Best gifts for foodies: great food gift ideas for the amateur chef in your life
Get ready to cook up a storm.
For some people, food is a year-round obsession – and you're probably going to want to reflect that in your gifts to them, too. That's where this list of the best gifts for foodies comes in.
UPDATE: Pancake Day is just around the corner and if your pans aren’t up to scratch, this Salter pan set might take your fancy. For just £10, you can get a 25cm frying pan and McDougalls pancake mix so that you have all the tools you need to start flipping. Made from pressed aluminium, this Salter pan has a two-layer non-stick interior so you don’t have to worry about those pancakes getting stuck, either. There's also a 'unicorn' version with sprinkles if that's more your thing.
In recent years, food-related gifts have come a long way from a bottle of booze and a cheap box of chocolate. Now, there are Instagram-worthy recipe books, more luxury teas and coffees than we'll ever drink, and an array of kitchen tech from brilliant coffee machines to fun little cooking gadgets.
So, whether you're buying for a baker or looking for a keen home cook, we've collected some of the best gifts for foodies you can buy – from cheap and cheerful accessories to investments that will stand the test of time.
- Looking for some more gift ideas, take a look at our best gifts for dog lovers, best gifts for whiskey lovers and best gifts for coffee lovers
Best gifts for foodies
1. Nothing Fancy by Alison RomanBuy now from Amazon
Chances are you've seen some coverage of this book or of Alison herself, who regularly writes recipes for the New York Times and others. This book is perfect for anyone who likes to entertain – simple, delicious recipes to cook when you're hosting.
2. Sriracha Keychain
We all know someone who loves to drench everything they eat with hot sauce – so why not help them do it? This pocket sriracha bottle can be popped in a bag or attached to a keychain and taken out and about. They'll never complain about bland food again.
3. Le Creuset shallow casserole dish
No foodie gift guide would be complete without a Le Creuset, would it? The absolute gold standard when it comes to cooking, Le Creuset won't let you down. It's expensive, yes, but boy is it worth it.
4. Black Truffle Carpaccio
Making every meal special, these black truffle slices are preserved in extra virgin olive oil and make the perfect gift for even the most discerning foodie.
5. Deluxe Sushi Set
There's nothing like perfectly fresh sushi – so why not encourage someone to make it for themselves at home? This sushi making set contains everything you need to make sushi – a rolling mat, rice, nori sheets, wasabi paste, seasoning and a serving set. All you need to provide is the fish.
6. Spreadable Rum
Made with juicy citrus fruit, warming spices, and sweet vanilla, this rum marmalade is sure to warm you up at the breakfast table.
7. Dualit Bean to Go Coffee Machine
We named this our best coffee machine earlier this year – and it has some great features to live up to the accolade. Gorgeous design, amazing tasting coffee, and easy to use. Yes, it's a bit pricy for a Christmas present – but if you want good coffee, it's worth it.
8. OFFBLAK You're Golden Spicy Orange & Ginger Black Tea
Start their day with a zing with this refreshing orange and ginger tea. delicious taste, high quality tea, AND the box looks great in the kitchen. Perfect.
9. Wancle Sous Vide Precision Cooker
With a digital control panel allowing you to perfectly control temperature, this sous vide immersion cooker will appeal to anyone who fancies themselves a bit of a chef. Sous Vide cooking is all the rage – and it's said to help retain vitamins and minerals in food, so there's a health benefit too.
10. Branston x La Fauxmagerie vegan tasting box
'tis the season to dig in to enough cheese to sink a ship - and now even vegans can get involved thanks to alternative cheese merchants La Fauxmagerie. The cheesemonger's faux cheese and pickle hamper will set you back around £25 and allow your taste-buds to experience a Branston x La Fauxmagerie December taster box, crammed full of the best cheese-inspired alternatives around (and a dollop of pickle for good measure).