
Opinel Table Knife Set — These table knives come in gorgeous color sets (although the wood one is very pretty too). You can also get singles on the Opinel website, mix and match and make your own colorful set!
Brown Girl Jane Casablanca Perfume — With notes of cardamom, marshmallow, saffron and vanilla, this might be the ultimate food-lover’s perfume (I am totally not a perfume person and I am in love with this one).
Love to Drink
Tour Martini glasses — Gorgeous, modern martini glasses that aren’t enormous. For something a little bit smaller, the Felix Optic Martini Glasses are just the thing (and on sale too!)
Cocktail Picks — From olives to citrus slices to fresh berries, a cocktail pick makes the perfect garnish (and so much classier than a toothpick).
Kitten Wine Tumblers — These handmade ceramic cups feature a kitten squiggle design and I seriously want all three (unfortunately they don’t come with kittens included).
Negroni Enamel Pin — I love enamel pins, and this negroni-themed one from Love & Victory is so much fun! The same artist also has a bunch of other cocktail pin designs and patches too.
Breville Milk Frother — This electric milk frother whips up a lovely froth just like your favorite coffee shop, no fancy espresso machine needed. I also love using it cold for my daily matcha (it does both hot and iced froths, just add milk, sift in your matcha and let it go to town).
Cocktail Mixing Pitcher & Strainer — This pretty cut glass pitcher comes with a perfectly sized stainless steel strainer for all your favorite cocktail concoctions.
The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book — The ultimate source for pretty much every classic cocktail you can think of.
Electric Gooseneck Kettle — This modern electric pour-over kettle is our favorite for tea and pour-over coffee. I love the long, narrow spout which makes for easy and accurate pours.
Hydroflask 20oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle — These things stay cold (or hot) for hours, it’s kind of incredible. I obviously love this Alpine color, but they have lots of other colors available too, as well as larger sizes. Also, you can customize your own color combo!
OXO Cocktail Shaker — Every home bar needs a cocktail shaker! This one is particularly well designed, with a leak-proof seal and an easy-to-attach lid that won’t stick together.
Kitty Town Coffee — Delicious coffee named after cats? I’m sold. Not to mention every bag sold feeds a homeless kitty for one week.
Scrappy’s The New Classics Bitters Set — Take your cocktails to the next level with this next-level bitters kit, featuring lavender, black lemon, orleans and cardamom bitters.
Love Triangle Black Tea — This sweet black tea blend from 4track teas is a personal favorite. It has a naturally sweet flavor, so I just add a splash of cream and start sipping!
Perfectly Cordial — These Nashville-made cordials come in fabulous flavors like Hibiscus Honeycomb and Pear, Rose and Pink Peppercorn. Treat it like a mixer with soda and/or your favorite liquor for a truly delicious drink.
Love to Entertain
Terracotta Pinch Bowls — These colorful terracotta pinch bowls are the perfect size for condiments and seasonings. I mean, can you ever have too many little bowls?
TierraSol Mini Succulents — Plants really bring a space together, and these adorable mini succulents are seriously cute (they have a few teeny tiny cactii no bigger than your thumb!) Complete with handmade planters, the plants are grown to thrive in lower light conditions and with very little water.
Beaker Glass Pitcher — This gorgeous modern pitcher is perfect for punches or batch cocktails, not to mention serving iced tea and agua fresca in the summertime.
Bose SoundLink Mini BlueTooth Speaker — We love this little speaker for the kitchen. It easily connects to your phone via Bluetooth, so you can stream your favorite Spotify playlist while you stir and simmer.
Wabi Brass Salad Servers — These brass salad servers are downright stunning.
Big Board Serving Board — These gorgeous wood boards by my friend Sandy at the Reluctant Entertainer are the ultimate gift for any entertainer. (Psst… you should probably just go ahead and get her new cookbook too while you’re at it!)
Hot Air Popcorn Maker — One of the few wedding gifts we still have and use on a regular basis is our air popper. It’s so easy to whip up some homemade popcorn for your next movie night; drizzle with olive oil or toss with some popcorn butter salt (a little goes a long way!)
Spanish Oil Pitcher — What a gorgeous way to store your good olive oil! Serve alongside a salad or fresh crusty bread.
Stainless Steel Taco Holders — I love hard shell tacos, but they’re a pain in the behind to fill and serve without them tipping over. Finally, a solution for tippy tacos! Holds 2 or 3 tacos depending on which side faces up.
Hiya Block Printed Linen Napkins — These gorgeous hand block-printed linen napkins are described as a tribute to the cultural beauty of Udaipur, India. I also love the Shama design (I’ll take one of each, please!)
KitchenAid Slow Cooker — For big batches of party food like chili, queso or meatballs, a slow cooker makes preparing food for a crowd easy, then keep it on low during the event to keep your food perfectly warm.
Rose Quartz Coasters — Give your guests somewhere to put their drinks that are as pretty as they are practical!
And that’s a wrap, folks! Phew. If you made it this far, congrats! I sincerely hope I helped make a dent in your holiday shopping list. I always enjoy putting these things together, I discover so many fun food-related products!
For even more gift ideas for the home cook or food-lover in your life, be sure to check out my Kitchen Essentials series as well!
Tell me… what’s the best gift you’ve ever received (food-related or not)?