Make any foodie on your holiday giving list smile and want to immediately dive into the kitchen with our picks for fun, useful and unique gift picks.
Fermented foods are all the rage right now and kimchi is no exception. If you’re shopping for any friends who are fans of the Asian condiment give them a chance to create their own. This kit comes with everything you need to learn to make kimchi, including all the ingredients, step-by-step instructions and a jar (Anthropologie, $35).
Now your foodie friend can create the perfect marinade (as they always seem to do), and they can apply it seamlessly and without a drop going missing. This sleek basting tool has a glass carafe that holds the marinade, and a glass pipette with a silicone basting brush (Uncommon Goods, $17). The natural vacuum created in the tube holds liquid in the upper glass bubble, giving the baster control over how much they apply — every time.
Most foodies we know have a thing for cheese (as in, they can’t get enough). We love how this artful, informative book offers insight into all of your favorites, along with many you might not know about (Anthropologie, $25). Readers will also get tips for pairings and preparations. Wrap the book with a rustic cheese board to round out the gift.
For the foodie who likes to grind her own spice and create unique spice blends, we suggest a cast iron spice grinder (West Elm, $44). The heavy device grinds your spices of choice into a powder or fine paste, whether you’re tackling curry paste or a new barbecue spice rub.
An interesting cutting board always makes a great gift for foodies, but if you know anyone who likes to be a perfectionist in the kitchen, get them this board, which features precise measurements so every cut is exact (MoMA Store, $26).
You might not realize the complexities you’ll find among the many varieties of honey, but we’re willing to bet your foodie friends do. Expand their knowledge and sweeten their day with a flight of four Manhattan rooftop honeys (Bee Raw, $45).
This one will obviously need to be gifted right away rather than wrapped and left under the tree, but customized ice cream for a foodie friend is a fun and tasty gift (eCreamery, $60 for half a gallon). Choose your base, pick from dozens of flavors, select mix-ins (from caramel swirls to candied ginger) and then name your creation.
If there are any foodies you know who have been contemplating shifting their focus onto homemade bread, get them started with this comprehensive kit (Anthropologie, $98). Soon-to-be expert bakers get everything then need to create an artisanal loaf to enjoy.
Whether for a cocktail party, or individual use we love these clever plates that come complete with four pods meant for dips or sauces (Uncommon Goods, $25). Any foodie we know would appreciate the ability enjoy multiple dips without having them pool together on the plate.
These aromatic grill planks give anything you barbecue on them a sweet, smoky flavor (West Elm $10). The pack of four hardwood planks are ideal for smaller items such as grilled appetizers. Package them up with some grilling spices or a barbecue sauce.