Handmade kitchen gadgets, delectable treats, and more gifts for the gourmand or avid home cook

Maya Wong and Ellen Fort  – November 7, 2013 | Updated December 10, 2019

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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. 

Great Jones The Dutchess in Broccoli, $145
   

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. 

Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug 12 oz, $30
   

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.

 

Culk California Avocado Crewneck Sweatshirt Gray, $56
   

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. 

Aplat Couvre-Plat Medium Bowl Cover, $25
   

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.

Baggu Standard Baggu in Apple Tree, $12
   

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.

Ginkgo Japanese Butter Knife, $28
   

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.

Terrain Marbled Enamel Popcorn Popper, $58
   

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.

East Fork Everyday Bowl, $34
   

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.

Opinel Ultimate Picnic Kit, $90
   

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.  

The Baconer Trifecta, $48
   

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. 

Glyph Whiskey, $40
   

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. 

Semolina Gift Box, $59.99
   

A Splashy Smock

Courtesy of Hedley & Bennett

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.  

Sierra Smock Apron, $89
   

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.  

Ramen Bowl in Quail Egg, $52
   

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.   

Bonne Maman Advent Calendar, $34.99
   

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. 

Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Grow Kit, $24.99