Top Holiday Gift Ideas for the Food and Drink Lover

The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to think about those gifts.

But you’re in luck! If there’s a special someone in your life who loves all things food and drink, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re an early shopper, a Black Friday deal-finder, or a last-minute Santa’s Helper checking off just a few final family members, this list is for you.

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We’ve created this roundup of the best of the best to make it easier to track down that special something your favorite chef or food aficionado this holiday season.

And don’t forget the tea fanatics, java heads, and wine connoisseurs, too!

With top picks at various price points, let those friends and loved ones who flock to the kitchen know that you care with something special, selected just for them.

Here’s what’s in store:

Let’s dig into the delicious options!

Delicious Subscription Services

Popular subscription services abound, and that’s the case for a reason. They’re awesome!

Nothing is nicer than a gift that keeps on giving, and what better way to show you care than to gift the discerning gourmet in your life with deliveries on repeat throughout the next several seasons?

I’ve always relished the joy that I experience when I get to run to the mailbox or to the front door to receive a special package, and these gifts will bring a smile to your fav culinary enthusiast’s face over and over again through the new year.

1. Monthly Pickles Subscription

Pickle-lovers will adore this crave-worthy subscription box from Mouth, packed with a selection of favorites each month, plus something a little more off-beat to expand your recipient’s palate. Crunchy, sour, tart, dilly, garlicky – so many pickled delights await!

Image of assorted jarred pickles in a box next to pickles on a plate.

Mouth Monthly Pickles Subscription

A sample selection of American-made pickles from a past month includes extra-crunchy Old Bay spears, garlicky and dilly kirbys with a hint of sweetness, classic bread a butter chips, and plump pickled tomatoes perfect for snacking, or for garnishing a Bloody Mary or martini.

Prepay to gift a three- or six-month subscription, or pay monthly. Shipping is included, and discounts increase with a longer monthly commitment up front.

Find all the details to order this subscription box at Mouth.

2. Tea of the Month Club

Does the recipient that you have in mind often crave a classic cuppa? A gift subscription to a Tea of the Month Club from Plum Deluxe is the perfect gift!

A couple options are available to customize this subscription plan. Choose the “Just the One” subscription to send one ounce of an original premium loose leaf tea hand blended just for subscription recipients, enough to brew 15 to 20 cups.

Or upgrade to “Tea for Two” to get the same original loose leaf tea, plus an additional second tea.

Image of the Plum Deluxe Tea Subscription packages.

Plum Deluxe Tea of the Month Club

Subscriptions are available at a monthly, quarterly, or annual payment frequency.

Each monthly box includes brewing instructions, suggested tea pairings and recipes, and membership in the private online Plum Deluxe tea lover’s community on Facebook, plus a small sample of an additional variety to try from the Plum Deluxe shop.

Special discounts with free shipping on all orders are also included for those who just can’t get enough of this tasty tea, and a members-only newsletter is sent to recipients as well.

Every tea comes with a story, with details to explain where it came from and why it was selected, and recipients will also find an encouraging message or mindfulness prompt to mull over as they sip, as well as other special surprises.

A caffeine-free subscription plan is available for those who enjoy herbal blends and the occasional decaf black tea, or you can indicate that caffeine is okay for your recipient and subscription boxes will primarily include caffeinated selections, with the occasional herbal tea in the mix.

Choose your starting month for the first shipment to be mailed out, with the option to include a gift card with the first package, email your giftee right away, or skip the note if you wish to notify the recipient yourself. Flavor preference notes can also be added to member accounts if there’s something they are allergic to or would prefer to avoid.

Peruse the Tea Club subscription options and select the best fit for your loved one now at Plum Deluxe.

Image of a Plum Deluxe metal tea infuser over a cup of tea.

Plum Deluxe Victorian Mesh Cone Tea Infuser

And add a Victorian mesh cone nest-style tea infuser, also available from Plum Deluxe, to complete the gift, so all of their loose leaf brewing needs will be covered.

3. Wine Insiders Club

Keep the merriment flowing with a subscription to the Wine Insiders Club.

This gift isn’t just for those who like to uncork a bottle of wine and sip away without a second thought to what they’re drinking. For the newbie wine enthusiast who wants to learn more and the seasoned oenophile alike, each shipment includes information about the regions, varietals, and producers featured as well as flavor profiles and tasting notes, plus recommended pairings and serving suggestions.

Wine Insiders club box with bottles of red and white, on brown surface.

Wine Insiders Club Red, White, or Mixed Case Subscriptions

A case of 12 bottles will be shipped every 12 weeks or so. And recipients will also enjoy occasional bonus delights to make the experience of enjoying these wines complete, like a deluxe 7-piece lever pull corkscrew set with a spare screw, foil cutter, wine collar to catch any drips, a spout to aerate and ensure that perfect pour, and a stopper to preserve any leftovers, all in a cherry wood presentation box.

Subscription boxes are available from Wine Insiders in red, white, or a mix or both varieties of vino, and members have the option to update their preferences or skip a shipment if they will be out of town. Plus, the wines come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee to ensure that they love every sip.

4. Monthly Snacks Subscription

Like a road trip in a box, the Snacks Every Month Subscription from Mouth includes a selection of tasty delights featuring a different state or region of the US each month, with handcrafted local snacks, spreads, chocolates, and more to enjoy.

Image of the Mouth Snack Subscription Monthly Service.

Mouth Monthly Snacks Subscription

Maybe your snack-loving bestie will start their tour in the American Southwest one month, travel to California, and visit Oregon the next month before crossing the country to Vermont, then venturing south to sample the delights of New York.

No overnight bookings or dinner reservations to worry about here, just tasty instant gratification each month, brought straight to their door.

Three-, six-month, and monthly subscriptions are available, or you can pay as you go to customize the length of membership. Find gift subscription information now at Mouth.

A Treat for Every Day

Whether you’re rewarding good behavior in anticipation of St. Nick’s arrival, mindfully meditating on the passage of each day in December, or you simply love looking back on memories of opening those little doors in a glittery box of treats each day as a child, share the joy of that experience with a loved one with these foodie advent calendars.

Buy it while they are in stock for the season! These limited-edition items won’t last!

5. Chocolate Advent Calendar

Every treat in Godiva’s Deluxe Snow Globe Advent Calendar is the perfect little gift to help you relax and unwind on a chilly December afternoon or at the end of a long but satisfying day, curled up by the fireplace.

Godiva Deluxe Snow Globe Advent Calendar

This 2023 limited edition chocolate-filled advent calendar features a cover image of a colorful globe filled with playful winter animals. Open the box to find a Christmas tree, with 24 pieces of assorted chocolates and candies!

And your beloved will look forward to some of Godiva’s popular flavors, such as milk chocolate caramel, dark chocolate ganache, and praline.

Find it now on Amazon.

6. Organic Tea Advent Calendar

Enjoy 24 cups of organic tea throughout the countdown to Christmas with this advent calendar from Pukka.

With a different tea for each day, your recipient will delight in opening this festive green box which can be hung on the wall or displayed on a countertop. It’s filled with teas to awaken the senses or inspire relaxation.

Pukka Tea 2023 Advent Calendar

The surprise here is in the taste, as each day’s offerings are right there for you to see – no secrets behind doors number one through 24 here!

But this also allows your chosen recipient to pick and choose what they like when the mood is right, throughout the month of December. Tea blends include Feel New, Night Time, Supreme Matcha Green, Turmeric Gold, and more.

The Pukka Tea Advent Calendar is available now from Amazon.

7. Wine Advent Calendar

The goal of In Good Taste is “to make wine more accessible and less intimidating for the everyday drinker,” and this gift delivers.

Count down to Christmas with the gift of wine, with a 187-milliliter mini bottle to open and enjoy each day.

Image of a color-blocked advent calendar surrounded by assorted bottles.

In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar

This beautifully packaged gift box is filled with 24 different options to savor, each hidden behind a numbered window.

These are paired with a tasting guide that comes in the box as well as daily emails with tasting notes, suggested pairings, and bonus prompts and activities like wine cocktail recipes, daily affirmations, fun facts, and items to discuss or celebrate.

A quick wine tasting tutorial and chilling and pouring instructions to ensure the best experience are included at the front of the booklet, and suggestions are even provided to upcycle the bottles and box.

Oh, what fun!

This selection includes red, white, and rosé varietals and blends from their featured signature brands, including premium wines sourced from Spain, Italy, France, and California. And the option is available to include a gift message with your purchase. Place your order now from In Good Taste.

Mixology and Culinary Kits

Find a fantastic present among our selection of DIY kits – what could be more fun than receiving the gift of a new culinary or mixology skill, with everything they need presented in one convenient package?

8. DIY Hot Sauce Kit

Some like it hot, and this saucy gift is sure to delight.

The Deluxe Hot Sauce Making Kit from Grow and Make includes everything your chosen recipient will need to make six bottles of spicy and delicious vinegar-based hot sauce from scratch.

Grow and Make Deluxe Hot Sauce Making Kit

And that’s not all! We’re not just making a single variety in bulk – this kit includes six different recipes plus additional bonus suggestions that will tingle on the tongue of anyone who tastes them, and they’re also customizable to suit the tastes and heat-level preferences of the maker.

Scoville ratings are included so pepper-heads can get the lay of the land, along with bottles and lids, labels, gloves and a funnel, and illustrated instructions.

And whosoever delights in opening this pepper-packed box will also find all the flavorful ingredients they need, from distilled white vinegar and add-ins like garlic and curry powder to the hot stuff itself – a full selection of dried and powdered ancho, cayenne, chipotle, Guajillo, and New Mexico chili peppers. Oh, and don’t forget chiles de arbol!

Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, this kit is available from Amazon.

9. Chinese Soup Dumpling Kit

Chinese soup dumplings are a restaurant favorite. Delight your designated dumpling fan with the gift of this kit, so they can learn how to take the dumpling-making into their own hands. Perfect for a date night project or the foodie looking to tackle a new skill, nothing beats a fun activity that ends with dinner!

Cooking Gift Set Co. Xiao Long Bao Kit

The Xiao Long Bao Kit from Cooking Gift Set Co. teaches users the perfect folding technique so every dumpling will come out just right, filled with hot and tasty broth.

All of the basics to begin are included here, with a two-tier bamboo steamer and parchment steamer liners, a dumpling dough roller, filling spatula, and agar agar powder, plus user-friendly instructions, and a recipe booklet with tasty filling options to satisfy meat-eaters as well as vegetarians.

Find this fun kit now on Amazon.

10. Make Your Own Bitters Kit

Bitters are the spice of the cocktail world, and just as you would be remiss to omit the salt and pepper entirely from a homemade dish, a splash of this flavorful liquid is the finishing touch that takes a handcrafted cocktail from simply great to truly grand.

Part of the Mixology series from Grow and Make, the Make Your Own Bitters Kit comes complete with everything the little cocktail shaker in your life needs to create a collection of flavorful bitters blends to add to handcrafted beverages.

Grow and Make Bitters Kit

Bottles, labels, a funnel, and filters, plus knotted bamboo, umbrella, and Hawaiian cocktail picks for serving, are included with an apothecary-style selection of exciting natural flavorings.

These range from traditional warming spices like ginger, cardamom, and cloves to cocktail favorites both classic and modern, like gentian root and blue butterfly pea flowers.

Just pair it with a 750-milliliter bottle of neutral high-proof spirits and a-bitters-making we will go!

This kit is available for purchase from Amazon, with the option to add gift wrap and a card.

11. Mochi Ice Cream Kit

Mochi ice cream is another tasty treat that many of us have enjoyed for dessert at a Japanese restaurant or brought home from the grocery store.

But how exactly does the ice cream get inside that tasty, sticky rice-based dough? Solve the mystery with this fun DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit from Global Grub.

Global Grub DIY Mochi Kit

Each box is packed with a dough cutter, ice cream mold, and full instructions, plus enough shelf-stable ingredients to get started.

Packets of sweet rice flour, potato starch, matcha powder, and cocoa powder are included to make 32 sweet treats, or four batches of eight. Users supply their own sugar, and their favorite flavor of ice cream.

Find it now on Amazon.

Take a Tea or Coffee Break

When it’s cold outside and all you want to do is curl up under a warm blanket with a cup of something piping hot and delicious, what do you reach for? Or, more importantly, what will they reach for?

The hygge fans on your list will thank you for your thoughtfulness when you choose one of these gifts to celebrate and enhance their love of hot drinks. Pair it with a selection from our roundup of favorite food reads for the ultimate in cozy comfort.

12. Tea Kettle

Pair that tea subscription with a brushed stainless steel tea kettle from OXO, a trusted, ergonomically-friendly brand that’s much-loved among cooking connoisseurs.

Image of the OXO Kettle, anniversary edition.

OXO Brew Uplift Tea Kettle, Anniversary Edition

A built-in whistle alerts users when the water’s ready. Just lift by the heat-resistant cork handle to pour – the spout opens automatically.

The anniversary edition of the OXO Brew Uplift Tea Kettle is available directly from OXO.

13. Travel Coffee Maker

Surprise the coffee lover in your life with an AeroPress Coffee Maker so they can take their cup-of-joe show on the road! Just fill, pour, stir, and press for a steaming hot mug of expertly brewed espresso or American-style coffee in about a minute.

Created by inventor and Stanford University lecturer Alan Adler, this handy little gadget is perfect for making a hot cup of delicious java just about anywhere, and it’s easy to clean.

AeroPress Coffee Maker

The 3-in-1 brewing technology combines agitation and pressure with micro-filtration, so you can use finely ground coffee while eliminating bitterness and acidity and creating a smooth, rich, and full-bodied cup.

Plus, the included microfiber filters mean your chosen giftee won’t get any grounds in the bottom of their cup like they may find with a French-pressed brew.

Your jet-setting loved one can pack it in a suitcase for enjoyment when they reach their destination, and it’s also the perfect gadget to bring camping or on road trips.

This tiny piece of equipment takes up little cabinet space, and it’s made of durable phthalate and BPA-free polypropylene so they won’t have to worry about any issues with breakage or shattering in transit.

The AeroPress Coffee Maker is available now on Amazon.

14. Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Fuel costs have gone up, and I know I’m probably not the only one keeping an eye on the gas bill this winter.

Those who feel heating up their hot water in the microwave just isn’t the same as that stove-warmed experience are sure to love this elegant gooseneck kettle from Poliviar.

Poliviar Electric Gooseneck Kettle, Green

Perfect for fans of pour-over coffee, the narrow spout allows users to stream hot water precisely over coffee grounds to bloom before brewing, or into a mug with an infuser of loose-leaf tea nestled on top.

The 34-ounce kettle is rust-proof, corrosion-resistant stainless steel inside for easy cleaning with no off flavors, available in black, gray, white, speckled stone, or my favorite – a deep jade green.

The white model comes with a matching white electric heating base while the base on all other models is black. And each includes a cool-touch teak wood handle and a knob on the lid, for safe use and stylish aesthetics.

Adjustable temperature controls allow for precise, rapid boiling with the touch of a button, beeping to let you know when the water is ready to pour. And a “keep warm” feature allows users to heat and hold water at temperature for two hours before it automatically shuts off. A 12-month warranty is included with purchase.

Check current prices and read customer reviews now on Amazon.

Breakfast in Bed

What could be more wonderfully relaxing than breakfast in bed? Facilitate this restful occasion on a weekend coming soon with the gear they’ll need and a tasty gift to get things started.

15. Wooden Breakfast Tray

Nothing says “breakfast in bed is imminent!” like a lovingly giftwrapped breakfast tray. If you don’t have one already, this is the perfect gift to tell your sleeping partner that you care.

Show them something tasty is on the way, without the mess.

Image of the Espinosa Wooden Breakfast Tray.

Espinosa Breakfast Tray, Walnut

The Espinosa Breakfast Tray from Red Barrel Studio has an understated design with a rectangular shape, curved cutout handles for easy lifting, sturdy legs, and a walnut wood finish.

The high walls will catch any crumbs or accidental spills, and they’ll be curling up under the covers with the Sunday paper in no time, for a cozy breakfast in bed experience.

It measures 10.98 inches in height, 24 inches in length, and 14.3 inches in width. There is some assembly required upon arrival.

And the legs fold for easy storage!

Find it now at Wayfair.

16. Breakfast Gift Set

Keep things warm and cozy with the Cozy Morning Breakfast Gift set from Stonewall Kitchen. It includes everything your recipient will need to enjoy a sweet and lovely breakfast!

The set includes a collection of Stonewall Kitchen’s popular breakfast items: you’ll find lemon curd, maple syrup, pancake and waffle mix, a blueberry scone mix, and a tea towel printed with a berry basket image.

Image of the Stonewall Kitchen breakfast set.

Stonewall Kitchen Cozy Morning Breakfast Gift Set

Everything is neatly nestled in a vintage galvanized bucket, tied with a colorful ribbon.

Bonus points if you watch their eyes light up when they open it, and then prepare this delicious breakfast for them the next morning.

It’s available from Stonewall Kitchen.

17. Winter Morning Gift Box

The Winter Morning kit from Mouth offers a bounty of mouthwatering delights for early morning or brunch-time enjoyment through the cold winter months.

This one is more of a flashy stunner in the breakfast category, filled with unique finds.

Image of Mouth's Winter Morning Breakfast Kit.

Mouth Winter Morning Gift Box

Choose between small and large options to give your recipient.

A crate packed with heritage grain pancake mix, shimmering maple syrup, barely sweet Berkshire granola, hot chocolate mix, and flutter-nutter marshmallows will be supplemented with Bloody Mary mix and spicy Bloody Mary pickled vegetables if you choose the large option.

Gift boxes also include a signature cotton tote bag.

Take a closer look at your options now at Mouth.

Cheese and Charcuterie

Seeking a host or hostess gift, or something special for the loved one who loves to entertain? These are the perfect treats to show your appreciation, while making arranging their next meat and cheese spread a breeze.

And if you’re lucky, maybe they’ll share…

18. Cheese and Charcuterie Box

Heritage cured meats? A selection of America’s best farmstead cheeses? All packed in one convenient box that’s ready for gifting or shipping?

That’s what you’ll find with the Cheese and Charcuterie Cheer Box from Mouth.

Image of Mouth's Cheese and Charcuterie Cheer cheeseboard kit.

Mouth Cheese and Charcuterie Cheer Box

Available in small or large sizes, show your appreciation for the host with the most – and elevate your own status to guest with the most! – with this delicious collection of assorted small-batch American products.

Enjoy nibbling on items such as Trufa Seca Salami from Charlito’s Cocina, Absinthe Uncured Salami made by Zoe’s Meats, Plymouth Artisan Cheddar, and St. Stephen Triple Cream Cheese from Four Fat Fowl.

Finocchiona Piccolo Salami from Coro Foods, Rye Whiskey and Orange Salami made by Brooklyn Cured, Rind Your Way Friesago Cheese from Shepherd’s Way Farms, and Black Summer Truffle Chevre made by Montchevre are also included in the large box.

Each gift crate also includes a signature cotton tote bag. Make your selection now at Mouth.

19. Cheese Gift Box

Not in the mood for cured meats? Keep things cheesy and add a few additional accompaniments with this gift box, also from Mouth and available in small or large sizes, aka “Cheesy” or “Super Cheesy.”

Black Truffle Cheddar from Plymouth Artisan Cheese and Coupole Goat Cheese from Vermont Creamery are paired with small-batch artisanal rosemary and thyme crisps, za’atar crackers, fig jam, and rosemary roasted almonds and pistachios.

Image of Mouth's Cheesy Holiday Gift Box next to a cheese plate.

Mouth Cheesy Gift Box

Tomato jam, citrus herb olives, and a slate cheese board for serving are also included in the big box, and both options include a signature cotton tote bag.

Find the Cheesy Gift Box now at Mouth.

20. Wooden Cutting Board

Now that the tasty vittles have been sorted, what to serve them on? Or where will the sausages, crudites, and dairy-rich snacks be arranged for slicing?

Look no further – a handcrafted wooden cutting board from Fifth & Cherry is sure to become a family heirloom, passed down through the generations.

Image of the Fifth and Cherry large rectangular cutting board.

Fifth & Cherry 36-by-18-inch Large Rectangle Cutting Board

Not only do these premium cutting boards make cooking a delight, they’re absolutely gorgeous. Your selected recipient will love setting out their latest ingenious snack spread on this beautiful board.

End-grain construction preserves the sharpness of knives, and they’re made from American black cherry, a high-quality hardwood responsibly sourced from Pennsylvania and New York. Three sizes are available to choose from: 14 inches square, 18 inches square, or a large rectangular option that measures 36 by 18 inches.

Customization is also available, if you’d like to add a message to personalize your gift or commemorate a special occasion.

And these boards come with a lifetime warranty and free refinishing – a unique perk that we haven’t seen anywhere else. Each board is engraved with a unique serial number, and shipped in a gift box that’s ready for wrapping.

Image of a wooden board underneath a pastry surrounded by apples and cinnamon sugar.

Fifth & Cherry 14-inch Square Cutting Board

Do not put these boards in the dishwasher, care for them as directed, and they’ll last more than a lifetime. This high-quality wooden cutting board is truly a gift that keeps on giving, every time it’s lovingly set out on the kitchen island or table.

Read customer testimonials, learn more about the superior craftsmanship, and order for holiday gifting now at Fifth & Cherry.

Stir Things Up

Admittedly, the holiday season can be a time of high stress. But I find getting into the kitchen and making something delicious and share-worthy is one of the best ways to combat those conflicts!

Rather than getting into a petty argument with the relatives, your loved one can stir the pot in a different way with the gift of quality cookware, cooking implements, and a lid to top it all off.

21. Cast Iron Cookware Set

Le Creuset’s 7-piece Signature set of enameled cast iron cookware offers everything your lucky Secret Santa pick needs to braise, grill, roast, simmer, and bake.

And it’s easy to coordinate with the color palette of their kitchen with five different colors available. Choose from cerise red, flame orange, Marseille blue, white, or oyster gray.

Image of the Le Creuset 7-Piece collection of cast iron enameled cookware in a white color.

Le Creuset Signature 7-Piece Cast Iron Cookware Set, White

This set includes a 4.5-quart round Dutch oven with lid, a 5.25-quart roasting pan, a 2.25-quart braiser with lid, a 10.25-inch skillet, and a square skillet grill.

The black satin interior enamel finish on the skillet and square skillet grill requires no seasoning, and develops a patina over time to enhance the cooking performances of both pieces. The other cookware items are coated with a sand-colored enamel finish that makes it easy to monitor how your delicious eats are coming along.

Every piece is compatible with all cooktops, and they are safe to use in the oven up to 500°F.

Plus, these pieces are dishwasher safe, and they can be used on the outdoor grill!

This beautiful cookware set comes with a 10-year warranty. Find it now at Le Creuset.

22. Utensils Set

For the aspiring cook who is just setting out on their own in a new home, or the budding young chef in need of a collection of special kitchen implements that do the job right, the Dreamfarm Ultimate Set of the Best Utensils is just the ticket.

This six-piece set includes ergonomically designed tools in a variety of vibrant colors.

Dreamfarm Ultimate Set of the Best Cooking Utensils

But these pieces go beyond basic ergonomics. The folks at Dreamfarm have thought of everything, carefully designing products – and fun names to match – to maximize their usefulness.

The “Sharple” is a swivel peeler that automatically sharpens on its own. The “Chopula” is a flexible spatula that doubles as a chopper, and the full-size and mini “Supoons” are made of silicone that’s ideal for scraping containers and jars, with convenient teaspoon and tablespoon measures on the larger version. The “Clongs Lite” are tongs safe to use on nonstick surfaces and can sit up without touching your work counter. And the “Lestrain” is a scoop strainer that catches its own drips and also sits up without touching your work counter, reducing the mess.

You won’t believe all the things you can do with this utensil set, and whoever you give this lovely gift to is sure to be impressed. It’s perfect for those with smaller kitchens that are short on storage space as well.

The Dreamfarm Ultimate Set of the Best Utensils is available via Amazon.

23. Christmas Utensil Set and Spoon Rest

This holiday collection from Le Creuset is perfect for the home chef who wants to complete the Christmas look in their home this holiday season with a decorative touch in the kitchen.

The five-piece utensil set includes four smooth wood-handled BPA-free silicone spatulas with Christmas tree, snowman, reindeer, and sparkling snowflake adornments, in four different sizes and shapes.

Image of Le Creuset Noel Utensil Set.

Le Creuset Noël Utensil Set

The red stoneware utensil crock places them within easy reach on the countertop, and is suitable for use year-round, adding a pop of vibrant color to their culinary workspace.

But these pieces aren’t just big on style. The spatulas are non-abrasive so they’re safe for use on all cooking surfaces, odor- and stain-resistant, and heat-resistant up to 482°F.

The glazed stoneware crock is chip and crack resistant, safe for use with metal utensils, and may be cleaned in the dishwasher.

The spatula heads may be removed for cleaning in the dishwasher or by hand. Hand washing is recommended for the wood handles. And a five-year warranty adds extra value to your purchase.

The Noël utensil set is available from Le Creuset.

But don’t forget the cherry on top! Add a matching Noël Christmas tree spoon rest to complete your gift.

The green glazed stoneware rest is Christmas tree shaped, to give utensils a place to sit when they’re not busy stirring and scooping. The stoneware rest is also chip and scratch resistant, and safe for use with metal utensils as well as cleaning in the dishwasher.

Image of a Christmas tree spoon rest from Le Creuset.

Le Creuset Noël Christmas Tree Spoon Rest

It comes with a 10-year warranty and is also available from Le Creuset.

24. Universal Pot and Pan Lid

A perennial favorite, the gift of Made In’s Universal Lid means the perfect lid for any pot will always be within reach.

This silicone-coated pot topper is the one lid to rule them all, and it fits all Made-In pots and pans – and maybe a few that your loved ones already have in their cabinets from other brands as well.

Closely cropped image of a red silicone lid on top of a pan on a gas stove, with a hand in the background holding a fistful of uncooked spaghetti, about to drop it into a tall stockpot on the left rear burner, with a white background.

Made In Universal Lid

With a stainless steel interior, the Universal Lid is incredibly durable, dishwasher safe, and oven safe up to 350°F.

Closely cropped image of a red silicone lid on top of a pan on a gas stove, with a hand in the background holding a fistful of uncooked spaghetti, about to drop it into a tall stockpot on the left rear burner, with a white background.

Three graduated lips inside make a tight seal with pot rims of various diameters, and the cool-touch silicone-coated handle is a welcome finger-saving feature.

This super-handy piece of kitchen gear is available directly from Made In in red, or check out their Universal Frying Pan Lid in blue, designed with a long handle.

Stay Saucy

Savory, sweet, and umami-rich, there are so many incredible condiment options out there that are just the thing to gift the exuberant eater who needs a little extra flavor in their life.

As far as I’m concerned, consumable gifts in the form of ready-to-use sauces and spreads are always a welcome addition to my under-tree haul, and the taste hounds on your list will love them too.

25. Mustard Collection

You can never have too many condiments. And the holiday season is the perfect time to add a new one – or four – to the collection!

Image of the Stonewall Kitchen set of mustards.

Stonewall Kitchen Mustard Collection

For the hot dog lover, soft pretzel guru, or general mustard maven in your life, the Mustard Collection from Stonewall Kitchen brings four different options to sample as the year draws to a close.

It includes the brand’s Sweet Honey Mustard, Caramelized Onion Mustard, Maine Maple Champagne Mustard, and Horseradish Mustard.

Find this savory collection now from Stonewall Kitchen.

26. Barbecue Sauce Collection

Who says the barbecue has to end when it gets chilly outside? Certainly not us!

Four sweet barbecue sauces are included in this collection from Stonewall Kitchen, and your favorite grill master will love these tasty options, whether they’re used for basting their choice of protein on the grill, or dipping at the table.

Image of a collection of four barbecue sauces from Stonewall Kitchen.

Stonewall Kitchen Sweet Grille Sauce Collection

Whoever opens this tasty present will find four 11-ounce bottles of sauces that land more on the sweet side: Bourbon Molasses Barbecue Sauce, Roasted Apple Grille Sauce, Honey Barbecue Sauce, and Garlic Teriyaki Sauce.

Discover this barbecue sauce collection now at Stonewall Kitchen.

27. Assorted Condiments Gift Box

Want to place a gift box packed with a variety of new and exciting condiments under the tree, handcrafted by small producers? Choose the All Cooked Up gift box from Mouth.

Whether hosting an event between major winter holidays or recouping that spent festive energy with a little cooking therapy, that period when the end of December transitions into the new year is the perfect time to add a tasty spark to meals with unique culinary staples.

Image of Mouth's All Cooked Up Cooking Kit.

All Cooked Up Gift Box from Mouth

Hot honey, chili crisp, whole grain mustard, and hot Korean gochujang sauce will make those taste buds stand up and pay attention!

And the All Cooked Up gift box goes beyond the condiment shelf, bringing pasta, sauce, and seasoning options into the mix as well.

Make it a meal with Arbequina extra-virgin olive oil, classic red sauce, and saffron pasta. Season foods with black garlic salt and bourbon smoked black pepper. And recharge with a cold brew “bean bag” of New Orleans-style iced coffee concentrate.

Boxes are ready for gifting and available now at Mouth.

Giftworthy Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances

While some cooks are looking for multipurpose tools that can accomplish a variety of tasks without taking up a lot of kitchen real estate, others love those specialty appliances that do just one thing in spectacular fashion. These favs are sure to delight whoever is lucky enough to receive them.

28. Sparkling Water Appliance Bundle

With the press of a button, the sparkling water lovers in your life can make all their fizzy dreams come true, and they’ll love this gift bundle from SodaStream.

The SodaStream Terra is a classic, their best-selling sparkling water maker. This 90-Day Carbonation Bundle comes complete with two bonus carbon dioxide exchange cylinders to keep things bubbly for three months of use.

Convenient pre-paid return boxes are also included, for easy shipment of the empties, and the new quick-connect cylinder for the Terra model makes it so easy to use.

Image of the SodaStream Terra product.

SodaStream Terra 90-Day Carbonation Bundle

Slim, compact, and cordless, the Terra Sparkling Water Maker measures 5 inches wide by 7.9 inches deep by 17 inches tall, so it fits nicely on the countertop under standard kitchen cabinets. It’s available in black, white, red, or blue.

They’ll love this streamlined appliance with a simple, ergonomic push-button function to carbonate, and a reusable one-liter dishwasher-safe bottle. It comes complete with a 3-year limited warranty, and is available from SodaStream.

Choose a flavor multipack to pair with your gift, like Bubly drops Berry Bliss Variety 3-Pack. It’s available to buy from SodaStream.

You can also select your own combo of flavors to suit the tastes of your recipient. Options include classic and diet soda fountain flavors like root beer and cola, kombucha in several varieties, and fruit flavors like orange, peach, pineapple, and raspberry.

29. Blender Appliance Bundle

Vitamix is the cream of the crop when it comes to high-speed blending, and the Smart System A2300 Family Pack from the Ascent Series of blenders is a top-of-the-line bundle of products that’s perfect for families.

A large pitcher-style canister is included, as well as a set of blending cups and bowls that are nice to have on hand for making smoothies and baby food, or purees and sauces.

Vitamix Family Pack blender with assorted storage and blending cups and an extra blade attachment, isolated on a white background.

Vitamix Smart System A2300 Family Pack Ascent Blender

And this product’s unique Self-Detect technology means the blender will recognize which container is in use and adjust the presets accordingly.

Vitamix Family Pack blender with assorted storage and blending cups and an extra blade attachment, isolated on a white background.

And did I mention that this blender has Bluetooth? Your chosen recipient can simply download the Vitamix app on their phone to access a whole range of automated blending features, plus over 500 recipes. They can even sync it with their favorite fitness trackers!

Learn more about the A2300 Ascent Blender, check current prices, and read customer reviews now at Vitamix.

30. Pepper Grinder

What if you could shoot freshly ground pepper… from a cannon?

Alright, this handy gadget doesn’t exactly work the way you may be picturing it. But the Mannkitchen Pepper Cannon whirls through peppercorns with ease, creating the perfect amount for seasoning and use in recipes quickly and with ease, to your specifications with a variety of grind settings.

Image of the Mannkitchen Pepper Cannon on a wooden table.

Mannkitchen Pepper Cannon

This high-end piece might not be the type of pepper mill that your beloved seasoning specialist would buy for themself – and that makes it the perfect gift!

Read our review of the Mannkitchen Pepper Cannon to find out more, or visit Mannkitchen now to add one to your holiday cart.

31. Stand Mixer

My KitchenAid stand mixer is one of my most prized possessions, a red model that was gifted to me by my grandpa years ago.

It’s moved with me up and down the East Coast, across the country to points west and back, and it’s always there when I need it to mix, whip, beat, or stir.

Image of the 5-Quart KitchenAid Mixer in Matcha.

KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer, Matcha

Maybe you’re a KitchenAid fan yourself. Ready to share the love with your favorite baker or chef?

The Artisan Series stand mixer is a 10-speed tilt-head model that is available in more than 20 different colors to match the decor of your kitchen and other neutral or colorful cookware and appliances.

I’m personally a fan of the classic Empire Red, but maybe your selected recipient is more of a fan of Matcha Green, or Matte Rose? You’ll find the perfect color here! And customization is also available on select colors, to personalize the mixer with laser engraving for gift giving.

It comes with a stainless steel bowl and pouring shield, as well as a flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip attachments. With a capacity of 5 quarts, they can mix up enough dough to make 9 dozen Christmas cookies at once!

This durable stand mixer is available from KitchenAid.

32. Large-Scale Stand Mixer

The Bosch Universal Plus is one of Foodal’s favorite countertop mixers, and it does not disappoint with its powerful 800-watt motor, large 6.5-quart capacity, and multifunctional appeal.

Bosch Universal Plus Mixer, White

Serious chefs will love its ability to mix up enough batter to satisfy a crowd, but one of the most enticing things about the Universal Plus mixer is the wealth of attachments that are available to take your loved one’s culinary exploits to the next level.

We’re talking gizmos and gadgets galore! With the right attachments – you can find our full review of Bosch attachments here – this machine can do everything!

With a food processor, cheese grater, pasta maker, ice cream maker, citrus juicer, slicer, meat grinder, and berry press, this baby’s got it all!

And your chosen giftee can have it all, too – if you choose to purchase any of these separately.

The Bosch Universal Plus Stand Mixer – with wire whips, plastic whip drive, dough hook, and 2-piece pouring shield and lid attachments included – is currently available from Amazon.

Tree Ornament Stocking Stuffers

Decorating the tree is a time-honored tradition, and I’ll always look back fondly on a particularly memorable Christmas when I was very little and my great-grandmother was visiting from New York.

In addition to the usual indoor decorating, we made garlands of fresh cranberries, nuts, and popcorn, and strung them on the evergreens outside for the birds to enjoy – a feast for the eyes, and a memory to last forever!

Over three decades later, with tall conifers in a yard of my own, I’ve revived this tradition with my mom and we’ve made new memories – threading treats for the birds onto long strands of heavy-duty thread while my stepdad supervises nearby, stealing popcorn from the bowl.

Short of hanging edible foodstuffs, there are other beautiful options that the food-lover will delight in, and these are perfect for gift giving. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a beautifully adorned Douglas fir or spruce in the middle of the living room. And what better way to show off one’s love for all things food than with a couple of cute and quirky Christmas ornaments to stuff into a stocking?

33. Mini Desserts Set

Sweets are a cornerstone of the holiday season and your giftee can celebrate their favorites with a collection of dessert miniatures to hang on the tree.

Image of assorted dessert ornaments in a festive packaged box.

Old World Christmas Set of 6 Mini Dessert Ornaments

A chocolate chip cookie, glazed donut, slice of red velvet cake, chocolate-dipped strawberry, and a sparkly ice cream cone are all included here.

A cupcake topped with frosting and sprinkles completes this set of six hand-painted blown glass ornaments from Old World Christmas, available from Stonewall Kitchen.

34. Bowl of Ramen

The ramen-lover in your life will delight in this glass bauble, a trinket to commemorate their love of slurping this savory treat by the bowlful on a cold winter’s day.

Image of a ramen bowl ornament hanging on tree branches.

Old World Christmas Bowl of Ramen Glass Ornament

A red and white bowl of noodles and broth is topped with sliced pork, a soft-cooked egg, scallions, and a slice of naruto fish cake complete with pink swirl.

Your recipient will delight in the detail of this handmade blown glass adornment for the tree from Old World Christmas. It measures 1.5 by 3 by 3.5 inches.

Find it now on Wayfair.

35. Gingerbread House

Making a gingerbread house at home, bedecked with red and green gumdrops and white sugar icing, is a time-honored tradition. But I know none of the cookie houses that I’ve made looked nearly as elf-worthy or competition-ready as this adorable miniature.

Decorated with red and white striped candy canes, icing snow, and a shingled candy roof, this adorable Old World Christmas Gingerbread House ornament is sure to be treasured.

Image of a small gingerbread house ornament hanging from the branches of a tree.

Old World Christmas Gingerbread House Ornament

You can’t eat it – but does anybody really eat their gingerbread houses most of the time anyway?

Available on Wayfair from Old World Christmas, this hand-painted blown glass ornament measures 2.25 inches wide, deep, and tall. So sweet!

36. Pickle

You don’t have to love the taste of a crisp garlic dill spear to be enamored with the tradition behind this ornament.

Hiding the pickle for the children to find is a German Christmas classic, and the first to spot it receives an extra gift from Santa.

Image of a pickle ornament hanging from a Christmas tree.

Old World Christmas Pickle Ornament

In my family, we even have a handmade trophy with a plaque to commemorate the ultra-observant winner each year.

Share this tradition with friends and loved ones with this hand-painted blown glass pickle ornament from Old World Christmas. It measures 3.5 by 2 by 1.5 inches and is available from Wayfair.

37. Mac and Cheese

Got a cheese-lover in your life? I know I do – two, in fact.

Both of my sisters-in-law home in on the cheese-laden items on a menu like nobody’s business, and classic macaroni and cheese is at the top of both of their wish lists.

Old World Christmas Mac and Cheese Ornament

If you can relate, why not commemorate their fandom and celebrate this love with the gift of one of their favorite things, in the form of a sparkling mini bowlful that can be hung on the tree?

Measuring 2.25 by 3 by 3 inches, the mini blue and white striped bowl is filled far beyond the brim with that ooey-gooey good stuff.

Made of hand-painted blown glass, this is another ornament from Old World Christmas, and you can find it on Amazon.

That’s a Wrap!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got some serious shopping to do!

I hope you’ve found just the right gifts to satisfy the cravings of all of the food-lovers in your life with something special this holiday season.

Ready to break out the scissors, Scotch tape, and wrapping paper? Tell us about your favorite picks in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this roundup with fellow foodies who are in search of the perfect holiday gift.

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About Allison Sidhu

Allison M. Sidhu is a culinary enthusiast from southeastern Pennsylvania who has returned to Philly after a seven-year sojourn to sunny LA. She loves exploring the local restaurant and bar scene with her best buds. She holds a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College and an MA in gastronomy from Boston University. When she’s not in the kitchen whipping up something tasty (or listening to the latest food podcasts while she does the dishes!) you’ll probably find Allison tapping away at her keyboard, chilling in the garden, curled up with a good book (or ready to dominate with controller in hand in front of the latest video game) on the couch, or devouring a dollar dog and crab fries at the Phillies game.

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