18 Gifts Your Food-Loving Friend Will Be Obsessed With

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Chances are, you have a foodie friend or two that you need to pick out a gift for this holiday season. 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, $26

Your food-prepping friend will love these lightweight bowls, perfect for taking lunch to the office. 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 eight cheerful shades that make even running errands très chic.

4. Instant Pot Duo, $99.99

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. Urban Outfitters Metal Kitchen Stand, $29

Pop your cookbook, tablet, or iPad onto this stand to follow your recipe, so you don't miss any steps. The wood and white metal frame is versatile enough to match your current kitchen or home decor.

6. Ban.do Onion Rings Sweater, $98

When in doubt, order the onion rings! Designed by foodie Katie Kimmel, this cheeky cotton-cashmere blend sweater will get all the compliments, along with a few LOLs.

7. Cravings by Chrissy Teigen Aluminum Cookware Set, $109.99

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 a cheese knives, which can be stowed in a discreet drawer inside the board.

9. KitchenAid Stand Mixer, $229.99

With almost 7,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this mixer is a no-brainer for the baker in your life. And the bold colorways add a pop to any countertop. (Shopper tip: It's currently $120 off right now!)

10. Areaware Ramen Little Puzzle Thing, $15

Your ramen-loving friend will appreciate this cute puzzle, which offers a break from screen time and only takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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. Uncommon Goods Chocolate Fondue Maker, $40

Dessert lovers, rejoice — dip everything from fresh fruit to marshmallows to cookies in decadent, gooey chocolate, thanks to this adorable fondue maker.

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. Old Navy Printed Crew Socks in Hot Sauce, $5.99

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

17. Breville Joule Sous Vide, $199

If they like food even a little bit, the sous vide is a kitchen must-have. (Just make sure they invite you over once they've perfected the craft.)

18. Smeg Copper Basic Electric Kettle, $199.95

Just in time for the holidays, Smeg has released not one but two limited-edition colors 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.


Susan Brickell is a New York-based writer and editor obsessed with cozy jungalow spaces, chic athleisure, and the newest skincare trends.

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