Gifts for Foodies
Handmade kitchen gadgets, delectable treats, and more gifts for the gourmand or avid home cook
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Have a dedicated foodie on your gift list this year? We’ve got you (and them) covered with our highly curated list of gorgeous serving bowls, nifty coffee mugs, genius butter knives, and more.
A Chic New Dutch Oven
Courtesy of Great Jones
This deep green cast-iron Dutch oven is excellent at retaining heat, plus the enamel finish makes it a breeze to deglaze and clean. Its signature oval shape allows enough space for browning and searing, and the gentle curve keeps food from getting stuck.
Keep Coffee Hot and Carry on
Courtesy of Fellow
The newest product from Fellow, a barista-loved coffee gear brand, this expertly vacuum-sealed tumbler is chic, sturdy, and has a ceramic interior coating that keeps coffee odor-free and hot for hours.
Put an Avocado on It
Courtesy of Culk
The perfect sweatshirt for the avocado enthusiast in your life. This super-soft everyday basic is designed and printed in San Francisco.
A Covering That’s Cuter Than Plastic Wrap
Courtesy of Aplat
Anyone who likes to make bread from scratch (or wants to start this holiday season) will appreciate this breathable cotton bowl cover, which is used to protect rising dough and batter. You can also use the organic fabric cloth to cover leftovers, pies, tarts, or a bowl of fruit.
Reusable Farmers Market Tote
Courtesy of Baggu
Baggu’s seasonal apple tree pattern was made for your farmers’ market-loving friend. The best-selling reusable bag holds up to 50 pounds, so you can fit as many melons, squash, loaves of bread, and sweet potatoes as you wish.
A Genius Butter Knife
Courtesy of Food52
Tiny perforations on this Japanese knife allow you to grate meltable curly strands from a chilled stick of butter so it spreads easily onto toast. Flip the stainless steel tool over and use the serrated edge to smooth and slather butter, too.
Marbled Enamel Popcorn Popper
Courtesy of Terrain
Upgrade movie night snacks with this long-handled enamel popcorn maker, which you can use outdoors over a campfire or indoors over a fireplace flame. Popcorn never felt so festive.
The Ceramic Bowl You’ll Use Everyday
Courtesy of East Fork
This hand-glazed ceramic will become the bowl you reach for every time you open the cabinet. East Fork’s most popular and versatile eating vessel is the perfect size to hold anything from stew and pasta to grain bowls and salad.
A Perfect Picnic Set
Courtesy of Food52
Take your gourmet show on the road with these three tools from French knife maker Opinel. The set includes a serrated knife, peeler, and corkscrew cleverly foldable for portability, plus a miniature cutting board. Slice fruit, cut a baguette, and free your wine from its bottle no matter where you may travel.
A Meaty Trio
Courtesy of The Baconer
Give the gift of tender, smoky bacon from Oakland’s The Baconer. They cure and then smoke their pork bellies over Applewood. The Trifecta includes a pack of XXL bacon steaks, bacon strips, and hand cut lardons, all of which are excellent for snacking on their own, or as part of meaty recipes.
Whiskey That’s Made in a Lab
Courtesy of Endless West
For something totally unique, give your whiskey-snob friend a bottle of “molecular whiskey,” one that has been created through science to recreate the effects of barrel aging. It’s scientifically the same molecular composition as a distilled, barrel-aged whiskey, but skipping the expense and time required. It’s a modern marvel of medium-bodied whiskey with notes of vanilla and sherry.
The Perfect Bowl of Pasta in a Gift Box
Courtesy of Semolina
Everything required to whip up restaurant-quality pasta, all in one box. L.A.-based Semolina uses organic durum semolina grown in North Dakota and Montana in their pasta dough, which is extruded through bronze dies for sauce-hugging texture. Three bags of pasta come with Jacobsen salt, Bianco di Napoli tomatoes, San Marzano double tomato paste, and Tutto Calabria hot cherry peppers.
A Splashy Smock
A practical and elegant solution to protect clothing from drips, drops, and splashes in the kitchen, the Hedley & Bennett Smock Apron is a stunner that comes in a variety of colors, including rustic, deep red Sierra. Deep pockets are an especially useful feature of the apron, which is made from 100 percent French linen.
A Speckled Bowl for Every Occasion
Courtesy of Sarah Kersten
Berkeley-based ceramicist Sarh Kersten creates beautiful plates, bowls, and vessels that will make your meal feel special, even if it’s just a bowl of cereal. Her ramen bowl, speckled like a quail egg, is one of the prettiest of the bunch, and doubles as a lovely serving dish when not filled with steaming broth and noodles.
24 Days of Jam
Courtesy of Bonne Maman
Ditch the chocolate: This adorable advent calendar provides 24 days of jam-filled joy. Enjoy Bonne Maman’s classic flavors alongside special, seasonal offerings like grapefruit and dragonfruit, greengage plum, and pineapple and passionfruit.
Grow Your Own Mushrooms
Harvest your own organic mushrooms with this handy box, which grows pearl oyster fungi in 10 days. Use the homegrown produce in a stir-fry, pasta, or soup.