The key with gifting the ultimate foodie comes down to good taste. Don’t pick something just because it sounds fancy or exotic; pick it because it’s something you know your friend would love. Good design and packaging go a long way in that department, as do simple things that’ll brighten up a kitchen, become an entertaining MVP, and—of course—things that just taste awesome.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 24 perfect gifts that’ll suit serious foodies, but also anyone who appreciates small luxuries.
For the pastry-obsessed among your friends.
Scandinavian Baking: Loving Baking at Home, $22.53; at Barnes & Noble
Because nothing ruins an otherwise good pancake breakfast faster than some lackluster syrup.
Mixed Made Spicy Maple Syrup, $15; at Food52
Bobbi Lin and Rocky Luten
Because not having every spice on hand is a disaster of national proportions.
Mobile Foodie Survival Kit, $26; at Uncommon Goods
When you’re giving this as a gift, what you’re really giving is down time.
Afternoon Tea-Time Box Set, $150; at Simon LeBlanc
Ditch those supermarket plastic pots for a place your herbs will be proud to grow.
U-Herb Indoor Garden, $225; at Into Concrete
Give your mixologist friend everything she needs to make the ultimate G&T.
Gin and Tonic Kit, $132; at Mouth
For the ultimate cookie lover on your list.
Cookie Love: 60 Recipes and Techniques for Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary, $24.99; at Barnes & Noble
One of the sweetest things you could get.
Cheese Complementing Honey Flight, $52; at Poketo
Good for burgeoning and top chefs alike, this kit comes with an apron, coasters, cookbook, and more.
Carline Z. Hurley Home Cook’s Kit; $95; at Of a Kind
Unsure what to make? Why not roll the dice and see what gourmet option awaits?
Seasonal Dinners Foodie Dice, $38; at Foodie Dice
Spotted in every food blogger's kitchen, like, ever.
Smeg 4-Slice Toaster, $199.95; at Williams-Sonoma
Because nothing says you have good taste quite like champagne and truffles.
Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles, $19; at Bloomingdale's
Spread this on your morning toast, dollop it on a warm pastry, or use as a delicious crepe filling.
Seascape Strawberry & Rose Geranium Jam, $12; at The Fare Trade
Keep your fancy cheeses cold and stylish at the same time.
Marble & Wood Cheese Boards, $29.95 to $49.95; at Williams-Sonoma
Has anyone ever complained after getting wine as a present? Didn't think so.
Luxe Holiday Wine Pack with Reds, $99; at Club W
The fanciest way to display kitchen essentials like vanilla, sea salt, and other cooking basics—and not-so-basics.
Essentials Kitchen Collection, $425; at ILA
If dragging yourself out of bed on the weekends isn’t your jam, getting your foodie friends this set means you can binge Netflix all day without the residual guilt.
Brunch in a Bag, $83; at Mouth
Featuring holiday flavors like gingerbread and cranberry.
Limited Edition Holiday Chocolate Truffles, $16; at Godiva
For the friend who never knows what to make for dinner.
The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure, $24.99; at IndieBound
For any condiment connoisseur, a simple Heinz ketchup just won’t cut it.
Hatchup Ketchup, $8; at The Fare Trade
A must-have for keeping your iPad or old-school cookbook at the ready in the kitchen.
Cathy’s Concepts Personalized Wood iPad Stand, $65.50; at Nordstrom
For budding mixologists who want to raise the bar.
Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails, $25; at IndieBound
The holy bible for cooks.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking Boxed Set, $99.99; at Shop PBS