It’s that time of the year again. We are making gift lists and wondering what to get our friends and family members for Christmas. That said, some people are easier to buy for than others. You can only give so many pairs of socks, candles, or bath salts before you run out of ideas. But if you have a foodie in the family, then we have a few ideas for you!
No matter what your budget, a foodie friend or family member will absolutely LOVE to receive one of these gifts on Christmas. Make sure you’re their favorite this year.
Unless you’re very wealthy, you likely don’t have the cash to buy someone a coffee machine. But a cheap, and very useful alternative, is the moka pot. It’s easy to use and within about 5 minutes, you can make a cappuccino, latte, americanos, macchiatos and mochas. The best of all? It’s less than $20!
We don’t mean a pack of cheap candy from Walmart. Take your time to select a specialty confectionary from small businesses. Our favorite packs are handmade fudge or marshmallows, single-origin chocolate bars, or nuts. If you’re visiting New Orleans, why not get them Pecan Pralines? Perfect for someone with a sweet tooth.
Give the gift that every foodie wants and NEEDS. Whether you’re a baker or a home cook, a thermometer is one of the most useful gadgets in the kitchen. Some thermometers like the ThermoPro are suitable for measuring the temperature of meat, bread, beer (for home brewing), and candy! You’ll want to get one for yourself too!
If there’s one way to make your foodie friend feel like a rock star, it’s by getting them a set of kitchen tweezers. So why do you need kitchen tweezers? Well, besides for that fact that it makes you look super cheffy, it’s also good for pulling out fish bones, arrange microgreens on a plate, and styling food for photography. And it’s really cheap too – you can get a set of three for about $10.
If you have a friend or family member that loves to bake, then why not get them a high-quality flavored extract. They will love the experience of using culinary extracts, rather than the cheap synthetic essences you get in most supermarkets. If you can find small bottles, why not get them a small collection of extracts?
Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving. This way, your foodie friend will be grateful for their gift every single month! There are many varieties to choose from:
Snack boxes: get a selection of chocolates and candies.Baker boxes: these boxes are usually filled with specialty flours, culinary extracts, and baking tools.Meat boxes: the perfect box for the meat-eater. Each month they get a selection of prime cuts of beef, lamb, or pork.Spice boxes: a great choice for the cooks who love to experiment in the kitchen.
Other options include wine boxes, beer boxes, coffee boxes and even a ramen box!
Try to question your friend a little and see if there is a specific cookbook they want to get. Most foodies love cookbooks. If you’re still not sure what to get them, then you can’t go wrong with a Mary Berry or Julia Child cookbook. If they like digital recipes, then consider subscribing them to Americas Test Kitchen. They get access to thousands of recipes from the cookbooks for a whole year!
If you have a family member or friend who’s an avid baker, then why not buy them a good quality silicone mat? These mats are durable, non-stick replacements for parchment paper. They protect the baking trays from scratches and clean up will be a breeze! You might want to get one for yourself too!
Although they’re not as easy to grow as herbs or veggies, it’s still a lot of fun. You can find various mushroom kits which you can use to grow pearl oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, or morel mushrooms. Most foodies will love to experiment with mushrooms and who knows? You might be invited over for a mushroom risotto soon!
A cast iron skillet is an absolute must-have in the kitchen for any serious cook. For about $30 you can buy this useful piece of kitchen equipment. They can use it to bake, broil, braise, roast…basically anything. Properly seasoned, a cast iron pan will last for many generations. So your gift will remain special for years to come.