19 Gifts Your Food-Loving Friend Will Be Obsessed With

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Welcome to the Hunker Holiday Gift Guide. From joyful decor picks to gifts that give back, these items are sure to delight everyone on your list.

Whether you're shopping for a budding chef or for someone who already knows their way around the kitchen, there are plenty of well-designed tools and smart gadgets — from beautifully crafted wooden spoons and stunning saucepans to devices that help you get dinner on the table quicker, like the Instant Pot — that can enhance their skills and inspire them to get creative when cooking and baking.

Below, the best gifts for the food-obsessed:

1. Food52 Five Two Ultimate Apron, $45

This clean, minimal kitchen apron is anything but basic. Not only is it cute, but it's also designed with built-in potholders at the bottom corners, so you can easily remove steaming lids and transfer hot dishes to the table.

2. W&P Plastic Porter Storage Bowl, $25

Your food-prepping friend will love these lightweight bowls, perfect for taking lunch on-the-go. Plus, they have a lid with a secure, snap-tight silicone strap that makes taking your meals on the go totally mess-free.

3. Anthropologie Filt French Market Tote Bag, $20

Perfect for trips to the farmer's market, this eco-friendly, French-inspired shopping bag comes in a cheerful shade that make running errands ​très chic​.

4. Instant Pot Duo Nova, $59.96

Whether you're a cooking newbie or seasoned chef, every kitchen should be stocked with an Instant Pot. Serving as seven different appliances — including a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, and more — it gives you a consistently delicious meal every single time with hardly any effort.

5. Google Nest Hub Max, $229

Perfect for the person who basically lives in the kitchen, this nifty smart screen and speaker can be used to pull up recipes, video chat with loved ones while cooking, or even stream TV and movies. The sleek frame and base are versatile enough to match any kitchen aesthetic.

6. Beautiful Briny Salts, $8+

The Atlanta-based artisan dry goods company is known for producing small-batch salt blends, sugars, and other culinary products, in unique flavors like "Campfire Sea Salt," "French Picnic Sea Salt," and Chocolate Honey Swirl Sugar."

7. Cravings by Chrissy Teigen Aluminum Cookware Set, $118.99

Great as a holiday, wedding, or housewarming gift, this 12-piece cookware set has everything you need to stock your kitchen properly. Also great? The whimsical sage green adds an organic touch to your kitchen.

8. Uncommon Goods Compact Swivel Cheese Board with Knives, $42-$64

Starting as a wedge (for easy storage), this cheese board transforms into a tiered server, perfect for curating your next appetizer spread. Bonus: It includes cheese knives, which can be stowed in a discreet drawer inside the board.

9. KitchenAid Stand Mixer, $379.95

This mixer is a no-brainer for the baker in your life. And the bold colorways add a pop to any countertop.

10. Piecework Rise & Shine Puzzle, $36

Your brunch-loving friend will appreciate this cute puzzle, which offers a break from screen time and can double as art once finished.

11. Spicewalla Everything Bagel Spice Blend, $7.99

This seasoning — made with blue poppy seeds, black and sesame seeds, caraway seeds, minced garlic, and salt — gives you everything but the bagel, and can be sprinkled over tuna steaks, chicken, or roasted veggies for an extra kick.

12. Food52 Five Two Wooden Spoons (set of five), $99

These beautiful, sustainable teak spoons are ​almost​ too pretty to use. Choose one or gift the entire five-piece set, which includes the Mix Master, 2-in-1, Big Dipper, Corn Getter, and Flip and Scrape.

13. Yummly Thermometer, $89.99

From low-touch programs to full manual control, this smart meat thermometer can help with grilling, roasting, and stovetop cooking. The cooking programs in the corresponding app can help cook your proteins to your preferred doneness with little to no effort. Your favorite at-home chef will love the ease of it.

14. Dash Mini Waffle Maker, $20

Brunch enthusiasts (whether they're early-risers or love breakfast for dinner) will enjoy this mini waffle iron, which heats up quickly, is easy to clean, and saves counter space, making it great for city-dwellers.

15. Food52 x Dansk Kobenstyle Saucepan, from $40

Any chef will be pleased with these bright, enameled carbon steel butter warmers and saucepans, perfect for whipping up sauces. They can also be set on the dining table, by using the matching lid as a trivet — genius!

16. J.Crew Hot Sauce Socks, $5

The ultimate stocking stuffer, these silly hot sauce socks look great peeking out from the hems of a pair of pants. You can also snap up other fun patterns, including tacos, campfires, and wine.

17. Jasper Hill Farm Cheese Tasting Box, $50-$200

This is a cheese-lovers dream come true.

18. Smeg Copper Basic Electric Kettle, $229.95

Smeg offers not one but ​two​ limited-edition metallics for both its tea kettle and toaster: gold and copper. If your friend has a flair for glam and loves her kitchen, give her the perfect countertop accent.

19. Solento Tequila, $62+

This award-winning, small-batch USDA certified organic tequila range — which means "slow sun" in Spanish — arrives ready to be decanted in the brand's chic marigold-hued gift box. Choose from Blanco, Reposado, or Añejo depending on your giftee's flavor preferences.


Katie is the Commerce Editor at Hunker. She has previously been on staff at Shape Magazine, Well+Good, and PureWow, and has spent her life perfecting the art of online shopping.

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